Driving back from West Penwith to Shropshire takes around 5 hours. It’s a long journey and we usually stop after a couple of hours to stretch the legs and grab a coffee. Gilly the Lucid Gypsy who  lives in Exeter once suggested that we might like to stop at Knightshayes Court, a house and garden run by the National Trust which is about 5 miles off the M5 near Tiverton in north Devon. So far during our forays south the car has been full of ‘stuff‘ and on the return journey the weather has not been conducive to more than a quick pit-stop.

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However, last Sunday the weather was perfect albeit very hazy. I love the drive through Cornwall and Devon – Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor (which two weeks ago was dusted in snow) rolling countryside and glimpses of the coast. Time to visit Knightshayes. Arriving there we were surprised to find that they serve a Sunday carvery (between 12 noon and 2:30 pm) so of course we ordered one and devoured it with pleasure. Then time to walk down to the house and have a quick look at the gardens close to the house. Two hours later we returned to the car to continue our journey home(?) – at the moment neither house feels quite like home, more like impersonal hotels without the luxuries and with the hazards of falling over boxes!

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Apologies for the quality of these photos. For once I didn’t have my camera with me, but I did have a new phone and one that has a camera (My daughter is so pleased that I have finally got a ‘proper’ mobile phone and is already instructing me about ‘apps’) so I attempted to capture some of the delights of this place. The views in the distance over Exmoor, I imagine, were hazy but beautiful.

The house is beautiful with honey-coloured stonework around the pretty leaded-windows and the bright red doors and gates make quite a bold statement.

Spring flowers were out – purple crocuses, snake’s-head fritillary, blankets of pretty blue scilla verna and dancing daffodils of course.

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The light was clear in the woodland garden and backlit the hellebores perfectly. One or two magnolias were in flower too, though it is still early in the season for them.

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And the most fascinating aspect was the abundance of quirky animals in the garden

OK. I admit to breaking my own rules, but blame it on the restless one who challenged me 🙂

Thanks Gilly. A perfect stopping spot ❤

And more lovely walks can be enjoyed over at my friend Jo’s place.


53 thoughts on “Garden Portrait: Knightshayes Court

    1. I left my new camera in Ludlow and took the old camera to Cornwall to leave there. So cameraless on the way back. I’m quite impressed too, though you wouldn’t want to enlarge a lot of them!


      1. This progress is amazing, isn’t it? Just as amazing as your lovely shots, Jude. I’d love to visit, one fine day … It definetely looks like it’s worth a visit 🙂

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  1. Hooray! Hooray! I love a rule breaker 🙂 🙂 Fabulous photos too, Jude! Your flower close ups are gorgeous and I really like that last one of the naked hedges. I struggle with my phone camera, especially downloading them to use. (Mick says I should read the instructions- his answer to most things 🙂 ) I shall have my shell-like cocked for all the latest gen on Apps, much good may it do me.
    Not long now, Jude, and that old house of yours is history. 🙂 Last lap! Thanks for the mention.

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    1. Having a Windows phone means the photos are automatically uploaded to my ‘OneDrive’ which lives on a cloud (apparently) so I can then copy the photos from there onto my laptop. I did manage to have about three copies though so obviously did something wrong 😦


  2. We love rule breakers too! 🙂 And Siri and Selma 👭 love the quirky winged animals in the garden. >3
    “Jude pictured them for us, for us, thank you, Jude!” 🙂 🙂 👯
    Fairydust from Cley ✨🌟💫🌟

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  3. What a gorgeous place! And lovely photos. I take photos on my phone or iPad a lot and think they are fine – but then, I’m not a photographer and also, you’re right about not enlarging them too much. They never look so good on the PC.

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  4. Jude I am out of the loop. Boxes? Are you moving?
    Glad to hear about your phone. Next thing you will have the WordPress app and be responding to comments on your phone. 🙂
    A beautiful wander too. Lovely to see spring time.


    1. I did download the WP app but haven’t done anything with it! Who knows. Maybe I’ll get more phone savvy. And yes, move imminent. April and I will be in Cornwall, not too far from the sea. Can’t wait! So tired of packing and cleaning 😦

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  5. I’m so glad you stopped there Jude, it’s a delight isn’t it? Now you’ll have to go in a different season. Great photos, phone or not, mine is my always with me camera, but yes zooming in is limited!

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  6. What a wonderful pit stop, Jude! Such a beautiful place and so many flowers that are blooming already. Here in Kent, CT (USA) everything is still “boringly” brown. The atmosphere of buildings and gardens like Knightshayes Court can hardly be beaten and cannot be found in my current neck of the woods, unfortunately. And, that new phone of yours? Who needs a real camera? (Just kidding of course, but the photos you took with it are pretty awesome!)


    1. Thanks Liesbet for your lovely comment. I don’t think I will be using the phone camera too often, but good to know that the pictures aren’t too terrible.


  7. Such a beautiful place to stop for lunch, Jude. I don’t know how much longer it will be before this house feels like home. Hope your move goes smoothly. Great photos with your new phone. I don’t think that’s a real Iggy is it? 🙂


    1. We are almost there, once the furniture is in it will feel more homely though we do want to remodel half the house so there will be more disruption and mess! Shame I can’t borrow your hubby 😎

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