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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 hammer beam ceiling, dating from around 1485, in the upstairs sitting room, and a sixteenth-century porch with a 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. A little further afield is the stretch of coast at Heddon Valley and Woody Bay to the east. Within walking distance is the thriving village Combe Martin, with shops, pubs, restaurants and its own beach.

There is easy access to the South West coast path and the secluded Wild Pear beach is a very short walk away. Why not take a look at our other holiday cottages in Devon.

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 with 5' bed , 1 single), nursery/dressing room, bathroom with slipper bath and separate shower cubicle.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil central heating included.

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.

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

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm.

Logs: Logs can be purchased at the time of booking or whilst at the cottages for use on the fire.

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.

Garden: There is a wild sloping garden with picnic bench and a walled terrace with a table and chairs. There is also a front garden which is shared with West Challacombe Cottage.

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.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub Nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Celebration
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge
  • 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

The exterior of Higher Brownstone Farm, Coleton Fishacre, Devon  © Mike Henton

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.

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


Comments from past visitors

  • Mrs Hilder
    • May 2016
    • Cheshire
    Fabulous place

    West Challacombe Manor is a fabulous place and it feels like a privilege to be able to stay there. Glorious setting, all mod cons but an historic building of such character.

  • Anonymous
    • March 2016
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable...

    The Manor House is an extraordinary building equipped to a very high level. To discover the cliffs over Wild Pear Beach are such a very short walk away from the house was a perfect delight. We couldn't have been happier.

  • Mr Wilkinson
    • December 2015
    • UK
    Made enjoyable...

    We loved visiting local NT properties on cold wet days and coming back to relax in front of the lit wood burner on an evening.

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