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. 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.
The gardens today are beautiful and productive: people staying on retreat work in the vegetable gardens with our garden team.