A remarkable manor house with modern luxuries
Your Cornish holiday retreat, where a thousand years of history combines with modern luxury to make your stay truly unique and memorable. This beautifully restored manor house, nestled in its own 25 acre estate in the south Cornish countryside, offers highly flexible accommodation for up to 24 people, making it the ideal base for a multi-generational stay. Just ten minutes from the coast, its location makes all the attractions of both Devon and Cornwall within easy reach.
Catchfrench Manor has been thoroughly but sympathetically updated to provide 12 bedrooms and 8 bath or shower rooms for groups of up to 24 people. There are eight bedrooms upstairs, and a further four in the downstairs apartments, which can also be utilised as two quasi-separate flats if desired, offering a quiet sanctuary for older members of the gathering.
In the living spaces, it boasts a gallery containing a single dining table which can seat everybody, a study equipped with double monitors and a Microsoft Surface connection if you really must do some work, a large dual aspect sitting room with baby grand piano, a sitting room with a large open fireplace and curved bay window, TV room/snug next to the enormous and gloriously light main kitchen and a playroom for children within earshot of the Aga range.
Downstairs are found two extra kitchens and a games room with a multi-games table for pool, air hockey and ping pong, as well as catering for more modern tastes with an X-Box complete with Game Pass.
Outside, there is a sheltered courtyard, dominated on one side by the magnificent Tudor Ruin, which contains the latest addition to Catchfrench, the wood-fired hot tub for up to 8 people. The former Great Hall now offers ideal outdoor entertaining space for warm summer evenings.
The grounds were designed by renowned landscape gardener Humphrey Repton in 1792, and are chiefly remarkable for the huge and varied rhododendrons, including reputedly the largest single rhododendron in Cornwall. In the spring, the extensive woodland is filled with wild garlic and bluebells, while there is also an orchard, flower meadow, rose garden and romantic quarry, offering year-round interest.
The Manor appears in Marcus Binney’s In Search of the Perfect House, 500 of the best buildings in Britain, in which the author says ‘The appeal of the interior lies in the numerous well-proportioned rooms and the Strawberry Hill Gothick windows which give immense character and charm…’
For bookings over 17+ guests, there’s access to the lower ground floor where there is a conservatory, a ninth bedroom with two single beds and a bathroom.
The pretty seaside village of Downderry is just five miles away and was once noted by the Sunday Times as one of the best place to live by the sea. Situated in the southeast, coastal village Downderry is flanked by two steep hills, 1 mile to the west sits Seaton and to the east you’ll find Portwrinkle.
Great for families, Downderry Beach is a mix of sand and shingle. If you happen to be visiting when there’s a southerly swell and the winds are right, Downderry Beach is a great place to ride the waves, it’s much less populated than some of the nearby beaches but a hit with local surfers (always a good sign!).
Nearby Seaton also has a Countryside Park with riverside and woodland walks, so there’s plenty to see and do. This coast is also home to many more bays including Talland, while Millendreath and Tregantle Beach and the numerous sandy coves at Whitsand Bay is a 15 minute drive away.
History buffs should headto the village of St Germans, which is four miles from Catchefrench Manor and located on the River Tiddy. It’s home to Port Eliot House and Gardens, a stunning Grade-I listed priory and house, which was remodelled by Sir John Soane in the 18th century.
Alternatively, the bustling fishing town Looe is a 20-minute drive away, situated on the south coast of Cornwall. It is divided into South Looe and East Looe by the River Looe, connected by a bridge for vehicle and foot traffic.
Catchfrench Manor is available weekly from a Friday.
Other arrival dates and short breaks are also available out of peak times.
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Booking enquires are made direct with the owner for this property.
Short breaks or alternative arrival dates may also be available. Please Submit an Enquiry below...
Booking enquiries are made direct with the owner for this property.
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Short breaks are offered at Catchfrench Manor for a minimum of 5 days.
Beautifully restored manor house
Ten minutes from the coast
Sleeping up to 24 guests
25 acre estate
8 bath or shower rooms
Charming period features
Dining table seating 24
8-10 seater Skargards wood fired hot tub
Magnificent Tudor Ruin
Games room - pool, air hockey, table tennis
Copper bath tub