Visit Arlington Court:Arlington Court (National Trust) is in a great setting over looking the Loxhore valley.The house was built in the 1820’s, so is just a little older than The Old Vicarage, and for a stately home is of a size that you can imagine actually living in.There are over 20 miles of scenic walks in the grounds, and two “wild” play areas for children, as well as the walled gardens and national carriage museum.Arlington Court is great for all ages and a great place to visit when on the way to or from Lynton and Lynmouth.
Explore Hartland Abbey:Hartland Abbey and Gardens is in a great spot just west of Hartland village.It was built as an Abbey in the 1100’s, so a lot older than The Old Vicarage! In 1539 it was the last monastery to be dissolved by Henry VIII and is now home to the Stucley family who are happy to share it with visitors.You may well have scene it already as it and the surrounding area is used regularly on TV and film (The Night Manager, Sense and Sensibility, Antiques Roadshow…).Hartland Abbey and grounds is a relaxing timeless place to explore, make sure you allow time to walk down to the cove too.
Visit Tapeley Park: The gardens and grounds at TapeleyPark are an interesting balance of nature and nurture. From the formal terraces to the natural grace of the Lake, from the haphazardness of the permaculture garden to the geometrics of the maze on the hill. With thoughtful woodland walks, abundant organic vegetable gardens and surprising animal encounters, you will find Tapeley Park very relaxing.
Stop off at Knightshayes:Knightshayes is a National Trust property just outside of Tiverton so a great place to stop off at on the way to or from The Old Vicarage. There are formal gardens herbaceous and vegetable gardens alongside the 19th century manor house with its “medieval” hall. Knightshayes is worth planning into your trip for a few hours break on the A361 just outside of Tiverton.