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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/video. 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, fitted 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/video) 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 £300. 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.

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The place

Yarcombe: pretty, tiny 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.

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Electricity costs are included.

Towels are provided free of charge (but please bring beach towels).

Baby sitting
Baby sitting is available
There is a barbecue
There is a broadband internet connection. A WiFi connection is available free of charge.
A dropsided or traditional cot is available
Two dropsided or traditional cots are available
There are two dishwashers
DVD player
There are two DVDs
Electricity costs are included
There is one freezer
There are two fridges
Games Room
There is a games room
Groceries can be pre-ordered from the owner
This property has central heating
This property has electric fires and/or electric radiators
The property has a woodburner
Heating costs
Heating costs are included
High chair
Two highchairs are available
Linen, duvets and blankets are provided free of charge
Ready meals are available from the owner by arrangement
There is one microwave
Parking is off the public road on the grounds of the property. Parking for 24 standard sized cars.
Pets are welcome by arrangement
There is a phone for incoming calls only
There is a piano
Professional catering
Professional catering is available by arrangement
Short breaks
This property accepts short breaks.
Smoking is allowed at this property (but not in bedrooms)
Snooker table
There is a snooker table
Towels are provided free of charge (but please bring beach towels)
Tumble drier
There is one tumble drier
There are two televisions
There is a vineyard nearby
Washing machine
There is one washing machine

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Location:Yarcombe, East Devon, Devon
Changeover day:Friday
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Bedrooms: 11 ( 10 Double, 1 Family )
Star Rating

Since:This holiday home has been let by Helpful Holidays since 2001. See page 171 of our 2017 brochure
Good for:Large gatheringsDogsFarms

Its a charming house in every way, we had a wonderful week at Sheafhayne celebrating my mothers' 90th and enjoying the atmosphere of this special building. Thank you! David Brown


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