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ABOUT US

Whitminster House has been our Teesdale family home for almost a century and a half. 

 

A background of farming, nature and the Arts has formed what Whitminster House is today. 

We hope the tranquil surroundings of Whitminster House Self Catering Cottages will provide you with the peace and pleasure we have found in living here.


We are delighted to share it with you.​

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HISTORY

Whitminster House is listed Grade II* and is a charming example of a family home that has evolved over the centuries. 

The manor dates from Saxon times and is mentioned in The Domesday Book. Variously owned by a succession of Earls, Dukes and Kings including Henry V, Edward IV and Richard III, it became the property of local notables in the 17th and 18th centuries.

In 1288 it was a Manor House described as 'the Lord's Court'; and in 1336 was known as a 'Chief House' with a courtyard. In 1347 the Earl of Hereford asked the King's permission to fortify it.

In 1721 Whitminster House was bought by the Cambridge family. Their son, Richard Owen Cambridge, made all the 18th Century alterations. A friend of the poet Alexander Pope and of Frederick, Prince of Wales, Richard created glamorous embellishments to the house and grounds which attracted many visitors. Sadly, the outdoor improvements have not survived but the panelled Library remains.

The TEESDALEs (in whose ancestory Maud is listed) 'bought back' Whitminster House in 1882, made the Victorian additions, and live here to the present day.

 

Set within ten acres of pretty, private gardens and a grove, Whitminster House offers a perfect location for full weekend Weddings, self-catering Family Celebrations, peaceful retreats, and Filming.

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A Comment from the Owner & Managers:

"We love Whitminster House, it has always been a warm and welcoming family home and we are always thrilled to have the opportunity to share its delights with others."