Built in the late 18th-century by the Woollcombe family, the current owners' ancestors, Hemerdon House contains a wealth of local and family history, with artefacts collected by the family through generations.

On Open Days (please see their website for details) visitors are invited to enjoy a guided tour of the interior followed by a leisurely wander through the parkland with its pond and walled garden.

The presence of the family in Devon has been recorded since the 1100s, and in the Plympton area since the 1500s. The family’s participation in local public life - in particular over the last 300 years, through the naval and military services, the clergy, the law, medicine, and local government - is reflected in the contents of the house.

The major fittings, fireplaces and the like are thought to be original, and the furnishings have been accumulated over the years by the family for the house. These include a number of paintings and objets d'art, many acquired by Henry Woollcombe, who was a founder of the Plymouth Athenaeum and an enthusiastic patron of local artists.

Hemerdon offers an intimate insight into a country house and its family from the late 18th-century to the present day.


Find Us
Find us

Hemerdon House is located between the villages of Hemerdon and Sparkwell in the South Hams area of Devon. Plymouth is approximately 7 miles away, along the A38, and Exeter about 40 miles.

SatNav instructions are variable and may be misleading at the very last stage of the journey. Please check the website for accurate directions.

  • Offers bike storage

Car park on site

  • Free


Historic Houses members: £5
Standard entrance fee: £7.50 
Children under 12: free (but must be accompanied by an adult) 

Group Visits
Group Visits

Larger Parties
Parties of more than 6 are strongly advised to contact us in advance as we cannot otherwise guarantee that we will be able to accommodate them.

Group Tours
Tours for groups of more than 10 people are offered by prior arrangement only.

Things to See


Corporate Hire

School Visits

Schools are welcome to visit Hemerdon.