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History

Although the hamlet of Ayshford consists of barely half a dozen properties, it was a substantial manorial holding in Domesday with records going back to Saxon times.

Ayshford was mentioned in a charter of 958 and the present house, dating from medieval times, is much reduced in size and grandeur of the former manor house. Notwithstanding it still has many architectural features, most notably the wagon-vaulted ceiling dated 1631 which forms part of the Ayshford suite we would like you to enjoy. Ayshford Court features in Marcus Binney’s ‘In Search of the Perfect House’, Pevsner’s Devon and ‘The Country Houses of Devon’ amongst other publications.

The 15th-century chapel sits in a field next to the house which, although originally built as a private chapel for the Ayshford family, is now looked after by The Friends of Friendless churches who carried out extensive repairs in 2001.

AYSHFORD COURT, AYSHFORD, DEVON, EX16 7HL