Historic Houses & Castles

The National Trust
National Trust protects special places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, for ever, for everyone.

Mount Edgcumbe House
Mount Edgcumbe House is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula, South East Cornwall.

Pencarrow House
The famous Georgian
house is still owned and lived in by the Molesworth-St Aubyn family, near Wadebridge, Cornwall. 50 acres of formal and woodland gardens.

Prideaux Place
Prideaux Place in Padstow, Cornwall where the Prideaux family has lived for generations going back to the time when Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne. However the Prideaux family have been prominent in Cornwall for longer than that being recorded as Lords of Prideaux Castle at Luxulyan at the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066, very nearly a thousand years ago.

English Heritage
English Heritage exists to protect and promote England's spectacular historic environment and ensure that its past is researched and understood.

Castle Explorer
Explore the castles of Britain. Find all the information you need to locate and visit the castles of Britain, with full descriptions and photographs.

Hartland Abbey
Hartland Abbey, Hartland Devon a historic family house within wonderful grounds and gardens. Only one mile from Hartland Quay, Hartland Abbey lies across a narrow, sheltered valley which winds its way to the spectacular Atlantic Coast. Within a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ visitors may wander around the beautiful gardens and grounds which lead to the rocky cove. Peacocks and guinea fowl roam at will, whilst donkeys and Black Welsh Mountain sheep graze the Old Deer Park.

Caerhays Castle
Visit Caerhays Castle and it's 100 acre woodland garden. Plant hunters will enjoy looking at the rhododendron hybrids, magnolias and camelia williamsii.

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Trewithen Gardens
An historic private estate renowned for its gardens with collection of magnolias and camellias, on-site nursery, tea shop and dog friendly woodland walks.

The Jewel in the crown, at the heart of the estate, 70 acres of enchanting gardens and grounds featuring one of Cornwall's largest and most diverse plant collections set within magnificent formal, informal and woodland areas.  The gardens include numerous specimen shrubs and trees, a stunning bluebell valley, ornamental lake with picturesque Victorian Boathouse and formal cascade, Sunken Italian Garden, Serpentine Yew Tunnel, extensive Pinetum, Bamboo collection, atmospheric Rockery and Grotto, the Great Lawn and Summer Terrace and many other interesting features.

Tregrehan has been home to the Carlyon family since 1565. Jovey Carlyon's passion for trees during the late 19thcentury is evident in the towering specimens seen today. Beneath this canopy Gillian Carlyon's (1924-1987) renowned collection of camellias flourish. In quiet rebellion against this promiscuous genus, the botanical collection of the current 'gardener' (encumbered with the same passion as his forebears) requires an appreciation of the diversity of the world's flora. At its floral peak in the spring, the 20 acre garden and magnificent green-house (circa 1846).

Trebah Gardens

St Michaels Mount
An award winning tourist attraction in Cornwall. Home of the St Aubyn family for 300 years and one of the most visited National Trust properties in Britain.

Mount Edgcumbe House
Mount Edgcumbe House is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula, South East Cornwall.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Based in Cornwall, England. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, the world-renowned restored productive gardens and pleasure grounds.

Enys Trust
Probably the most valuable asset to the garden is its microclimate. It is virtually frost free, and this, together with the mild and temperate influence of the Gulf Stream, enables many tender plants and trees to flourish. One of the most important of these is the Peruvian Laurel, one of the few specimens growing in England today. There is also a Maidenhair tree, (Ginkgo biloba) which is said to be the tallest specimen outside Kew Gardens.

The Eden Project
The Eden Project is wholly owned by the Eden Trust, an educational charity. They use exhibits, events, workshops and educational programmes to remind people what nature gives to us and to help people to learn how to look after it in return. All money raised goes to further the aims of the Trust.

Bicton Gardens
63 acre garden in 18th century style. Includes details of the facilities such as woodland railway and countryside museum.

Marwood Hill Garden
Set in the rolling hills of North Devon, this garden features large collections of camellias, astilbes, tulbaghias and Japanese irises.

Rosemoor Garden
Set deep in the lovely North Devon countryside, Rosemoor is an enchanting garden to visit at any time of the year.

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The Arundell Arms
The Arundell Arms Fishing Hotel - One of England's finest Hotels offering fishing and shooting with a gastronomic restaurant and Conference Centre.

Blagdon Manor
Rarely can your escape to the countryside be so complete.
The expansive tapestry of fields, hedgerows, trees and lanes is the background in which Blagdon Manor nestles - Fine Dining and Dog Friendly Hotel.

Lewtrenchard Manor
A Jacobean Manor tucked away in its own secret valley. Hidden away in a wooded hollow just beneath the wild tors of Dartmoor, Lewtrenchard is a house virtually untouched by time. The original manor was mentioned in the Domesday Book, but today’s impressive Jacobean dwelling, set in its own shrub filled gardens and surrounded by peaceful parkland, dates from the early 1600’s.

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Chalet Datcha
Located in the heart of Les Collons at 1800 metres, Chalet Datcha is ideally situated for winter and summer holidays. The 30 year old chalet has recently been refurbished to a high standard. Les Collons - 4 Valleys / Verbier: Thyon 2000/Les Collons is a skiers and boarders dream having great snow from November to April (and occasionally in August!). Located in the 4 Valleys region it benefits from one of the largest ski regions in Europe with over 400 kms of pistes and over 100 ski-lifts. The ski area above Les Collons is fabulous with wide open and sunny slopes, perfect for all, and includes one of the most famous ski slopes in the Alps, the fabulous World Cup ladies downhill run, Piste de L'Ours. The area boasts some of the best off piste you can ski anywhere. There is no need to ski to Verbier but you can get there on skis in less than an hour.

Sarah Marshall Photography
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After a long career as a professional ballet dancer I now live on the Devon/Cornwall border with my 2 beautiful children.
I just take pictures of the things I see around me, things that other people may not see.
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We Love The Tamar Valley - Tamar Valley Tourism Association (TAVATA)
One of the most unspoilt, beautiful and tranquil areas fo the UK, the Tamar Valley is an area rich in beauty and history, possessing some of the finest scenery in the West Country. The Estuary is an important haven for wildlife, such as the avocet and little egret. The valley of the river Tamar - and its tributaries, the Tavy and Lynher - is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The website features places to stay, visit, eat, drink and shop in East Cornwall and West Devon, plus a local directory of hotels, guest houses and more.

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