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Featured holiday home – Abbots Manor

Hot off the press

A big Georgian house for sociable house parties of friends and family…

Welcome to Abbots Manor, a splendid big house in the lush green Devon countryside of the Otter Valley, not far from the World Heritage ‘Jurassic Coast’.


Rambling over three storeys, there’s space and comfort for 16 guests and with easy access from the A30, it’s in a great location for everyone (plus pets) to gather after work on a Friday.


With space comfort and character, it’s a house for relaxing and enjoying good company and the finer things in life.


A barbecue and long table in the garden, with its views over fields, makes a lovely spot for dining alfresco.


The well-equipped play area, complete with swings slide, sandpit, Swiss play house and trampoline means endless fun for children.


For older children and the young at heart, a camp fire area is ideal for toasting marshmallows and story-telling around the fire.


Period features and antique furniture blend comfortably with 21st century comfort, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.


The elegant drawing room has a cosy woodburner and a Bechstein grand piano for duets.


You’ll all gravitate to the kitchen, the heart of the home with its relaxed farmhouse style and four-oven electric Aga.


The red-walled dining room is a splendid place for dinner. Light the lamps and the candles – dressing for dinner is optional. Caterers will cook for you if you prefer.


Stairs curve up to the first floor, via a lovely light morning room off the half-landing, now with some modern additions of a home cinema, PlayStation2 and Xbox.


The eight bedrooms are all light and spacious, all except one with the choice of twin beds or big doubles.


Peacefully set on the top floor are four lovely bedrooms, all en suite, far removed from their origins as servants’ quarters.


Abbots Manor accommodates 16; prices from £1,370 per week (£86 per person per week, based on 16 sharing). Pets welcome. 40% discount for the weekend commencing 8th April - now only £744. “A real treat to stay in,” said a happy guest.


Christine Phillips
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