Help us bring this grade II* building back to life

Following the devastating fire on 9th April, the Poltimore House Trust has launched the Poltimore House Emergency Fundraising Appeal to raise funds to clear up after the fire damage and make the site safe and accessible so visitors can be welcomed back.

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Next Event

Sunday 19th May – Wardour Garrison living History Open Day

Branches Café

We are so pleased to confirm that Branches Café and Martinsfield Farm Shop will be reopening from the Bank Holiday weekend 4th, 5th and 6th of May, 10am to 3.30pm. It will then be open every weekend after that.


The grounds are open to the public when the café is open. There is a clearly marked exclusion zone around the house. Please note that the grounds may be closed some weekends due to events or private hires. 12th and 13th May – closed for private event, 19th May – Wardour Garrison ticket holders only, 25th and 26th May – Poltimore Festival ticket holders only

We are absolutely devastated that Poltimore House suffered a major fire in the early hours of 9 April with extensive damage to the house in a suspected arson attack.

Over the past couple of years, the House and Grounds have become a major hub for our local community with a farm shop, thriving cafe, open house sessions and events – all supported by dedicated volunteers.

Dr Peter Totterdill, Chair of Poltimore House Trust, said:

“This amazing place has been loved by so many people over the years, and my heart goes out to all the many volunteers who have worked so hard to protect and restore Poltimore House. I have been at the House all morning and am shocked at the scale of the devastation.

“I know that many people are distraught by what has happened and we are all feeling a deep sense of loss. However I have been in touch with many of our Board members and we’re determined to save what we can of this important part of Devon’s heritage, and to hold on to our vision of Poltimore House and Grounds as a place for everyone.

“More than ever, we need everyone’s help to recover from this disaster and to move forward with optimism.”

Poltimore House Trust is committed to making the House and Grounds safe following this terrible fire and to assess options for future restoration. We will be launching a fundraising appeal in the coming days and will share this once live.

The police are appealing for anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious around the time of the fire to contact them online or by telephoning 101, quoting crime reference 50240083403.

On behalf of The Poltimore House Trust trustees and all our dedicated volunteers, we would like to thank the emergency services and our local community for all your support.

Undisturbed by the busy hum of life the park is exactly that sort of retreat which moves the imagination, keeps the unhappy from thinking and creates the most pleasurable feelings ….. ”  23rd August, 1871 Exeter Flying Post

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