The House


Fursdon House has evolved from a modest cob and thatch dwelling to the elegant Georgian manor house you see today. The Fursdon family has lived on this site near Exeter since 1259, and continues to live here today!

A tour of this historic house reflects the evolution and fluctuating fortunes of a family steeped in the tradition of land ownership and farming. An experienced guide will show you rooms dating from different periods in history, all of which are in use by the present family. House tours are informal yet informative detailing the evolution of the house alongside anecdotes of family life dating back many centuries, including tales of spurned suitors, a ghost and a dragon!

Featuring on a house tour is the family museum, which thoughtfully reflects Fursdon’s long history with some fine examples of 18th and 19th century family costumes on display as well as archeological finds from the estate, historic photographs, letters, objects and curiosities. The fabrics and costumes on show are changed each year as part of a programme of conservation and display.

House tours are led by an experienced guide and take approximately 45 minutes. For more information, please see Opening Times & Prices.  You may also like to book a private visit with a group. For more information, please see Group Tours.