Dunsland House

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  • Parkland
Local Authority:
OS Grid Ref:
SS 408 051
Map no.:
Landranger 190

The house was destroyed by fire in 1967 shortly after the National Trust had completed the restoration of the building but before they had turned their attention to the grounds.  In the early eighteenth century the house was set within a formal landscape, as recorded by Prideaux, but later acquired a small landscape park, pleasure ground and walled gardens.  The 1906 and 1907 OS show parkland to the south and east of the house with a long formal avenue leading to a bridge over a long fish pond between the parkland and woodland  and at this point the drive becomes informal in character.  Further areas of woodland, including Deerpark Wood, are shown to the east of the house.  The landscape park still remains, with a few very old parkland trees.  The house was built on a steep hillside overlooking a valley in which there are remains of a possibly much earlier landscape, Cadiho’s Well and a duck decoy.  The latter has recently been surveyed by Exeter Archaeology.  The walled gardens are ruinous. 

Listed Buildings

Gate piers listed Grade II


Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England - Devon, 1989: 345
T. Gray: The Garden History of Devon, 1995: 92,93
T Gray:  Devon Country Houses and Gardens Engraved Vol I, 2001: 102-3

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