Kelly House, Lifton, Devon
Home to the Kelly family for over 900 years, this Grade I Georgian house offers ancestral intrigue and an introduction to the social and architectural history of country houses. The house dates from the 15th century with alterations from every century until 1877. Pevsner compliments its good contemporary features. Unusual brick granary.
First recorded as a Saxon home in the Domesday book, the Kelly family home has evolved over the centuries from a smaller, medieval hall house, through Tudor renovations, massive Georgian extensions and Victorian embellishments.
Go back in time from the Victorian entrance, through the Georgian parlours, library and grand staircase to the annexe and old games room. Discover the changes made to houses over centuries of constant use, changing fashions and building techniques, and enjoy tea and cake with the family. The tour finishes in the oldest remaining part of Kelly House – the Tudor kitchen, which is still used to this day as the venue for tea, cakes and even the six-course banquets that have become a feature at Kelly.
Visitors will see the oldest part of the Tudor kitchen, ground floor of the house and one of the newly renovated bed & breakfast rooms. The church and grounds are open for visitors to look around.
From the A30 eastbound: approx 800 yards after crossing the Tamar take the exit Polson, Lifton Down, Lifton. At the T-junction, turn right. Follow the road through Lifton Down and to the bottom of Lifton. Turn right (DP Industrial Estate, Chillaton) past Ambrosia factory over narrow bridge and left up long hill. Follow the road for approx 2.5 miles (ignoring turning to Chillaton). Over the brow of the second long hill, turn right (DP Meadwell, Kelly). Continue through village and after 0.6 miles at sharp left bend go straight on into the yard to park.
From the A30 westbound: about 9 miles after Okehampton look for large brown tourist sign Dingles Heritage Fairground, Roadford Reservoir. Turn off at exit. After 100 yards turn left at T-junction (DP Lifton). At foot of hill shortly after 30 mph limit sign, turn left (DP Industrial Estate, Chillaton) past Ambrosia factory over narrow bridge and left up long hill. Follow the road for approx 2.5 miles (ignoring turning to Chillaton). Over the brow of the second long hill, turn right (DP Meadwell, Kelly). Continue through village and after 0.6 miles at sharp left bend go straight on into the yard to park.
Tea/coffee, home-made cake .
No photography in the house. No dogs. No stilettos. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
We have ramps which will get into the wheelchair access to the ground floor.