Chanter Priest's House

A little bit of history…

The Chantry originally dates back to 1490 and was doubled in size in 1933. It was listed Grade 2 in 1955 being of historical importance but upgraded to Grade 1 in the 1990s.

The Chantry has been my family home since 1973 and is where I have grown up; it has many happy memories for me. This home is a labour of love, having been part of my  ‘family’ for so long; and like any old relative, needs time and rather a lot of “TLC”. There is always a job which needs doing, so we’re not perfect…just comfortable. Everyone who stays, whether family, old friends or new, have always felt relaxed here. There is a restfulness that envelops you and it gives people a chance to relax, unwind and be at peace.

Our letting rooms are in the “new wing” with breakfast being served in the dining room which was the kitchen and scullery of the original house. This room has a large inglenook fireplace and bread oven and is heavily beamed.

Situated within an acre of garden and grounds with a well, we are a home from home; comfort and relaxation is utmost. We have a secluded garden & patio for the summer months, an open fire & wood burner for the cooler ones.

The Chantry provides a sanctuary for anyone who stays. Over the centuries the house has provided security, sanctuary and a warm welcome for everyone; we continue to assure the same as well as a comfortable stay at our little piece of heaven in Devon.

Please get in touch if you would like to book in with us. We have two rooms with double beds, one with private shower, the other with a bath with shower over. 

Alternatively, please feel free to book your stay here via where you will be able to view availability immediately. 

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About us

John & Matt (and Rafferty our spaniel) welcome you. Our home is nestled near Honiton in the Blackdown Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. John has a great knowledge of the area so please ask away if you have any questions or are in doubt as to where to visit. We also love to meet new people & entertain, and share our knowledge of this beautiful area. John is an interior designer and upholsterer and works from home…there is evidence of his handiwork everywhere. We both like to travel too, so hearing about other people’s adventures or experience all adds to the mix.

Combe Raleigh is situated a mile north of the market town of Honiton. Sidmouth and the Jurassic Coast are 8 miles to the south; Lyme Regis and fossil hunting is 14.5 miles away to the south-east; Exmouth is 18 miles to the south west and home to Stuart Line Cruises from where you can take a cruise up and down the Jurassic Coast allowing you to marvel at this World Heritage site; Exeter is 18 miles to the west with excellent shopping, food outlets and its famous Cathedral of St Peter; and Dartmoor, Exmoor and some stunning countryside are easily accessible, as are day trips into Cornwall via the A30 dual carriageway.

There are numerous historic sites, houses, in Devon and Cornwall with a number just a few miles away such as Hembury Iron Age hill fort with spectacular views, the National Trust have Killerton, Knightshayes and Castle Drogo not far away. The Donkey Sanctuary, Diggerland, Crealy Adventure Park, Living Coasts at Torquay and more will keep our younger guests entertained. Honiton has many places to eat and drink for all budgets; a few notable stand-outs…The Pig at Combe and The Holt. Further afield there are pubs such as The Hare & Hounds at Putt’s Corner or The Jack In The Green at Rockbeare.

Room One

Prié dieu chair
Guest bedroom

Room Two

Cosy guest bedroom
Headboard with shallow buttons

The Garden

Country garden
Lavender in the garden
Chanter Priest's House
Summer patio scene
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