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Review of Knightshayes court

Knightshayes court
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Tiverton
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

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.

1  Thank Jeanni44
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

We visited both house and gardens. The house is a curious mixture of exterior and interior. The volunteer guides gave us a great deal of information as we moved from room to room and the short video was interesting. Although set in a truly gorgeous location, the gardens were something of a disappointment - maybe they don't have enough volunteers to keep them up? Also, the signposting in the gardens was confusing. We found ourselves heading in completely the wrong direction while trying to find the exit, as did several other visitors we spoke with. Good plant store and cafeteria in the old stable block.

Thank Richard S
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We have stopped here on many occasions whilst travelling South. This was just a quick stop so we walked some of the gardens and ate in the cafe.

There are beautiful gardens and acres of parkland to walk around. There is a mix of formal gardens, informal gardens, lots of lovely borders, plus lots of grass for children to play and others to walk, add to this a large walled kitchen garden, all those things the National Trust best. There is some work being undertaken to upgrade some paths to be more friendly to wheelchair users.

We have not been inside the house but the external architecture is very imposing.

We ate light lunch in the cafe which was as usual tasty, and fresh.

Thank DavidA200
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

The house is a stunning example of the work of Burgess and Crace and has a fascinating history. As members we often visit Trust properties and I must single out the volunteer room stewards, who were delightful, and so helpful in answering our questions. Knightshayes gardens are fabulous, and a plantsman's delight. The animal sculpture trail with the fantastic woven creatures is wonderful for children (and adults!) The kitchen garden with it's wildflower banks, herbaceous borders, chickens, ducks and geese was a real joy.

1  Thank Jules058
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Lovely house with a interesting story. Also lovely grounds for walking including woods and the kitchen garden.

Thank Shopgirl32
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