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The Pennyman family's intimate 18th-century mansion

Home of the Pennyman family for nearly 400 years, this classic Georgian mansion, with its Victorian kitchen and laundry, attractive gardens and estate walks, provides lively resources for local schools and community groups, and a unique venue for wedding ceremonies and corporate events.

Experience the spirit of the intimate home of Colonel Jim Pennyman, the last of the Pennyman line, and his arts-loving wife Ruth, as well as the stylish legacy of the 18th-century character 'Wicked' Sir James Pennyman - so named because of his extravagant lifestyle and his gambling with the family fortune.

Railway weekend

The model railway is intricately decorated

The model railway is intricately decorated

Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 March
As well as our usual model railway layouts there will be extra exhibitors, layouts and supply stalls. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a newbie, come and chat to our knowledgeable volunteers and enjoy all things model railway! Entry fee of £2.50 per adult and £1 per child includes entry to the exhibition and Hall.


Enjoy a cream tea in beautiful gardens at Watersmeet House, North Devon

Our tearoom will only be open for events this year (21-22 March, 5-6 April). At other times you'll find self-serve hot drinks and snacks in our new relaxed lounge area. There'ss an adjoining children's area with family board games and activities to enjoy.