Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Great Potheridge House, Merton, Okehampton, Devon EX20 3DN

Contact: 01805 603003



Set in the heart of rural north Devon, Great Potheridge is a historic grade 1 listed manor house, we are 16 miles from Okehampton & 45 miles from Exeter. We can accommodate upto 70 within the house and adjacent barn complex. Offering sole use to groups, 8 acres of space and amazing views across to Dartmoor, there can be few such memorable places to stay.

Family run outdoor education centre, offering a complete range of services from a full board outdoor adventure programme though to just accommodation. Fully licensed, insured and using experienced, well qualified instructors.

A safe location, our nearest neighbours just moo lots! The owners and activity instructors live on-site. We have CCTV & keypads on doors.


why you are great for educational visits?

• We offer real, challenging outdoor education programmes

• Sole occupancy to all sized groups

• Offering a complete range of real outdoor activities from Coasteering, canoeing, climbing, abseiling, scrambling, bushcraft and survival skills, moorland walking, expeditions, team tasks, archery etc.

• Historic house, home to the Civil war general who stopped another civil, restored the monarchy, formed the Coldstream Guards & organized the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire! We have a priest hole, paneled dinning room and walled garden.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

We have the LotC Quality Badge and the AALA accreditation Licence number R0720/L9882


What size groups do they cater for?

6 to 70.


Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

We have 8 spacious dorms and 4 visiting staff rooms offering good basic accommodation. All food is cooked fresh at the centre and all bedding is provided.


Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Click away!


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

We provide risk assessments for the teachers, please call us for details.


What is the cost of the accommodation?

Typical catered only from £20 per person per day, for a fully catered 5 day outdoor education course prices from £180-£250 per person.

Staff free on a 1:8 ratio.


Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?



Do you have first aid on site?

Most staff are first aid qualified.


What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Self contained outdoor education/accommodation venue. We have a dinning room, full board catering & packed lunches. The great barn for group activities, complete with indoor climbing wall. Internet access.


Are there disabled facilities?

Disabled wet room and ground floor bedroom with ramps.

 Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

Chisenhale – Thank you for being so flexible and willing to cater to all our diverse needs, thank you for adapting to suit us. Alastair always caters well for our group. Well done and thank you for everything. We have honestly had a ball.

Stuart Road – Really great care taken of the children. The activities pushed the children in an exciting way. Good supervision and encouragement.

Sir John Hunt – On behalf of the teachers and students who visited you at Great Potheridge House, I would like to say thank you for a truly brilliant week end. Your patience, kindness and complete professionalism really made this a trip to remember.

Somerset Rural Youth Project – A fantastic range of activities which was suitable for all the needs in the group. Great programme for team building & confidence building. Some really great results in improving leadership skills amoungst the team.
The activities engaged the group throughout the week and enabled them to develop communication skills and have experiences they may not have otherwise had.
The instructors were fantastic with the young people and really encouraged them to get involved. Everyone made the effort to remember names and work accordingly to each individuals needs. The activities were appropriate for the group and engaging. The group had a very positive experience while staying at Encompass – thanks for all your help and support.

Dolton & Clinton Primary – Instructors were great. Friendly, organised. Spoke to the children apprpopriately. School staff felt at ease with them and knew that their top priority was the children’s safety. Instructors encouraged children to complete activities which were challenging to them although there was no pressure. Instructors were relaxed with children but commanded respect from them which was good. Pleased that children were encouraged to be independent and organise themselves for the days activities.

Edward Bryant – Coasteering – Great as usual. Instructors fabulous with the slower members of the groups. Felt safe but children challenged to make it exciting for them. Lake Day – Well organised, good fun. Woodland Bivi – Excellent. Loved the swing and general woodland kitchen and camp area. Seating for 30 was a bit tight but plenty of other logs to sit on. Liked all the activities of making a fire, bows and arrows, skimming stones and playing in the woods.
Well planned challenges suited to each group.

Children’s comments

“Thanks for the great experience!  Reaching goals I thought I couldn’t.”

“I would like to say thank you for opening my mind to a new side of life.”

“ I had fun – nuf said!”

“I thank you for your great kindness and for teaching me new skills that I will hang on to for a long time. I had a fantastic time camping in the woods and I loved everything else.”


Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

We offer groups sole use.

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Climbing Environment Centres Green Awareness Historical Heritage Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Personal Development-Mentoring Residential School Trips SEN Sports Surfing & Scuba Diving Team Building Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism PE

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December