The Lupton Trust was formed by a group of local people to breathe life back into Lupton House - an old empty school, gardens and woods in Brixham. By pooling the communities’ enthusiasm, skills, expertise and knowledge to deliver an environmentally sustainable space for the whole community; enabling local people, groups, charities, arts and environmental projects to grow, develop and learn within a magical setting in the heart of Torbay.
Lupton House is a Grade II* building set in beautiful parkland on the outskirts of Brixham.To the south of the main house there is a formal Italianate garden also listed. A private residence for several generations Lupton House is dedicated to the regeneration of the local community and its historical site, Lupton Trust leads various highly successful volunteer run projects and was awarded the Big Society government award in 2013.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:"I am incredibly impressed by what this group has achieved. The Lupton Trust has inspired and empowered people, providing work experience for people suffering from mental illness, for disabled people, and for those looking for employment. It has built people’s confidence in their abilities and helped them to forge new social and business partnerships. The project has brought together a community that will leave a powerful and lasting legacy for future generations - it is an excellent example of the Big Society in action."
Lupton House is now open for functions, celebrations, community events and for guided tours on the last Wednesday of each month.
The Italian Garden is a unique asset to the estate and is in the process of being restored.
In its short life Lupton House has become a thriving centre for the community and has now become financially self-sustaining through a combination of renting space including private hire, weddings, community events, workshops, shop and a cafe.
The Coach House Cafe is now a delightful cafe open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 3pm with FREE parking.
The building is maintained primarily by our extensive group of volunteers but also by payment in kind from tenants. The project is underpinned by an environmentally sustainable plan for the building and grounds which will include minimising the environmental impact of the organisation and those using its facilities.
A fire early this century added to the deterioration of the building. Lupton House is now been restored to an elegant and luxurious venue and is open for weddings, concerts, family celebrations, public events and workshops to the benefit of all.