Just a short drive from Woolacombe in the village of Ilfracombe, Chambercombe Manor is a picturesque historic manor that hides some fascinating secrets. The manor dates back to the 11th century and was noted in the Domesday Book, and a visit soon shows that there is more to the manor than the pretty exterior...guided tours are available between April and October, and of course the restaurant is open during these months too.
With its white stone walls and traditional gardens the manor is as quaint as you’d expect an historic Devon property to be, but there’s a tale behind its walls that still fascinates those who visit it. The owner had lived in the manor for years without noticing anything out of the ordinary, until one day when he was stood outside he noticed that there was a bricked up window in the outside wall where there was no room on the inside...or so he thought
He hammered through the wall upstairs and made an eerie discovery that had long remained undiscovered. There in a secret, bricked up room was a four poster bed, and on it the remains of a well dressed woman and her finery. Who did the skeleton belong to? How did the lady meet her untimely end? Visit the manor to find out. So, if you’re looking for family attractions in Woolacombe that get your imagination whirring, don’t miss the chance to peer into a slice of real North Devon history.