Killerton House - National Trust
I always think the journey home is less painful if you have something to show for the day. Very close to Exeter & the M5, you can find Killerton House an 18th-century house in Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, England, which, with its hillside garden and estate, has been owned by the National Trust since 1944 and is open to the public. The National Trust displays the house as a comfortable home. On display in the house is a collection of 18th- to 20th-century costumes, originally known as the Paulise de Bush collection, shown in period rooms.
A family home and a great estate. Glorious landscape garden surrounded by parkland with fine 18th-century house Would you give away your family home for your political beliefs? Sir Richard Acland did just that with his Killerton Estate when he gave it to the National Trust in 1944. Today, you'll find a friendly Georgian house set in 2,600 hectares (6,400 acres) of working farmland, woods, parkland, cottages and orchards, farms and two hundred and fifty cottages. Included in the Estate is a steep wooded hillside with the remains of an Iron Age Hill fort on top of it. Killerton house built in 1778 by Sir Thomas Acland with ownership passing to the National Trust in 1944.
There are many different walking trails all around the estate each with a varying degree of difficulty and accessibility, and there is something for everyone with maps and trail instructions that can be downloaded from the website making it easier to pick a trail that suits.
Some of the trails include: -
Acland Walk, which is buggy friendly and follows surfaced paths
Two Chapels Walk, this goes along the riverside and thru the woodlands on what can be rough and muddy terrain so unsuitable for pushchairs.
Tree Walk takes you among the ancient woodlands on rough terrains.
There are also many dog-friendly walks and some that take you thru the wider estate taking in villages and cottages.
While you walk around the estate, you will come across some of the farms and orchards within it that produce a wide range of products such as flour, cider, apple juice, dairy and meat all of which help to keep the estate sustainable.
Directions Road Directions From M5 southbound: leave at J28, go through Cullompton on B3181, follow brown tourism signs for Killerton on B3181 heading towards Broadclyst.From M5 northbound: exit J30. Follow signs for B3181 Pinhoe/Broadclyst. Killerton is signposted on brown tourism signs. Go through Pinhoe, then Broadclyst on B3181. Killerton is shortly after leaving the village of Broadclyst, turning on the left.
Very close to Killerton is a fabulous antique centre:- The Antique Village & wonderful cafe:-
Directions to The Antique Village
Road Directions From Exeter head towards Pinhoe and pick up the B3181, continue to Hele where we are clearly visible next to the road. From the M5, exit at Cullompton J28, Follow the B3181 all the way through Cullompton where it is clearly visible next to the road.