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Pynes House
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Pynes House
Pynes House is located in Devon
Pynes House
Location within Devon
General information
Architectural styleQueen Anne
Town or cityUpton Pyne, Devon
Coordinates50°45′22″N 3°32′28″W / 50.756104°N 3.540979°W / 50.756104; -3.540979Coordinates: 50°45′22″N 3°32′28″W / 50.756104°N 3.540979°W / 50.756104; -3.540979
Completedc. 1700–1725
Technical details
Size21,000 square feet (2,000 m2)

Pynes House is a Grade II* listed Queen Anne style country house built by Hugh Stafford between around 1700 and 1725, situated in the parish of Upton Pyne, Devon, 3 miles northwest of Exeter.[1] It was the manor house for the manor of Upton Pyne, which included the village of Upton Pyne.


The house has four storeys and covers 21,000 square feet (2,000 m2). Its present owners run the house as a wedding and events venue, offering 12 bedrooms. It is set in gardens and grounds of 37 acres. The building is primarily made of bricks to a square plan, with Portland stone dressings. The principal roof is slate, with four large brick chimney stacks.[1]


Main article: Manor of Upton Pyne

The manor of Upton Pynes was held by the Pyne family for ten generations from the time of King Henry I, following which it passed through the Larder, Copleston and Stafford families and finally the Northcote family in 1732.[2][3]

Renovations at the house in 1789 inspired Sebastian Emmett to write the poem Written on Viewing the Improvements at Pynes-House, the Seat of Sir Stafford Henry Northcote, Bart. Near Exeter. 1789, which talks about the house and the design of the gardens, but also alludes to the character of the nation at the time.[4][5][6]

An 1827 account relates that "Pynes House contains some valuable pictures, particularly a fine Van Dyke, in the eating-room, and several excellent family portraits".[7]

The building was enlarged in 1851 by the statesman Sir Stafford Northcote, 8th Baronet, who was created 1st Earl of Iddesleigh by Queen Victoria in 1885.

Walter Stafford Northcote, 2nd Earl of Iddesleigh claimed that Pynes House was the inspiration for Barton Park, which features in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.[8][9]

The Earl of Iddesleigh sold Pynes in 1998.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Pynes (1097597)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  2. ^ Harris, Helen (2004). A Handbook of Devon Parishes. Tiverton: Halsgrove. p. 178. ISBN 1-84114-314-6.
  3. ^ Lauder, Rosemary (2002). Devon Families. Tiverton: Halsgrove. p. 111. ISBN 1-84114-140-2.
  4. ^ "The London Review and Literary Journal". The European Magazine: 195. September 1792.
  5. ^ Gottlieb, Evan (2016). Representing Place in British Literature and Culture, 1660–1830: From Local to Global. Routledge. p. 194. ISBN 9781317065890. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  6. ^ Moore, Dafydd (2009). "Patriotism, Politeness, and National Identity in the South West of England in the Late Eighteenth Century". ELH. 3 (76): 745–746. JSTOR 27742957.
  7. ^ Williams, Thomas H. (1827). Devonshire scenery: or, Directions for visiting the most picturesque spots on the eastern and southern coast. p. 38. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  8. ^ Southam, B. C. (1996). Jane Austen: the critical heritage. 1870–1940. Psychology Press. p. 57. ISBN 978-0-415-13457-6.
  9. ^ See, for instance, Wakefield, J. F. "Jane Austen's life, times and works explained and discussed – Pynes". Austenonly. Retrieved 2 January 2012.