The Bears Hut at Killerton

In 1808 Sir Thomas Acland built a rustic summerhouse for his wife Lydia in the grounds of their estate at Killerton. Two generations later, their grandson shipped a bear over from Canada and kept it as a pet. The summerhouse became the Bear’s Hut and has been known as that ever since. Now it’s the highlight of a visit for children, on Saturday I sheltered from a shower of rain, but I’d like to have a tea party there!

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11 thoughts on “The Bears Hut at Killerton

  1. How wonderful, like something out of a fairy tale. What a thoughtful husband, and crazy grandson! Those faces in the stained glass window are amazing….it looks like it’s made from the broken remains of some wonderful windows….

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