Castle Drogo's damp past.

Designs on a grande dame

Margaret Turton explores a majestic Devon mansion filled with extravagances that were way ahead of their time.

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Magdalen at Exeter.

Bedside manner a winner in Devon

An imposing Victorian-era building in Exeter, Devon, which once housed the West England Eye Hospital, has been converted into a 59-room hotel, the Magdalen Chapter.

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Ring of Bells

Inns and outings

Lee Atkinson sticks to the back roads on an eight-day pub crawl through the West Country.

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Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in the 1995 Sense and Sensibility

Scenes of good sense

Penny McDonald charts key Austen bolt-holes during the bicentennary of the author's first book, Sense and Sensibility.

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Time and tide

On the coast of Devon, Penny McDonald meets the man who owns the 700-year-old fishing village of Clovelly.

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What lies beneath

In blood-sport country, Penny McDonald casts a line into the calm waters of the River Lyd.

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Well-travelled tastes ... Gidleigh Park in Devon.

Lost in degustation

Map in hand, Andrew Purvis goes in search of Britain's best out-of-the-way nosh — and a place to sleep it off.

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