The house

The exact age of Edgcott House is unknown, but it is one of the principal period houses around Exford. The first mention of it that we have found is in 1791, where Edgcott House’s grounds once included the surrounding farmland and the substantial stables on the other side of the lane.

History

Set well back from and high above Edgcott Road, the house faces south nestling into the sloping grounds and mature woodland. We purchased Edgcott House and Cascade Cottage in January 2009. The house had been empty for over a year and was deteriorating badly. After a year of renovations, Edgcott House reached the condition you see it in today.

During the renovations, we replaced the original 4 inch cast iron heating pipes that were probably installed by Major Greig in the early 1900s and weighed 1000kg. You can see Major Greig in a pastel painting at the bottom of the stairs and in a photograph with the hounds in the hallway. Our aim was to restore Edgcott House to its former glory.

The hand-painted trompe l’oeil you can see in the Long Room is known to have been painted by George Oakes. The style is said to be Strawberry Hill Gothic, inspired by Horace Warpole’s gothic extravaganza, Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham.

Grounds

It is our ongoing project to try and bring the gardens back to some of their former glory. The grounds of Edgcott House cover about 6 acres. They include three fields, an ancient orchard and the formal gardens.

The gardens around the house were once formally styled, probably during the Victorian era. We are slowly working our way around them in an effort to restore them to their former glory as what once was a mature and beautiful garden has been neglected for many years. On initial explorations we have discovered tiered gardens, brick steps and brick edged paths winding their way up the hill behind the house.

We have uncovered rose bushes and rhododendron which, after some care and attention, are finally coming back into their own after being hidden by brambles for years.

The gardens are planted with many mature species of trees and bushes and we have taken time to replant lovely herbaceous perennials and flowering shrubs.

Now much restored, it makes a lovely place to enjoy breakfast on the terrace (on warmer days of course) or to take a relaxing stroll during the day or in the evening. You’ll also see an abundance of beautiful flowers through the house itself, which we grow ourselves. As well as these, we grow all of the herbs and some of the seasonable fruits which we incorporate into the delicious breakfasts we prepare for you during your stay with us.

We do hope you enjoy your stay at Edgcott House and relish the beauty and history of the house and gardens and the countryside it is set in.

Exclusive Hire

Why not enjoy Edgcott House as an exclusive venue for your special occasion or corporate event?

Whether it's a birthday getaway with friends or family, an anniversary or just an excuse to get together with friends, Edgcott House can accommodate up to 20 of your special guests within the main house and Cascade Cottage. You could enjoy anything from a drinks and canapé reception to a formal dinner in the Long Room or visit one of the fine local restaurants or pubs.

We can help you find and organise outdoor activities for your guests and give you advice on finding places to visit if you just want to take it easy.

Cascade cottage

Within the grounds of Edgcott House, "Cascade Cottage" is a charming self-catering cottage which sleeps up to 6 people. With the stream, Edgcott Water, flowing past the front door it is a tranquil place to relax and rejuvenate.

Outside of Cascade Cottage Bedroom inside Cascade Cottage Living room inside Cascade Cottage Food on a table in Cascade Cottage

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