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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
Fading of the light
Monday 8 September - Sunday 5 October
As the days get shorter explore the way light changes atmospheres and objects at Arlington. Visit the house where some rooms will be set for Victorian night-time scenes and discover the dangers of coach travel by night at the carriage museum. Amble through the gardens as autumn sets in and find out why leaves change colour during this season. Complete your visit by visiting the Old Kitchen tea-room and tucking into a seasonal pie and pudding at a special price of £9.95 per person.
Enjoy a special evening at Arlington with lanterns hanging from trees and floating on the pond. Join our rangers for den building and marshmallow toasting.
Sunday 5 October, 4.30-7.30pm
An exhibition of quilts made by the contemporary branch of the British Quilters Guild.