M274 - Parnacott
Cottage | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 14
2 miles seaward of Holsworthy and 7 miles from Bude is Parnacott House, a beautiful, mainly Georgian house (some parts 17th cent.), Grade II listed, in the same family since 1580 (Pepys and John Graves Simcoe, founder of modern Ontario, were ancestors), set in 12 acres of gardens and grounds surrounded by fields, rich in lawns, Victorian rhododendrons, an old pond (fenced), flowers, shrubs, lots of mature trees and plentiful wildlife, especially birds. Parnacott is approached down ¼ mile of private, tree-lined lane.
This is a superb, extremely comfortable house/home with excellent family furniture and portraits (Dryden in the drawing room, the Earl of Sandwich in the dining room; no Pepys, but his assistant and relative, John Creed, who helped him re-build the Navy after the Dutch spoilt it). Big, square, high rooms with large windows, beautifully decorated and furnished, with flowers from the garden among other homely touches.
Hall with grandfather clock; sunny, peaceful, comfortable drawing room with open fireplace, and formal dining room with lovely Welsh dresser, both with big windows overlooking the garden; large, slate-floored beamed children's room with sofas, TV/video, toys, dressing-up boxes, puppet theatre, children's videos, PlayStation 2, Wii and pool table; very well-equipped kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, larder fridge, electric range-style cooker) and pretty breakfast/sitting room (woodburner) with TV/DVD; and from the rear hall a door leads to a ground-floor wing comprising a step into a twin bedroom (TV) which leads to shower-room (suite), utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, fridge-freezer, sink), door to forecourt, and 2 steps (handrail) into sunny small double bedroom (footboard).
Two staircases - the main one gentle, elegant, three-tier with sky-light - lead up to five more bedrooms – the beautifully spacious and comfy master double (5' four-poster bed) with mahogany furniture, washbasin and south-facing views over the gardens; equally beautiful twin (linkable to 6' double, washbasin), also south-facing, overlooking the garden; pretty 17th cent. double (5' bed) with 2 steps down to large bathroom (suite plus bidet) en suite; twin (washbasin), wood-panelled to dado rail, with connecting door (lockable) to another twin bedroom with washbasin; second bathroom (suite plus separate power-shower) and shower-room (suite, power-shower). Daily domestic help available (extra).
Outside, barbecue, croquet, boules, badminton, quoits, soft ball, swing, trapeze bar, sandpit and ride-on toys for little children. Table tennis in open-sided barn. Lots of outdoor space for playing. Bicycles can be hired locally (owners provide 'best route' map); riding stables locally for all standards of riders; clay pigeon shooting available locally. Professional catering using fresh, locally sourced produce available.Altogether, a peaceful, elegant, gentle place with friendly owners, there if you wish help, otherwise unobtrusive. They live in a lovely cottage attached to the side of the house with its own walled garden. Only 20 minute drive to the South West Coast Path and beautiful surf beaches (bodyboards, buckets/spades provided). Damages Deposit £350. Arrival after 4.30pm.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 7 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Pool or snooker table|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Double beds (3)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
Please bring your own beach towels.
The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 5 star.
The West Country region
North Devon: its coast is perhaps the most varied of all, from Hartland Quay with its tremendous cliffs and multi-coloured rocks like dinosaurs' backs, via car-free Clovelly village tumbling to the sea, and the estuaries of the river Torridge (where Tarka lived) and river Taw, and Braunton's wilderness of sand dunes (all good for birdwatching), to the best sand/surf beaches in Devon at Saunton (the West Country's best golf course too), Croyde and Woolacombe, all the way to Exmoor.
The main town is Barnstaple - busy, thriving, not too big. The Tarka Trail cycleway (bicycles for hire) follows, very attractively, the river Torridge from deep inland to the sea and on past Instow's good beach and lovely cricket ground to Bideford, from where Elizabethan merchantmen sailed. From Hartland Point's lighthouse, great views to Lundy Island - and from Ilfracombe ships (day trips) to it. In Appledore unusual ships are built and its heart is very pretty. Inland, woods and fields roll, sometimes steeply, with streams, rivers and farms, almost totally unspoilt - as is most of the coast. Its north-west, stretching from Hatherleigh to Hartland, is Devon's least changed, least visited, least inhabited part, a country of big fields, some forests, gently undulating, with long, long views beneath big skies where old men in their vegetable gardens look up as a car passes. Holsworthy is the main (very small) town, with square, market, firm purpose. The river Tamar rises in the Tamar Lakes (watersports, fishing). The roads are straighter and less high-hedged than most in Devon - and emptier.
Holsworthy: main town of this large, sparsely-populated, unspoilt farming area: small but important, down-to-earth yet lively with good market, attractive square, shops, pubs. Golf course and leisure centre (indoor swimming pool, badminton, roller skating). Fishing, sailing, windsurfing on Tamar Lakes, 4½ miles; river fishing not far. Sea/sand/surf/tennis/golf at Bude, 9 miles.
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13 Oct 2013
"A Grand country house.... One of our top 5 stays."
29 years of re-uniting for an annual holiday, Parnacott is easily in our top 5 list. We arrived along a driveway which sweeps round to the front of the house, there's a wow moment as we got ou… More
Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Parnacott and have passed your comments on to the owners. I hope your milestone 30th annual holiday is just as successful.
10 Jul 2013
"Amazing property, stunning setting, perfect stay with family of all ages"
Just back from a long weekend at Parnacott House with family ranging from 3 years to 80 years old. Beautiful property which felt warm and welcoming, like a home, but which was also very special. Old… More
Thank you very much for your kind comments - We agree that Parnacott really is a special location and are so glad that you and your family had such a wonderful holiday. I will pass your comments on to the homeowners as I am sure they too will be delighted.
17 Feb 2012
"Parnacott is the most amazing house and I thoroughly recommend it!"
We have just returned from a brilliant week at Parnacott. We are a number of families who come together every year for February half term. Parnacott is a fantastic house. It is beautiful outside an… More
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