Arlington Court, on the edge of Exmoor, Devon

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Arlington Court by Derek Harper | CC BY-SA 2.0 | via Wikimedia Commons

Arlington Court has much to offer the visitor. For starters take a look at the elegant Regency house itself. Make sure you also spend some time in the formal Victorian garden. To top it all there is also a carriage museum, and if you fancy a walk, there are some great lakeside walks. All in all there are about 20 miles of footpaths to explore!  Dogs are welcome on leads in the gardens and the carriage museum.

The Arlington Estate belonged to the Chichester family for some 500 years. The last member of the family to reside there was Rosalie, who inherited the estate at the age of sixteen on her father’s death. She lived at Arlington until her death in 1949 and bequeathed the house and estate to the National Trust.

The house as it stands now, was built in 1823 and extended in 1860. It does have a somewhat austere exterior. However, inside is a different picture. The rooms are cosy and homely, with a definite family atmosphere.

There is plenty to see both inside and out. Don’t go without taking a look at the carriage museum which is located in the stables. You may even be lucky enough to see some horses whilst you are there, as well. Try some of the delicious cakes and other refreshments in the tearoom which is set in the old Victorian kitchens. Visit the shop, and pick up some locally produced jams and other preserves. There are lots of other gifts to take away with you.

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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