Curator's choice: six must-sees at Saltram

Ever since the Parker family came to Saltram and remodelled their fine house, it became a place for visiting, for refreshment, and for entertainment. Visitors to Saltram’s house, garden and parkland can still enjoy the same atmosphere today. Whether you are visiting to see the fantastic collections and Robert Adam interiors, to take a stroll in the garden, or to cycle along the river path, Saltram really has something for everyone. Here are some of my ‘must-sees’ for any visit to Saltram.

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View of Saltram's Robert Adam Saloon with chandeliers

The Robert Adam Saloon 

A ‘Great Room’ designed to host the most extravagant of parties. Saltram’s saloon is one of the finest surviving Robert Adam interiors in the country.

John and Theresa Parker as children by Sir Joshua Reynolds

Sir Joshua Reynolds and Saltram 

Sir Joshua Reynolds was the first President of the Royal Academy and famed portrait painter of the wealthy and the famous. Born in Plympton, less than a mile from Saltram, he was friends with John Parker and the family, painting them on many occasions.

Garniture of Wedgwood and Bentley basalt vases of classical form, c.1770-1775 /Saltram

Wonderful Wedgwood 

Theresa Robinson described the Wedgwood showroom as 'very tempting shop.' Don't miss some of the exquisite pieces purchased for display at Saltram.

Wallpaper in the Chinese dressing room at Saltram

Chinese design, English interiors 

The Chinese wallpapers at Saltram are a rare survival. With four different styles dating to the mid 18th century, these wallpapers are a must-see.

The west lawn overlooking the house in Spring at Saltram, Devon

Saltram's landscape garden 

The 18th century landscape at Saltram was made for exploring. Many thousands of people still enjoy the gardens and grounds today that were shaped by the family 250 years ago.

Saltram House visitor looking at books in the library

Saltram's library 

Remodelled by architect John Foulston in 1818, the fascinating library at Saltram is home to over 3000 volumes. Look a little more closely and you won’t find it all weighty tomes. Saltram’s library contains a wealth of books from antiquarian texts to popular novels.