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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle, located in the Exe Estuary south of Exeter, is one of the south west's finest castles, up there along with the so-called "last castle built in England," Castle Drogo.

Powderham Castle has a much longer history than Castle Drogo and dates originally from 1391. Built by Sir Philip Courtenay, today it belongs to the 18th Earl of Devon so the house has been in the hands of the Courtenay family since the start.

Powderham Castle

Only one of the original six towers of the castle remains from the 14th century and the building has been much altered, damaged and restored over the ages. Powderham suffered substantial damage during the English Civil War (1642-1646) but was considerably restored and remodeled during the Georgian (1702-1837) and Victorian periods. The present gothic style castle owes much to the work of the Victorian architect, Charles Fowler.

Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle offers one-hour guided tours, a gallery, gift shop, tea room and a deer park. The castle rooms may also be hired for wedding receptions and as a film location.

Powderham Castle is off the A379 to Starcross near the village of Kenton.

Powderham Castle
Tel: 01626 890243
Opening hours: 11.00am to 4.30pm
April 5-October 30; Sunday - Friday (closed Saturday)

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