Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE
Glorious landscape garden surrounded by parkland, fine 18th-century house with renowned historical fashion collection
Would you give away your family home for your political beliefs? Sir Richard Acland did just that with his Killerton Estate in the heart of Devon, when he gave it to the Trust in 1944. Today, you'll find a friendly Georgian house set in 2,600 hectares (6,400 acres) of working farmland, woods, parkland, cottages and orchards.
There's plenty of calm space in the glorious garden, beautiful year-round with rhododendrons, magnolias, champion trees and formal lawns. You can explore winding paths, climb an extinct volcano, discover an Iron Age hill fort and take in distant views towards Dartmoor.
More family home than grand mansion, the relaxed house holds the National Trust's largest fashion collection, with selected items exhibited annually.