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HER Number:MDV32009
Name:Swiss Cottage, Milton Abbot


Located above the Tamar, Swiss Cottage was built circa 1810 for the 6th Duke of Bedford as part of picturesque designed landscape at Endsleigh. Described as a fine example of a Swiss Cottage. Restored in the late 20th century.


Grid Reference:SX 395 780
Map Sheet:SX37NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMilton Abbot
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMILTON ABBOT

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX37NE/522
  • Old Listed Building Ref (I)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SWISS COTTAGE (Built, XIX - 1810 AD to 1810 AD)

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262047.

Doe/hhr:milton abbot/(7/11/1985).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262048.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262049.

Cherry, b. + pevsner, n. /buildings of england:devon/(1989)35-4.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262050.

Des=dyer, m. J. + manning, p. T. /objective 5b: lower tamar valley recreation + land management initiative: cultural heritage appraisal/(1998)24/ea report 98.60.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262051.

Des=hhr:register of parks and gardens of special historic interest in england (devon)/(august 2003).

Dyer, M. + Manning, P., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV27135.

Originally a summer house by wyatt c.1810 (dyer + manning).

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV330354.

The swiss cottage. Circa 1810. Late 20th century renovations by the landmark trust. Irregular plan. Timber with applied rustic planking, a thatched roof and 2 stone stacks. Three storeys. Flight of external timber stairs. Verandah. Casements. Large intact modest interior with simple painted stone fireplaces and a staircase with stick balusters (doe).

Marlow, P. O., 2013, Cobbles in Devon, 55, Fig. 12c (Article in Serial). SDV358513.

Endsleigh retains many areas of decorative cobbling including at the Swiss Cottage.

Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Swiss Cottage marked.

Historic England, 2019, National Heritage List for England, 1105549 (National Heritage List for England). SDV362730.

The Swiss Cottage. Cottage. Circa 1810 for the 6th Duke of Bedford and part of the Picturesque surroundings to Endsleigh House (qv). Late C20 renovations for the Landmark Trust. Timber with applied rustic planking, a thatched roof and 2 stone stacks, one on the rear and one on the ridge. Swiss Cottage on a spectacular site above the Tamar. Irregular plan to the rear with a regular front block with the second floor gabled to the front and jettied out on 3 sides over a 2-tier rustic timber verandah. A flight of external timber stairs leads up to the first floor on the left, further entrance at rear. 3 storeys. Deep eaves with fascia boards with rustic planking. The planking applied to the external walls is fixed in vertical, horizontal and diagonal panels. The front elevation is 1 window wide with a 3-bay 2-tier verandah to the ground and first floors which continues round the left and right returns of the front block. The verandah is carried on timber posts with rustic notches and rustic struts and has a timber fence to the first floor. A 2-light ground floor casement has 1 hexagonal leaded panes. On the first floor a half-glazed door gives on to the verandah. A 2-light casement in a brattished frame in the gable has hexagonal leaded panes. The gable has a timber pendant and is crowned by a timber pinnacle. Interior Large intact modest interior with simple painted stone fireplaces and a staircase with stick balusters. An extremely fine example of a Swiss Cottage associated with Picturesque designed landscape and other buildings of outstanding national importance.
Date first listed: 19th October 1978

Sources / Further Reading

SDV262047Migrated Record:
SDV262048Migrated Record:
SDV262049Migrated Record:
SDV262050Migrated Record:
SDV262051Migrated Record:
SDV27135Migrated Record: Dyer, M. + Manning, P..
SDV330354Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV358513Article in Serial: Marlow, P. O.. 2013. Cobbles in Devon. Devon Buildings Group Newsletter. A4 Stapled + Digital. 55, Fig. 12c.
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #119124 ]
SDV362730National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2019. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1105549.

Associated Monuments

MDV32464Part of: Endsleigh Park, Milton Abbot (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 31 2019 2:55PM