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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.

Join the team at Ormesby

Join the team at Ormesby Hall

Join the team at Ormesby Hall

Everything we do here at Ormesby Hall is possible because of the revenue we get from visitors coming to see our The Pennyman family's intimate 18th-century mansion. Visitors love knowing that their money goes towards the maintenance and conservation of these treasured places and historical pieces like ours. All this work needs funding, and our visitors do this by paying for their entry or their membership. Your role is to welcome every visitor and encourage non-members to join the National Trust.

It’s a magical place to visit and a great place to work, and with a range of benefits there’s something for everyone!

The Hall is open Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday's until 1st November


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

Our tearoom is closed at the moment. You'll find self-serve hot drinks and snacks in our new relaxed lounge area. There's an adjoining children's area with family board games and activities to enjoy.