Our guide to the historic houses of North Devon and Cornwall
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Our guide to the historic houses of North Devon and Cornwall

Let’s face it, when the weather isn’t being kind (as we know, it does rain on occasion) we all need something to keep us entertained. This is particularly the case when you’ve got younger members of your party to keep occupied.
North Devon and Cornwall are jam-packed with top family attractions – many of which are ideal wet weather attractions.

The region is also home to some impressive manor houses, which are a great family day out. Here we take a look at just a few of our favourites that are located close to our Devon caravan park.

Hartland abbey

Head up the North Devon coast and visit the award-winning Hartland Abbey. With its fascinating interiors and décor, the abbey is a must-visit for fans of exquisite period properties. The Abbey is also home to beautiful woodland walks, walled gardens and parkland. It’s been in the same family for generations, too.

Lanhydrock House

Travel south of our Bude holiday park to the outskirts of Bodmin and visit Lanhydrock, one of the grandest historic houses in Cornwall. Wander around 1,000 acres of woodland and parkland (great for exercising the dog, or the kids…) and then head inside and explore more of this impressive Victorian property. There’s 50 rooms to see; you can play the Steinway piano in the Long Gallery – and there’s even a museum and second-hand bookshop.

Prideaux Place

Located just outside Padstow, this striking property is often described as one of the jewels in Cornwall’s heritage crown – and it’s easy to see why. This Elizabethan property has been home to 14 generations of the Prideaux family and is one of the Westcountry’s oldest houses still in habitation. It is home to a fine collection of Cornish history including paintings, porcelain and furniture.

Arlington Court

With a starkly classical exterior and an interior bursting with collections, Arlington Court is well worth a visit. Inside you’ll find the passions of the Chichester family revealed, including collections of sea shells, model ships and pewter. Other highlights include a hidden masterpiece by William Blake and the beautiful Beauvais Tapestries.

Pencarrow House

Located in north Cornwall, this 50-room Georgian mansion has been home to the Molesworth family since Elizabethan times. Here you can enjoy guided tours of the property, taking in the fine paintings, furniture and architecture. There is also 50 acres of parkland and woodland to enjoy (ideal for walking the dog or letting the kids burn off some energy before bed!)