A relatively modest but rather lovely Victorian mansion, Knightshayes is a gem just north of Tiverton in mid-Devon. It was built for Sir John Heathcoat-Amory, who made his fortune from lace, and he could see his factory in Tiverton from the house. It was designed in Gothic Revival style by Victorian architect William Burges, though he and Sir John fell out during construction and Burges was dismissed, with the work completed by John Dibble Crace.

Entry to the house takes you into the Tudor style hall.

The house has lovely interiors, particularly the fabulous ceilings that adorn nearly every room.

A few objects around the rooms caught my eye.

But my attention was primarily on looking upward.

Outside there are expansive views down to Tiverton and the factory he built still remains.

The gardens are beautiful, with plenty of summer colour.

To finish with the large walled garden, home to plenty of fruit and veg, and a huge bed of cornflowers looking radiant.

Author: jontycrane

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