Please note: This house does not offer free entry to Historic House members.
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Overview

Hall, in Bishops Tawton, has been home to the Chichester Family since the early 14th century.

The house is approached up a mile long wooded drive. The current Victorian house, a vernacular mansion in the 16th century style, was built in the 1840’s for Robert Chichester by Philip C.Hardwick.

Hardwick produced a series of grand reception and family rooms with splendid views over the Taw valley and a staircase hall which forms the centre of the house.


Opening
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Open by Private Tours and appointment only.

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5 miles south of Barnstaple , off the A377.

Nearest Railway station is Barnstaple ( 6 miles away).

From Tiverton: 
Take A361 to Barnstaple, then A377 through Bishops Tawton and about ¾ mile beyond take left turn signposted to Hall. DO NOT FOLLOW SAT NAV FROM THIS POINT. Follow this road for ½ mile to a lodge on your left. Proceed up the drive.

From Exeter: 
Take A377 passing through Crediton and Umberleigh. ¾ mile before Bishops Tawton the road passes over a bridge. At the next bend turn right signposted to Hall. DO NOT FOLLOW SAT NAV FROM THIS POINT. Follow this road for ½ mile to a lodge on your left. Proceed up the drive.

The drive is too narrow for a full-size coach (32-seaters are OK).
 

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome and refreshments can be provided. 

Please contact to arrange: clarecl@hotmail.co.uk 

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Forthcoming Tours

2 Apr 2020
2PM - 4PM | £17.00

7 May 2020
2PM - 4PM | £17.00

4 Jun 2020
2PM - 4PM | £17.00

3 Sep 2020
2PM - 4PM | £17.00

Tour Overview

Tour of ground floor of house including staterooms, plus tour of historic yard and ancilliary buildings and walled gardens.

Tour duration

2 hours.

Tour prices

£17.00 per person.

Refreshments

Tea, coffee, squash, cream tea and/or cake.

Access notes

Ground floor only.

Special restrictions

No photography or dogs allowed.

Weddings

The picturesque Herner Church is available for small intimate ceremonies followed by the opportunity to celebrate at Hall. 

Hall offers an idyllic setting for your fairy tale wedding reception with two marquee sites to choose from; one to the front of the house with exceptional/stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside or the historic Orchard. Both sites allow for the house to be used as a imposing photographic backdrop.  

Alternatively there is the option to enjoy your wedding breakfast in the Great Hall, moving into the marquee for music and dancing.


Accommodation

We would like to welcome you to Hall, a stunning Grade II listed ‘Neo Jacobean’ house built in the 1840’s where you will always find a warm and friendly greeting and a superb atmosphere whenever you visit.

We endeavour to make your bed and breakfast visit an enjoyable experience where hopefully you will arrive as strangers and leave as friends, hoping you will visit us again in the future


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

We have a large Great Hall and Drawing Room available for use. 

Facilities

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Lunch
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Breakfast
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking

Opening
Opening

Open by Private Tours and appointment only.

Find Us
Find us

5 miles south of Barnstaple , off the A377.

Nearest Railway station is Barnstaple ( 6 miles away).

From Tiverton: 
Take A361 to Barnstaple, then A377 through Bishops Tawton and about ¾ mile beyond take left turn signposted to Hall. DO NOT FOLLOW SAT NAV FROM THIS POINT. Follow this road for ½ mile to a lodge on your left. Proceed up the drive.

From Exeter: 
Take A377 passing through Crediton and Umberleigh. ¾ mile before Bishops Tawton the road passes over a bridge. At the next bend turn right signposted to Hall. DO NOT FOLLOW SAT NAV FROM THIS POINT. Follow this road for ½ mile to a lodge on your left. Proceed up the drive.

The drive is too narrow for a full-size coach (32-seaters are OK).
 

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome and refreshments can be provided. 

Please contact to arrange: clarecl@hotmail.co.uk 

Other opening


Hall's history and features

The manor of Tawton was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as one of the 24 holdings of the Bishop of Exeter. Within this manor was the estate of Hall, which a Bishop granted to his lawyer Simon de Hall, "a man very learned in the laws (who) grew so gracious with the Bishop". The Devon historian Tristram Risdon (d.1640) states that Simon's father had previously been resident at Hall, albeit apparently only under a lease, and thus the family name is likely to have been de Hall before the grant to Simon, who was thus the first of his family to possess it freehold with a heritable interest.

The feudal overlord remained the Lord of the Manor of Bishop's Tawton, namely the Bishops of Exeter until the mid-1500s and then the Earls of Bedford. Simon de Hall died leaving no sons and his sole heiress was thus his only daughter Thomasine de Hall (d.1502), who had married Richard Chichester. As part of the marriage settlement her father had settled on her his estate of Hall, and thus the estate became the possession of this junior branch of the Chichester family of North Devon, known as "Chichester of Hall" to differentiate it from several other prominent branches of the same family seated in Devon, namely at Raleigh, Youlston, Eggesford and Arlington. Richard Chichester the husband of Thomasine de Hall was the son of Richard Chichester, who was the son of John Chichester by his wife Elizabeth Dymock, a daughter and co-heiress of Richard Dymock. John Chichester was the younger son of Sir John Chichester (d.1437) of Raleigh by his wife Alice Wotton, a daughter and co-heiress of John Wotton of Widworthy.