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Holsworthy, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 14 Guests

  • 7 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • great (8)
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  • owners (6)

17 Customer Reviews

  • "Owners were lovely."

    The house was great but it felt cluttered and with lots of items that were untouchable, it was like living in a museum for a week. But I would still highly recommend staying in this beautiful house

    Reviewed by Andrew3.8Jul 2024

  • "Beautiful house and grounds with lots of history."

    It fit our party of 12 comfortably. The grounds were full of wildlife and perfect for walking our dog around. House has various rooms to relax and unwind. The kitchen has everything you need. The bedrooms are spacious nicely decorated in a vintage style. Central heating and water pressure was great throughout the house. There was a barn full of outdoor games which we made use of on the large front lawn. The hot tub was a nice treat. Shops are nearby. Bude and other coastal areas are just a short drive away. And Exmoor Zoo is further but still possible as a daytrip. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Thank you, Vicky. We are delighted you all enjoyed yourselves here. Wilfie got a real kick out of meeting your lovely little dog, Maggie! The evenings were a little chilly for June but the central heating kept you all cosy - and you got to see the roses coming into full flower. We look forward to welcoming you back! Very best wishes and enjoy the summer, John, Rondi, Richard and Anna. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jun 2024

  • "We stayed at Parnacott as a family of three generations this summer, having never visited before."

    We were so pleased with the 'home from home' feeling of comfort that the property offered and the spacious environment that held something for everyone - from the feeling of nature on your doorstep, a plethora of books all around and the table tennis set up in the barn. The teenagers in the family thoroughly enjoyed organising a tournament and 'thrashing' their elders! Thank you John and Rhondi for a lovely stay.

    Erin and family - we loved meeting you all and are so delighted you had a brilliant week. it was good to talk and share enthusiasms. You certainly made the most of your week here and wild swimming on Dartmoor's rivers was extremely adventurous! That's definitely a first for anyone choosing Parnacott for their holiday home.. We would love to welcome you back next year. You could explore Bodmin moor! Very best wishes, John & Rondi Property Owner

    Reviewed by Erin5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely week with three generations of family, the house had a relaxed charm with woodland walks and outdoor dining."

    Thank you Jennifer, and thank you , Simon for your beautiful drawings and water colours of Parnacott. You are absolutely correct about the house's spirit and our surroundings that provide such a variety of habitats for wildlife. You will all be very welcome here in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Jul 2023

  • "John and Rondi are very welcoming."

    Greet you on arrival to show you around and answer any questions. Great knowledge of the area The house is beautiful with lots of character . Plenty of space for everyone Nice welcoming touches Well equipt kitchen. Something for all ages. Great showers

    It was lovely to meet you all and it is really good to know you enjoyed the house and the area. We hope to welcome you back next year. Best wishes - John and Rondi Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2023

  • "Owners were lovely, the house has a lot of history."

    The ten of us aging from 1 to 75 all enjoyed our stay. Location is great and very close to Bude with some lovely beaches.

    Thank you, Laura - you certainly had great beach weather and you are quite right about our local beaches and beautiful coast. Would love to see you here again. John and Rondi Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laura4.7Jun 2023

  • "Parnacott house is an amazing, charming place, full of character and steeped in history, huge bedrooms, plenty of bathrooms, lots of fridge and freezer space, double oven so plenty of cooking facilities."

    The gardens are incredible and spacious. We had an amazing time, 12 of us and we never felt cramped. John and Rondi was so welcoming and gave us a tour of the place, showed us where everything is, and nothing was too much trouble, even complementry cake, chocolates and wine. A lovely touch. We didnt want to leave after our week. Would definitely go back. The weather was glorious so made it even more special.

    Thank you so much, Melanie. Rondi and I are delighted you all has such a good time here. We do hope you will be back one day - and bring all that sunshine with you! Very best wishes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0May 2023

  • "Wonderful holiday in a beautiful housse."

    Thank you, Paul and Shirley We are delighted you enjoyed your family week here at Parnacott and look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you too for leaving the house in such very good order! John and Rondi Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2022

  • "We all had such a wonderful time."

    A family get together was made so special by the facilities at Parnacott. The owners were so welcoming and helpful. They were on hand if needed and were so generous and thoughtful leaving little flowers for our celebratory meal in the dining room a welcome pack and some chocolates for a special birthday, for which we had hired a chef. The table tennis and lawn games were a great hit with everyone. Thank you Parnacott for bringing us altogether from various countries and different areas of the country. The proximity of Bude was perfect for days on the beach in a beach hut. Everyone had a great time.

    Nicky your feedback is so good to read. Rondi and I are really pleased your week was a success and that Parnacott suited you all. We were definitely an international house for a week! Bude does just get better and better and I recall you liked Widemouth as well. You left the house in very good order - thank you - and we hope you will be back next year! Best wishes, John Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0May 2022

  • "Fantastic location!"

    beautifully tranquil and relaxing but also not far from towns or beaches. The house was perfect for our family holiday as it easily housed 13 of us and not once did we feel crowded. The great grandparents enjoyed the beautiful grounds which they felt comfortable wandering around whereas the younger members were able to play table tennis or snooker. We visited Bude a few times as the surfing was excellent there. The house itself was clean, comfortable, spacious and full of interesting history. The owners of the property were kind and incredibly helpful, we were sad to leave.

    Thank you so much - we are ideal for 3 generations. September is such a good month for a holiday at Parnacott. You know the way now and will be welcomed back with open arms!! All the best - John & Rondi Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Sep 2021

  • "This house is beautiful!"

    The grounds it’s set in, beautiful! The surrounding area? You guessed it! BEAUTIFUL! John and Rondi are just wonderful! The house feels like a home away from home. Everything you could need is in the house! Travel light, there’s ironing facilities, washing machine and dryer, hairdryers! You name it, parnacott has it! Perfect for children, the barn is well stocked with games, beach equipment for all ages and a ping pong table too! We had the most amazing holiday and can not wait to return! If you get the chance, say hi to Wilfie he’s great!!!! Thanks Team parnacott!

    Your praise is much appreciated - so glad your holiday here was a success. We work hard at making Parnacott a first rate holiday home and Wilfie loves welcoming our people! John & Rondi Property Owner

    Reviewed by Luey5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday, the 1st for a while with all the family."

    Perfect location & with the most beautiful gardens, our Grandchildren loved it. The hosts, John & Rondi are very welcoming & the treats that were waiting for us were very much appreciated. A perfect place to stay, particularly if wanting a beach holiday.

    Thank you, Julie - we certainly are just perfect for 3 generations! Cheers - John & Rondi Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Jun 2021

  • "Parnacott is a real treat."

    A very special place to stay. Close to great walks and fab beaches. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2019

  • "Little extras such as wine, cake, soap and general basics were very much appreciated."

    Hosts were welcoming and friendly. Plenty of parking. Dogs were made welcome also.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Aug 2019

  • "We were a party of ten adults and one child and enjoyed a wonderful week here."

    The beautiful house is a lovely cosy home. Every possible need is catered for. The bedrooms are large, with comfortable beds. The bathrooms have excellent showers. The kitchen is excellently equipped. The games room has lots of games. The gardens are beautiful with plenty of seating areas. I can highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by A5.0Jul 2019

  • "An absolutely fabulous weekend - the owners of Parnacott House could not have been more welcoming to their home."

    Brilliant gardens - thoroughly recommend for large family get - togethers

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Apr 2019

  • "The property is beautiful, set in tranquil grounds."

    It offers a different experience to most other large highly rated properties. It is densely decorated with old family portraits, much old china and other family heirlooms. The owners and other members of the family live in adjoining and neighbouring cottages, there is an internal interconnecting door between the main house and the owners’ cottage. The property could perhaps do with some internal decoration and replacements, such as repainting ceilings and replacing threadbare carpets but perhaps this adds to the ‘old country house experience’? The property was very clean when we arrived.

    Reviewed by Colleen4.1Jul 2018

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  • Seven bedrooms
  • Five first floor bedrooms: 3 x double, one with king size four poster and basin, one with super king bed or twin and basin, one with king size bed and en suite bathroom with bath, bidet, WC and basin, 2 x twin with basins
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC, basin
  • Shower room with shower, WC, basin
  • Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x twin leading into 1 x double
  • Shower room with shower, WC, basin
  • Drawing room with open fire
  • Childrens room
  • Kitchen
  • Breakfast/sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Utility room.
  • Central heating, electric fires, night storage heating, open fire with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, 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
  • Childrens play area, barbecue
  • Hot tub with capacity up to 7 people
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Note: Parnacott has a wedding licence and you can pitch a marquee on site by prior arrangement.

The property

Parnacott is a Grade II listed 16th century house three miles from Holsworthy and eight miles from the surf beach at Bude.

Elegant and comfortable, with large rooms, big windows and lovely furniture, it is very special accommodation for family gatherings or get-togethers for friends with two ground floor bedrooms ideal for those who cannot do stairs.

From the hall, the drawing room is a serene space with an open fire and the dining room is a stylish place for fine dinner parties.

An informal place to eat is the breakfast room which has a wood burning stove and doubles as a sitting room just off the excellent kitchen.

For the children, there is a special sitting room with TV, games consoles and toys.

You will find two of the bedrooms downstairs, and the other five up the curving staircase.

Outside is lots of space for children to play, with 12 acres of grounds, perfect for hide and seek and spotting wildlife.

A barn houses a table tennis table and there are lots of garden games for adults and children to enjoy, such as badminton and croquet.

The friendly owners also provide buckets and spades and bodyboards for you to use on the beach at Bude, where you can hire bikes too.

This is a perfect place for an active holiday, since horse riding and clay pigeon shooting are available locally and the Coast Path is perfect for walkers.

With all sorts of services available, from daily domestic help to baby-sitting and dog-sitting, Parnacott is a peaceful, much loved house for relaxing or enjoying the area.

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

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About the location


Bude 10 miles; Launceston 13.7 miles; Barnstaple 25 miles.

The ancient market town of Holsworthy lies nestled amid the rolling green hills of Tarka Country. There are many different landscapes within the region, from rugged cliffs and sandy beaches to rolling farmland and lush valleys. Holsworthy has much to offer, including a swimming pool, tennis court and splendid park with bowling green. The town centre boasts a varied selection of traditional shops, pubs and cafés, based around the market square. There is an 18-hole golf course just outside the town, while the local area is rich with opportunities for fishing, sailing, cycling and walking. The sandy beaches at Bude are within easy reach, while further afield visitors can explore the changing face of the South West Coastal Path, dramatic Exmoor and Dartmoor, and unspoilt Bodmin Moor, or simply relax in the quiet countryside that typifies North Devon.

Note: No stag or Hen parties.

Please note: It is not possible to charge electric vehicles at the property.

Note: Hot Tub not available through to 1st June 2024, please contact for more information.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season