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 Castles of England - Castle Drogo






Location
near Drewsteignton, Devon, England

Description
Castle Drogo is located near Drewsteignton, Devon, England. It stands above the Teign Gorge with views over Dartmoor. Castle Drogo was the last castle to be built in England The castle is built entirely of granite. The castle was designed by architect Sir Edward Lutyens and features battlements, a fortified entrance tower, and a portcullis to create a medieval appearance. The castle is essentially a stately home with a blend of styles from the medieval and Tudor periods. The castle was never intended as a military structure and the defensive features are decorative. The castle has a formal garden, also designed by Lutyens, noted for its rhododendrons and magnolias, herbaceous borders, rose garden, shrub garden and circular croquet lawn. The castle also has a shop, visitor centre and tea-room.

History
It was built as a country house for Julius Drewe (the founder of Home and Colonial Stores) in the 1910s and 1920s. The property was given to the National Trust in 1974. It is a Grade I listed building.


Other Castles in the Area
  Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon
  Lydford Castle, Devon
  Okehampton Castle, Devon
  Powderham Castle, Devon







Powderham Castle
Front of Castle Drogo

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Powderham Castle
Castle Drogo

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Powderham Castle
Castle Drogo, south-east side

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