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

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


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From 28/12/2018 until 04/01/2019 for £6,147

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.


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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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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