Fursdon House has evolved from a modest cob and thatch dwelling to the elegant Georgian manor house you see today. Behind its façade lie centuries of history.
The Fursdon family has lived on this site since 1259. A tour of the house reflects the evolution and fluctuating fortunes of a family steeped in the tradition of land ownership and farming. The intimate family museum reflects this long history and some 18th and 19th-century family costumes are displayed.
Visitors can also enjoy the attractive gardens and grounds with stunning views and enjoy a cream tea in The Coach Hall tea room. The Coach Hall can be hired for small corporate events.
Additionally, there are two spacious and elegant holiday apartments in the Manor House and a Victorian holiday cottage. Fursdon hosts a very small number of special wedding receptions each year and small corporate events can be catered for.
Today’s opening hours
House, gardens and tearoom: June to August, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 2pm to 5pm; guided tours only, 2.30pm and 3.30
Gardens and tea room only: 22 April to 26 September on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 2pm to 5pm.
House, gardens and tearoom: June to August, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 2pm to 5pm; guided tours only, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
Travelling from the south, 9 miles north of Exeter off A396 Tiverton Road, signposted through Thorverton; or travelling from north off the A3072 Tiverton to Crediton road, 2 miles from Bickleigh, signposted.
Fursdon is not on a direct bus route, but 55 bus route stops in Thorverton 2/3 miles from Fursdon.
Car park on site
A2B Taxis 01884 251252
Historic Houses members visit for free.
House and Garden
We welcome group visits to Fursdon and these can be arranged through the office, when the house is not normally open to the public.
Small groups of less than 20 people can come on Wednesdays or Thursdays, our public open days, 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. When possible you will be welcomed by a member of the family before being shown round by an experienced guide.
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 Catriona or Judi at the Estate Office
In late April/early May one of the Fursdon woods is open for a Bluebell Walk. A map is available at the Coach Hall on arrival. The walk is around 1.5 miles.
Fursdon hosts a very small number of special wedding receptions each year. Special because each one is unique.
Your wedding, your choice.
There are the most amazing views from the marquee field and the attractive gardens make for wonderful photographs. You can even have a drinks reception in the main house
There is an attractive marquee space with stunning views and you can choose your preferred style. The team at Fursdon can advise on other suppliers or leave it with you to choose
The garden is available before the formal reception for drinks and photographs. You can also hold a drinks reception in the main rooms of Fursdon House, where you can spill out onto the terrace at the front of the house.
You can also book the holiday accommodation so that you have total exclusivity for the weekend.
On the wedding day there is always a member of the team on hand to make sure it all runs smoothly and there are no surprises.
Fursdon welcomes guests to two beautifully furnished and well equipped apartments on the first floor of the historic manor house each with its own private entrance. In the grounds is attractive Fursdon Cottage a former gardener’s cottage, which underwent renovation a few years ago. There is plenty of parking for guests and gardens, grounds and countryside to walk or sit in.
The Park Wing is elegant and spacious and has stunning and far-reaching views out across the parkland and on as far as Dartmoor. The rooms are large and sunny with lots of space for a family of 6.
The Garden Wing is suitable for 2 or 3 with a large master bedroom and small single. The main rooms look out into the walled garden and there is a door leading out into it from the panelled sitting room.
Fursdon Cottage is a wisteria and rose covered Victorian cottage but great care has been taken in choosing furnishings, colours and fabrics so that it is a happy balance between traditional and modern. The rooms all face south with the same far reaching views across the parkland. There is an enclosed garden and dogs are welcome to stay with their owners here. With three bedrooms it is suitable for a family of up to 5.
The Coach Hall is a great place for off-site corporate meetings, seating a maximum of 40. A projector and screen can be used but there is no WIFI.
Full kitchen facilities are available and catering can be provided. There are also toilet facilities and parking for delegates.