Places to visit
Bampfield Farm is the perfect base to explore the numerous historic properties which are dotted all over the South West.
National Trust properties in North Devon
Arlington Court, near Barnstaple
Arlington Court is the closest National Trust property to Bampfield Farm. It features an intriguing house built in 1820, beautiful gardens, walks and trails across the spectacular countryside. It is also home to the National Trust’s Carriage Museum. In the summer they often arrange outdoor theatre and other events, which are worth seeking out.
Other places to visit in North Devon
Hartland Abbey and Gardens
Hartland Abbey is an interesting historic property set in pretty grounds. You can visit the house, wander around the gardens and take a scenic walk down to the small rugged cove of Blackpool Mill.
This 65 acre magical garden in North Devon’s Torridge Valley is well worth a visit whilst you’re here. Explore the Formal Garden, the Stream Field and Lake. Then venture on to the Devon Orchards and the Fruit and Vegetable Garden. The walk through the Underpass feautures a series of ‘garden rooms’ that all blend into one. You can get refreshments at The Garden Kitchen Restaurant (also open to the public if you’re not visiting the garden) and stock up at The Rosemoor Garden Centre too.
National Trust properties in the South West
One of our favourites is Dunster Castle. Situated on a wooded hill on Exmoor, the ancient castle has dramatic views and lots to explore. The mediaeval village of Dunster is also worth a visit, with the historic Old Yarn Market, interesting shops and restaurants and cafes.
Killerton House has interesting grounds to explore, and a historic house with a discovery centre, dressing up, orienteering and play trails.
Knightshayes, near Tiverton
Knightshayes is one of the best preserved gothic style properties. Set on a large country estate, you can also explore the grounds, which is well known for its rare trees and shrubs.