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The Old Manor House

Lifton, Devon (Ref. 1018879)


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  • Sleeps 10

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic house, perfect for a big family."

    Wonderful garden and hot tub. Location great everything within 1hr of house. The owner Jeanette is really helpful and accomodating. Highly recommended xx

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2021

  • "The property is claimed to be five -star."

    For that we would expect 100% cotton bed linen, king size or larger double beds providing they fitted in the rooms, well fitted mattress protectors, suitable duvets for the time of year and bath sheets rather than just bath towels. There was one king sized double bed but with a double bed sheet (not king sized therefore too small) and oversized mattress protector. BUT, two king sized beds were stated on the description. All double beds could have been larger in the available space. The mattresses were all far too soft and the single beds had double duvets on them. For 5* we would not expect the cheapest possible linen, duvets, towels and over-soft mattresses. We would expect to be able to eat in the kitchen from the description, but although there was space there was neither table nor sufficient furniture provided. Cutlery was the cheapest possible quality and there were just 10 ordinary knifes and no serving spoons. In the formal dining-room the provision of place mats was poor: mismatched, no mats for serving dishes and only one coaster per person. It was very nice to have an area outside undercover, but there was inadequate sitting for all to sit down together. There was a pool table added to the lounge, which was nice, but it was too dark to actually use and it meant than we could NOT all sit down together in the same area. We were asked not to use the open fire, though it is clearly available in the description. Had the pool table been put in the other end of the room, we believe the furniture could have been arranged for ten to sit down together around the log-burning stove. Good things about the property were the property itself, its spaciousness, the garden and the amenities of the area. The bad things were the lack of thought for providing a comfortable stay for up to 10 people, in our case 6 adults and 3 children, being ourselves as the oldest generation our two daughters, their husband/partner and our three grandchildren and one short haired, clean well-behaved largish dog. Saying a property is pet friendly and then the pet can only go on less than 50% of the ground-floor seems unreasonable, and had we appreciated this we would not have booked this property. The carpets that we were asked to protect by restricting the dog to the hard surface area, were neither white, nor particularly clean, nor of a sufficient quality to be over zealously protected.

    Thank you for your feedback. With regards to the beds. All beds are fitted with mixture of 200% and 400% thread count Egyptian cotton from John Lewis and the white company. There are two king size beds and Three double beds. One of the double beds can be split into 2 singles. I provide a house information email on booking and guest are welcome to provide me with their requirements prior to entering the property. All beds have mattress protectors 4 are fitted and one is a flat mattress protector. We have a range of mattress protectors so we can provide for quests requests. All beds have king size duvets and The double/2 single beds are laid out with 2 double duvets, providing a high level of comfort. If quests wish a thinner or smaller duvet we have those in our store and can cater to guests requests. 2 beds ( king size and a double ) have memory foam mattress and this provides, for those that like the rap around feel and the moulding to the body, providing a supportive, soft sleep. Based on you feedback I will identify which beds have memory foam mattress so that guest are able to choice and decide on their preference for room Each bed is laid out with 4-6 pillows and each guest has a bath towel and a hand towel. In addition to the 5 star requirement each bathroom has a large hand towel. In addition to the large dinning room with formal table for 10 persons, there is an informal dining table for 4 in the kitchen together with a kitchen island area seating 3 persons for food. The large kitchen cupboard contains : cutlery : knives , faulk, spoons, large plates, small side plates, bowel for 10 persons. Serving spoons are in the lower draw ( 4 sets metal, 3 wooden sets), further serving plates are in the lower right draw, above is the cheese board. Wine glasses, formal, plastic ( for outside), small glass for 10 persons are also provided. The large wooden dresser contains: serving plates and bowel and additional equipment, pots and white cups for tea and coffee plus egg cups and additional items. The kitchen corner unit provides for pots and pans and oven proof roasting dishes and glass bowels. There is further glasses and cups for 10 persons. The kitchen cabinet has draws of table cloths and In the formal dining-room the provision of place mats is in the beach cabinet, this has multiple place mats and mats for serving dishes. The large chest also has place mats in it. The new outside marque contains new sofas and table with cushioned stools for 9 persons. The are 3 further high stools and a new large open fir bar-b-que. In the front garden there is a large table and chairs for 8 persons and a further large table and chairs for 5 persons. There is a lovely wood table and sofa chair set with table for 4 persons ( this set can be move around easily by guests) The lounge is very large (10 meters by 6 meters) and at one end is 2 large sofas and table with tv at the other end is two large sofas and a pool table with additional seating. The lounge area caters for 13-15 people. There are 10 wall lights and 5 standing lights. At both ends of the lounge are large windows. The lounge benefits from a new 8 watt log burner and this can also be opened to become an open fire. The log burner and large historic chimney are commissioned and safe and easy to use. The fire provides a significant amount of heat in addition to the traditional central heating system. The lounge has a feature wall of logs and a further feature open fire place ( not for use). Th property is pet friendly and animals are able to be to roam freely in the gardens and in the kitchen and hallway. As the manor house is large this amounts to 93 square meters. The carpet in the lounge and the bedrooms and the hall stairs are 80% wool and are of high quality, they are cream and we regularly do a full professional carpet clean. Whilst we are dog friendly we do also wish to respect those that do not have dogs and may have allergies. The slate floors can be cleaned and steamed each change over and it is with this in mind that we feel 93 square meters of family space in the centre of the house, is adequate for a well behaved pet to interact with the family. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2021

  • "The house is lovely with lots of space."

    Our family party of 10 ranged from age nearly 2 to 70 and we were very comfortable. The reason we are only giving a 4 star is because the hot tub was not working for most of our week.we ere given a small refund in compensation but it was still s disappointment.

    Reviewed by JillJul 2021

  • "The Old Manor House was lovey, comfortable and well equipped."

    The gardens were fabulous with lots of different seating areas and the hot tub and pool table were brilliant. Dogs are only allowed in the kitchen and hall which was not explained in original listing. We got round this by using throws on the carpets and sofas with the agreement of the owner prior to arrival. We would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by LornaJun 2021

  • "Lovely location."

    Great family venue.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "Beautiful property well positioned and wonderful hosts , couldn’t ask for more."

    Reviewed by TimNov 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in this beautiful house."

    We were met on arrival by Jeanette who gave us an insightful guide of things to do in and around the area. There’s plenty of walks around the local village and within a 30 minute drive there are beaches, castles and picturesque coastal villages to explore. There was Enough to entertain 3 lively boys, one dog and a very exhausted mum and dad. The hot tub was an added a bonus and got plenty of use. We will definitely be returning and would recommend.

    Reviewed by JamesOct 2020

  • "Great location for Dartmoor, the coast, Golitha Falls and Lydford Gorge."

    Many walking and biking opportunities nearby. We ran out of time and hope to return. Very spacious house and Covid appropriate.

    Reviewed by SueOct 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed staying at this lovely house but the television and DVD player were a problem."

    The lady who met us on arrival tried to assist us by messages but it would have been helpful to know that there was no terrestrial TV at the outset and programmes were only available via iplayers. There was no DVD player so films were only available on Netflix if you have a subscription which we don't. There was a game player but for the uninitiated we couldn't use it to play DVDs. The instructions left for the house were not up to date. We were also disappointed that there was an expectation to vacuum and clean floors at the end of the week. We did not feel that this was part of Covid rules and felt used. We did comply but this took away from our last day of the holiday.

    Thank you very much for your comments. The property has an Netflix account which can be accessed using the netflix button on the remote. The tv also has freeview and ibbc , iitv etc. There are 2 dvd players that can be utilised for any of the 3 tv’s ( main lounge 52 inch, kitchen 30 inch and mezzanine 40 inch tv). There is broadband and all internet services. Further detail, if required are in the house information at the property Property Owner

    Reviewed by JudySep 2020

  • "The Old Manor House was very clean, organised, peaceful, and large for a group of 10."

    We all had sufficient space to enjoy the house and the gardens. Well maintained and thoughtfully decorated. Kitchen was well equipped. Heating and hot water worked very well. We were able to get the cleaner to do additional days during our stay which made it more relaxing and welcoming home to return to after a long day of activities.

    Reviewed by MeeraAug 2020

  • "The cottage and owner were both lovely."

    Reviewed by AmandaJul 2020

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  • 5 bedrooms: 1 king size bedrooms, with a large en-suite shower room , basin and WC
  • 1 king size bedrooms with access to shower room via hallway
  • 1 double bedroom, with en-suite shower, basin and WC and with a spiral staircase to a mezzanine level, chill out area
  • 1 double bedrooms en-suite bathroom with large bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 1 twin room ( jack and jill) en-suite bathroom with large bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Formal Dining room with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove and open fire.
  • Central heating with 2 x woodburning stoves and an open-fire
  • Electric range cooker with electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi, i player for BBC, ITV etc)
  • Netflix (the house has an account, details are provided) Xbox with game, and a selection of books, games and DVDs with 2 DVD players
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for four cars
  • Enclosed garden with gravelled area, lawn, and patio and hot tub
  • Dog-friendly
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub within 0.1 mile
  • Note; There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £800 for this property
  • Please note: Pet dogs are not permitted upstairs or in the lounge, formal dining room or on the white carpets
  • Dogs are allowed on all the slated areas downstairs only (Kitchen, informal dining and hallway)

The property

Settled in the charming village of Lifton is this wonderful manor house, found in the centre of this quaint settlement, this property boasts traditional and spacious rooms with contemporary features.

The Old Manor House is a great choice for a family holiday as it has plenty of room sleeping up to ten guests and holds a central position so you can tour the very best locations.

Beginning with the homely sitting room, here you can feel the character of the property come out in full flow, with two fireplaces - one holding an open fire (for decoration only) and the other, a woodburning stove - and antique style furnishings beneath the exposed wooden beams, you will be hard pressed to find somewhere more inviting than here.

Watch TV with your loved ones or pick one of the many board games to choose from and enjoy some quality time together.

Head into the kitchen/diner when everyone is hungry and get cooking using the fantastic electric range cooker and hob, with sofas in here and a dining table as well, there's plenty of room for some supervisors to oversee the chefs with a glass of wine.

For more formal evenings, serve up a feast in the dining room where a beautiful long table rests with ornately carved legs, with a woodburning stove set in a rustic stone fireplace.

Soak in the bubbling hot tub after a busy day of exploring the surrounding area, while the children play on the large lawn area.

When you're ready to rest up for the next day ahead, travel up to the first floor to find five beautiful double bedrooms, enjoying charming views from the windows over the village and adorned with quality bed linens and furnishings to make you feel as settled as possible.

Some of the bedrooms have access to a lovely en-suite or shared en-suite bathroom, while the final bedroom features a double bed with a spiral staircase leading to a pleasant space with a sofa bed, a perfect spot for enjoying some quiet time away from the crowd.

If you can tear yourself away from this wonderful home, then begin with a beach day at Boscastle Beach for sun, sea and sand, with nearby towns along Cornwall's north coast well worth a visit too, including the charming old fishing village of Port Isaac, or the historic Tintagel, the supposed birthplace of King Arthur with a rugged clifftop holding an amazing statue in tribute to this myth and a castle to be explored.

Both the Bodmin Moors and the Tamar Valley AONB offer amazing walking country, along with the huge Dartmoor National Park where a whole host of activities can be enjoyed.

The Old Manor House is a fabulous property with a perfect balance of old and new, waiting to be the gracious host to your family holiday in Devon.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £800.

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About the location


Launceston 5 miles.

Lifton is a small village in the upper Tamar Valley, close to Launceston and the passing A30 road into Cornwall. This pretty community, once sitting astride the old A30 London to Penzance trunk road, is blessed with a village shop and post office, a superb pub and 3 top quality restaurants. At the far end of the village is an award winning farm shop/pick-your-own complex with a good bakery and on-site restaurant. Well placed for visiting anywhere in the South West, Dartmoor is 20 minutes away by car, Bodmin Moor is also 30 minutes and all of the major beaches and Cornish holiday attractions can be reached in under 45 minutes.

Region Information

Note; There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £800 for this property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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