National Trust & English Heritage in Devon

Mazzard Farm is blessed with being surrounded by a good number of National Trust and English Heritage properties. So if you are members, all the more reason to come and stay with us (and don’t forget to bring your membership passes, or if you travel from abroad, order a week/2-week membership pass here)

National Trust properties (click on the property name to open respective NT webpage)

Killerton  – Beautiful gardens, a pretty house, and a display of special costumes +44 (0) 1392 881345

Castle Drogo (as per image above) – A real castle in the heart of Dartmoor. Actually built in more recent times (some 100 years back, by Sir Edwin Luytens), yet it looks ‘the real thing’. Step back in time and see how the Drew family, and their staff, lived in the early par t of the 20th cenury. Great gardens and tea room. Children’s trails. (0)1647 433 306. TIP: have a drink or meal in The Drew Arms Inn in Drewsteignton when visiting Castle Drogo. Gem of a pub!

A La Ronde – This unique sixteen-sided house, described by Lucinda Lambton as having ‘a magical strangeness that one might dream of only as a child’, was built for two spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter, on their return from a European grand tour in the late 18th century. +44 (0)1395 265514

Branscombe: the Old Bakery, Manor Mill and Forge – Nestling in a valley that reaches down to the sea, these thatched buildings date back more than 200 years. Visit the working forge and mill (check opening times), then enjoy a traditional cream tea in the Old Bakery tea-room. Explore the beach or woodlands – there are plenty of paths to choose from. +44 (0) 01297 680333/680481

Orcombe Point, gateway to the Jurassic Coast – Orcombe Point marks the most westerly point of the world famous Jurassic coast, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Standing at the summit with wonderful views out to sea is the 5 metre high stone sculpture known as the Geoneedle, cleverly sculptured from all the rocks found along this unique coastline.

Knightshayes Court – Discover Knightshayes, a gothic Victorian mansion set in the heart of the rolling mid Devon countryside. There’s plenty to see from looming gargoyles, imaginative carvings including the ‘seven deadly sins’ and the medieval great hall complete with minstrel’s gallery.

Explore the Walled Garden, now restored to its former glory and used to grow organic produce for the stables restaurant and nearby town market. Watch the gardeners planting and harvesting fruit and vegetables or say hello to our free range chickens. +44 (0) 1884 257381

English Heritage properties

Berry Pomeroy Castle (as per image below) – Tucked away in a deep wooded valley, Berry Pomeroy Castle is the perfect romantic ruin. Within the 15th-century defences of the Pomeroy family castle looms the dramatic ruined shell of its successor, the great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours. Begun in c.1560 and ambitiously enlarged from c.1600, their mansion was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon, a match for Longleat and Audley End. Never completed, and abandoned by 1700, it became the focus of blood-curdling ghost stories, recounted in the audio tour.

Totnes Castle – A classic Norman motte and bailey castle, founded soon after the Conquest to overawe the Saxon town. A later stone shell-keep crowns its steep mound, giving sweeping views across the town rooftops to the River Dart.

Dartmouth Castle – One of the most picturesquely-sited fortresses in England. For over 600 years Dartmouth Castle has guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and the busy, vibrant port of Dartmouth.