Affinity @ Pickwell Manor
Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Pickwell Manor is a stunning period manor house set in the heart of the countryside in the hamlet of Pickwell, yet within walking distance of Putsborough beach and a short distance from the popular destinations of Croyde and Woolacombe. On site there are 6 acres of wonderful gardens and grounds including an Italian garden, sun terrace, walled garden and areas of woodland. There is also a tennis court and games room.
The 'Affinity' apartment has rooms on a spectacular scale that makes you aware that you are staying in a Manor house. The two family bedrooms and the lounge / dining room have spectacular views over the Italian garden, the rolling fields and the sea towards Hartland Point.
Why not check out our website for full details of our range of apartments and see our reviews on Trip Advisor.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Puttsborough 800 m|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exteter 60 km, Nearest railway: Barnstaple 14 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Affinity is accessed via the main manor house front door and is situated on the first floor at the head of the grand staircase. It is a light and bright apartment with over 2000 sq ft of space. You enter the apartment into an exceptionally large kitchen, dining & living space. It is perfect for chatting, letting the children play or watching t.v whilst cooking the dinner. This is a beautiful room with high ceilings and feature fireplace, original oak panel doors, elegant, neutral soft furnishings and a great sense of history. Comfortable, soft seating in the lounge area with a flat screen TV, Freeview and DVD player makes for a relaxing time for all the family. Feel free to enjoy the stunning views from the south-facing stone mullioned windows over the formal garden, countryside and coast.
The kitchen has fitted units, electric cooker, integrated fridge and freezer, microwave and toaster and is well equipped for your self catering holiday. A short walk down a corridor, containing one of the original fireplaces, will bring you out to four doorways.
The master bedroom is a spectacularly large room; furnished with a Super king mahogany sleigh bed. The room faces south with high ceilings and feature beams, and if you look out of the stunning stone mullioned window, you will see the Italian garden, surrounding countryside and even catch sight of the sea in the distance. This master bedroom also has a beautiful bath set on a raised white concrete platform.
The second bedroom has been furnished with the family in mind having a king size bed and a single bed. It too faces south and is both light and bright for much of the day. It has bedside cabinets and reading lamps, a wardrobe, chest of drawers, a basin and contemporary original artwork furnish the walls. The long window looks out onto the Italian garden.
The third bedroom is a twin room and has feature wood panelling and gorgeous stone mullion windows, it is equipped with twin single beds, bedside tables, reading lamps, and chest of drawers.
The bathroom consists of a bath, shower, and double sink set into a marble top. Some antique weighing scales lend as a wonderful feature to this room, and which surely cannot be accurate when we tried it out.
|Further details outdoors|
Being part of the Manor house 'Affinity' offers a large private section of the Manor house for you to enjoy, whilst also offering many advantages of being in a larger Manor house (6 acres of gardens, Tennis court, terrace with sea views, ample parking, amazing rural / coastal setting)
To see the full details of the Manor and its apartments, along with prices and availability visit the Pickwell Manor website which can be accessed using the link in the owner contact details section. Do also check out our reviews on Tripadvisor.
The West Country region
The North Devon coast provides a fantastic location for a holiday and Pickwell is the perfect base from which to explore the region. Situated on the ‘Golden Coast’ – an area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’ Pickwell is a few minutes from the coastal path and benefits from breath taking country and sea views. Under an hour from the M5 it also benefits from being one of the most accessible coastal sections of the West Country.
There are a whole host of wonderful places to explore within easy reach by car from Pickwell Manor (or by bike for the more adventurous). We are just 25 minutes from the western section of Exmoor National Park. This is the location of one of favourite walks at Heddon's Mouth (it has everything pub, stream, woodland, beach). Also situated in this part of Exmoor are the historic villages of Lynton and Lynmouth linked by their famous water powered railway and then further north is the village of Dunster with its 11th Century castle which provides a great day out.
Heading inland along the estuary is the Tarka trail cycle path leading from the local village of Braunton through to the market town of Barnstaple and then on to Bideford and Torrington along the old disused North Devon railway network . The route passes through the largely unspoilt countryside as it was described by Henry Williamson in his classic novel ‘Tarka the Otter’.
Going south from Barnstaple where the Taw and Torridge rivers meet is the quaint fishing village of Appledore –known as much these days for its book festival as for its fascinating fishing heritage. Just the other side of Hartland Point is another famous fishing village, Clovelly. Pickwell Manor actually has a sea view looking out towards Hartland. From the gardens we also have a view out towards the island of Lundy - known for its rugged walks and its migratory birds. Day trips can be arranged from nearby Bideford or Ilfracombe.
The area has a number of beautiful National Trust properties including Arlington Court and at Torrington is Rosemoor one of the RHS's flagship gardens.
At Pickwell we are completely spoilt with 4 amazing sandy beaches all within a short distance of the Manor. Croyde, Woolacombe, Saunton Sands and Putsborough are spectacular surfing beaches with beautiful golden sand and sand dunes. All the beaches have beach car parks if you don’t want to walk across the fields. You can find a video of the spectacular walk from Pickwell to Putsborough beach on the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6KlMuPTQLw
From Putsborough you can follow the route of the breathtaking coastal path around Baggy Point to Croyde. As you reach Croyde Sandleigh Tea rooms are perfectly situated for a well earned rest and a cuppa or maybe a cream tea http://www.sandleigh.info/ . Alternatively you walk along the 2 miles of sands from Putsborough beach round to Woolacombe beach and back for a perfect afternoons walk.
The hamlet of Pickwell is also just a 10 minute walk to the village of Georgeham (once home to Henry Williamson). In addition to the well stocked village shop & post office its also boasts 2 fantastic pubs The Rock Inn www.therockgeorgeham.co.uk and the Kings Arms www.therockgeorgeham.co.uk. They give any Pickwell Manor guest fantastic dining opportunities on their doorstep. Then just slighly further afield Braunton, Woolacombe and Croyde all have a good selection of restaurants or why not take a trip to the nearby fishing port of Ilfracombe and try Damian Hurst's restaurant No 11 The Quay. If you fancy a dining experience a little more off the grid then you might want to consider the family run Mortehoe Shellfish restaurant just a 15 minute drive along the coast.
The area provides a wealth of opportunities for sporting adventure whether on or off the water. Surfing, kayaking, kite surfing, coasteering, sailing, sea fishing and diving can all be arranged from local beaches or ports. For those who prefer to stay on land then rock climbing, horse riding, cycling, running, mountain biking, shooting and quad biking are all ideal activities that can be pursued locally. For those keen on a round of golf we are less than 15 minutes from Saunton Golf Club - with two championship courses that are amongst the West Country's finest.
Obviously we hope that you will get plenty of warmth and sunshine when you are staying at Pickwell and can get plenty of time on the beach and the freedom to explore without any cares. If however you get the odd rainy day here are a few ideas of activities in the locality:
For younger ones: Ice Skating & 10 pin bowling @Barnstaple; Indoor play centres @Ilfracombe & @Barnstaple; Ceramic painting @Braunton; indoor fun pool and slides @Croyde; Cinemas @Barnstaple & @Ilfracombe
For everyone: Cream tea at Sandleigh NT tea rooms @Croyde; lunch, tea or a glass of something stronger @Saunton Sands Hotel; Broomhill sculpture gardens restaurant and gallery @Muddiford; Arlington Court NT property & carriage museum; Pampering @Woolacombe Bay Hotel (gym, pool, steam room, sauna + spa treatments)
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17 Dec 2011
"We couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting for our large family reunion"
We actually rented out Affinity and Bliss to accommodate our family reunion of 5 families (19 people). We had high expectations of having an amazing time because we hadn't been under one roof for over 5 years and 2 families had travelled from USA for the occasion. However, the week literally couldn't have been more perfect. The way Affinity and Bliss accommodated each family giving us space if we needed it but also allowing ample room and resources for family dinners, games and fellowship, was awesome. The views were stunning from the rooms and even before the now improved redecorating we found the rooms so inviting and comfortable. The grounds were well taken care of and a joy to meander in. The 7 young children loved exploring the grounds and enjoyed time in the playroom. The sun shone for us all week which was an extra blessing and we quickly became acquainted with the many gorgeous beaches within easy access. The staff were extremely accommodating and friendly. They invited us all to 'Cream Tea ' on the patio one afternoon and that was a real highlight! I really can't say enough good things. The holiday for us was 'perfect" and a memory we will hold richly in our hearts. Pickwell Manor exceeded our expectations and we would go again in a heart beat.
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