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Dunster Castle. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-dunstercastle

Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history. Home of the Luttrell family for more than 600 years, the present building was remodelled in 1868–72 by Antony Salvin. The fine oak staircase and plasterwork ceiling he adapted can still be seen. Visitors can relax on the sunny sheltered terrace, which is home to a variety of subtropical plants and the National Collection of Strawberry Trees. Magnificent views over the surrounding countryside add to the ambience.


Arlington Court.http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-arlingtoncourt Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel: a complete family estate. The intimate Regency house contains treasures for all tastes, from model ships to shells, all collected by the Chichesters. Offering incident and contrast, the 19th-century picturesque garden is a perfect place to explore, picnic or play. The walled kitchen garden provides fruit and vegetables for the tea-room and flowers for the house. The tranquil estate, abundant with wildlife, includes an ancient heronry. The Carriage Museum in the stables, has a vehicle for every occasion from cradle to grave. Our working horses and carriage rides keep the story alive

Knightshayes Court http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-knightshayescourt One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, built in the lush landscape of mid Devon, Knightshayes Court is a rare example of the work of the eccentric and inspiring architect William Burges. Built for the grandson of pioneer lace-maker John Heathcoat in 1869, the house is an exciting architectural experience, with extraordinary 'medieval' romantic interiors, rich decoration and ceramics. The vast garden, which was the Heathcoat Amory family's great passion, is renowned for its rare trees, shrubs and seasonal colours. The restored and fully productive organic kitchen garden is a treat for everyone who enjoys local produce


Dunster Working Water Mill http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-dunsterworkingwatermill A restored 18th-century watermill built on the site of a mill mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086

Bideford bay and Hartland http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-bidefordbayhartland A little-known but most beautiful stretch of rugged cliffs, sheltered valleys and ancient woodlands

West Exmoor coast http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-westexmoorcoastSix miles of towering cliffs and secluded coves, wooded river valleys and heather moorland in Exmoor National Park.

Watersmeet http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-watersmeet A dramatic stretch of the South-West Coast path with one of britain's deepest river gorges and a real haven for butterflies, otters, birds and salmon.

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