Gargoyles and gilded jelly-moulds

From the inside-out, Knightshayes is quirky nineteenth-century Victorian gothic revival house with stories and decoration to capture everyone's imagination. Step back in time on the minstrels' gallery, admire the intricate carvings and impressive ceilings.

A picture of the ceiling in the library, showing a talbot dog carving on a corbel

Quirks and curiosities 

There's plenty to see, from looming grotesques and gargoyles to the ‘medieval’ great hall with minstrels’ gallery. Look out for the imaginative stone carvings of the seven deadly sins and aspects of medieval life, designed by the architect William Burges. The grand staircase is engraved with heraldic dogs and leads up to rooms of various styles, from Victorian gothic to Edwardian. The elaborate ceiling decorations tell of the troubled birth of Knightshayes and its restoration.

View of Knightshayes house at dusk from the south gardens

Meet the family 

Find out more about the Heathcoat Amory family, their innovate lace making factory and their lives at Knightshayes. You can also take a glimpse into the fascinating career of Joyce Wethered, last member of the family to have resided at Knightshayes and four times winner of the English Ladies Championship and the British Ladies Open Golf.

Bendor Grosvenor with Knightshayes' portrait of Rembrandt

Could this portrait be painted by Rembrandt himself? 

Why is this little Rembrandt portrait under the spotlight? Find out more about its exciting journey in BBC Four's 'Britain's Lost Masterpieces'

South terraces at Knightshayes in front of the house in June

Why Knightshayes is special 

A Victorian visionary architect, great 20th century gardeners, and interiors the owners never really appreciated.