I went along to Politmore House’s recent open day. This included a tour with plenty of stories about the house’s past and details of the plans for its future. The house has a rainproof lid on it and this is the first step towards reconstruction.
After the tour we went for tea and cake in the chapel. The chapel is not a classic stately home late English Gothic chapel but a big hut! This was used as a chapel when Politmore House was a boarding school. Now one of its uses is to serve really good homemade cakes, and tea of course.
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Poltimore is worth visiting to see the before state of a stately home prior to restoration. There are some remains from the original Tudor house visible inside, especially in the courtyard. The saloon has very well preserved early English plaster work, and a state of the art 1940s operating theatre from when the house was a hospital.
The garden is at an early stage of restoration but does have some interesting features. The original garden was designed and planted by the local firm of James Veitch and sons, hence a monkey puzzle or two. There is even a dog’s graveyard with beautifully carved headstones for the deceased hounds.
The house and garden are not open all year round but there are open days to go to. Check their website for the next event.