Hello friends, I'm continuing to share our time in Britain as we celebrated our Golden Anniversary. We spent our first two weeks in the Lake District and Scotland and now we are spending our second two weeks in Devon and Cornwall. Come along with us today as we visit Arlington Court. It is raining, but don't worry we have our brollies. I hope you have your rain gear for when we exit the car.
Driving along the roads in Devon is like a fairy tale. Lovely thatched roof cottages dot the lanes as we travel to visit Arlington Court.
We know the gentle rain showers provide the hill and dales with their lush green portrait.
Hurry along with your brolly as we check in to tour Arlington Court. The Chichester family has made this their home for 11 generations. The National Trust now takes care of this lovely property and its collections.
Looking down the path we get a view of this lovely home that was built in three phases. The neo-classical block was designed by Thomas Lee for Colonel John Chichester. It replaced a Tudor home that had major structural issues. Unfortunately the Colonel died before its completion in 1823.
His son John inherited the estate from his father. He was given the title of baronet and was therefore known as Sir John.
Sir John married Caroline Thistlethwayte in 1838. They soon began decorating the interior of the home. Join us as we go inside.
The entrance foyer is quite grand.
The lovely plastered ceilings get my attention right away in the dining room.
The table is set for dinner. Can you stay and join us?
The Copeland china certainly looks lovely on the table. As well as the Mappin and Webb LTD. silver.
Each generation of Chichesters left their mark on the interior. It's quite grand, but it has a comfortable feeling.
Gazing out the window it's still raining, but lovely.
There are always lovely flowers in all National Trust properties.
Perhaps you would like tea.
The Boudoir has beautiful old silk hangings in the back that are over 200 years old. They are now working on restoring them after removing the intricate woodwork that surround them.
There are extensive collections of the generations in a separate room. Very much like a museum.
Going upstairs we learn more about the Chichester family.
Francis Chichester was a sailor and an aviator.
Sir Francis Chichester was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for being the first person to sail alone around the world by clipper route in nine months and one day!
Arlington Court brings together 11 generations and collections.
The last person to live in Arlington Court was Rosalie Chichester born in 1865. She gave Arlington Court to the National Trust in 1948. She also gave land in Woolacombe and Mortehoe in 1908. She passed away in 1949 and in her will bequeathed the rest of her property to the National Trust.