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Abbots Manor

Combe Raleigh, near Honiton, Devon (Ref. 976039)



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  • Sleeps 18

  • Bedrooms 8

  • Bathrooms 7

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful holiday at Abbot’s Manor."

    Wonderful memories made around the firepit. All facilities exactly as described and lovely spacious rooms. Wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by LynetteJul 2022

  • "Amazing garden, especially for children- the highlight of our stay."

    Great BBQ area. Loved the fire pit for toasting marshmallows. Lovely spacious garden for games.

    Reviewed by NicolaJun 2022

  • "Abbotts Manor It is difficult to think of sufficient superlatives to describe our family stay at Abbotts Manor."

    My wife and I chose it for a delayed celebration of our Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary from last March and we are so pleased we did. Accompanied by our two sons and daughter with their spouses and our six granddaughters the fourteen of us with their four dogs spent a week at Abbotts Manor during late May/early June 2022 and the facilities were fantastic. Obviously, different members of our family have different interests such as countryside walks or the Jurassic cliffs at Charmouth whereas our youngest granddaughters also like swimming and all activities were readily accessible within a maximum thirty-minute car journey as are the seaside resorts of Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Lyme Regis, Beer, and Exmouth. Abbotts Manor gives one a feeling of spacious luxury in an old-fashioned way which is a delight, and the huge garden has many areas where you can enjoy the sun or shade whichever you prefer. All the bedrooms are spacious with nearly all on suite and the dining room with its large table enabled us to arrange for a chef to provide a celebratory dinner party on one of the nights with everyone seated around one huge table. Prior to dinner we had arranged with a local photographer and the garden provided him with some lovely opportunities for the photographs. By the end of the week the granddaughters had renamed the morning room as the granddaughter’s room so that gives an indication of just how much they enjoyed the family holiday at Abbotts Manor. We are especially grateful to Jessica the Housekeeper who never interfered but was always available to answer any questions or help and she even advised us of the Combe Raleigh Village Jubilee Beacon and fireworks display that we were able to enjoy from the garden after our family bar b q on our last night. Many thanks, David & Sandra Clemett.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2022

  • "It is an excellent property and thoughtfully kitted out for a big gathering."

    A beautiful house in a lovely location and a great garden. Activities for all ages. We were delighted with it, but just a few small observations: - a 9am check out is hard given we did quite a bit of cleaning before we left. An extra hour would have made a big difference - the two coffee filters were a bit small for a big group - the mattresses in the master bedroom weren’t very comfortable

    Reviewed by WendyMay 2022

  • "A fabulous house to spend a long weekend with 3 generations of our family."

    We had a lovely time. Thank you.

    Reviewed by RobertApr 2022

  • "Perfect house for our Easter family holiday."

    The children and adults thoroughly enjoyed the garden, house facilities and spaciousness. The weather was perfect and also lots for the family to do and explore in the surrounding area. Such a good holiday we will definitely book again next year!

    Reviewed by JuliaApr 2022

  • "The house was exceptional and felt very homely."

    The bedrooms were huge and plenty of room for the children to share. We had a lovely break.

    Reviewed by BobApr 2022

  • "Thank you for a lovely weekend in your beautiful house and garden."

    It was so cozy and warm, clean, well equipped and it was such a nice touch with the flowers and cream tea. Definitely recommend staying here to anyone.

    Reviewed by JuliaMar 2022

  • "Perfect house for a family get together."

    There were 16 of us and the house still felt spacious. Having a 2nd lounge (Morning Room) meant there were no arguments about watching the 6 Nations! Bedrooms were great and having all but two with en-suites was brilliant. Thank you!

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2022

  • "Abbotts Manor was a beautiful house with every facility we could have asked for."

    There were 16 adults and 2 children staying to celebrate a 60th birthday and we all had a wonderful time. We will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by MartinFeb 2022

  • "Excellent house for a large family holiday and beautifully decorated for Christmas."

    Would have liked another large frying pan to be able to prepare breakfast for so many but other than that it was perfect! It's a shame the weather meant we couldn't make use of the brilliant garden.

    Reviewed by RheannaDec 2021

  • "Excellent holiday enjoyed by 14 adults; plenty of room for all."

    House was the best equipped we have been too.

    Reviewed by JeffreyNov 2021

  • "The property was amazing and felt so comfortable."

    There were 15 of us, plenty of room for everyone and no waiting for the bathroom! The garden was a real hit with the children, lots of space to play. A great place for a family get together, especially after the past 18 months. We had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by CaroleAug 2021

  • "Amazing house !"

    Absolutely loved everything about the house.Immaculate in every way and lots of space for everyone (there was 15 of us) A fantastic holiday!

    Reviewed by KerriAug 2021

  • "This is a lovely property very suitable for a family get together."

    It's well run in terms of upkeep and support from a housekeeping and gardening team. It's described as a happy house and it is. However the WiFi is extremely poor and if you do find somewhere it works in the house it is too slow to support music streaming. There is a Sonos speaker system. You will need the Sonos1 app to get it to work and as it relies on the WiFi you can only use it from a place your mobile gets reception. Not the living room. Top tip download music before you arrive. Oh and the firepit is perhaps better described as a bonfire area! But don't let this put you off - it's a great property and we have twice had a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2021

  • "Beautiful home, clearly covid considered."

    Housekeeper very friendly and helpful. Lovely base for exploring Devon and Dorset, and some great memories to be had.

    Reviewed by ToniOct 2020

  • "Highly recommend this property, the house is beautiful and the garden is absolutely amazing, we booked the holiday for a three generation family group, and it didn’t disappoint, both adults and children had a brilliant time, marshmallows around the fire pit, barbecues and football with Jack the local farm dog all in stunning scenery."

    Special thanks to Jessica the housekeeper.

    Reviewed by SueJul 2020

  • "Wonderful house , very well appointed ."

    In fact we felt that the photos did not do it justice . The gardens in particular were immaculate , beautifully laid out . We enjoyed sitting out immensely The house has plenty of space ,for large parties , everyone thoroughly enjoyed their stay

    Reviewed by KateJul 2020

  • "Young Jessica and her team had done a fantastic job of preparing the house prior to our arrival."

    A decorated Christmas tree, and festive decorations adorned various areas of the house. Unlike some rental properties, Abbots Manor has a total homely feel about it. From the minute you walk through the door you can sense the warm cosy atmosphere. All the bedrooms were spacious, spotlessly clean, well presented, and with plenty of storage space. The lounge and cinema room were two areas where the family could relax with a good film, or fireside chat. One family member is a professional musician so made good use of the piano. The kitchen was very well equipped with all the utensils you could possible wish for, and the two dishwashers made cleaning up after a meal an absolute breeze. The dinning room was equally comfortable, and seated everyone with ease. The house was beautifully warm throughout, so much so that we had to turn some of the radiators off because of the fairly mild temperatures outside. Likewise we only lit the wood burning stove twice, mainly for ambience rather than need because of the mild temperatures and warmth of the house. We only had one issue whilst we were there, and that related to the Aga, but Jessica attended the premises within minutes of contacting her only to find it was merely the fuse box had tripped. We had a fantastic family Christmas break at Abbots Manor, and hope to return at a different time of the year to explore the surrounding countryside and numerous footpaths in the area. Overall I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Abbots Manor for a stay anytime of the year.

    Reviewed by AnthonyDec 2019

  • "We had a wonderful and memorable family get-together at Abbots Manor."

    The house was beautiful as well as warm, clean and extremely comfortable. The adults appreciated the spacious kitchen, huge dining room, comfy beds with en suites and relaxing lounge. The children loved the outdoor play area, tabletop football and fantastic games room. The housekeeper, Jessica, was friendly and helpful and made sure all our needs were catered for. We all agreed we wished we could have stayed longer!

    Reviewed by ValerieNov 2019

  • "The house is beautiful, comfortable and really well maintained, cleaned and equipped."

    One of the best holiday homes our group has experienced over 10-12 years. Combe Raleigh is a lovely quiet village with nearby walks and easy access to Honiton, Exeter and the coast. Good support/advice from housekeeper both in advance and during holiday and helpful, friendly neighbour visited with advice during short village power cut. We all had a wonderful time at Abbots Manor. Thank you.

    Reviewed by MargaretNov 2019

  • "IT was a beautiful house ."

    Lovely energy clean and comfortable . Bedrooms were excellent . Kitchen was nice and big we could all get in there with out getting in the way 9 of us . Garden was excellent nice big patio and garden furniture we had breakfast out side in the sun . My only negative ? Dinning room chairs ? So uncountable shame as its a great place to chat . Marks out of 10 definitely 10 .

    Reviewed by KevinSep 2019

  • "The house was clean and very comfortable and extremely well equipped for a family gathering."

    Bedrooms were pretty, and beds very comfortable. The kitchen had everything one could need and the garden had lots of games and equipment for all ages. The house had a lovely family feel to it, and everything was of a very high standard.

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2019

  • "A great place for a large family gathering."

    Spacious, comfortable with wonderful bedrooms and bathrooms. A lovely garden to relax in, and we had great fun with the croquet set. Only 2 small negative points to make - cooking for large numbers (we were a party of 17) on the Aga was a challenge - thank heavens for the gas cooker in the utility room, and 2 of the showers on the top floor were a problem at times - one too hot and the other too cold. We had difficulties adjusting those. The door on one of the dishwashers could also do with some attention. Overall a memorable family holiday.

    Reviewed by CaroleJul 2019

  • "Fantastic house, we had the best week there, they had thought of everything, couldn’t fault it."


    Reviewed by ToniJun 2019

  • "This is the perfect place for a friends get together."

    All the kids played together fabulously and the garden space and croquet was a big hit! Reasonably Easy to get to from all parts of the south as it’s so close to the A303 and M5. Love it. We’ll be back!

    Reviewed by AdamJun 2019

  • "Abbots Manor was a great choice for our family get together."

    It was spacious, clean and comfortable with great beds and pillows. It was brilliant for the young children in the party, both indoors and outdoors, with plenty of toys, dvds, and play equipment. The only downside was the cooking facilities....using an Aga with three small ovens for the first time was not great for large party cooking. There is a gas cooker in the scullery but this wasn’t able to reach a suitable cooking temperature.

    Reviewed by MarieMay 2019

  • "Great house for a big gathering."

    We had a dinner for 16 one evening and a lunchtime barbecue for around 40 one lunchtime and had enough plates/cutlery etc. Waitrose delivery worked well for both events. Fantastic garden for children as well as adult games.

    Reviewed by ValerieApr 2019

  • "Fantastic, spacious house in a lovely setting - ideal for our group of 17."

    Excellent level of facilities and equipment. The well-stocked welcome pack was a bonus and much appreciated. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by BrianApr 2019

  • "There were 17 of us for my mother’s 80th birthday and we all had a fantastic holiday thanks in large part to this wonderful house."

    Reviewed by CarolineMar 2019

  • "We celebrated our Golden Wedding with the family and it was just perfect."

    Jessica was amazing and very helpful. Have already recommended the house to other people. Only one thing, no hairdryers so remember to take your own.

    Reviewed by JeffreyFeb 2019

  • "Everything was high standard."

    Jessica was very helpful and even brought us some more wood for the fire. The welcome basket was full of delicious food. We had very good service from everyone at Helpful Holidays Thank you

    Reviewed by AliNov 2018

  • "Our booking was rearranged following cancellation due to Beast from the East."

    It was worth the wait! Super accommodation and in a beautiful setting. We’re already booking again fir next year!

    Reviewed by LynneNov 2018

  • "Fab well equipped family party house"

    Reviewed by JamesOct 2018

  • "The house keeper was so helpful."

    Such a fabulous house very comfy and full of superb things both in the garden and in the house. I hope to he back soon.

    Reviewed by SimonOct 2018

  • "We are very grateful to Jessica Aberdeen for her high standards in presenting the property."

    Nothing is too much trouble, and she always welcomes you personally and checks you have every thing you need.

    Reviewed by ElaineAug 2018

  • "Amazing house, perfect for gathering a large group of people."

    The facilities were excellent and the housekeeper extremely friendly and adaptable. We couldn´t have asked for more, and are already planning our next stay there!

    Reviewed by JenniferJun 2018

  • "Amazing cottage and suited the size of our party however, more pantry space needed for storage of cupboard items and also hot water was an issue due to their being so many bodies to shower which technically should not have been a problem with the size of the house but it was."

    Reviewed by VictoriaJun 2018

  • "Fabulous holiday home for 5 families, so very comfortable and we especially loved our evening around the camp fire!"

    Well equipped to cater for 18 people we would highly recommend this beautiful home.

    Reviewed by BernadetteApr 2018

  • "Abbots Manor is a very well equipped house."

    We have a very relaxing weekend there.

    Reviewed by SaraApr 2018

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  • Over three levels
  • Four first floor bedrooms: 1 x super king double (can convert to twin) with en suite bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and two basins, 1 x king size double with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin, 2 x twin (can convert to super king double) with basin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC, basin
  • Four second floor bedrooms: 1 x family room with super king double (can convert to twin) and twin beds with en suite bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and basin, 1 x super king double (can convert to twin) with en suite bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and basin, 2 x twin (can convert to super king double) with en suite bathrooms with bath, WC, basin (one with shower over, the other with separate shower and hand shower)
  • First floor morning/games room
  • Ground floor hall with small dining table
  • Dining room
  • Drawing room with wood burning stove
  • Kitchen
  • Utility/boot room
  • Office
  • Ground floor WC with basin.
  • Central heating, underfloor heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for 10 cars
  • Enclosed garden with childrens play area, barbecue
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm

The property

This splendid big house is situated on a former vast country estate in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Combe Raleigh.

Georgian, Grade II listed and rambling over three storeys, it is lovely accommodation for family gatherings or groups of friends.

The impressive porch leads into the hall, with its table for a half size game of snooker or a small group to dine.

Off this is your elegant drawing room with wood burning stove and a formal dining room, both beautiful with antique furniture and modern comforts including a wireless music system.

The country style kitchen is the friendly heart of the home with its Aga and access to the sunny terrace for outdoor meals.

Off a half-landing on the way to the first floor you will find a bright morning room which doubles as a fun games room with its TV, PlayStation and Xbox.

Choose from four lovely bedrooms on the first floor or head on up to the second floor and four more big bedrooms.

The outside space is wonderful for families, with a big enclosed garden complete with large lawn, the terrace with barbecue, great countryside views, a well equipped play area for little children and an amazing campfire area for the older ones to toast marshmallows and tell ghost stories.

There is space for a marquee by arrangement too, if you're planning a wedding gathering or family party.

With fishing, golf and shooting available locally and the Otter Valley and Blackdown Hills to explore, this is a brilliant place for outdoor activities.

There are lots of splendid houses and gardens to visit, as well as the interesting old lace making town of Honiton and beaches on the fossil rich Jurassic Coast at Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Sidmouth, Branscombe and Beer.

Abbots Manor is a fine house for enjoying time with special people and exploring the area, with easy access to the A30.


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Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


Honiton is a delightful market town in East Devon, with plenty to offer visitors. It lies in the valley of the River Otter and is surrounded by rolling Devon hills, green wooded valleys and plenty of scattered farming villages.

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Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £500

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