Parnacott House is very much a home. It is comfortable, warm in winter and cool in the heat of the summer. The Georgian front has large, almost square, high ceilinged rooms downstairs that lend themselves well to relaxing, entertaining and enjoying oneself. There are family portraits, Dryden over the desk in the drawing room, and the Earl of Sandwich in the dining room. Unfortunately, no portrait of Pepys was left to the family, but one of his assistant and relative, John Creed, co-founder of Britain's naval supremacy over the following two hundred and fifty years, hangs in the drawing room opposite one of his very beautiful wife, Elizabeth Pickering - she of the bedroom eyes - and lots and lots of books.
The sun filled, peaceful, comfortable drawing room has an open fireplace (Jetmaster log burner), and sofas - rather a 'grown-up' room, and no television - while the elegant, formal dining room with its lovely Welsh dresser, seats 14. Walking into the 'back' of the house, through the centuries, you then come to a large, slate-floored beamed space with sofas, TV/DVD/video, toys, books, games, dressing up boxes, glove puppets, children’s videos, PlayStation 2, Wii and pool table. Next to it is a very well-equipped kitchen (electric range-style cooker with two ovens, a dishwasher, fridge-freezer, larder fridge and microwave) and pretty breakfast/sitting room, with its Clearview woodburning stove, CD player, TV and DVD. This is a great family space and ensures that whoever has culinary duties never feels left out! The central passage way also connects to the 'wing', comprising my great-great grandather's old study - now a twin bedded room (with small tv) - a small rear hall, an external door leading into the old yard, a downstairs loo and shower-room, a utility room with sink, washing machine, tumble drier, and fridge-freezer,and a sunny, small double bedroom with a brass bed.
The Dining Room
There are two staircases. The main one is gentle, elegant, three-tier with sky-light, and leads up to five more bedrooms: a beautifully spacious and comfy master bedroom (5' four-poster bed), with mahogany furniture, washbasin, and south-facing views over the gardens; an equally beautiful twin - or linked 6' double, no footboard - (washbasin) also south-facing and overlooking the garden; a pretty 17th cent. room (5’ bed - no footboard) with large bathroom (suite plus bidet) en suite; the old nursey rooms: twin (washbasin), wood-panelled up to the dado rail, with connecting door (lockable) to another twin bedroom with washbasin. Located on the middle landing are the bathroom with a power shower, and a separate shower room, also with a power shower. (Both have toilets.)
The en-suite bedroom.
The Drawing Room with the Jemaster open fire behind the firescreen.
Outside we provide, a barbecue, croquet, boules, badminton, cricket, footballs, soft balls and ride-on toys for little children. Table tennis is located in the open-sided barn. There is lots of outdoor space for playing, and an embryonic wildlife trail through the wilderness 'garden'. Bikes can be hired in Bude or at the two recommended cycle trails: the Tarka and the Camel. We have a choice of riding stables locally for all standards of riders and there is clay pigeon shooting near the Tamar Lakes. Professional catering is available and Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda all deliver - order online in the usual manner.
Altogether, Parnacott House is a peaceful, elegant, gentle place. My wife and I are here to help should you need us. When letting our home, we retreat to Parnacott's earliest incarnation - a lovely cob-walled cottage, circa 1580, with its own walled garden - on the eastern end of the 17th Century Devon 'long house' section. You can see from maps that we are just 20 minutes from the beach and the South West Coastal Footpath. We have lots of information leaflets, books and booklets on Devon and Cornwall, and masses of OS maps for you to make use of. There are super surfing beaches at Widemouth and at Bude itself, also to the north at Northcott Mouth, Duckpool and Sandymouth; RNLI lifeguards are on duty during the main season. We provide a few bodyboards, some buckets and spades, a windbreak and shrimping nets. A cautionary deposit is payable, and our arrival time on a Friday is anytime after 4.30pm. Dogs - two at any one time - are welcome but there is a small additional charge for each dog.
The sitting/breakfast room. The Clearview stove is going nicely.
The Kitchen - with the electric range cooker in the shot.
Talking of dogs, the Headland and beaches at Bude are very dog friendly. This shot shows part of the Seapool and looks out over parts of Summerleaze and Middle Beaches.