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

Other opening

Overview

A small Renaissance (C17) manor house, farmed until 2002 when the current owners bought it as their home, saving it from imminent collapse.

Architect Andy Paterson, with the help of his wife Zanna (lecturer specialising in Renaissance drama), has lovingly repaired it, and work is still being completed on the second floor.

Andy and Zanna are only the third owner-occupiers, which to some extent explains why Rugbourne is substantially unchanged since it was first built, and retains its architectural and tactile integrity.

It is noted for its most famous tenant, William Smith, who began the first ever stratological map of Britain in this house, an excellent print of which is on view. He called Rugbourne ‘the birthplace of English geology’.


Opening
Opening

Visit by private tour only.

Find Us
Find us

From the A39 (travelling south from Bath towards Wells) in High Littleton, take the eastward left-hand fork (downhill in the middle of the village) out of the village, signed Timsbury Road ‘to Timsbury’. Recreation field on your left, exiting the village, and just after the ‘no speed restriction’ sign you will see a black and white 1950s sign ‘To Rugbourne Farm from where William Smith, Father of English Geology lodged…’ Follow that track (left from the public lane) and at the bottom you will find the house.

Where the track meets the public road can be difficult for a full-size coach, but no problem with a medium-large one if the driver is good! The alternative is to let everyone off at the top of the lane, and we can ferry people down in our own cars if anyone has mobility problems. It's about 200m from the house. The coach can park in the recreation ground car park up the hill from the house on the edge of High Littleton village.

Forthcoming Tours

18 Apr 2020
2PM - 4PM | £14.00

20 Jun 2020
2PM - 4PM | £14.00

5 Jul 2020
2PM - 4PM | £14.00

19 Sep 2020
2PM - 4PM | £14.00

Tour Overview

Take a tour of the whole house, including the cellar and attic. After the tour, visitors are welcome to spend time outside, including picnicking in the farm garden, orchard, wood and pasture (13 acres).

Tour duration

2 hours

Tour prices

£14.00 per person.

Refreshments

Tea and cake.

Access notes

Wheelchair access to ground floor only. Step up on front path but we can provide a ramp if requested.

Restrictions

No stilettos because of uneven floors; well-behaved children and dogs allowed. A friendly dog lives at the house.


Opening
Opening

Visit by private tour only.

Find Us
Find us

From the A39 (travelling south from Bath towards Wells) in High Littleton, take the eastward left-hand fork (downhill in the middle of the village) out of the village, signed Timsbury Road ‘to Timsbury’. Recreation field on your left, exiting the village, and just after the ‘no speed restriction’ sign you will see a black and white 1950s sign ‘To Rugbourne Farm from where William Smith, Father of English Geology lodged…’ Follow that track (left from the public lane) and at the bottom you will find the house.

Where the track meets the public road can be difficult for a full-size coach, but no problem with a medium-large one if the driver is good! The alternative is to let everyone off at the top of the lane, and we can ferry people down in our own cars if anyone has mobility problems. It's about 200m from the house. The coach can park in the recreation ground car park up the hill from the house on the edge of High Littleton village.

Other opening