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visitor’s book

Here’s what our valued guests have to say about their stays. All reviews are independent and can be verified:

So Special – Sarah H – July 2022

It’s hard not to fall in love with Colleton Hall. Our party of ten, aged eight to eighty, from the UK and the US was given the most fabulous setting for a longed for family break. The house is beautifully decorated, comfortable and fun (wonderful art) with a baby grand in the drawing room. Colleton gives everyone privacy and space (nearly 40 acres helps). Walks here are sublime and the woods magical. There’s even a camp fire set up plus several picnic spots with benches. The super-equipped kitchen(s) make cooking pleasurable and the terrace a serene start or end to the day for summer dining. We learnt to paddleboard on the swimming lake and never made it to the beach. In fact, Colleton Hall was enough for us all. As my father said, ‘I’m in heaven.’ Russell and Richard are thoughtful and consummate hosts and clearly work hard to ensure guests want for nothing. The highlight for my young American nephew was enjoying a picnic under a 350 year old oak tree – something he’ll never do back home. We are not the repeat guest sort but Colleton is so special and such value for money, it has got us all looking in our diaries…

John and Diane – July 2022
Shangri La – Devon.

A remote, secluded hide-away just outside the tiny village of Rackenford, Devon. An earthly paradise!
John, myself and family including six grandchildren spent one week in this stunning grade 11 listed house, restored, decorated and furnished to the highest standard. Total luxury!
The gardens and extensive grounds including the lake and picnic areas provided us with a wealth of daily options. The morning and evening ritual which will hold fond memories for everyone was feeding the two Muscovy ducks George and Mildred not forgetting the ducklings on the lake. A real ‘Wow’ factor for all.
The Main and Working kitchens were a dream, so well stocked. The Bosch coffee machine (coffee beans provided) the wine fridges, the list is endless – a chef’s delight!
With lots of eateries on our doorstep and recommendations from Russell we dined in the Masons Arms in Knowstone, the Stag Inn for Sunday roast in Rackenford, the Lost Kitchen in Chettiscombe, Tiverton and Woods in Dulverton.
From the moment we arrived at Colleton Hall the ‘Oohs’ ‘Aahs’ and shrieks of delight from our grandchildren echoed everywhere as they ran to investigate their new surroundings.
Family meals, dining al fresco, walks in the fields, boating, football, tennis, hide& seek, treasure hunts, toasting marshmallows, water fights and story telling with Papa – Magic!
As well seasoned travellers and celebrating our 10th family holiday Colleton Hall has to be top of the list. History, luxury, facilities and outdoor space.
Russell and Richard you have created an amazing home, and for us a wealth of memories to take away.

Helen – June 2022 – A Wonderful Stay

I just wanted to write and say what a wonderful stay we had at Colleton Hall last weekend.

Everything could not have been more perfect. From the setting and grounds, to the hall itself and all the beautiful touches. The design and interiors are stunning and everything was super luxe and comfortable. We really appreciated the bubbles and wine that Russell left for us.

It was a joy to swim in the lake and walk in the beautiful parkland.

We very much look forward to staying again

Bronwyn – June 2022 – Relaxing Getaway in a Breathtaking Property

My family spent the weekend at Colleton Hall and it was one of the best getaways we’ve been to in a long time. The owners were incredibly kind and accommodating! They went out of their way to ensure everything was okay during our visit.

The house itself is stunning. It’s clean and beautifully decorated. We were very impressed with the number of rooms and bathrooms. There were 16 of us and everyone had their own space! If one of us wanted some time to ourselves to read a book or have a glass of wine, there was plenty of space to do so. The kitchen had everything we needed and all the appliances were easy to use. There was also plenty to do during our stay. The lake, rowing boats, and bonfire were particular favourites.

If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway in a breathtaking property, Colleton Hall is the place to be.

Alison – June 2022 – Sad to Leave

What a wonderful place to host a get together of any kind. Colleton Hall sits beautifully in its setting and we used every part of it – annex, main house, lake, terrace, barbecue, hillside fire pit – to make memories to treasure. Beautifully furnished and equipped with everything you need for a hassle free stay. Super comfy beds, lovely toiletries, amazing views to wake up to from most rooms. We were genuinely sad to leave.

Jan – June 2022 – The Time of Our Lives

What a memorable holiday we had enjoying this treasure of a house in an idyllic setting.
We were a family of 14 with children aged from 4-14. Everyone had something they loved. Gentle walks around the lake, roaming across the fields, exploring the woods, having fun on the various boats and swimming in the lake. The views are stunning and reminded us of a glorious painting. The house is impressive, spacious, warm and welcoming. No one wanted to leave but we all left with a feeling of peace and serenity.
Thank you Russell and Richard for thinking of everything and making sure we had the time of our lives!

Ben – June 2022 – One of the Best Getaways

My family spent the weekend at Colleton Hall and it was one of the best getaways we’ve been to in a long time. The owners were incredibly kind and accommodating! They went out of their way to ensure everything was okay during our visit.

The house itself is stunning. It’s clean and beautifully decorated. We were very impressed with the number of rooms and bathrooms. There were 16 of us and everyone had their own space! If one of us wanted some time to ourselves to read a book or have a glass of wine, there was plenty of space to do so. The kitchen had everything we needed and all the appliances were easy to use.

There was also plenty to do during our stay. The lake, rowing boats, and firepit were particular favourites.

If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway on a breathtaking property, Colleton Hall is the place to be.

Thank you again for everything!

Francoise – May 2022 – AN AMAZING PLACE

WHAT AN AMAZING PLACE
We have just spent 3 nights at Colleton Hall for a family birthday celebration and it was fantastic. The interior furnishings are superb and stylish with everything needed for an extremely comfortable stay. Champagne and chocolates, flowers in the rooms, a welcome hamper and wonderful toiletries all ready and waiting for us when we arrived. The gardens and grounds are lovely and our grandchildren all had great fun boating on the lake and toasting marshmallows up in the fire pit. Russell and Richard have created an amazing house and are wonderful hosts. They were very attentive and made us feel very welcome, nothing was too much trouble for them. We just wished we could have stayed longer.

Nikki – May 2022 – The Most Special Weekend

I wanted to send a quick email following our brilliant long weekend at Collection Hall last weekend (booked by my mother Françoise Biles).

When we arrived, Russell met us with a warm welcome and showed us around the beautiful Colleton Hall explaining where everything was and providing us with helpful advice and tips on things to do and places to go locally. We were lucky to have amazing weather on our first day and decided to spend the day at the Hall as there was so much to keep everyone happy in our 3-generation group. Having picked up supplies at the local farm shop we enjoyed a day walking in the woods, canoeing and boating on the beautiful lake, relaxing on the comfortable sun loungers and enjoying a BBQ lunch in the shade of the vine.

All of the children in our group had a great time – playing football, walking, biking, canoeing on the lake, toasting marshmallows by the fire! My 6 year old son particularly loved canoeing and boating on the lake, and knowing there were life jackets provided ensured I was able to relax too!

We enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing weekend, with so many happy memories of quality time together as a family. The Hall had everything we needed and was beautifully presented and well equipped and arranged. We enjoyed three delicious dinners by Relish, amazing food and great service.

We really did have the most special weekend, lots of happy memories and a great family celebration. Thank you Russell for all of the thought and attention you put into things for your guests.

Isla M – May 2022

We had the most fabulous time at Colleton Hall! It is an incredible place with lovely owners. A group of 17 of us stayed at Colleton Hall and East Wing for two nights to celebrate a bridal party. The property was spacious, beautifully decorated and furnished to a very high quality. It had everything you could need for a wonderful weekend. Russell, the owner, was extremely good at communicating ahead of our stay, to ensure that we had everything needed. During our stay, we had a private chef and yoga instructor visit, which Russell helped facilitate. He had left flowers, chocolates and champagne which made our arrival even more exciting. We had a fabulous weekend! Russell and Richard have created something incredibly unique and special, which is difficult to put into words. We all left with special memories, longing to return! I cannot recommend Colleton Hall enough, it really is a hidden gem and a little piece of heaven!

Idyllic Location – Valerie – MAY 2022

My three generational party of 17 stayed at Colleton Hall and East Wing for 3 nights to celebrate a major birthday at the end of April, and we all had a fabulous time. The whole place was perfectly furnished with enough space to spread out. The owners had thoughtfully left flowers, chocolates, and prosecco along with many other things to help out in a top-notch property rental. The whole place was greatly admired by all including the very grand master bathroom. During our stay we made excellent use of the Hall with many of us sitting on the patio, others used the various craft on the lake, quite a few walked around the grounds and enjoyed feeding the ducks. We were disappointed not to make use of the fire pit! Our party came together in the evenings for meals and games in the library / dining room. The kitchen room was lovely for meal preparation and pre-meal drinks. The lounge and staircase were great for family photos. Russell and Richard have created a fantastic place and we all left with wonderful memories of our time at this idyllic location.

Wow! – Toby – April 2022

WOW! End to End a Wonderful Rental.

Agency – the renowned 5* #SuperSlick Oliver’s Travels and Owner combined here for near perfection. No Surprise at all Oliver’s Travels rent this place as exclusive agent. A well and Correctly Marketed Colleton Hall did not fail to Deliver in every corner. Agency in Travel is all about Service, Oliver’s Travels ALWAYS DELIVER.. smart, honest, fast and lovely people to deal with too 🙂

The House itself is down to the owners. My family holiday a lot and Colleton Hall I hereby confirm is 100% the BEST PRESENTED Rental we have EVER had. All the big stuff of course but ‘everything’ feels upgraded here. Robes for Royals, a really great library collection for everyone, the finest Toiletries and potions by every bath, Shower and sink.. and there are a lot of these 🙂 ! .. and a whole lot more to WOW the customer… To name a few; Fresh Flowers throughout, Life Jackets and wellies for every age, Chilled Beers, Even Soft drinks and fruit for my Children, Duck food in the right place for the 6PM Geese and Duck Ritual by the lake if you fancied… (we did!) Every draw has something you might need. Even a Wine Aerator and some shaving foam!! Then the man drops round to top up firewood! Dog bowl by the warm Aga oh and some fresh Olives spotted in the fridge when I take out the (much appreciated) first night fizz which was of course ready and waiting… FABULOUS JOB Guys!! Thank you X

An Outstanding and Unique Venue – the Quinn Family – April 2022

Beautiful, scenic, yet safe, Colleton Hall was an outstanding and unique venue for our family holiday. 17 of us aged from 3 to 76 years came together for a wonderful golden wedding celebration. With carefully decorated bedrooms (each having its own sumptuous en-suite), a huge dining room with its library, the comfortable, tasteful main rooms and the ultra-modern equipped kitchens, there was plenty of space for us all. Comfy garden furniture with shade provision, made the outside terraced areas perfect for relaxing picnic lunches overlooking breath taking views and the odd deer roaming in the distance. We totally enjoyed exploring the extensive woods, grounds and fields, perfect for walks, games and toasting marshmallows in the well set up fire-pit. The lake, with its wild life and a variety of safe boats and life jackets, kept the older children well occupied, along with the football net, cricket set, piano and pool table. The little ones enjoyed delivering food and talking to the ducks! The booking process (although interrupted by Covid) was smooth and well supported by the kind and friendly owners. They made us all so very welcome and were helpful throughout our stay, without being intrusive. We highly recommend a stay at Colleton Hall in its perfect setting, as all our family had an amazing time and we shall all love returning to this very special place.
The Quinn Family April 2022

A Truly Special Place and Fantastic Setting – Sharon. O – March 2022

Colleton Hall is a truly special place and was a fantastic setting to celebrate my 50th birthday with friends and family. We stayed here for 10 nights and spent most of our time enjoying the magnificent grounds, lake and house. Each room in the house is beautifully and thoughtfully decorated and the kitchen(s) have everything you could ever need when entertaining a large gathering of people. Our hosts, Russell and Richard were amazing and went above and beyond to help with any request we had – they gave us a truly warm welcome and made our stay even more special. We loved Colleton Hall so much, we have already booked to go back next year. I could not recommend the house or the hosts more highly and any stay here will be very memorable.

Perfect – Tim G – March 2022

Colleton Hall was perfect for our get together of 18 people. The house is laid out really well for socialising, and with a library/lounge at one end of the house (and the annexe) there are quiet areas for those looking for it. The bedrooms are all well sized and thoughtfully laid out. The kitchens (plural), are well equipped for cooking, and the side kitchen is perfect for having outside caterers in without disturbing the main part of the house. With plenty of outdoor space, a south facing garden, and a spacious patio area, it’s perfect for soaking up the sun! The hosts could not have been more welcoming. They were generous with their time when showing us around, and keen for us to make the most of everything Colleton Hall had to offer.

Wow! – Lily – 05/01/2022

Just returned home from an amazing New Year’s Eve. Stayed at Colleton Hall and all I can say is wow wow. The place is amazing, clean, fully equipped with everything you need, spacious, beautifully decorated throughout. There were eighteen of us and we rented the extra annex as well, which was also lovely. Richard and Russell were so accommodating and nothing was too much trouble, they were just one text away and their response was super quick. The grounds were perfect for walks and relaxing, especially for the dogs, one being a German Shepard who did manage to go for a swim in the beautiful lake. Thank you for making our New Year’s Eve one to remember. 10/10.

Perfect Setting – Riccardo – 31/12/2021

Russell and Richard were the perfect hosts from start to finish. This was a trip that had been postponed from Christmas 2020 because of the pandemic so everyone was so looking forward to the break. Colleton Hall did not disappoint.
Russell and Richard had gone to great lengths to ensure that the hall was decorated perfectly with a stunning Christmas tree taking center stage.

The hall itself was just the perfect setting with plenty of space for our party to enjoy. Being big foodies the the dining areas and kitchens were a big win for us and gave everyone a chance to get involved. Fully kitted out with everything you could possibly need. Perfection. We also enjoyed the spacious bedrooms and bathrooms again fitted out to a high specification with no detail missed, from fluffy towels to crisp bed sheets it’s safe to say, everyone slept well.

Colleton Hall is the gift that keeps giving, once you venture out to explore the grounds it’s surprise after surprise from woody walks to private picnic areas where we relaxed with a little tipple while out enjoying everything the beautiful grounds have to offer. We had the best time and can’t wait to visit Colleton Hall again.

A wonderful place – Manoj P – December 2021

We had a fantastic time at Colleton Hall. Russell & Richard have created such a wonderful place to unwind and relax. They recommended all the best local restaurants and places to visit. The lake and grounds are immaculately maintained and such a pleasure to enjoy. The house is full of quality furniture and furnishings. The kitchen was well stocked with essential herbs and condiments. Milk, bread, and butter was left in the Fridge for us upon our arrival. We also had a large bottle of Prosecco on the kitchen table for us to enjoy! Such Wonderful hosts. We will certainly return to Colleton Hall again.

Wonderful Weekend – Kate – December 2021

We had a wonderful weekend with three families at Colleton Hall this past weekend. The house set-up was ideal for a large group — lots of areas for the kids to hang out while the adults could sit by the fire. We loved the grounds as well and did a long walk through the forest by the river. We especially liked that it was a grand, period house that felt modern, fresh and cosy. Overall, I would highly recommend the property.

Fallen in Love – Kathryn – November 2021

Colleton Hall is beyond compare. The house, grounds, view and everything combined has created a space that you want to stay in forever. We had the most amazing weekend at Colleton that would not have been so perfect if it weren’t for Russell and Richard. They could not have been more accommodating, knowledgeable or helpful. All the touches and details along the way helped to create the weekend we had imagined. Not only that, they were superb company! We could wax lyrical about the beautiful ensuite rooms, the lake, woodlands or the most splendid bathroom ever, but we’d rather encourage you to go and experience this place for yourselves. We have definitely fallen in love with Colleton Hall – and with Russell and Richard too!

Wonderful Stay! – The Richards Family – November 2021

We had such a wonderful stay at Colleton Hall. Russell and Richard made us so welcome, as did the ducks!
The house was stunning, as was the grounds, and we enjoyed woodland walks, fire pits and rowing on the lake. Can’t wait for a return visit! A huge thank you from all 17 of us .

Incredible! – Greg – October 2021

Our recent stay at Colleton Hall was nothing short of incredible. Our hosts, Russell and Richard were fantastic, offering up some incredible recommendations, including our guided walk with Ed (great for adults and kids), plus Charlotte from Wild Soul Yoga – also fabulous for the whole family, plus a whole host of amazing restaurant recommendations. The grounds are to die for and come alive in the evenings, with the calls from Owls and other wildlife relaxing you to sleep each night. A truly magical week, that we cannot wait to relive. 5 stars!

Stunning – Jake – October 2021

We had a truly wonderful time. The accommodation is stunning, the grounds magnificent and the adventures to be had are endless. Russell and Richard are exceptionally hospitable, they open up their home with such warmth and kindness. A magnificent stay, surrounded by absolute beauty and in luxurious comfort. We can’t wait to return.

AMAZING! – Amelia – October 2021

Our stay at Colleton Hall was AMAZING! If you’re looking for pure luxury and escapism this is the house. Russell and Richard were the perfect hosts and couldn’t have been more accommodating, the small touches really made it a memorable and special experience. The grounds and lake are also spectacular, with so much to do there is no need to really leave the house. I would 100% recommend to anyone who is thinking of visiting!

Ideal Location – Steve S – September 2021

We have just returned from a wonderful stay at Colleton Hall which was an ideal location for our party of 10 plus 3 babies. The accommodation has been lovingly restored by Russell and Richard and is of a very high quality. They were perfect hosts taking great trouble to cater for all our needs and we would recommend Colleton Hall as a perfect venue for a holiday.

Wonderful – Mark and Francesca S. – September 2021

Together with 6 other couples – a group of friends that goes back to University days in the 1960s – we spent a wonderful long weekend at the beautifully situated and brilliantly furnished and equipped Colleton Hall. We go away together to different places every year or so, and this venue has topped the list so far. Russell and Richard, who were there to welcome us as we arrived (before removing themselves for the duration, leaving behind generous gifts of consumables), were extremely helpful, gracious and kind, clearly wanting us to enjoy all that was there to the full. And a lot is there – as well as the house itself, which really couldn’t have been more comfortable or better-equipped and is decked with the varied and interesting art they have collected, the lake (with its warm springs) is excellent for swimming and the surrounding meadows and woods are rich in nature (the ancient herb-rich meadows are of particular note). The lake area as well as the house has outside lighting, and the effect at night is really special. Russell had organised for us a nature walk given by Ed, a local forestry expert with a fascinatingly wide experience of all kinds of arboriculture, who interpreted the local ecosystem for us from deep understanding. As a group we had a rather wide range of our knowledge of natural history, which Ed was able to deal with most impressively, and whatever the level of your knowledge we would definitely recommend a tour of the fields, woods and wildlife with Ed if it is available. All in all we had a great time at Colleton Hall – Russell and Richard’s home, which they have restored and fashioned over the past few years with great dedication and skill, and now delight in opening to the enjoyment of others. Thank you Russell and Richard! Just to show that I do have critical faculties I might mention the small difficulty in opening cupboards hinged at the side with handles placed centrally…but my goodness, that was the only downside we could think of.

House is Beautiful – Siri – September 2021

Colleton Hall on a warm summer’s day is a dream.
The house itself is beautiful, and is decorated and furnished to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere . It’s extremely well kitted out and has everything you need.
The host, Russell was extremely helpful and is knowledgeable about the area and was full of useful information.
Everywhere was sparkling clean and after 5 weekends away around south England this summer , this house is our firm favourite.

A Memorable Weekend – Margaret K. – September 2021

We had a thoroughly enjoyable time and were most impressed by the house and its amenities. So much so, I decided it might be good to let you, as the agent, know my thoughts about this special house.
The setting at Colleton Hall is perfect, wonderfully secluded, with idyllic views over the the lake, rising field and trees beyond.
The house is spacious, tastefully furnished and beautifully maintained. The many paintings, sculptures and objets d’art provided much interest and made us feel we were sharing a much loved home.
The kitchen, or (more correctly) kitchens, were extremely well equipped with high quality appliances, kitchenware, crockery, glassware and cutlery.
There was masses of space and furniture so that all 14 of us could gather together comfortably inside and on the terrace – or find a quiet corner if needed!
We stayed in the annexe and were very comfortable there. As everywhere else, we felt the owners had put a lot of thought into the details that would make their guests feel at home and well cared for.
A highlight of the weekend was the morning nature walk by Ed. It was informative, entertaining and totally absorbing. Ed is very knowledgeable with a fund of anecdotes from a long and varied career in forestry and estate management. His deep (but unsentimental) love of nature and wildlife shone through. I loved the walk and learned so much.
Thank you to everyone involved for providing this lovely setting for a memorable weekend.

Beautiful – Ines and Mike N. – September 2021

We have just had a wonderful weekend with twelve other friends at this property. We have never stayed in such a well-provisioned house and appreciated all the art pieces and furnishings. Russell and Richard were very generous in allowing us to use the food that was in the house as well as the magnum prosecco and more. We loved the landscape and lake and a highlight was the nature tour with Ed. It is a beautiful and comfortable house.

An Oasis of Calm – Caroline – August 2021

We are just back from a week’s stay at Colleton Hall and cannot recommend it highly enough. The Hall is exquisitely furnished and is superbly equipped. Russell and Richard are charming and attentive hosts with nothing too much trouble. The grounds are spectacular with lots of lovely touches including a woodland firepit and seating and picnic areas, and the children had enormous fun on the lake, in the boat and on paddleboards. We weren’t sure whether staycationing in Devon this year was going to be too hectic but Colleton Hall is situated away from the crowds and is an oasis of calm. There is a good choice of places to eat out and we didn’t have one disappointing meal whilst we were in the area. Our group was a mix of ages from 6-50, plus one dog and we all had a wonderful time so there is definitely something for everyone. Thank you for a memorable holiday.

Beautiful Interiors, Gorgeous Grounds – Luc L August 2021

We’re just returned from a week at Colleton Hall and would recommend it to anyone. From arrival our hosts were fantastic, going above and beyond to help us settle in and across the week helping us with planning day-trips and answering any question we had. The house has beautifully designed interiors, spacious bedrooms, comfortable beds and seemingly every little thing we could possibly require on a holiday; their attention to detail is perfect. Outside, the grounds are gorgeous, with boats, canoes and paddle-boards on the lake, deer roaming the field, ducks wandering freely and wonderful walks to be had across their private fields and forests surrounding the house.

Lovely Stay – Sunil P August 2021

We had a lovely stay at Collerton Hall. Richard and Russell were very hospitable and generous. Everything was cleaned very, very well and they left lots of condiments and snacks for us, which was very kind of them. Perfect house in the perfect setting. Sonos speakers and the amazing dining room were particular highlights!!

High Quality Property to Deliver a Special Experience – Steve M August 2021

Our weekend in Colleton Hall had been much anticipated after being cooped up during lockdown and didn’t disappoint. Indeed, our excitement had been heightened by Russell contacting us in advance to make sure we were able to get the best out of the property. We used the hall to mark a notable family event with 3 generations and had an experience that will live long in the memory. We were very impressed by the range and quality of all the facilities, both inside and out, giving both young and old plenty to do. A lot of time was spent in or on the lake and the lovely outdoor space allowed us to have an excellent BBQ in the pleasant evening sunshine while watching deer prancing across the field and bats flitting around.
The rooms were all beautifully appointed, comfortable and scrupulously clean. The library/dining room was a perfect setting for the celebratory meal we had, made all the better by the excellent local caterers recommended by Russell.
In the short time we were there, we couldn’t take advantage of everything on offer despite our best efforts. eg we had to leave the healthy looking produce in the vegetable garden to other guests. We did have one minor issue (a hangover from the previous occupants), but this was dealt with promptly and efficiently as soon as we mentioned it was still causing an issue.
In summary, if you are looking for a high quality property to deliver that special experience, Colleton Hall should be at the top of your list.

Five Stars – Ian M July 2021

We all enjoyed our stay and would give it a five-star review. Russell was a perfect host introducing us, on arrival, to the delights of the Hall and checking up on things while we were there to make certain everything was perfect. The rooms & en-suites were all great and clean for our arrival. Kitchen facilities were first class – we mainly catered for ourselves although a chef came in our last night.

Beautiful Property – Adrian S June 2021

When we arrived, we were greeted with flowers, chocolate and champagne and we were given a lovely tour of the house and explained the extensive features. The property was beautiful – both inside and out. It has fantastic grounds – especially the lake with its own ducks and duck house. We enjoyed using the rowing boat on the lake one afternoon and there are benches around the lake which make an ideal spot for an early evening aperitif. Russell assured us that we could swim in the lake, but unfortunately the weather never really got hot enough, otherwise I would have definitely gone for a dip. The grounds encompass a terrace and informal English garden with roses, poppies and other flowers with a lovely lawn leading down to a stream with a bridge to a playing field and a lake and then up towards a wildflower meadow and two enormous old oaks. There is a copse to the left of the old oaks in which there are two enormous picnic tables and a fire-pit. There is a big gas barbeque on the terrace and another fire-pit. A number of nights we ate on the patio and then lit the fire-pit to stay up talking. Nature – the grounds are very sympathetic to the environment and the two fields were covered in beautiful wildflowers (buttercups, clover etc) – we saw a wide range of birds (from gold tits all the way up to the Devon Buzzard) and deer ran through the meadow. The dawn chorus in the morning was amazing. There is a stream and bluebell dell which is very peaceful. If you are feeling more active, you can visit the large private wood, which has a picnic area by the stream. We booked a nature walk with a local conservationist and this was excellent. It really allowed us to appreciate the land and its stories. Inside the house has been lovingly and meticulously renovated to a very high standard. There is wonderful art on the walls, a large library, and an in-tune baby grand piano. The main bedroom is enormous, and the en-suite has a standalone bath with views over the gardens – ideal for a soak after all the walking. The other bedrooms are similarly lovely – each is en-suite either with a shower or bath – and each has its own decorative theme. There are several TVs and a Sonos system throughout. The wifi is good and stable – some of our friends had to do a few conference calls, but had no problems. It’s a great place if you enjoy cooking/eating and entertaining. There are two kitchens both with large cookers – two fridges, two wine fridges, two dishwashers and a big freezer. There is everything you could need in terms of pots, pans and utensils and a great fancy bean-to-cup coffee machine with a lot of features and functions – but most importantly makes a great cup of coffee. The dining table seats 18, with a good range of quality glasses and crockery. When we arrived, there were flowers in every room. Our hosts, Russell and Richard couldn’t have been more welcoming and friendly – they have pretty much thought of everything you could want for a holiday stay and were more than happy to help us if we ran out of anything or couldn’t understand something. All in all, we had an amazing stay and definitely hope to return. 100% rating.

100% approval rating, Geoffrey – May 2021

Colleton Hall is a large and historic property, nicely decorated with art works collected by the pleasant owners who live next door. Acres of lovely rural surroundings, with lots to do and see. For the energetic there’s a lake with paddleboards, and for rainy days there are games, a huge and eclectic selection of books, and a grand piano. We had a post-lockdown family reunion there, with six adults and two children, and all of us gave it a 100% approval rating.

A wonderful week, East Wing, Heather May – 2021

We had a wonderful week away at East Colleton Hall. The place is amazing, beautiful grounds and a very smart house. Russell couldn’t have been more generous or accommodating – he helped to find activities for us to do in Devon with our little children, and left an abundance of goodies in the house for our arrival. He also invited us over for drinks and canapés and gave us a tour of Colleton Hall. His hospitality and generosity were much appreciated and really added to our great week.

Five Star House for a Family Holiday, Tina – May 2021

Our family of 8 adults and 2 children enjoyed a wonderful week at Colleton Hall. Beautiful house and grounds in a scenic location with plenty to do. We were blessed with good weather and had fun on the lake with the boat, canoe, paddle boards and the occasional swim! Our little granddaughter especially loved the ducks. Our grandson made good use of the football pitch and practising his skills with the training cones etc that Russell kindly treated him to. We had plenty of woodland walks and a picnic in the picnic area by the stream. Toasting marshmallows up at the campfire one evening was great fun.
We all enjoyed a lovely celebratory meal one evening by Suzie (Relish catering) Russell and Richard are great hosts, extremely friendly and helpful, thank you.

Colleton Hall is a magical place, Simon – April 2021

Colleton Hall is a magical place: the hosts couldn’t have been kinder or more helpful, the house itself is beautiful, and the grounds perfect for a family holiday. There’s lots to do with a pond for paddle-boarding and swimming, woodland to explore, streams to splash about it, a fire pit for marsh-mallow toasting, lovely benches everywhere for sitting quietly… And in front of the house there’s a long south facing terrace that catches the sun all day and is sheltered enough from the wind to have allowed us to eat outside even on chilly days. Perfect – a five star house for a family holiday.

What a fun holiday! Salome – October 2021

What a fun holiday! The older teens enjoyed the woodland walk with the dogs; the younger teenagers loved the rowboat and paddle boarding in the lake; and everyone enjoyed s’mores by the fire. The house was very warm and comfortable despite being so large. Everyone had lots of space to spread out and do their own thing, even though we often ended up hanging out in the awesome kitchen with sofas, views and a cozy fire. The views are incredible, even from the bathtub! It was great to have so much land, the house felt completely private. The weather was very changeable; but still the girls managed to get out on the lake several times and the fires kept us warm and cosy.
The owners could not have been more helpful from providing advice about activities (surfing lessons, paddle boarding, mountain biking) to delicious restaurants close by (Masons Arms) and farm shops that delivered scrumptious food (Dart). Not to mention keeping us supplied with logs and fire starters for our constant cosy fires. It is not easy to keep everyone happy but Colleton Hall did exactly that. We will certainly be booking this holiday again. Thank you!

We are missing Colleton already and will definitely be back, East Wing – Ulrike October 2020

We stayed in the East Wing for a week and loved the cosy atmosphere and the great surroundings from the very first moment. Stunning views from each room, carefully selected antiques and paintings, a lovely terrace with barbecue and a running trail in the wood – nothing was missing. Even our son, a passionate fisherman, could stay with his tent at the lake overnight. Russell and Richard are fantastic hosts and made us feel very welcome. Their day trip and restaurant suggestions were great! We are missing Colleton already and will definitely be back.

The House is Amazing, Yogesh – October 2020

Just to say that we got back last weekend from Colleton Hall, and what a lovely experience. The house is pretty amazing, as you well know, very scenic, it was great to chill out just watching the landscape, and if one woke up early enough, the Deer prancing around. Breakfast on the patio gave such a serene feeling. Sitting in front of the fire after the evening meal was charming, but going to the picnic spot, lighting a fire, and toasting Marshmallows took it to another level. Last but not the least were the hosts, Richard & Russell, really a fantastic pair, nothing was too much trouble for them, and they were only too pleased to pop around and fix the timings of the heating, even late in the evening. I think it was R&R which made the experience unique, the icing on the cake so to speak. Thanks all at Olivers as well.

A house of great character, Nigel – October 2020

A house of great character in a lovely secluded setting & very well maintained, spotlessly clean, with the added bonus of two fun and considerate hosts. What a treat to arrive to a restocked drinks fridge, a full larder and flowers!. We spent some time beforehand planning our week and Russell was extremely helpful in making restaurant recommendations and helping arrange mountain biking, horse riding and the never to be missed nature walk with the wonderful Ed. We’re still not sure about what lurks at the bottom of the lake but the younger generation did swim in it!

It Was Perfect, Nicola September 2020

Just wanted to let you know that we had a really great stay at Colleton Hall last week. It was perfect. A great location, beautifully decorated. It was a lovely place to relax and we could quite happily have stayed there all the time but there is also lots to do nearby and we did lots of walking and cycling and went to several National Trust properties. We really enjoyed the lake for swimming in the afternoons with the kayak and paddleboard. What made our stay perfect though was the wonderful hospitality from Russell and Richard who could not have been more welcoming or helpful. A really excellent choice and we will certainly look to stay there again.

Planning our Return! Sandra – September 2020

As a family of 8, our holiday at Colleton Hall could not have been more perfect. We arrived to the warmest of welcomes from Russell and Richard who kindly introduced us to their magnificent property. The location is quite simply stunning, placed in the most beautiful of grounds which are a constant feast for the eyes. Immaculately presented, the hall itself has grandeur, elegance and oozes charm at the same time. Decorated with great style and functionality, we had everything we needed with an abundance of space. Russell provided a wealth of local information prior to our arrival and both he and Richard were available for any queries during our stay. We couldn’t have wished for better hosts! We enjoyed a truly wonderful week and were so sad to leave. We are already planning our return! The Hall is Stunning.

The Hall is Stunning, Briony – August 2020

I just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful week at Colleton Hall. The Hall itself is stunning and it was a privilege to stay there. The views across the garden are beautiful. We spent our time walking in the woods, playing football in the garden and swimming in the lake, as well as relaxing on the loungers. When the rain came, there was everything we needed in the Hall – two kitchens, coffee machine, games, books, Sonos speakers and smart TVs. Russell and Richard were very helpful with regard to advice about local pubs and restaurants and day trips and left the Hall fully stocked with supplies for cooking. We would definitely recommend Colleton Hall as a perfect country holiday home.

Wonderful Time! Geri – August 2020

My family and I had a wonderful time in Colleton Hall. I only wish we could have stayed longer! It is beautifully designed, as it manages to be not only spacious and practical for a large group, but also stylish and homely. The grounds are just stunning, with woodland, fields, the lake, and the garden all for private use. We were very lucky with the weather, although even if it had rained, there is still plenty to do and enjoy. Russell and Richard were the perfect hosts and really made us all feel so welcome right from the start. They provided lots of useful information pre-arrival, answered all my questions in a timely manner, provided a lovely welcome gift and were available to contact throughout our stay to ensure everything ran smoothly (which it did!). I definitely recommend this property and can’t wait to return.

The House has Everything, Julie – August 2020 ​

We had a great holiday at Colleton Hall. The house has everything. We all swam in the beautiful lake and walked everyday in the magical woods. The children loved the boats and paddle board. The kitchen is very well equipped and Russell has thought of everything for a very comfortable holiday.

Exceeded our expectations, Jane – August 2020​​

Colleton Hall exceeded our expectations from the moment we arrived. We received a very warm welcome from the owners Richard and Russell and the grand tour of the properly did not disappoint. The space is amazing, the views stunning and the lake very refreshing during a heatwave. Not only is the property beautifully decorated, Richard and Russell have worked hard to ensure their guests’ needs are met, and quick to provide for any additional requests. I would highly recommend this beautiful property. We certainly did, hardly leaving the grounds over our week’s stay. Thanks so much for helping with our booking.

Beautiful, Sarah H. – August 2020​​

We were lucky enough to stay 11 nights at Colleton Hall and it is beautiful. We were a family group of 10 aged from 17 to 81. We all loved it, whether it was due to the beautifully decorated rooms, the ensuite bathrooms, the bbq in the garden, watching the deer or canoeing on the lake, it did not disappoint. We also had many wonderful evenings sitting in the garden with a glass of wine watching the sun go down. The owners Russell and Richard could not do enough to ensure that our stay went perfectly. Even down to tracking down a piece of ginger from a neighbour to ensure our evening meal was not ruined!! We cannot recommend this highly enough. It is a gem and we would love to visit again in the future.

Expectations Beyond Surpassed, Taya E. – July 2020​​

Looking at the photos of this property online had already raised our expectations but upon arrival those expectations were beyond surpassed. Our stay at Colleton Hall couldn’t have been better. Upon arrival we were taken on a grand tour by the owners Russel and Richard who have exquisite taste and were very friendly and welcoming. From the stunning setting, the never ending grounds, the entertainment for the children, the multiple kitchens to the the attention to detail. We were a group of 17, six adults and 11 kids and we were very comfortable. And above all we were saved by Hannah, the charming housekeeper, who was very accommodating to our needs. Can’t wait to come again.

A stand-out experience in every way, Rawah – July 2020

We’ve stayed in many special properties around the world but Colleton Hall is a stand-out experience in every way. The spacious villa is absolutely stunning, designed with incredible taste and attention to detail. It was a joy to cook, lounge and sleep here, looking out onto breathtaking, endless wilderness. It’s proximity to excellent restaurants made the occasional evening out so pleasurable, and the owners were so attentive and helpful. We would come again and again; it’s one of England’s most beautiful hidden gems for a large group looking for something extraordinary in nature. Stunning!

Brilliant Experience! Mus and Abi December 2020 (East Wing)

We enjoyed a short break at Colleton Hall (East Wing).
We had a wonderful welcome from the hosts when we arrived. The property was well presented and equipped with great attention to detail, including welcome gifts for our children, which helped them to settle in. The grounds are breathtaking and we enjoyed walking in the woods. All in all, a brilliant experience!

Bravo! Suzana – January 2020

We had the pleasure of spending new year at Colleton hall in Devon. From the moment we arrived the owners Russell and Richard couldn’t have been more helpful.
They unpacked our grocery shopping – provided us with complimentary chocolates – mince pies and also food basics just in case we had forgotten anything.
They took time to give us a guided tour of the well appointed house so there was no possibility of us forgetting where things were. We always were given details about nearby shops – pubs etc.
The house itself was decorated to a high standard in all rooms and the kitchen and sitting rooms had absolutely everything you would need for a week/weeks away from home, including plenty of wood for cosy log fires.
We have stayed in many properties and we can honestly say that owners of Colleton hall made the holiday for us. We will be returning. Bravo!

Exceeded expectation! Melanie December 2019

I wanted to find the perfect property to celebrate my husband’s 50th Bday, and I was not disappointed. I can honesty say this is the most outstanding property I have ever hired, and it is more like a boutique hotel with the added bonus of being completely private. All of the bedrooms are beautifully comfortable with en suites. The separate East Wing was very helpful for friends who attended without young children, and would be great for older members of the family too who want to avoid any late night noise. It’s child friendly too, as we had ages 1.5yrs+ in attendance. Despite its size (so much living space!) it is very cosy and we didn’t really want to leave. The owners are outstanding hosts, assisting with local suppliers like caterers (highly recommended to make the weekend even less stress-free) and meeting deliveries for us. Once the kids were in bed we were able to enjoy the beautiful dining room for an adults supper and take advantage of the fabulous Bose sound system! There is so much to say about this fabulous home, my advice would be just book it- you won’t be disappointed.

The entire experience exceeded expectations, Vali – November 2019

The entire experience exceeded expectations. It was a stunning house, with plenty of space and facilities, perfect for large groups! The forest, lake and surrounding greenery were a pleasure to walk around as well. Owner, Russell our host was incredibly generous and helpful, always available via text and even stocked the bar full of beers. I highly recommend it and we will be back! Perfect Choice.

Perfect Choice, Ana-Rusila Godden – October 2019

Well Colleton Hall and East Wing was a truly perfect choice for our large family gathering! There were 16 of us (3 x generations) getting together to celebrate my sisters 40th birthday and it really was splendid! Russell & Richard were so helpful leading up to our holiday, letting us know all the things that we do not need to bring with us! Plenty of toilet rolls, condiments, hand soap, shower gels etc which really reduced what we needed to bring along. My grocery shopping was delivered before we all arrived and put away for us! On arrival, Richard and Russell were there to greet us and could not have been friendlier or more welcoming! By the end of the tour of the house we wanted them to stay with us for the weekend! To top it all off, our wonderful hosts left us a magnum of Prosecco, chocolates and some chilled beers… now that’s how to greet guests! The house is beautiful and stylish, yet cosy and comfortable. We will definitely be going back to Colleton Hall. Fantastic Location.

Fantastic Location, Karen – October 2019

It is a lovely property in a fantastic location, beautifully decorated and exceptionally clean. The amazing kitchen was such a sociable space and the separate dining room and lounge were lovely too. Each of the bedrooms were uniquely decorated to a high standard. The grounds and lake were a bonus, and the children thoroughly enjoyed canoeing on the water. The owners couldn’t have been more helpful in the build up to our stay. They recommended local places to visit and even offered to book restaurants on our behalf. We celebrated our father’s 80th birthday and the owners helped us organise the fireworks as a surprise. We would definitely recommend this fabulous property.

Blown away! Daniella – October 2019

My husband booked a trip for our family to Colleton Hall for my 30th birthday, and it was a trip I will always remember. It was nice and easy to get to, and as soon as we arrived, Russell welcomed us in to his beautiful home, and gave us the grand tour. We were blown away by how beautiful the house was, and just how big it was. Russell was so helpful and explained where the best walks were, and how everything in the house worked. It made the stay really enjoyable, because we were made to feel so welcome, and well aquatinted with the house. It is so well equipped, with everything you could need, and more.

We have young children, and for them the trip was like Christmas and birthdays rolled into one. Being able to have all their family under one roof, with room to gallop about and things to explore, was really amazing. They loved spotting the deer in the garden, stomping about in their wellies and rain coats, and getting to sleep in bunk beds. And for the older members of our party, they all felt very comfortable and could access everything they needed easily. Like adjusting temperature and everyone having their own bathrooms.

Another highlight of the trip was our lunch at ‘The Stag’ pub – as recommended and kindly booked by Russell and Richard. It was so close to the house, and we had a fantastic meal there. The owners were really friendly, and accommodating to our varying dietary requirements. The food was brilliant, and it was really warm and cosy in there.

Our family always seemed to congregate in the main kitchen, and there was plenty of space for everyone. Being in there first thing in the morning, with a hot cup of tea, watching the Deer and stag wonder across, was the best way to start the day.

We just really loved this trip – and wouldn’t hesitate to book again in the near future. Can’t recommend it enough. Amazing Time!

Amazing Time! Sally – August 2019

We have just returned from a week’s stay at Colleton Hall with an extended family group of 10 people ranging in ages from 7 to 87 and we had the most AMAZING time! We have taken an annual family holiday together in various different locations but always in large houses for the last 15 years and Colleton Hall is without doubt the most spectacular property we have ever stayed in. The house is beautiful – enormous and grand but also cosy and really comfortable. It has been beautifully renovated and the owners have thought of everything – a really well stocked kitchen, pool and table football for the kids, board games for the older generations, sonos throughout the house and a baby grand piano for the musically minded, televisions in every room, beautiful en suite bathrooms – the list goes on! And the grounds are simply stunning – a huge expansive garden which our children adored, a lake with a two man canoe which provided hours of fun and private woodlands which seemed to go on and on – this is the English countryside at its absolute best! The owners are delightful and so so helpful – from booking the (WONDERFUL) local pub (the Stag Inn) for us for a couple of meals during our stay, to unpacking an online supermarket shop, welcoming us with prosecco and chocolates and providing tons of really helpful information about the local area, Russell and Richard couldn’t have done more to ensure that we had a great stay. There is tons to do in the local area – you’re spoilt for choice for beaches within an hour – we had a great day out at Woolacombe beach and loved Knightshayes National Trust house and garden – a fascinating gothic property with glorious grounds with a brilliant maze trail for the children. We also did a circular walk at Tarr Steps – a spectacular nature reserve with an ancient stone bridge in Exmoor – only half an hour away. I cannot recommend this place enough – we will definitely be back! Thank you Russell and Richard for a wonderful holiday.

Wonderful Time, Debra – August 2019

I wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time at Colleton Hall, a beautiful house which felt like a luxury hotel. In the bedrooms and bathrooms, the attention to detail and care was so clear, they were a delight. The kitchen, dining areas and sitting room were perfect for all our different needs and moods. The large kitchen and pantry were ideal for our group and made cooking and eating together a real joy. In the library there was the joy of a fascinating range of books that could have kept us busy for the whole visit. Around the house we all commented on the artwork, again a fascinating range of styles and artists. The Sonos system in every room was such a bonus, everyone downloaded the app and we had music on tap to meet every taste, which was deeply appreciated by the younger members of our group. The extensive grounds, fields and the woods were ideal for our two dogs, who had a ball as between us we spent hours throwing balls and sticks. The lake and the canoe were well used, an activity which did become a bit competitive for younger members of our group! We were lucky to meet our hosts Russell and Richard, they could not have made us any more welcome. Overall, a fabulous house in a wonderful setting, thank you for helping us discover it. Best Standard We Have Ever Rented.

Best Standard We Have Ever Rented, Marilyn – July 2019

We recently spent a long weekend at Colleton Hall. There were 14 in our party ranging from ages 1 to 92 and everyone had a superb time. The accommodation is both elegant and functional. It has all the sophistication of a large Georgian residence with a sweeping staircase and generous room sizes ,but it has been so tastefully renovated that in terms of modern conveniences you could be renting an up market ultra modern house. Unusually for a holiday rental property, no expense has been spared in the renovations. Everything is in good taste, from the tiles throughout the ground floor, to the fittings in the bathrooms and all three kitchens. My 25 year old nephew said having a bath in the main bathroom overlooking the grounds will be a memory that will stay with him for a long time. The rooms are complemented by the carefully chosen art, many beautiful objects and vases of fresh flowers. And then there are the grounds. All I can say is wow. The lake is magical. The young members of the party, as well as taking the canoe out, had a swim in the lake. We took the opportunity of walking through the woods that are also owned by Colleton and just loved the peace and tranquility. Finally, being greeted by the owners of Colleton, Russell and Richard, in such a warm way set the weekend off to a great start. The fact they left the fridges stocked with beers (which I am sure the youngsters in the party used) as well as top class champagne (which we ensured was not touched) shows just how far they will go to try and give their guests a first class experience. We used the chef from DineIndulge for the meal on the Saturday evening and, this too, was a success. I would definitely recommend Colleton to anyone wanting a large, beautiful and sophisticated house in a rural setting. The consensus was that it was the best standard we have ever rented.

Colleton Hall and East Wing, Rackenford, Devon

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