National Trust
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Beside the River Plym and just 22 miles (35 km from Plymouth is the magnificent early Georgian mansion of Saltram.
The house was home to the Parker family for nearly 300 years and has hardly changed. In 1768 Robert Adam was engaged to re-design several rooms and create the Saloon. His opulent interiors have remained unchanged with the original décor, plasterwork and furnishings.
The landscaped grounds were also set out in the 18th century and Saltram is now a quiet oasis in the middle of suburban and industrial Plymouth. Visitors can enjoy lovely gardens, follies, and stroll along riverside and woodland paths.
Escaping the crowds commonly found at more popular properties, Saltram is an undiscovered gem.
Preserved Early Georgian House
Saltram is regarded as one of the best preserved examples of an early Georgian house, and the Saloon is considered one of Adam’s greatest interiors. The walls are lined with the original pale blue damask and the Chippendale chairs and two vast settees are covered in the same material.
The house is decorated with priceless Old Masters chosen by close family friend Sir Joshua Reynolds, including ten of his own. Several of Adam's intricately-detailed drawings for the woodwork, mirrors and fittings hang in the hallway. (Others can be seen in Sir John Soane's Museum in London).
The grand Saloon was a vital component of a great country house. It was used for holding balls, concerts and receptions. In 1810 the first Countess of Morley wrote of a ball held at Saltram:
"We lighted it by putting a quantity of candles over the doors, the places in which they were fixed being concealed by large wreaths and festoons of leaves and flowers beautiful to behold...round the room we had two rows of seats affording comfortable anchorage for about 200 persons."
The Red Velvet Drawing Room has gilded chairs covered in their original velvet and collections of delicate porcelain said to have been dusted by the Countess herself.
Several of the upstairs rooms are papered with exotic hand-painted Chinese wallpaper from the early 18th century. Apparently in 1811, when not encumbered with guests, the family used the ‘Chinese Chippendale bedroom’ to “breakfast, dine, drink tea and sup” in.
The Great Kitchen contains an open range dating from 1810. A collection of more than 600 copper pans and utensils is on display.
The volunteer guides are happy to share their stories of the previous occupants and what happened when Saltram became a film location.
Lovers of the 1995 Emma Thompson film of Jane Austen’s "Sense and Sensibility" will recognise Saltram from the film’s opening scene. The house played the role of 'Norland', the estate in Sussex inherited by John Dashwood and his avaricious wife, Fanny.
The Saloon played the role of the music room and the entrance hall, staircase, drawing rooms, dining room, library and the grounds appeared as themselves.
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Expedia here:    External Link
Saltram House is managed by the National Trust.
Opening Times/ Prices
Limited opening all year.
West Wing family and domestic rooms only in February, November, December and in main season, 11:00 – 12:00 hours.
Whole house from 12:00 hours (timed tickets). Last admission to house 45 minutes before closing.
West Wing rooms decorated for Christmas 21 November to 31 December.
Park – Open all year – dawn to dusk.
Full details are at Web:  National Trust/ Opening Times & Prices    External Link
Disabled Access
Due to the age of the building there is no lift access to the upper floors.
Free disabled parking 50 yards (46 metres); Drop-off Point; Accessible Toilets; Accessible Grounds Route with map; Audio guides are available on request. They are particularly useful for sight impaired visitors.
Full details are at Web:  National Trust/ Access    External Link

Baby Change facilities
Park Cafe
Full details are at Web:  National Trust/ Facilities    External Link
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1752 333 500 
Mail   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website   National Trust/ Saltram    External Link
Getting There

- By Car
Saltram is 3½ miles (5.6 km) east of Plymouth city centre. Travelling south (from Exeter): exit from A38 is signed Plymouth City Centre/ Plympton/ Kingsbridge. At roundabout take centre lane, then third exit for Plympton. Take right-hand lane and follow brown signs.

Travelling north (from Liskeard): leave A38 at Plympton exit. From roundabout as before.

Parking: 50 yards (46 metres), Charges apply; National Trust Members free.
Using SatNav: enter ‘Merafield Road’

- Public Transport
The National Trust website has Getting There Information at  Web:   National Trust/ How to get here    External Link
The Plymouth CityBus route is 20/20A, and 21/21A  - See  Web:  CityBus    External Link
Google Map - Saltram House

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