Built / Designed For: Sir William Bonville
House & Family History: Shute Barton is one of the most important surviving non-fortified manor houses of the Middle Ages. It was begun in 1380, completed in the late 16th century, then partially demolished in the late 18th century. What remains of the house features battlemented turrets and late Gothic windows.
Garden & Outbuildings: The very grand Tudor gatehouse was probably built for William Pole in the 1560s and gives an idea of how grand the house itself was in its heyday. The gatehouse is leased from the National Trust by the Landmark Trust, who operate it as holiday accommodation. The upper room has a Jacobean ceiling that was removed from a house in Barnstaple that was demolished in the 1930s.
Country Life: CIX, 326, 398, 1951.
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat / Home of: Sir William Bonville, 14th century. Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset, 1st Earl of Huntingdon, and 7th Baron Ferrers of Groby, 15th century. William Pole, 16th century.
Current Ownership Type: The National Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Holiday Rental
Ownership Details: The house is run as holiday accommodation by the National Trust and is occasionally open to the public