portledge house
Portledge House - once a very high class hotel but now a private residence

It is unfortunate historic buildings are being sold but the maintenance costs of estates like Portledge House can be quite high. Not only are there home and office cleaning prices to consider, there is the upkeep of the extensive grounds as well.


FAIRYCROSS, a hamlet in the parish of Alwington, county Devon, 3 miles S.W. Bideford. It is situated near Bideford Bay.

"ALWINGTON, a parish in the hundred of North Shebbear, in the county of Devon, 4 miles to the S.W. of Bideford railway station. It lies on the river Yeo, which here flows through a valley, and not far from the coast of Barnstaple Bay. It includes the hamlets of Fairy Cross, Ford, and Woodtown. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Exeter, value £243, in the patronage of the Rev. J. T. P. Coffin. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is a fine old stone building, with a tower. There is a chapel for Wesleyans, and a parochial school. Almshouses for three poor persons were founded and endowed in 1696, by R. Coffin, Esq. The charities of the parish, including the almshouses, amount to £16. The manor of Alwington has been held by the Coffin family from the Conquest. A chapel formerly stood in Yeo Vale, of which there are still remains."

I have very little information about Fairy Cross at this time but I live in hope- if you know something or have pictures, do get in touch.



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