Powderham Castle

sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

The historic home of the Earl of Devon, Powderham is a stately but still friendly place. Built in 1391, it was damaged in the Civil War and remodelled in the Victorian era. A visit takes in a fine wood-panelled Great Hall, parkland with 650 deer and glimpses of life 'below stairs' in the kitchen. The earl and family are still resident and, despite its grandeur, for disarming, fleeting moments it feels like you're actually wandering through someone's sitting room.

Powderham is on the River Exe near Kenton, 8 miles south of Exeter. Bus 2 runs from Exeter (30 minutes, every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday).