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Castle Drogo

Set high above the Teign Gorge on the edge of Dartmoor, Castle Drogo is a masterpiece of early 20th-century architecture. Commissioned by the millionaire entrepreneur Julius Drewe and designed by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, the castle is the product of a joint vision which took twenty years to realise. Crafted from local granite, the castle is reminiscent of a stark medieval fortress, complete with battlements, a massive entrance tower with twin octagonal turrets and genuine portcullis. Inside, the interiors appear to have evolved ‘organically’ through the generations. The Entrance Hall and Library recall the keep in Norman castles, the Dining Room evokes the 17th century and the Drawing Room suggests the Georgian period. These are cleverly unified by Lutyens’ use of a limited palette and powerful aesthetic. Despite the austerity of the exteriors, the bedrooms are comfortable and modest in scale with state-of-the-art Edwardian bathrooms. Additional modern services include a custom-built kitchen (currently closed to the public during renovation work), working telephones and electricity generated by hydro-turbines in the valley below. Castle Drogo is a testament to the brilliance of Lutyens, the skill of the workforce and Drewe’s vision for his home.

Visitor Information

Address:
Drewsteignton,
near Exeter,
Devon,
England,
EX6 6PB

Telephone: 01647 433306

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo

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Castle Drogo, Devon (Accredited Museum)

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The significance of the objects found at Castle Drogo lies with their direct connection to the Drewe family. They reflect the tastes and interests of a family whose lives revolved around a love of the outdoors and spending time together. Many of the items, such as tapestries, inlaid tables and ornate chests were brought to Drogo from their previous home at Wadhurst Park. However, the castle also contains a number of pieces of fitted and free-standing furniture designed by Lutyens specifically for the Drewe family. Castle Drogo is currently undergoing a 5-year conservation project to make it watertight. Although parts of the collection are in storage and some of the interiors are inaccessible, elements of the collection have been creatively redisplayed. .

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