With two sets of double terraces, medieval fishponds and sunken lanes as well as an early Walled Garden and a courtyard of fine barns separated from the main house, this proved to be a rewarding and historically important find.
Shilstone’s iconic Grand Passage.
Left (2009) Courtesy of the Devon Rural Archive. Right (2012) Courtesy of Andy Mac Photography.
After completing work on the exterior landscaping of the property, the house build didn’t begin until 2000 and, along with architect Christopher Rae Scott, the couple has worked tirelessly to create their masterpiece. Whilst digging and delving throughout the vast renovation work, much was uncovered, not least the lost water gardens and terracing which prompted Sebastian to initiate the inauguration of the Devon Rural Archive (DRA), a charity-run resource dedicated to rural architecture. The property has won a range of awards and accolades for the architecture and design from prestigious organisations including the Georgian Group and English Heritage.
The East Facade of Shilstone House. Courtesy of the Devon Rural Archive.
The East Facade and Garden hosting a Ceremony. September 2019.
Shilstone’s West Wing and curved Drawing Room Window. Courtesy of the Devon Rural Archive.
Shilstone’s West Wing and Courtyard in Summer 2019. The curved architecture of the Drawing Room Window very much apparent.
When they first purchased the house, they planned it to be their private home, but since then the idea to hire part of the house out as a wedding venue has flourished. Shilstone has now been hosting stunning weddings within the house, gardens, barns and marquee very successfully, with a myriad of delighted couples and an ever-growing portfolio of wedding photos and 5-star reviews.
Shilstone from the air. Circa 2017/18. Courtesy of Andy Mac Photography.