Welcome To Parnacott House

Parnacott House


A 5* self-catering holiday home set amidst lawns and trees just 8 miles from the Atlantic

Some Facts:

The house sleeps up to 14, not including babies and toddlers under the age of 2.

Bedrooms: 7 -  of which 2 are on the ground floor (a twin and a double*).

Bath/shower rooms: 4 - of which 1 is on the ground floor, and 1 is en-suite.

Double Bedrooms 4 - *of which one is on the ground floor


Bedlinen, towels, electricity, heating are all included in the rental figure - as are most household items like dishwasher tabs, cloths, soap, loo rolls, rubbish bags and so forth.  Holidaymakers have praised us for the level of kitchen equipment, and the generous amounts of crockery, cutlery and glassware.


Parnacott can be rented for weekends out of the high season - ideal for a family gathering, a special occasion or celebration, a group 'refresher', friends reuniting, a golf/walking break, a surfing holiday. 

Prices for 2016 for a week start at £1,350, for a Friday to Friday week.  They go up to  £3,075  for a week in August, at Christmas and over New Year.  Prices for 2017 start at £1,362 and go up to £3,140.

The end of September and early October has become increasingly popular and rightly so. November and December weekends bring their own charms.


 n.b. Bookings accepted for 2017 and 2018. 


Weddings are separately priced - please phone or e-mail to discuss your requirements.

Weekends out of the high season are both possible and welcomed - please phone or e-mail for a figure.


Please note: there is plenty of car parking space in the large yard to the rear of Parnacott.

 Parnacott House now has its own Facebook page!  Please follow us, 'like' and 'share'~:



Special Offers - please go to Late Group Accommodation page.


Parnacott House, situated in one of the most beautiful corners of west Devon, close to the spectacular north Cornish and north Devon coastlines, has been the family home of the Vowlers for over 400 years. 

 Established as a small farm during the early years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Parnacott evolved over successive generations to become a country gentleman’s estate.  It is an exceptional place, which my wife, children and I love – we think you will too.

Set on risng ground, amidst mature trees and calming lawns, surrounded by permanent pasture and rich in wildlife, with views towards Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, Parnacott has space, character and quiet. It is a lovely place for a holiday, for reunions, for celebrations, for a shared enthusiasm or interest such as walking, surfing, reading or even for a working group!

Parnacott is tranquil and secluded; it is life-affirming, gentle, contented, almost proof against the tyranny of time.  Each point in the calendar brings its own rewards here, and so whatever the season, whatever the weather, Parnacott offers you a comfortable and elegant venue for your special event.  Golden anniversaries have shone at Parnacott; we have listened to a haunting saxaphone piece welcoming in the New Year, evocative violins, plangent flutes and even a Scots piper, in full regalia, to mark a special birthday in a very special way.  The house and grounds have successfully hosted two quite unique wedding receptions, and one wedding. Joy was unconfined!

Parnacott House

The house sleeps up to 14, but, by special arrangement and at additional cost, extra numbers, especially children, can be considered, The house is perfect for self-catering holidays, special celebrations - we've just hosted a 90th birthday - and family gatherings.  Many families choose to return year upon year and it has been a pleasure to watch, quite literally, the children grow up!  We have had retreats, reading workshops, seminars, discussion groups, themed evenings, and Murder Mystery groups; if there really are ghosts here, as some of our holidaymakers assert, they must have been most marvellously entertained!  The spirits of this house seem to be benign, indulgent and content - long may that be the case.

Although many of our groups love to cook for one another in our well equipped kitchen, and some indeed relish holding competitions, it is possible to arrange, at additional cost, professional catering.  Lots of groups.have already enjoyed the pleasure of being cooked for and waited upon in the Georgian dining room.  We have too and can vouch for the quality of the fare.

Look over the website, think about spending time here and then get in touch – we look forward to hearing from you.  Weekends out of season have become very popular recently - we are just 30 minutes by car from the A 30 dual carriageway at Okehampton.  We are dog-friendly but there is always an extra charge.

It is definitely worth mentioning that the photographs, despite their beauty, do not really do justice to the spirit of the old place. Should you book, you'll see what I mean!

Further information, availability ascertained, and/or to make a booking for a week, weekend or short week please contact us on 01409 253792.


Find us on the Group Accommodation website, on The Big Domain, or on the Helpful Holidays Website, an outstanding agency covering the Westcountry. It has rated us as a 5 star property.

You will also find us in Alistair Sawday's "Special Places: Venues in Britain".


We have also been featured in a Saturday edition of  'The Western Morning News’ (8th February 2014 - Travel Section.) 





Westcountry Weddings

Parnacott is now an official Wedding Venue!  We are able to host Weddings, Renewal of Vows and Naming Ceremonies.  We offer bespoke weddings in beautiful surroundings. This is a very special place and ideal for small, intimate weddings too - for wedding groups of up to 18.  Check out the Parnacott House Facebook page*, and contact us on 01409 253792 for details, prices and for advice.


* https://www.facebook.com/parnacotthouse/ 



Parnacott Film

This short film made for Clearview Stoves by Dom Mafham provides some idea of Parnacott prior to cerain repairs being undertaken.  Everytime I watch it, it reminds me not to act with dogs or stoves!!  The reference to my great grandfather is a slip of the tongue; I was actually referring to my great-great grandfather.  Moreover, Parnacott is about 425 years old and not, yet, 500!  Our eldest miniature schnauzer, Nellie, is, very sadly, no longer with us.


‘One Man, 3 dogs and a Stove’
































Parnacott House


Guest Comments

Parnacott not only met our expectations, it exceeded them! - the perfect venue for our new year and 30th birthday party, cosy and grand at the same time. the perfect retreat, we will definitely be going back. Thanks all at Parnacott.