Moreton House is a grade-II listed Georgian estate house on the outskirts of Bideford in North Devon. The Buck-Stucley family, who have owned land around Hartland and North Devon for centuries, built and lived at Moreton until it was commandeered for use as a school during the second world war.
Shortly after the war, Moreton and the surrounding estate became home to Grenville College boarding school, and remained so for more than half a century. But when the school moved on and merged with Kingsley school in 2009, the property was divided up and sold. After national publicity surrounding its sale, the house and five acres of the original grounds are in family ownership once again.
Currently the house is being repaired, renovated and restored, with the aim of saving the building and developing a business that can provide a sustainable future for Moreton. We aim to be relevant to the local community as well as to the many tourists who visit beautiful North Devon, by creating a number of luxurious holiday lettings apartments in the areas of the house that were once used for dormitories and staff accommodation, and restoring the grand reception rooms and formal gardens for use as a venue for private and community functions and boutique events.
After the initial urgent repairs were completed, the works have focused on the Victorian era service wing, where we have created four self-catering holiday lettings apartments in what would have been the old kitchens, bakery, washrooms and service rooms for the household staff. The first two apartments are now available to book from Easter onwards, and the others are coming soon. All funds raised from these lettings will be used to continue renovating the remainder of the house.
If you are interested in our project, have any opinions about what we are doing or should be doing, or are keen to learn more, please do get in touch, or follow our progress on social media.