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

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.

Unique rental opportunity at Cadhay due to Covid-19 restrictions. We are offering the chance to rent half of Cadhay House for a 6 month winter let, October – end of March for one support bubble/household or up to 6 people from different households in line with current Covid 19 guidelines. The house will be temporarily divided between East and West with a new kitchen installed on the East side and new lounge in Hayden; each side of the house is self-contained. Please do contact us for more details. Larger bookings for 22 guests are welcome from April 2021 onwards.

Cadhay House itself has 12 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).

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 1600s, forming a courtyard with the main house. Australian 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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From 28/12/2020 until 04/01/2021 for £6,520


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A wonderful place for a family group. Plenty of space to get together and also escape when you want peace and quiet! Great kitchen with everything you need if you are self catering. Very warm for such a large house at this time of year. Lovely bedrooms and nobody had to queue for the bathrooms - plenty of hot water. Excellent communication prior to stay. Just perfect - we don't know when but we will be back!

We love coming to Cadhay every year for our family gathering...22 of us enjoying this unique, historic manor house. Every one of the luxurious rooms has its own bathroom. Over the years we all, and especially the children, have enjoyed exploring the house and the beautiful gardens. There is a timeless feel in the house which endures. The kitchen is particularly well equipped so that the foodies amongst us can enjoying cooking there. One of our more successful entertainments was the family Bake-Off competition. There is plenty to do at Cadhay, and nearby there is the sea and wonderful walks. We always wish we could stay longer.

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