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Crabadon Manor

7 Nights FromSee prices

  • £1950
    Low season
  • £3250
    Peak season

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  • Available
  • Unavailable
Preferred arrival day: Saturday

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    6 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    7 (peak)
    3 (off peak)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    3+ Dogs

  • Access


  • Open Fire
  • Log Burner

About Crabadon Manor

Crabadon Manor and Lily Pond Cottage sit within two hundred and forty acres of grounds, nicely tucked away in a wooded valley in the picturesque South Hams area of Devon. Perfect for family gatherings and milestone celebrations, the impressive manor house sleeps eight guests in four bedrooms (or ten with the use of chaise longues), plus an additional four guests in Lily Pond Cottage set within the grounds.

Formerly a summer retreat for the monks of Buckfast Abbey, this magnificent manor house dates as far back as the 13th Century and is the perfect choice for those who put country-style living above and beyond modern gadgetry. It's a place where you can all step off the tread mill and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Take time for long leisurely breakfasts in the big farmhouse kitchen or garden; cycling the flower filled country lanes discovering the beauty of the South Hams along the way; put on your wellingtons and enjoy the day exploring the glorious countryside that surrounds; or launching your boat, canoe or kayak from Dittisham for a splash around on the water. There is a television and land phone line but no WiFi and little phone signal to interrupt your time together (although WiFi is available for use along with leisure facilities including a fabulous swimming pool by arrangement at the nearby neighbours up the lane).

Crabadon Manor is perfectly placed for exploring the South Hams and many attractions of Devon, and is within easy reach of the historic market town of Totnes with main line train station and a good array of shops and eateries; the beautiful port of Dartmouth with a good choice of boutiques; with the Dartmouth Steam Railway across the river via ferry; the bustling riverside town of Kingsbridge and Salcombe, a sailing haven.

Whilst the pretty villages and attractive market towns have strong appeal, many visit the area for its warmer climate, beautiful beaches, fantastic sailing and glorious countryside providing miles of fabulous walking along the South Devon Coastal Path. The rugged natural beauty of Dartmoor National Park is just eight miles from Crabadon Manor and provides lots of opportunities for outdoor adventures including walking and horse riding. There are also numerous National Trust properties and gardens to visit in the area including Greenway, the home of Agatha Christie. Paignton Zoo and Woodlands Park are sure to be holiday highlights with the younger party members, as are the glorious beaches of Goodrington Sands, Bantham and Bigbury Bay - just a few of the many beaches that pepper the coastline.

Whether you are looking for a large house to catch up with friends, celebrate a special occasion or simply spend time with the family, Crabadon Manor with its refreshingly simplistic historic charm is an excellent choice in a very special part of South Devon.

Contact the owner

Owner details:

John Vaughan (Manager) joined Independent Cottages in December 2017

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Amenities / Facilities

  • Open Fire
  • Log Burner
  • Off-Road Parking
  • Bike Storage
  • Golf Nearby
  • Garden/ Outside Area
  • DVD Player
  • Washing Machine
  • Microwave
  • Dish washer
  • CD Player
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Horse Riding Nearby

Location (Dartmoor)

Crabadon Manor House - Accommodation comprises:

Ground floor

  • The entrance hall with its heavy slate floor and oak panelling is both impressive and functional.
  • Beamed living room with comfy seating set around the inglenook fireplace housing a log burner - a lovely place to enjoy your favourite tipple after supper. There are two televisions and a radio/CD in Crabadon Manor for entertainment.
  • Dining room which is also packed full of charm with beams, slate floor and dining table in front of the big inglenook with log burner.
  • Farmhouse-style kitchen with lots of country charm including a powder blue Aga, big antique dresser full of crockery, television, table with seating for eight (a lovely place for breakfast!), microwave, dishwasher and Gas hob. This leads off to...
  • Utility room with washing machine, fridge / freezer and sink.
  • Shower room with WC off the utility room.
  • Conservatory taking you out to the garden.

First floor

  • Double master bedroom (accessible via a lift) with space to sit, dressing room and two chaise longues which can be used to accommodate two children for sleeping (under the age of seven). The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room with WC and wash basin.
  • Additional double bedroom.
  • Two twin bedrooms.
  • Family bathroom with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

Outside: Guests of Crabadon Manor and Lily Pond Cottage have plenty of space for relaxing / playing outside and alfresco dining when the sun shines (which is often the case in the South Hams with its own micro climate!). The natural garden has lots of interest graced with fruit trees, a magnificent wisteria which blooms in the summer months, shared wooded area and unfenced lily pond (children must be supervised). Outdoor furniture provided along with a BBQ. Ample off-road parking.

Lily Pond Cottage is a cosy detached one bedroom retreat sleeping up to four sitting in the grounds of Crabadon Manor, tucked away behind the lily pond (as the name suggests!).

Accommodation comprises:

Ground floor

  • Farm-house style beamed kitchen / dining room well equipped for self-catering.
  • Double en-suite bedroom with beams on the ceiling, fireplace (for decorative purposes only) and en-suite with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

First floor

  • Spacious living room with comfy seating including a double sofa bed.
  • Shower room with WC and wash basin.
  • Door taking you out to the garden.

Additional information: Well behaved dogs are welcome by prior arrangement. No smoking. Electricity is produced by a generator in both the cottage and main house and included in the price, along with oil fired central heating in both, bed linen and towels (please bring beach towels). Water spring feeds the property. Shops / supermarkets for provisions can be found in nearby Dartmouth and Totnes but there is a local shop / garage just two miles from the house for forgotten items (hop on your bike!).

Crabadon Manor Tariff & Supplementary Information

Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 10-14 in 6 bedrooms (2 Doubles, 2 Twins (+ 2 chaise longues) & Cottage with 2 bedrooms)
3 or more dogs welcome
Unlikely to be suitable for wheelchair users. Please discuss any specific accessibility requirements with the owner
No smoking
Prices for 7 nights:
Low Season from £1950
Mid Season from £2350
High Season from £2750
Peak Season £3250
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Paypal, Cheque, Credit Card, Bank Transfer
Group Booking Details:
All male groups - Please enquire with owner.
All female groups - Please enquire with owner.
Catering available - No.
Booking Conditions:
Please refer to the owner for accessibility requirements, booking terms / conditions and cancellation policy.
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Please discuss any requirements regarding your pet(s) with the property owner.
Independent Cottages recommends that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

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John Vaughan (Manager)
Member Since December 2017

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* Calendar last updated: 17th May 2018
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