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Hemerdon House

Still the home of the family for which it was built, a late eighteenth-century house with a wealth of local and family history.

Plympton, Devon, PL7 5BZ

Hemerdon House

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Free for members
Facilities
  • Free parking
Accessibility

Wheelchair access

All the reception rooms on the ground floor are accessible, and these are where most of the pieces of historical significance are to be found. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access to the first floor and no disabled WC. Access to the grounds and parkland is limited. Please contact us for more information.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Built in the late eighteenth century by the Woollcombe family, the current owners’ ancestors, Hemerdon House contains a wealth of local and family history, with artefacts collected by the family through generations.

On Open Days (please see their website for details) visitors are invited to enjoy a guided tour of the interior followed by a leisurely wander through the parkland with its pond and walled garden.

The presence of the family in Devon has been recorded since the 1100s, and in the Plympton area since the 1500s. The family’s participation in local public life – in particular over the last 300 years, through the naval and military services, the clergy, the law, medicine, and local government – is reflected in the contents of the house.

The major fittings, fireplaces and the like are thought to be original, and the furnishings have been accumulated over the years by the family for the house. These include a number of paintings and objets d’art, many acquired by Henry Woollcombe, who was a founder of the Plymouth Athenaeum and an enthusiastic patron of local artists.

Hemerdon offers an intimate insight into a country house and its family from the late 18th-century to the present day.

Opening Times

Please see the house’s website for open dates.

Admission

Free to Historic Houses members. Please see the house’s website for standard admission prices.

Group Visits

Please see the house’s website for group visit arrangements.

Educational Visits

Schools are welcome to visit Hemerdon.

Please contact hemerdon.house@gmail.com or 07704 708416.

Accessibility

Wheelchair access

All the reception rooms on the ground floor are accessible, and these are where most of the pieces of historical significance are to be found. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access to the first floor and no disabled WC. Access to the grounds and parkland is limited. Please contact us for more information.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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