Kestrels school 1947

About Knapp House

Knapp House is a traditional country house built in 1912 in the Art and Crafts style. An Exmoor retreat for the Stapledon family, who had made their money in shipping, it was the place where they indulged their love of the countryside, of hunting and fishing, and if local legend is to be believed, partying!  

Requisitioned during World War II to accommodate a boy's school from Surrey, the family continued to run it as a school after the War and it became known as Kestrels, a small prep school with an illustrious alumni. 

Mike and Michele Maltby moved into this lovely Exmoor House eight years ago after careers in the Royal Navy and television.