Powderham Castle is a private residence of the Earl of Devon of the family Courtenay, one of the oldest noble houses in England. It's a fortified manor house more than castle and is still in use as the family's residence today. They help pay for the incredible upkeep with letting visitors come, of course but also the house is used as a venue for concerts and has been a filming location as well. The grand staircase was featured quite prominently in The Remains of the Day. But seeing it in person was simply spectacular. This is also why there is literally only this one photo :)
As is typical with private homes that aren't owned by the state, they do not allow photography inside. Which honestly was fine - other than the grand staircase there wasn't much to see that we haven't seen a million times before in these grand houses. And to be perfectly frank, it hasn't been kept up very well. It's a bit dusty :P
However, we had the most charming guide ever, Andy. It made the entire afternoon a wonderful delight - he was entertaining and friendly and gave us all kinds of interesting tidbits of info about the history of the Courtenay family and the house.
They have a farm shop as well, but as we got there at the end of the day and took the last tour, we didn't have time to check it out. I'd definitely recommend this for a partial day out, it was a lovely little stop over on a rainy day.