Umberleigh - House Visit - Hall near Barnstaple

Umberleigh - House Visit - Hall near Barnstaple

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Hosted by the Devon Cambridge Society
Tuesday 5 May 2020, 12.30pm BST
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

Alumni and guests are invited to join the Devon Cambridge Society for this year's house visit. 

This year's visit will be at a Hall, which is near Umberleigh just south of Barnstaple. The house has been and continues to be owned by the Chichester family and Clare, a Chichester herself, assisted by her husband Michael will show us around and introduce us to the fascinating family history that surrounds the property. Indeed the hall and stairs could double for the set of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera, Ruddigore. The visit to the hall and grounds will be concluded with tea in the Servants' Hall, much grander than Downton and more reminiscent of college hall, where we are required to observe the "Regulations", which include a forfeit of one penny for whoever wipes their knives or forks on the table cloth".

For those who wish, we shall meet up beforehand for a pub lunch at the Rising Sun at Umberleigh, which is close by.


  • For the adventurous or those wishing to reduce their carbon footprint you can travel by train leaving Exeter St Davids at 11.19 am and disembarking at Umberleigh for a short walk to the pub. 
  • For the return trip, we are planning to catch the train at Chapelton at 5.41 pm arriving back at Exeter at 6.54 pm. The walk from the house to the station takes about 25 minutes. Transport between lunch and the Hall is TBA, but if those of you are coming by car would indicate whether they can take passengers from the pub to the house that would be very helpful.

Booking information

If you would like to attend this event, please book reserve your space using the link below.

£20 per person - Including afternoon tea. Lunch and rail travel will be paid individually.


The Rising Sun Hotel
Pound Lane End
EX37 9DU
United Kingdom