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Huntsham Court, Devon wins prestigious award from Hudson’s Heritage

Huntsham Court, a stunning exclusive hire baronial mansion in Devon, has won the ‘Commercial Innovation’ award at this year’s Hudson’s Heritage Awards. The Awards took place on Tuesday 19 February at Goldsmiths Hall, London and was presented to owners Damian Llambias and Chris Badham, by Loyd Grossman.

This award is for a commercial idea which is unusual, original and stands out from the crowd and reflects the innovation that Llambias and Badham have shown since they took over ownership in 2012. They undertook a major refurbishment programme to restore the house to its former glory and to update it with a contemporary, eclectic twist, creating a relaxed private venue, set in beautiful gardens.

As a result, the house is now in great demand for weddings, private house parties, corporate events, special occasions and as a film location.

Hudson’s Heritage Awards celebrate the high quality of experiences enjoyed by visitors to a wide range of heritage attractions.  Inaugurated in 2011, the awards recognise excellence, creativity and innovation in the UK heritage industry and attract extensive media coverage for the winning places, in local and national press.  All historic houses, gardens, museums, galleries and heritage sites open to the public are eligible. The Awards are independently judged by a panel of experts. 

Damian Llambias, co-owner of Huntsham Court explains their ethos for the house: “Our vision was to create a versatile venue where visitors would feel relaxed and at home, whilst making the experience as flexible as possible for clients, offering a level of choice and highly competitive price unavailable elsewhere. We are delighted to have won this award and join previous winners such as Blenheim Palace.”

The House sits in spectacular rolling Devon countryside, close to the Somerset border and Exmoor National Park. Tiverton is the closest large town, and Tiverton Parkway mainline rail station has a two-hour express service from London. Within striking distance from Exeter, Taunton and Bristol, and at just a 12-minute drive from the M5, the house offers a real country feel, whilst maintaining excellent transport links. It can also be reached by a private airstrip, just three miles away, and helicopters are able to land within the grounds.

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