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“Ok Gardens Boring House”
Review of Killerton

Ranked #6 of 124 things to do in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One of Devon’s great estates, Killerton was given to the National Trust by Sir Richard Acland because of his political beliefs. And now it's yours to explore. At Killerton, you can discover the history of Aclands in the relaxed atmosphere of the friendly Georgian mansion. Upstairs, you'll find an annually changing fashion exhibition. The gardens at Killerton are renowned, with blooming herbaceous borders and patches of wild meadow. Winding paths lead you to hidden treasures, from the ice house and bear's hut to chapel. The Killerton estate is vast. Off the beaten track, you can discover Deodar Glen, an ancient iron hill fort, Danes wood and Ashclyst forest, a top butterfly site. There's also three hidden gems on the Killerton estate to discover; a postcard perfect old post office, a working mill and medieval hall-house. A visit to Killerton isn't complete without a stop off at Killerton's award-winning restaurant, where you can sample tasty treats made from local homemade produce. The shop, plant centre and book shop are perfect for picking up gifts.
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Dissapointed with the house found it quite boring. The upper floor exhibition was interesting up to a point but just went on and on. Friendly room stewards throughout.The gardens were good to stroll around walked up to the bear house and into the woodland. Not an appealing property from the outside. Not one of my favourite National Trust properties. Tea-room was adequate but nothing special.

1  Thank dollymix7
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We enjoyed looking around the house. House not as extensive as some properties but with large grounds. National Trust policy of trying to allow visitors to touch comes over as slightly confused. Yes you can play the grand piano but can't touch any of the large collection of books, for example. Compare this with Avebury (Wiltshire) where they encourage participation much more (even if the four poster bed the kids are allowed to bounce on is a reproduction). Unfortunately we suspect that some of the paths on the leaflet have changed recently as have some of the numbered points of interest so this has lost them one mark. Hopefully they will update the plans soon.
The restaurant was fine and I'll write a review of this if I can find the Killerton House Restaurant page.

Thank wadewade
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We have visited here several times and have enjoyed every visit. House and gardens lovely and don't miss the bear house, ice house and the woods beyond

Thank dekofnot
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We have visited Killerton 3 times this year as members of the National Trust. We enjoyed a guided walk led by the Head Gardener and the Estates Manager early in the year as part if the BBC Radio Devon Walk Devon programme. This was most enlightening and encouraged us to return to explore fuether. The garden with its magnificent trees, spring flowers and large borders is ever-changing and those with mobility problems can take a tour in the buggy.

The house is full of interest, pianists are invited to play the grand piano. There are numerous books in the library which you can take from the shelves to read. Albums of photographs give an idea of the history of the Acland family throughout the house. The upper floor is devoted to a costume and textile exhibition in association with Exeter College students. This is fascinating and all textile stucents abould make a point of visiting. Children (and adults who are young at heart) can go 'through the ward robe' into the dressing-up room to encourage their imagination.

There are many walks in the grounds, guide leaflets can be picked up at the entrance. The cafe serves good food and the shop is stocked with interesting things to buy, including plants grown on the estate.

I would recommend visiting Killerton House to everyone, old or young, at any time of the year but remember that the house is closed in the winter except for special days.

Thank Wendy F
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Loyally attend and support this show every year. Stunning place. Sadly will never be supporting again. After weeks of planning to attend the show today, weeks of organisation, arrived this morning, having got up at 6am, to be told on the gate, 'oh it's cancelled today but you could try again tomorrow'. Friends travelled down from the north, we managed to stop them half way, but saw hundreds of beautiful classics on the motorway will no means to stop them. If only some consideration could have been given to your supporters by letting everyone know last night. When we arrived home someone did leave a message at 9.50. It would have prevented much bad feeling, spoilt bank holiday weekend, angry families and a total waste of fuel, entry fee and general costs. Never, ever again. So sorry........

5  Thank Julie_666291
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