Fursdon House, gardens and tea room, near Exeter, Devon are open to day visitors on specific afternoons between Easter Monday and the end of September. Group visits can be arranged to this historic house at times outside these dates and coaches are welcome by arrangement.
Fursdon House has evolved from a modest cob and thatch dwelling to the elegant Georgian manor house you see today.
The Fursdon family has lived on this site near Exeter since 1259, and we continue to live here today!
A tour of this historic house reflects the evolution and fluctuating fortunes of a family steeped in the tradition of land ownership and farming. An experienced guide will show you rooms dating from different periods in history, all of which are in use by the present family. Our house tours are informal yet informative and we hope to convey our sense of stewardship and passion for this unique place.
You will hear family anecdotes and be offered an insight into the life and times of the squires of the manor of Fursdon including tales of a ghost and a dragon!
Our museum reflects this long history and some fine examples of 18th and 19th century family costumes are displayed. The fabrics and costumes on show are changed each year. Last year's display was based around the theme of 'Childhood' and featured some of the incredibly delicate and well-preserved pieces worn by Fursdons of the past. Sadly this exhibition remained unseen due to Covid-19 restrictions, but we hope to have something just as good lined up for 2021 - all being well!
Over the last 35 years we have developed, redesigned and extended the gardens at Fursdon so that we are now able to share them with visitors. There is a mix of formal and informal planting with lots of places to sit and enjoy the extensive views and tranquility of the Devon countryside.