Knightshayes, near Tiverton, Devon
A National Trust owned Victorian country house set in acres of typically English parkland near Tiverton, with woodland walks, a play area, and formal gardens. The Gothic revival house and gardens exude grandeur and history; note the quirky touches - stone carvings and gargoyles, decorative painted ceilings, heraldic dogs on the grand staircase. Where else can you see a topiary fox being chased by hounds? There's a family trail where you can dress as a servant and budding pianists are welcome to tinkle the ivories in the drawing room. Have a good walk in the park and afterwards, treat yourself to a homemade scone in the The Conservaotroy Tea Room, or lunch in the Stables Cafe, made using produce from the walled garden.
The grounds are open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; opening times for the house and cafe vary throughout the year.
All information is correct at the time of writing.