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Dramatic fortified manor house and small formal garden

A rare survivor, this medieval fortress with high curtain walls, towers and a portcullis, set in a landscape of rolling hills and orchards, is a bewitching mixture of romance and history.

Home for nearly 600 years to the Gilbert family, including Sir Humphrey Gilbert - half-brother to Sir Walter Raleigh.

Wander round this charming small castle's medieval kitchen, great hall, solar and sub solar.

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Family volunteering

Saturday 4 October, 10.30am–12.30pm
Come and help to pick apples in Compton village, ready for Apple Day at Woodhuish. As a reward enjoy free entry to Greenway, Coleton Fishacre or Compton Castle during half-term.

Explore the collection

Why not discover the contents of the castle's collection online? There are lots of interesting things, from carved chests to shields.

Bring a school group

Compton Castle is the perfect place to take a school group. Spark their interest in history in this medieval marvel - look out for the defences, find all the clues in the kids' trails, and much more.

This new rose has grown this much in seven months. © Martin Farhall

This new rose has grown this much in seven months.

Looking rosy

Rose ‘Francois Juranville’ isn't a new rose to Compton Castle; rather a replacement. This February the gardener planted this and some other roses and some clematis. The rose came with two strong shoots, but one was broken off in transit; as you can see it hasn’t affected it at all.

These two shoots are long enough to wrap around the pillar already, the top one has been trained along the pergola, and there is another stronger, taller shoot on the lawn side of the pillar. Before planting we covered the roots with mycorrhizal fungi. This contains beneficial bacteria, which helps keep the root healthy, and biostimulants, which help with nutrient uptake. The roots were separated from the existing soil by planting the rose in a cardboard box filled with fresh soil; the cardboard will break down eventually, but by that time the roots should be strong and healthy enough to withstand attacks by anything nasty in the soil.

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