Lying on the outskirts of Plymouth in a beautiful setting overlooking the Plym Estuary, Saltram House is the largest country house in Devon. Recognisable to many after its appearance as Norland Park in the film-production of Sense and Sensibility, Saltram House is a fine Georgian mansion set within 20 acres of parkland.
Saltram House was the former home of the Parker family. The first phase of building incorporated part of a Tudor house and was conducted between 1743 and 1750 by John and Lady Catherine Parker. However, Saltram's magnificence is largely due to their son John Parker who was not only a keen collector but also engaged Robert Adam to alter the east wing. The saloon showcases Adam's fine architectural work but is also set off with exquisite furnishings and a specially designed Axminster carpet.
On your visit, you'll also be able to see portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Angelica Kauffmann, original Robert Adams drawings, pottery, beautiful plasterwork ceilings, Chippendale furniture, Wedgewood vases and porcelain. As well as the park, the library, Velvet Drawing Room, the Kitchen, Morning Room and Chinese Chippendale Bedroom are also opened to visitors.
No visit to Saltram is complete without a tour of its English country garden. Best visited in the spring, the gardens are surrounded by landscaped parkland. You'll pass through woodlands and along the River Plym, see an orangery, various follies, a classical garden house, visit the peaceful formal pond and the 19th century chapel which now houses an art gallery. If you want to extend your walk, you can also access the Plym Valley Cycle and Walkway from the grounds at Saltram.