Saltram House and Gardens
Saltram House and Gardens
Tel: 01752 333503
Saltram is a beautiful and largely undiscovered National Trust property in Plymouth. The short jaunt from Torquay is totally worth it to see this striking Georgian property which featured heavily in the film 'Sense and Sensibility.' Once admitted to the house you will be able to hear well-guarded anecdotes about its previous inhabitants, such as correspondence between Frances, the first Countess, and Jane Austen, as well as learning about the illustrious characters who lived here!
Saltram is characterised by elegance and extravagance, thanks to its interior design by the much acclaimed Robert Adam. The saloon in particular is stunning as the floors are bedecked in rich Axminster carpets and crystal chandeliers drop like icicles from the ceiling. Other highlights include the kitchen and one of the rarest bejewelled and brass desks in the world. The house was home to the Parker family for nearly 300 years and tours around the architecture and grounds will give you an insight into estate-country living. The plush white exteriors will make you feel like you've been admitted to the upper-class scenes of your favourite old films, all whilst being surrounded by wild lavender and snowdrops. Pack a picnic and take a walk through the estate to see more of the pretty gardens and grounds which are maintained by the volunteers, even dogs are welcome on the lead! There are a variety of different tours which you can take around both the house and grounds, including a behind the scenes servants' tour where all dirt will be dished!
Saltram offers a varied events programme every year from open air theatre, craft fairs, costumed events and jazz picnics. There's plenty to keep young ones occupied as well, including mini-beast hunts, a children's play area, treasure hunts, a 'wild in the woods' forest school and family bush craft days. Saltram also kicks off the National Trust's '50 things activity day' where children are encouraged to try new things like building a camp fire, making a home for a wild animal and going pond paddling. Don't miss the Michaelmas Fayre where you could find yourself pressing apples from the orchard to make apple juice and cider or watching the Dartington Morris Men, and be sure to check out Saltram's Spooky Stables at Halloween!
The Chapel Gallery exhibits a selection of beautiful art as well as local crafts, which the tour 'Picture Perfect' can take you through with care - art historians will find themselves at home very quickly. After you've explored all the opulence that Saltram has to offer then treat yourself to a cream tea at the Park restaurant, which serves local and seasonal food.
Last admissions to Saltram are 45 minutes before closing; take a look at the website for details about ticketing. Parking is free!
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