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Intriguing Regency house and impressive horse-drawn vehicles set in picturesque gardens
Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel on the edge of Exmoor, a complete family estate held by the Chichester family for over five hundred years. The collection consists of treasures for all tastes, from model ships to shells, collected over several generations. The house itself, built in 1823 and extended in 1860, has an austere facade. However, inside the cosy rooms purvey a homely, family atmosphere.
The Carriage Museum in the stables has a vehicle for every occasion from cradle to grave. Currently on loan from the Houses of Parliament is the Speaker’s State Coach, a glorious, gilded carriage with over 300 years of history.
Keeping Arlington alive:
- Jacob sheep and Red Devon cattle graze the estate and provide seasonal dishes for our menu
- Over 20 miles of footpaths to explore, including our popular lake walk, just under two miles, which tours the man-made lake and bridge piers of an unfulfilled Victorian dream
- Formal Victorian garden with conservatory rebuilt in 2012, planted with exotic species and walled garden providing produce for the tea room and flowers for the house
- An abundance of wildlife to discover including two species of bat roosting in the cellars, an ancient heronry and a birdhide, to view nature at its best
Sunday 7 December, 3.15-4.30pm
Get into the Christmas spirit at Arlington and join South Molton Town Band for carol singing in the stable yard at the Carriage Museum.
Saturday 13 December, 11am-3.30pm
Meet the Victorian staff getting the house and gardens ready for Christmas. Learn how many modern traditions date back to the Victorian times. Also try your hand at making festive decorations.