Sharpham has been a dwelling since the 14th century but the present Palladian Mansion was built in the 1760s.
The gardens have been through many changes over the years and are set in a Lancelot Capability Brown landscape, one of only four in Devon.
There are 19th century pleasure gardens around the house and the formal terraced gardens were designed by Percy Cane in the 1960s.
Ruth and Maurice Ash bought the Sharpham Estate in 1962, and Ruth especially put much time and effort into rejuvenating and developing the present grade II* listed landscape lying within formal gardens.
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What our visitors say
- I was staying in the house this weekend as a helper on the Wild Swimming course. I meant to complete the form from my room but forgot so I thought I would email to let you know how much I enjoyed staying at Sharpham. Fabulous house and grounds, lovely, clean rooms and wonderful meals. Harriet was very kind and helpful - and a super cook.