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Chambercombe Manor

Address : Chambercombe Lane
Town/City : Ilfracombe
County : Devon
Country : England
Post code : EX34 9RJ
Phone : 01271 862624
Web Site :  www.chambercombemanor.org.uk

A most unique and intriguing property, steeped in history and legend is mentioned in the Domesday book.

Chambercombe Manor was owned by the Champernon family from around 1162. In the early 16th century it became the property of Henry Duke of Suffolk father of the ill fated Lady Jane Grey.

In 1738 Jan Vye the current occupier had to make some repairs to the house, on looking up he saw the outline of a window not noticed before. Baffled, he considered each room internally.

Finally he went upstairs and knocked on the wall where he thought the window might be and heard it echo back at him. He then rushed outside to fetch his pick axe and without futher thought proceded to knock the wall down. He soon discovered a secret room which had been bricked up for many years and on the remains of a bedstead was a skeleton of a woman. To hear the rest of this tragic story join one of our guided tours, which usually lasts approximately one hour.


Combine a meal in our Bistro and a guided candlelit tour of the Manor House. Enjoy a meal at 7 pm and a tour at 8 pm or a tour at 7 pm and meal at 8 pm. Tours are £8 per person and £4 for children available only to our Bistro customers.

Our Buttery tea rooms are open from Good Friday to 31st October 10.30am Monday to Friday and from noon on Sundays. Throughout July and August we are also open from noon on Saturdays.

You can enjoy one of our famous cream teas, light lunches, delicious cakes, snacks, tea/coffee, a range of soft drinks, wine, beer and cider all day. You may wish to eat inside our recently refurbished tea room or eat outside under the canopy or soak up the sun in our tea gardens and take in the delights of our lovely garden.

If you would like to make a group booking for a cream tea or lunch please ring us 01271 855500 or email us at chambercombemanor@btconnect.com

Would you like to stay at Chambercombe Manor in one of our fabulous cottages in an idyllic and tranquil setting? All our cottages are comfortably furnished and make ideal accommodation to suit everyone.

devon_chambercombe3Set in a secluded valley position in 16 acres of woodlands and garden. Our guests can enjoy our beautiful 3 acre gardens with large lawn, ponds flower beds and wooded walkways.

Ilfracombe is the largest seaside town in North Devon with a stunning harbour, where you could take a trip to Lundy Island for the day to see the wild life there, or just a trip along the Exmoor coast. The are shops and restaurants in the town and several supermarkets.

The Market town of Barnstaple is approximately 12 miles away. There is a Pannier market on most days of the week and lots of high street shops.

If you like hiking there are some stunning walks. Ilfracombe to Lee bay, Hunters Inn to Woody bay, along the coast at Morthoe and many, many more.

There are the coastal towns of Lynton and Lynmouth situated on Exmoor and the legendary Valley of the Rocks with its wild goats and Exmoor ponies to visit.

And of course our fantastic Manor House. If you book a holiday cottage with us you will be entitled to a discounted guided tour of Chambercombe Manor.

Our accommodation consists of 4 cottages:-

  • Fuchsia sleeps 3 to 5
  • Hayloft sleeps 4 to 6
  • Laurel Dene sleeps 2 to 3
  • Rose sleeps 3 to 5
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