3 miles from Holsworthy and 8 miles from Bude is Parnacott House, a beautiful, part-Georgian house (some parts 17th cent.), Grade II listed and in the same family since 1580. Pepys, Creed, Dryden and John Graves Simcoe, founder of modern Ontario, were ancestors of the current owners. The house is set in 12 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds surrounded by fields, rich in lawns, fenced wildlife pond, Victorian rhododendrons, flowers, shrubs, lots of mature trees and plentiful wildlife, especially birds. Parnacott has a wedding licence and you can pitch a marquee on site by prior arrangement (please ask us).This is a super, extremely comfortable and homely house with excellent furniture, family memorabilia and portraits. Big, square, high rooms with large windows, beautifully decorated and furnished, with flowers from the garden and other personal and many hand-made touches.Hall, off which a sunny, peaceful, comfortable drawing room with open fire and a formal dining room. Both rooms have big windows overlooking the garden.Children’s room with sofas, TV/DVD, PlayStation 2, Wii, toys, dressing-up boxes, puppet theatre, doll's house and half-sized pool table.Well-equipped kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, larder fridge, electric range-style cooker) and small step down to pretty breakfast/sitting room with woodburner and TV/DVD.The ground-floor wing has two bedrooms sharing a shower-room (suite, 1' step up to cubicle) - low step to a twin (TV) leading through to a small, sunny double (footboard).Utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, fridge-freezer, sink). Door to back yard (external private access to the double bedroom, if required).Upstairs (5'11" arch on landing, stairgate), five more bedrooms:- The master double (5' four-poster bed), beautifully spacious and comfy with mahogany furniture, washbasin and south-facing views over the gardens- A double (6' zip-linked bed or twin, washbasin), equally beautiful, also south-facing, looking over the garden- A pretty double (5' bed) with 2 steps down to en suite bathroom (suite, bidet)- A pretty blue twin (washbasin) with inter-connecting door (lockable) to- Another pretty twin (washbasin)Bathroom (suite with separate power-shower) and separate shower-room (suite, power-shower).Outside, table tennis in an open-sided barn and lots of outdoor space for playing.Barbecue, croquet, boules, badminton, quoits, soft ball and ride-on toys for little children are all provided.Bicycles can be hired in Bude (8 miles); surfing lessons; riding stables locally; clay pigeon shooting available locally, by prior arrangement.Professional catering using fresh, locally sourced produce available. Daily domestic help, baby-sitting and dog-sitting available (extra). Damages Deposit £500. Arrival after 4.30pm. Altogether, a peaceful, elegant, gentle place with friendly owners, there if you require help, otherwise unobtrusive. They live in a lovely cottage adjoining the house with its own walled garden. Only 15 minute drive to the Coast Path and beautiful surf beaches (children's bodyboards and buckets/spades provided).
Holsworthy: main town of this sparsely-populated, unspoilt farming area: small but important, down-to-earth yet lively with good market, attractive square, shops, pubs. Golf course and leisure centre (indoor swimming pool). Fishing, sailing, windsurfing on Tamar Lakes, 4½ miles; river fishing not far. Sea/sand/surf/tennis/golf/walking at Bude, 8 miles.
Seven bedrooms. Five first floor bedrooms: 3 x double, one with king size four poster and basin, one with super king bed or twin and basin, one with king size bed and en suite bathroom with bath, bidet, WC and basin, 2 x twin with basins. Bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC, basin. Shower room with shower, WC, basin. Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x twin leading into 1 x double. Shower room with shower, WC, basin. Hall. Drawing room with open fire. Children’s room. Kitchen. Breakfast/sitting room with wood burning stove. Utility room.
HOLSWORTHY Bude 10 miles; Barnstaple 25 miles. The ancient market town of Holsworthy lies nestled amid the rolling green hills of Tarka Country. There are many different landscapes within the region, from rugged cliffs and sandy beaches to rolling farmland and lush valleys. Holsworthy has much to offer, including a swimming pool, tennis court and splendid park with bowling green. The town centre boasts a varied selection of traditional shops, pubs and cafés, based around the market square. There is an 18-hole golf course just outside the town, while the local area is rich with opportunities for fishing, sailing, cycling and walking. The sandy beaches at Bude are within easy reach, while further afield visitors can explore the changing face of the South West Coastal Path, dramatic Exmoor and Dartmoor, and unspoilt Bodmin Moor, or simply relax in the quiet countryside that typifies North Devon.