Cadhay is a magnificent privately owned Elizabethan manor house in the heart of glorious East Devon. It provides a rare glimpse into the past. Retreats at Cadhay resemble life in a country house. Meals are shared together, either in the stunning Georgian dining-hall or informally around the Aga-heated kitchen. Our smaller retreats use the luxury cottages called The Coach House and The Stables.
The first reference to Cadhay is in the reign of Edward I as a sub manor to the Manor of Ottery St. Mary. The main part of the present house was built circa 1550 by John Haydon. He retained the Great Hall of the earlier house, of which the fine timber roof dating between 1420 – 1470 can still be seen in the Roof Chamber. An Elizabethan long gallery was added early in the 17th century, thus forming a unique and lovely courtyard with statues of sovereigns on each wall. The house, surrounded by magnificent gardens with herbaceous borders and yew hedges, looks out over the original mediaeval fish ponds which may well have been used by the Warden and Canons of the Collegiate Church of St. Mary of Ottery.
As well as the tranquility of the gardens there are marvelous views of the Devonshire countryside with opportunities for walking, photography and bird-watching. Retreats at Cadhay resemble life in a country house. Meals are shared together, either in the stunning Georgian dining-hall or informally around the Aga-heated kitchen. Sessions are taken in the comfortable drawing rooms and the luxurious bedrooms ensure a relaxed and serene stay. Cadhay provides the perfect location for one of our Therapy Retreats.
"The courtyard with statues of Henry VIII and his three monarch offspring, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth is one of the treasures of Devon"
Sir Simon Jenkins, 'England's Thousand Best Houses'
Coach House The Coach House is light, very spacious, with period features such a wooden beams upstairs. It is well furnished with some excellent antiques, interesting paintings, bright rugs and quality curtains.
The Stables The Stables, slightly smaller overall than the Coach House, is light and spacious having three double bedrooms that sleep up to 6. Similarly, the cottage has exposed beams, good quality furniture, antiques, bright rugs, interesting paintings and a cosy woodburner giving a homely comfortable atmosphere. The Stables overlooks Cadhay House and the walled garden which has been converted into allotments for some of the local community.
Therapy Retreats uses it's Cadhay venue as a base for therapist training and occasional small groups, but not for individual or couple retreats.
Cadhay is 1 mile north west of Ottery St Mary. If travelling from the west on the new A30 :
Exit at Pattesons Cross and follow signs for Fairmile and then Cadhay.
If travelling from the east : exit at the Iron Bridge and follow signs as above.
Cadhay, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1QT