A magnificent Grade I late Georgian house along the East Devon coastline
Mamhead House commands views over the parkland, open agricultural land and along the East Devon coast to Portland Bill. It has a peaceful and relaxing environment. The house, which is built of mellow Bath stone and is approached by a long winding drive through woodland, has five principal reception rooms, five additional reception rooms, galleried halls, landings and corridors, a main kitchen/breakfast room, a secondary kitchen/butler’s pantry and extensive domestic offices and cellars.
There are 16 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and an attic with a further 11 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
There is a large Camellia house overlooking the sunken garden and fountain.
In the grounds is a two bedroom staff bungalow together with useful garaging, outbuildings and an Estate yard.
Approached directly from the main drive is Mamhead Castle. Built at the same time as the house it is a copy of 14th century Belsay Castle in Northumberland. It was designed as a craggy picturesque foil to the house. Constructed of local red sandstone it was originally used to provide stabling, a coach house, laundry and brewery. A passage linked the brewery with the house cellars. The Castle is Listed Grade II* and a central courtyard is approached through a massive gatehouse complete with portcullis. Today the Castle has been completely modernised and is laid out in six office suites.
The parkland comprises many fine specimen trees. The agricultural land is grazed by sheep on a short term arrangement with a local farmer. The 70 acres of woodland provide a magnificent backdrop to the house.
The Estate extends in all to about 164 acres (66 hectares).
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