Nestling in the thickly-wooded valley of the River Yeo lies the 1,400-ha [3,500-acre] Arlington Court estate. At its centre stands Arlington Court, the intimate and intriguing Victorian home of Miss Rosalie Chichester. Crowded with treasures amassed from her travels, her collections include model ships, tapestry, pewter and shells. Arlington’s stable block houses one of the best collections of 19th-century horse-drawn vehicles in the country, which ranges from the very grand gold Speaker's State coach, last used at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, to Queen Victoria's pony phaeton.
The 12-ha [30-acre] gardens are largely informal, featuring a beautiful Victorian garden complete with conservatory and ornamental pond leading to a restored walled garden, producing fruit and veg used in the tea-room and sold in jams and chutneys in the shop. Miss Chichester was a keen conservationist and encouraged wildlife. Today the estate is still home to Red Ruby Devon cattle, Jacob sheep, ponies, peacocks, deer, heron, and countless birds.
Draped from trees and shrubs are lichen that thrive in the moist air. The parkland is especially important for bats, providing flight lines from the house to their feeding areas. You can take closer look at our colony of bats on the newly fitted 'bat cam' inthe cellars of the house.
There are a number of walks around the Arlington estate including the old lake walk which incorporates natural play areas including monkey puzzle maina and the mud slide in the Wilderness woods. Along this walk you can also stop off at the bird hide, see the Miss Chichester's urn next to the old lake itself and play 'pooh sticks' over Smallacombe Bridge. Other walks include Deer Park Walk and the Centenary walk.
Yes, Arlington Court is dog friendly. Dogs on leads are welcome everywhere on site, except in the house or tea room.
Open 7 days a week from February half-term - end of October half-term
Shop and tea-room - 10.30am-5pm
House, Carriage Museum and Gardens - 11am-5pm
Open weekends during November & December, 11am-4pm
Please call the Property Office on 01271 850296 to check opening times or email [email protected]
Follow the A39 from Barnstaple or from the east follow the A399 from South Molton.
Sat-Nav: from South Molton/east stay on the A399 until turning for A39 (Arlington is signposted). When you reach Arlington follow the signs towards the main car park or disabled car park.
Visit our official website at: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court
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Nr Barnstaple EX31 4LP
- 01271 850296
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