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Restoration

We (Geoff, Heather, Kate, and Jon) are the current owners and we took charge of the keys to Pynes House in 2011. From that moment we began bringing the house back to life. The house that you see today is the result of loving restoration and years of hard work.

As with all historic homes, restoration, refurbishment and maintenance remains an ongoing project, particularly in certain parts of the house. All the weddings and events that are held at Pynes House help to fund this vital work and, thanks to the meticulous attentions of many specialists, we hope Pynes House will be able to receive visitors for many years to come.

We look forward to sharing our little piece of history with you and very much look forward to welcoming you to Pynes House. If, in the meantime, you’d like to keep up to date with the restoration project, do visit our blog.

Restoration

If the walls could talk

Origins

There is history in the very walls of Pynes House and the estate itself dates back to Norman times. The Du Pin family came to England from Aquitaine in France with the court of Henry II. As knights of the Royal Court, King John later granted them land near Upton Pyne in Devon and for ten generations, this was their domain.

At the end of the 15th Century, the estate passed to a number of other families, including the Larders and the Coplestons. It was whilst he was living at Pynes in 1655, that Sir John Copleston, then Sheriff of Devon, was knighted by the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell as a reward for his unwavering support of the Parliamentary cause during the Civil War of 1642 – 1651.

If you’re interested in the origins of the house, we’ll happily share our knowledge with you when you visit, so please ask.

Origins

A house fit for a Queen

Royal Connections

Pynes House, as we know it now, came into being around 1700 when the original parts of the present house were built. The owner at that time, Hugh Stafford, altered and improved the house extensively so that it was in keeping with his position in society. The numerous developments included a magnificent stone entrance hall, designed by the celebrated architect, Ambrose Poynter.

It wasn’t long after these works were completed that Sir Stafford is said to have welcomed both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to his home. This was obviously a great honour for any house and it is believed that the myrtle bush in the rose garden has grown up from a clipping given to Sir Stafford by Queen Victoria from her wedding bouquet. Royal brides of today all carry myrtle in their bouquets, taken the from bush at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight that provided the very myrtle for Queen Victoria herself.

Royal Connections

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Literary Associations

The tale of Pynes House also has close links with the world of literature and it has played a part in one of the greatest novels of all-time.

The second Earl, Walter Stafford Northcote, was a huge admirer of the literary talent of Jane Austen and believed most fervently that his house was indeed the inspiration for Barton Park in Austen’s iconic work, Sense and Sensibility. This tale is still told in the local area and remains as popular as ever.

Jane Austen expert, Anne-Marie Edwards agrees with this assessment in her own book, ‘In the Steps of Jane Austen’. Edwards says that yes, Barton Park is Pynes House and believes it likely that Austen would have stayed at the house whilst holidaying in Devon. In the novel, the sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood wander the countryside that surrounds Barton Park and we now invite you to follow in their footsteps.

Literary Associations

Kind Words

Pynes House provided the perfect setting for our wedding! Waking up to glorious vistas, staying in the most wonderful rooms; our wedding party were floored by just how spectacular their accommodation was.

Eve & James

Image by Greg-Dennis

Kind Words

Not only is it the most fabulous venue, the team were all so helpful both on the day and with the build-up. We had the most perfect day and we would recommend Pynes House to any couple.

Charlotte & Adam

Image by Pip & Simon

Kind Words

As soon as we entered the drive, we knew this was the venue for us. But when we stepped inside, it just got better! The house itself is utterly beautiful and has been restored to an impeccable standard.

Eliza & Tom

Image by Amy O'Boyle Photography

Kind Words

From the moment we drove up the tree-lined driveway and caught sight of Pynes we couldn't contain our excitement. Walking through the striking front doors into the most beautiful interior, we knew instantly we had found the place for our special day. Pynes House has the most perfect blend of grandeur and elegance, but a really intimate and homely feel. It absolutely encapsulated the modern, elegant but relaxed vision we had in mind for our day.

Jennifer & Henry

Image by McKenzie Brown Photography

Kind Words

WHAT A VENUE! The house is absolutely stunning, inside and out. All our guests commented on how incredible it was. Lucky for us we had beautiful weather, so were able to enjoy the lovely gardens and croquet on the lawn. One of the best things is how flexible they are - you can choose all your own suppliers to ensure you have a truly unique day! The house the perfect layout for a wedding reception and makes for a really intimate and special event.

Emily & Oliver

Image by Ross Talling Photography

Kind Words

Pynes House is so beautiful and is breathtaking as soon as you come down the tree lined drive. It really is a gem in Exeter. You just feel so proud to have Pynes as your wedding venue and excited to share with your family and friends. You wouldn't think it was so close to the city centre, you almost feel like you're in the Italian hills. I couldn't think of a better place to get married and would absolutely recommend to anyone.

Sarah & Tim

Image by Joseph Hall Photography

Kind Words

Pynes House was just perfect for our wedding. We fell in love with it the first time we went to visit it. Heather was amazing from the first time I called and I really felt relaxed about the whole process right from the start. The house and courtyards are absolutely stunning for guests and photos and it was such a treat to be able to stay in such a wonderful place. Heather and Geoff were available for whenever we needed which was great but also allowed us to treat it as our home for the weekend. I wish we could do it all over again!

Clare & Rich

Image by Steven Carter Hewson

Kind Words

Of all the venues we viewed Pynes House had the biggest wow factor. The dramatic tree lined entrance perfectly frames the house as you enter, transporting you in to what feels like a dream. The property has been lovingly restored, with an attention to detail and eye for style within the interiors (both in the entertaining space and bedrooms) that really sets it apart. Each area offers the perfect flow for you to entertain guests and the gardens and valley provide the perfect backdrop.

Madeleine & Giles

Image by Bianco Photography

Kind Words

Such a beautiful venue, refurbished with love and care, and wonderful staff who helped us have the perfect day. Every guest commented on our choice of venue. So many country houses are dark and cluttered, but Pynes House is full of light. It's perfect in every way. The style fit our vision and decor perfectly. We also loved the idea of having the whole venue for the weekend, so we could relax and not rush.

Abi & Chris

Image by Taylor & Porter Photographs

Kind Words

Pynes House provided the perfect setting for our wedding! Waking up to glorious vistas, staying in the most wonderful rooms; our wedding party were floored by just how spectacular their accommodation was.

Eve & James

Image by Greg-Dennis

Kind Words

Not only is it the most fabulous venue, the team were all so helpful both on the day and with the build-up. We had the most perfect day and we would recommend Pynes House to any couple.

Charlotte & Adam

Image by Pip & Simon

Kind Words

As soon as we entered the drive, we knew this was the venue for us. But when we stepped inside, it just got better! The house itself is utterly beautiful and has been restored to an impeccable standard.

Eliza & Tom

Image by Amy O'Boyle Photography

Kind Words

From the moment we drove up the tree-lined driveway and caught sight of Pynes we couldn't contain our excitement. Walking through the striking front doors into the most beautiful interior, we knew instantly we had found the place for our special day. Pynes House has the most perfect blend of grandeur and elegance, but a really intimate and homely feel. It absolutely encapsulated the modern, elegant but relaxed vision we had in mind for our day.

Jennifer & Henry

Image by McKenzie Brown Photography

Kind Words

WHAT A VENUE! The house is absolutely stunning, inside and out. All our guests commented on how incredible it was. Lucky for us we had beautiful weather, so were able to enjoy the lovely gardens and croquet on the lawn. One of the best things is how flexible they are - you can choose all your own suppliers to ensure you have a truly unique day! The house the perfect layout for a wedding reception and makes for a really intimate and special event.

Emily & Oliver

Image by Ross Talling Photography

Kind Words

Pynes House is so beautiful and is breathtaking as soon as you come down the tree lined drive. It really is a gem in Exeter. You just feel so proud to have Pynes as your wedding venue and excited to share with your family and friends. You wouldn't think it was so close to the city centre, you almost feel like you're in the Italian hills. I couldn't think of a better place to get married and would absolutely recommend to anyone.

Sarah & Tim

Image by Joseph Hall Photography

Kind Words

Pynes House was just perfect for our wedding. We fell in love with it the first time we went to visit it. Heather was amazing from the first time I called and I really felt relaxed about the whole process right from the start. The house and courtyards are absolutely stunning for guests and photos and it was such a treat to be able to stay in such a wonderful place. Heather and Geoff were available for whenever we needed which was great but also allowed us to treat it as our home for the weekend. I wish we could do it all over again!

Clare & Rich

Image by Steven Carter Hewson

Kind Words

Of all the venues we viewed Pynes House had the biggest wow factor. The dramatic tree lined entrance perfectly frames the house as you enter, transporting you in to what feels like a dream. The property has been lovingly restored, with an attention to detail and eye for style within the interiors (both in the entertaining space and bedrooms) that really sets it apart. Each area offers the perfect flow for you to entertain guests and the gardens and valley provide the perfect backdrop.

Madeleine & Giles

Image by Bianco Photography

Kind Words

Such a beautiful venue, refurbished with love and care, and wonderful staff who helped us have the perfect day. Every guest commented on our choice of venue. So many country houses are dark and cluttered, but Pynes House is full of light. It's perfect in every way. The style fit our vision and decor perfectly. We also loved the idea of having the whole venue for the weekend, so we could relax and not rush.

Abi & Chris

Image by Taylor & Porter Photographs


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