Entering through the original manor house door, guests are in the spectacular Venetian staircase hall, which leads into the vast double height main sitting room that comfortably seats 16. Over the years this room has seen many refurbishments. Originally it was the medieval dining hall but during the 18th century the roof beams were plastered over and the walls panelled to modernise the room.
Now, specialist paintwork on the panelling and trompe l'oeil to the ceiling has helped create an amazingly atmospheric room.
The main sitting room leads through into a more informal but beautiful reception room that has been set up as a TV/family living room with smart TV, huge bean bags and comfy sofas. This large room was likely to have been created in the 17th century and retains amazing intricate plasterwork.
In addition, there is a third slightly smaller more formal adult sitting room located off the main hallway that has stunning original ceiling plasterwork, oak floors and shutters to the windows.
The dining room has two large pine tables set out end to end making one that will comfortably seat 16; alternatively, the two tables can be separated to enable separate adult and children’s tables to be created. The dining room features original limed beams to the ceiling and huge slate tiles on the floor. On warm evenings or sunny days open the doors out into the inner courtyard- a perfect little suntrap, where there are tables and chairs to enable alfresco dining.
The Manor House features two fully equipped kitchens, including a family style kitchen with an inset dining table that seats eight, and, adjacent to the dining room, a second kitchen with a range cooker. A downstairs cloakroom is located opposite the family kitchen.
Upstairs are two floors of bedrooms, which are accessed via three staircases. On the first floor are six bedrooms and five bathrooms, and on the second floor are two further bedrooms, an additional bathroom and a small kitchen with laundry facilities.
The first floor bedrooms are all beautifully fitted with designer curtains, antique furniture and pictures; five have en-suite facilities, with the 6th bedroom being adjacent to the largest of the en-suite bathrooms, which has both a shower and a bath.
Four of the bedrooms are accessed via the old staircase. The first, known as the 'Long Bedroom' given its sheer size, has two antique double beds and an en-suite shower room, as well as the most beautiful views out over the rolling parkland up towards the Shirwell beech trees, which mark the boundary of the property and were planted in 1815 to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo.
On the next landing is the Blue Bedroom with pretty toile-de-joie wallpaper. This room has a king sized bed and an en-suite bathroom with both a shower and a bath. Next door is the Pine Suite, a large bedroom with a king-size bed, and a bathroom with a roll top bath. Further along the corridor is a further pretty bedroom with lovely views out over lawns towards a historic copper beech tree; this bedroom has a king-sized bed and a small shower room.
The other two bedrooms are accessed via the Venetian staircase and comprise the Rose Suite, which has a zip and link bed and an en-suite with a shower and a bath, which also serves as the bathroom for the last bedroom on this floor, 'The Old Schoolroom'. This bedroom has a king-sized bed and the most wonderful views from four floor to ceiling windows.
All first floor bedrooms have gorgeous curtains and antique furniture, with the Rose and Pine Suites having interior-designed bed hangings that complement the other soft furnishings. With the exception of the Blue Bedroom, which is fully carpeted, the other five bedrooms have polished floorboards and antique rugs.
On the second floor are two further bedrooms. Accessed via the back staircase, both rooms are enormous and each has a zip and link bed and glorious views over the surrounding grounds from Velux windows. They share a bathroom fitted with a bath, and there is also a small kitchenette containing laundry facilities.
Outside, there are two walled gardens; one containing an amazing rose garden, the other being laid out to vegetables and cut flowers. The principal gardens are arranged close to the private pool and pool house, which are situated adjacent to a hard tennis court. The pool house is an excellent bonus for families and friends staying at The Devon Manor House, with a full range of kitchen equipment available for cooking meals and a wet room.
Please note that children should not be left unsupervised in the grounds of The Devon Manor House or around the swimming pool.
Features and Facilities
- Sleeps up to 16 in eight bedrooms
- Two dogs welcome at £50.00 each
- Large 160 acre estate
- Three living rooms
- Eight Bedrooms
- Six Bathrooms
- Swimming pool with pool house (Available from early May through to the middle of September)
- If guests wish for the pool to be heated there is a charge of £80.00 for a 7 night booking and £50.00 for a short-break
- Hard tennis court
- Extensive gardens
- Gas oven and hob in family kitchen
- Dishwasher x 3 (both downstairs kitchens and pool house kitchen)
- Fridge with small freezer in family kitchen
- Drinks fridge
- Electric range cooker and oven in second kitchen
- Small fridge and freezer in second kitchen
- Small fridge in upstairs kitchen
- Electric oven and hob in upstairs kitchen
- Induction hob and electric oven in pool house kitchen
- Wine fridge in pool house kitchen
- Small fridge in pool house kitchen
- TV x 3 (family kitchen, dining room and family room)
- Ample car parking
- Towels and bed linen supplied
- WiFi (available in certain rooms)
Please note that when renting The Devon Manor House certain areas are unoccupied and also off limits to guests. This will not encroach on your privacy as the unoccupied areas can only be accessed from within the house.