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“A great place within range of the City” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Saltram Gardens (National Trust)

Saltram Gardens (National Trust)
Ranked #17 of 170 things to do in Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A great place within range of the City”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2011

Saltram is wonderful in every season with an arcane house and rolling landscapes that take in woodlands and estuaries all within range of a walk or cycle of the city !! If you'd like to swim in the Plym there is a small beach to hop in from at high tide and at low tide the wading birds are a pleasure to see and hear.. all in all this place is great !!

Visited October 2011
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
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“Improved since our last visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2011

I'm always surprised by how close to the centre of Plymouth this classic stately home is, it's very easy to get to by car. On our latest visit I was pleased to find that the overall facilities have improved and more of the house is open to the public representing much better value for money. You can park and wander around the parkland, visit the shop, cafe, second hand book stall and toilets all for free, or pay a reasonable entrance fee and visit the house,craft shop in the old chapel, orangery and formal gardens as well. The only slight disappointment was that the gardens seemed a bit neglected this time, although the folly was well maintained - it's worth visiting the very spooky basement room! All the staff/volunteers were very friendly and approachable, there were some real characters in some rooms, which all adds to the experience for me!
We visited the cafe, the food was average but the "Saltram recipe" lemon cordial went down well and the service was friendly.
I would like to see a couple of toilets at the house rather than have to traipse back to the entrance at the stables. There is a secure storage area at the house for large bags.
There was a "find the mouse" hunt for younger children, and although mine are too old we all enjoyed seeing youngsters looking for them!
For fans of the filmed works of Jane Austen the Saltram connection is with the film version of Sense and Sensibility starring Emma Thompson.

Visited August 2011
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St Germans , Cornwall
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236 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Norland Park in the film adaptation of Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2011

Saltram House is a fine Georgian House close to the city of Plymouth. The house encases an earlier Tudor mansion and in places the Georgian architects had the challenge of fitting a symmetrical Palladian facade to the old house. The west elevation extends beyond the house to maintain the symmetry.
Inside there is an impressive collection of paintings by Canaletto of the Bay of Naples. In the house there are also fine Chinese wall coverings and furniture of the Georgian period.
In the 18th Century English Aristocrats went on the grand tour to Italy and in Florence were impressed with the gardens created by the Medici family in the 16th century, who collected a vast number of Citrus fruit at the Villa Di Castello and Boboli palace. On returning home this inspired the creation of Italian Style Orangery’s where citrus were grown in cases and pots.
The gardens at Saltram are on a modest scale but none the less splendid and Saltram still has a rare example of an 18th Century Orangery still used for its intended purpose and skilfully maintained by the present head gardener at Saltram. The orange trees are placed out in the garden in summer.
For Jane Austen fans this was the house used for Norland Park in the 1990s film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. Here the Dashwood sisters spent their days until ousted by their stepbrother. Miss Margaret’s tree house was constructed at the end of the Lime walk. The coastal carriage drive was filmed at nearby Newton Ferrers . The house is also close to Mothecombe and the Erme estuary where the cottage used for Barton Cottage is located on the Erme estuary, a short and scenic walk along footpaths from the village of Holbeton. Compton Castle was the castle used as Willoughby’s house and Montacute House in Somerset the house used for Mrs Jennings Daughters home.
Saltram like many other National Trust Properties has an excellent tea rooms and shop.
Visitors from outside the Uk intending to visit a number of historic homes in the UK ,may find it a benefit to join the National Trust before coming to the UK an National Trust membership enables free entry to hundreds of properties.

Visited April 2011
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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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“Free parking allows you to take a relaxing stroll to the estuary”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2011

Although Saltram House and Gardens are not free to go into, the land around them is accessible and you can park in the car park for free. There are several pleasant paths to walk along although it does become very busy at the weekends.

Visited March 2011
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
“Peaceful and beautiful walking site”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2010

I have been many times with my dog and we both enjoyed the day out . It is a nice place to escape all of the hassle of life

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