Please note: This house does not offer free entry to Historic House members.
For alternative options please see other opening options.

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Overview

The house and gardens were designed in 1906 by architect Walter Sarel with terraces, garden buildings, paths and bridges. The house retains many original Arts & Crafts features including an incredible ‘disappearing’ wall, recently discovered in the main hall, and thought to be the only one of its type in the country.

Still a work in progress, forgotten paths, woodland garden, water gardens and the pattern of long forgotten Edwardian planting schemes are being discovered and restored. The house and gardens lie in the heart of West Devon with ever-changing views extending towards Dartmoor. Wander over to the croquet lawn after tea (weather permitting) or simply soak up the historic atmosphere of the sprawling gardens and woodland. Coombe Trenchard’s unique warmth is a true experience and the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon of peace and tranquility.


Opening
Opening

Open by Private Tour only.

Find Us
Find us

From Exeter on the A30 after the Okehampton junction take the A386 exit (signposted Tavistock, Bideford). At end of the slip road turn right, then immediately left (signposted Lewdown). In Lewdown turn left for Lewtrenchard and follow the road to the bottom of the hill. Turn right into lane opposite the sign for Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel. Coombe Trenchard can be found 100 yards on the right. From the Launceston direction on the A30 take the Lifton turning, following the road through the town to Lewdown. In Lewdown turn right (approx. 50m past Post Office) for Lewtrenchard and follow the road to the bottom of the hill. Turn right into lane opposite the sign for Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel. Coombe Trenchard can be found 100 yards on the right.

Forthcoming Tours

Tour Overview

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon with Sarah Marsh, the owner of Coombe Trenchard, who will share her passion for restoring these charming Edwardian gardens.

Your fascinating guided tour will then take you into Coombe Trenchard, a true Arts & Crafts gem with its own unique character, exploring the ground floor of the house and the gardens.

Tour duration

2.5 hours

Tour prices

£19.00 per person

Refreshments

Traditional Devonshire tea, including home-made scones with cream and jam, and cakes served on the beautiful, south-facing terrace after the tour. December tour to include mulled wine on arrival.

Access notes

Easy access to gardens, gravel paths. Ground floor on one level, seats available.

Restrictions

No photography in house please.


Opening
Opening

Open by Private Tour only.

Find Us
Find us

From Exeter on the A30 after the Okehampton junction take the A386 exit (signposted Tavistock, Bideford). At end of the slip road turn right, then immediately left (signposted Lewdown). In Lewdown turn left for Lewtrenchard and follow the road to the bottom of the hill. Turn right into lane opposite the sign for Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel. Coombe Trenchard can be found 100 yards on the right. From the Launceston direction on the A30 take the Lifton turning, following the road through the town to Lewdown. In Lewdown turn right (approx. 50m past Post Office) for Lewtrenchard and follow the road to the bottom of the hill. Turn right into lane opposite the sign for Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel. Coombe Trenchard can be found 100 yards on the right.

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Coombe Trenchard's history and features

Coombe Trenchard was designed and built for the Sperlings, wealthy Edwardian friends of Sabine Baring-Gould of nearby Lewtrenchard Manor. The family had lived on site in the old rectory for several years before deciding on a replacement house, to be designed by Walter Sarel of London and built by Dart & Francis of Crediton, in 1906. The gardens were redesigned at the same time. Both house and gardens are redolent of the high Arts & Crafts style of the belle époque.

The estate comprises mainly pasture and woodland, with the house centrally located and approached via a 1km driveway. The gardens are laid out around the house and incorporate a stream (the parish boundary) with bridges, a woodland garden, terraces and walks and many Arts & Crafts features. From employing 6 full time outdoors staff for the 50 or so years the Sperlings lived at Coombe Trenchard, the property went through a long period of much less intensive maintenance. so on our first visit to the house and gardens in 2007 we were greeted by the challenging prospect of a kitchen garden that had been lost to brambles, and which the then owner had not seen for 35 years, and a woodland garden that was an impenetrable jungle with 15m high laurel trees blotting out all sunlight. However it was clear to us from many of the features that were intact and from the clues left behind of missing paths and bridges that this was a very special place.