The house started life as a hunting lodge in the early 1700s, and was subsequently given to the diocese for use as a poor house, school and finally in 1845, a rectory. An early occupant, Squire Goble, was known for hunting across the hedges of the village with great cries and shouting. Now Steve and Jackie Penticost have semi-retired to run this beautiful place with Lucy the cat, our three chickens, and occasional children. Our little gang has recently been joined by young male cat,Smudge, who was found abandoned as a kitten and has now checked in for good!
The house remained a rectory until 1936. It's most famous occupant was the Reverend Tickner Edwardes, who was a master bee-Keeper and author of early books on bees. He had other interests, however. Tickner Edwardes made early romantic films, such as 'Tansy', using the local village girls. He was also the author of several romantic novels, and is regarded as the father of hitch-hiking, having written the first book on the subject, 'Lift-Luck on Southern Roads'.
The house is said to have a ghost; that of a French governess who walked out one night, never to return. A ghost of a lady in a yellow dress is said to walk the house.
The first vicar, The Reverent Foster re-modelled the house in Victorian times, to make it 'fit for a wife'. It still retains its original high Georgian ceilings, characterful rooms and large windows, with the ambience of a well-loved home.
In 1936 the rectory was sold to Major Hay Wills who turned it into a Hotel. His daughter in law stills lives in the village and has known every owner since this date.
"Burpham has that quality of timelessness about it, an enchanting village that has been left alone for centuries"
" A little gem of a place: The Burpham Country House... provides a wonderful retreat for the stress of modern living to those who seek tranquility and peace... Enjoy it all, the serenity of the surrounding countryside, the history, and above all a contentment and inner peace that will refresh you for your return to everyday life"
Patrick Coulcher "Unto the Hills"