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“Important but private old house.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hemerdon House

Hemerdon House
Ranked #11 of 22 Tours in Plymouth
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Open on certain days between April and September - please see the website for details. Late 18th century house set in its own parkland. Built by the ancestors of the current owners, the house contains naval and military mementos, paintings, furniture, china and silver collected by members of the family over many generations. On open days, visitors are welcome to explore the grounds at their own risk.
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“Important but private old house.”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

A late Georgian elegant and chunky family house not far out to the east of Plymouth. Very difficult to find any images online. The house has been in the owner occupation of the Woollcombe family since it was built. There is an interesting short entry with a photo on the Historic Houses Association website. That refers to limited public opening for a few days in May and August but it is not clear whether that is 2013. I have heard that the house is very interesting with various naval, military and cultural connections and it is evidently a quality historical venue. I have discovered an accompanied tour, which I intend to join, organised by the Friends of Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery on 8 July this year. The details of that worthy organisation are accessible online and in the museum foyer at the bottom of North Hill Plymouth.

I have given a score of five and a nominal date of visit with this comment, not because I have been to Hemerdon House yet, but, because you have to give a score and because my enquiries indicate that this place deserves a high ranking.

Visited March 2013
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Devon
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“A request from the owner.”
Reviewed March 12, 2012

I have not been to this house. The date and rating are nominal attached to this comment are only added to enable the Tripadvisor mechanism to post the note. I have just received a message from the owner explaining that she did not ask for the listing and that the house is not at present open to the public. Apparently without registering with Tripadvisor she cannot get the entry removed. She is anxious that the owner should not be subject to any public misunderstanding. I agree with her that it seems to be inappropriate for a house such as this to be listed.

Visited March 2012
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Devon
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“Advertised but how do you get to visit?”
Reviewed June 10, 2011

Have heard this private family house talked about. Seen traces of it online and want to go and see but have been unable to raise any contact. Can anyone help? It's said to be a well preserved Regency/Georgian gentleman's residence unspoilt possibly unchanged and in the same family for generations. How do you get to visit? Beginning to wonder whether it's one of those places that gets tax relief by allowing access but then doesn't try very hard. Be pleased to hear by way of review or forum what the opening hours and arrangements are, and whether it's open this year?

My rating (you have to give it one) and other entries are based only on my effort to track down any info on a future visit.

Visited June 2011
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