Surrounded on all sides by its own private landscaped park the house stands witness to 800 years of history. Never demolished and rebuilt it has evolved with time reflecting the ups and downs of the families fortunes over the centuries.
On a hill overlooking a lake and landscaped park Great Fulford has been the home of the Fulford family since at least the 12th century. The house reflects the financial fortunes of the family over the centuries with major enlargement taking place in Henry VIII's reign and in the Elizabethan period. In the 1690's the house, whcih had been severely damaged during the Civil War was restored. A suite of 'Great Rooms' being inserted behind the Tudor walls they include The Great Hall which is panelled with some of the finest early 16th century in the country, aGreat Staircase which leads to a Great Drawing Room now boasting a new stunning Baroque plaster ceiling created by the modern master of the craft, Geoffrey Preston.
In 1805 the outside of the house together with some of the smaller reception rooms were remodelled in the 'gothic taste' by James Wyatt.
Open all year by appointment. £9.00 a head. Minimum charge for a tour £150. Alternatively tours can be booked on prearranged dates via Invitation To View.
In the centre of Devon. 10 miles West of Exeter south of the A30 on the N.E.edge of Dartmoor between the villages of Cheriton Bishop and Dunsford.
The nearest bus stop is at Cheriton Bishop approx. 1.5 miles away.
Car park on site
- Free parking
- Accessible parking
- Accessible toilets
Light refreshments, e.g. tea and coffee, are available. Cream teas, if asked for in advance, are priced at £8.50 per head.
During the Civil War the house we were royalists (thank goodness) and held the house for the king-it was besieged and taken in 1642 -retaken later that year by royalists then taken again and garrisoned by parliament in 1646.
There are several ghosts in the house. I have seen one, a young girl in a shift holding aloft a candle twice. When my wife and I got engaged they gave a party. As we lay in bed we could here them laughing, talking, wandering around above us as clearly as if you were in a flat and the people above you were having rather a rowdy gathering. A couple who were staying with us at the time also heard it (though in a separate part of the house) she woke up her husband so they could both listen to it. When we came back from our honeymoon they gave a hell of a party and we haven't heard them since!
We do host 'ghost tours' now and again and I am glad the ghosts are now helping financially to keep the house afloat.
We are not a 'Wedding Factory.' Our rules are relaxed and adaptable to what the client wants. We charge a simple up front fee and there are no clever addons such as 'corkage' on wine. If you want a location where -within limits - you can design and manage your own special day then we might just be the location for you.
We have nine bedrooms on the top floor-eight of them have either en suite or dedicated adjoining bathrooms, there is also one twin bedroom. On the first floor there are a further two double bedrooms with dedicated bathrooms.
The top floor of the house was done up in 2010 with the aim of providing top class accommodation with eight double bedrooms all with en suite or dedicated bathrooms which would be attractive to shooting parties or for wedding guests.
Their are extra bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor but these are bedrooms often occupied by our children so guests must expect the odd old teddy bear and football poster intruding.
The Ballroom has superb acoustics- seats 120 in comfort - and is a spectacular room in which to host a conference/seminar.
Great Fulford has very impressive rooms in which to host corporate activity ranging from small events to seminars/conferences with up to 120/150 participants.
Externally the landscaped parkland and woodland lend themselves to all manner of activity from team building events motor car promotions.