Experience the tranquility of a living monastery. Buckfast Abbey is famous for it’s Tonic wine. The recipe for the Tonic wine is attributed to the original French monks who settled at the Abbey in the 1880’s. From soon after the re-foundation of the monastery in 1882, bees have been kept at the Abbey. From Spring 2010 the Bee Department will be running courses for those who wish to start beekeeping or learn about bees.
Once the home of the Elizabethan seafaring adventurer Sir Francis Drake, this ancient abbey with it’s great monastic bam, meadows and orchard is now a peaceful, remote place with an amazing history.
The last castle to be built in England, this remarkable 20th century fortress stands high above the Teign Gorge on Dartmoor. Built by Lutyens for the tycoon Julius Drewe, Drogo’s imposing exterior conceals a surprisingly intimate and comfortable 1930’s home.
Cockington Country Park
Cockington Country park is a 450 acre park with Cockington Craft Centre at it’s heart, featuring demonstrations of a wide range of craft skills, including glass-blowing displays.
Travel back to the Jazz Age at the evocative holiday home of the D’Oyly Carte family on Devon’s south coast: a stylish house imbued with 1920’s elegance set in a magical valley garden filled with tender exotice plants.
This true medieval fortress with high curtain walls, towers and portcullis, in a landscape of rolling hills and orchards, has been home to the Gilbert family for nearly 600 years, including Sir Humphrey Gilbert, half-brother to Sir Walter Raleigh.
An extraordinary glimpse into the private holiday home of Agatha Chistie and her family; the relaxed and atmospheric house contains many of the family’s collections. A romantic woodland garden drifts down the hillside to the Dart estuary.
One of Devon’s great estates, Killerton was given to the national trust by Sir Richard Acland because of his political beliefs. Discover the fascinating Aclands in their family home and explore the famous garden created by John Weitch, beautiful all year round.
Powderham Castle is located in a unique, pictuesque setting beside the exe estuary. Six hundred years of history are contained within the walls of one of England’s oldest family homes. This and a whole range of other exciting activites make it a ‘must see’ for everyone.
Torre Abbey is the oldest building in Torquay. It has a story spanning 800 years and was once the most important Abbey of it’s kind in England. The brothers who lived here then were known as the White Canons. Following a massive three-year restoration project, visitors can now explore the most ancient and hallowed parts of the building where some stunning finds have been unearthed.