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Bodmin.
Lanhydrock. National Trust One of Cornwall's grandest country houses, Lanhydrock dates from the 17th century althought a bad fire meant that it had to be largely rebuilt in 1881. There are 50 rooms on show, giving the visitor an excellent insight into Victorian life. A lovely park of 450 acres goes down to the River Fowey.

House open March 23 to November 3, closed Mondays except bank holidays, Gardens open all year round.
Boscastle.
Tintagel Castle, Tintagel. English Heritage A few miles along the coast lie the romantic and mysterious ruins of Tintagel Castle. Archaeologists have yet to find the definitive answers to the history of these echoes of history past. Was it a Roman settlement, or a Dark Age Palace, or the stronghold of the Earls of Cornwall? And was King Arthur, he of the many legends, born there?

There is a half mile walk along rough track to get there from the village: no cars, but there is a landrover service from Easter to the end of October.
Bristol. Important city with strong maritime tradition.
The Georgian House. A carefully preserved example of a late 18th-century sugar merchant's town house.
Calne.
Bowood House and Gardens. Magnificent 18th Century home and parkland with rhododendrons. Interior - remarkable family heirlooms and works of art. Adventure Playground with pirate ship, giant slides, chutes and high level rope walks. Soft play area. Open March 23 - 3 November
Chard.
Barrington Court. National Trust National Trust property once owned by the famous sugar family - Tate. Wonderul walled gardens by Gertrude Jerkell
Cheltenham.
Sudeley Castle. An impressive castle surrounded by award winning gardens, restaurant, gift shop, adventure playground and picnic area. Open from April until October.
The Pittville Pump Room. Built between 1825 and 1830 the Pump Room was planned as the centrepiece of a grandiose estate, belonging to wealthy landowner, politician and entrepreneur, Joseph Pitt.
Exeter.
Castle Drogo. India tea baron Julius Drewe's dream house. This granite castle, built between 1910 and 1930, is one of the most remarkable works of Sir Edwin Lutyens and combines the grandeur of a medieval castle with the comfort of the 20th century.
Falmouth.
Pendennis Castle. English Heritage A lovely Tudor castle overlooking Falmouth where you can see its role in the more modern warfare of the last century, with its secret underground wartime defences.
Gloucester.
Berkeley Castle. Berkeley Castle is surrounded by Elizabethan terraced gardens, amongst 6,000 acres of flat fields and woodlands. Completed in 1153 by Lord Maurice and the home to twenty five generations of Berkeleys.
Ilfracombe.
Arlington Court. National Trust National Trust property, featuring house, gardens, carriage collection, shop, tearoom and countryside walks.
Chambercomba Manor. A 11th century manor.
Ilminster.
Barrington Court. Historical House and Gardens
Melksham.
Bowood House.
Minehead.
Dunster. National Trust Medieval Village & Castle
Plymouth.
Crownhill Fort. Crownhill is one of the most important of the country's Victorian forts. Completely restored
Hemerdon House. This is a large Georgian House, occupied by the Woollcombe family since it was built.
Salisbury.
Hamptworth Lodge. A rebuilt Jacobean Manor House in woodlands on the edge of the New Forest. Grade 2 star family house with period furniture, including a collection of clocks. There is a collection of prentice pieces and the Moffatt collection of contemporary copies.
Wilton House. An Elizabethan house designed by the great architect Inigo Jones and one of the finest stately homes in England.
Swindon.
Bowood House and Gardens. Georgian house set in splendid Capability Brown parkland. Home of the Earl of Shelburne. Superb adventure playground for children.Restaurant, garden centre and golf course. Spectacular Rhododendron Walks
Lydiard Park. One of Wiltshire's smaller stately homes, Lydiard Park was the ancestral home of the Viscounts Bolingroke. Rescued from ruin by Swindon Corporation in 1943, the house has been lovingly restored and welcomes visitors throughout the year.
Taunton.
Montacute House & Garden. The sunny hamstone of Montacute's fine Elizabethan house is complimented by the strong colours of formal mixed borders and a rich tapestry of greens
Tetbury.
Chavenage House. A beautiful historic Elizabethan house which has featured in many films and BBC dramas.
Torquay.
Torre Abbey Historic House & Gallery. A private residence since 1539, Torre Abbey houses a fine collection of paintings and sculptures since becoming Torquay's municipal art gallery and Mayor's Paddock in 1930.

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