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May 14, 2018 — Killerton House and Gardens

A lovely day at Killerton House and Gardens and a tiny disappointment in Broadclyst


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Killerton House Entrance

Killerton House Entrance

Started the day with laundry. Done and hung, we set out for Killerton House and Gardens. It wasn’t far but most of the roads were one-lane with two-way traffic so it was slow. Google did take us right to the National Trust parking lot so we parked and entered . . . a bit early. Fortunately they opened a bit early so we walked around the gardens for a few minutes before going into the house. They are doing a special exhibit on Women’s Suffrage and it was very interesting. We walked through the entire house with the usual excellent docents.

Killerton House Exhibit Information

Killerton House Exhibit Information


The Women's Suffrage exhibit was interesting because there were several women living in Killerton House at the time of the Suffrage Movement and they did not all agree. It was fun to read their differing opinions and the reasoning behind them. I know my own grandmother could not vote when she was a young woman and was quite proud that she could do so even when it was common. The site has a restaurant and we decided to try it. Ed got the chicken thigh and I was brave and ordered pork belly which was actually very good. We both got sticky toffee pudding for dessert . . . rich but delicious. The only sour note was the estate-bottled cider that I tried. It had a distinct aftertaste of manure. Not as bad as the Norman hard cider we tried years ago, but close . . . too close. Back to wine tomorrow!

Killerton House

Killerton House

Killerton House Musical Instruments

Killerton House Musical Instruments

Killerton House Dining Room

Killerton House Dining Room

Killerton House Library

Killerton House Library

Killerton House Kitchen (the restaurant)

Killerton House Kitchen (the restaurant)

Sign for the Garden Tour at Killerton House

Sign for the Garden Tour at Killerton House


There was a garden tour at 2:30 so while we waited, we wandered in the garden and then went down to meet the tour led by a volunteer named John who was very good. The tour lasted an hour as John walked us through the gardens giving us history and botanical information. We started with nine people and ended with seven, but it was interesting and informative. We also walked to the Killerton Chapel and visited it. Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE; tel: +44 (0)01392881345; Click here for the Killerton House National Trust web site

Rhododendrons in the Killerton House Gardens

Rhododendrons in the Killerton House Gardens

Rhododendrons in the Killerton House Gardens

Rhododendrons in the Killerton House Gardens

Rhododendrens at Killerton House Gardens

Rhododendrens at Killerton House Gardens

The Bear's Hut at Killerton House Gardens

The Bear's Hut at Killerton House Gardens

Stained Glass window in the Bear's Hut at Killerton House

Stained Glass window in the Bear's Hut at Killerton House

Wildflowers in the Killerton House Gardens

Wildflowers in the Killerton House Gardens

Killerton Chapel

Killerton Chapel

The Rose Window at Killerton Chapel

The Rose Window at Killerton Chapel

View from Killerton House Gardens

View from Killerton House Gardens


We got the car and drove to Broadclyst to see Clyston Mill. Had no trouble parking and followed signs to the churchyard where the signs disappeared. A young lady walking a very cute dog saved us. She took us across the churchyard and pointed out a gate on the far side, so we trekked through the graveyard, through the gate and across a field to a locked gate with a sign saying “Mon.-Fri. Open 1-5" and it was 4:45 and obviously not open despite the sign.

Thatched house in Poltimore on the way to Broadclyst

Thatched house in Poltimore on the way to Broadclyst

Thatched house in Broadclyst, Devon

Thatched house in Broadclyst, Devon

St. John the Baptist Church in Broadclyst

St. John the Baptist Church in Broadclyst

The Red Lion Inn in Broadclyst, Devon

The Red Lion Inn in Broadclyst, Devon

St. John the Baptist Church in Broadclyst graveyard

St. John the Baptist Church in Broadclyst graveyard

Misleading sign to Clyston Mill - It was closed.

Misleading sign to Clyston Mill - It was closed.

Back through the Churchyard

Back through the Churchyard

We plodded back through field, cemetery and town to the car and started home which involved the one-lane roads again, but we made it and our laundry was dry. Brought in the clothes and put them away and I think we can relax for the evening.

Posted by Beausoleil 16:14 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged gardens uk devon killerton_house

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What lovely weather you had!

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