Buckland Abbey in West Devon, owned by the National Trust, is the perfect day out for all ages. This 700 year old property is set in the most wonderful rolling Devon countryside near Dartmoor. It was the home of Sir Francis Drake for 15 years and his descendants up until 1946. An enormous Great Barn, art gallery, shop and tearoom also form part of the property.
An interesting exhibition of Drake’s life and the Elizabethan era is also housed here. Recently a painting was officially confirmed by an expert as a self-portrait by Rembrandt and this has pride of place at Buckland.
The National Trust holds lots of events for all the family especially in the summer holidays such as archery and Medieval life displays.
Below: The Great Barn and Cider Press
There are several peaceful gardens to delight in as well.
Below: The Kitchen Garden
Below: The Cider House Garden
Below: The Cider House B&B
Below: The Elizabethan Garden
Well worth a visit in all weathers!
Link to National Trust site: Buckland Abbey