Umberleigh, Barnstable, Devon



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A pristine white wedding cake sat amid the rolling patchwork fields of North Devon, Elderwood Manor is idyllically situated to make the most of both coast and country. Sweeping staircases twin with modern accents inside this luxury self-catering home, while a hot tub entangled in mature gardens guarantees unending magic under the sparkling night skies.

Built in 1837 as part of the Church of England’s estate, and with a history of housing education and music, this large manor house equidistant from Exmoor and the Hartland Heritage Coast is perfectly placed for tasting the very best of Devon. After a day of Famous Five-style adventures, retreat to Elderwood Manor’s country kitchen to mix up summer salads, or recline amongst the happy oxeye daisies, cloud-watching with a spritz in hand. As night falls, gather outside for a campfire dessert of chocolate and baked bananas on the fire pit. Whether a self-catering holiday with the extended family or weekend of Champagne towers and private chefs, Elderwood is an elegant escape.

Sympathetic to the house's history through every aspect of the restoration, vaulted ceilings, original 19th century tile floors and enormous windows were carefully considered within its new contemporary guise to offer pure indulgence, while a nature-inspired colour palette invites serenity and peace. A library, snug and cinema room, all wrapped up in rich, gemstone hues and botanical wallpaper encourage escapism without the distraction of the outside world, while a games room (including cocktail fridge) leads out into the garden. Upstairs, seven bedrooms with rural views welcome deep, dream-filled slumber.

Three and a half acres of grounds await to be discovered and, while the croquet and bowls lawns are perfect for sprawling out on with picnic blankets, it’s the wildflower meadow and whimsical secret garden where the magic really lies. Beyond the boundaries of Elderwood Manor a treasure trove of North Devon riches awaits; in one direction, the wild expanses of Exmoor dip and dive through gorge-like valleys, soaring hills and ancient woodlands filled with legends while in the other, pretty Appledore and seaside haunt Ilfracombe entice sandy toes, soft whip ice cream and fish and chip suppers.

Bedrooms and bathrooms
There are seven bedrooms on the first floor; two with super king-size beds with en suite bathrooms (one with a separate shower and one with a handheld shower attachment), two bedrooms with king-size beds and en suite showers, and three with zip-and-link beds, one of which has an en suite shower room, and two that share the family shower room. There is one further family shower room on the ground floor.

The driveway is shared by the neighbouring property but the manor has ample parking for up to ten cars, with space for five next to the house and five close by on a more rustic parking area. The main kitchen includes a double Range oven, large fridge and dishwasher. The second kitchen includes an electric oven, microwave, gas hob, double fridge-freezer and dishwasher. There is a separate utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.

Children are very welcome.  Two travel cots and two highchairs are provided.

Two well-behaved medium dogs, or one large well-behaved dog, are welcome.  Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof

24th September 2021 for 3 nights: £264 per person based on 14 sharing. Cautionary deposit: £1,500.  Please enquire for alternative dates.


Hot Tub
High chairs
Games Room

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24th September 2021


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