Falling for a silver pear at Knightshayes

Leave Knightshayes house through the smoking room and conservatory café and this vista opens out, IMG_1414_edited-1
Wicker deer have appeared at several nation Trust properties recently, I think they are the work of Woody Fox and they make a lovely addition to the lawns and woodland wherever they’re placed.
Turn the corner around the front of the house, then stand back and admire,
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The garden is beautifully planted, and there were quite a few plants that I didn’t recognise.

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Family sized benches with a view.
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I loved these windows.
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and the creatures supporting this curved one upstairs. But lets stroll around the corner now to the rest of the garden.

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Isn’t this a lovely path? But look behind you,

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This simple elegant planter was a real delight for the eye.

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Years ago, when I first visited Knightshayes I feel in love with this tree. It’s a weeping silver pear, pyrus salicifolia, and it still takes my breathe away. I think that bench is a spot that Jude would enjoy.
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From the pond, take these steps down and you can either turn left and go to explore the Garden in the wood, where I took you last weekend and turn this gentle stroll into a Monday walk that Jo would like, or turn right and head back to the from of the house.

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Spend a few minutes sitting in the summerhouse house, there are jewels to be seen.

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Then linger along the long border, where some of these beauties are planted.

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We could see heavy rain clouds coming our way, so we had tea and cake in the conservatory and then made our way out through this pretty gate.

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Knightshayes, a Gothic revival house was built in the 1870’s, for the Heathcote-Amory family, who made their fortune in the lace and textile industry. Heathcotes is still in existence to this day, they make high tech materials and have a factory and shop in nearby Tiverton.