The seat of the Fursdon family since at least 1259, the building's evolution seen through the architectural development of the house.

Cadbury, Near Thorverton, Exeter, Devon, EX5 5JS

Fursdon house and tennis court

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Free for members
  • Bike storage facilities
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Pet friendly
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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 since 1259 and behind its façade lie centuries of history.

We are delighted to be able to open the house to the public for the month of August 2021. During our informal yet fascinating tours of the house, you will hear about the evolution and fluctuating fortunes of a family steeped in the tradition of land ownership and farming. There are also many items of historical interest still on display and in use by the family. And until the end of September 2021, visitors can also delight in the beautiful gardens and grounds with stunning views in every direction – and of course enjoy a delicious traditional home-made Devonshire cream tea, or slice of cake, in the courtyard and barn at our Coach Hall tea room. The Coach Hall can also be hired for small corporate events.

Additionally, there is a lovely private Victorian cottage on the estate that is available for holiday accommodation.

Opening Times


Garden and Tea Room: The Garden and Tea Room are open on Bank Holiday Mondays and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from Easter Monday through April to September from 2-5pm.

House Tours: Guided house tours take place at 2.30pm and 3.30pm on open days in June to August.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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Historic Houses members visit for free. No need to pre-book, just arrive with your card and give your name and membership number at the tearoom/ticket office.

House and Garden Adults: £10.00 Children (16 and under): free

Garden Only Adults: £5.00 Children (16 and under): free

Group Visits

Group Visits We welcome group visits to Fursdon and these can be arranged through the office, when the house is not normally open to the public.

Please ring the Estate Office on 01392 860860 or email Small groups of less than 20 people can come on our public open days (Wednesdays or Thursdays and bank holidays during our open season), by arrangement.

A guided tour of the house takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour but do allow some time for a stroll in the gardens. There is a reduction in ticket price for groups of 20 or more and there are several options. We can accommodate one coach and up to 48 people at a time. Parties of this size will be taken round the house in two groups by two guides.

Please contact Becky at the Estate Office for further details.

01392 860860

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