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Parnacott Holsworthy North Devon | 7 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Web Ref: 3133 | Sleeps 14
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Parnacott 7 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | WiFi | | Sleeps 14
2 miles seaward of Holsworthy and 8 miles from Bude is Parnacott House, a beautiful, mainly Georgian house (some parts 17th cent.), Grade II listed and in the same family since 1580. Pepys, Creed, Dryden and John Graves Simcoe, founder of modern Ontario, were ancestors of the current owners. The house is set in 12 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds surrounded by fields, rich in lawns, fenced wildlife pond, Victorian rhododendrons, flowers, shrubs, lots of mature trees and plentiful wildlife, especially birds. Parnacott has a wedding licence and you can pitch a marquee on site by prior arrangement (please ask us).
This is a superb, extremely comfortable and homely house with excellent furniture, family memorabilia and portraits. Big, square, high rooms with large windows, beautifully decorated and furnished, with flowers from the garden and other personal and many hand-made touches.
Hall, off which a sunny, peaceful, comfortable drawing room with open fire and a formal dining room. Both rooms have big windows overlooking the garden.
Children’s room with sofas, TV/DVD/video, PlayStation 2, Wii, toys, dressing-up boxes, puppet theatre, doll's house and half-sized pool table.
Well-equipped kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, larder fridge, electric range-style cooker) and small step down to a pretty breakfast/sitting room with woodburner and TV/DVD.
The ground-floor wing has two bedrooms sharing a shower-room (suite, 1' step up to cubicle) – low step to a twin (TV) leading through to a sunny, small double (footboard).
Utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, fridge-freezer, sink). Door to garden (external private access to the double bedroom, if required).
Upstairs (5'11" arch on landing), five more bedrooms:
Bathroom (suite with separate power-shower) and separate shower-room (suite, power-shower).
Outside, table tennis in an open-sided barn and lots of outdoor space for playing.
Barbecue, croquet, boules, badminton, quoits, soft ball, swing, sandpit and ride-on toys for little children are all provided.
Bicycles can be hired in Bude (8 miles); surfing lessons; riding stables locally; clay pigeon shooting available locally, by prior arrangement.
Professional catering using fresh, locally sourced produce available. Daily domestic help, baby-sitting and dog-sitting available (extra).
Arrival after 4.30pm. Altogether, a peaceful, elegant, gentle place with friendly owners, there if you require help, otherwise unobtrusive. They live in a lovely cottage adjoining the house with its own walled garden. Only 20 minute drive to the South West Coast Path and beautiful surf beaches (bodyboards, buckets/spades provided).
North Devon: its coast is perhaps the most varied of all, from Hartland Quay with its tremendous cliffs and multi-coloured rocks like dinosaurs’ backs, via car-free Clovelly village tumbling to the sea, and the estuaries of the river Torridge (where Tarka lived) and river Taw, and Braunton’s wilderness of sand dunes (all good for birdwatching), to the best sand/surf beaches in Devon at Saunton (the West Country’s best golf course too), Croyde and Woolacombe, all the way to Exmoor.
The main town is Barnstaple - busy, thriving, not too big. The Tarka Trail cycleway (bicycles for hire) follows, very attractively, the river Torridge from deep inland to the sea and on past Instow’s good beach and lovely cricket ground to Bideford, from where Elizabethan merchantmen sailed. From Hartland Point’s lighthouse, great views to Lundy Island - and from Ilfracombe ships (day trips) to it. In Appledore unusual ships are built and its heart is very pretty. Inland, woods and fields roll, sometimes steeply, with streams, rivers and farms, almost totally unspoilt - as is most of the coast. Its north-west, stretching from Hatherleigh to Hartland, is Devon’s least changed, least visited, least inhabited part, a country of big fields, some forests, gently undulating, with long, long views beneath big skies where old men in their vegetable gardens look up as a car passes. Holsworthy is the main (very small) town, with square, market, firm purpose. The river Tamar rises in the Tamar Lakes (watersports, fishing). The roads are straighter and less high-hedged than most in Devon - and emptier.
Holsworthy: small town, down-to-earth and lively with weekly market, attractive square, shops and pubs, amid beautiful, unspoiled and uncrowded rolling green hills. Golf course and leisure centre (indoor swimming pool). Good walking/cycling country. Tamar Lakes (watersports, walking, fishing), 4½ miles; river fishing nearby. Sea/sand/surf beaches at Bude, 9 miles, and Widemouth Bay, 12.