Arlington Court & The National Trust’s Carriage Collection
Intimate and intriguing Regency house, set in extensive estate, and impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles
Hidden in a wooded valley on the edge of Exmoor, the Arlington estate houses numerous extraordinary collections. The house is crowded with the treasures of the Chichester family, including a unique collection of model ships and an amazing assortment of shells. Rare and impressive 18th-century Beauvais Tapestries are displayed alongside the family’s personal possessions. The 12 hectares (30 acres) of grounds include the formal Victorian garden and a walled kitchen garden, which produces fruit, vegetables and flowers for the house and tea-room. The 1,125 hectare (2,700-acre) estate is noted for its lichens and wildlife, and includes a heronry. A large colony of lesser horseshoe bats can be viewed live, roosting in the roof of the house, via the ‘bat-cam’ (May–Aug). The Stable Block contains the Trust’s internationally important collection of over 50 horse-drawn carriages, from the grand State Coach to the practical Hansom Cab. Visitors can experience a horse-drawn carriage ride around the beautiful grounds
Name and credits for images of Arlington Court
Description of image – Arlington. View across the goldfish pond to the conservatory, built in 1983 to replace the Victorian structure which had decayed beyond preservation.
Credit for photograph: ©NTPL/Matthew Antrobus
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Copyright: ©NTPL/Matthew Antrobus