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.
A place to inspire
What our visitors say
- HUGE thanks from all of us to all of you for laying on such a lovely day. You were heroic in coping with our large crowd; the lunch was excellent and all the facilities were immaculate. Your patience and unflappability makes me very jealous indeed. Anyone who can cope so smoothly with the culinary peculiarities of our members must be a saint.
- Peter Marlow