Womens Green Apothecary

At Cadhay Manor House

In rural East Devon

On 22/06/18 - 29/06/18


FROM £685 including accommodation, most meals, talks and workshops.


Womens Green Apothecary


Mercedes has stayed here and has dreamt of returning since, Cadhay is a most beautiful, warm and welcoming manor house with an interesting history and stunning gardens surrounded by glorious countryside.

Workshops and talks by Margaret Karlinski and Mercedes Harris.


Possible Outings:

Trill farm, River cottage, the Jurassic coast and beautiful local walks.

A stay at Cadhay is a rare and unique experience, an amazing historic house that has been lived in continuously for centuries. Yet the feel is welcoming, understated and relaxed, a house that offers modern comfort without having been 'modernized'. With its deep sofas and wood fires you will quickly unwind and will soon feel entirely comfortable.

Listed by Country Life as ‘one of the top ten manor houses in the country’, Cadhay is a splendid manor built in 1550. The present owner, Rupert Thistlethwayte, has spent the better part of a decade restoring Cadhay to its previous splendour while introducing modern comforts such as heating, additional bathrooms, as well as contemporary furniture of his own design to complement the antique furniture. The result is an understated, pleasing mix of the historic and the modern, and a lived-in comfort that makes a stay at Cadhay a true delight.


Accommodation details:

Cadhay has three receptions rooms on the East side of the house where guests can gather in comfort. Adjoining these is the Georgian dining room which can accommodate up to 22 for formal or informal meals in splendour.

Upstairs, the Long Gallery, added in the reign of Elizabeth 1, is a notable feature, serving today as a family museum. The Roof Chamber, with its feature beamed ceiling, is a splendid venue for gatherings.

There is also a library and study, and the house is equipped with broadband wifi. Leisure facilities include televisions, DVD player, table tennis and croquet. There is a brick built BBQ and seating for outdoor dining.

Cadhay combines the grandeur of aristocratic Elizabethan living with all 21st century comforts. The Grade 1 listed building has a wealth of period and contemporary features, such as stone fireplaces, leaded windows, stone mullions, stucco ceilings, oak floors, designer curtains, beautiful antique and contemporary furniture, artwork and antiques.

Cadhay has 13 bedrooms altogether with a choice of 5 doubles, 6 twins and 2 singles, seven bathrooms, two shower-rooms and three separate loos.


Ground floor

Haydon - twin or double bedroom with huge stone arch and fireplace and en-suite shower room and loo. Suitable for disabled access.


First floor

Whetham – a corner room with contemporary double handcrafted half-tester (5’6"), view over the garden and en suite bathroom (bath plus hand-shower and washbasin).

The Dressing Room – a smallish single bedroom. 

The Nursery – a twin with panelling, double aspect windows and window seat.

Sugar Plum – a corner four-poster double (5’) with Georgian panelling, window seat and double aspect windows, accessed via The Nursery or the Long Gallery.

Barton – a lovely double aspect corner room with fine four-poster double (5’3").

Reibey – a small double room with view to front of the house.

Paulet – the master corner bedroom with a four-poster double (5’), carved stone fireplace (ornamental), double aspect windows and en suite bathroom (suite with roll-top bath plus hand-shower, and optional door to landing).

There are two more bathrooms (suites plus hand-showers) and a separate loo.



On the top floor, there are two separate attics, with five bedrooms (sloping ceilings) which are comfortable and smart.

The East Attic: two twin bedrooms, Peveril and Newton, with a bathroom (suite plus hand-shower and separate shower) and large anteroom with table tennis.

The West Attic: a twin bedroom, McClintock, with its own bathroom; and a double (6' bed or twin), Peere Williams, with a private sitting room and a bathroom (bath/shower) plus Phyllis’s room, a sweet, single room accessed via an en-suite shower room.

Garden enthusiasts come to Cadhay to enjoy its informal and natural design and relaxing beauty. The house is approached from the north down a lime tree avenue. On the east side it looks out over lawns with a ha-ha giving a seamless view over parkland. 


Behind the house, the walled kitchen gardens have been given over to allotments. At some times of the year, homegrown vegetables may be available.



Please email: info@vedanibotanicals.com for more details or to book.

View more images at: www.cadhay.org.uk