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“Powderham Castle”
Review of Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle
Ranked #5 of 124 things to do in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Powderham Castle is the family home of the 18th Earl & Countess of Devon. It was originally built by Sir Philip Courtenay in 1391 and despite undergoing many transformations since surviving the ravages of the civil war in the 17th century, it has remained in the same family. Entertaining guided tours bring the fascinating history to life, you will find them engaging whatever your age. Discover secret doors, stunning architecture and even a haunted landing. We would advise you to allow at least 3 hours for your visit so you can take time to explore the many acres of gardens and grounds. The Walled Garden is home to our friendly Powderham pets, including Tessa the tortoise and Harry the donkey, and is a safe haven for our little visitors. Relax in the peaceful surroundings, from the beautiful Rose Garden, overlooking the deer park and Exe estuary to the Woodland Garden, with its stunning collection of trees. For the keener walker the breathtaking views from the foot of the Belvedere tower are very rewarding - you can see for miles and feel on top of the world! Before you leave visit the Powderham Country Store. Here you will find Toby Buckland's wonderful plant shop, the Powderham General Trading Co with its range of gifts, clothes and home furnishings and a fantastic food hall, bakery and butcher.
Reviewed November 7, 2012

History is brilliant the house is very interesting and the ground are beautiful, but the best I think are the dear in the park. Views accross the river Exe are also brilliant and don't forget to visit the little church.

Thank Gaenorwilliams
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

A very attractive place to spend the day, The castle tour guide gave us one of the most entertaining descriptive talks I have ever experienced. We even got to say hello to the Countess as she passed our group while bringing a new flower arrangement. The small cafe serves excellent food at very reasonable prices. Toilets are clean and close to all other amenities.

Thank Mike I
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

It was a damp and drizzley morning as we set out to visit this place for the first time since moving to Devon. We had our 91 year old uncle from Canada staying with us and we chose this place as it seemed suitable foe all the party, we were glad we made the right choice.

We arrived at 1pm and had an enjoyable home made soup and sandwich lunch before joining the covered tracker and trailer trip through the 200 acre deer park with 600 fallow deer. This trip with commentry took 1 1/2 hours and was very interesting especially as the rutting season had started and you saw different views of the castle and estate.

At 3pm we joined the guided tour of the house which took 1 1/4 hours with the very knowledgeable and interesting tour guide called John. We finished off the day with homemade cakes and tea.

There are other parts of the estate we didn't go to but looking at the leaflet there were plenty of things for a family to enjoy if the weather was better.

Thank Anthony P
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Good day out for all the family, even elderly and children. The tour of the castle is very interesting but make a day of it as it is quite pricey.

Thank Aimee A
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Great place, nice restaurant, really good farm shop, the staff are friendly and well informed and seeing wild Roe Deer up close is a treat

Thank Steve P
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