Old Rectory and Coach House

Pyworthy, Nr Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6LA
5 (3 Reviews)
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About Old Rectory and Coach House

The Old Rectory and its Coach House make for a very special set up, perfect for weddings, family reunions or celebrating a big birthday or anniversary. It’s surrounded by ancient woodland and the best of British nature; wildflowers, birds and trees.

The owners also arrange writing retreats and walking holidays, and would be delighted to show you around.

The Old Rectory

Sleeps 16 people in 8 generous bedrooms, two of which are en-suite. There are also two other bathrooms, one downstairs with a shower and another upstairs with bath and shower. On the ground floor there is a big and very well equipped kitchen with an Aga, a second kitchen with electric cooker, a large living room with a grand piano, another large reception room, a library, and a
billiards/snooker room. The kitchens are huge, and perfect for hearty breakfasts, or riotous suppers.

The Coach House

Sleeps 12 people in 5 bedrooms, with 2 large bathrooms. Downstairs is a large living area and kitchen.

The Former Village Hall

This spacious and versatile building is licensed for weddings and is also very suitable for celebrations and parties of all kinds. It has a small stage and brilliant acoustics. Over the years the owners have put on plays and live music events. It is also large enough to host wedding receptions for up to 90 people, and there is everything on hand for this (furniture, crockery etc).

The Conservatory

This is a new and very popular addition to the rectory buildings, a glass-covered area, very suitable for up to 45 people to sit down and eat together or have a barbeque.

Other Possibilities

The rectory is surrounded by ancient woodlands and is a great place to get back to nature. There is a treehouse, a log cabin and plenty of room for camping with separate showers and toilet facilities for campers.

The buildings sit in 10 acres of gardens, lawns and cool, bosky woodlands – perfect for ambling, evening walks. The old kitchen garden walls still encircle the terrace and wide lawn (which is perfect for a marquee), protecting it from any enthusiastic weather. The position of the house, with its mantle of woodlands, guarantees privacy and glorious, stretching peace (which you can choose to shatter – any time you like).

Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature

“I’ve always had a soft spot for this house. It’s comfortable and not at all precious, the sort of rambling old place that you can just relax and enjoy being with your family. Great privacy, too – no neighbours for miles!”

About The Location

There is plenty to do in the area – Pyworthy itself has a lovely old pub, the Molesworth Arms, with lots of great circular walks. The house is only 8 miles from the coast, and the traditional resort of Bude, with all of its distractions.

Things To Do

The Old Rectory has an outdoor swimming pool, extensive gardens and plenty of places for country walks (Dartmoor is a short distance away). The surfers’ beaches of North Devon are about a twenty minutes’ drive away, as are innumerable opportunities for the taking of a Devon cream tea.


The Old Rectory reserves a few dates a year for weddings (the house itself holds a license), and specialise in country-style celebrations with lots of friends and family and touches of rural charm. Photographs of past events can be found on The Old Rectory’s Facebook page, or you can ring to chat with the lovely owners (Tony and Plym).


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Phone Number
07765 243804


The perfect party venue! Let’s start with our super host Plym. She was quick to reply to all our emails and messages. She was relaxed and friendly. She went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed for the weekend. The venue is amazing. We were gathering to celebrate a ‘big’ birthday, with family and friends travelling from near and far. The main house is the perfect base. Big country kitchen with warm Aga In the heart of the home. All the equipment you need to entertain. Spacious living areas, plenty of bathrooms, comfy bedrooms and a circular flow with two staircases meaning you end up back in the heart of the home. Throw into that a huge snooker table, a piano, a huge dining table and you get the perfect home for entertaining and relaxing. To extend the accommodation, we also stayed in the Coach house. Another warm, relaxed abode. More spacious bedrooms, living room and vast kitchen diner for relaxed entertaining. The grounds are delightful. Lush, green, pretty. Walled gardens, pretty flower beds, groomed lawns. Although it was too wet and cold the weekend we visited, the swimming pool in the summer would be a fantastic addition. The barn was the perfect party venue. With everything you could need. Decked out with fairy lights, candles and swaths of tulle - it was picture perfect. Thank you Plym for making my special birthday weekend truly amazing. We so hope to be back, year on year!

We booked a week at The Old Rectory in June for our wedding and had a great time. The owners Tony and Plym were welcoming, helpful and laid back. The wedding day was great and Plym was at hand to help out with any issues. Our 130 guests loved being in the old rectory to hide from the rain during the reception. After the meal in the vintage marquee on the front lawn we moved over to the barn/hall for the music. Plym helped arrange some staff to help keep the drinks flowing and cook some nibbles later in the night. As the party continued, the older generation went back into the old rectory for a cup of tea and a sing song of their own. We spent the Sunday by the pool with a barbecue. The patio area was a great place to eat and relax long into the evening beside the fire pit. All of our guests were very impressed by the venue.

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07765 243804