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Rockbeare Manor (Rockbeare House)

  • Built / Designed For: Sir John Duntze

    House & Family History: Rockbeare is a large mid-18th century Palladian house with significant additions of circa 1820 and alterations of the 1920s. The Entrance Façade is of white stucco and three stories; there are one-story pedimented pavilions with Palladian windows that are linked to the House by straight walls. The late 18th century Dining Room is probably the finest room of the House; it has orange Ionic scagliola columns at the corners, is bowed at both ends, and richly decorated in a provincial Neoclassical style reminiscent of James Wyatt. The Dining Room fireplace, with Ionic columns of orange and pink inlaid with marble and a scene of a sacrifice, is particularly fine.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The H-shaped Stables are 18th century and built of red brick. The extant Model Farmyard includes a large barn and a two-story cottage. The grounds also include a serpentine lake and a walled garden. There are two stuccoed gatepiers with Roman Doric vermiculated columns inspired by an Inigo Jones design that guard the main entrance to the House.

  • Architect: Percy Richard Morley-Horder

    Date: 1920s
    Designed: Remodeled the South Wing for the Follett family

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  • Title: Buildings of England: Devon, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget; Nairn, Judy
    Year Published: 1989
    Reference: pgs. 702-703
    Publisher: London: Penguin
    ISBN: 0140710507
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: Sir John Duntze, 18th century. Thomas Porter, early 19th century. William Nation, 19th century. Follett family, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Wedding & Event Venue

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01392-797-444

    Website: https://www.rockbearemanor.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No