Cadhay house and garden, located a short distance from Ottery St Mary in East Devon, is open every Friday afternoon from May through to September. In addition, during the second May and the August bank holiday weekends it is open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons.
Guided tours of the house recount its history dating back to the early 15th century. Visitors will see the Long Gallery, the Roof Chamber with its Elizabethan timbered roof, the Court of the Sovereigns, described by Simon Jenkins as one of the “treasures of Devon” and a number of the bedrooms.
Visitors are also invited to explore the garden and allotments. In fact more and more people are coming just to visit the gardens which are an oasis of calm and tranquility and change dramatically as the season progresses.
Cadhay’s garden is beautiful but it is not a formal show garden. Nonetheless gardening enthusiasts come here 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 – a very popular venue for wedding receptions.