We struggled finding the place despite putting the postcode in the Satnav. We had to back track quite a long way. However, as we turned into the drive lined both sides wit old iron fencing it took my breath away.
Majestic trees surrounded us in open parkland and we were told there are 280 acres. Huge!
As we progressed up the drive the house came into view, quite imposing, not beautiful bout very grand.
We then passed the old stables where there is now a shop, cafe and plant centre and continued on looking for the car park. There are several small areas which have been cleared to make way for parking and it was not too long before we found a space.
My only complaint is that many of the walkways are gritted, making them a little unstable and the little stones get inside your sandals.
We walked down to the Stables, had a refreshing cup of tea and then walked over to the house.
there is a buggy if the walk is too far for you.
The entrance is quite imposing and you find yourself in a large hall. After watching the video we then went upstairs and admired the very unusual decor, not to my taste but certainly different. there are loads of rooms to explore, my favourite was the Library.
We then went into the gardens and a huge vista opened up looking down to the town of Tiverton. Many of the plants had gone over due to the recent very hot weather and they were a little disappointing. We were told there are 46 volunteer gardeners and six regular ones. A huge task to keep everything in pristine condition.
The kitchen garden was full of various flowers and vegetables, all organically grown.
as in other NT properties, there are many plants on sale and I bought 3 looking strong and healthy and only £6 each.
We ill go again, we would like to explore the parkland and there were several families enjoying picnics.
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