India tea baron Julius Drewe's dream house, this granite castle, built between 1910 and 1930, is one of the most remarkable works of Sir Edward Lutyens, and combines the grandeur of a medieval castle with the comfort of the 20th century. A great country house with terraced formal garden, woodland spring garden, huge circular croquet lawn and colourful herbaceous borders. Standing at more than 900 feet overlooking the wooded gorge of the River Teign with stunning views of Dartmoor, and delightful walks. There is currently a battle underway to save Castle Drogo from major water damage. This means the roof needs replacing, the stonework needs repointing and over 900 windows need refurbishment. This struggle to save the Castle means that visitors can experience up-close, the important and fascinating building work that is taking place.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Gardens, hall and library fully accessible, other areas only accessible via stairs
- Facilities: Large print guide, touch list
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Castle open 3 Mar-4 Nov, daily 11-5. Garden, café and shop open 3 Mar-4 Nov, daily 10-5.30; 5 Nov-23 Dec 11-4
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About The area
With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.
Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them.
Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.
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