Martinhoe Manor occupies a unique and spectacularly beautiful setting in an area famous for its outstanding scenic beauty. The Manor House stands in its own 26 acres of secluded and private grounds. The Manor naturally commands the most breathtaking views. Nestling on a little plateau above the sea, encircled by the magnificently wooded amphitheatre that is Woody Bay; this situation, so carefully chosen those hundreds of years ago, gives us our enviable micro-climate of very mild weather. We have fig trees which bear fruit twice yearly and camellias which bloom in January - out of doors!
Martinhoe Manor, steeped in ancient history, is a lovely mellow house having reached its present day proportions over a span of several hundred years. It has a fascinating and chequered history and we hope to have the opportunity to recount to you some of the history and legends that have grown with the Manor and the Bay.
The Manor House has now been skilfully adapted into completely self-contained self-catering apartments. The House is fronted by a broad terrace onto which some rooms open directly and most overlook and enjoy the ever - changing panorama of the Bay - from the early morning sparkle of sun on the sea, to the fiery hue of the cliffs as the sun sets. Step onto the terrace with your early morning tea - a most agreeable way to start the day.
Broad lawns sweep away from the house towards the sea and each path seems to lead to a more lovely view, ever-changing with the time of day and the season of the year and who can say which is the more beautiful? Perhaps the Spring, with carpets of primrose and daffodil, banks of rhododendrons or the Autumn glow of a world afire with the colours of gold, copper and bronze and awash with purples and mauves.
Woody Bay beach is a paradise for children of all ages. A beach of rock pools to satisfy the budding marine-biologist, of rocks to train future mountaineers, interspersed with sand for apprentice builders. A delightful part natural and part man-made paddling and swimming pool for those a little shy of the sea or learning to swim; and a magnificent waterfall cascading onto the beach. Our own private jetty and jetty garden to fish from or to tie up lobster pots.
For those who like a little pleasant social company in the evening, we have a games lodge with pool table and ganes
A modern coin-operated laundry-room equipped with fully automatic washing machines, drying and ironing facilities for the convenience of our guests. £1 coin meter operated/
There is a small supermarket and other fresh food shops in nearby Lynton (about 4 miles) and most villages in North Devon have a local store. There are some very large supermarkets and other shops in Barnstaple (about 17 miles).
Graciously set in the ancient `walled garden', a veritable suntrap, is our generously proportioned filtered swimming pool. (not heated) The surrounding lawns provide an ideal location for sunbathing or just relaxing.
The House, Gardens & Grounds are for your enjoyment...
Children play happily and safely thrilled with the freedom of space and the excitement of adventure and mystery the 26 acres of unknown territory provides, with the added novelty of a beach at the bottom of the garden.
Here, where nothing need intrude upon you from the world outside, guests will find the ultimate escape from the pressures of modern day living; a place in which to indulge `leisure' in whatever way please you - be it sunbathing or swimming, reading or sketching, snoozing or gazing into rock pools.
And when you feel a little more energetic a walk in any direction from the Manor will give its own rewards. Needless to say Martinhoe Manor is situated in the centre of what is considered to be one of the most powerfully beautiful sections of coastline in the whole of England; so our coastal paths are truly magnificent. Indeed, the whole expanse of Exmoor, interlaced with well-marked footpaths is a fascinating place to explore with its remarkably varied geography of wooded valleys, brooding moors, patchwork meadows and country lanes.
Alternatively, why not discover Exmoor on horseback. There are several stables nearby which cater from the complete beginner to the competent rider.
By arrangement on the River Lyn and nearby lake and reservoir.
There is a championship course at Suntan and an interesting cliff top course near Ilfracombe. We now have five of our own practice holes in the grounds for guests use only.
Excellent surfing at Croyde and Woolacombe, where surf boards maybe hired.
When you can bear to leave such beauty and tranquillity we are an excellent base for touring, with Exmoor to our south and the magnificent coastline to east and west. The famous `Valley of Rocks' that you see from your window, across the Bay, Lynton and Lynmouth, Watersmeet and `Lorna Doone' county. Arlington Court, a lovely National Trust Property, once home of the Chichesters, ancient churches, picturesque villages and interesting craft shops will delightfully fill your time.
Guests interested in bird watching will enjoy the delightful variety of bird life; in particular, part of the Martinhoe cliffs (designated an which is famous for its Kittiwake colony and for the Razorbills, Guillemots, Cormorants and Shags, all of which breed here. Wild flower enthusiasts will find much to delight them, for with such an extensive variety of habitat as Exmoor affords, and extraordinary rich plant life abounds. Collectors of rocks and Minerals will also be richly rewarded by a little investigation of the area; and all will surely be thrilled by a glimpse of red deer or peregrine falcon.
All apartments (except the Garden Suite) overlook Woody Bay, with breathtaking views of the sea, beach and cliffs. All apartments are completely self-contained with their own separate entrance. Each apartment comprises 2 bedrooms, bathroom, toilet and a sitting room, which combines lounge, dining and kitchenette. All apartments are carpeted throughout and furnished to a very comfortable standard, including colour TV and DVDs. Each apartment has its own hot water supply and heating. Kitchenettes are all-electric and include full-size cooker, refrigerator, electric kettle, microwave, and are fully equipped with cookware, cutlery, crockery and glassware, Electricity for each apartment is by coin operated meter. Everything is provided with the exception of towels, table and bed linen, food and consumables. Bed linen may be hired. The Laundry Room provides fully automatic washing machines, drying and ironing facilities.
This apartment is approached off the main staircase. All rooms, even the bathroom, overlook the splendid panorama of Woody Bay. The first bedroom has a double bed and basin. The second bedroom has twin beds, sofa and basin. Bathroom with basin, bath, electric shower and toilet.
The sitting room overlooks the garden, with French windows opening onto the apartment's unique south facing balcony with its panoramic view of the surrounding woodland. The first bedroom has a double bed and basin. The second bedroom has twin beds and basin. The delightful bedrooms are part of the original ancient Manor house. The sitting room has a sofa bed. Bathroom with basin, bath, electric shower and toilet.
A very spacious apartment approached off the main staircase. The sitting room and the first bedroom both have magnificent views overlooking the bay. The first bedroom has a double bed and basin. The second bedroom has twin beds and basin. The sitting room has a sofa bed. Bathroom with basin, bath, electric shower and toilet.
This apartment provides what is arguably the most dramatic view of the spectacular cliffs of Woody Bay. Certainly, when the sun sinks behind the Manor and the cliffs take on their unbelievable fiery hue, this apartment has the "grandstand view". The first bedroom has a double bed and basin. The second bedroom has twin beds and basin. Bathroom with basin, bath, shower attachment and separate toilet.
A spacious apartment with French windows opening onto the terrace from the sitting room that enjoys a magnificent view of Woody Bay. First bedroom has a double bed and basin. The second bedroom has a single bed, full size bunk beds and basin. Bathroom with basin, bath, electric shower and toilet.
A very spacious apartment with superb views of the bay from both the sitting room and the first bedroom. The first bedroom has a double bed and basin, with French window opening onto the terrace. The second bedroom has a single bed, full size bunk beds and basin. Bathroom with bath, shower attachments, basin and toilet.
This apartment is the single storey west wing of the Manor, almost entirely separate from the main house and thus has the advantage of privacy including a small private garden. This garden is for the exclusive use of the occupants of this apartment and includes a border of varied shrubs, a delightful weeping cherry and an elegant fig tree that produces two crops of figs each year. It has its own private entrance to the swimming pool area. This apartment looks out across the private garden to the lake and the fields. The apartment comprises a compact sitting room with French windows opening onto the private garden. The first bedroom has a double bed and basin. The second bedroom has twin beds and basin. Bathroom with bath, electric shower and toilet. .
Lovely private cedar wood bungalow, magnificently set directly overlooking the sea, in a secluded, lightly wooded part of the Manor grounds, about 100 yards from the Manor house. Delightful lounge, fully fitted kitchen/diner semi-divided from the lounge. The first bedroom has a double bed. The second bedroom has a full-size bunk bed and wash basin. Bathroom with basin, bath, electric shower and toilet.
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