Barn Owls And Tawny Owls At Parnacott Cornwall Accommodation

"We have had such a lovely time in your beautiful house.  We have been to 6 holiday homes over the past 6 years and Parnacott has been the best to date!  Thank you so much."

Miss Michelle Bonsor - the Bonsor Party, London

July/August 2017

Rondi and I appreciate your comments very much indeed.  You know the way here now!

 

Parnacott House on Trip Advisor:

Reviewed 19 May 2017 for a stay in May 2017

'Spent a fantastic few days at this beautiful house. Just like a place straight out of the pages of a Jane Austen novel.  From the moment you pass through the gates and travel along the sweeping gravel driveway and first catch sight of its imposing facade, you feel transported back to a gentler time. (Although it does have all the mod cons we have come to expect.)  It is comfortable, very well equipped and extremely welcoming. The owners are very friendly and always on hand if you need them, but never intrusive. There were chocolates, cake, wine and beautiful fresh flower arrangements waiting for us on arrival, and the owners take you on a little tour of the house and regale you with the fascinating history of the house and the family. A truly magical holiday.'
Julia R rated Parnacott House: 5 star
 Thank you very much!

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May 2017

Sue and Chris Weeks wrote:

'Thank you so much for letting us 'borrow' your family home to celebrate Emily's 30th with family and friends.  You have thought of everything to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable in such wonderful suroundings. Lovely thoughtful touches abound!  The Murder Mystery on the Saturday evening was played out in very appropriate surroundings and you will be pleased to hear there were only 3 'deaths'!!  This was followed on the Sunday by the making of a Tudor Pie - served in style, naturally!  We have enjoyed the rook 'orchestra', the deer and hare parades, and the occasional tawny owl.  There is so much to see and do and the weather has been perfect.  We shall come again.  Thank you, both.'

Thanks - we shall welcome you back.  Note to Emily:  you'll have to write a new Murder Mystery for the occasion!  JV

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Owls at Parnacott

 

 

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Jan Dinsdale, a member of a very happy bunch of friends and a freelance Ecologist from Cornwall, observed:

"I wish you well in attracting another pair of barn owls to your tea chest next year. I regularly see short-eared owls in West Cornwall - they hunt in the day time - but I have yet to see a little owl. Hope you are lucky.* Do you think your dragonfly was perhaps a female emperor?"

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A Female Emperor? (Photo by Pooch.)

*Barn owls and tawny owls at Parnacott - yes, but no sighting of a little owl any closer than 2 miles as yet. We live in hope!" (JV)

Parnacott, its garden, grounds, surrounding fields, old pond and Wilderness Garden are a haven for a rich variety of wildlife.  This year, 2017, many hares and deer have been spotted - much to the delight of our visitors!

We are developing a Wilderness Garden path for our holidaymakers - photos very soon!

Jays, swallows, house martins and many song birds grace the skies over Parnacott.  Bees and butterflies love the  rich variety of flowers.

 

26th July 2017 - saw a stunning dragonfly in the lane this morning.  I believe it was a Female Emperor.

 

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The Old Mulberry Tree at Parnacott - how old is this amazingly beautiful tree?

Parnacott House supports the work of The Devon Wildlife Trust and The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England.

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Parnacott Really Was The Perfect Location

Parnacott really was the perfect location to get together with old college friends and for all our children to play together. They really loved the dressing-up box and put on a spectacular 'talent show' for us all on New Year's Eve. 'Grown-up' dining after they had all gone to bed was such a treat inthe beautiful dining room! My family enjoyed cycling the Tarka Trail and a sunny coastal walk around Hartland Point. It's a lovely house and so great to see layers of family history all around. Thank you.

Thank you!  As well as the Tarka Trail thre is also The Camel Trail down by Wadebridger.  Hartland Point and Quay are both magnificent, as are Marsland Mouth and Speke's Mill.  This section of our splendid coastline is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Successful New Year Festivities In North Devon

'The Lavender Hill Mob returned for another (second) successful New Year Fest - doing what we do best!! Thank you for making us so welcome again, and for all your tips and advice. Despite the foul weather we enjoyed exploring some wonderful coast: Widemouth Bay; Bude; Tintagel and Morwenstow. Enjoyed some more of your book collection too. See you again soon.' Phil Scholey, Family and Friends, Bucks, Middx and Herts.

Thank you Phil - we look forward to welcoming you all back!

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Parnacott House - North Devon Accommodation Birthday Celebration

'I looked hard and long for the perfect house to celebrate my 60th Birthday - and came across Parnacott - with five grandchildren it just seemed the perfect place for them, and for the rest of us to enjoy too. It exceeded all our expectations in every way - I have never visited another house that truly welcomes children in the way Parnacott does. Within 5 minutes of arriving they had all piled into the dressing up box and were dressed as Knights and Princesses. Rondi and John Vowler have created something very special: a home away from home in the most elegant of houses. Spacious interiors full of fresh flowers and log fires. Quiet corners to read a book when grown ups need to escape. A unique and wonderful home which we all hope to return to one day.'

Thank you - we look forward to welcoming you back before too much time elapses!

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Parnacott House - The Perfect North Devon Retreat

'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.' - N Franklin

Most kind - Parnacott is indeed ideal for celebrating special occasions at any time of year!  J V

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Spring, summer and early autumn give you space, light and time - just what you need to help you relax and recharge your batteries.

Marie and Toby's Wedding Sept 2015

Marie and Toby Pennington married at St Swithin's Church, Pyworthy, with the Reception, Wedding Feast. Entertainment and Dancing at Parnacott House on Saturday 28th September 2015.

Marie writes:

"We really cannot thank you enough for your incredible generosity...in the way you welcomed us to Parnacott for our special day. From your emotional support, practical assistance and enthusiasm to the stunning flowers and overall attention to detail, everything has ben beyond wonderful.

In all the years we have been coming here, I could never have dreamed that this would one day be where I would celebrate my wedding - how very special!"

 

Rondi and I were so delighted to be able to host the Reception here especially because Marie is one of our daughter's oldest friends.  It was indeed a very special and joyous occasion!

Parnacott House - Wedding Venue

Parnacott House is now a licensed wedding venue; we can also host renewal of vows and naming ceremonies!  Our very dear friends, Marie and Toby, got maried in Pyworthy at St Swithin's and held their reception at Parnacott. It was a beautiful day and a magical evening.  Although I am, obviously, somewhat biased, I must emphasise that Parnacott House offers a very special setting for receptions and weddings.

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In this photo you can see the marquee set up on the lawn with the house in the background and the croquet mallets waiting.

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Marie, Toby and their wedding guests gather for a group photograph before we all entered the marquee for the Devon Feast.

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Earlier in the day Marie and Toby are photographed on the front drive with the old iron gate in the background. It's a beautifully romantic shot that captures the essence of a very lovely day.

The very first wedding to be held here took place on Saturday 13th September 2014. (September can be a perfect month for weddings.)  Isabella married Mark and the wedding was celebrated in style. It was indeed a splendid day!  Isabella is our niece and the couple met at Budehaven Community School, Bude, North Cornwall.  (I had the privelege and pleasure of teaching them both!)

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The first Wedding Reception to be held at Parnacott was back in 2007 and that was also in September. Here are Lou and Dom pictured down on the beach, having got married at Trevigue. Five years later they came back to Parnacott for a holiday and we are still in touch. Next year will be 10 years and we hope to see them and their growing family here once more!

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Photo by Pooch

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Christmaas and New Year 2018

Lots of people like to book well ahead for Christmas or New Year.  We are now accepting bookings for 2018.  Celebrating Christmas or seeing in the New Year at Parnacott with friends and/or family is great fun!  Log fires, Christmas trees, holly and ivy and much good cheer!

Such a speical time canot be properly enjoyed without one's dog.  You will therefore be relieved to know we accept up to two dogs per week - £50 per dog.  

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I don't want to mislead anyone so must confess we don't get snow every year!

 

 Summertime

Summertime at Parnacott.

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 The gardens offer you plenty  of space and light.  Croquet, badminton, cricket, softball and football - fun until bedtime!

 Autumn

September and October weeks and weekends at Parnacott offer you all the joy of the late summer holidays without the crowds.  This time of year is ideal for birthday celebrations and friends reuniting, and represents remarkably good value for money.  Local beaches, perfect for good walks, especially with your dog, include: Widemouth, Summerleaze, Northcott Mouth, Sandymouth and Duckpool.  Seabathers and surfers have the reassurance of Lifguards (RNLI) on all the main beaches from 10 until 6 or 7 - and usually during the October half-term.

Or - head south from Bude down to Crackington Haven, Boscastle, Tintagel, Trebarwith Strand, Padstow and further to check out Rosamaund Pilcher settings (e.g. Prideaux Place in Padstow) and sample some of that Cornish Poldark magic.

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Making a Booking - how it works:

A deposit of one third secures the week, or weekend, of your choice - the balance becomes payble 6 weeks before arrival.

And you get a great deal for your money:

The rental figure includes linen, towels, electricity, and heating, should it be required... The kitchen is very well kitted out and most household items like dishwasher tabs, cloths, rubbish bags and so forth are provided. You will not go short of tableware, wine glasses or flutes. Our New Year '15/'16 party commented on how well equipped the kitchen was and that it was bigger than it looked on the photos. This group of friends have been getting together now every year for 19 years and stated that Parnacott was one of the best holiday homes they had rented!  (Do check out our reviews on Trip Advisor and on our Facebook page.)

Do I need to mention that late summer time and early Autumn is ideal for beach and apres beach activities? There is ample space for badminton and for croquet, beers and Prosecco/Champagne while the barbecue gets going, or the chef is in the kitchen preparing your very special meal... (Yes, of course that is one of my fantasies but it can be your reality for we provide the names of 3 excellent local chefs*!)

Phone us on 01409 253792

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Sleep will not be a problem after a day of sun, play and good eating.

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The Four Poster bedroom - imagine yourself here.

The attractions of coming later in the year:

Weeks following on from the October half term - already booked for 2017 -  up to but not including Christmas and New Year are £1,362.  Getting together with friends at this time of year gives you easy access to the cliffs or to the moors, to interesting points on the North Cornish coast like Boscastle, Port Isaac, Padstow or St Juliot** - but without 'the madding crowd' - and then log fires, good food and stimulating conversation back at Parnacott. A group of 10 friends would only pay just under £20 per person per night! (The only additional cost would be if you would like to have extra baskets of seasoned logs.)  This makes a week at Parnacott out of season not just very desirable but also extremely good value for money.

For the December weekends, Rondi dresses the house for Christmas - perfect for an early Christmas celebration!

** Thomas Hardy met his first wife there.

*For groups that would like to be catered for we have 3 local chefs we can highly recommend. They can provide 'drop-off' meals - ideal for the night of arrival - or come in and cook for you, serve and clear away afterwards. (You deal diretly with the chef of your choice - we take no commission.) This is a very popular option and rightly so.

t. 01409 253792

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