Sometimes I am so busy daydreaming about overseas adventure that I forget just how much history there is to see in England. This week I took a trip with some friends to Arlington Court, a National Trust property on the edge of Barnstaple.
Unfortunately, the entire front of the building was obscured by scaffolding, but I picked up some postcards of what the house usually looks like behind the building work – it looks beautiful.
The house belonged to the Chichester family for over five hundred years, and unlike some properties I’ve visited, there is a real homely feel about the place.
For a few pounds on top of the regular ticket price, I was able to visit the National Trust Carriage Museum too. As carriage driving has some relevance to my family, it was quite exciting to see the development of carriages through time. I never realised that a type of carriage existed that allowed passengers to lie down. We all agreed that they had an uncanny resemblance to pushchairs (and were a little bit creepy).
The grounds were beautiful, and many people were visiting with their dogs. We didn’t have enough time to see all the grounds, as we were only visiting for the afternoon, but I would love to return with my walking boots and go exploring.
More information can be found on the National Trust website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court/
Information on the various walks through the grounds can be found here: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1356400480540/
Have you visited Arlington Court or any of the other beautiful National Trust properties? Share your experiences!