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12th to 21st October 2018

West Wing, Castle Hill, Filleigh, Barnstaple

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In 1454 the Fortescue family established a manor at Filleigh, near South Molton. The medieval building was replaced with a Tudor house, which in turn was remodelled in 1684 by Arthur Fortescue.

In 1730 a new house was built by Hugh Fortescue,14th Baron Clinton. Fortescue was inspired to build in the new Palladian fashion popularised by Lord Burlington, and indeed he consulted Lord Burlington on the design of his new mansion and hired Burlington's favourite mason, Roger Morris, to oversee the project.

Fortescue, later the 1st Earl of Clinton, surrounded his elegant new house with a superb landscape garden, integrating carefully planted woodland gardens with formal terraces and a walled garden near the house. Paths wind through plantations of trees, opening out to sudden vistas, and views of neo-classical follies, statues, and temples.

One of the most striking follies is a Sham Castle, built in 1746 on a hilltop overlooking the house. The folly may have been inspired by Sir John Vanbrugh, architect of Blenheim Palace. Though it is now an empty shell, it was used for a time as a banqueting hall, then a residence for a couple who looked after the pheasants on the estate, and later for one of the huntsmen.

From the castle you can see Exmoor, Dartmoor, and Lundy Island on a clear day.
 

 

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LIVE AUCTION WITH CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION AND LIGHT SUPPER (Not on sale) 06:30 - 10:00 8 September 2018 West Wing, Castle Hill, Filleigh, Barnstaple More Info