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“Lovely views”

Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle)
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Lovely views”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

Excellent views of surrounding area , Make sure you go on a clear day and take a jumper it can be cold and windy up there

Visited April 2013
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English first
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16 reviews
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“fasinating place”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

What a lovely place. A fasinating triangler castle. The grounds are lovely with picnic tables available outside. The views were stunning all around.
Only downside it is only open sundays and bank holiday mondays.
I did not get to see inside but loved being there so went twice :)

Visited August 2013
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United Kingdom
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“Stunning views”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

An Indian friend of mine and I popped by, intrigued by the links to India that this building has. It took us a while to find (there aren't many signs in the area, but a local pointed us in the right direction) but the view when we got there was well worth it. You can see all around in different directions and on a sunny day it's perfect.

We managed to be there just as the trustees were about to close up and they kindly gave us a your of the building. It has few rooms but going to the top to see the view was definitely the best part.

The walk around the castle is nice, a small trail going through the wooded area. It is short but nice :)

Visited June 2013
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“Stunning views from a fascinating building”
Reviewed 28 July 2013

Probably the best views in Devon can be enjoyed from this building. A notable landmark in the Devon landscape, the interior of the building is an unexpected treat and beautifully restored by the Devon Historic Buildings Trust. The only thing I can fault is that there is no information about the restoration of the building or the work of the Devon Historic Buildings Trust. All information is geared to the building as a wedding venue and advertising the guest apartment. Whilst I understand that this is the main income strand for the maintenance of the building - I think the Trust are missing an interesting story for visitors. A visit is well worth the £2 entrance charge, and the grounds are charming too.

Visited July 2013
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Chertsey, United Kingdom
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“Private appartment, not tourist attraction”
Reviewed 23 July 2013

We enjoyed a wonderful 3 night stay in this captivating c.18 belvedere and can't recommend it highly enough.
The triangular building with a tower in each corner, built by Sir Robert Palk to comemorate the life of his friend General Stringer Lawrence (hence Lawrence Castle) was originally entertaining royalty (George III danced here) and not wedding guests, but 230 years after being built, the tower needs to pay its way.
The appartment on the 2nd floor is well appointed and reached via the spiral staircase that services each floor and the roof terrace.
A corner tower contains the ingeniously fitted kitchen, with dishwasher, fridge, oven & hob, microwave and many little touches such as washing up liquid and tea & coffee, etc.
The other corner tower holds the bathroom, and let me tell you that sitting on the loo never held such great views!
The centre room is the master room with large double bed and lounge area. Decorated in a contemporary but period style with antique furniture, the TV and DVD player went practically unused.
The views from the roof are as stunning as they are far-reaching and watching the sun set behind the distant hills is unforgettable. Once darkness has fallen then the lights of Exeter many miles away counterpoint the darkness of the river Exe which runs between the city and the castle. Owls, bats and nightjars are your companions and the silence is deafening.
Be warned though, after a few days you WILL hate those stairs. Pack light, coz you've got to carry the cases.
There is much to do and see right on the doorstep but a car is of course a neccessity for this wonderful hidden gem.

Visited July 2013
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