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Manor House, Atherington, Nr Barnstaple, North Devon, England - Peaceful Rural Location, 20 Minutes to The Beach, Close to The National Parks Close to Golf Courses A lovely Old Medieval Barton Manor self catering farmhouse set near the top of the Devonshire Taw Valley overlooking a beautiful landscape. With 6 acres of landscaped gardens, including paddocks, wildlife ponds and a small wooded area it offers complete privacy and relaxation.
Dating back before 1066 the Medieval Manor of Boreat was once part of a much larger Manorial settlement and is full of History. It was once the Residence for the Kings Chief Tenant of Devon and has also been home to the Secretary for Lord Nelson and one or two Knights.
Sadly following a fire in 1603 much of the Formal Manor was not rebuilt and some of the buildings were used for farming. What remains today at Boreat Manor are the smaller remnants of the original Manor. The Farm buildings have been converted from Barns in to lovely homes and it all sits in a Courtyard setting. A Manor Boundary Wall has a Date Stone of 1604 A.D depicting when part of it was rebuilt. Despite a further fire in 2000 Boreat Manor has retained many of its original features and is a beautiful place to spend a relaxing Family holiday with stunning views over the Devonshire Dales whilst still close to the rugged North Devon Coast; a surfers paradise with its miles of sandy beaches.
Boreat Manor is both secluded and ideally placed for all the major attractions that North Devon has to offer. The closest beaches are a short distance away being Westward Ho!, Instow Beach and Saunton Sands Beach which all sit in a triangulation at the mouth of the Rivers Taw and Torridge. These are great for surfers as well as Croyde beach which is just around the corner from Saunton.
Westward Ho! boasts the Royal North Devon Golf Links course, the Oldest Golf Course in England and is the equivalent to the Scottish St. Andrews Golf Course. We have plenty of Golf Courses close by and Libbaton Golf Club is just 2.5 miles up the road so bring your Clubs!
Exmoor National Park is a short drive as is Dartmoor National Park so Boreat Manor is again ideally situated for walkers, ramblers and anyone wishing to access the Moors and Coast alike for adventure and sport.
The River Taw is just a couple of miles down the road and offers great Fly Fishing for Salmon, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Course fishing is good on the Rivers Taw and Torridge and there are plenty of Large Lakes and Reservoirs stocked with huge fish locally.
Boreat Manor is easily accessed by road only 8 miles from the North Devon Link road and only 30 miles from the Motorway M5 at Tiverton. The City of Exeter and splendid Cathedral is only 30 miles by car but you can take the short trip down to our local Umberleigh Train Station and hop on the train to the centre of Exeter. The trains are regular and take you through the beautiful Taw Valley where you will always see Deer and other Wildlife and maybe even Otters. Rugby Fans will Love Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park which is Host to the Rugby World Cup!
The National Trust is prominent in our area and from here you can visit many National Trust properties including Castle Drago, Arlington Court.
The Royal Horticultural Society offers Rosemoor Gardens in Torrington, Marwood Hill Gardens near Barnstaple, Arlington Court, Tapely Park at Instow and more so this is ideal for enthusiasts and all 'green fingers'.
Boreat Manor has 5 bedrooms, 2 with En-Suite, a Large Family Bathroom and further Bathroom in the Medieval Wing. There are 6 Reception rooms including a lovely Conservatory with magnificent views towards the Coast.
Underfloor heating, a Wood Burning Stove in a Gothic Stone Fireplace in the Oak Panelled Drawing room and a Villager Wood Burning Stove in the Large Original Open Fire place in the main Sitting room.
The Large self catering farmhouse Kitchen fitted with all integrated appliances and the Large Breakfast/Dining room with seating for up to 16 at the refectory table is perfect for the Family get together.
We are Family orientated and provide an area for children to play with a toy box and a play area in the garden with swings. A Pool Table is located in the Breakfast/Dining room also. With plenty to do outside the children can enjoy Rambling, Woods, Ducks and Ponies!
The Family Bathroom is very large and includes a Double Walk-In Shower and Free Standing Bath, a High Level WC and Two Wash Basins set in their own Gothic Iron Wash Stands. A baby changing station is provided here. This Large Bathroom sits in the older Medieval Wing and shows off the magnificent Vaulted Ceiling and Exposed Beams.
The two Front Bedrooms have En-Suites and the Master Bedroom has a Large Romantic Gothic Style Oak Four Poster Bed. Both these Bedrooms have the original Natural Wood Burning Fireplaces, though they are no longer used. The other two Bedrooms in the main part of the Manor House share the Large Family Bathroom. These Bedrooms contain beautiful Oak staircases leading down in to the rooms.
The Medieval Wing has the second Kitchen with further Integrated Appliances for you use. There is a Dining area and further Lounge area here. The 5th Bedroom is in The Gallery above with a superb Vaulted Ceiling showing the many exposed beams and has Remote Control Velux Windows. A large aspect window in the Gable Wall of the Gallery looks out towards the North Devon Coast.
The Conservatory off the Medieval Wing Lounge is comfortable and offers lovely panoramic views.
The Main Sitting room/Lounge has comfortable seating arranged around the Large Inglenook Fireplace with a Villager Wood Burning Stove and a Large Leaded Window with enormous Oak Wooden Window Shelf. You can relax and enjoy watching Sky television and look at the Natural Stone in the Large Fireplace pondering their Age and History. The Original Metal Fire Surround and Grate date back Centuries but be careful though as they weigh a Ton!!!
The Oak Wood Panelled Drawing Room with Chesterfield Sofa’s and a Gothic Style Stone Fireplace with Wood Burning Stove offers plenty of peace and time to relax and read one of the many books from the Oak Shelved Library. You are always drawn to play Chess in here though some do play 'Cluedo' and the search begins! The Large Leaded Window has a large Oak Wooden Window Shelf.
The Study provides a further area for peace and a time to catch up on emails and all things 'Office' if you have to. You can use the Study for information about exploring the Local area. The Study has been restored with Oak Shelving and Cabinets and a lovely Oak desk top work-space. The Study boasts an exposed ‘Ships Beam’ with the exposed Oak ceiling joists that date back hundreds of years. These were carefully rescued and restored following the recent fire.
The Main Manor Hall contains the original Flagstones quarried in Delabole, Cornwall which have been cleaned and not lacquered so you can see and feel their real authentic age and wear of Hundreds of years of foot fall. They are grouted with Natural Limestone to bring out the lovely Blue/Grey colour of the Delabole Flagstone. The Flagstones continue in to the Medieval Wing Side Hall. At the Eastern end of the Main Hall a very large heavy Oak Door with glass window above that leads to the Eastern Entrance Porch that is accessed via the original Manorial Courtyard.
The Main Kitchen boasts the Original Manor Cooking Chimney and a Bread Oven that was added in the Age of Iron. The Original ‘Iron’ for hanging Utensils is still in place and visible. The rear of the Bread Oven is currently exposed and as it was damaged years ago but we do have most of the original pieces of Clay and this will be restored in time once we can figure out the ‘Jigsaw’.
Again in the Main Kitchen is a large exposed ‘Central Beam’ with the exposed Oak ceiling joists that date back hundreds of years. These were carefully rescued and restored following the recent fire.
The Main Kitchen leads through to the large Breakfast/Dining room which is also home to the Pool Table and the Main table area for eating with seating for 16+ people. There are French Doors leading out to the original enclosed Courtyard that looks on to the grounds of Boreat Manor and the North Devon Coast. This room was rebuilt but at single storey level however, originally this is where there was an external Cobbled Courtyard with Archway Building over that adjoined the Converted Stone Barn next door. This was the Original South Wing of the Old Manorial Building.
The Main Staircase in the Manor is an exact replica of the original 16th Century Oak staircase that was partially damaged in the recent fire. The Oak has been waxed in the House to darken it to the colour it was from the 16th Century. The Handrail and Spindles on the Gallery in the Medieval Wing are some of the Original main Staircase of the Manor and the colour depicts years of oxidization, smoke, waxing and general ageing.
Both the rear Bedrooms has an Oak Wooden Staircase leading down off the Main Landing in the same style as the Main Staircase. There is space under these two staircases which are often good hiding places for the children when playing ‘Hide and Seek’ though, we Adults use them too. Both Bedrooms have a beautiful exposed Natural Stone Wall and one has an exposed Vaulted Ceiling showing the Natural Timbers.
Most Chandeliers and Wall Lighting in the Manor House were Made by Hand in England & designed after research in to Medieval Lighting to make it as authentic as possible.
Most Doors in the Manor House were carefully designed and Made by Hand from Solid English Oak by local Craftsman.
Boreat Manor is accessed by its own Private 300 Meter long Drive and offers ample Privacy for all Guests. The Private Gated Car Park is vast and there is also parking on the grounds for Horse Boxes.
We look forward to welcoming you and are sure you will enjoy your stay with us.
Boreat Manor is the ideal spot to access everything North Devon has to offer and more.
Suitable for Family Groups, Family Celebrations, Hen Parties (Hot Tub included in the price for Hen Parties Packages Only), Group Accommodation - Hot tub hire Hen parties only The House can sleep up to 16. We are Pet Friendly and dogs may be accepted by prior arrangement. We do have Stabling and Paddocks for Horse Lovers and this can be arranged prior to booking. The Manor House is spacious and very comfortable and very light. The Manor House renovation retains many original features and restoration has been done sympathetically so there is plenty to see inside. Beds and Mattresses are very comfortable to ensure you get a good nights sleep. The Main Kitchen includes a Central Island with Granite worktop, ideal for chats. The Medieval Wing Kitchen is also fully equiped. Rural Location but close to town and City. Ample Parking for many cars. Parking also available for Horse Boxes. We do accept single sex groups over the age of 25 but please discuss with us before booking, we do not accept a group where the majority is under 21. Outside: The Manor House itself is private and has large private grounds that you can enjoy plus wildlife ponds, one with the resident Ducks. The Gardens and Grounds are ideal for walks and lazing in the Sun. We have Paddocks for Horses including our Dartmoor Ponies and Stabling. There are several cosy patio areas and places for barbecues. There is large Patio area for larger groups and seating is all round. Parking is Private and Gated and close to the House so it's easy to unload etc. A children's play area is on the upper lawn with swings and climbing frame. You can enjoy walks down to the Wooded area where there are 2 larger ponds. We keep things as natural as possible and encourage wild flower. There is enough slope for Winter Snow runs on sledges gaining plenty of speed safely.There are other residents in the surrounding courtyard as the Manor House was once used as a self catering farmhouse and the Barn buildings have all been converted. Guests are asked to respect the privacy of the other residents. Utility Room: Washing machine/tumble dryer, clothes drying rail Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is fully cleaned before you arrive, linen and towels are provided free of charge. There is an extra charge for beach towels. Other: BREAKFAST Room - Refectory table seating 16, Pool Table, Children's Toy box, TV CONSERVATORY - Far reaching views, Seating STUDY, Fitted Oak Office + book casing and desks, single sofa bed BOOT Room/PANTRY, Boiler, Coats, storage
The House Was Perfect For Our Group Of Three Families. Lovely And Spacious And Really Well Equipped.
By Angela K on 04-Sep-2018
The house was perfect for our group of three families. Lovely and spacious and really well equipped.
5/5 Stayed Aug 2018
We enjoyed the quiet location of Boreat Manor and it was in easy reach of nearby attractions and the coast for trips out. We were six adults and six children and there was plenty of space for us not to be on top of one another and for the (teenage) children to hang out. The bedrooms were large and plenty of beds to accommodate our sleeping arrangements - and a fabulous family bathroom. The kitchen was a great space and really well equipped for catering for 12 people - as was the dining room. The house was actually more spacious than it looked in the photos and exceeded our expectations which is always a nice feeling for the start of the holiday. We stayed in the summer but we all thought the house would also be great in the winter with the fire going. We would highly recommend this property.
Submitted 4 Sep 2018
By Linda Y on 23-Aug-2018
I have no hesitation in giving this property 5 stars. All aspects - internal and external were to the highest specification. I am unable to think of one thing which was missing as far as kitchen or other equipment provided. Absolutely loved the house furnishings and tasteful decor. Our children enjoyed the garden and the games room. We had enjoyable day trips to The Big Sheep, the coast and Arlington Court. Many thanks for providing such a fantastic base.
Submitted 23 Aug 2018
Lots Of Space For Big Families
By John R on 23-Aug-2018
Lovely property with loads of space for the whole family: multiple sitting rooms, beautiful sun-room, games room with pool and darts for older kids / adults to enjoy, and all the cooking equipment you need for making your own meals.
Would highly recommend Woolacombe beach (about 40 mins drive away), as well as the clifftop walk in Lynton to the Valley of the Rocks.
Submitted 23 Aug 2018
A Wonderful Place For A Family Celebration!!
By Julie W on 18-Jun-2018
We were delighted with the house - it was beautiful .Everything you could need during you stay had been thought of - & the fresh eggs & delicious cake were a bonus. We had fantastic weather but I would imagine it would also be very cosy in the winter .Highly recommended
Submitted 18 Jul 2018
A Memorable Visit To A Splendid Location.
By Robert S on 24-May-2018
Eight of us had a glorious couple of days at the wonderful Boreat Manor in rural North Devon. The Manor exceeded our expectations from beginning to end. The accommodation was excellent in terms of cleanliness, facilities, equipment and space.
The highlight of our stay was an evening meal produced by Gazz, a local chef as mentioned on the website. He was most professional in all he did and created a memorable evening for us with quality service, superb food with a relaxed and friendly ambience. We would recommend this stunning property and the services of Gazz without reservation. Thank you so much Sally-Anne.
The Photos Do Not Do This Beautiful, Well Kept And Everything You Need Manor.
By Mark N on 14-May-2018
I stayed with my partner for her 40th birthday with 14 friends and family first weekend of May, the weather was stunning but even if it hadn't of been I'm sure it would not of spoiled our stay. The manor house fit us all perfectly, with all the choice of rooms to hang out in everyone found there own place and came together around the comfortable large dinning room. I would recommend in a heart beat. Thanks for the great memories.
Review Submitted: 14-May-2018 Date of Stay: May 2018
Fantastic Property Excellently Presented
By Peter I on 29-Apr-2018
A wonderful Manor house with everything a group could want. Excellent rooms spotless bathrooms and comfortable lounges. The big kitchen had everything needed to cook and enjoy dining together at the large dining room table. Thoroughly recommended for large groups and family get togethers. The grounds and the playroom offer more than enough for all ages. A fantastic place to relax or as a base to explore Devon.
Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2018 Date of Stay: April 2018
By Callum B on 20-Apr-2018
Incredible house with a lot of character. It was really comfy for a large group with loads of space. The photos look great but it's even better when you get there.
Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2018 Date of Stay: April 2018
Fantastic Stay At This Beautiful Manor!
By Helen E on 01-Feb-2018
Fab property, so much space, great facilities. Perfect location for a big family weekend away.
Review Submitted: 01-Feb-2018 Date of Stay: January 2018
Fantastic Place And Location
By Lorraine C on 17-Sep-2017
A absolutely fantastic place to stay. Everything you could possibly need for your stay. Spotlessly clean and well equipped. Definitely will come back again
Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2017 Date of Stay: September 2017
Excellent Building. Real Character And Much Better Than We Expected.
By Javed K on 17-Aug-2017
A superb holiday place for a large group. The house is tastefully decorated and maintained with some superb period features alongside new extensions. Over 5 acres of land to enjoy too with a duck pond and chicken shed with free range eggs every day! Highly recommended.
Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2017 Date of Stay: August 2017
To Say This House Was Incredible Would Be An Understatement
By Kate H on 10-Jul-2017
We had a short weekend away in this beautiful house. Extremely comfortable with everything you need. The grounds are beautiful and plentiful.
The owner was extremely accommodating.
Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017 Date of Stay: July 2017
By Maggie F on 19-May-2017
We have just spent the best weekend at Boreat Manor! The house and grounds are so much bigger and more beautiful than the photos give the impression of. Absolutely stunning location! The house and rooms are huge with all needs catered for! The little touches that the owners left like flowers and a cake made the weekend so special for everyone! It couldn't have been any better! Furthermore any queries I had in the run up to the weekend the owners were incredibly quick to respond to. Absolutely wonderful!
Review Submitted: 19-May-2017 Date of Stay: April 2017
Beauty AND Comfort!
By Alicia A on 21-Jul-2016
Myself and a large group of friends have just spent the weekend at the beautiful Boreat Manor and could not be happier with the accommodation provided! The house and grounds are huge, beautiful and well-equipped with everything we could of needed. It looks even more beautiful in life than it does in photographs and made for a very luxurious and comfortable stay! Thank you so much!
Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2016 Date of Stay: July 2016 Source: O
Beautiful Inside And Out
By Laura J on 28-Jun-2016
We have just returned from a lovely long weekend at Boreat Manor, the house is beautiful, vast and has all the home comforts you could ever need for all ages. Especially the chocolate cake on arrival and the fun games room! The pictures of the house really don't do it justice. On top of this the setting is absolutely stunning and the animals are great fun for kids (and adults!). With an early check in and late check out you can really enjoy your time at Boreat Manor. I really couldn't recommend this place more...
Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2016 Date of Stay: June 2016
What And Amazing Place
By Nick J - Cheshire on 05-Jan-2015
We returned from a week where 12 of us went to stay at Boreat Manor where we celebrated my Wife's birthday. I would like to say what an amazing time we had, the Manor was beautiful and made such a difference to the usual setting that we tend to go for. The house is magnificent and with some vaulted ceilings and many oak staircases and natural stone walls it did make you feel you are in an old Manor House. We all had a lovely time, it was good to stay somewhere that catered to all of us with enough double and twin rooms for the mix of us plus the Superb Four Poster Bedroom that my Wife and I had the pleasure of staying in for the duration though our friends did try and steal it from us. Having arrived at 5pm we spent time exploring each of the rooms and were amazed by the size of the main bathroom. The views from the Medieval annexe were a gorgeous sight. We stayed in the Four Poster Bedroom and our fellow party members had the other rooms one of which was the Gallery in the Medieval end of the Manor. It was charming and felt very special as did all of the rooms - all 12 of us were very happy. There were great views from the Conservatory which led out to the gardens were we spent a lot of time with lovely walks around the grounds. Everything fitted well in the house and we had the luxury of 2 kitchens to boot. The showers were all delightful and although we had our own ensuite we did use the large walk-in shower in the main bathroom where we could actually sit on marble seating; a wonderful treat for us. On Saturday we all walked to the train station and had a lovely trip in to Barnstaple where we spent the day before getting the train back through the Devon valley. We both play Golf and we pleasantly surprised to realize there is a Golf Course at Libbaton just 2 miles away. We had lunch there too before heading back to the Manor and then off to the Theatre in Barnstaple. We were so close to the beaches and visited Croyde for a stroll in the sand whilst ate a famous Devonshire Icecream with Clotted Cream on top. Good job we walked the calories I say. It was but windy that day but it didn't deter the surfers who relished the waves. We had lovely dinners at Boreat Manor with such a lovely atmosphere and ambience. Altogether an amazing week we would thoroughly recommend it to anyone and having read their Guest Book it seemed everyone who stayed there really enjoyed themselves. We noticed even the children had written comments with hugs and kisses.
Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2015 Date of Stay: September 2014