Bradley Manor is a small National Trust property on the western edge of Newton Abbot. This was my first visit and I was pleasantly surprised by how much there was to see inside the house and by the peaceful surroundings. Unfortunately I was too tired by the time we’d finished looking round inside to do more than sit on a bench and enjoy the sunshine (the interior is astonishingly chilly), but there are 70 acres of wooded hillsides and meadows to explore and a return trip will be something to look forward to.
Looking from the gardens towards the rear of the house
The front entrance
The stonework around the chapel windows includes this carving of St Matthew the Evangelist. At one time it was brightly painted: traces of green and red still survive under the modern limewash.
Another view of the entrance front