Great Bidlake Manor is an outstanding, Grade II* listed manor house on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park, a mile from Bridestowe, recently renovated to a luxurious standard in partnership with English Heritage. Since 1268 it has been the ancestral home of the Bidlake family, who are now celebrating 750 years as custodians, and was rebuilt around 1594 in the Elizabethan style. The estate was once vast, but Henry Bidlake, an ardent Royalist, sold part during the English Civil War to pay fines to Cromwell. Charles I reputedly stayed at Great Bidlake in 1644.The manor is surrounded by 13½ acres of gardens, woodland, two ponds (unfenced) and paddocks with uninterrupted views over rolling Devon countryside. The gardens are split into different areas with, at the front, a lawned courtyard (croquet), mature planting and specimen trees, large terrace (lighting, barbecue, chimenea) surrounded by striking stone walls, and lawns with bench looking over the River Lew valley (lovely sunsets) and ample space for outdoor games. To the rear of the house are a number of historic outbuildings, including an old cider press. Approached via an impressive tree-lined drive, the house sits grandly facing its gardens and land, a wonderful fairyland for all generations for games, alfresco dining, relaxing and star-gazing (telescope provided).The house has masses of space and a multi-room Sonos music system. An impressive dining hall with huge fireplace (open fire) bearing the family’s historic coats of arms greets you. Off this, a library and elegant living room, both with grand fireplaces (open fires); a cosy smart TV room; a fun music room with baby grand piano, guitars and other instruments; a big breakfast room (woodburner) off the kitchen (two dishwashers, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric range/gas hob, Italian granite worktops); rear hall with boot/cloak room (good selection of outdoor games); ground-floor loo. Two sets of stairs up to a huge landing called the 1/3Solar’ with ancient barrel-vaulted ceiling and quiet seating area (chess board), leading to five gorgeous bedrooms with 6' zip-linked beds (or twin) and either en suite bathrooms or shower-rooms; a simple games room (pool table, darts, smart TV, PlayStation 3, beanbags) on this level leads down 3 steep steps to a second modest fitted kitchen (washing machine, tumble drier, microwave, fridge-freezer, oven/separate hob). A further flight of stairs leads up to a sixth large bedroom (6' bed or twin) in the Tower on the second floor with its bathroom (suite plus hand-shower and separate shower) on the first floor.
All beds have fine Egyptian cotton linen; bathrobes provided. Additional z-bed available, by arrangement. Professional catering available. Damages Deposit £500. Arrival after 4pm. Country Life magazine described Great Bidlake Manor as ‘a rural idyll’; it’s a magical place for all kinds of gatherings with masses of room for everyone and easy access from the A30.
NB On Weds 10 Jan, 24 Jan, 7 Feb, 21 Feb, 7 March and 21 March 2018, volunteers from Plymouth University will be planting native trees in the grounds of Great Bidlake.
Bridestowe: village (pub, PO/shop) on the edge of Dartmoor, 2 miles from beautiful open high moorland and on the Granite Way cycle/walking trail between Okehampton (small town, golf, tennis, indoor swimming pool, cinema) and Lydford. Okehampton by road, 7 miles; Tavistock and Launceston (historic Cornish town), both 11 miles. Good base for touring Devon and Cornwall (easy access to A30).
Over three levels. Five first floor bedrooms with option of being super king double or twin, all with en suite bathroom or shower room. Top floor super king double or twin bedroom and bathroom with bath, shower, hand shower, WC and basin. Ground floor dining hall with open fire. Sitting room with open fire. Library with open fire. Music room. Breakfast room. Kitchen. Hall. Boot room. First floor games room and little kitchen.
Bridestowe Nestling among mature woodland on the western slopes of Dartmoor, the historic village of Lydford is a jewel in this area of outstanding scenic beauty. To the north, just half a mile away, the high tors come right down to the village edge, while to the south the River Lyd winds its way through Lydford Forest on its tumbling course northwards.
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