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Sheafhayne Manor

Yarcombe, near Honiton, Devon (Ref. 975993)

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  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “Our third visit to Sheafayne Manor, a truly wonderful house and location, perfect for a large group. Really can’t fault it, if you have the opportunity to stay there, then take it.”

    Mr Jeffery, KINGSTON UPON THAMES, December 2018

    • “We have just returned from the fabulous Sheafhayne Manor and we cannot recommend this property highly enough. We were celebrating my 70th birthday,with family and friends aged from 6 to 79. This house with its amazing history was absolutley perfect in every respect. From the superb dining room with its long table that seated all 24 people in our party to the really well equipped kitchen and the super cosy drawing room with warm wood burner, it was perfect. Also the games room which kept the children entertained for hours. We had a delicious dinner cooked by the lovely Caroline Hopcroft. I will never forget this special birthday celebration in this wonderful house!!”

    Mrs Thomas, Plymouth, December 2018

    • “The new sofa's and cooking range where an excellent upgrade, and added even more to the enjoyment of Sheafhayne.”

    Mr Brown, CHARD, November 2018

    • “A beautiful house, very comfortable, clean , warm. Plenty of toilet paper, dishwasher tablets, soap and logs for the fires non of the leave a few bits of everything then you have to buy your own, especially logs which at some properties we have had to go to the local petrol station to pick up.The kitchen was fantastic fully equipped. If anything the Television in the main room needs upgrading to a smart one so you can get i player. The current screen is far too small for the size of room and the speakers are shot, when you turn up the volume they distort. Bedrooms were all good and the grounds were lovely must be fantastic in summer.”

    Mr Bradley, London, November 2018

    • “Once again, Helpful Holidays has provided a perfect holiday. Sheafhayne Manor is a magical place, steeped in history and providing wonderful accommodation for a big group. With more than one of everything (including two dishwashers) it is a very easy place to stay, and with the snooker table and excellent games room, we spent a fair part of our stay just hanging around and enjoying the rest. We can not recommend this accommodation highly enough.”

    Mr Branch, WELWYN, October 2018

    • “The pictures of Sheafhayne Manor on the website did not do it justice, the rooms and gardens were much better than I expected. The house is perfect for parties and very well equipped. I can thoroughly recommend the caterer too, Caroline Hopcraft, who cooked an amazing dinner for us all. The mattress of the four poster bed in the Alexandra's room dipped in the middle, so very uncomfortable. The Francis Drake bedroom had the best views.”

    Mrs Masters, Reading, October 2018

    • “This was our fourth or fifth stay at Sheafhayne so it met our expectations. We love this house. There was a problem with the hot water which was fixed as soon as I rang the owner. Very good service. A fabulous house in which to celebrate my husbands 70th Birthday. Thank you.”

    Mrs Russell, BASINGSTOKE, October 2018

    • “The longer we stayed, the more we all began to fall in love with the house and grounds. First impressions were 'a little tired' but, having spent the week at the manor, we realised that the 'tiredness' added to the charm and charisma of the property. Would definately book again!”

    Mr Street, KNUTSFORD, July 2018

    • “We had an excellent time in a wonderfully characterful and well-equipped house. The Manor House is in beautiful grounds and enabled our group of 19 adults to have plenty of space to mingle and separate as appropriate. Despite the size and the age of the building, which is an attraction in itself, it had a very homely, relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. Highly recommendable! Helpful Holidays were easy to communicate with, friendly, helpful and informative in their management of the holiday.”

    Mr Deacon, LONDON, June 2018

    • “We booked a week at Sheafhayne Manor for a family gathering ranging from 9 months to 84 years. It was the perfect place for us - clean and comfortable but well worn which makes a more relaxed holiday as you aren't worrying constantly. The owner, Nicola, was very friendly and helpful especially at the beginning as the Aga had stopped working the previous week. The extensive grounds were a delight for adults, children and dogs. The plants are varied and interesting and helpfully plotted out in the information pack. The house offers a variety of places to congregate. Some people preferred to relax in the drawing room, while others played board games in the kitchen, snooker in the billiard room or table tennis down in the games room. On the warm days we were to be found relaxing or playing games in the garden. As a previous reviewer said it's easy to lose people! The Manor is very old and has the warmth of a happy home. The floors are uneven and there are steps in surprising places which could be tricky for the elderly or for toddlers. We immediately settled in and felt comfortable, although it took a while to find where everything was. We must have walked miles backwards and forwards looking for stuff we'd put down! Our dogs had an absolute ball. One of them took one look at the packed car yesterday and ran back into the house. It was equally hard for us to leave and we will definitely return in the future. Thank you to Nicola and the Helpful Holidays team for their hard work.”

    Mrs Newcomb, WANTAGE, May 2018

    • “We hired Sheafhayne for my 50th birthday weekend with friends, and it, by far, exceeded expectations. We had absolutely everything we needed, including heaps of kitchenware, utensils, etc. everything was just there to hand. Towels, loo rolls, bin liners, matches, sellotape, wine coolers in fact, everything you need. The area is beautiful, with good pubs within walking distance, which served good food and beer. The property itself is amazing, there is so much room for large groups that you can actually loose each other. There's loads of room around the property for croquet, boule etc and a gorgeous outside eating terrace. The owners were really helpful, with good communication if needed, they even put a huge Bar B Q out for us. Just a wonderful magical place, with steeps of history. When we left, I picked up some postcards of the property, produced by local artists, and have sent them to our friends as a reminder of our great weekend. I really hope we shall return to Sheafhayne one day, but until then we have wonderful memories and photos of a place of which words are not enough. Thank you so much, J McLachlan”

    Mrs Mclachlan, Andover, April 2018

    • “It's nearly time to seriously consider putting new baize on the snooker table. I'm sure we're not alone in booking Sheafhayne every year and the opportunity to spend the weekend playing snooker is one of the main attractions. The table is starting to show its age and would new baize be such a huge expense?”

    Mr Poole, Bristol, March 2018

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The Property

A mile from Yarcombe, Sheafhayne is a superbly positioned, Grade II*, Elizabethan manor house, likened by the Sunday Times to 'a full-sized game of Cluedo'. Originally a medieval hall house and the shooting lodge of Sir Francis Drake's Yarcombe estate which has been in the same family for 400 years and has 2,500 acres of farmland (beef and dairy cattle) through which flows the River Yarty (trout fishing available). You are welcome to visit the farm. Large and beautiful garden with lawn fading via a ha-ha into countryside. A wild garden/orchard with mown paths is at the end of a pergola walk with wisteria and a perfectly placed seat; nearby, a stream (unfenced). On the other side of the huge lawn (croquet) is a shallow rill (unfenced). Huge games room (pool table, air hockey, table tennis, table football) in the garden. In front of the house is a flagstoned and paved terrace and, through a stone arch with wrought iron gate, a sunken garden, very sheltered and peaceful. The entrance to the house is from a formal courtyard with fine views over the estate. The house has tremendous character and the beams, Tudor panelling, flagstones, mullioned windows, old oak floors and doors are wonderful. Big stone porch and heavy oak door to flagstoned, panelled hall with huge, medieval, ornamental fireplace, beams and window seat. Off it, oak-panelled drawing room with woodburner and TV/DVD. Billiard room - another huge, long room with large windows, William Morris-designed wallpaper, seats, massive fireplace (woodburner) and full-sized billiard table. Off this, an ante-room leading to shower-room (suite) and a twin bedroom (zip-linkable to 6' bed) with lovely views across countryside. The dining room (banqueting room) has carved ornamental fireplace, piano, iPod dock and dining table seating 24. Next door, kitchen/breakfast room with 4-door Aga plus electric cooker (double oven/ceramic hob), big island, breakfast table with window seats, two dishwashers, microwave, two fridges, big freezer; beyond, a small children's playroom (TV/DVD) and proper old-fashioned larder/wine store and butler's pantry, laundry room (washing machine, tumble drier), downstairs loo and back door to stables and enclosed grassed courtyard (good for young children: toys, sandpit, barbecue). Four staircases (from billiard room, hall, back scullery, and one steep, boxed-off spiral) up to ten more bedrooms, five bathrooms (suites, two with separate showers), four shower-rooms (suites); all bedrooms are en suite except two which share one large shower-room (suite). Some rooms have interconnecting doors; however, all can be bolted and individually accessed. Some have lovely panelling, others exceptional views; three have clothes-hanging space on their landings. 'Alexandra's' has a 7' long, 5' wide four-poster bed. There are four more double bedrooms (5' beds) and four twin rooms (linkable to 6' doubles). 'The Playroom' has four single beds or a double. Logs included. Spring water. Professional catering and ready meals available. Maid service available, by arrangement. Heated games room/old ballroom available to hire for functions by arrangement (extra). Damages Deposit £500. Floor plan available. Pub, 1½ miles. A fabulous house in the loveliest east Devon countryside, a welcoming, remarkable place for special occasions and family gatherings.
NB. A recent test of the water supply at Sheafhayne indicated a nitrate level of 50.9 mg per litre, which is marginally higher than the World Health Organization's recommendation of a maximum of 50 mg per litre for consumption by infants up to the age of six months. Maximum recommended nitrate concentration for other consumers is 100 mg per litre. The water is currently being treated and, in the meantime, bottled water is provided for babies.

Yarcombe: pretty, tiny Devon village (pub, church) in meadows and ancient woods on the edge of the Blackdown Hills. Nearest towns, Chard, 5 miles, and Honiton (sports centre), 7½ miles. Within 10 miles is the 'Hamstone country' (golden villages, Elizabethan Nat. Trust houses/gardens). The south coast at Lyme Regis, Seaton, Beer or Sidmouth, 15-20 miles.


1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Store Store Butler’sPantry BoilerRoom CloakRoom Flower Room Dining Room Drawing Room Entrance Hall Billiard Room Study Lobby WC


Eleven bedrooms. On the first floor: 5 x king size doubles (one with four poster), 4 x twin (can convert to super king double), 1 x family room with four singles (or double). Five bathrooms with baths, WCs and basins (two with separate showers). Four shower rooms with showers, WCs, basins. Ground floor twin (can convert to double) bedroom. Ground floor shower room with shower, WC, basin. Hall. Drawing room with wood burning stove. Billiard room. Dining room. Kitchen/breakfast room. Playroom. Larder. Butler's pantry. Laundry. Garden games room. Heated games room/old ballroom available to hire for functions by arrangement (extra).


  • Central heating, electric fires with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone incoming calls only only, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Two Cots and highchairs available on request, Off road parking for 24 cars
  • Extensive lawned garden
  • Four well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Note: This property has a private water supply which is tested regularly
  • Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £500

Regional Information

YARCOMBE Situated in the heart of the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Devon/Somerset border lies the village of Yarcombe, just 7 miles from Honiton. Yarcombe's village centre is small with its historical Norman church, old inn with monastical roots, village hall and cluster of houses, but its many outlying farms and hamlets make Yarcombe a large parish with a very active community. in Devon . With wonderful fields, hedgerows, woodlands and isolated farmsteads this is rural living at its best.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.