Cadhay

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

25 reviews

Weekends

£2,417 - £4,020

Full Weeks

£3,384 - £6,147

Sleeps

22

Bedrooms

13

Bathrooms

9

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

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Cadhay is a beautiful house in East Devon, perfect for family parties or special celebrations. There is room for 36 guests to stay over the weekend or a week; accommodation is offered in the main house, Stables, Coach house and Cider Press.

Cadhay House itself has 13 bedrooms, sleeping 22. Three of the bedrooms have four-poster beds, and there is a downstairs bedroom, with an en-suite with disabled facilities.

There is plenty of space in Cadhay for guests to enjoy their time together, whether that’s in the kitchens and comfortable reception rooms, the library or the study.

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

Further cottages on the estate can sleep 14; the Stables and Coach House sleep a further 12 (with 6 guests in each) and the Cider Press sleeps 2.

Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature

“Cadhay is a discreetly grand house, and has been refurbished to a high standard. It’s current owner, Rupert Thistlethwayte is a furniture maker of note, and Elizabeth Jane Howard used to write upon one of his desks. Rupert has made several of the fine pieces within the house, including a modern-take on a four-poster bed.”

About The Location

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.

Things To Do

Walking, obviously, but there’s also the lovely town of Ottery (the birth-place of Coleridge) to explore, and Otterton Mill to mosey around, to admire its arts and crafts.

All types of water-sports are available on the Exe, and up on Dartmoor you can do orienteering, rock-climbing and pony-trekking.

Weddings

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/Old Apple Store) and 150 people for marquee wedding receptions. The house holds a wedding license for a charming outdoor ceremony, or a ceremony inside in either the vintage barn (the Old Apple Store) or the stunning Roof Chamber, arch-braced with chestnut (Rupert’s grandmother believed the chestnut kept the cobwebs at bay).

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REVIEWS

2 months ago

Open only on a Friday afternoon 2-5pm with guided tours every 15 minutes. (the house is rented out and this is the changeover day). Manor set in beautiful grounds. Tour really interesting and lasts about an hour. Sovereign’s courtyard with 400 year old statues a star feature. Gardens with spring fed ponds are lovely with water lilies. Tea room with courtyard serves yummy cakes and cream teas. The allotments in the walled garden are well tended. Worth a visit!

3 months ago

Never being able to visit on the Friday (normal opening day), we visited yesterday (Saturday 25/08/18). It really was worth the wait. We had a guided tour of the house, which is so light and welcoming. The information received from the knowledgeable guide was very interesting. We didn't visit the tea room, because there was an added bonus. On our way to the house, we saw a summer fair advertised. It was such a lovely afternoon: there were lots of stalls, ice-cream, a bar, food, grand raffle - all in aid of St. Mary's Church Ottery St. Mary. The MC was fantastic. The entertainment was fabulous, with The Blackdown Steel Band, Ottery Silver Band and the amazing Johnathan Marshall Falconry and Spanish Horse display. The commentary from Jonathan during the display was emotional and the story of Picasso the one horse enlightening. Now I know about the annual summer fair I look forward to returning.

4 months ago

We visited Cadhay on a Friday afternoon - unfortunately the only time in the week it is open to visitors, which is a shame. It was busy from first opening at 2 pm. Tours of the house are guided and last about one hour. They seem to start at 30 min intervals. The guide was informative and personable and explained so much which would otherwise not be apparent. Gardens are lovely and the allotments rented by local residents are excellent. Didn't use the cafe but it looked excellent.

4 months ago

We visited Cadhay on a Friday afternoon - unfortunately the only time in the week it is open to visitors, which is a shame. It was busy from first opening at 2 pm. Tours of the house are guided and last about one hour. They seem to start at 30 min intervals. The guide was informative and personable and explained so much which would otherwise not be apparent. Gardens are lovely and the allotments rented by local residents are excellent. Didn't use the cafe but it looked excellent.Show less

6 months ago

Restricted opening hours so read carefully! We didn't and had to return later, but it was worth it! Lovely grounds and very sensible charges ( £4 each) we used the Gardeners World 2 for 1 ,so only £2 each. Head Gardener a true character with obvious passion for his job, even left us a couple of Dahlias at the tea shop after discussing them with my wife. Don't miss it if you visit the area ,its a little gem.( Free ample parking, and tea rooms) I've got some lovely pictures but TripAdvisor don't usually bother posting them !

6 months ago

Restricted opening hours so read carefully! We didn't and had to return later, but it was worth it! Lovely grounds and very sensible charges ( £4 each) we used the Gardeners World 2 for 1 ,so only £2 each. Head Gardener a true character with obvious passion for his job, even left us a couple of Dahlias at the tea shop after discussing them with my wife. Don't miss it if you visit the area ,its a little gem.( Free ample parking, and tea rooms) I've got some lovely pictures but TripAdvisor don't usually bother posting them !Show less

6 months ago

Thank you Cadhay for giving us a chance to see your wonderful home and gardens, we are in love with it, its no to big that you cannot see all of it, and not to small ether its just perfect for a day out, with lovely cake and tea room, to end your visit with. I am wheelchair bound but the access and accessability for me was wonderful, i could get aroung the garden and the ponds with no real problems at all, the path was not deep gravel so was not an issue for anyone pushing you, or for myself pushing around the gardens, even after all the rain we had i could still get around on the grass with ease and the staff were so helpful and friendly if you wanted to ask about anything, the only area you had to take care on was the cobbled path but so long as you went careful it was not a problem for my wheelchair. Thank you so much for a wonderful day, we are looking forward to our next visit. Very Best Regards Ken & Lyn PerrittShow less

6 months ago

Thank you Cadhay for giving us a chance to see your wonderful home and gardens, we are in love with it, its no to big that you cannot see all of it, and not to small ether its just perfect for a day out, with lovely cake and tea room, to end your visit with. I am wheelchair bound but the access and accessability for me was wonderful, i could get aroung the garden and the ponds with no real problems at all, the path was not deep gravel so was not an issue for anyone pushing you, or for myself pushing around the gardens, even after all the rain we had i could still get around on the grass with ease and the staff were so helpful and friendly if you wanted to ask about anything, the only area you had to take care on was the cobbled path but so long as you went careful it was not a problem for my wheelchair. Thank you so much for a wonderful day, we are looking forward to our next visit. Very Best Regards Ken & Lyn Perritt

7 months ago

This is a beautiful home opened to the public on occasions such as the Church fete. The gardens are beautiful and twice we’ve been fortunate to have a fantastically interesting guided tour with a really knowledgeable lady which made the old manor house come alive through the varied families which have owned it. It’s a shame the present owner is unable to live here and enjoy it full time but he kindly allows it to be used for the May fair each year so we all can appreciate it.

7 months ago

This is a beautiful home opened to the public on occasions such as the Church fete. The gardens are beautiful and twice we’ve been fortunate to have a fantastically interesting guided tour with a really knowledgeable lady which made the old manor house come alive through the varied families which have owned it. It’s a shame the present owner is unable to live here and enjoy it full time but he kindly allows it to be used for the May fair each year so we all can appreciate it.Show less

10 months ago

We took Cadhay for a week to celebrate a very special 90th birthday. Four generations of our family gathered there from all over the world! It was sensational. It is a lovely house - beautifully maintained, and extremely comfortable. There is lots of space - we could all be together or we could gather in groups. It is full of history and yet has a very homely feel. It has the most wonderful gardens, a croquet lawn which provided lots of entertainment, beautiful borders and a marvellous old swing from one of the trees. Over the week we had a couple of large formal dinners provided by caterers but also a few quieter kitchen suppers. The house has a very happy and welcoming atmosphere and it all contributed to the happiest of weeks.

10 months ago

We took Cadhay for a week to celebrate a very special 90th birthday. Four generations of our family gathered there from all over the world! It was sensational. It is a lovely house - beautifully maintained, and extremely comfortable. There is lots of space - we could all be together or we could gather in groups. It is full of history and yet has a very homely feel. It has the most wonderful gardens, a croquet lawn which provided lots of entertainment, beautiful borders and a marvellous old swing from one of the trees. Over the week we had a couple of large formal dinners provided by caterers but also a few quieter kitchen suppers. The house has a very happy and welcoming atmosphere and it all contributed to the happiest of weeks.Show less

11 months ago

We rented Cadhay for our annual family reunion and it was marginally more expensive than other places we had visited previously but wow... what a fabulous decision! This place is heavenly... the Owners has managed to retain all the history and yet combine it with the warmth, comfort and facilities of a modern house. The location is fabulous- a pleasant walk to Ottery StMary. The grounds are beautifully kept with ornamental ponds. The house is just gorgeous, steeped in History yet with functionality. So much attention to detail too, comfortable beds, luxurious linen , nice en suite bathrooms with plenty of hot water. In December, with snow and cold it was warm and cosy. Thoroughly recommend it. We shall return!Show less

11 months ago

We rented Cadhay for our annual family reunion and it was marginally more expensive than other places we had visited previously but wow... what a fabulous decision! This place is heavenly... the Owners has managed to retain all the history and yet combine it with the warmth, comfort and facilities of a modern house. The location is fabulous- a pleasant walk to Ottery StMary. The grounds are beautifully kept with ornamental ponds. The house is just gorgeous, steeped in History yet with functionality. So much attention to detail too, comfortable beds, luxurious linen , nice en suite bathrooms with plenty of hot water. In December, with snow and cold it was warm and cosy. Thoroughly recommend it. We shall return!

1 year ago

Fabulous place, the gardens a riot of colour and plants. The huge variety of dahlias especially impressive. Really friendly, helpful gardener too. Make sure you have a proper walk around as loads of different paths, especially at the bottom of the large (and beautiful) pond. Lots of unusual fungi to spot as well. House tour very interesting, again with a knowledgeable and friendly guide (Arthur). Apparently, the whole house can be rented by the week! Good value tea room. Plenty of parking space, but one field can get very muddy.

1 year ago

Fabulous place, the gardens a riot of colour and plants. The huge variety of dahlias especially impressive. Really friendly, helpful gardener too. Make sure you have a proper walk around as loads of different paths, especially at the bottom of the large (and beautiful) pond. Lots of unusual fungi to spot as well. House tour very interesting, again with a knowledgeable and friendly guide (Arthur). Apparently, the whole house can be rented by the week! Good value tea room. Plenty of parking space, but one field can get very muddy.

1 year ago

Fabulous place, the gardens a riot of colour and plants. The huge variety of dahlias especially impressive. Really friendly, helpful gardener too. Make sure you have a proper walk around as loads of different paths, especially at the bottom of the large (and beautiful) pond. Lots of unusual fungi to spot as well. House tour very interesting, again with a knowledgeable and friendly guide (Arthur). Apparently, the whole house can be rented by the week! Good value tea room. Plenty of parking space, but one field can get very muddy.Show less

1 year ago

visited cadhay house really lovely house with a guide with some great tales to tell, wonderful gardens well worth a visit but only open Friday from 2pm till 5pm tea rooms for a hot drink, weddings and rooms for rental great place

1 year ago

visited cadhay house really lovely house with a guide with some great tales to tell, wonderful gardens well worth a visit but only open Friday from 2pm till 5pm tea rooms for a hot drink, weddings and rooms for rental great place

1 year ago

Well worth a visiting. A knowledgeable guide gave an interesting talk covering the history, architecture and owners of the house. Small groups are taken through this gem of a Tudor manor house and can see how the house was changed and restored over its long history. Although not lived in by the present owner, the house feels lived in and is furnished as a family home. The gardens have received a lot of attention and add to the ambience of Cadhay. Open every Friday 2pm to 5pm. NW of Ottery St Mary, best approached from the Daisymount junction of the A30, take the B3174 east and turn into Cadhay Lane just before Ottery St Mary.

1 year ago

Well worth a visiting. A knowledgeable guide gave an interesting talk covering the history, architecture and owners of the house. Small groups are taken through this gem of a Tudor manor house and can see how the house was changed and restored over its long history. Although not lived in by the present owner, the house feels lived in and is furnished as a family home. The gardens have received a lot of attention and add to the ambience of Cadhay. Open every Friday 2pm to 5pm. NW of Ottery St Mary, best approached from the Daisymount junction of the A30, take the B3174 east and turn into Cadhay Lane just before Ottery St Mary.Show less

1 year ago

Fascinating historic house, informed guide, beautiful location, nice tea room, very friendly atmosphere. Recommended.

2 years ago

Our visit was all a bit rushed. The house, garden and tea room only open on one day a week and not until 2.00pm. Guided tours are somewhat inflexible to those who want tea before the tour. Listen out for the bell. It could be ten minutes earlier than you expect - possibly whilst you are still eating your tea!!! The house tours are a short term filler between the major income earner of wedding venue or holiday lets. The property is disappointing with huge gaps in the historical records and is a strange mix of Tudor and Georgian styling. The most interesting contents are those made by the owner. Gardens have two stew ponds suggesting an historic relationship with the towns collegiate church (where we actually saw an excellent flower festival and with top quality refreshments.) It was cheap though.

5 years ago

We stayed here with a group of friends just before Christmas 2013 and had just the most amazing time. The house is beautiful and the staff were most welcoming. We loved it so much that we're going again...

8 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 three 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!).

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House History

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'.

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