Manor House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 19 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden


Boreat Manor is situated in rural Atherington, an idyllic village in the heart of Devon. A lovely old Barton Manor Farmhouse in a courtyard setting with ten acres of landscaped garden, including a lake and small wooded area, wildlife ponds, meadows and paddocks as well as formal gardens. Dating back to 1066 and steeped in history this property has retained many of its original features and is a beautiful place to spend a relaxing holiday in true tranquility with stunning views over the Devonshire Dales yet close to the rugged North Devon Coast a surfers paradise with its miles of sandy beaches. Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks are within easy reach and visible from the property especially in winter when the moors are nearly always covered in a dusting of snow. Boreat Manor stands on the site of a much older medieval manor and takes pride of place in a courtyard of 4 properties, the other three properties being large converted barns which once were part of the Manor of Boreat but today are privately owned beautiful properties. The house sleeps 12 people formally, and a further 2 people informally, sleeping a total of 14 people.


Ground Floor – The front door opens into an entrance vestibule complete with a traditional Butler's Bell system, leading through a large oak gothic style door into the stunning hall with its original flagstone flooring. The manor house is a traditional Barton cross passage farmhouse and off of the hall guests will find a large well proportioned airy and comfortable sitting room with a beautiful stone fireplace and a huge open fire. This room has a large lead glass window looking out into the courtyard (which was originally the farmyard). Opposite is the oak panelled drawing room an impressive and traditional room with a secret door and a gothic style fireplace housing a wood burning stove. There is a very large lead glass window looking into the courtyard, this was once the room where the gentlemen of the house would retire.

Continuing down the hallway past the big oak staircase and downstairs shower/utility room guests will enter the very old part of the house, which is a large medieval room of stone and timber construction, heavily beamed with stairs leading to a galleried bedroom area with vaulted beamed ceiling and an old medieval fireplace. From this room are double gothic oak doors leading to the conservatory with views over the garden and surrounding countryside.

NB - An initial small supply of logs is provided, and more can be added to your basket when booking.


Further down the hall is the door to the traditional farmhouse kitchen with an inglenook fireplace housing the range cooker and original bread oven. A truly lovely farmhouse kitchen with an abundance of traditional cream units, granite work surfaces, belfast sink, a huge central island unit. This really is a lovely old room with heavily beamed ceiling and nooks and crannies, it really does take you back to the past. There are far reaching views from this room across the garden and surrounding countryside. It is big enough for everyone to come together to prepare meals for whatever the occasion. Includes: Electric cooker with 4 ovens and 6 ring hob, extractor fan, dishwasher, washing machine/tumble dryer, toaster, kettle, microwave, juicer, coffee Maker, TV, fridge/freezer, separate fridge and a separate freezer.

Off the kitchen is the pantry, boot room/drying room. From the kitchen there is an old passageway leading to the very large breakfast room/dining room which also doubles as a games room.There is a large refectory style pine table with seating for up to 14 guests together with a lovely old pine dresser. One corner of the room has been set aside with children in mind and there you will find a two seater sofa and a large toy box to keep them amused. A double set of French doors lead down two steps to the rear courtyard patio and gardens beyond with beautiful views across the valley.


Another flight of stairs leads the main landing and the bedroom accommodation of the main house as follows:

Bedroom 1: The Tudor Room with en-suite shower room, four-poster bed and double sofa bed. There is central medieval style chandelier and gothic style wall lights to complete the medieval look. The leaded light window looks out over the central courtyard to the front of the property (originally the farm yard)

Bedroom 2: The Cromwell Room with en-suite shower room, traditional double iron and single pine bed. A pretty room with a feature fireplace and oak over mantel. This room is light and airy and the lead light window looks out over the pretty central courtyard to the front of the property.

Bedroom 3: The Isaac Room with double and single bed. You enter this room by stepping down a small flight of oak stairs with balustrading to one side. A very large pretty room with high ceilings and feature stone walls to two sides. With chandeliers, medieval wall lights and a traditional iron bed this is a lovely room to sleep in with lots of space. This room shares the luxurious main bathroom off the half landing.

Bedroom 4: The Apple Store with two single beds. Originally the apple store this is a very pretty room with a wealth of oak beams and high vaulted ceilings. Guests enter this room down a small flight of oak stairs with balustrading to one side.

Bedroom 5: Above the medieval room to the rear of the house there are stairs leading to the galleried bedroom with a double and single bed.


Bathroom 1: First Floor – Proceeding up the old oak staircase on the first landing is the luxurious main bathroom, a huge stunning room, with dual aspect windows and a vaulted beamed ceiling. A truly fabulous room with wrought iron traditional wash basin stands, gothic wrought iron mirrors, a large free standing bath and a huge double walk-in shower with seating. There is a baby changing station in this room together with a large built-in linen cupboard.

Bathroom 2: En suite shower room to The Tudor Room.

Bathroom 3: En suite shower room to The Cromwell Room

Bathroom 4: Downstairs WC/shower room.


Barbeque and Seating Areas

Surrounding the house are several large patio areas and in the courtyard patio to the rear of the property is a fixed built in barbeque area with tables and chairs. Behind the conservatory is a lovely circular patio with a large round outdoor dining table with seating for up to 12 people. There is a huge patio area off the main car parking area with seating areas and is an idea place for children to play or to simply sunbath or admire the glorious view. At night the sky is full of stars and as we have virtually no light pollution here the night sky can be simply stunning and if you look hard enough you are sure to see a shooting star. If you venture through the paddock down to the small woodlands and in to the paddock beyond you will find further purpose built seating areas.

The Large Pond and Woodlands

Beyond the paddock is the large pond surround by a small woodland area and beyond that a further paddock. This is a lovely place to visit, especially in summer when there is an abundance of wild flowers and the smell of freshly cut hay. In winter when it snows this can also be an adventurous walk through the deep snow and the kids will love being pulled down the gentle slope. The large pond is a haven for wildlife and it is not unusual to see deer grazing the paddock, wild geese on the pond and of course there is our resident Barn Owl and our noisy Little Owls which breed every year at Boreat and the babies can be seen visiting the bird table.

The play area is still under construction and we hope to have this completed ready for the summer holidays. At Boreat Manor children are important and we aim to provide a first class play area for children of all ages. The pictures above is an image of what we hope to achieve together with a sand tray and trampoline.

The Wildlife pond

Near the house is the wildlife pond which has now been fenced off from the main garden and surrounded by shrubs. Entry to the pond area is via a little wooden gate and here you can sit and feed the ducks. The ducks have their own floating house to keep them safe from foxes.

Stabling and Paddocks

Meet our horses and ponies, Amara, Whispher, Hickory and Morgan. The stables are located away from the main house and are accessed by the lane to the rear of Horseshoe Barn. You are welcome to visit the stables and help with the horses. Amara is a Belgium Warmblood and our daughter's competition horse, Whisper is a rescued young Dartmoor who is being broken in for driving and riding. Hickory and Morgan are native breeds and not always in residence. They are shortly to be joined by two miniature ponies which we are sure the children will love. You are welcome to bring your own horse by special arrangement.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Instow 19 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Exeter 80 km, Nearest railway: Umberleigh 3.5 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 16
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Swing set, Trampoline
Access Secure parking

The West Country region

Gently rolling Devonshire hills & valleys, the stunning coastline and miles of lush English countryside, make our landscape heaven for anyone who loves the great outdoors and the seaside. Exciting tourist destinations, mix fascinating history with a vibrant culture and delectable local food produce will tempt your taste buds.

Choice Cottages has hundreds of carefully selected holiday cottages within the West Country and aims to provide you a stay second to none, whatever your budget, however large your party size.


The River Taw of Tarka the otter fame runs through the valley and there are many nearby villages each with their own unique charm and character most with a quaint public house. A few miles away guests will find the historic towns of Barnstable (9 miles), Torrington (9 miles), the seaside town of Bideford (15 miles) and the market town of south Molton, the gateway to Exmoor (9 miles). The beautiful North Devon coast with its rugged coastline and miles of sandy beaches is just 14 miles away with Exmoor National Park 15 miles to the north east of the property and Dartmoor National Park 30 miles to the south. Both National Parks are visible from the property. The tarka line train stops in the village of Umberleigh 2 miles away giving access to Exeter, Barnstaple and the national rail network. Boreat Manor stands on the site of a much older medieval manor and takes pride of place in a courtyard of 4 properties, the other three properties being large converted barns which once were part of the Manor of Boreat but today are privately owned beautiful properties. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of farmland and woodland Boreat is an idyllic place to stay rural but near to all the attractions, National Parks and the endless miles of sandy beaches with the famous surfing beaches of Croyde, Saunton and Woolcombe being a short distance away.