Sunday, 6 November 2016

Going on a Bear Hunt


Thanks for visiting.

Our last trip to Killerton Gardens takes us to a rather quaint building in the grounds.

According to the National Trust website:

The bear's hut

Close to the rock garden lies a curious structure nestled beneath the trees.
The bear's hut was built in 1808 by John Veitch on behalf of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland. Veitch was very fond of Sir Thomas' wife Lydia, and the two of them planned the hut as a surprise. 
This hermit's hut was known at the time as the 'Lady Cot', which would act as a summerhouse for the family. The hut has a thatched roof and was constructed of timber from the estate. The beautiful stained glass window in the hut was collected by the Acland family on their travels. Each room is lined with different materials, from varying woods and deer skin, to matting and pine cones, with bark adorning some of the walls. The floor in the inner room is 'cobbled' with deer knuckle-bones.
The hut was renamed because in the 1860's it was used to house a black bear called Tom, which had been brought to Killerton by the 12th Baronet's brother, Gilbert, on his return from Canada. 

Fancy that!



  1. Goodness, good job Tom the bear is no longer in residence. I wonder what happened to him? What a fascinating story about the hut:)

    1. It was such a beautiful hut, so well crafted. I'll have to see if I can find out about the bear. :-)

  2. The title of your post made me smile it one of our favourite childrens books.

    1. It's a great book. I'm glad we didn't find the bear though!