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Great Bidlake Manor

Bridestowe, near Lydford, Devon (Ref. 975845)

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “Amazing house to stay.”
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    • “We have just returned from staying in this amazing house Beautifull clean and espescially well equipped. Our comfort was paramaount. There is plenty to do both in the house and within a short distance, Thee were 11 adults, 2 children and 3 dogs yet we never felt at all on top of each other.The owners and caretaking staff have thouht of everything.”

    HAPPYHEV999, EASTBOURNE, December 2018

    • “This beautiful Manor House was everything we hoped for and more, exceptionally clean luxury accommodation which was very well equipped and the heated flooring and fires made it a lovely cosy retreat for a get-together for the whole family. The house has generous accommodation with enough room for people to have their own space if needed, but simultaneously providing informal and formal dining areas for the whole family and likewise with the sitting room. The open fires were the icing on the cake. We also loved the separate music room, the TV room on which to view either one's own DVDs or the wide selection provided. There was much else to take advantage of if so inclined, such as the study with a wide range of books, the pool room, darts board, second kitchen with full washing facilities etc. It was an idyllic setting and a really well furnished and thought out large family home that we felt privileged to have been able to experience. In fact, the whole experience made some wonderful family memories and we would love to return in the future.”

    Mr Billin, Hove, January 2019

    • “Beautiful house . We felt extremely well provided for. Plenty of utensils and it seemed that our comfort was paramount.. Local pub. The White Hart very friendly and welcoming --11 adults, 2 children and 3 dogs.... we had an amazing tme. Have already booked for next year. The house is clean, atmospheric, and well thought out. It is by far the best one we have stayed in.”

    Mr Clarke, Eastbourne, December 2018

    • “Great Bidlake Manor is an outstanding property ideally suited to quiet family getaways. It was immaculately presented and every comfort was provided. The games room was a real bonus but the beauty of the house and grounds was a permanent distraction for us. Thank you so much for a wonderful break away from it all.”

    Mr Davies, Milford Haven, November 2018

    • “The House was amazingly comfortable, with many added comforts. The bedrooms were large with excellent en suite facilities. Every comfort had been thought of and the kitchen was well stocked with facilities to cook. There were provisions provided for us eg. coffee, tea, tin foil, cling film, dishwasher tablets etc. All in all the best house we have stayed in.”

    Mr Inglis, Salisbury, November 2018

    • “Staying in Great Bidlake Manor feels like a cross between a luxury country hotel and a family home. Everyone in our party, from the youngest to oldest, thoroughly enjoyed their stay. The addition of tea and coffee in the kitchen, plus all the logs for the amazing fires, were a wonderful extra you don’t normally get in self catering. Everything had been thought of to make your stay the best ever !”

    Miss Jones, READING, October 2018

    • “This Manor is a stunning place to stay”

    Mrs Stedman, Haywards Heath, September 2018

    • “Ideal setting for a family holiday; perfectly safe/secure. Very many outdoor activities a short drive away.”

    Mr & Mrs Burton, FLEET, August 2018

    • “I have nothing but praise and thanks for the owners and caretaking staff at Bidlake . My one area for improvement would be the potholes in the approach drive , however it did not distract from having a good time”

    Mr Short, TAUNTON, May 2018

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The Property

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 'Solar' 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.
Note: Please note that a section of the drive at Great Bidlake will be replaced in 2019. Work will take approximately 1 week from Monday 25 Feb. During that time the Manor will remain fully accessible. The work is far enough away from the house that it will not disturb.

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).


2nd Floor1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Library Breakfast Room Boot Room Storage Entrance / Dining Hall WC Sitting Room Snug Music Room


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.


  • Central heating, open fire, underfloor heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for 15 cars
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm

Regional Information

Bridestowe, nr Lydford 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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Note: Arrival after 4pm.
    Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £500
    Note: Please note that a section of the drive at Great Bidlake will be replaced in 2019. Work will take approximately 1 week from Monday 25 Feb. During that time the Manor will remain fully accessible. The work is far enough away from the house that it will not disturb.
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.