Shilstone is a lovingly restored Georgian house in the heart of the Devon countryside, overlooking an important historical landscape, which includes the only known and nationally important C17 water theatre in the UK.
All tours are conducted by resident archaeologist Abi Gray and begin at the Devon Rural Archive where guests can view artefacts from the site, historic documents and photographs from the restoration project. Visitors will be guided through the ground floor of the house looking at architectural styles of 1600–1730; the formal gardens and wider designed landscape. Guests will explore the history of the site through its surviving archaeology and rare architectural features before seeing the results of a 17-year project to restore the house.
Tours that are scheduled will be listed below. If none are scheduled yet, please check back later, or find other tours you might enjoy on our tours listing page here.
Historic landscape tours 1.5 hours
Tours including the house 2.5 hours
Historic landscape tours £15.00 per person
Tours including the house £19.00 per person
Tea and cakes. Dietary requirements should be discussed with the office by the end of the previous month but please be aware not all requirements are catered for.
Disabled access by prior arrangement but restricted to the ground floor of the house and immediate gardens. Disabled cloakroom at the Devon Rural Archive.
“Thank you for such an insightful tour of Shilstone and its gardens on a glorious summer’s day. The water theatre was, I thought, most interesting. I do so hope that it will eventually be restored, especially as you said it’s the only one of its kind in the country.”