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Brief description of site

Castle Hill is an early-18th-century landscape park and woodland of around 225 hectares, with about 20 hectares of gardens and pleasure grounds. There is a further 1300 hectares of agricultural land.

Brief history of site

Martin Fortescue acquired an estate at Filleigh through marriage in 1454. A house on the site of the present mansion was associated with a detached deer park to the north-east. Castle Hill was first built in the early-1730s by Hugh Fortescue. The estate was expanded and consolidated through the generations of the Fortescue family.

Location information:

Address: The Castle Hill Estate Office, Filleigh, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 0RH

Locality: North Devon

Local Authorities:

Devon; North Devon; Filleigh

Historical County: Devon

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 180 Grid Ref: SS671285
Latitude: 51.0404 Longitude: -3.89702


Follow the B3226 off the A361 at South Molton. Follow signs to Filleigh.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open every day except Saturdays from March until September. Please see:

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: After 1454

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 1550

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