Welcome To Parnacott House

Parnacott House


A 5* self-catering holiday home set amidst lawns and trees just 8 miles from the Atlantic

Some Facts:

The house sleeps up to 14, not including babies and toddlers under the age of 2.

Bedrooms: 7 -  of which 2 are on the ground floor.

Bath/shower rooms: 4 - of which 1 is on the ground floor, and 1 is en-suite.

Double Bedrooms 4 - of which one is on the ground floor


Bedlinen, towels, electricity, heating are all included in the rental figure - as are most household items like dishwasher tabs, cloths, soap, loo rolls, rubbish bags and so forth.  Holidaymakers have praised us for the level of kitchen equipment, and the generous amounts of croquery, cutlery and glassware.


Parnacott can be rented for weekends out of the high season - ideal for a family gathering, a special ocasion, a group 'refresher', friends reuniting, a golf/walking break, a surfing holiday. 

Prices for 2016 for a week start at £1,350, for a Friday to Friday week.  They go up to  £3,075  for a week in August, at Christmas and over New Year.

The October half-term week is currently available and priced at £2,450.- the surf is usually excellent at this time of year and the sea surprisingly warm.


 n.b.  Christmas 2016 has just (9th Dec '15) been booked.  May I urge anyone considering New Year 2016/17 to get in touch straight away.


Weekends out of the high season are possible - please phone or e-mail.


With regard to wedding enquiries, please phone or e-mail.


There is plenty of car parking space in the large yard to the rear of Parnacott.


Special Offers - please go to Late Group Accommodation page.



Parnacott House, situated in one of the most beautiful corners of west Devon, close to the spectacular north Cornish and north Devon coastlines, has been the family home of the Vowlers for over 400 years. 


Established as a small farm during the early years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Parnacott evolved over successive generations to become a country gentleman’s estate.  It is an exceptional place, which my wife, children and I love – we think you will too.

Set on risng ground, amidst mature trees and calming lawns, surrounded by permanent pasture and rich in wildlife, with views towards Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, Parnacott has space, character and quiet. It is a lovely place for a holiday, for reunions, for celebrations, for a shared enthusiasm or interest such as walking, surfing, reading or even for a working group!

Parnacott is tranquil and secluded; it is life-affirming, gentle, contented, almost proof against the tyranny of time.  Each point in the calendar brings its own rewards here, and so whatever the season, whatever the weather, Parnacott offers you a comfortable and elegant venue for your special event.  Golden anniversaries have shone at Parnacott; we have listened to a haunting saxaphone piece welcoming in the New Year, evocative violins, plangent flutes and even a Scots piper, in full regalia, to mark a special birthday in a very special way.  The house and grounds have successfully hosted two quite unique wedding receptions, and one wedding. Joy was unconfined!

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The house sleeps up to 14, but, by special arrangement and at additional cost, extra numbers, especially children, can be considered, The house is perfect for self-catering holidays, special celebrations - we've just hosted a 90th birthday - and family gatherings.  Many families choose to return year upon year and it has been a pleasure to watch, quite literally, the children grow up!  We have had retreats, reading workshops, seminars, discussion groups, themed evenings, and Murder Mystery groups; if there really are ghosts here, as some of our holidaymakers assert, they must have been most marvellously entertained!  The spirits of this house seem to be benign, indulgent and content - long may that be the case.

Although many of our groups love to cook for one another in our well equipped kitchen, and some indeed relish holding competitions, it is possible to arrange, at additional cost, professional catering.  Lots of groups.have already enjoyed the pleasure of being cooked for and waited upon in the Georgian dining room.  We have too and can vouch for the quality of the fare.

Look over the website, think about spending time here and then get in touch – we look forward to hearing from you.  Weekends out of season have become very popular recently - we are just 30 minutes by car from the A 30 dual carriageway at Okehampton.  We are dog-friendly but there is always an extra charge.

It is definitely worth mentioning that the photographs, despite their beauty, do not really do justice to the spirit of the old place. Should you book, you'll see what I mean!

Further information, availability ascertained, and/or make a booking for a week, weekend or short week please contact us on 01409 253792.


Find us on the Group Accommodation website, on The Big Domain, or on the Helpful Holidays Website, an outstanding agency covering the Westcountry. It has rated us as a 5 star property.

You will also find us in Alistair Sawday's "Special Places: Venues in Britain".


We have also been featured in a Saturday edition of  'The Western Morning News’ (8th February 2014 - Travel Section.) 





Westcountry Weddings

Parnacott is now an official Wedding Venue!  We are able to host Weddings, Renewal of Vows and Naming Ceremonies.  To date we have held two Wedding Receptions and two Weddings.  Currently there are two weddings in the pipeline for 2016, and another for 2017.  This is a very special place and ideal for small, intimate weddings too.  Contact us on 01409 253792 for details, and for advice.



















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Guest Comments

Parnacott not only met our expectations, it exceeded them! - the perfect venue for our new year and 30th birthday party, cosy and grand at the same time. the perfect retreat, we will definitely be going back. Thanks all at Parnacott.