House Open Days in 2018

Easter Sunday and bank holiday Monday - April 1 & 2
Early Spring bank holiday Sunday & Monday - May 6 & 7
Late Spring bank holiday Sunday & Monday - May 27 & 28
All Suns and Mons in June: 3,4; 10,11; 17,18; 24,25
All Sundays & Mondays in August:  5,6; 12,13: 19,20; 26,27 (Bank Holiday)

Open from 2pm to 6pm
Guided tours arranged according to demand with last admission/tour 5pm

In addition to our standard open days above, our schedule of pre booked groups means we are also able to offer the following additional dates and times for public visits. Please note however that the tour times specified are the only opportunities available on each date:
Thursday 3 May 5:00pm public tour
Monday 21 May 5:00pm public tour
Wednesday 6 June 5:00pm public tour
Thursday 7 June 5:00pm public tour
Tuesday 12 June 5:00pm public tour
Thursday 5 July 5:00pm public tour

These details are correct at the time of publication (30 January 2018), but we recommend checking the schedule as close as possible to your point of travel as dates and times may change.

For further information on arranging a visit for your own group, please see the Group Visits section below.

Garden Open Days in 2018

For those whose interest is a tranquil valley garden with borders, lawns, trees and the
wildlife of the countryside that goes with it, we shall have our gardens open alongside
the house on the same open days.

House & Garden:

Adult 7.50, child or full time student 1.00

Garden only:

Adult 3.00, accompanied child (under 16) free

Group Visits

We welcome visits by arranged groups on days other than normally scheduled public open days, as listed above, at any time that is mutually convenient.

We can accommodate morning, afternoon or early evening visits, and can also make our tearoom available for groups. We can tailor our tours to suit particular interests (e.g. heraldry, old building maintenance etc). 
The garden is particularly attractive in the early summer evening and we can provide tours of the garden for specialist groups such as partially sighted visitors who wish to concentrate more on scents, textures and sounds.

Please contact us to discuss any particular requirements you may have. Click here for contact details.

The Tearoom

In what was the morning room, situated in the Edwardian wing of the house, we have created our tearoom, situated at the front of the house and (usually!) is bathed in light and sunshine.

During 2018 this will only be available to those pre-arranged groups that have booked for teas. As soon as we are able we aim to extend this facility to our normal open days once again.

We apologise to visitors on public open days for its absence in the meantime


Sand is located in East Devon, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South West of England. You will find it 1 mile north of the village of Sidbury and just off the A375 that runs between Honiton and Sidmouth. Follow the brown tourist signs.

CAR/COACH DRIVERS: There is adequate car parking provision on the right as you enter the property. Coaches (by prior arrangement for groups only) may park up and turn here also.

BUS TRAVELLERS: The route 9 service runs to the village of Sidbury, with a short walk to Sand from there. Ask the driver for the closest stopping point to the end of Roncombe Lane. 

CYCLE RIDERS: Sand is close to designated Cycle Routes. The Buzzard Route (RR52 or NR2) provides access from nearby Honiton, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth.






Theatre in the Garden

For several years we have presented a classic Shakespeare play,
performed in the open air, with the house as a natural backdrop.
We shared these events with ABF The Soldiers' Charity
with every ticket therefore giving direct benefit to both this
historic house and the Soldiers' Charity, which supports
soldiers and their families who are having a hard time.

over the last few years our audiences have fallen to the point where we have not been able to give any benefit to ABF.
In 2018 therefore there are no plans to hold a production, and we apologise for any disappointment this causes to our loyal followers.
We may resume performances in later years.

All box office enquiries to 01395 597230

Christmas Trees

In the period immediately before Christmas we open for the sale of Christmas trees. Walk round, choose the tree you like and cut or dig it yourself. We can provide some tools, although you may prefer to bring your own.

Pick your own from a choice of several species:

Grand Firs that smell of oranges
Slim, silvery Frasers Firs 
Stately Nordmann Firs
Grey-green Noble Firs
and (of course)
 Norway Spruce, the traditional Christmas tree

A few words of advice:
Allow plenty of time, particularly if you are a group of 2 or more - the decision takes longer as the committee gets larger! Have a clear idea of how large or small a tree you want – surprisingly they always seem larger when you get them to the car and, somehow, larger still when you get them to your front door.

 In December 2018 we shall be open on TWO WEEKENDS:

Sat 8th and Sun 9th
Sat 15th and Sun 16th
 - all from 10:00am to 4:00pm -