Silverton Park Stables

Silverton, Devon

Overview

Set around a courtyard, this monumental stables and coach block has the feel of a college or even, on a sunny day, an Italian piazza, as the pigeons coo beneath the eaves. Enjoy views of the rolling Devon countryside through the high windows.

 

  • Dogs AllowedDogs Allowed
  • CotCot
  • Fire or StoveFire or Stove
  • Open SpaceOpen Space
  • Parking AvailableParking Available
  • BathBath
  • Bath with ShowerBath with Shower
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Outside Dining FurnitureOutside Dining Furniture
  • MicrowaveMicrowave
  • ShowerShower
  • Table Tennis TableTable Tennis Table
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Waitrose DeliveryWaitrose Delivery

Beds 3 Single, 1 Twin, 3 Double and ...

Sleeps
14
4 nights from
£871 equivalent to £15.55 per person, per night

A surprise inheritance leading to grand ambitions

In 1837 Captain George Francis Wyndham unexpectedly found himself 4th Earl of Egremont. His uncle, the 3rd Earl, didn't marry his son's mother and so failed to legitimise his natural heir, making George the 4th Earl. Wyndham also inherited an estate at Silverton and set out to create a vast classical mansion on a scale to rival his cousin’s pile at Petworth House in Sussex. He planned an imposing stable block to match in order to display his carriages and provide stabling for his teams of horses and their grooms. The 4th Earl’s architect was J.T. Knowles (senior), a self-taught Reigate man and a believer in a patented metallic cement render.

Saved from the threat of being turned into flats

In 1845 Wyndham died and the estate never regained its momentum. The contents of the mansion were auctioned off in 1892 and a few years later the house was demolished. The unfinished stable block was left as an imposing and romantic monument to the 4th Earl’s grandiose ambitions. For many years, Silverton Park Stables were turned over to agricultural purposes. In 1987 it came onto the market and was acquired by the Landmark Trust’s founder, Sir John Smith, to prevent it being turned into flats. It turned out to be one of our most intractable projects, finally unlocked by the enthusiasm of one particularly loyal supporter. You will stay mainly in the south range, with views of the rolling Devon countryside from a common room behind the giant portico. Bedrooms opening off staircases around the courtyard give a sense of collegiate life, yet we hope too that you still catch a sense of the equestrian as you enter through monumental gates.

‘The house is superb for hide and seek - and sardines.’

‘How very sad, to finally reach the finishing post after such a delightful canter through the week. We all love Silverton Stables.’

From the logbook

Floor Plan

Map & local info

Silverton Park Stables stands alone surrounded by sweeping parkland which is yours to explore. The village of Silverton is nearby.

Haldon Belvedere was built in 1788 at the height of the Romantic period of the Georgian age and remains a much loved Devon landmark today with panoramic views across the countryside.

Another historic must-see is Powderham Castle, still home today to the 18th Earl and Countess of Devon.  

Exeter is just 20 minutes from Silverton, where you will be spoilt for choice with restaurants, shops and cafes. Exeter Cathedral is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere, and one of the most beautiful cathedrals in England. 

Killerton is only ten minutes from Silverton, and one of the largest National Trust properties. There are endless options for walking around the 6,400 acres of grounds.

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FAQs

    What you need to know about this building

  • Does the property allow dogs?

    Yes.
  • How is the property accessed?

    Via a short driveway from the main road.
  • What is the nearest railway station and how far away is it?

    Tiverton Parkway – 8 miles.
  • Is there car parking specifically for Landmark guests?

    There are a number of parking spaces adjacent to the property.
  • What type of heating does the property have?

    There is gas central heating and a solid fuel stove.
  • How can I get fuel for the open fire or stove?

    Unfortunately, there is currently no arrangement for the purchase and delivery of fuel, however details of local sources will be provided with your order confirmation.
  • What are the kitchen facilities?

    The kitchen is fully equipped with all plates, cutlery, fridge etc.
    There is also a gas cooker, a dishwasher and a microwave.




  • What are the bathroom facilities?

    There are five bathrooms, three with showers over the bath, one with a free-standing shower unit and one with a bath. There are two additional wcs.
  • Does this Landmark have steep, narrow or spiral stairs?

    There are no difficult internal stairs.
  • Is there a garden or outside space?

    There is an enclosed courtyard and also open grounds.
  • Are any rooms outside the main accommodation?

    Yes, as the living quaters are in a separate range, it is necessary to go outside and cross the courtyard to access the bedrooms and bathroom.

    Booking and Payment

  • What happens if I can’t get to the Landmark due to bad weather?

    If the weather is bad, please contact our booking office who will be able to tell you whether the Landmark is accessible. If the housekeeper can safely get to the building to prepare it then we consider that it is open and available for guests. However if we cannot undertake a changeover then we will do our utmost to transfer your stay to another Landmark, depending on what we have available. It may not be of a similar size or in the same part of the country as your original booking. If the building is accessible but the customer cannot travel due to poor weather in his/her local area then please be aware that Landmark will not provide a refund. However the customer may be able to claim on his/her own travel insurance. We recommend that all guests take out travel insurance when they first secure a booking.
  • How can I pay?

    We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
  • How do I create an account?

    If you have not used the Landmark online booking facility before and you wish to register in advance, you can set up an on-line account by following the instructions below:

    Go to the Landmark home page and click on Gift shop (located at the top of the home page in red).

    Select a gift (e.g. Landmark Handbook or Anniversary Mug) and complete the ‘Amount required’ box. There is no need to complete the purchase but this step is necessary in order to bring up the registration page.

    Click ‘Next Step’ at the bottom of the page.

    This will bring you to the ‘Your details’ page.

    Please complete all the fields (name, address, contact details and create an account). Click on the green ‘Create Account’ button once you have finished.

    At the top of the page headed ‘Your details’ there will be a grey box saying ‘Signed in’ and underneath this it will say ‘you are currently signed in as ….

    Here you will also have the option to ‘Sign out’. Please do so and that is your registration completed.

    Please return to the Landmark home page.

    To check your registration or update your account details at any time please ‘Sign in’ using the icon in the top right-hand corner of the home page.

    If you experience any problems in registering or setting up your on-line account please contact webmaster@landmarktrust.org.uk.
  • How do I pick up the key?

    There are various arrangements for picking up keys. To arrange to get into the Landmark, please contact the housekeeper at least two days before your stay
  • Can I pay a deposit?

    If your stay starts more than three months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking.
  • How can I cancel or change my booking?

    If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact our Booking Office on 01628 825925
  • Do you accept payment in other currencies?

    At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
  • What if I arrive late?

    Please let the housekeeper know if you are going to arrive late and s/he will leave a key for you in a suitable place.
  • How far in advance do I need to book?

    It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance, but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking our availability list.
  • Do you have to be a member to book a Landmark?

    No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
  • Do I need a Handbook to be able to book?

    No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!

    Staying at a Landmark

  • Are Landmarks accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility?

    Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases, uneven floors and thresholds, changes of level, low ceilings or beams, as well as indistinct colours on steps and in corridors. We recommend that you call Booking Enquiries on 01628 825925 if you would like to find out the suitability of a particular Landmark for anyone with a specific disability.
  • Are Landmarks only available as self-catering accommodation?

    Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We do not offer bed and breakfast.
  • Do you provide catering?

    Landmark does not provide catering, but we can recommend Greycoat Lumleys who can arrange for expert and well-trained staff to cater for one evening or for your entire holiday. Their cooks and chefs are able to work with you to meet your specific requirements
  • Do you allow dogs?

    You may bring up to two dogs to properties where dogs are allowed (please see specific property details for exemptions however dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs). They must be kept off the furniture and under proper control.
  • Can I bring a pet?

    Apart from two dogs (see above) no other pets are permitted.
  • What time can I arrive and what time do I have to depart from the Landmark?

    Arrival is from 4pm and departure is by 10am.
  • Am I insured if I break something?

    We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
  • Are Landmarks suitable for children?

    Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
  • Can I get married in a Landmark?

    Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings. However, you may get married on Lundy.
  • Can I hold a big party in a Landmark?

    All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
  • Are there televisions in the buildings?

    We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
  • Why are your access tracks sometimes difficult?

    One of the challenges of restoring unloved buildings is gaining access to them. We frequently have to negotiate rights with our neighbours and share tracks with them. In many cases tracks do not belong to us and we have no right to maintain them. Wherever possible we work with our neighbours to provide you with a good quality surface, but where this is a problem then you will be warned at the time of booking.
  • Will there be sockets for my electrical appliances?

    Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s). If you are visiting one of our European properties we have standard European electricity sockets. If you are visting from the UK, you will need to bring your own adapter plug (s).

    Facilities

  • Are the kitchens and bathrooms restored to a modern standard?

    Sometimes our kitchens and bathrooms have to be imaginatively fitted into the available space in buildings where before there were none, but they are all planned and equipped to a high and modern standard.
  • Is linen provided?

    Yes, Landmarks are fully equipped with sheets and towels. All the beds are fully made up for your arrival.
  • Are the kitchens fully equipped?

    Yes, our kitchens are well equipped with cookers and fridges. There are freezers and dishwashers (in larger buildings) and, where space allows, microwaves as well as a wide and standard range of utensils. A full equipment list is available at time of booking.
  • Do you provide logs for the open fire/stove?

    Logs are provided at many of our Landmarks for an additional cost.
  • Will there be a mobile signal in the Landmark I book?

    Mobile coverage varies. Some Landmarks have an excellent signal, but others have none at all. If you are concerned, you can check with the housekeeper before your arrival.
  • Is there Wi-Fi in your buildings?

    No. At the moment, we have decided not to implement Wi-Fi in our buildings following a consultation with our customers. Many said that they would find it useful, but many also felt that it would somehow damage the experience of staying in a Landmark. As the responses were so split, and as we have so many other initiatives requiring funding, we have decided to put this on hold for the time being.
  • What should I bring with me? Are there toilet rolls, soap, shampoo, milk, teabags, coffee, hairdryer?

    A welcome tray with tea and sugar awaits your arrival and you will find a pint of milk in the fridge. We also provide toilet rolls and a bar of soap per basin, but no other toiletries. We do not provide hairdryers.
History

This is all that remains of a much grander project

Silverton Park Stables is all that remains of a much grander project. Once, to the southeast below the driveway to the stables, stood a large nineteenth-century mansion known as Silverton Park. It was designed by architect James Thomas Knowles senior, 1806-84, for George Francis Wyndham, the 4th Earl of Egremont (1785-1845). Wyndham was the nephew of the 3rd Earl of Egremont, an unconventional man who avoided marriage and cohabited happily for many years at the family seat of Petworth House in Sussex with Elizabeth Iliffe, known to all as ‘Mrs Wyndham.’

Being illegitimate, their children were unable to inherit the title. Nephew George Wyndham, meanwhile, had been following a naval career. In 1799, at 13, he enlisted as midshipman in Nelson’s navy, serving under Jane Austen’s brother Captain Francis Austen, aboard HMS Canopus in the Battle of Santa Domingo in 1805. Wyndham retired from the navy in 1825, by then a captain, to live in Reigate in Surrey.

Here he met a young builder and aspiring architect, J.T. Knowles. Knowles was a great advocate for patented metallic cement, for its durability, economy and versatility. Such metallic cements were popular at the time, the ‘metallic’ constituent being ground-up copper slag, which contained various trace metals. Used as aggregate and mixed with lime, this provided a hard hydraulic mix.

In 1836, the old Earl died and Captain Wyndham, as heir-in-law, became 4th Earl of Egremont, although Petworth House and the vast wealth of this ancient family went to the 3rd Earl’s eldest natural son. Nevertheless, the 4th Earl embarked at once on a string of ambitious building projects, for which J. T. Knowles was architect. By far the biggest of the Earl’s projects was an ambitious pile at Silverton, built around an earlier house called Combesatchfield. He also diverted the road for greater privacy.

From 1838, Silverton Park mansion began to spring up, an extravagant prodigy of endless classical columns and rooms. It was built of brick, but rendered with the patented metallic cement and a frieze of the Exodus of the Israelites into Egypt ran round its cornice. Its many rooms were crammed with paintings and antique statues. Meanwhile, the Earl was borrowing madly from his richer relatives and squeezing his tenants hard for higher rents to fund his grandiose ambitions. He began the quadrangular stable block and coach house to match the grandeur of the house. But neither mansion nor stable would ever be finished, for the Earl died suddenly and heavily in debt in 1845. His widow died in 1876 but no purchasers were found. In 1892 the contents were sold and in 1902 the house was demolished, the unfinished stable block passing into agricultural use.

In 1987 it came onto the market again and was acquired by the Landmark Trust’s founder, Sir John Smith, to prevent it being turned into flats. For many years Landmark pondered how to restore the stable block. Its sheer scale made both its conversion and funding a challenge. Finally, in 2004, a private donor gave a sizeable donation to enable work to begin. Other donations followed and the project was finally completed in June 2008.

For a short history of Silverton Park Stables please click here.

To read the full history album for Silverton Park Stables please click here.

Restoration

The restoration was completed in several phases

The stables were restored in a gradual way by local subcontractors under Landmark’s guidance. The entire building was re-roofed, missing parapets reinstated and the portico and entrance blocks tied back in to prevent structural movement. Later agricultural buildings were removed and all the brickwork re-pointed and reconsolidated. New window frames and joinery were made, copying the originals where these could not be saved.

The main carriage entrance to the quadrangle is through the west elevation, through massive new wooden doors painted to match the original estate green. On the left as you enter is the south range, the Earl’s carriage house. The carriages would have been cleaned and maintained in the workrooms on the courtyard side, before being wheeled through sliding doors to the outer side for storage and display. To create today’s sitting room, we took down a central wall and blocked up the large doorways to the workrooms. This also allowed us to open up the previously blind central window in the south wall. The flue for the woodstove is also new, as is the opening into the kitchen. Set above this opening are two large fragments of the original frieze to the mansion. The original wooden floor for the Earl’s carriage house had rotted badly and was replaced using pitch pine baulk timbers salvaged from the London docks.

In the rest of the building the original floorplan is unchanged. A former tack room has become a triple bedroom, with replacement matchboarded panelling and reproductions of original cast iron tack pegs. Other ironwork has also been carefully reproduced – the recessed ring-and-pushbutton door latches designed to prevent horses snagging themselves as they passed, and other door furniture. The building always held a surprising amount of domestic and sleeping accommodation as well as stabling, with two ‘houses’ in the southeast and northwest corners. Most of the stabling was in the north range, though relatively few horses seem to have been stabled here. Later agricultural changes notwithstanding, it seems a team of four horses was kept in the stable to the right of the main entrance, with three triple stalls in the north range itself, an unusual arrangement unless the Earl favoured a troika, which harnessed three horses abreast. The marks of hayracks and stall partitions, and also of niches for lamps beside the doors, remain in these areas. The lower portions of the windows were always bricked up on the courtyard side to avoid horses kicking out the glass. Where necessary the cobbled surface of the yard has been carefully lifted, levelled and re-laid. The original purpose of the central pit is uncertain: it may have been part of the drainage system (the well for the stables was in the northwest corner of the yard). Considerable landscaping has been done to correct the external ground levels around the stable block.

Today, the stable block is all that is left to remind us of the ambitious plans of the 4th Earl of Egremont and his architect, J. T Knowles. It now has a new purpose, one that will ensure its future survival, as parties of up to fourteen people stay here, imagining the sound of hooves on the cobbled courtyard and the Earl strolling through with his friends to admire the carriages and their teams.


Silverton Park Stables

We are hugely grateful to those who supported the restoration of Silverton Park Stables, including:

Patrons and other generous supporters:

Mr N Allan, Mr R Broyd, Mr R Eaton, Mrs A Gloag OBE, Mr M Heathcoat Amory, Mr P Parker, Mr M Seale, Mr and Mrs A Wilson

Legacies:

Mrs D Wray Bliss

Charitable Trusts and Foundations:

Viscount Amory's Charitable Trust, Dr A & Mrs G Darlington Trust, A J H du Boulay Trust, The Alan Evans Memorial Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Mrs F B Laurence Charitable Trust, LPH Charitable Trust, The Norman Family Charitable Trust, The Trusthouse Charitable Trust, The Jonathan Vickers Charitable Settlement

We are also grateful to the numerous other donors who supported the appeal.

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