Explore British History at its Most Elegant
Listed in the Domesday Book of 1086, Powderham Castle is home to The Courtenays, and has been since the first Courtenay Earl of Devon married Margaret de Bohun whom received the Castle as part of her dowry. Their son, Sir Phillip Courtenay, built the current Castle in 1391, and it is occupied today by the 18th Earl and Countess of Devon.
This stunning 14th Century building is set in a Deer park, with astounding views across the Exe Estuary. The Estate has 3,500 acres of land, with four farms, 33 houses, garden terraces, formal lawns, approximately three miles of foreshore and woodland that is home to a diverse range of trees – principally oak, lime, horse chestnut and copper beech.
Just a 45-minute drive away from Galmpton, Castle Powderham opens for 2016 in March, and offers tours around it’s vast, majestic rooms from guides who have received a great deal of praise not only for their knowledge about the Castle, but for their friendly, entertaining personalities. Tours take up to an hour, and begin at the Courtyard Gift Shop at regular intervals throughout the day. If you’ve missed one, and are waiting for the next one to begin, you can have a look around the Courtenay Gallery located next to the Gift Shop, which has seating areas amongst the displays of Castle memorabilia.
Whilst the upper levels of the Castle are not accessible by wheelchair, wheelchair users can easily follow the tour throughout the ground floor of the Castle, which comprises of around 45 minutes of the tour. There is also a wheelchair available for loan for people who may wish to use it, and it is available on a first come, first served basis, so if you or a member of your party require it, it may be useful to phone ahead in advance.
Other features and attractions of Powderham include a Walled Garden Play Area, Pets Corner, The Forge, the Courtenay Café, Woodlands Garden and the Belvedere – a pseudo-medieval Gothic tower built in 1773.
Current admission fees are £11.50 for adults, £10.00 for seniors, children (4-16) are £9.00 and a family pass (2 adults and 2 children) is £37.50. If you fill out the questionnaire form you are given on arrival, and get your ticket validated at either the Gift Shop or Welcome Hut, you can return to the grounds for free within seven days. Season passes are also available.
The Castle and grounds are open Sunday to Friday from 11.00am to 4.30pm, with Castle tours beginning at 11.15am and running at regular intervals thereafter until the last tour at 3.30pm.
Celebrate your special day…
The beautiful settings and convenient location makes Powderham Castle the ideal location for any number of special events – with their emphasis placed on weddings. The following rooms are available for hire for exclusive use for weddings, civil ceremonies, blessings in the Chapel and wedding receptions:
- The Music Room – light and airy with its distinctive domed ceiling to provide wonderful acoustics.
- The Dining Room – warm and welcoming with a large open fireplace and a minstrel’s gallery often used by string quartets.
- The Rose Garden Terrace – accommodates up to 1,000 guests and is a wonderful setting for a champagne reception.
Weddings can be held in the 18th century Pavilion within the Woodland Garden, the White Drawing Room, the Staircase Hall and the Rose Terrace Entrance, as well as other choice locations within the Estate. For the wedding party or travelling guests, accommodation is available – with up to 8 rooms within the Castle available for booking.
Powderham Castle is situated on the western side of the 16-mile circular Exe Estuary trail and is easily accessible either by foot or by bicycle – the route is signposted as NCN2. If you are travelling from the South, leave the A38 at the Wobbly Wheel Junction and merge onto the A379 (signposted Dawlish). At the Marsh Barton Roundabout take the third exit onto the A379, then at the Matford Roundabout take the second exit onto the A379 and follow the Powderham Castle brown tourist signs.
From the North, leave the M5 at Junction 30 and drive towards Exeter joining the A379. At the Matford Roundabout take the first exit onto the A379, signposted to Dawlish, and follow the Powderham Castle brown tourist signs. The Castle entrance is on the left-hand side as you are leaving the village of Kenton.
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