The Belvedere served as a ballroom for the family too, with a sprung rosewood floor – a perfect venue for the entertainments of the Viscount's thirteen daughters. The Belvedere later became a gamekeeper's cottage and also inspired the copycat Haldon Belvedere, at nearby Lawrence Castle.
The iconic Belvedere Tower is currently undergoing stabilising and re-roofing to restore this magnificent building following a ruinous fire post-World War 2 that has seen it long on Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register.
Once complete, visitors to Powderham and the Exe Estuary will be able to admire the Belvedere for years to come. Charlie Courtenay, the current Earl of Devon, comments:
"This is a terrifically exciting project for Powderham and the whole community, for which the Belvedere is such a beloved landmark. This preservation work will ensure the Belvedere survives for future generations, and it allows us to renew interest in Powderham's remarkable Woodland Gardens. We are particularly grateful to Natural England for their support, and we have enjoyed working closely with them, Teignbridge and Historic England to do this important work."