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Very old sweet chestnut tree

View across the park

One of the Baronet's

Edwardian Dress

Gorgious dress

California Redwood

Beautiful flowers

Some more beautiful flowers

Tony on the trail

Some more


Another trail

View across the park

Tony and Redwood

Memorial in the park

Window in the Near hut

Bear hut


Looking down on Bear Hut

Ice Cave

Looking towards the house

Another view of the house

Front of the house

Bus stop in the village

The weather was still not very good so we decided to do another National Trust Estate. This time we visited Killerton House.

Killerton was the home of the Aclands, an important Devon family for 350 years and who owned significant parcels of land in the county. The house which was built in 1778-9 as a temporary residence for the then Sir Thomas Aclands, 7th Baronet. He had decided to move the family seat from nearby Columb John to Killerton. He had commissioned a new mansion to be built at the top of Dolbury Hill but due to a fall out with the architect and the death of one of his sons the mansion was never built. The family remained in the temporary residence and it is the house seen today redesigned and changed by subsequent generations.

As we toured the house we learnt about the history of the family. We also learnt that the house had been used by two boarding schools - Battle Abbey (girls) and Vine Hall (boys). The gardeners of the estate were still 40 years later trying to sort out the plant names around the estate which some boys had mixed up!

We also learnt that the estate was given to the National Trust by the 15th Baronet, socialist MP Sir Richard Acland, He was one of the founder members of the Common Wealth Party started in 1942 which called for” common ownership "vital democracy" and morality in politics”. Aclands believed owning property was against his principals and also he wanted to raise funds for the party so looked to sell the estate. However he was persuaded by his wife whose concern was for the welfare of the estate workers and tenants to give the estate to The National Trust.

In touring the house there was also a costume exhibition called Gems which highlighted some of the Trust’s costume collection. Some of the dresses were just stunning.

After lunch in the cafe we then explored the grounds. The one advantage of these old estates is there is plenty of walking. We enjoyed the extensive hillside garden which was laid out in the eighteenth century by John Veitch. He sent plant hunters around the world to bring back unusual and exotic trees. We discovered huge California Redwoods and other unusual trees from Asia. We also found the Bear House once home to a Canadian black bear and the Ice House. There were also great views across the surrounding countryside.

Another great visit

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