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HER Number:MDV114029
Name:Castle Farm, Gidleigh


Built in the 1920s by Charles McIlwraith for one of his employees, it was sold to the Osborne family in 1933. Initially used to farm cattle, the property was run as a youth hostel for over 50 years. Closed in 1988, proposals to convert to a motel or country lodge were refused and the property was divided up and the house is private dwelling.


Grid Reference:SX 670 883
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (XX - 1920 AD to 1929 AD (Between))
  • POST OFFICE (XX - 1932 AD? to 1988 AD (Between))
  • YOUTH HOSTEL (XX - 1932 AD to 1988 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1963-1996, 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric (Cartographic). SDV350058.

Post Office and Youth Hostel marked on the historic map.

Grumley-Grennan, T. + Hardy, M., 2000, Gidleigh. A Dartmoor Village Past and Present, 39 (Monograph). SDV359347.

Castle Farm, originally called Castle Cottage was built in the 1920s by Charles McIlwraith for one of his employees. It was sold to the Osborne family in 1933, who used the land to farm cattle. Margaret Osborne set up and ran a youth hostel from the property for over 50 years (one of the first five to be set up in Devon and Cornwall). She also ran the post office in Gidleigh and received an MBE for her 50-year involvement with the Youth Hostel Association.
After her death in 1988, the post office and youth hostel were closed and the house and land were sold. Proposals to convert the property into a motel or country lodge in the late 20th century were refused and in 1992 the property was divided up and house was sold as a private dwelling.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Unmarked property depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV350058Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963-1996. 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric. Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV359347Monograph: Grumley-Grennan, T. + Hardy, M.. 2000. Gidleigh. A Dartmoor Village Past and Present. Gidleigh. A Dartmoor Village Past and Present. Hardback Volume. 39.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #73374 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV6128Related to: Church of the Holy Trinity, Gidleigh (Building)
MDV113181Related to: Gidleigh Barton Farm (Monument)
MDV114032Related to: Way Cottage, Gidleigh (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 20 2018 1:26PM