Falling for a silver pear at Knightshayes

Leave Knightshayes house through the smoking room and conservatory cafรฉ 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,
The garden is beautifully planted, and there were quite a few plants that I didn’t recognise.


Family sized benches with a view.

I loved these windows.

and the creatures supporting this curved one upstairs. But lets stroll around the corner now to the rest of the garden.


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


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


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.

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.


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


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


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.


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.

21 thoughts on “Falling for a silver pear at Knightshayes

  1. Gilly, this is absolutely fabulous! So many of your photos are like beautiful paintings. What a wonderful place! I so wish it was nearer so I could chase those deer and linger on a bench. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for linking to me. I am thrilled skinny! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Knightshayes looks like a fabulous place to spend the day. Thank you for tkaing us on a tour of its’ luxury.
    Your photos expressed its’ magnificence. I would love to see the lace they created. Have you been able to purchase their lace or textiles or is it commercially made? I’m off to read your other posts on this impressive location. : )

  3. Thrilled skinny? Now that’s a novel idea. Can I join in?
    What a delight Gilly. A lovely end to the day to accompany you here. I truly hope that one day we can visit this place together. I will certainly enjoy a sit down on that bench and see your silver pear tree.
    Jude xx

  4. What an absolutely stunningly gorgeous place, Gilly. I can understand why you fell in love with the silver pear. She’s gorgeous. Tea and cake in the conservatory sounds so very English, but certainly not the way to get skinny. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I loved this walk every where you looked was a picture and the flowers and gardens are just so colourful. I think I am missing England in summer more and more as I see all your beautiful posts.

  6. beautiful place to be, I think I went there many years ago,, I with my parents use to visit a lot of these houses in the 70’s.. nice reminder and enjoyed my stroll with your info… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. I must shame-facedly admit that, despite living in the area for 15 years, I didn’t ever visit that beautiful house! It’s on my list for my next visit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Sumptuous is the word for this stroll Gilly. What an overwhelming variety of flowers and art and architecture! And that silver pear…WOW!

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