Great Bidlake Manor is an outstanding, Grade II* listed manor house on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park, a mile from Bridestowe, recently renovated to a luxurious standard in partnership with English Heritage. It has been the ancestral home of the Bidlake family since 1268 and was rebuilt around 1594 in the Elizabethan style. The estate was once vast, but Henry Bidlake, a Royalist, sold parts of the estate during the English Civil War to pay fines to Cromwell. Charles I reputedly stayed at Great Bidlake in 1644.
Great Bidlake Manor is private yet accessible and when you stay you will enjoy the exclusive use of this historic house and its grounds. This is a luxury holiday get-away. Memories are made here.
There is masses of space and things to do. Children can entertain themselves in the Games Room with its snooker table, board games, large TV and PlayStation.
Challenge each other to a game of chess under the medieval wooden roof in the Solar, read a book by the open fire in the library, or cosy up on a comfortable sofa in the TV room and watch a film. Listen to your favourite music on our Sonos multi-room system.
Take a stroll around the grounds overlooking the River Lew valley. Children will enjoy using our microscope to explore the interesting things they find. There are footballs and nets, junior cricket sets and all sorts of other sporting equipment for you to use. Why not make up some cold Pimm's and enjoy an afternoon of croquet on the lawn
The manor is surrounded by 13½ acres of gardens, woodland and paddocks with uninterrupted views over rolling Devon countryside. The gardens are split into different areas with, at the front, a lawned courtyard, mature planting and specimen trees, a large terrace (lighting) surrounded by striking stone walls, and another terrace with firepit and bench with view of the River Lew valley (lovely sunsets). To the rear of the house are a number of outbuildings, including an old cider press. Approached via an impressive tree-lined drive, the house sits grandly facing its gardens and land, a wonderful fairyland for all generations for games, alfresco dining, relaxing and star-gazing.
The house has masses of space, and a multi-room music system. An impressive dining hall with huge fireplace (open fire) bearing the family’s ancient coats of arms greets you. Off this, a library and elegant living room both with grand fireplaces (open fires); a cosy TV/DVD room; a fun music room with baby grand piano, guitars and other instruments; a big breakfast room (woodburner) off the kitchen (two dishwashers, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric range/gas hob, Italian granite worktops); rear hall with boot/cloak room (good selection of outdoor games); ground-floor loo.
Two sets of stairs up to a huge landing called the ‛Solar’ with ancient barrel-vaulted ceiling (quiet sitting area), leading to five gorgeous bedrooms with 6’ zip-linked beds (or twin) and either en suite bathrooms or shower-rooms; a simple games room (pool table, darts, TV, PlayStation 3, beanbags) on this level leads down 3 steep steps to a second modest fitted kitchen (washing machine, tumble drier, microwave, fridge-freezer, oven/separate hob).
A further set of stairs leads up to a sixth large bedroom (6’ bed or twin) in the Tower on the second floor with its bathroom (suite plus hand-shower and separate shower) on the first floor. All beds have fine Egyptian cotton linen; bathrobes provided. Additional z-bed available, by arrangement.
Professional catering available. Damages Deposit £500. Arrival after 4pm. Country Life magazine described Great Bidlake Manor as ‘a rural idyll’. It’s a magical place for all kinds of gatherings with bags of room for everyone and easy access from the A30.?
A beautiful place that has a little bit of everything for everyone! 10/10
This is the most incredible place and we had a fantastic week. Infact we wanted to stay forever! We are already planning our next visit.
We all had a very relaxing week with lots of walking, cycling etc. The house was spacious and well equipped for a large group with the bonus of all en-suite rooms. The local pub was excellent (White Hart) for good pub food and a friendly welcome. The location was rural but we managed to visit Plymouth, Exeter and Dartmoor with ease. Would highly recommend this property.