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Shute Barton


Axminster, Devon

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An exceptional opportunity to stay in one of Devon's most important old manor houses, as Shute Barton has been converted to a luxurious holiday home. For a truly special holiday for a large family or group of friends, it would be hard to imagine anywhere more memorable to stay than this.

The accommodation includes the medieval great hall on the top floor with its original collar-beam roof, and other remarkable historic features such as a newel stair, a beautiful 15ft-high late-medieval window and a bedroom with late-seventeenth-century painted panelling. Outside, the garden includes lawns ideal for croquet or tennis, an old orchard, and distant views towards the sea at Seaton.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Entrance hall with stairs rising to first floor and separate spiral staircase to first and second floors, large kitchen, utility, further spiral staircase off the kitchen leading to the north bedroom, dining room with multi-fuel stove and access to the rear garden, sitting room with multi-fuel stove, Great Kitchen (please note that this room is unheated and the fireplace is not operational), lavatory.
First floor
Five bedrooms (2 doubles, one with seventeenth-century panelling and the other with a tall medieval window, two further doubles, 1 of which has a 6' bed can be a twin on request, with en-suite shower rooms, 1 twin) bathroom with electric shower over bath, bathroom with separate shower cubicle.
Other floor
Second floor: medieval hall with original ceiling - this room is open for guests to explore but is unheated.
Visitor notes

Heating: LPG gas central heating included (please note there is no heating in the Great Kitchen and Medieval Hall).

Parking: You may unload and load outside the house and there is ample parking space for cars in the marked area approximately 40 metres from the house.

Garden: To the front of the property there is an enclosed private gravel courtyard and to the rear, a gravelled terrace leading to a level lawn area with borders. There are also further gardens which visitors can explore.

Fuel: Eco Briquettes are available to purchase at the time of booking at £5 per bag of 12.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

Open Days: Shute Barton is available all year round except for public open days. In 2017 these are:-

20 & 21 May

17 & 18 Jun

14 & 15 Oct

18 & 19 Nov

Guided tours are available on these days commencing at 10.30am. They last 45 minutes and depart every 15 minutes throughout the day. The last tour departs at 3.45pm.

Cottage details
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Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Railway nearby
  • Prestige
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer


Things to see and do nearby

The exterior of Higher Brownstone Farm, Coleton Fishacre, Devon  © Mike Henton

Devon's a big and beautiful county with much to offer. From bucolic sleepy market towns to the miles and miles of coastline, much loved by surfers, swimmers, families, and walkers from all over the world, a trip to this special place will stay with you for ever. We have a great range of holiday options in Devon, from holiday cottages brimming with character and lovingly restored to our bunkhouses and bothies, all located on or near land in the care of the National Trust.

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Holiday cottage
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place to visit
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  • Jurassic Coast
  • Lyme Regis
  • Crealy Adventure Park
  • Seaton Tramway.
  • Walking
  • cycling
  • water sports.
National Trust places to visit
Shute Barton
Shute Barton Medieval manor house with later architectural features
Loughwood Meeting House
Loughwood Meeting House 17th-century thatched Baptist meeting house
Branscombe: the Old Bakery, Manor Mill and Forge
Branscombe Charming vernacular buildings with mill and forge restored to working order
Jurassic Coast
Barrington Court
Barrington Court Beautiful Gertrude Jekyll-inspired gardens, kitchen gardens and the now empty Tudor manor house
Killerton: Marker's Cottage
Thatched medieval cob house with smoke-blackened timbers and painted wooden screen


Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • December 2016
    • Unknown
    Extraordinary property

    Shute Barton is an extraordinary property. The surrounding countryside and nearby seaside are beautiful as well. We loved the house, and the National Trust volunteer (John Murphy) who provided a tour and history of Shute Barton was excellent.

  • Simon Harley
    • July 2016
    • Ipswich
    Beautiful old house

    Our stay was made enjoyable by having the opportunity to stay in a beautiful old house in wonderful grounds. It really brought the history and heritage to life.

  • Mrs Byrd
    • June 2016
    • Texas
    Wonderful stay

    Some old houses have rather shabby interiors. We were blown away by the standard of everything in the kitchen at Shute Barton. Large fridge/freezer and cooking gas range with 2 ovens, plus abundant China and serving dishes. The coup de grace was the wine cooler......there's class for you! The quality of curtains/drapes in every room was impressive......many were double lined to keep out drafts. Central heating was efficient but extra plug in heaters were available for extra cold periods. Glad to say they were not needed in May! The fresh flowers welcoming us in the hallway and the laid out tea tray with shortbread were wonderful touches after our long drive. Excellent tour of the house provided by John the morning after our arrival. All in all a wonderful stay. Sincere thanks to the local National Trust Team.

  • Tina Currie
    • January 2016
    • Devon
    Very special house

    Shute Barton made my birthday weekend with family and friends very special, as the house is itself very special indeed. The space worked well with all families and my young grandchildren loved staying in a 'castle' as they called it.......Magical! Thank you to staff that prepared house for our stay and left fresh flowers and a birthday card for me.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.


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