Shilstone Devon Wedding Venue on Salvage Hunters
On Wednesday 7th September, Shilstone House the Devon Wedding Venue made an appearance on the much loved show, Salvage Hunters. Now in its ninth series, Salvage Hunters see’s Britain’s leading decorative salvage dealer, Drew Pritchard, scouring the country for antiques. The first episode of the new series finds Drew making the 320-mile journey from his teams base in South Wales, to Modbury, Devon, to visit Sebastian and Lucy Fenwick in their home, Shilstone House. Shilstone is a beautifully restored Georgian property, nestled within 500 acres of spectacular Devonshire countryside.
Sebastian and Lucy bought the property in 1997, when it was little more than a shell of its former self. Since work began on the house in 2000, it has been transformed into a marvellous piece of architecture which pays homage to its Georgian roots. Upon entering the house, Drew remarked, “The house is staggering. The recreation, the re-imagining, of what was here is incredible.”
Drew found himself amongst a treasure trove of antique furniture in the Fenwick household and had his eye on a set of 19th century dining chairs, in the style of one of the most celebrated English furniture makers, George Hepplewhite. Drew took a liking to several, beautifully crafted pieces of furniture, which, as a lover of antiques himself, Sebastian was reluctant to part with. The trio eventually settled on an intricately woven stretch of fabric, thought to be a piece from the 17th Century, which Pritchard described as, “Achingly beautiful.” Although out of his comfort zone in the world of textiles, Drew was still confident in his find, stating “What I do know about, is quality, and that is just jaw droppingly good.”
The Salvage Hunters left Shilstone with a stunning piece of fabric, that has stood the test of time, along with a collection of Roberts Thompson’s classic Mouseman oak furniture. Of his visit, Pritchard said, “Lucy and Sebastian were lovely all day. Today just proved that Britain still can build the most beautiful houses, in just the best way.”
Not only is Shilstone an award winning restoration, it is also a fully licensed wedding venue, offering exclusive use of the breath-taking Georgian manor house and gardens. And the restoration didn’t end with the house. The newly renovated, onsite wedding accommodation, Whitmore Barn, is able to cater for up to 16 guests overnight, within a fabulous contemporary setting. The first wedding at Shilstone was held in 2012 and, since then, this stunning stately home has gone on to become a well-established Devon wedding venue. The combination of such exquisite architectural design and attention to detail, combined with seemingly endless, rural Devon views, has drawn couples from all over the world to spend their special day in a location like no other.