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Great Fulford has remained in the same family for some 800 years, and during that time the house has seen its fair share of additions and improvements, though the medieval bones of the house still lurk under the additional plaster and panelling.
A stay at Great Fulford is a truly intriguing and eye-opening experience, where you can revel in the glories of a bygone world in the heart of beautiful rural Devon. It's a holiday like no other (not least because of your hosts!) and a true glimpse into what life in an English country house is really like.
What you should know…
- It's in a fairly remote location - you'll need to drive
- Four dogs live on-site
- Some of the decor does need updating
Within Great Fulford's main house are eight double bedrooms, each of which comes with their own private bathroom. Internally, Great Fulford boasts a suite of grand interconnecting entertainment rooms, which give it the unique ability to host a large party without the expense of a marquee.
It also has the advantage of thick internal walls enabling loud music to be played without disturbing those in the surrounding rooms.
The Great Hall, where the panelling dates from the early 16th century, is entered directly from the courtyard, and can seat up to a hundred people. It's perfect for big parties or a wedding feast.
The Great Staircase
Leaving the Great Hall, you enter a gigantic room which soars to the full height of the house and houses the Great Staircase, a truly grand late 17th century feature.
The Ball Room
Entered through a carved 17th century oak doorway, the Ballroom boasts a glorious ceiling recently completed by the renowned sculptor, Geoffrey Preston.
The Great Parlour
Turning right just before the foot of the Great Stairs leads you into the Great Parlour, a late 17th century panelled room which measures at approximately 600 sq. feet.
The Ante Room
This room is fantastic for late night drinks. Alternatively, opening the double doors in to the Great Parlour creates space for seating up to 120 people.
This picturesque and romantic country estate has played host to many happy occasions over many centuries. There is a charm about Great Fulford that you won't find in a hotel or more commercial building.
The property is licensed to hold wedding ceremonies for civil marriages and the registration of civil partnerships in the Ballroom, the Great Parlour and outside in the garden in the Gothic Summerhouse.
Or if you need more space, the house can be easily joined with a marquee to accommodate very large party numbers.
Great Fulford is an historic estate in the parish of Dunsford in Devon.
The grade-I listed manor house is situated a short drive from Exeter, and while the present mansion house is Tudor (16th century) with refurbishing from the late 17th century and further re-modelling from about 1800, the site itself dates back to medieval times, with the Fulford family living on the estate for some 800 years, at least since the reign of King Richard I (1189-1199). There are thus few, if any families in Devonshire of more ancient recorded origin still resident at their original seat, and now they're opening their doors and welcoming in those who want to partake in the idiosyncrasies of English country life.
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!
Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs
This picturesque and romantic country estate has played host to many happy occasions over many centuries. There is a charm about Great Fulford that you won't find in a hotel or more commercial building. The house boasts some superb external locations which make the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs.
A reception with up to 100 people seated can be hosted inside house, either in The Ballroom or The Great Hall with the possibility of a reception in a hired marquee in the grounds for larger groups. Dancing could continue in either of the three same locations with music until as late as you like with no noise restrictions at this venue.
A ceremony can take place in the same possible locations as the reception and the site is fully-licenced to hold legal marriages.
Where to Stay
Up to 16 people can sleep in the house. Nearby, up to 60 people could sleep within a ten minutes’ drive of the house in a range of hotels and B&Bs and any other guests could find accommodation within a 20-minute drive of the house in the town of Exeter. The owners can supply details of local transportation firms.
The venue can take care of all wedding planning, can suggest external planners, help suggest local suppliers for all event needs, or the client may provide their own planner.
The owners can suggest external caterers for the event, or the client may provide their own.
For wedding booking there is a minimum accommodation stay required.
The venue have their own flower farm and florist and can provide all flowers for the wedding.
Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.
All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.
How long have you owned the property?
20 + years
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Too many to mention!
Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do? Go on long walks
Really eat? Local game
Really see? The view
Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Bring wellington boots
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