Catchfrench Manor

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Sleeps: 16 - 24 Bedrooms: 12 Bathrooms: 8
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Overview

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The remarkable, imposing, Grade II listed Catchfrench Manor is one of Cornwall’s most historic houses. As well as its fascinating history it offers stunning gardens designed in 1792 by the leading garden landscaper, Sir Humphrey Repton, Elizabethan ruins, parkland, orchards, paddocks and woodland in a fabulous, out-of-this-world plot of 25 acres. With magnificent entertainment spaces, eight sumptuous bedrooms on the first floor and two independent apartments on the lower ground floor with a further three bedrooms, this gorgeous manor house is perfect for large groups of friends or family and those wanting to celebrate special events.

Catchfrench Manor is located in a secluded, prestigious elevated position at St. Germans, 4 miles from the wonderful South Cornish coast, 14 miles from Plymouth and 24 miles from Tavistock. St. Germans was a former capital of Cornwall and is close to the Cornwall/Devon border. Dartmoor lies to the north east. Nearby towns include Liskeard and Saltash and the beautiful, picturesque fishing harbours of Polperro, Looe and Fowey are within easy reach.

Catchfrench Manor was originally the principal house of the Manor of Bonyalva, mentioned in the Domesday Book and was attached to the Abbey of St. Germans. The Elizabethan manor house was built in 1580 by George Kekewyche, the Sheriff of Cornwall under Elizabeth I and now exists as a ruin adjacent to the present house. His name can be seen over the granite archway to the enclosed cobbled courtyard. The ruin includes original arches, benches, troughs and the ice house. The house was bought by Julius Glanville in 1716 and the present house was built in attractive Gothic style in the first half of the 18th Century. This fabulous, majestic manor house is clad with roses, honeysuckle, jasmine and a fabulous mature wisteria.

You will certainly feel like Lords and Ladies of the Manor when you arrive at this incredible wonder! Guests enter the property through a fine panelled front door to the entrance hall and a long reception hall with its large display alcove, tall gothic windows overlooking the ruin and fine, intricate cornicing. From here, you pass through impressive double depth panelled doors to the principal reception rooms including the drawing room which was formally the ball room. This grand, stately room boasts four sets of windows, one being French and offering access to the gardens, a striking fireplace with a polished marble hearth, gorgeous cornicing, a beautiful parquet floor and an excellent array of comfortable furnishings. The lavish sitting room next door boasts an original ornate fireplace and stunning windows which drown this beautiful room in natural light. The superb study is bright and beautiful with dual aspect and a gorgeous window seat overlooking the ruins. The Robinson & Cornish designer kitchen is a gorgeous, sociable space enjoying original features, an Aga and modern appliances, perfect for the chefs in your group. There is even a walk-in pantry. At one end of the kitchen you will find the family room and at the other, the children’s playroom and cloakroom. This house is ideal for multi-generational families with plenty of spaces to relax with the Sunday newspapers or pre-dinner drinks while children happily play for hours inside and out.

The enormous master bedroom suite and seven further bedrooms are found on the first floor. The master enjoys gorgeous views over the ruin, the lawn and the paddock and boasts an ensuite bathroom. Five further bedrooms run along the length of the manor house enjoying fabulous, far-reaching views and another two are tucked along the eastern side of the house. They share two bathrooms and a shower room.

The lower ground floor is comprised of a self-contained annex including the cellar, utility and boot room and boiler room as well as two self-contained apartments. These are ideal for grandparents or other members of your group that may appreciate some quiet time or personal space. All of the rooms enjoy natural light and are very spacious. One of the apartments offers a bedroom, bathroom, sitting room and a kitchen and the other boasts two bedrooms, a bathroom, a sitting room and a kitchen.

The gardens and grounds of Catchfrench Manor are incredible. The 25 acre plot includes mature broadleaved woodland with its delightful carpet of wild garlic in the spring, a pond, a formal herb garden with clipped box borders, an orchard, a plantation of mature specimen trees including acers, a handkerchief tree, an Indian bean tree, conifers, oak, beech and beautiful azaleas, rhododendrons, camelias and hydrangeas. To the side of the field are semi-formal gardens, a peacock enclosure and a large lush lawn with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. A path runs through the bluebell wood to the quarry garden which is entered through a dry wall slate tunnel. At the rear of the ruin is the former ice house. There is access to the lower ground floor apartments from the cobbled courtyard. The gardens were formally open to the public with the spectacular rhododendrons being once of the largest collections in Cornwall.

Catchfrench Manor really is one of a kind and the perfect venue for group get-togethers and celebrations. It is located in a wonderful spot with fantastic day trip opportunities.

* Please note that it is possible for smaller groups of up to 16 guests to book Catchfrench Manor for a reduced price during selected low season dates. Please note that groups of 16 will not have access to the ground floor bedrooms. If you would like access to the entire house, you will need to select 17 + guests at the time of booking.

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What you should know…

  • The lower ground floor is home to two independent apartments giving you an extra three bedrooms. These are ideal for those in your group that may appreciate a little privacy
  • This fabulous manor house has such a fascinating history. You will love wandering around the ruins wondering how it was in the past!
  • Please speak to our Concierge Team if you would be interested in private chefs or other services that will add to your holiday experience

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet Hot Tub Laptop Friendly Workspace BBQ Lift Gym/Fitness Room Indoor Games Working Fireplace Heating

Catchfrench Manor

First Floor
- Master bedroom - Blue Room with Super king size bed and ensuite bathroom
- Bedroom Two - Yellow Room Children's twin room with two single beds
- Bedroom Three - Princess Room Children's room with a double and a single bed
- Bedroom Four - Red Bedroom with superking Four Poster
- Bedroom Five - Pink bedroom with super king bed
- Bedroom Six - Violet Room with super king bed
- Bedroom Seven - Green Room with double bed
- Bedroom Eight - Cream single room with single bed and cot (second cot also available)
- Family bathroom x 2
- Shower room

Ground Floor
- Reception Hall
- Dining Hall (with table seating up to 24)
- Study
- Cloakroom
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Family room
- Sitting room
- Drawing room
- Playroom
- Pantry/larder  
- Shower room

Lower Ground Floor (only included for bookings over 17+ guests)
- Conservatory
- Bedroom Nine – The reading room with two single beds
- Bathroom

Flat One

- Bedroom Ten with double bed
- Kitchen and Dining Area
- Sitting Room/Games Room

Flat Two
- Bedroom Eleven with king size bed
- Bedroom Twelve with double bed
- Bathroom
- Sitting room
- Kitchen
- Cloakroom

Outside Grounds
- Elizabethan ruin and enclosed cobbled courtyard
- Beautiful landscaped gardens, parkland, paddock and woodland
- 8-10 seater Skargards wood fired hot tub (added in April 2022)

* Please note that it is possible for smaller groups of up to 16 guests to book Catchfrench Manor for a reduced price during selected low season dates. Please note that groups of 16 will not have access to the ground floor bedrooms. If you would like access to the entire house, you will need to select 17 + guests at the time of booking.

Location

About the surrounding area of Catchfrench Manor
Beach Nearby Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Catchfrench Manor is located amongst beautiful countryside, 4 miles from the South Cornwall coast and close to the Cornwall/Devon border. Plymouth and South Hams lie to the east while Devon’s Tavistock and Dartmoor lie to the north east. Plymouth boasts the Theatre Royal which attracts major opera, ballet and drama productions, excellent shopping facilities, amazing restaurants and some of the best sailing facilities in Europe. The thriving market town of Tavistock is an ancient stannary town and home of the cream tea. It holds world heritage status and is famous for its award-winning farmers’ market and pannier market. Tavistock has direct access to Dartmoor’s magical Western Moor, the perfect spot for picnics, walking, cycling and riding.

Liskeard is another attractive ancient stannary and market town, 14 miles west of the River Tamar and 12 miles east of Bodmin at the head of the Looe Valley. There are some excellent restaurants and independent shops.

Saltash is situated on the west bank of the River Tamar, across the river from Plymouth. Saltash enjoys great access to adventures on the river with the Tamar Valley being designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty. It is also close the the National Trust’s Cotehele House. Visitors enjoy sailing, watersports and bathing in the Tamar Estuary.

To the west of Catchfrench Manor, on the coast, is the very attractive Polperro. The South West Coast Path offers some fantastic, scenic walking plus there are interesting shops in Polperro. A figure-of-eight walk around the historic fishing village and the headlands surrounding Polperro covers historic sites including the net loft perched on Peak Rock, the Victorian sea pool, the lighthouse and the site of the medieval chapel. The Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing is fascinating.

Further along the coast is Fowey, a picturesque town and bustling small port. The attractive harbour is flanked by 14th century blockhouses, one in Fowey and the other in the delightful town of Polruan on the opposite side of the river. In Polruan you will find pretty cottages clinging to the hillside. A car ferry crosses the river to Boddinick. The ferry house was originally the du Maurier family home and later the home of Angela du Maurier, Daphne’s sister. The Fowey Estuary is stunning with boat trips galore.

Golf fans will be delighted with the courses at St Mellion, Yelverton and Tavistock. Racing at Newton Abbot and Exeter is also very popular.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Plymouth Airport

(24.7km)

Nearest Train Station Plymouth Railway Station

(High speed trains 23.9 km)

Nearest Village Liskeard

(5.9 km)

Nearest Village Polperro, Looe

(18.6 km)

Nearest Village Fowey

(36 km)

Nearest Town/City Plymouth

(25.3 km)

Nearest Town/City Exeter

(92.2 km)

Nearest Airport
Nearest Bar/Pub Heskyn Mill

(4.7 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Rod & Line

(5 km)

Nearest Restaurant The Blue Plate

(7.8 km)

Nearest Restaurant The View

(17.5 km)

Region

When it comes to natural good looks, Cornwall sets the bar for UK holiday destinations. From long stretches of sand to the jaw-dropping scenery, this coastal county makes a fabulous retreat for anyone looking to escape the city scene. But most importantly, you quickly realise that you don’t have to fly around the world to seek adventures. With forests, castles and beaches for days, Cornwall is the ultimate staycation - perfect for all ages.

In recent years, Cornwall has come on leaps and bounds and found a newfound style. That being said, discover our range of beautiful large holiday homes in Cornwall to start planning your next holiday!

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Catchfrench Manor is perfect for families. The space is amazing with a children’s playroom, a family room and acres of space to play in. Just imagine those games of hide-and-seek!

There is plenty to do in this wonderful area including beach days, attractions, hiking, cycling and horse riding. Plymouth offers fantastic family fun including the National Marine Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the UK, The Mayflower Museum, telling the story of the Pilgrims journey across the Atlantic in 1620, The Box, the city’s newest museum and art gallery and the town’s outdoor swimming pool, Tinside Lido. Plymouth hosts many family friendly events including Pirates Weekend Plymouth, the Lord Mayor’s Day, the British Firework Championships and an excellent Bonfire Night.

Families that love the outdoors should not miss Dartmoor. This fantastic landscape offers rare birds and butterflies, ancient woodland, Neolithic monuments, its famous Dartmoor ponies and spectacular open views.

There is a wonderful selection of beaches to visit including Bantham Beach, near Kingsbridge, the beautiful Tregantle Beach, East Looe Beach, Cawsand Beach, Finnygook Beach, Hannefore Beach, Readymoney Cove, Talland Bay and Par Sands.

Fowey has an aquarium, a museum, St Catherine’s Castle and plenty of boat trips. The Fowey Regatta takes place in August and is wonderful. There are boats, floats, rafts and fireworks and a procession through the town with wonderful costumes. You can spend time with ‘The Bird Lady of Fowey’ at Lescrow Farm and her majestic birds where you will be up close with owls, Loki the hawk and others.

The Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s most popular attractions and an educational charity. It is nestled in a huge crater where massive Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity together with stunning plants, exhibitions and striking contemporary gardens and summer concerts. Year round there are wonderful family events some thrilling and others educational.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Horse Riding
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Swings
  • Trampoline
  • Lift
  • Indoor Games
  • Toys

Extras

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

- The owner requires a list of all the names and ages of every member of the group staying at the house prior to arrival. No extra guests have permission to be on site during the booking***
- The maximum capacity for the property is strictly 24 including children. Guests are not permitted to exceed this limit. Failure to adhere to this will result in the loss of your full deposit.
- No stag or hen do's allowed
- No fireworks
- The lead booker must be 30 years +
- Incoming calls only
- Please state the purpose of visit on your booking form
- Events can only be booked pior agreement from the owner and may require an additional charge
- No commercial use of the property is permitted without prior written consent form the owners.

Dog Policy
- On request prior to booking ONLY with the owner. If accepted, a pet supplement of £100 will apply. Please state the breed of dog at the time of booking. Strictly only 1 dog allowed at the property.
- Please always pick up after your dog when in Garden.
- Dogs must mainly be kept in the kitchen breakfast room or dining room or at the other end of the house on tiled flooring.

* Please note that it is possible for smaller groups of up to 16 guests to book Catchfrench Manor for a reduced price during selected low season dates. Please note that groups of 16 will not have access to the ground floor bedrooms. If you would like access to the entire house, you will need to select 17 + guests at the time of booking.

For bookings of 16 or less the ground floor flat maybe occupied by the owner/maintenance man .

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £1000 charged to client’s credit card before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
Heating costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Pets welcome? On request prior to booking ONLY with the owner. If accepted, a pet supplement of £100 will apply. Please state the breed of dog at the time of booking. Strictly only 1 dog allowed at the property.
Changeover day Friday
Minimum stay 3 nights in low season and 7 nights in high season
Stag & Hen Do's Allowed? No stag or hen do's allowed
Smoking Allowed? No smoking allowed

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 8th 2022 - Aug 26th 2022 - - - £10,200
* Bank Holiday - August Bank Holiday - - - £11,300
Sep 2nd 2022 - Oct 21st 2022 £5,180 £5,920 £6,660 £7,400
* Autumn Half Term Holiday - - - £11,300
Oct 28th 2022 - Nov 4th 2022 £5,180 £5,920 £6,660 £7,400
Nov 4th 2022 - Dec 20th 2022 £4,592 £5,248 £5,904 £6,560
* Christmas + New Year - - - £14,500
Jan 3rd 2023 - Jan 6th 2023 £4,592 £5,248 £5,904 £6,560
Jan 6th 2023 - Feb 10th 2023 £4,592 £5,248 £5,904 £6,560
* Spring Half Term Holiday - - - £11,300
Feb 17th 2023 - Mar 31st 2023 £4,592 £5,248 £5,904 £6,560
Mar 31st 2023 - Apr 28th 2023 £5,180 £5,920 £6,660 £7,400
* Bank Holiday - May Day - - - £11,300
May 5th 2023 - May 26th 2023 £5,180 £5,920 £6,660 £7,400
* Bank Holiday - Spring Bank Holiday - - - £11,300
Jun 2nd 2023 - Jun 30th 2023 £5,180 £5,920 £6,660 £7,400
Jun 30th 2023 - Aug 25th 2023 - - - £10,200
* Bank Holiday - August Bank Holiday - - - £11,300
Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 20th 2023 £5,180 £5,920 £6,660 £7,400
* Autumn Half Term Holiday - - - £11,300
Oct 27th 2023 - Nov 3rd 2023 £5,180 £5,920 £6,660 £7,400
Nov 3rd 2023 - Dec 20th 2023 £4,592 £5,248 £5,904 £6,560
* Christmas + New Year - - - £14,500
Jan 3rd 2024 - Feb 9th 2024 £4,592 £5,248 £5,904 £6,560

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 8th 2022 - Nov 4th 2022 £6,475 £7,400 £8,325 £9,250
Nov 4th 2022 - Jan 6th 2023 £5,740 £6,560 £7,380 £8,200
Jan 6th 2023 - Mar 31st 2023 £5,740 £6,560 £7,380 £8,200
Mar 31st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 £6,475 £7,400 £8,325 £9,250
Sep 1st 2023 - Nov 3rd 2023 £6,475 £7,400 £8,325 £9,250
Nov 3rd 2023 - Feb 9th 2024 £5,740 £6,560 £7,380 £8,200

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 8th 2022 - Aug 26th 2022 - - - €11,359
* Bank Holiday - August Bank Holiday - - - €12,584
Sep 2nd 2022 - Oct 21st 2022 €5,769 €6,593 €7,417 €8,241
* Autumn Half Term Holiday - - - €12,584
Oct 28th 2022 - Nov 4th 2022 €5,769 €6,593 €7,417 €8,241
Nov 4th 2022 - Dec 20th 2022 €5,114 €5,844 €6,575 €7,305
* Christmas + New Year - - - €16,147
Jan 3rd 2023 - Jan 6th 2023 €5,114 €5,844 €6,575 €7,305
Jan 6th 2023 - Feb 10th 2023 €5,114 €5,844 €6,575 €7,305
* Spring Half Term Holiday - - - €12,584
Feb 17th 2023 - Mar 31st 2023 €5,114 €5,844 €6,575 €7,305
Mar 31st 2023 - Apr 28th 2023 €5,769 €6,593 €7,417 €8,241
* Bank Holiday - May Day - - - €12,584
May 5th 2023 - May 26th 2023 €5,769 €6,593 €7,417 €8,241
* Bank Holiday - Spring Bank Holiday - - - €12,584
Jun 2nd 2023 - Jun 30th 2023 €5,769 €6,593 €7,417 €8,241
Jun 30th 2023 - Aug 25th 2023 - - - €11,359
* Bank Holiday - August Bank Holiday - - - €12,584
Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 20th 2023 €5,769 €6,593 €7,417 €8,241
* Autumn Half Term Holiday - - - €12,584
Oct 27th 2023 - Nov 3rd 2023 €5,769 €6,593 €7,417 €8,241
Nov 3rd 2023 - Dec 20th 2023 €5,114 €5,844 €6,575 €7,305
* Christmas + New Year - - - €16,147
Jan 3rd 2024 - Feb 9th 2024 €5,114 €5,844 €6,575 €7,305

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 8th 2022 - Nov 4th 2022 €7,211 €8,241 €9,271 €10,301
Nov 4th 2022 - Jan 6th 2023 €6,392 €7,305 €8,218 €9,132
Jan 6th 2023 - Mar 31st 2023 €6,392 €7,305 €8,218 €9,132
Mar 31st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 €7,211 €8,241 €9,271 €10,301
Sep 1st 2023 - Nov 3rd 2023 €7,211 €8,241 €9,271 €10,301
Nov 3rd 2023 - Feb 9th 2024 €6,392 €7,305 €8,218 €9,132

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 8th 2022 - Aug 26th 2022 - - - $11,548
* Bank Holiday - August Bank Holiday - - - $12,793
Sep 2nd 2022 - Oct 21st 2022 $5,865 $6,702 $7,540 $8,378
* Autumn Half Term Holiday - - - $12,793
Oct 28th 2022 - Nov 4th 2022 $5,865 $6,702 $7,540 $8,378
Nov 4th 2022 - Dec 20th 2022 $5,199 $5,942 $6,684 $7,427
* Christmas + New Year - - - $16,416
Jan 3rd 2023 - Jan 6th 2023 $5,199 $5,942 $6,684 $7,427
Jan 6th 2023 - Feb 10th 2023 $5,199 $5,942 $6,684 $7,427
* Spring Half Term Holiday - - - $12,793
Feb 17th 2023 - Mar 31st 2023 $5,199 $5,942 $6,684 $7,427
Mar 31st 2023 - Apr 28th 2023 $5,865 $6,702 $7,540 $8,378
* Bank Holiday - May Day - - - $12,793
May 5th 2023 - May 26th 2023 $5,865 $6,702 $7,540 $8,378
* Bank Holiday - Spring Bank Holiday - - - $12,793
Jun 2nd 2023 - Jun 30th 2023 $5,865 $6,702 $7,540 $8,378
Jun 30th 2023 - Aug 25th 2023 - - - $11,548
* Bank Holiday - August Bank Holiday - - - $12,793
Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 20th 2023 $5,865 $6,702 $7,540 $8,378
* Autumn Half Term Holiday - - - $12,793
Oct 27th 2023 - Nov 3rd 2023 $5,865 $6,702 $7,540 $8,378
Nov 3rd 2023 - Dec 20th 2023 $5,199 $5,942 $6,684 $7,427
* Christmas + New Year - - - $16,416
Jan 3rd 2024 - Feb 9th 2024 $5,199 $5,942 $6,684 $7,427

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 8th 2022 - Nov 4th 2022 $7,331 $8,378 $9,425 $10,472
Nov 4th 2022 - Jan 6th 2023 $6,499 $7,427 $8,355 $9,283
Jan 6th 2023 - Mar 31st 2023 $6,499 $7,427 $8,355 $9,283
Mar 31st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 $7,331 $8,378 $9,425 $10,472
Sep 1st 2023 - Nov 3rd 2023 $7,331 $8,378 $9,425 $10,472
Nov 3rd 2023 - Feb 9th 2024 $6,499 $7,427 $8,355 $9,283

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

The History

Originally attached to the Abbey of St. Germans, Catchfrench was the principal house of the manor of Bonyalva, mentioned in the Domesday Book. The Elizabethan manor house was built by George Kekewyche in 1580 and exists now as a ruin adjacent to the present house. Kekewyche was Sheriff of Cornwall under Elizabeth I and his name can be seen over the granite  archway to the enclosed cobbled courtyard. The house subsequently passed through several families before it was purchased by Julius Glanville in 1716, commemorated by the sundial on the south wall of the house.

The Elizabethan manor house was of traditional design with granite mullioned windows to a Great Hall occupying the full height of the house and a screened passage between the front and rear entrance. The ruin also includes the ice  house and a variety of Elizabethan features, including original arches, benches and troughs. The present house was built in a gothic style in the first half of the 18th Century. In 1792 Francis Glanville invited the leading garden  landscaper, Repton, to redesign the gardens and grounds. Repton presented his proposals for Catchfrench in his ‘Red Book’ in 1793 and the majority of his proposals were implemented shortly thereafter. He stated that “the romantic  situation of the house, its picturesque front and delightful scenery with which it is everywhere surrounded leaves little else to be done, but to give the whole  place an air of extent and importance by removing the appearance of a road so near to a boundary”. Repton also mentioned the quarry from which the stone for the construction of Catchfrench was derived, suggesting that it   formed a “secret garden” and an “endless source of amusement”. The  Catchfrench name is believed to be derived from Cadge fryns meaning the  Chief or Prince’s House.

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Reviews

  • Beyond our expectations!

    Posted by Tom on 12/12/2021

    Thank you so very much to the owners, and also to the staff at Oliver’s Travels. It is a truly wonderful property that is perfect for a large family (or friends) gathering. There is plenty for children to do and to explore, and plenty of space and beautiful rooms for adults to relax and spend time together in. We would love to return one day. Thank you again.

  • Wow!

    Posted by The Brewster Family on 29/11/2021

    Wow! What a stunning place, we all had such a fabulous time. Thank you for the wonderful flowers & hamper, a lovely touch. We would all love to come back someday, it was perfect for us, thank you SO much!

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