Feedback from happy holidaymakers:
Facebook ~review from Ginny May
We recently spent Christmas 2019 at Parnacott House, and what a fantastic time everyone had! Three families from Somerset, with grown up ‘kids’ and their boyfriends and girlfriends who have all grown up together.
Plenty of space for 14 people, with extremely spacious bedrooms, very comfy beds, a huge dining room and drawing room, and a lovely snug next to the kitchen, plus a games room with pool table. Rondi and a John had decorated the house with three Christmas trees, pretty garlands around the fireplaces, table centrepieces and candles which made the house look wonderfully festive and welcoming.
The kitchen is very well equipped, with a double oven, two microwaves, three fridges etc.
It rained every day during our stay, but it didn’t matter. We loved sitting in the window, birdwatching - a pair of jays(!), lots of long tailed tits, blue tits, great tits, buzzards, wagtails, woodpeckers. We played tons of games, drank too much, ate too much, and had a thoroughly good time.
John and Rondi made us feel very welcome and I can highly recommend Parnacott House to anyone looking for a place to get together.
Historic building · Spacious rooms · Thoughtful amenities
Thank you so much, Ginny. You were an ideal family group and we are so pleased your special Christmas together at Parnacott was such a success!
Trip Advisor June 2019
This great house hosted a fantastic week for our family and friends. The Georgian front has a grandeur which emanates from every brick and stone. The dining room easily sat our party of twelve as we dined in style watched over by family portraits and other objets d'arts. Plenty of room in the drawing room for cocktails beforehand.
This grandeur is ideally complemented by the more 'homely' feel of the rooms behind; a well equipped kitchen and breakfast area, comfortable sitting area with wood burning stove, entertainment room with pool table and games consoles.
Bedrooms are large, comfortable and stylishly furnished.
Outside a huge private lawn with sweeping drive enabled us to leave the croquet set up all week. In the barn was table tennis and other outdoor games. There is lots of outside seating, from large tables and enough chairs to accommodate everyone to small, hidden away spaces with one or two seats.
There is plenty of parking. We had four cars with us and there was room for more.
The owners, who live close by, were friendly and helpful. They were available for the odd question or two we had but remained unobtrusive throughout our stay. We really felt the place was 'ours' for the week we stayed.
For added luxury we booked 'Sargie' to cater for us one evening. He served a superb meal, including laying the table and doing all the washing up.
Thank you for this lovely affirmation of what Parnacott has to offer. You are very right about Sargie!
This is the 3rd time we have stayed at Parnacott House. The house is full of charm and splendour, the gardens/grounds are beautiful and very well looked after. The owners are also very close by and extremely obliging.
It is very peaceful and wildlife abounds: hare and deer in particular visit the grounds daily.
For a large party of people (sleeps up to 14), it is particularly ideal. The house is large enough that you do not feel you are living on top of each other. If you feel like escaping for a quiet read, that is easy to do.
Thank you - we look forward to seeing you again next year.
Mrs B Mears
Comment: 'We stayed at Parnacott for a week in August 2018 with our family (three generations - 7 adults and 5 children aged 4-12). The house is very comfortable and well equipped; in fact magnificently equipped in terms of cookware for preparing meals for a large group. The Georgian front part of the house is quite grand with lots of ancestral portraits and fine porcelain on the walls. The central part, which is 16th and 17th Century is very suitable for children with a room where they can play snooker and other games without danger of damaging antiques or porcelain. The bedrooms are very practical and comfortable and the bathrooms are also very good. It was great fun to live at Parnacott feeling like landed gentry. We enjoyed playing croquet on the lawns and exploring the gardens and woods. The house and ground are very well kept - when we arrived there was a bevy of gardeners and cleaners getting the house and grounds ready for us. The owners were very welcoming and helpful. The house has been in their family handed down from generation to generation for around 400 years and they are very proud of it and having guests enjoy the experience of living there. The local scenery is magnificent, particularly the South West Coastal Footpath with high cliffs where the rocks are spectacularly folded. The coastal path around Hartland is quite tough walking but even our 4 year old managed three miles of it. Further south nearer to Bude the walking is easier with less up and down but still magnificent with wonderful views. The beaches are excellent and quite extensive north of Bude so that they were not too crowded even in August. It is very good sand for sand castles and there are lots of rocks and rock pools as well. Also good surfing. We also spent a very good day at Tintagel. We mainly cooked for ourselves at Parnacott, eating out in the garden and also in the magnificent dining room, but we also had an excellent, very good value meal at the pub nearby at Pyworthy and also cream teas everywhere - especially good at Northcott Mouth on the coast north of Bude. We have gone on holiday for a week as a family every year since 2011 in various parts of England and Wales, renting a large house each time. All of the houses have been very good but Parnacott has been one of the best and certainly the most memorable and beautiful.'
Thank you very much; we are, naturally, delighted you enjoyed Parnacott and had a really good family holiday.
"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
Rondi and I appreciate your comments very much indeed. You know the way here now!
Parnacott House on Trip Advisor:
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
Owls at Parnacott
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?"
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.
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.