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West Challacombe Manor

Combe Martin, Devon

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Here is a rare and remarkable opportunity to live for a while in an important historic house, and to have it to yourselves! Close to Combe Martin, West Challacombe Manor is a fascinating fifteenth-century manor house on a commanding south-facing site with superb views over the surrounding countryside. The house has been beautifully and carefully restored and has many outstanding historic features including a magnificent oak hammerbeam ceiling, dating from around 1485, in the upstairs sitting room, and a sixteenth-century porch with coat of arms. It has a farmhouse-style dining kitchen with a Rayburn and a kitchen with slate floor. Outside, there is a large informal sloping garden to the side and rear with lovely views, and a walled patio to the front. Easy access to the south west coast path and a very short walk to the secluded Wild Pear beach.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
hall, twin bedroom, sitting room with wood-burning stove, kitchen/diner with Rayburn, scullery, dairy, utility room with lavatory.
First floor
large sitting room with historic ceiling, two bedrooms (1 double, 1 single), nursery/dressing room, bathroom with slipper bath and separate shower cubicle.
Visitor notes

Approach to cottage: To reach this utterly fabulous place to stay, access is via a single-track, rough lane with high hedgerows and limited passing opportunities.

Parking: Parking is available for two cars on the grassed area just opposite the large oak gates leading into the courtyard. After parking enter the oak gates to the cobbled courtyard and take care in frosty or wet weather or poor lighting conditions as the yard is uneven and steep

Heating: Oil central heating included.

Utilities: The water supply is private and should be used sensibly.

Logs/Charcoal: We offer a Fire Starter Kit consisting of eco kindling and firelighters for £6.50. Currently logs can also be pre-ordered at £5 per day or an unlimited supply of NT seasoned logs for £25 per week. From 1st September, logs will only be available for pre-order in nets at £6 each (one net will provide enough logs for a day).

Please Note: West Challacombe Manor is a significant historic building and farm of great beauty which may contain some risks for unsupervised children. In respect to the fabric of this building and to ensure the historic integrity remains unaffected, stair gates have not been provided for the two staircases and the windows in the Great Hall are not fitted with window restrictors.

The main entrance door to the Manor opens into the garden used by guests at the neighbouring cottage and should not be used for access.

Garden: There is a wild sloping garden with picnic bench.

Please be aware that there may be a bat colony present at the property and bats are a protected species. Should you need any assistance regarding bats during your stay, please contact our Contact Centre.

Offers: For any 2 night starting on a Friday, or 3 night starting on a Thursday, guests can benefit from a late departure time on the Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.

The manor can be rented with the adjoining West Challacombe Cottage allowing a total capacity of 9 making it ideal for a

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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Celebration
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

Coastal heath (Common heather, Bell heather and Western gorse) lining the coastal path in late summer on the hillside above Heddon's Mouth near Lynton, North Devon. © David Noton

North Devon with its outstanding coast, glorious moorland, plunging wooded valleys and remote, unchanging rural landscapes inland - has so much to offer the visitor, no matter what type of holiday you are looking for. While on the coast you will find miles of sandy beaches at places like Woolacombe and Croyde, and some of the finest surf in Britain (whether you?re a beginner or a pro), interspersed by long and lonely stretches of dramatic soaring cliffs and rugged headlands, with the South West Coast Path running all the way along the coast, guaranteeing some exhilarating walking, the beautiful wooded valleys and winding rivers of Exmoor National Park add a softer touch to the landscape around the fringes of the high bare moorland. To the north of Exmoor are the dramatically picturesque seaside towns of Lynton and Lynmouth and to their west, the pretty villages of Parracombe and Combe Martin are the gateways to some breathtaking valley and coastal scenery. This is a landscape which captured the imagination of the 19th century Romantic poets and provided the inspiration for Lorna Doone and continues to thrill and delight all who discover it today. The River Heddno runs through Parracombe and then down through the wooded Heddon Valley, a paradise for butterflies and wild flowers, before reaching the sea at heddon\'s Mouth. Combe Martin is a fomer mining village in a sheltered valley that reaches the sea at a beach and harbour beneath the towering drama of the heath-clad cliffs of Little Hangman, with Great Hangman beyond. Like the Heddon Valley, a good network of footpaths here allows for some splendid and challenging walks to be enjoyed through this remarkable landscape. Nearby is lovely Arlington Court with its estate, house and garden and the National Trust Carriage Museum. Ilfracombe, Barnstaple and Bideford bring a bit of seaside sparkle. Inland, there are historic market towns and hidden villages in the lovely unspoilt valleys of the Taw and the Torridge. Activities in the area include birdwatching, cycling, fishing, horse riding, surfing, walking and water sports.

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  • Minehead and West Somerset Steam railway
  • Porlock and Porlock Weir
  • open top double decker bus links Minehead to Lynmouth through the Exmoor National Park
  • South West Coast Path.
  • Bird watching
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • horse riding
  • surfing
  • walking
  • water sports.
National Trust places to visit
Heddon Valley
Heddon Valley Towering cliffs, secluded coves and a beautiful wooded valley within Exmoor National Park
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum Intimate and intriguing Regency house, set in extensive estate, and impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles
Watersmeet Dramatic river gorge and ancient woodlands near the rocky North Devon coast
Holnicote Estate
Holnicote Estate Varied landscape of moorland, woods, farms and coast, rich in wildlife
Dunster Working Watermill
Dunster Working Watermill Fully restored watermill
Dunster Castle
Dunster Castle Ancient castle with fine interiors and subtropical gardens

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • February 2015
    • ----------------
    Wonderful cottage

    Condition of the cottage was wonderful. Exceptional. Wonderful quiet location. Spectacular views. Exceptional interior. Very historic. A privilege to stay there.

  • Stephen Mawby
    • October 2013
    • England

    Overall standard at cottage was amazing - perfect!

  • J Hollings
    • June 2013
    • Reading
    A glorious setting!

    I had complete satisfaction with my Holiday at West Challacombe which was the most beautiful, historic building in the most glorious setting I have ever stayed in. This is the most important aspect of a holiday rental for me, but the fresh flowers and tea tray laid out ready is a lovely welcoming touch. We have been so pleased with our recent holidays in Shedbush Farm in Dorset and Risemoor in Northumberland that we will never stay anywhere in the UK other than with the National Trust. Thank you so much!

  • Hilary Morton
    • June 2013
    • Scottish Borders
    Peace & tranquility

    Impossible to describe what made West Challacombe Manor special ~ peace, tranquility, being part of somewhere with so much history. It was possible to feel the warm presence of people being in the house for over 500 years. The physical warmth of the building made it cosy too.

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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