Backwater Manor for 70 - 81 guests
  • South West
  • Newton Abbot
  • Self Catering
  • Sleeps 70 - 81
  • Bedrooms 21
  • Beds 76
  • Dining For 80

  • Hen
  • Stag
  • Pet Friendly
  • Accessible Friendly

Backwater Manor 

Sleeping 70 - 81 guests

The price is based on 70 guests while the extra cottage for 11 guests would be an additional cost.

Backwater Manor is a large group accommodation in Devon nestled in 20 acres of scenic gardens and woodlands of the Dartmoor National Park. This tranquil Party House is a granite-built, Grade II listed, Georgian manor house that displays a beautiful blend of a warm and welcoming homey feels as well as an older style glamour and grandness to add a luxurious touch to your celebration. What makes this holiday home near Exeter so unique is the freedom to make your event as unique as you please. Whether you want to have a mobile champagne bar on site or desire a hippy-styled festival celebration, this large group accommodation in Devon will make everything possible.

With 21 uniquely designed bedrooms with retained original characteristics, this Party House offers refreshing garden views. The main house can accommodate up to 70 guests, all under one roof, and you also have the option of renting out the Tree Cottage, accommodating an additional 11 guests.

Up to 250-day guests can be easily accommodated, and a marquee can be added on the 20 acres of land. This wedding venue near Torquay also welcomes your canine friends and offers them lots of space for playing and running around in the lush green grounds and the water.  Furthermore, you will find numerous streams cascading into a lake in which guests love to swim in during warmer summer days.

This holiday home near Exeter comes with an entertainment license, so you are free to have a live band or DJ indoor or outdoor without complaints. Moreover, since this property has an alcohol license and no corkage charges, everyone can bring their own alcohol thus enabling you to do just as your heart desires without too many rules or regulations.

Whether you are having a family gathering, reunion, birthday, or any other private event, this large group accommodation in Devon will make sure it’s a success. Backwater House aims at giving you precious memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Reception rooms

The grand entrance hall will lead to the main reception room which is ideal for a large party as well as an indoor wedding ceremony. This room has maintained its traditional characteristics and is oak-panelled with an open marble fireplace for winter. Moreover, art lovers will be fascinated by Italian textile art all over the room. The elegant chandeliers in this room will add an element of grandness to any event and the french doors to the gardens are a treat to the eyes. If your wedding celebration does not require a marquee, this room is perfect for your ceremony and party.

There is a second living room with a fireplace which is more of a sitting room and functions better for smaller parties or smaller wedding ceremonies. This room overlooks the beautiful and rolling Devon hills.


All the 21 individually designed bedrooms come with wash basins to keep you fresh and are centrally heated.  Up to 70 guests can sleep in the main house making this wedding venue near Torquay one of the largest self-catering group accommodations in England. There are numerous romantic bedrooms for couples as well as dorm-style bedrooms.  The bride-to-be will enjoy a historic four-poster bed in the bridal suite which boasts an en-suite bathroom with spa tub and shower.

This holiday home near Exeter features 5 bathrooms, the larger ones consisting of 16 toilets, 11 showers and 3 bathtubs.

The Tree Cottage:

If you have more than 70 guests to sleep overnight, the Tree Cottage can accommodate 11. It features a large living room, open fireplace, full-length windows overlooking gardens, and bedrooms as follows:

  • 1 en-suite bedroom
  • 2 double bedrooms
  • 2 twins
  • 1 triple room

Kitchen and dining

If you prefer preparing restaurant quality food by yourself rather than hiring a caterer, the chefs in the group will be able to demonstrate their culinary skills in the kitchen equipped with everything you could possibly need like glasses, cutlery, and crockery for up to 150 guests.

Depending on your taste and budget, you are also free to bring whichever catering company you want if you don't feel like cooking. The friendly and hardworking on-site team is more than happy to assist you.

You can expect to find a dining area for 80, meaning there is more than enough space for all your guests. If you are hosting a larger wedding, we suggest hiring out a marquee and enjoying the celebration outside.

This large group accommodation in Devon features a licensed bar with wooden flooring and breathtaking garden views where guests can meet up to sip on a few drinks and socialise. The nostalgic and bright design of this bar will take you back in time.

Leisure & Outdoor

This holiday home near Exeter offers a BBQ area with all the equipment you need. Feel free to gather all your guests and watch the sunset while spending quality time with your loved ones with a delicious steak and some cocktails.

Additionally, you will find a basement with games rooms with a pool table, table football, and table tennis for the kids and those young at heart. The walls in the basement are soundproof, thus, giving you the opportunity to throw an after-party all night long!

The Victorian gardens are a treat to the eyes in the springtime with the blooming flowers displaying so many colours. The tranquil environment is likely to make guests feel rejuvenated and serene. All of this adds on to the elements that create the most picture-perfect backdrop for your fairytale-like wedding.

For the nature lovers, you will be happy to find a number of streams, waterfalls and several trails you can explore. If you have extra guests, this outdoor space serves as the perfect area to camp in tents, caravans, and tipis.


Offering an indoor and outdoor wedding license, you are free to choose from the 5 licensed areas to have your one of a kind ceremony. If you wish to have your wedding ceremony outside, there is a lovely outdoor area with a famous cork tree, the largest in the UK, under which many couples choose to have their ceremonies for that magical experience. Other licensed areas include the front of this large group accommodation in Devon, the back steps leading to the garden area, and our absolute favourite - our custom made wooden wedding pagoda which is completely handcrafted.


This holiday home near Exeter is also a wonderful option for corporate events like large corporate team buildings, retreats, seminars or conferences. The abundance of facilities and the serene atmosphere will help delegates recharge their batteries in surroundings other than work. Furthermore, there are 2 large lecture rooms with ample seating space which could be used for big meetings, important discussions and brainstorming sessions.  In your free time, you are welcome to explore the local area, walk around, or have a BBQ while getting to know your team-mates better. The large grounds give you the opportunity to have successful fun team building events.


Backwater Manor features a ground floor double bedroom with a wheelchair-accessible wet room right opposite. Moreover, you will find portable ramps to enter the house and it is very easy to get to both the reception rooms from the wheelchair-friendly bedroom.

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Find below a list of activities and ideas that you can bring either to your Party House or do in the local area, for more detailed information on each visit our Activities and Ideas page.

On Site:
  •  Bar
  •  Barbecue
  •  Boating
  •  Canoing
  •  Catering
  •  Gin & Whisky Tasting
  •  Table tennis
  •  Walking
Off Site:
  •  Hiking
  •  Walking

Backwater Manor for 70 - 81 guests

Newton Abbot, Newton Abbot, Devon, England

Closest Train Station :

Newton Abbot train station: 7.5 miles (20-minute drive) 

Edgemoor Hotel bus station: 0.7 miles (13-minute walk) 

Closest Airport :

Exeter airport: 21.6 miles (28-minute drive) 

Nearby Town :

Newton Abbot 

Nearby Shop :

Crackshot gift shop 

House of Marbles 

Austins Department Store 

Trago Mills Family Shopping & Leisure Park 


Nearby Eatery :

The Carpenters Arms 

The Rock Inn 

Claycutters Arms 

The Horse

Backwater Manor is a gorgeous holiday home today but it sure does have a rich history. From starting off as a small farmhouse to becoming a gentleman's country estate, this Party House dates back to the 15th century. It is said that it was a property where charcoal was produced. The most ancient mention of Backwater Manor was in a burial register in 1540. In 1825, it came under the possession of William Adair who reconstructed and refurbished it. He also constructed stables, laundry, a carriage house and the reservoirs. He is also the reason for the lovely lawns and gardens at the back of the house. Additionally, he added the numerous ponds and waterfalls to make the area more scenic. 

In the 1850s, Backwater Manor was a Country Gentleman's estate spanning 470 acres. The result of the two world wars was the shrinking of the property and the lawns left neglected. 

In 1960, it was a gentleman's club, and in the 1970s, a Field Studies Centre. 

Today, Backwater Manor is a grand wedding venue and holiday home welcoming guests and giving them the opportunity to celebrate any event the way they like in a homey venue with an abundance of facilities. 



Marie W.

We celebrated my best friend's wedding at Backwater Manor and were very impressed! The house literally had everything we needed and I have absolutely no complaints. There was lots of space and we are thinking of going back there next Christmas!

Jackie M.

If you want to celebrate your wedding in a very customised fashion, Backwater Manor is for you. It's a perfect wedding venue and comes with all facilities. My son had his wedding here and I couldn't have asked for a better celebration, especially for the price we paid.

Ken H.

Kind and friendly staff who were there anytime we needed them. Would strongly recommend.