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 us 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 cent. 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 'Dressing Room' - a smallish single (optional interconnecting door to Whetham)The Nursery - a twin with panelling, double aspect windows and window seat Sugar Plum - a corner double (5' four-poster) with Georgian panelling, window seat and double aspect windows, accessed via The Nursery or the Long GalleryBarton - a lovely double-aspect corner room with fine 5' four-poster doubleReibey - a double with view to front of the house 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)Two more bathrooms (suites, one plus hand-shower) and loo. 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, 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 single with shower-room (suite)So that's thirteen bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two shower-rooms, 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.
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 twin, 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 hand shower). Five second floor bedrooms in two attics: First attic: 2 x twin (one can convert to super king size double). 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 single 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.
OTTERY ST MARY 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.
This property offers the following short breaks: