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Stay In Our Period Former Farmhouse
Ian & Elaine warmly invite you to stay in their former period farmhouse, which has been lovingly restored into a cosy, comfortable guest accommodation. They have a variety of rooms to suit families, couples and single travellers with an option to stay on a bed & breakfast or half board basis. Windsor house is also the only B&B in Torrington to have a wheelchair accessible room.
This delightful accommodation is situated on the edge of the historic town of Great Torrington with ample amenities within walking distance. The towns of Bideford and Barnstaple are a short drive or bus ride from Torrington allowing you good access to explore plenty more shops, eateries and leisure activities.
Windsor House B&B Guest House is an ideal place to stay for walkers and cyclists to explore the North Devon countryside with good links to the tarka trail.
History of Windsor House
Windsor House dates from before the 1850s. The bricked up window was an attempt to avoid payment of the Window Tax which was in force until 1851. By the 1890s this was home to Josephine Penhorwood, a strong and resourceful widow. She was born in 1853 in Middlesex and after losing her husband she set up at Windsor House as a butcher and farmer. She had come to Torrington to live with her elderly aunt, Maria Ching, who was a well known local figure as her husband had run the pub on Well Street for many years. Josephine employed 36 year old Alfred Burridge who was from London to work as the butcher.
By 1901 her 72 year old mother, Elizabeth South, was the housekeeper here and was grateful for the additional help which their domestic servant Josephine Cox gave.
It was a busy household and Josephine had even more plans. In 1907 she entered into a 14 year lease of Hatchet Field in Little Torrington intent on expanding her farming. By 1914 it was a flourishing business with Mrs Penhorwood listed in the local trade directories as a butcher.
Josephine died in 1946 at the grand age of 92.