Escot – a wildlife haven

Escot Park, home of the Kennaway family, is set in the Tale valley and enjoys a landscape that was originally set out by Capability Brown. The mature trees and established gardens, the lake and river as well as the new wetland area combine to make relaxing surroundings for humans and a haven for all kinds of wildlife.

When you visit you can enjoy close up views of otters, birds of prey and wild boar. A maze and play area for children gives them a chance to let off steam. A well sign-posted route around the gardens ensures that you don’t miss any of the important sites and the boards give you all the information you need about the wildlife and trees that are found in that spot.

In springtime Escot is a mass of daffodils and a little later the huge rhododendrons are in bloom. Wonderful beech and oak trees provide shade in the summer and make a splendid, colourful autumn display. Most of the gardens are accessible to disabled visitors too so everyone can enjoy what’s on offer.

Every year Escot is host to a number of exciting events. There are usually at least two or three planned each summer. Outdoor theatre is their speciality and past years have seen a number of Shakespeare plays and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

The original coach house has been converted into a tearoom and the range of food on offer is excellent. Morning coffee, afternoon tea or a substantial lunch, the choice is yours. The scones are delicious, the cappuccino is great and don’t miss the home made cakes.

Next to the Coach House is the Aquatic Centre. Here you can marvel at both marine and freshwater tropical fish and see Koi carp in all colours and sizes from very tiny through to monster size. If you are on holiday they can even pack fish for a 24-hour journey so you can take one home with you! They have a full range of plants for your aquarium and pond too.

While you're visiting the Aquatic Centre don’t miss the fabulously fascinating Seahorse Trust either. It's adjacent to the Gift Shop and well worth a look, children will love these delightful animals.

Craftsmen still work on the estate and their work is on display and available for purchase to. Matt Dingle is the blacksmith and artistic metalworker. He can make anything from a gate to a garden chair from metal.

Have a look at his website for more information on commissioning a special piece

Local artist Stephen Bower has his studio on the estate. You can view his work by appointment with him at Escot Call him direct on 07939 351643 or visit the Georgian House in Silver Street Ottery St Mary.

Use the Escot website for opening times, ticket prices and current events

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