The National Trust is Europe’s largest conservation charity. On Exmoor they look after landscapes that are rich in wildlife, a wild coastline, a castle home and a house full of collections.
Nestled in the lichen-draped landscape of North Devon, Arlington is a surprise and a delight. The starkly classical exterior of the house gives no hint as to what lies inside, recently redisplayed to share the passions of the Chichester family who lived here. The stable block houses a nationally important display of more than 40 carriages, from grand state coaches to humble governess cars. The garden is restored to its colourful Victorian glory, and the conservatory’s exotic plants reveal the Chichesters’ world travel. Around the house sprawls an estate filled with acres of oak woodlands, with over 20 miles of footpaths available for visitors to explore.