When we went on our staycation over the Easter holidays, we stayed close to the Devon border at East Thorne, so we did spend some time over the border. In fact we were so close to the border, that a couple of times we left Cornwall without realising, until we saw this on the way back.
Not only did we have a brilliant time at Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, but we also headed to Arlington Court.
Arlington Court is a National Trust property near Barnstaple, and when we arrived the very friendly members of staff there set our boys up with a treasure trail to do around the property, which they were very excited about. We walked through the entrance and gift shop, and were greeted with this handsome fellow.
It was only a very short walk to the actual house, which was not as big as some of the National Trust houses I have been to, but which had some beautiful rooms to look around.
We bought National Trust memberships just before we went on holiday, and I am so glad we did as otherwise we may not have actually thought to go to Arlington, and we would have really missed out. The grounds of the house are stunning, with some very old trees, beautiful ponds, walled garden and loads of places to enjoy a walk.
One of the attractions of Arlington is the National Trust Carriage Museum, where there are some very old examples of carriages, some horses, and even an ex royal carriage. We don’t have any photos of the royal carriage, as it’s actually illegal to photograph it, and Arlington aren’t even allowed to sell anything with the image of the carriage. Believe me though it is there, and it has a real intricate beauty to it.
We actually ran out of time on our visit and didn’t get to explore everywhere around the grounds, so we will definitely be going back at some point in the future!
The boys really enjoyed solving the clues on their treasure quest, and completed it, which meant they got to choose a small prize from a special basket in the shop when we left. I love how the National Trust try to make things a bit more fun for children.
Arlington is beautiful and well worth a visit, and are very child friendly which is always a big bonus as far as I’m concerned!