Little gems and lesser known facts in Devon and Somerset

Think you've seen it all? Tucked away in Devon and Somerset we have some little gems waiting to be discovered, whether it's somewhere you've never heard of, or a little known fact about somewhere you know well. Read on to find out more.

Petals of the Handkerchief Tree

Seed smuggling

Legend has it Lady Luttrell brought over seeds for a handkerchief tree to plant at Dunster Castle in Somerset...

A la Ronde in winter

Have you ever wondered why A la Ronde has sixteen sides?

A beautiful yet unique building with a fascinating history and design - find out why it has 16 sides. Come and find out more about this amazing property and the reasons why it is built the way it is.

'Osorio', a play by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in the Reading Room at Coleridge Cottage

Three extraordinary years

Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his family only lived in the Cottage for three years, so what made their brief stay so special that we continue to look after their home to this day?

The Wimbledon dish, part of the pewter collection

Pewter collection with a connection to Wimbledon

What's the connection between a pewter plate at Arlington Court and the Wimbledon Ladie's trophy?

You can see the inner workings of Clyston Mill

Think you've seen it all?

The Acland's gave away their estate for the benefit of the nation - will you wander off the beaten track to discover three of Killerton's hidden gems? They're open from Saturday 1 April - Sunday 29 October.

View across Peppercombe and Portledge

Peppercombe Valley

Far away from the crowds, in a magical world known only to a select few, the Peppercombe valley is rich in wildlife and our secret.

Pictures and artefacts from Overbeck's history as a hospital for the war wounded

The convalescent story of Overbeck's

Overbeck's convalescent story is a journey into Britain's war torn past and the courageous men and women that fought to keep spirits high during World War One.

The summerhouse, Finch Foundry, Devon

The peace and quiet of the cottage garden

A small and compact cottage garden - a perfect spot to relax and unwind.

The outside of Greenway house on a sunny day

Greenway's D Day connections

Over two special days in June we're sharing Greenway's connections with the Second World War, when the house was requisitioned and used first to house child evacuees and then by the US Coastguard.

View towards the Exe estuary from Lower Halsdon's multi use pathway

Multi-use pathway at Lower Halsdon Farm

The new pathway provides greater access to the Exe Estuary Trail, inviting visitors to admire the impressive views and rich wildlife.

Summer wildflowers in the garden at Coleridge Cottage, with the lime-tree bower in the background

This lime-tree bower my prison...

One of the poems written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge whilst living at the Cottage was 'This Lime-Tree Bower my Prison'. It may sound elegant, but its origins were far from it.

An old bridge crossing the calm River Teign

Fingle Woods

Find out more about Fingle Woods, one of the largest woodland restoration projects in the country.

A view towards Loughwood Meeting House

Escape the crowds in East Devon 

If you're searching for a slice of tranquility, these are a few of our picks for a peaceful visit to East Devon.

Bluebells covering the woodland floor at Buzzards

Exploring Buzzards woodland

Why not take the chance to explore off the beaten track at this tranquil woodland in the Dart Valley. If you're lucky you might even spot an otter or two.

A pleasant walk through Combe Wood, Devon

Combe Wood

Criss-crossed with pathways, this is the perfect place for a sheltered walk on a warm day.

View towards Seaton from Musbury Hill Fort

Musbury Hill Fort

Situated above the beautiful village of Musbury, this impressive Iron Age fort offers stunning views of the rural beauty of the Axe valley and out towards Shute Barton.

pretty as a picture in plaits

Take in the exotic drama of our 'Bed of treasures'

A summer performance of tropical delights as the 'B.O.T' takes to the stage in exotic drama.