Arlington Court near Barnstaple
Open April to October - open daily, except Saturdays
Hidden in a wooded valley on the edge of Exmoor, the Arlington estate houses numerous extraordinary collections.
The house is crowded with the treasures of the Chichester family, including a unique collection of model ships and an amazing assortment of shells. Rare and impressive 18C Beauvais Tapestries are displayed alongside the family’s personal possessions.
The 12 hectares of grounds (30 acres) include the formal Victorian garden, which produces fruit, vegetables and flowers for the house and tearoom.
The 1,125 hectares (2,700acres) estate is noted for its lichens and wildlife, and includes a heronry. The Stable block contains the Trust’s internationally important collection of over 50 horse-drawn carriages.
Arlington Court also has:
Varied collection of eccentric traveller Rosalie Chichester
View Devon’s largest colony of lesser horseshoe bats via the Bat Cam (May – Aug)
Home to Jacob sheep
A delightful and very interesting historic house to visit.