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Luscombe Castle,

Luscombe Castle was opened as  an evacuation centre for girls aged four to 15 years in 1938. Then In  1947 Luscombe Castle provided accommodation for girls. The home was returned to its former owner with records recording the home closing in July 1948.


Luscombe Castle was built in 1800 for Charles Hoare, a prominent banker from the near by resort town of Dawlish. The house was designed by John Nash (1752-1835) and was a trendsetter for the Gothic Revival with its castellated tower and walls. The inside is simple Neo Classicism, but with Gothic windows. The rooms are arranged around a central lobby beneath the tower.

The landscape was designed by Humphry Repton, who shared a partnership with Nash for some years. While Nash focused on Gothic style houses, Humphry places them in landscapes designed for the Picturesque movement, with unadorned nature, the start of what is now the typical British landscape garden. To the west lies a formal garden, while the more picturesque open lawns lie to the east and command fine coastal views.


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