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Cadhay, Ottery St. Mary, Devon, EX11 1QT

1 reviews


£2,246 - £3,732

Full Weeks

£3,145 - £5,776







Cadhay: Tranquil and beautiful - the setting for a stay of your dreams...

Sleeps up to 22 in 12 bedrooms with 8 bathrooms. Weekends from £2,246 to £3,732, full weeks from £3,145 to £5,776. For shorter stays please enquire.

If fully occupied, price per person per night is usually between £20 and £57.

  • Self Catering
  • Catering Available
  • Snooker or Table Tennis
  • WiFi
  • Wedding Facilities
  • Countryside Walks
  • Working Fireplace

Weddings at Cadhay - Your dream day. Your way. Seats up to 22 indoors and the total venue capacity is 150.

  • Civil Ceremony License
  • Self Catering
  • Catering Available
  • Gardens
  • Marquee Available


The main part of the house was built in 1550, although the Great Hall has roof beams dating from 1420 and 1470. An Elizabethan Long Gallery was added early in the 1600’s, forming a courtyard with the main house. Statues of Henry VIII and his three monarch offspring line each side. The courtyard was described as ‘one of the treasures of Devon’ by Sir Simon Jenkins, in his book ‘England’s Thousand Best Houses’.

Cadhay has 12 bedrooms, sleeping 22. There is further accommodation available in the Stables and Coach House – sleeping a further 12. Downstairs in Cadhay House there are three reception rooms (with furniture made by Rupert Thistlethwayte), kitchens, library and study.

The house sits in beautiful gardens (that carry their own fame), and that lead gently down to medieval fishponds.

There is lots to do in the area, Cadhay is located in Ottery St Mary, in the heart of rural East Devon, ten miles east of Exeter and six miles from the sea and beach at Sidmouth. East Devon is an ideal place to enjoy walks, along the lovely Otter Valley, around West Hill and Woodbury Common, and on the South West Coast Path. The nearby coastal stretch that extends across East Devon and West Dorset takes in the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, covering 95 miles of stunning coastline with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth’s history.

Cadhay is ideal for a party of friends or family, a wedding or special celebration. The capacity for wedding ceremonies is 110 people (40 in main house or 110 in garden/granary/tearoom) and 150 people for marquee wedding receptions.

For Special Offers or Last Minute Deals, please visit Cadhay’s website.


6 years ago

Cadhay, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1QT Cadhay will feature on the main Landed Houses site shortly but here is a preview. By chance much of the house was built around the same time as Pekes (reviewed above) in 1550. As with all old houses extensions have been added on and the result is a charming rectangular house with a courtyard in the centre. Outdoor furniture is provided in the courtyard for use in warmer weather and inside the dining room happily caters for all up-to-22 guests. Cadhay's grounds are impressive and its gardens are open to the public on Friday afternoons when public tours are conducted around the house (the only one I have seen with 'brown road signs' on surrounding roads!). There are two full-time gardeners who were hard at work when I arrived planting beds for the summer months and maintaining the winter ones. Of all the houses seen to date Cadhay is the only one with such extensive gardens, which explains why it is so popular for weddings. Inside there is a multitude of sitting rooms and plenty of seating - the main sitting room also has a fireplace and wood is included. All of Cadhay's downstairs rooms are light and airy with original features such as wooden beams on view. There is a good balance struck between having old paintings and furniture and the avoiding too much clutter. Upstairs the bedrooms are well presented, comfortable and clean. Some of the beds are four-poster, some regular doubles and some twins. Much of the bedroom accommodation and bathrooms are closer to the luxury end of comfort and if you are willing to pay a small premium for the privilege of living like kings and queens in Cadhay then it is a good bet. I have no criticism for it; the kitchen has both an Aga and regular cooker and the rest of the house over-delivers rather than under-delivers. One of our best options for those with a larger group than 18 and those that value gardens and comfort. In case readers are interested there are two additional properties available for rent a hundred yards away, though owing to dining room capacity in Cadhay they are considered completely separate (the dining room chairs in Cadhay are enormous!). It is also worth mentioning that wedding groups often have drinks on the first floor in the roof chamber (with original roof timbers) and on the same floor there is a gallery that is effectively a museum of household artefacts.


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