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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
This year Arlington is hosting the 'Woollen Woods in bloom' project in partnership with Voluntary Arts. We're looking for people to knit us anything that's found in a wood. These will then be used to create magical displays around our grounds.
The Chichester family once owned an extensive estate in North Devon which also included a substantial area of land along the coastline. Discover more about the Chichesters and the coast.