National Trust Properties – Devon
A journey from wild coasts, moorland and curious historic houses to lush gardens and beaches.
Roaming through open parkland, crunching through leaves in woodland or breathing in bracing sea air along the coast is sure to enliven the senses ~ the choice is yours!
Brownstone Road, Kingswear, Devon, TQ6 0EQ
Travel back in time to the Jazz Age at the country home of the D’Oyly Carte family.
You can lose yourself in the RHS accredited garden: viewpoints give enticing glimpses out to sea, paths weave through glades past tranquil ponds, and tender plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa, and New Zealand thrive in the moist and sheltered valley.
Greenway Road, Galmpton, near Brixham, Devon, TQ5 0ES
Take this extraordinary glimpse into the beloved holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family.
This relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, when Agatha and her family would spend summers and Christmases here with friends, relaxing by the river, playing croquet and clock golf, and reading her latest mystery to their guests.
The family were great collectors, and the house is filled with archaeology, Tunbridgeware, silver, botanical china, and books.
Marldon, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 1TA
A rare survivor, this medieval fortress with high curtain walls, towers and a portcullis, set in a landscape of rolling hills and orchards, is a bewitching mixture of romance and history.
Home for nearly 600 years to the Gilbert family, including Sir Humphrey Gilbert – half-brother to Sir Walter Raleigh.
Drewsteignton, Dartmoor, Devon, EX6 6PB
We’re staying open during the conservation work, giving you the opportunity to go behind the scenes. Inside the castle has been redisplayed by three artists, you will see elements of the collection brought together in creative ways, and darkened spaces brought to life revealing new aspects of Drogo’s remarkable story.
Discover the beautiful Lutyens-designed terraced garden with dramatic views of Dartmoor. There’s plenty to see from the rose garden to the quaint Bunty House (Wendy House) complete with its own miniature garden.
Totnes road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 1LX
Unspoilt and fascinating medieval manor house, still a relaxed family home. Wander through rooms untouched by time, warm yourself by the open fire, and unwind in the tranquil garden.
Located in a green haven of riverside meadows and woodland hidden away in the heart of the town.
The Church House
Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Dartmoor, Devon, TQ13 7TA
Dartmoor is where you will find fast flowing rivers, quiet shady meadows, rugged granite tors, panoramic views down to the coast and nestling in the valleys, small picturesque villages. One of these is Widecombe-in-the-Moor where you will find one of the finest examples of a 16th-century church house, originally used for parish festivities or ‘ales’.
Today the Church House is still in use by the local community with various groups and clubs using it as well as the monthly village market, but can be visited by National Trust members when not in use.
Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE
Would you give away your family home for your political beliefs? Sir Richard Acland did just that with his Killerton Estate in the heart of Devon, when he gave it to the Trust in 1944. Today, you’ll find a friendly Georgian house set in 2,600 hectares (6,400 acres) of working farmland, woods, parkland, cottages and orchards.
Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6EY
The Abbey is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures such as the legendary Drake’s Drum.
There’s no mistaking the magnificence of the Great Barn, which has remained virtually unchanged since it was built all those centuries ago.
Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 1UH
Saltram overlooks the River Plym and is set in a rolling landscape park that provides precious green space on the outskirts of Plymouth.
Strolling along the riverside or through the woodland, you can almost forget that the city lies so close.
Sharpitor, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8LW
Welcome to the seaside home of inventor and scientist Otto Overbeck. His gardens and house are perched high on the cliffs above Salcombe, with glorious views over the estuary and coast.
Walking through the garden is like taking a trip around the world. With palm trees, banana plants, citrus and olive trees, you could easily forget for a moment where you are and expect to see a parrot flying up above.