Knightshayes, Bolham, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7RQ
Knightshayes- an extraordinary 19th century house with one of the finest gardens in the south west. Begun in 1870, and a rare example of the work of the eccentric and opium fuelled designer William Burges, the house is an extraordinary Victorian Gothic delight, with richly decorated interiors, telling the story of a house that has changed a great deal in it’s short life, and the fascinating family who lived there. The glorious formal and woodland gardens are nationally renowned and real labour of love, which are constantly changing through the seasons, and the fully restored Victorian kitchen gardens are a joy to explore, supplying our café with delicious seasonal fruit and vegetables all year round. There's also the chance to take some of the good stuff away with you, as we also sell produce from the kitchen garden, which changes daily and is always fresh. We have a children's play area, located in an area adjacent to the kitchen garden for those looking to run off steam and in the house, there is a safari trail for the older kids and a 'spot the butterflies' trail for the younger ones. The Formal and Woodland Garden is large enough for the kids to have a run around, yet small enough for you to feel safe in letting them do so. The cafe offers great deals on kids lunch boxes, and there are changing facilities to be found in both areas of toilets.
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There is a step free path around the entirety of the formal garden (please ask in reception for more details) and nearly all of the kitchen garden is accessible (though steep in areas). The upstairs of the house is unfortunately inaccessible to those in wheelchairs and with buggies, however, we welcome people to sit in the smoking room and browse the information about the house we hold in there, along with being able to see a slide show of the upstairs rooms.
We are located just 7 miles from junction 27 on the M5, via with A361. Follow the brown tourist signs from the A361, eventually turning right off Tiverton to Bampton road (A396) at Bolham. We advise you to switch off your sat nav upon picking up signs, as it will take you to the wrong entrance to the estate. Map link.
Date last modified: 19th June 2013 at 16:50