Built in 1805, the year of Trafalgar, Kennaway House is a handsome Regency mansion standing in its own grounds in the heart of Sidmouth. After the restoration programme carried out in 2008-2009, Kennaway House and its gardens offer an historic and beautiful setting for many purposes.
Originally a family home, the house was leased or rented as Sidmouth became a magnet for visitors, but by the 1890s it had become a lodging-house. Generous benefactors halted this decline. At the beginning of the last century, the house was purchased and endowed as "Church House" to serve the social activities of the parish. Following the First World War, another period of financial difficulties began. Now thanks to a comprehensive £1 million restoration (half of it from the Heritage Lottery Fund), Kennaway House has become a centre for Sidmouth's heritage, the arts and community learning.
Gallery, Historic house or home
Entry to house is free. There will be a charge for some events.
There is a permanent display illustrating the history of the house and its significance within the architectural context of Sidmouth. There is a permanent display of the work of influential Sidmouth architect, RW Sampson, to which entry is free but by application.
The restored Regency rooms are worth visiting in their own right and include exhibition space for the work of both established and new artists in the south west.
Fine Art, Architecture
Key artists and exhibits
- RW Sampson: watercolours and illustrations of his work