Originally, for 20 years Golden Lion House was the Headquarters of the Original Monster Raving Loony Party founded by Screaming Lord Sutch.
An outstanding grade 2 listed townhouse centrally located between Exeter, Dartmoor, Plymouth and Torbay in a bustling historic town that can sleep 19 guests comfortably + 3 extra (see below).
Golden Lion House was built in 1768 for local surgeon Sir Nicholas Tripe. It was then turned into a coaching inn in late 1700's. Run as a hotel and pub until late 1990's; well known Ashburton landmark and source of lots of stories in the town. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle apparently stayed here whilst researching The Hound of Baskervilles.
Much of the 1950 film "Guilt is My Shadow" was filmed in the hotel and town. Previous Landlord (Alan Hope ... still alive and kicking) was party chairman and also elected Mayor of Ashburton. Renowned London brothel owner was a regular visitor and founded the "Payne and Pleasure" political party there.
One time she was visiting, the landlord put up a sign saying "House of Fun" and apparently the Madness song of the same name was written about it (the song also refers to the Lions Den, which was the name of the hotel bar). Converted to a heritage house in 1999. Grade 2* listed.
There is a notable priest hole and tunnel to the back of the property, still intact, which was allegedly used to evade the Press Gangs by those in the know Still the main family house of the current owners who are temporarily living elsewhere; not a pristine purpose built holiday let, but a genuine family home Current owners spent 20 years in Asia, hence much of the style and decor.