Just north of Exeter is Killerton, one of the largest National Trust properties, not in the size of the house, but the size of the estate - 6,400 acres.
It was given to the National Trust by Sir Richard Acland in 1942.
Following our visit to the craft fair in Exeter, while still in Devon,
we decided to visit Killerton house, and have a late lunch there.
Killerton is not a large house by National Trust standards,
but has beautiful gardens and huge grounds for long walks.
Near the house is this magnificent chestnut tree, planted about the time of building of the house in 1778-1779. Just look at all the shapes, a real fairy-tale tree!
There is the usual collection of period furniture and furnishing inside, but what I came to see is the collection of beautiful dresses, mostly from early 20th century, but also some from 18th century. I took as many pictures as I could, but most of the collection is behind the glass, so there is some reflection.
Just a quick peak into the laundry room, there just happened to be a large group of children, exploring the house on their school outing.
Did you ever wonder how they managed to dry all that washing "below the stairs"? A set of wooden frames which can be pulled in and out, heated by a large wood stove from below.Who needs a tumble dryer?