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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

Christmas

There's lots to see and do this Christmas at Arlington.

Thinking of coming as a group, then take a look at our Christmas group bookings page.

Victorian Christmas

Step back in time to 1883 and meet our costumed volunteers in the grounds.

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.

Discover more about Victorian Christmas and other events here.

New Year's Eve walk

Winter walking in the countryside

Wednesday 31 December, 11am-1pm

Enjoy a guided walk (approx. 4 miles) through the winter estate and say goodbye to 2014. Dogs on leads welcome. £1 suggested donation per person. Please note that the tea-room and shop will be closed at this time. Meet outside visitor reception.

Winter walking

Winter walking in the countryside

The Arlington estate is riddled with footpaths and you can enjoy some beautiful walks with breathtaking views. There are walks to suit all ages and abilities and all of them are dog friendly.

Volunteer recruitment

16-22 February, 11am-1pm

Thinking of doing something different in 2015? Drop in to Arlington during our recruitment week and find out more about volunteering with us. Discover more about some of our roles here.

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