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Medieval house with later architectural features

Discover Shute Barton, a medieval house with royal connections. A building of battlements and towers set in the rolling east Devon countryside, this historic house is the perfect place to stay for an unforgettable holiday and is available to hire all year round.

This magnificent house is also open to members of the public four times a year for guided tours. You can discover the great kitchen containing what is believed to be the largest fireplace in England and take a look at the attic room with its medieval roof structure.

To find out more about Shute Barton take a look at the Places to Stay page or visit the National Trust Holiday Cottages website to make a booking.

Please note that Shute Barton is primarily a holiday cottage. It is open to the public for guided tours on 20 & 21 September and 18 & 19 October. Tours do not require booking. For more information please see our opening times.

What our visitors think

  • 'Very good, the tour was so good we went round twice with two different guides who made everything come alive'
  • 'Fantastic house with wonderful history, would love to stay'
  • Very informative visit, I had no idea of the history despite passing here daily for 40 years!'
  • 'Very interesting to see the historical side and the new renovations'

One of the finest houses in England

In its heyday Shute Barton might have looked like this

In its heyday Shute Barton might have looked like this

What you see today is only the servants' quarters of what was once a very grand house. This picture is displayed in one of the bedrooms and gives us an idea of how Shute might have looked during the 15th century.

Imagine cooking on this fire

Imagine the size of the fire that would have filled this enormous fireplace

Imagine the size of the fire that would have filled this enormous fireplace

This was once thought to be one of the largest fireplaces in Europe. It is on an immense scale to the proportions of the otherwise quite modest kitchen.

A house with two tales

Recreate a medieval banquet in the dinning room

The forty-five minute tour reveals a house of two parts; old and new. Discover the fascinating stories of the families that fell in and out of power, visiting rooms that remain almost untouched. Take a peek at the new renovations and imagine the fun and parties that are still going on - keeping this place very much alive.

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