In this remote spot William Brewer, Sheriff of Devon, founded a Cistercian abbey In 1201, a daughter house of Forde in Dorset. A house was built by Elizabeth Simcoe on the site of the abbey. White merely noted it as a ’pleasant seat’. Surviving garden features include the abbey fishponds and part of the early C16 gatehouse.
Ruins of Gatehouse Grade II
Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 343
T Gray: The Garden History of Devon,1995: 92