Parnacott House, situated in one of the most beautiful corners of west Devon, close to the spectacular north Cornish coastline, 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 we are now looking into obtaining a wedding licence so that couples can be married here.
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, their children grow up! We have had retreats, reading workshops, seminars, discussion groups, themed evenings, 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.)
Today, Monday 28th July, 2014, we received formal confirmation that Parnacott is now an official Wedding Venue! We shall be able to host Weddings, Renewal of Vows and Naming Ceremonies. To date we have held two Wedding Receptions and there are photographs on this website.