Pynes House

Pynes House was built by Hugh Stafford around 1700 and is an excellent example of a double-pile William and Mary house. This beautiful property is in a very private setting, with magnificent views over the surrounding gardens and countryside. Choose this property for a special occasion or simply a relaxing weekend with friends or family

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SLEEPS 12+ GUESTS in DEVON * From £5,200 * Billiard room * Croquet lawn * BBQ area with stunning views across lush countryside * Large country style kitchen with four oven AGA * Beautiful ballroom with wooden floor * Cosy open fires in reception rooms * Extensive gardens with formal planting, statues and fountain

Location Pynes House is located in a very private setting at the end of a long driveway. the postcode is EX5 5EF. The house is just one mile from the small village of Upton Pyne and three miles from Exeter. The charming market town of Crediton is about six miles away and Exeter Airport is eight miles.

The Accommodation: Sleeps up to a maximum of 12 guests with the use of 6 double bedrooms. Two of these bedrooms are linked by an interconnecting door making a perfect family suite. There are four en-suite’s and one family bathroom. The top floor will have a further six bedrooms, giving total accommodation for up to 24 guests

    GROUND FLOOR:
  • Entrance Hall – Spacious entrance hall area with stairs rising from the former basement level to a landing with heavy stone interlacing balustrade on three sides. The eclectic detail comprises a niche with a classical statue facing the entrance and a ceiling cove decorated with arms in strapwork
  • Library – with large selection of books, and board games, and comfortable sofas. Door to the Billiard room
  • Billiard Room – with full sized snooker table
  • Morning Room – with large screen TV, comfy sofas, and open fireplace
  • Drawing Room – with comfortable sofas, coffee table, and TV. Grand Piano and open fireplace
  • Ballroom / Dining Room – This magnificent ballroom is the perfect setting for a large dining table seating up to 12 guests
  • Kitchen – with four oven AGA, conventional oven and hob, American-style fridge-freezer and many good quality cooking appliances. Kitchen table and chairs next to the large picture windows. Breakfast bar with two stools and sitting room area with settees with TV
  • WC – Two WC’s with wash hand basins
    FIRST FLOOR:
  • BEDROOM 1 – King size bed with EN-SUITE
  • BEDROOM 2 – King size bed with EN-SUITE
  • BEDROOM 3 – King size bed with EN-SUITE
  • BEDROOM 4 – King size bed with EN-SUITE
  • BEDROOM 5 – King size bed with interlinking door to bedroom 6. Both bedroom 5 and 6 have doors onto the hallway giving them access to the family bathroom
  • BEDROOM 6 – King size bed which can be made up as twin beds on request
  • Family bathroom – with WC, wash hand basin, free standing bath and large shower cubicle
  • The housekeeper has private accommodation within one end of the property, and provides a couple of hours of housekeeping every day. The housekeeper is also on hand to assist if needed during your stay
    THE GROUNDS: Pynes House has around 36 acres of grounds with beautiful formal areas of garden with a backdrop of gently rolling countryside with copse and woodlands. To the south east of the house is a parterre with a number of rose beds and a central ornamental pond with a pretty fountain. To the north east of the house is a croquet lawn. There is also a BBQ area with gas BBQ, chairs and table, next to this is a children’s play area with trampoline and slide
    History Pynes House Pynes has a fascinating and interesting history. The original manor belonged to the Pyne family in the reign of Henry I and afterwards was passed to the Larders, Copplestons and Staffords. The heiress of a Stafford carried it with marriage to Sir Henry Northcote. One of his ancestors was created a baronet in 1641. The Northcotes were associated with Gladstone and Disraeli and were later created Earls of Iddesleigh by Queen Victoria, who became a friend of the family. It is thought that she possibly stayed at Pynes House and used the wood paneled bedroom. It is very likely that Pynes House was the inspiration for Jane Austen’s Barton Park in ‘Sense and Sensibility’. In the book ‘In the Steps of Jane Austen’, the author comments “Although no written evidence to support my belief . . . ., I think this is the part of the Exe Valley which Jane calls “Barton” in ‘Sense and Sensibility’. Jane always wrote about places she knew and she must have had a specific large estate in mind. I feel sure her ‘Barton Park’ is Pynes, still, as in the novel, a “large and handsome house”.” Pynes House is Listed Grade II* as being of Significant Architectural Importance and Historic Interest. The house has had extensions and alterations in about 1851 by Ambrose Poynter. The house is built in a square plan with the 19th century additions arranged around a small courtyard. A water tower was added in about 1879 by James Jermar. On the south west elevation an impressive 19th century entrance was added as a ceremonial entrance hall in 1852 by Ambrose Poynter for Sir Stafford Henry Northcote, later Earl of Iddesleigh
The Services The following items are included in the rent:

  • Welcome Hamper
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • Toiletries
  • Utilities (except phone)
  • Wifi

Additional Services The following services are available on request for which there will be an additional charge:

  • Catering
  • Extra housekeeping
  • Weddings. Pynes House has a civil wedding license

Local Attractions

  • Saddles and Paddles – Bike and boat hire at Exeter Quay
  • Aerosaurus Balloons – Hot air balloon flights
  • Exeter Cruises – Run short boat trips between Exeter Quay and the Double Locks Inn
  • Skirmish Paintball located in Stoke Woods, Exeter – Action packed day for both men and women

Pubs and Restaurants:

  • The Cowley Bridge Inn – within walking distance
  • The Huntsman Inn – 1.4 miles
  • Clifton Inn – 0.8 miles
  • The Fat Pig – 0.2 miles
  • The Lazy Toad pub – 2.4 miles
Price

  • Low season two night weekends from £5200
  • High season two night weekends from £7,000

    Additional Information

    • The minimum let over a weekend is 2 nights and 3 nights if it is a Bank Holiday

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