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Ottery St Mary, Devon (Ref. 975994)

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2 Customer Review(s)

  • Mr Walter

    “An absolutely outstanding property, well appointed, comfortable and clean.”

    We were welcomed by the owner and his staff. The setting in gorgeous gardens was exceptional.

    We were welcomed by the owner and his staff. The setting in gorgeous gardens was exceptional.

    - Mr Walter, June 2019

The property

Cadhay - a mile from Ottery St Mary - is one of Simon Jenkins' "England's Thousand Best Houses", shortlisted by Country Life for the "finest manor house" award.

It is mostly Tudor, built c1550, with a long gallery added in Elizabeth I's reign.

The lovely sheltered central courtyard, the "Court of the Sovereigns", which is enclosed by the house and overlooked by most rooms, was a Jacobean addition.

Full of character but with modern comfort, Cadhay is beautiful and welcoming.

It is Grade I listed and you can marry here (please ask for details).

Approached along a shady avenue of limes, the whole house is yours, peacefully alone apart from a quiet 'home' farm beyond.

The magnificent 3-acre garden fades via a ha-ha into countryside and has fine trees, fountains and walkways, herbaceous borders, yew hedges, a ½ acre lake (once medieval fishponds, unfenced - children beware) and huge lawns (croquet available).

There is also a walled garden with well-tended allotments and 50 acres of farmland around.Inside, wonderful rooms, fine fireplaces, leaded windows, granite mullions, stucco ceilings, designer curtains, beautiful furniture, paintings.Georgian porch into entrance hall, off which a study (TV/DVD) with comfy seating for 4, and dining room with fireplace (woodburner) and mahogany table/chairs seating 14 (extension to 20).

From the dining room, three interconnecting rooms for sitting in: living hall with 18th century furniture, oak floor (rugs), woodburner, seats for 8, the main curving stairs; library with woodburner, TV/DVD, seats for 8; and drawing room with Georgian panelling, grand piano and seats for 6.

Another small study leads to the flower room and garden beyond.

Doors from the main rooms into the Court of the Sovereigns with huge table/benches for alfresco eating on summer evenings (additional seating and barbecue by west entrance).

Large farmhouse-style kitchen with 4-door AGA, electric range/induction hob, microwave, fridge, table/chairs seating 8; steps down to pantry (freezer, larder fridge); scullery with sink and dishwashers; utility room (washing machine, tumble drier).

Back stairs (fridge under) beside the kitchen.

Downstairs twin bedroom (zip-linkable to 6' double), Haydon, with en suite shower-room (suite).

Two loos.

Upstairs, seven more very good-sized bedrooms, most with lovely garden views.

Whetham - a corner double (handcrafted 5'6" half-tester) with garden view and en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower), The 'Whetham Annexe' - a smallish single (optional interconnecting door to Whetham) Single toilet and hand basin available to use at the end of the Long Gallery.

Sugar Plum - a corner double (5' four-poster) with Georgian panelling, window seat and double aspect windows, accessed via The Nursery or the Long Gallery.

The Nursery - with a single bed and interconnecting door to Sugar Plum, with panelling, double aspect windows, window seat and bathroom with free standing bath (standard taps), wash basin and door to separate WC.

Barton - a lovely double-aspect corner room with fine 5' four-poster double.

Bathroom with shower, toilet, basin and bath (with standard taps) Reibey - a double with view to front of the house.

Bathroom suite next door.

Paulet - the master corner bedroom with four-poster double (5'), double aspect windows and en suite bathroom (suite with roll-top bath plus hand-shower, optional door to landing).

On the same floor are the Long Gallery, with a fascinating display of historical items, and the quite magnificent Roof Chamber (one of the marriage rooms) with the arch-braced roof from the original Great Hall and fine oak furniture.

On the top floor are two separate attics, with five smaller bedrooms (sloping ceilings) which are comfy and smart:The East Attic: Peveril - a twin with en-suite bathroom (suite and shower attachment), and Newton - a twin (zip-linkable to 6' double); bathroom (suite plus hand-shower and separate shower) and large anteroom (table tennis)The West Attic: Peere Williams - a double (6' bed) with sitting room (TV) and en suite bathroom (suite, shower over bath plus hand-shower); McClintock - a twin with bathroom (suite with roll-top bath plus hand-shower) next door; Phyllis - a double (5'6) with shower-room (suite)So that's thirteen bedrooms, six bathrooms, two shower rooms, two bathrooms with separate showers, one bathroom with shower in bath, plus three separate loos.

Professional catering available.

Spring water.

Wedding licence.

Arrival after 6pm from May to September; after 3pm from October to April.

Short breaks for Friday start only.

Damages Deposit £750.

This is a fascinating and friendly home.

Ottery St Mary: small market town (sports centre, tennis, pubs, restaurants, church), amid rolling farmland and beautiful woods beside the River Otter, where Coleridge was born and wrote a sonnet to the river.

Honiton (sports centre/indoor swimming pool), 5 miles.

Exeter, 12 miles; the Coast Path and sea (and golf) at Sidmouth, 5.


2nd Floor1st FloorGround Floor

Drawing Room Living Room Library Dining Hall Court of the Sovereigns Entry Entry Office Kitchen Scullery Shower & WC Haydon Laundry WC WC Store Garden Room Study


  • Over three levels
  • 1 x ground floor twin bedroom (can convert to super king-size double) with en-suite shower room with shower, WC, basin
  • Seven first floor bedrooms: 1 x king-size half tester double with en-suite bathroom with bath, hand shower, WC and basin, 1 x single (with door to previous double), 1 x single and bathroom, with free standing bath, wash basin and door to separate WC, 2 x king size four poster double, 1 x double, 1 x king size four poster double with en suite bathroom with roll top bath, hand shower, WC and basin
  • Two bathrooms with bath, WC and basin (one with a separate shower)
  • Five second floor bedrooms in two attics: First attic: 1 x twin (can convert to super king size double), 1 x twin with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, basin, WC
  • Bathroom with bath, hand shower, separate shower, WC, basin
  • Anteroom with table tennis
  • Second attic: 1 x super king double with sitting room and en suite bathroom with bath, shower over, hand shower, WC and basin, 1 x twin with bathroom with roll top bath, hand shower, WC and basin, 1 x double with shower room with shower, WC and basin
  • Ground floor hall
  • Study
  • Dining hall with wood burning stove
  • Living hall with wood burning stove
  • Drawing room
  • Flower room
  • Kitchen with breakfast table for eight
  • Pantry
  • Scullery
  • Utility room
  • First floor Long Gallery
  • Roof Chamber.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, fridge, freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, 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 12 cars
  • Enclosed garden with barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property
  • Note: There is an unfenced lake within the grounds
  • Note: This property has a private water supply which is tested regularly
  • Note: This property has a wedding licence
  • Note: Check in time from 6pm
  • Note: No stag/hen or similar
  • Note: This property will only accept Short breaks from Friday
  • Note: Christmas and New Year change overs will be on the following dates; Monday 21st December 2020, Monday 28th December 2020
  • Note: Due to Coronavirus guidance, parties of more than 2 households will not be permitted.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £750.

About the location


Alfington 2 miles; Honiton 5.5 miles; Sidmouth 6.5 miles; Exeter 14 miles.

Ottery St Mary sits beside the River Otter and is well known for its literary connections to the poet Coleridge and for its beautiful church often referred to as a Exeter cathedral lookalike. Ottery St Mary is also famous for its traditional 'Tar Barrels' which attracts more than 3000 visitors on 5th November each year. Ottery has welcoming traditional Devon pubs and plenty of individual shops, offering quality local produce and a warm welcome to visitors. The area is a walkers’ paradise, with strolls along the banks of the River Otter or hill climbs offering magnificent views as far as Dartmoor. Nearby Escot Country Park is a fabulous wildlife visitor attraction for the whole family and the dramatic 20 mile stretch of Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site is a short drive from Ottery where resorts such as Seaton, Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth and Sidmouth are found along this stretch of coastline. An easy drive from Ottery is the cathedral city of Exeter with plenty of large shops, a wealth of museums, a theatre and many fabulous restaurants.

Note: Check in time from 6pm.

Note: No stag/hen or similar.

Note: This property only allows bookings with a Friday start day.

Note: Due to Coronavirus guidance, parties of more than 2 households will not be permitted.

Please note Christmas and New Year change overs will be on the following dates;

Monday 21st December 2020
Monday 28th December 2020

Monday 20th December 2021
Monday 27th December 2021

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season