Colehayes Park

Colehayes Park, Haytor Road, Newton Abbot TQ13 9LD

26 reviews

Weekends

£2,995 - £5,642

Full Weeks

£4,193 - £7,735

Sleeps

70

Bedrooms

21

Bathrooms

10

A wildly generous Devonshire manor, perfect for parties, on the Eastern edge of Dartmoor National Park

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Colehayes Park is a lovely big Grade II listed manor house, set in 20 acres of gardens and woodland. It’s suitable for large family parties and weddings. 

The house has flexible accommodation, sleeping up to 70 guests in a mixture of twin and double rooms, or dormitory style, with bunk-beds. Some of the rooms are en-suite, others share bathrooms and separate loos. The master bedroom has a four-poster bed, a spa-bath, and far-reaching views over the Devonshire countryside.

There are a further 5 bedrooms (sleeping 11 guests, with 2 bathrooms), in Cork Cottage, which also has its own living room and kitchen. 

The reception rooms in the main house include a large catering kitchen (with kit to feed up to 100 guests), a retro bar (for any Basil Fawlty re-enactments), a large dining room (seats 90 at a squeeze), and a generous sitting room. There’s also a grand, oak-panelled hall.

Downstairs, in the basement, is lots of rainy-day or late-night entertainment. There’s a large lecture room (the house has been host to colleges and universities as a Field Centre since the early 1970’s), table tennis, pool table and table football. 

Outside, the Victorian Gardens have been beautifully restored, including the boating lake, upon which now you can row, and admire the glimmering green reflection of the trees. The lake is spanned by a stone bridge, and beyond the bridge are the woodlands that shelter the house from the moor. 

Out in the grounds is an activity centre, where you can take part in archery challenges and clay-pigeon shooting. There’s also a Camping Field, if you have guests partial to the odd yurt. Or nylon four-man.

Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature

“Colehayes is one of those generous, relaxed sort of houses that lets you get on with having a good time – perfect for hordes of children and dogs and long walks and wine. Then dancing.”

About the Location

Colehayes is on the edge of Dartmoor, in South Devon, and about half an hour’s drive from the sea. The nearest main-line train stations (handy for London) are at Newton Abbot and Exeter. The nearest small town, Bovey Tracey, is 2 minutes’ drive away,  and has proper Devon pubs and a bakery, butcher’s and greengrocer’s. 

Things To Do 

There’s lots to do within Colehayes itself – the woods are great to explore and play within, and there’s lots of outdoor space for games of French cricket or silly five-aside football. Further afield, Dartmoor offers lots to explore, with beautiful walks and cycle trails. 

Weddings

 Colehayes is excellent for weddings for couples looking for something a bit different. The house has a dedicated wedding coordinator, and an endless potential for invention. There’s a choice of places to exchange vows (the Pagoda, for instance, or the Great Hall, or the steps to the garden…), and enormous capacity for even the most ambitious guest list. 

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REVIEWS

3 weeks ago

Beautiful place, and so relaxed! We loved the fire pit, we loved the lake, we loved the old cork tree, we loved the gardens, we loved the basement with all the games, we loved the gardens, we loved having a bar and lounge and disco room and late night rave cave so everyone can do their own thing at the party but still all be close together and inter-connected so you can swap from one bit to the next. We loved how flexible and supportive the staff were. And most of all we loved having all of our friends and family on site for the whole weekend - what luxury... We hope to come back at some point for a reunion/anniversary gathering!

3 weeks ago

This place is AMAZING. My partner and I didn't want a traditional wedding, so we made up our own plans to celebrate our partnership and Colehayes was just the most incredible place to hold it. Loads of friends and family stayed on site so everyone could pitch in and have a full weekend to catch up, including group breakfasts and Friday night fun. We had a bonfire in their cosy fire pit, a procession over their bridge with the stunning views from the drive, a ceremony in the beautiful pagoda, a picnic lunch in the lovely gardens, a group swim in the incredible private lake, a colour run (which Rebecca very generously let us use her private garden for), dinner in a marquee on the lawn with the help of the incredible Colehayes staff, a party with a band in the house, which also has a comfy lounge for cake-eating/having a rest from the dancefloor and a great bar with amazing views, and then an after-party in the basement (with pool/table tennis for those who wanted something quieter than the rave cave), plus an acoustic singalong on the piano at 3am, before hangover breakfast on the Sunday and a walk up to Haytor's Rock. Where else would that possibly all have been possible in one place? It felt absolutely magical and so many of the people who came said it was one of the best weekends of their life, in an incredible setting.

3 weeks ago

Our daughter was married at Colehayes on Saturday and it was a wonderful weekend - beautiful location and venue, super staff who were so kind and friendly.

2 months ago

Colehayes was the most perfect venue. It was a relaxed setting with wonderful staff, who made the whole weekend fly by. Kathy and her team were fantastic, organised and very efficient. We couldn't have done it without them! I couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere, where all guests could relax and enjoy their surroundings. We managed to fit 58 people under one roof comfortably and many guests quoted, that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. It does take time and effort to decorate and make Colehayes personal to you, but it is worth it. Here are a few wonderful people we used: Wedding Breakfast: The Kitchen Table Evening Entertainment: Bespoke Disco Florist: Peamore Florist/ Barn Florist Photograph: Philippa Oxley Photography

2 months ago

We got married at Colehayes in 2015. It is a spectacular location and there is the availability to design your own wedding exactly as you want it,and if you fancy a swim in the lake. why not? It was ideal as it was local to family and I would be pushed to find a better venue elsewhere, without losing the personal touch. If you want have a very personalised wedding then this is definitely the location.

2 months ago

This venue is a dream! Being close to family and friends and creating a community for our special day was just what we wanted. The staff made everything super easy and helped whenever we needed them. Our guests and we loved it all.

2 months ago

Wonderful old manor house and beautiful grounds. The staff were lovely too

3 months ago

We recently had a joint 50th birthday party here and it was fabulous! The setting and grounds are beautiful, the house has plenty of space and is very well equipped. We had quite a few children staying and they loved the games room in the basement and the swimming lake was a big hit; there was plenty of outdoor space for them to run around. Most importantly, the staff were excellent- they just quietly got on with setting up the tables, cooking the breakfast, manning the bar and clearing away and washing up, allowing us to relax and enjoy ourselves. Despite the grandeur of the surroundings it has a very homely, welcoming feel. No-one wanted to leave!

4 months ago

We have just returned from 3 nights at Colehayes Park where my daughter was married. The weather was wonderful. The location wonderful. The house ideal for a party of 70 odd staying with 50 more for the evening celebrations. The staff were always helpful and the facilities spot-on. Couldn’t recommend it enough. 10 out of 10

4 months ago

We got married here at the weekend and it was more than we could have dreamed of. Fantastic people, a beautiful sanctuary and so much fun. You can be as creative as you like. It's amazing having your own private mansion and land for the weekend. If you are getting married choose Colehayes! Quick before it gets booked up.

4 months ago

Beautiful location for a wedding.

5 months ago

My daughter and her fiance booked Colehayes Park for the entire weekend (Fri to sun nights) for their wedding. It was a fabulous venue ! We were in the cottage, loads of family and friends stayed in the beautiful bedrooms in the house and some camped. Downstairs there were so many spacious rooms available for all -whether they wanted to dance at the ceilidh, drink in the bar or relax in the lounge . The staff were excellent from start to finish. They served up our buffet in a gazebo in the grounds immediately after the ceremony and then served the sit down meal at 5pm in the dining room, and manned the bar for us too. I cant recommend the hall highly enough.It was just perfect for the relaxed country wedding Beth and Rhys wanted and the DIY bit worked well. The wedding ceremony itself took place in the beautiful little gazebo in the grounds with all the guests sitting in the sunshine in the chairs provided by the hall..and transported to the bottom of the garden by our band of ushers ! The lake was a big attraction on the Sunday and quite a few brave souls..including me..went in !( We were blessed with a gorgeous sunny weekend. ) THANK you to all who made it such a perfect wedding !!!!

5 months ago

The team at Colehayes Park certainly have an excellent venue, stunning setting, very organised, thorough through stages of the planning, communicative when need, put you at ease and always reassuring. What more could you ask from an excellent team that work so hard. Thank you all for creating amazing memories for our friends and families and the both of us

6 months ago

Marv and I got married here last October and it could not have been more perfect if we tried! Colehayes was the only place we viewed and instantly knew we needed it to be our wedding venue! All of the staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming and Kathy and her team were amazing ❤️ We would defiantly recommend Colehays 1000 times over for your wedding venue or any get together you are planning. We will defiantly be back xx

9 months ago

Amazing get away with my family and friends. The house was amazing and welcoming, we all loved every single bit of it. Loved the beautiful views.

12 months ago

Amazing place to stay. As a large family we have been a few times now and it’s always one of the best weekends. Age range from 86 years of age down to 20months.

12 months ago

Were do I start other than if you are looking to get married this is the perfect venue/home yes home!! We loved every minute of our weekend it felt like home Rebecca is amazing our day went better than I could of ever imagined yes it rained all day but the house is big enough to accommodate this. our family and friends come from all over so having them all under one roof was perfect. Cathy and her lovely ladies were amazing they made everything run perfect on my big day they are worth more than money trust me you can not go wrong with hiring them !! The home it’s self is stunning and very unique in every way possible the grounds are breath taking We had such and amazing weekend we are all sorting out to rebook for next Christmas not only can you do weddings but a family week anytime of the year at colehays I don’t think the photos do it justice if you ever get a chance go and have a look you will fall in love with this amazing place !! Colehays will always have a special place in my hart for giving me my amazing day after waiting 19 years to marry the love of my life thank you

1 year ago

My son and daughter in law had their wedding here. It was a wonderful weekend for all the friends and family who stayed there. The staff who helped on the Saturday were amazing and made the day run like clockwork. If you are looking for a venue for a relaxing DIY wedding this is the place for you.

1 year ago

Simply perfect. magical setting and lovely family business

1 year ago

The location was stunning. friendly and helpful staff, food was plentiful and yummy, would like to book again, would highly recommend .

1 year ago

If you want a DIY wedding in one the most breath taking locations I have ever seen this is for you. Amazing staff made everything so easy and all my guests are demanding a 5 year anniversary party at Colehayes because they loved it so much!

1 year ago

In all honesty this was just the absolute perfect venue for our wedding. From first visit to the day itself Rebecca and her team made us feel completely at ease, nothing was too much trouble and their laid back demeanor was very appreciated. The venue itself is breathtaking, from the main house, to the cottage and the beautiful garden, which we were lucky enough to have in full bloom on our day. To top it off photos with our photographer by the lake in the evening was amazing. All of our guests are demanding a 5 year anniversary reunion at the same venue because they all loved it so much!

1 year ago

Myself and some friends attended a wedding here in July, and I can honestly say it was one of the most spectacular wedding venues I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. The grounds are beautiful and lovely to walk around when you have free time, and taking a dip in the lake first thing in the morning definitely gets you ready for the day ahead! The staff are friendly and professional. I truly could not fault the weekend at all and very much look forward to visiting again

1 year ago

We attended a friend's wedding at Colehayes Park and absolutely loved. Everything added to the best and most gorgeous wedding we have ever been. The huge main house, the beautiful and well-maintained garden, the lake... Every corner was a great place for a photo, particularly in front of the incredibly amazing cork tree. Congratulations for the beautiful place.

1 year ago

We attended a friend's wedding at Colehayes Park and absolutely loved. Everything added to the best and most gorgeous wedding we have ever been. The huge main house, the beautiful and well-maintained garden, the lake... Every corner was a great place for a photo, particularly in front of the incredibly amazing cork tree. Congratulations for the beautiful place.

1 year ago

I got married at Colehayes Park and had the most fabulous weekend. It allowed me to justify spending so much on a Wedding that I could hire the place for a long weekend and made it so convenient for me that all of my family could stay in one place and have it feel like their own home, not a hotel. We had the best time and there was literally nothing we could fault about the place Cork tree cottage too is so charming and well situated to enjoy the company of family or the British Countryside. Ellice and Rebecca and all the other staff really made us feel at home and helped in every way they could to make the whole weekend a wonderful success. Thank you and we will be returning!

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