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Best 3 National Trust properties in Devon

There are many great National Trust places to visit in Devon and I go regularly with my three children aged 5, 7 and 9. This is a list of our personal favourites and a quick explanation of why we love them.

Best Family Friendly National Trust Properties in Devon

 

Saltram

Saltram is a Georgian Mansion beside the River Plym near Plymouth. The house is a huge Georgian Mansion which always seems to have children’s trails as well as a hands-on room. The grounds are extensive with lots of different activities for children; huge trees for climbing, a great play park, ducks for feeding and a long walk down to a small estuarine beach. My children love the play park and the huge climbing tree next to the car park. The lawns in front of the property have outdoor play equipment available such as croquet and giant jenga. The main cafe is in the old chapel but over the summer there is also a lovely family-friendly pop-up cafe in the Orangery for ice-creams and snacks.

Overbecks

This is probably my family’s personal favourite. The views over the Kingsbridge estuary from near Salcombe are superb and there is a free telescope to use. The house is perfect for children. It’s small and compact and contains a fun little ghost trail and hidden doors as well as crazy collections of beetles, butterflies and birds. The grounds contain huge numbers of semi tropical flowers and on a warm day you can’t beat sitting in the conservatory with a cup of tea and a cake from the cafe.  

Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre is a 1920s country retreat in south Devon, decorated in an Art Deco style. I’ve always enjoyed Coleton Fishacre but they’ve recently made it even more family friendly by creating a great outdoor play area and a fantastic den-building area. The house itself is not the most child-friendly but there is a spotting trail available and one room where they can handle the objects and try on some outfits. For my children, it’s the gardens where they come to life, following a small stream down a hillside to end in some lovely woods overlooking the sea. My children love the adventure play area, the den building and the views out to sea.

Coleton Fishacre stick fighting Coleton Fishacre Den building Coleton Fishacre rainy day fun

 

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