During the Christmas break, Gareth took me over to Lupton House in Churston. There has been an estate there since 1408, most recently in 1990 it became Gramercy Hall School, but in 2004 it closed and since then the building has been left.
The Lupton Trust was formed in 2009 to “to bring life back to this remarkable Grade 2* listed building and gardens for the community.” It’s being rebuilt by volunteers at present, and there are now some rooms available to rent, and the site is open to visitors.
We had a rare opportunity to have a look round and take some photos whilst there were no visitors, thanks to the volunteers who kindly let us have a wander whilst they were preparing for the New Years Ball.
The Italian Gardens are hauntingly beautiful despite being in ruins.
These buildings at the back are in quite a state and we were unable to go any further and look as they are too dangerous.
These two photos in particular show some of the beauty of the house, despite the neglect, but also some of the spooky atmosphere – the house was the location of one of the Most Haunted Live shows.
If you’re in the area, I definitely think it’s worth a visit, and if you have some time, they’re looking for volunteers too!