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Knightshayes Court

Stables hold pride of place at entrance to estate
Sta­bles hold pride of place at entrance to estate

Locat­ed in Tiver­ton, not far from our tem­po­rary thatched-roof cot­tage, Knight­shayes Court rep­re­sents yet anoth­er Nation­al Trust loca­tion where we spent a hap­py few hours. The Trust acquired the estate in 1973 after the death of its own­er Sir John Heath­coat-Amory. His fore­fa­ther, John Heath­coat, inven­tor of an inno­v­a­tive lace pro­duc­tion machine, orig­i­nal­ly chose the site for its view of his plant — the largest lace-man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­i­ty in the world at the end of the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry.

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Godolphin Estate

Beauty through the branches
Beau­ty through the branch­es

Locat­ed near Hel­ston, Eng­land in the coun­ty of Corn­wall, Godol­phin holds one of the area’s pre­vi­ous­ly most pro­duc­tive tin mines with a 400-year his­to­ry – and now clas­si­fied as one of Cornwall’s Min­ing World Her­itage sites. The grounds include 550 acres of land, an his­toric house with ancient for­mal gar­dens (both from the 16th cen­tu­ry), and sta­bles (from the ear­ly 17th cen­tu­ry). The fam­i­ly pio­neered the use of gun­pow­der to open up the rich mines in the 1690’s.

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Dunster Castle

Castle entrance to far right
Cas­tle entrance to far right

A cas­tle has exist­ed for over 1,000 years at the top of a hill in Dun­ster Vil­lage, near Mine­head, Eng­land in the west coun­ty of Som­er­set — ini­tial­ly as a Sax­on fortress and lat­er a coun­try house in the Vic­to­ri­an era. The old­est sur­viv­ing part of ear­li­er build­ings is the 13th cen­tu­ry gate­way. The view from the top of the grounds is the Bris­tol Chan­nel and across to Wales.