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Pocket Guide: North Devon Coast Arlington Court Hotels

Arlington Court Estate sits picturesquely in the beautiful, thickly-wooded Yeo Valley, with Arlington Court at its heart. It was the home of Victorian heiress Rosalie Chichester and is packed with the treasures she accumulated during her extensive travels, including one of the best collections in the world of 19th century horse-drawn carriages. Come to Devon for a long or short break and stay at one of the many B&Bs, guesthouses or hotels near Exmoor to see this unique national gem.

Arlington Court from Devon Hotels

Arlington Court has been home to the Chichester family for five centuries. Standing on the edge of Exmoor, its amazing collections include model ships, exotic shells, pewter and tapestries as well as the carriages, and the house itself is surrounded by 30 acres of landscaped gardens. Miss Chichester, apart from being a champion collector, was keen on conservation and encouraged wildlife, and today on the estate you'll still see Jacob sheep, peacocks, ponies, Ruby Red Devon cattle, deer and a vast range of bird species.

Bats and Walks from Devon Hotels

The Arlington Estate plays a particularly important role in bat conservation, providing them with the ideal conditions to survive and prosper. Flight lines have been set up to connect the house with their feeding areas, and a 'bat cam' has been fitted in the cellars so that visitors can see what they get up to in private.

When you visit Arlington House from your Devon hotel you'll be able to enjoy a number of walks in the grounds. The old lake walk incorporates several other attractions for the kids, such as a mud slide and play area. Further along the same walk is a bird hide and next to the lake is Miss Chichester's urn.

See the Arlington Carriages from Devon Hotels

The stable block at Arlington House is home to the fine collection of carriages that many visitors come here specifically to see. They include the monumental Speaker's State Coach, which was used at the wedding of Charles and Diana, and the pony phaeton which was used by Queen Victoria.