Castles in Exeter, Devon
Powderham Castle is the delightful family home of the Earl & Countess of Devon. Built in 1391 by Sir Philip Courtenay and remaining in the same family since, this splendid Castle is just a stone’s throw from Exeter, set in a tranquil deer park alongside the Exe estuary.
Its stunning location offers glorious views for miles around and the majestic rooms, fine interiors and collection of treasures are equally as impressive.
The Castle and grounds are available to hire as a filming location, wedding venue or for a corporate event and between April and October Powderham is widely considered one of the best days out Devon.
Entertaining guided tours bring the history to life while outside there are acres of gardens and grounds to explore. Each season brings with it a reason to visit, from the bright yellow daffodils aligning the drive and the peaceful haven of the Woodland Garden, with its attractive blooms in Spring to the explosion of colour from the roses and wisteria in the Rose Garden over the summer. The on-set of Autumn frames the Castle with stunning shades of crimson and yellow as the herd of fallow deer begin their rutting season in the surrounding Deer Park.
The Deer Park Safari, available at peak times and all season to pre-booked groups, offers the chance to get a closer look at the wonderful wildlife on the estate.
The Walled Garden, a popular spot for families, is a short walk from the Castle and home to the many friendly Powderham pets. Picnic spots are aplenty, but the homemade treats served in the Courtyard Cafe are tempting too. Powderham Castle plays host to a number of events all year round from Garden Festivals and Food Festivals to concerts and open-air theatre. Not forgetting the famous themed weeks aimed at children, but enjoyed by everyone!
2015 Promotion: Buy a full priced Day Ticket and return within 7 days for FREE* *Please note small extra charge applies to re-take the themed activity
Historic House, Gardens, Restaurant, Tea Room, Picnic Area, Children, Car Park, Private Group Tours, School Tours Available,
Weddings and Conferences
Powderham Castle is available for exclusive use for civil ceremonies, blessings in the Chapel and wedding receptions. Rooms which can be hired include:
The vast Music Room which is light and airy; with a splendid domed ceiling creating wonderful acoustics
The Dining Room has an exceptionally warm and welcoming atmosphere with a fireplace and minstrel's gallery often used by string quartets.
The Rose Garden Terrace is ideal for a summer champagne reception and can hold up to 1000 guests.
Couples can get married in a number of stunning locations on the Estate including the 18th century Pavilion in the Woodland Garden, the White Drawing Room, the Staircase Hall and the Rose Terrace Entrance.There are eight rooms within Powderham Castle which you can hire for a maximum of 18 wedding guests.
Wedding packages can be tailor-made and a dedicated wedding coordinator is on hand to help manage the arrangements for the big day. Newlyweds will have overnight accommodation which is included for those choosing one of the new March 2014 wedding packages and accommodation is available for a further 16 guests.
Powderham is recognised as one of the Country's leading venues, an elegant venue for a variety of corporate functions and events. From clay-pigeon shoots to new car launches; from candlelight dinners to international conferences. Having excellent facilities for all manner of activities and having recently specialized in major 4WD Activity days, making full use of the surrounding Estate. It has many unique qualities, ensuring memorable occasions for all who choose to hold events there. Every event and occasion is unique and service and facilities are tailored to meet clients’ special requirements to ensure any event is a success and one to be proud of.
Gift shop, Tea Room, Guide Dogs welcome, Limited accessibility, Guided tours, Educational programme, Special events. The Country Store with its lovely plant centre, food hall and shops is worth a visit on the way out.
Location: Powderham Castle is in Kenton, 8 miles from Exeter on the A379 Dawlish road.
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