WORTHA FARM

Castles and Historic Houses

Step back in time through castles and historic houses

There are a wealth of National Trust and English Heritage properties as well as many independent country houses just a short drive from Wortha Farm.

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Launceston Castle

Built soon after the Norman Conquest, features an unusual keep consisting of a 13th-century round tower built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall…more

Okehampton Castle

The remains of the largest castle in Devon. Built soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey castle with a stone keep, it was converted into a sumptuous residence in the 14th century by Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon, much of whose work survives…more

Tintagel Castle

Stunning scenery at Tintagel, discover the legend of King Arthur and what inspired Earl Richard to build the castle…more

Lydford Castle

This nearby castle in the beautiful village of Lydford was originally built as a prison and later became notorious for harsh punishments, with one of its inmates calling it ‘the most annoious, contagious and detestable place within this realm’…more

Morwellham Quay

Museum and visitor centre based around historic port on the River Tamar. Includes virtual tour and diary of events…more

Mayflower Steps

From where the Pilgrim Fathers are believed to have finally left England aboard the Mayflower, before crossing the Atlantic Oceanto settle in North America on 6 September 1620… more

Berry Pomeroy Castle

Berry Pomeroy Castle is part of English Heritage near Totnes…more

Cotehele

Cotehele is a medieval house with Tudor additions, situated in the parish of Calstock in the east of Cornwall, England. It is a rambling granite and slate-stone manor house on the banks of the River Tamar that has been little changed over five centuries…more

Lanhydrock

Lanhydrock is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. After a devastating fire in 1881 the Jacobean house was refurbished in high-Victorian style, with the best in country house design and planning and the latest mod-cons…more

Buckland Abbey

Buckland Abbey is a Grade I listed 700-year-old house in Buckland Monachorum, near Yelverton, Devon, England, noted for its connection with Sir Richard Grenville the Younger and Sir Francis Drake. It is owned by the National Trust…more

Antony House

Antony House is the name given to an early 18th-century house, which today is in the ownership of the National Trust. It is located between the towns of Torpoint and the village of Antony in Cornwall…more

Saltram House

Saltram House is a grade I listed George II era mansion house located near Plymouth. It was deemed by the architectural critic Pevsner to be “the most impressive country house in Devon”…more

Lydford Castle

Situated on the fringe of Dartmoor, Lydford boasts three defensive features. Near the centre is a 13th century tower on a mound, built as a prison. It later became notorious for harsh punishments, with one of its inmates calling it ‘the most annoious, contagious and detestable place within this realm’. To the south is an earlier Norman earthwork castle and to the north, there are Saxon town defences.

Tintagell Castle

Immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle set high on Cornwall’s rugged north coast. Inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur, for centuries this dramatic castle and coastline has fired the imaginations of writers, artists and even the brother of a king.

Launceston Castle

The castle has a colourful history as a prison of which George Fox, founder of the Quakers, was the most famous prisoner. He suffered harsh confinement here in 1656. Launceston Castle was also used as the base for the Cornish Royalist defence of the county. You can explore the long history of the castle in a display which traces 1,000 years, with finds from site excavations.

Okehampton Castle

The remains of the largest castle in Devon, in a stunning setting on a wooded spur above the rushing River Okement. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey castle with a stone keep, it was converted into a sumptuous residence in the 14th century by Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon, much of whose work survives. After the last Courtenay owner fell foul of Henry VIII in 1539, the castle declined into a ruin.

Morwellham Quay

Morwellham Quay is an historic river port just outside Tavistock, that developed to support the local mines. The port had its peak in the Victorian era and is now run as a tourist attraction and museum. It is the terminus of the Tavistock Canal, and has its own copper mine.

The open-air museum includes the restored 19th-century village, the docks and quays, a restored ship, the George and Charlotte copper mine which is toured by a small train, a Victorian farm and a nature reserve with trails.

Mayflower Steps

The Mayflower Steps are close to the site in the Barbican area of Plymouth, south-west England, from which the Pilgrims are believed to have finally left England aboard the Mayflower, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to settle in North America on 6 September 1620.

Berry Pomeroy Castle

Berry Pomeroy Castle, a Tudor mansion within the walls of an earlier castle, is near the village of Berry Pomeroy, in South Devon, England. It was built in the late 15th century by the Pomeroy family which had held the land since the 11th century

Cotehele House

Cotehele was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries. The Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture.

Lanhydrock House

Lanhydrock is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. After a devastating fire in 1881 the Jacobean house was refurbished in high-Victorian style, with the best in country house design and planning and the latest mod-cons.

Buckland Abbey

Buckland Abbey is a Grade I listed 700-year-old house in Buckland Monachorum, near Yelverton, Devon, England, noted for its connection with Sir Richard Grenville the Younger and Sir Francis Drake. It is owned by the National Trust.

Antony House

A house of silver grey stone, Antony is a beguiling mixture of the formal and informal. It’s believed to be one of the finest surviving Queen Anne buildings in the West Country. View the outstanding collection of portraits, including works by Sir Joshua Reynolds and a famous painting of Charles I during his trial. There are also fine examples of period furniture, textiles and tapestries.

Saltram House

Saltram was home to the Parker family from 1743, when an earlier mansion was remodelled to reflect the family’s increasingly prominent position. It’s magnificently decorated, with original contents including Chinese wallpapers and an exceptional collection of paintings (several by Sir Joshua Reynolds). It also has a superb country house library and Robert Adam’s Neo-classical Saloon.

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