Kelly House in its many guises has been a home to the Kelly family for over 900 years. Standing in the quiet rolling countryside of the Devon and Cornwall border, Just south of the A30. We welcome guests for Tours, Events and to stay in our luxury Bed and Breakfast Rooms.

A visit will take you back in time and a stay in the family home will provide a peaceful and relaxing base to explore Devon and Cornwall

Kelly House Kelly, Lifton PL16 0HH

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Margaret Kelly’s WW1 Diary

Margaret Kelly was born in 1879, in Ottery St Mary, Devon. She was the eldest daughter of Rev. Maitland Kelly and Agnes Leigh Clare Kelly, after her Stepmother’s untimely death in 1891, Margaret became matriarch of the Kelly Family, responsible for the running of the household. In 1899 her father inherited Kelly House from his brother Reginald and became squire of Kelly. Margaret came to the property with her father, which remains the family home of the Kelly family to this day.

The journal we are publishing here was written at a time of flux. Quite apart from the events of the coming War, Margaret was involved in the Suffrage movement, often acting as chair of the local (Launceston) branch. She was using a horse and cart to take the engine of the motor car to be repaired. She was receiving telegrams, using telephones, and hearing of the latest “wireless telegraphy”. Zeppelins were flying over Europe, Bleriot was navigating the channel, truly massive naval vessels were being launched. 


Woolly Weekend 2021

Date: 09.10.2021 - 10.10.2021 Time: 10:00 - 16:00 (Please note the current dates are provisional)

The 10th Woolly Weekend. The house be filled with local producers of individual high quality Wool Based Products. So whether you are looking for wool for your next project or your winter scarf to Christmas present, there will be a stall for you!

£3 Entry: Including Raffle.

Not JUST FOR KNITTERS. Check out our Woolly Weekend Website to see the goods from previous years. 



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