Devon period homes. Fardel Manor. Follow in the footsteps of Sir Walter Raleigh

Devon period homes. Fardel Manor. Follow in the footsteps of Sir Walter Raleigh. Here at Jackson-Stops Exeter we are fortunate to deal with some of the most stunning period homes in Devon; none more so than Fardel Manor near Dartmoor.

Take a look at this historic and architectural masterpiece, learn about its illustrious history and read about its famous past residents…

Period homes don’t come much more historic than Fardel Manor near Dartmoor. Once the home of Sir Walter Raleigh’s father, Sir Raleigh often visited Fardel Manor, as did one of his ship’s captains, John Rolfe. Rolfe was married to Pocahontas and after her death her son came to live here.

One illustrious owner may be expected of a property, but the estate was passed to the celebrated Hele family, distinguished patrons of education in the West Country, and there is a record of ownership from then through to the present day.

Fardel Manor, Fardel, Near Dartmoor PL21 9HT

Of significant historic and architectural status, a compact Grade I listed late-mediaeval manor house, together with 13th century chapel and service cottage, sheltered in superb gardens on the edge of Dartmoor. Offers In Excess Of £2,000,000


Fardel Manor’s history can be traced back to the Domesday survey of 1086, where it is recorded as Fardendelle. It has long been a high status property, indicated by the Fardel Stone; a remarkable document of history of Devon, which was originally found being used as a bridge across a stream within the grounds of Fardel Manor. The inscription is bilingual and thought to be in Latin and Ogam – in reference to a chieftain from the 5-8th centuries. It is now in the hands of The British Museum.

A fine pedigree. Raleigh family and more
The most famous residents of Fardel Manor were no doubt The Raleigh family, living here at the beginning of the 16th century. Wikipedia states “The manor came into the possession of the Raleigh family on the marriage of Joan Newton to Sir John Ralegh in 1303. Later members of the family resident there included Members of Parliament Adam Ralegh {c.1480–1545 or later) and Carew Raleigh (ca. 1550 – ca. 1625). The latter sold the estate to Walter Hele, father of Elize Hele (1560–1635) the lawyer and philanthropist, in whose family it remained until 1740. After that there were several owners, one of whom was Sir Robert Palk (1717–1798).”

Lord of the Manor
The property is home to a library, dining room, screen passage, screens room (the former Medieval Hall), drawing room, study, stair hall, four bedrooms (one ensuite), a family bathroom and numerous outbuildings. On site is also a 13th century chapel, a lake, a swimming pool, orangery, walled gardens and a three bedroom service cottage. It should be noted that the sale of Fardel Manor comes with the Lordship of the Manor of Fardel.

Outside, the grounds are largely contained within stone walls and high hedges offering a high degree of privacy. With 5 acres surrounding the house, the grounds are divided into beautifully maintained outdoor rooms.

York Stone paths and terraces form a network around the house and gardens and the varied levels are joined by a flight of granite steps, with balustrading leading down from the superb swimming pool garden with its adjoining orangery.  There is well thought out formal and informal planting around the house, including a secret herb garden, rose garden, main lawned area in front of the house surrounded by spring and summer borders and protected by high hedges.

Below the formal gardens, grass paths lead through the arboretum, with an understorey of shrubs and bulbs, to the tranquil lake. There is also a discreet vegetable garden and space for chickens and the home for the resident peacocks.

Although new the market, word of Fardel Manor’s sale has reached the nation press and the sale has been covered by regional titles too.

In the news
The Times
Leave city life behind and capture a castle

London Evening Standard
Be the Lord or Lady of Fardel Manor: medieval Dartmoor home linked to Sir Walter Raleigh and Pocahontas comes with its own chapel and lordship

The Metro
Sir Walter Raleigh’s old manor house, which has a pool and its own lake, is on sale for £2 million

Daily Mail
Manor house which was once home to Sir Walter Raleigh’s family is put up for sale for £2million with its own lake, pool and CHAPEL

Somerset County Guardian
Family manor of Sir Walter Raleigh for sale in South Devon

Devon period homes. Fardel Manor. Follow in the footsteps of Sir Walter Raleigh. To view this special property please contact our Exeter office: 01392 214222,