12th Jul 2020 - 17th Jul 2020
We’ve dedicated a break to exploring the Castles and Historic Gardens of the South West including three very different castles and their magnificent grounds.
Including three very different castles and their magnificent grounds, leave us to the logistics so you can concentrate on discovering all about our region’s fine historic sites.
he break comprises:
Dunster Castle — An ancient castle yet comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens, dramatically sited on a wooded hill with spectacular views toward the Bristol channel, the Quantock hills and up to the moors of Exmoor. A castle has existed at Dunster since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history.
Knightshayes Court — Discover Knightshayes – A great post-war garden, 19th-century parkland and grand Gothic Revival architecture by Victorian visionary William Burges. With acres of glorious garden and park, surrounding a spectacular Gothic Revival house, Knightshayes is the complete country gentleman’s dream. The formal and woodland garden is one of the finest and most varied plant collections in the country.
Castle Drogo — High above the ancient woodlands of the Teign Gorge in Devon, stands Castle Drogo. Inspired by the rugged Dartmoor tors that surround it, the castle was designed and built by renowned 20th-century architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Nothing is normal at Drogo, as the castle is currently undergoing a major conservation project to save it, by making it watertight. Outside the Lutyens designed garden is colourful in all seasons, and there are miles of pathways to explore in the Teign Gorge from along the bubbling river to Wooston hillfort, high above the gorge.
Castles & Gardens break include: Half Board accommodation, guided tours with entry and transport.
National Trust Member Discount: Discount for National Trust Members — please inform our reservations team when booking.