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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 hammer beam 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 walled patio with steps leading up into the kitchen/dining room. From the cobbled courtyard, an old barn door opens into a sloping, wild garden. A large, shared garden lies below part of the front elevation of West Challacombe Manor and continues in front of West Challacombe Cottage.
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: Logs can be pre-ordered in nets at £6 per net (one net will provide enough logs for a day).
A Fire Starter Kit, consisting of eco-fire-lighters and kindling can be pre-ordered for £6.50.
Further supplies can be ordered during your stay by calling the Contact Centre.
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 and stair gates have not been provided for the two staircases.
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.
Fly fishing: From 1st March to 30th September,a complementary day ticket for salmon and/or trout fishing on the East Lyn is available for guests, this can be collected at Watersmeet, open from 8am till dusk daily, for more information call 01598 763556
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 Sunday departure time of 6pm, at no extra charge.
Devon's a big and beautiful county with much to offer. From bucolic sleepy market towns to the miles and miles of coastline, much loved by surfers, swimmers, families, and walkers from all over the world, a trip to this special place will stay with you for ever. We have a great range of holiday options in Devon, from holiday cottages brimming with character and lovingly restored to our bunkhouses and bothies, all located on or near land in the care of the National Trust.
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.