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Review of Killerton

Killerton
Ranked #10 of 130 things to do in Exeter
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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 20 August 2017

Great country side views, walks varied long or short, gardens a must as is the house not forgetting refreshments afterwards.

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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Killerton is great. The house and gardens are fantastic. It's great for parents and children alike. The 'old' NT atmosphere is gone embracing parents and children in an educational and entertaining way. We went on the pumpkin hunt and it was good fun. The staff were knowledgable and helpful. We didn't have time to walk around the extensive grounds so will return soon.

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

The house is still undergoing renovation to it's roof. They state that it should be completed around February 2018. For now, it's a very limited viewing to the downstairs parts only. The grounds themselves are vast, with much to see, including the chapel, the bear hut, the gardens, and numerous woodland walks.

Thank michaelkerswill
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WendyJanetNT, Visitor Experience Officer at Killerton, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Thank you for taking your time to write a review about your recent visit to Killerton. The house is still having its roof repaired as part of some essential conservation work, during this time the ground floor is open where we are telling the story of when the Aclands left Killerton to the National Trust. The project will be finished in November and the house will be open for Christmas at Killerton, where this year the house will transformed in to the world of Toad, Badger, Mole and Rat from Wind in the Willows. The fashion exhibition which has had a break this year during the roof repairs will be back in 2018. We are pleased you discovered the rest of the extensive 6,400 acre site and we hope you enjoyed exploring it.

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Reviewed 19 August 2017

The roof is leaking at Killlerton and repairs are currently under way. Virtually the whole building is shrouded in scaffolding and plastic sheeting. The roof repairs mean that the first floor rooms are not currently open for public viewing, but the rooms downstairs are well worth visiting. The music room was of particular interest to my wife and I. The gardens and parkland are beautiful and offer many different walks. The house itself is a few hundred yards from the reception area, where the shop is situated. There's also a second-hand bookshop, plant centre and a café. If you really want to treat yourself, you can try out the restaurant in the main building where waitress service is offered. The food was of good quality and the service excellent. Having built up our strength, we ventured out to explore the parkland. There's an Ice House where up to 40 tons of ice was stored, and a little further along, a surprisingly large chapel which is open too. All in all, a very pleasant day out. You could allow a whole day to fully appreciate what's on offer here. There are also activities for children of all ages. If I was to return to this part of the country in the future, I'd certainly consider returning.

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WendyJanetNT, Visitor Experience Officer at Killerton, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Thank you for taking your time to review your trip to Killerton. We are pleased that you had a lovely time here at Killerton, it sounds like you were able to see a lot of what Killerton has to offer. We hope that you return again when you are next in Devon to explore even further, as the estate covers 6,400 acres.

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Reviewed 17 August 2017

The house at Killerton is interesting but really nothing particularly special compared with other propertes in the area. However, the gardens are very pleasant to walk in and the estate is quite extensive so you can have a good walk with some nice views across to Dartmoor and go right up to incorporate Ashdown forest if you are feeling very energetic. there are plenty of places to have a picnic and the garden is interesting all through the year with spring flowers, azaleas and enormous rhodedendrons, summer perenials and gorgeous autumn colours. The fashion collection in the house changes fairly regularly and is sometimes quite interesting, but not always to everyone's taste and often feels very small compared to the way it is advertised.
The estate does cater for children and there are always activities during school holidays to entertain younger visitors. There are several interesting buildings around the estate as well as the house and these are worth looking at too. You are unlikely to see everyting here in one visit and it is worth coming at different times of the year to see the gardens at different times.

Thank DevonRussells
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