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In 1560, Henry Huyshe purchased Sand, and his descendants still live there today. The present house contains elements from 14th and 16th centuries. In the Civil War, the Huyshes, though Protestant in their beliefs, were staunch supporters of the Stuart cause, enduring fines and confiscations as a consequence. Both of their daughters, clearly girls of independent mind, married generals in Cromwell’s army. In the 18th century Sand was let out as a farmhouse, though when a neighbour’s gamekeeper dared to trespass on the property, the Reverend Francis Huyshe wrote furiously that it was ‘the miserable remains of an old family estate, which will be defended with family pride.’ Sand was restored by Rowland Huyshe early in the 20th century and although the house was subsequently let once more, the family took up residence in 1967. Despite the many changes it has undergone, Sand still has Tudor fireplaces and old heraldic glass, and a staircase has survived from an even older house. A home that has adapted to the needs of modern life, Sand remains a relic of the squirearchy that seems, according to one visitor, ‘to have grown out of the ground.’



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  • Opening Times: House and garden 16-17 Apr, 30 Apr-1 May, 28-29 May, Jun and Aug, Sun-Mon 2-6 (last admission 5). Additional tour dates may be availble for pre-booking. See website for full details and current opening times

About the area

Discover Devon

With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.

Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them. 

Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.

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