Berry Pomeroy longhouse has a fascinating history

PUBLISHED: 12:16 07 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:16 07 August 2014

The Old Longhouse in Berry Pomeroy

The Old Longhouse in Berry Pomeroy


The Old Longhouse in Berry Pomeroy, Devon, has a history reaching back to the Domesday Book and has been witness to more than one might expect from a rural period property.

The Old Longhouse kitchenThe Old Longhouse kitchen

As closest neighbour of Thomas Seymour’s Berry Pomeroy castle, it is rumoured that Jane Seymour spent time in the house when staying with her brother.

Later, in the 1700s, it was owned by the private physician to mad King George III, Sir George Baker. He attended to the King during his periods of madness and no doubt used the house as a retreat away from the crazy ‘goings on’ in the palace.

Today it stands, fully renovated, in a glorious spot at the end of a private lane. Less than a mile away Berry Pomeroy castle has fared less well, but is still a beautiful ruin of a neighbour.

The house is part of a Grade II listed manor and The Old Longhouse is situated in a sheltered and beautiful rural setting overlooking Berry Pomeroy Castle woodland and yet within a short drive of both Totnes and Torbay.

Inside The Old LonghouseInside The Old Longhouse

Luscombe Maye’s Piers Whiting says: “A large oak front door sets the scene for a truly lovely property which combines the very old with the modern – something that the owners have accomplished with panache and style.”

The Old Longhouse’s accommodation includes three reception rooms, five bedrooms and bath and shower rooms. The kitchen is well appointed with modern units and granite surfaces, and the sitting room has a magnificent fireplace. The bathrooms and shower rooms are well fitted too; the main bathroom, which has a shower, is particularly impressive.

Gardens lie on two sides of the house. The smaller side garden has a raised al fresco terrace and a gate leading to a double garage. There is a parking area, and the front garden has lawns and terraces and a bank on the far side from where the views are especially good.

Luscombe Maye’s Totnes office is asking £640,000. Details and pictures at or from Luscombe Maye, Totnes (Tel 01803 869920; E:

Inside The Old LonghouseInside The Old Longhouse

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