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Stately Homes & Gardens in Exeter & East Devon

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Exeter & East Devon Stately Homes, Country Houses & Gardens

A La Ronde

Summer Lane, Exmouth, EX8 5BD
Tel: 01395 265514

A La Ronde Photo © Chris J. Dixon
A La Ronde - Photo: Chris J Dixon CCL


Quirky 18th-century house with fascinating interior decoration and collections. A unique 16-sided house built on the instructions of two spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter, on their return from a grand tour of Europe.

Completed c.1796, the house contains many objects brought back by the Parminters. The interior includes a feather frieze and shell-encrusted gallery which, due to its fragility, can only be viewed on closed-circuit television.

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Broadclyst, Exeter, EX5 3LE
Tel: 01392 881345     Fax: 01392 883112     E-mail:

Killerton House Photo © Derek Harper
Killerton House - Photo: Derek Harper CCL


Fine 18th-century house with costume collection, hillside garden and estate.

Built for the Acland family in 1778, the house is furnished as a comfortable home.

The Paulise de Bush collection of 18th- to 20th-century costume is displayed in period rooms.

There is an second hand bookshop in the stable courtyard, a substantial Victorian laundry and interesting chapel.

Kniphophias at Killerton Photo © Derek Harper
Kniphophias at Killerton -
Photo: Derek Harper CCL


The garden was created in the 1770s by John Veitch, one of the greatest nurserymen and landscape designers of his day.

It features rhododendrons, magnolias, herbaceous borders and rare trees, as well as an ice house and early 19th-century rustic-style summer house known as The Bear’s Hut.

The surrounding parkland and woods offer a number of beautiful circular walks giving access to the 2500ha (6100 acre) estate, and there is also a discovery centre offering varied activities and family cycle track.

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Shute Barton

Shute, nr Axminster, EX13 7PT
Tel: 01392 881691    E-mail:  

Entrance to Shute Barton -
Photo: Martin Southwood CCL


Medieval manor house with later architectural features. Shute Barton is one of the most important surviving non-fortified manor houses of the Middle Ages.

Begun in 1380, completed in the late 16th century, then partly demolished in the late 18th century, it has battlemented turrets, late Gothic windows and a Tudor gatehouse.

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Knightshayes Court

Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7RQ
Tel: 01884 254665     E-mail:

Knightshayes Court Photo © John Spivey
Knightshayes Court -
Photo: John Spivey CCL


Victorian country house with richly decorated interiors and fine garden.

Begun in 1869, Knightshayes is a rare survival of the work of designer William Burges.

The interiors combine medieval romanticism with lavish Victorian decoration, and the smoking and billiard rooms, elegant boudoir and drawing room all give an atmospheric insight into the grand country house life which revolved around the Heathcoat-Amory family.

Knighthayes Court entrance Photo © Martin Bodman
Knightshayes Court entrance-
Photo: Martin Bodman CCL


A recently opened room shows original Burges designs including furniture and wall-paintings.

The celebrated garden features a water lily pool and topiary, specimen trees, rare shrubs and delightful seasonal colours.

Attractive woodland walks lead through the grounds.

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Budlake Old Post Office Room - Killerton

Broadclyst, Exeter, EX5 3LW
Tel: 01392 881690     E-mail:

Charming example of a 1950s Post Office Room with cottage garden.

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Marker’s Cottage - Killerton

Broadclyst, Exeter, EX5 3HR
Tel: 01392 461546     E-mail:

Thatched medieval cob house with interesting interior. Constructed of cob (a mixture of clay and straw), the house contains a cross-passage screen decorated with painted decorative ‘grotesque’ work and a landscape scene with St Andrew. In the garden is a cob summer house.

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Branscombe Mill

Seaton, Devon
Tel: 01392 881691     Web:

The Old Bakery is a stone-built and partially rendered building beneath thatch, which until 1987 was the last traditional working bakery in Devon. The old baking equipment has been preserved in the baking room and the rest of the building now serves as a tea-room. Manor Mill, still in working order and recently restored, is a water-powered mill which probably supplied the flour for the bakery. The forge is open daily and the blacksmith sells the ironwork he produces.

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