Catchfrench Manor


12 Bedrooms

8 Bathrooms

Country Retreat

Hot Tub

Pets Welcome

Garden / Patio

Woodburner / Open Fire



Per Night

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…’


Ground floor:

  • Reception hall
  • Dining hall (with table seating up to 24)
  • Study
  • Cloakroom
  • Kitchen and breakfast room
  • Family room
  • Sitting room
  • Drawing room
  • Playroom
  • Pantry/larder
  • Additional shower room

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.

First floor:

  • The master bedroom is the blue room with super king size bed and ensuite bathroom.
  • Bedroom two is the yellow children’s twin room with two single beds.
  • Bedroom three is the princess children’s room with a double and a single bed.
  • Bedroom four is the red bedroom with a super king four poster bed.
  • Bedroom five -is the pink bedroom with super king bed.
  • Bedroom six is the violet room with super king bed.
  • Bedroom seven is the green room with double bed.
  • Bedroom eight is the cream single room with single bed and cot (second cot also available).
  • Two family bathrooms.
  • Separate shower room.
  • Flat one – bedroom ten with a double bed, kitchen and dining area, sitting room/games room.
  • Flat two – bedroom eleven with king size bed, bedroom twelve with double bed, a
    bathroom, sitting room, kitchen and cloakroom.Outside grounds:
  • Elizabethan ruin and enclosed cobbled courtyard, alongside beautiful landscaped gardens, parkland, paddock and woodland.
  • 8-10 seater Skargards wood fired hot tub.

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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Short breaks are offered at Catchfrench Manor for a minimum of 5 days.

At a Glance

Beautifully restored manor house

Ten minutes from the coast

Sleeping up to 24 guests

25 acre estate

12 bedrooms

8 bath or shower rooms

Charming period features

Dog-friendly property

Dining table seating 24

8-10 seater Skargards wood fired hot tub

Magnificent Tudor Ruin

Extensive woodland

Games room - pool, air hockey, table tennis

Copper bath tub

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