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Knightshayes is a country estate on a grand, gothic scale. The house is the work of William Burges, the 19th-century architect whose short career - he died at the age of 53 - saw only a small number of commissions completed. His work shows all the signs of the Victorian fashion for Gothic Revival architecture, and includes gargoyles, corbels and a medieval-inspired Great Hall. The garden is one of the finest in Devon, and its collection is one of the most varied in the National Trust. There are over 1200 plant species in the garden, and a riot of seasonal colour is guaranteed. The walled kitchen garden is also worth a look, covering over four acres, and brimming with seasonal produce for the Stables Café.



  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Wheelchairs available and Braille guides
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Complete property open Jan-25 Feb & 29 Oct-2 Dec, 10-4; 26 Feb-28 Oct and 3-31 Dec, 10-5. Gardens 10-5; Jul-Aug 5.30. House opens 11. Closed 24-26 Dec

About the area

Discover Devon

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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