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Dylan Jones

Chambercombe Manor
Llancaiach Fawr Book
The Ghost Tour of Wales
Haunted Holidays

Location:  Ilfracombe, North Devon

Cost:  Reasonably priced admission.  Unable to clarify at time of publishing.

Opening Times: from Easter to October, Monday to Friday 10am to 5.30pm,
Sunday 2pm to 5.30pm

Information:  Less than a mile from Ilfracombe High Street, off the A399 to Combe Martin.  Buses run from Ilfracombe Bus Station and the High Street, dropping off visitors at the top of Chambercombe Road.  Motor road direct to free car park.  Coach Parties welcome.  You can telephone the Manor on 01271 862624.

History and Haunting


Set in a secluded valley, Chambercombe Manor has much to offer because of its colourful history.  The house, containing eight rooms, dates from the 11th Century and was mentioned in the Domesday Book.


Period furnishing from Elizabethan to Victorian times are in abundance.  Special interest lies in the Secret Passage and the Haunted Room.  A leisurely walk amongst 4-acres of beautiful gardens, wooded areas and ponds adds to the enjoyment.  Finally a Cream Tea at Lady Jane’s Tea Rooms, also serving Morning Coffee, Light Lunches, completes your visit to this unique attraction.


Said to be haunted by a number of apparitions, including a woman believed to be connected to the Legend of Chambercombe Manor.  Her footsteps are still heard walking the corridors of the manor, to the chapel and to the cobbled courtyard. "Weird moans" are also heard issuing from the former secret room, now only visible through a small window situated between two bedrooms.  Visitors to the Manor report various experiences.   Young children often complain about a lady who stands watching them undetected by their parents.  A tall male has been reported, and spectral children are associated with an upstairs room.


The Legend of Chambercombe Manor


Legend has it, as is expected from a house of such antiquity, that Chambercombe Manor is haunted. The Haunted Room adjoins that used by Lady Jane Grey. It is said that the tenant in 1865 was making some repairs to the roof when he discovered the outline of a window for which he could not find a room corresponding. Investigation led to the finding of a chamber between Lady Jane Grey’s room and the one adjoining, in which on the remains of a handsome bedstead lay the skeleton of a woman. She was supposed to be a titled lady visiting relatives at Chambercombe who was shipwrecked in a storm on the rocks at Hele. She was found and brought to the Manor and placed into the room where she later died. The jewellery she was wearing was taken by the occupants of the Manor and the room sealed off from the outside world. The room has no entrance to it now, but a section of the partition has been removed and one is able to see into the chamber.

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