One of the most interesting Tudor manor houses in Devon. Built in 1550, Cadhay retains the hall of an earlier house.
An Elizabethan Long Gallery was added to form a unique courtyard with statues of Tudor sovereigns on each side described by Sir Simon Jenkins as 'one of the treasures of Devon'.
By the 18th-century the house was in a poor state of repair and the new owner restored the house in the Georgian style. He panelled a number of the rooms, installed sash windows and inserted a ceiling in the Great Hall under the magnificent timbered roof.By 1911 the house was again in poor condition and it was heavily restored with a lot of the Tudor hearths being uncovered. Recently it has been refurbished to restore it to its previous splendour.
Cadhay is open for guided tours on Fridays, May to September.
Open May to September: Fridays, guided tours only, 2pm to 5pm (last tour 4pm).
Also open spring and August bank holiday weekends: Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
1 mile north west of Ottery St Mary. From the west take the A30 and exit at Pattesons cross and follow signs for Fairmile and Cadhay. From the east exit the A30 at Iron Bridge, the first exit after Honiton, and follow signs as above.
Take a train to Honiton (5 miles) or Feniton (2miles) and arrange a taxi to Cadhay.
Car park on site
Horseshoes 01404 850800
Historic Houses members visit for free.
House and gardens: £8
Garden only: £4
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible parking
- Accessible toilets
Groups are welcome to visit Cadhay.
A stay at Cadhay allows you exclusive and private use of the House and its magnificent gardens allowing you to create a wedding that is unique to you. It is a bit like being married from your own house, albeit a Tudor Manor.
It is hard to put into words how much we enjoyed spending our wedding weekend at Cadhay with all our friends and family. The setting was perfect, better than we ever imagined. We have some fantastic photographs and will be back to celebrate anniversaries to come
A wedding at Cadhay allows you exclusive and private use of the house and its magnificent gardens allowing you to create a wedding that is unique to you. It is a bit like being married from your own house, albeit a Tudor Manor.
Cadhay especially suits those who are looking for somewhere atmospheric and individual to extend their wedding celebrations over a longer period. You can occupy the entire property for a long weekend or a full week, extending your celebrations to create lasting and unforgettable memories for family and friends.
Inside or Out
Most weddings take place at Cadhay between May and September when the gardens are at their best and provide an exceptional venue for the most romantic of weddings. However, Cadhay is also ideal for a small winter wedding inside the house.
For your civil ceremony, there are three possible rooms in the manor house for a maximum of 40 people. There is also the Granary and the Old Apple Store for up to 110 guests or the Bothy in the Water Garden
For your reception you have the choice of the Old Apple Store or hiring a marquee.
Cadhay is a truly magical place to stay for a remarkable and unique self-catering holiday for groups of family or friends.
Though the Tudor manor exudes the history and grandeur of centuries past, it is far from a museum. Cadhay has been beautifully restored and offers modern comforts so that you can live comfortably in the Devon countryside with the past all around you.
Cadhay is available for you and your friends to stay for a week throughout the year, although outside the main holiday season you can stay for just a weekend.
Accommodation in the house
The house has 13 bedrooms and you can choose whether to stay in a traditional four poster or a more contemporary version crafted by Cadhay's furniture maker owner. Alternatively you can sleep under the eaves in the cosy attic rooms.
Central heating has been installed throughout and additionally there are woodburning stoves for extra comfort. The kitchen with aga and electric oven is very well equipped and you can dine under the watchful eye of the family portrait of Sir Isaac Newton in the magnificent dining room. There are three main reception rooms for you to use one of which has a Steinway piano.
Accommodation in cottages
The Coach house which sleeps 6 is light and very spacious with exposed beams upstairs and excellent antiques and paintings, bright rugs and quality curtains. The Stables also sleeps 6 and is very similar but slightly smaller than the Coach house. It overlooks the main house and looks out onto the walled garden which is used for allotments.
The Cider Press is a single storey cottage with double or twin bedroom and panoramic views to Cadhay and beyond.