Ilfracombe, North Devon
Reasonably priced admission. Unable to clarify at time of publishing.
Times: from Easter to October,
Monday to Friday 10am 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.
Sunday 2pm to 5.30pm.
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.