The Estate, nestled in the North Devon countryside, dates back some 900 years, to the 12th Century. During Henry I’s reign (1100-1135 AD) the estate was owned by Roceline de Beaumont who was married to the King Henry’s daughter Constance. In 1490 the Chichester family became the owners when John Chichester married the heiress Margaret Beaumont. In the 17th Century the west wing, with its elaborate Baroque interiors was added and the dining room re-fashioned in elaborate style; in the late 18th century, the Grade II listed stables and the Grade II* entrance gate lodges were built; finally, the Grade II game larder was added in the early 19th century. In 1872 the Estate ran to some 7,000 acres of parkland and farms.
The estate remained in the ownership of the Chichester Family until it was sold in the 1920’s. Descendants of the Chichester family are still living across the local area. Arlington Court, another important Chichester house, now in the hands of the National Trust, is situated 3 miles away on the A39. Arlington Court is open to the public and houses the National Carriage collection. Sir Francis Chichester KBE, the first person to sail single handed around the world, lived for much of his childhood at the house, and local legend tells of his landing his light plane, the original ‘Gypsy Moth‘ in the park.
Nowadays, a family residence in the main part, guests at the Manor House B&B can view our gorgeous grounds while they enjoy their stay.