Combe House has everything expected of the quintessential Grade I Elizabethan Manor. It nestles in a glorious 3,500 acre wooded valley at the end of a long drive in the charming olde worlde thatched village of Gittisham, near Exeter, Devon.
It offers tranquility, country house charm with personal touches and highly acclaimed cuisine. Yet for all its elegance and romantic style, this splendid historic house has a relaxed, friendly and uniquely informal atmosphere. Step inside to the Great Hall with its huge roaring log fire; deep, comfortable armchairs; treasured antiques and amazing fresh flower arrangements. The carved, oak panelled walls are hung with family portraits of those who lived in this lovely house in centuries past.
Accommodation is in fifteen en-suite bedrooms and suites, some with four posters. Individually styled to reflect the charm of an old English manor with fine antiques and handcrafted quilts, many have stunning views down the valley and across the beautiful Devon countryside to Dartmoor beyond.
Dining is a memorable experience at Combe House. The owners, Ken and Ruth Hunt, have a love of fine food, superb wine and warm hospitality which they share with their guests.
Head Chef Philip Leach, a Master Chef of Great Britain, has earned the restaurant two AA Rosettes and three RAC Dining Accolades for its fine food and high level of service. The superb food is equally matched by fine wines including special selections from the New World and Chablis. Ancient underground cellars provide perfect conditions for laying down the best vintages.
Combe House is located in one of Devon’s finest and totally unspoilt locations. Hidden behind old beech woods, it’s surrounded by gardens and meadows where beautiful Arabian horses and pheasants roam freely. Guests can wander down the mile long drive to the picture postcard village of Gittisham which dates back to Saxon times with its cob and thatch cottages, church, village green and babbling stream.
Visitors can also browse the many antique shops in nearby Honiton, drive into Exeter and explore the magnificent Roman city and its cathedral or visit the nearby World Heritage Coast resorts of Sidmouth, Branscombe and the fishing village of Beer. With its marvellous views out to sea, the coast between Lyme Regis and Charmouth is a haven for fossil hunters. Powderham Castle, Bicton Park Botanical Gardens and Forde Abbey are also within easy reach.