Inspiration at Politmore House

We spent the day at Poltimore House today (just outside Exeter, on the way to Broadclyst),  drawn by the fantastic plant sale they have there annually and we love the overgrown walks through the wild flower woods. The ghosts of the past and the houses former glory hang heavy in the air and the atmosphere is a strange combination of hope for the future and a melancholy edge that comes from a derelict house, especially such a grand one!

The house and grounds are being slowly restored by the dedicated trust of local people who are trying to bring the derelict house and grounds back to good condition and make it a centre for the arts.  Its a big dream of mine to have one of the future art studios for my workplace in a few years time when they convert the house into studios!

Anyway, the semi wild gardens are hugely inspirational to me, as are the small areas of decaying grandure left int he house and I hope to make some designs from the photos I took today of the house and grounds

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5 Responses to “Inspiration at Politmore House”


  1. 1 Rose May 9, 2010 at 12.48

    I have never been to Exeter but those pictures would be inspirational to anyone, thank you for sharing, they are lovely

    • 2 amyorangejuice May 9, 2010 at 12.48

      thank you for your lovely comment! It was on Restoration on the BBC a couple of years ago, but did not win (the one with the most votes got the money to be restored) It has an amazing history and the really inspirational part of it is the team of volunteers who are working on it!

  2. 3 averilpam May 9, 2010 at 12.48

    Your photos are beautiful 🙂

  3. 5 Amy Coupland January 19, 2011 at 12.48

    Hi Amy,

    I work at Poltimore House and was wondering if I could use some of your words above in my advertising for the Plant Sale this year?

    Many thanks, hope to see you this year!


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