Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: No

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: St Issey, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7QB

Contact: 01841 540 346



Manor House Activity & Development Centre, based in St Issey near Padstow in North Cornwall, is a Residential Outdoor Activity Centre of outstanding quality. It offers exhilarating Outdoor Activities and Field Study Trips to suit all age groups.

School Groups have been visiting the Manor House for more than  20 years and recent investment in the house and equipment has brought many of the activities in house, resulting in vastly improved quality of each session, far exceeding previous experiences and those gained at other Centres throughout the UK.

One of the most exciting of the activities is Sea Cliff Climbing at a secluded cove on the North Cornish Coast which cannot be beaten! Most School Group Activity Holidays also include surfing or body boarding, kayaking or canoeing, off road cycling along with coastal and moorland walks. Visits to places of educational value can also be arranged, perhaps to Eden Project or Blue Reef Aquarium.

During the Spring, Summer and Autumn, Schools visit the centre to complete field study, participate in exciting activity courses or simply use the centre as a base for self-study or a holiday.

In brief, The Manor House has five multi-bedded rooms with four delightful twin bedded rooms for accompanying staff, a superbly comfortable lounge, two dining rooms and a particularly warm and inviting Farmhouse kitchen where guests often mingle whilst helping themselves to readily available free hot drinks. The Manor House also offers a luxurious Spa Pool for the sole use of our adult guests, which is surrounded by low level lighting on the decking!

Delicious Home Cooked meals are provided each day which cater for all special dietary requirements. Two course dinners are offered with ample amounts for second helpings, as appetites are often improved following a day in the outdoors! Continental breakfasts are provided with tonnes of cereal and toast along with orange juice, tea and coffee.

Picnic lunches are supplied each day which again cater for special dietary needs and to ensure that the lunches are just what you fancy – loads of sandwich fillings are provided for you to select your own individual sandwiches each day from the lunch buffet. Cold drinks are also available throughout the day along with a selection of fresh fruit. Hot drinks are also provided free of charge at The Manor House throughout your stay.

There are staff available on site throughout the night and the house has a security check last thing in the evening to ensure the safety and security of the residential group. Number locks are used upon the main entrance/exit for added security.

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What size groups do they cater for?

The Manor House can accommodate groups of up to 55 guests. Groups of over 30 can also request sole occupancy which can have major advantages for the group as the Manor House quickly becomes the group's home for the stay. There is a minimum group size requirement of 10 students plus 2 staff for activity sessions or residential holidays.

Please provide location information?

Our Grade II Listed Georgian Manor House dates back to the early eighteenth century and is situated in the farming village of St Issey close to the Camel estuary, between the traditional Cornish fishing village of Padstow (3 miles) and the market town of Wadebridge (3.5 miles). The Manor House is central to and within easy access of the major tourist attractions that Cornwall has to offer.

There is a bus service through the village between Padstow and Bodmin. The closest Train Station is Bodmin Parkway and collections can be arranged from the Train Station if required. Transfers can also be arranged to and from Newquay Airport by prior arrangement.

Why are you  great for educational visits?

On the whole our residential packages are all inclusive of full board accommodation, activities (educational/adventurous) throughout the day and into the evening, entry fees, equipment hire, professional instruction in each activity and transport during the trip.

The Manor house offers bespoke courses, holidays and training to guests wishing to experience the outdoors in the fabulous environment of Cornwall. Each itinerary is tailored to meet the exact needs of each individual group whether that is Outdoor Adventurous or Field Study Experiential Learning. Discuss your requirements with our team and we will provide you with an individualised program for you to consider.

Packages can be adjusted to suit most budgets and the Manor House team always encourages clients to ask if they require something a bit different; the team will always try to accommodate special requests.

Field Study Trips are very popular and could focus on any number of different aspects that Cornwall has to offer:

Coastal Areas - weathering, erosion etc, viewing stacks, arches and blow holes

Beaches - rock pool study, beach studies, marine wildlife

Economic Studies - affects of tourism on the local area, affect of Rick Stein on Padstow

Eden Project provides a vast array of study opportunities and we are lucky it is very close and we have a great working relationship with the Education Team. A number of studies can be made with or without the use of an Eden Workshop – Plant Diversity, Recycling & Global Warming, Fair Trade etc.

All arrangements are made by us to ensure that the time you need to spend on planning your course can be kept to a minimum. We arrange all the visits and activities intended for your course and all the associated costs are included in the cost of the trip.

Some schools also choose to use the Manor House as a Field Study Base organising their own study visits and activities. One of our rooms is often turned into a laboratory for marine experiments and the main dining room becomes a classroom complete with interactive whiteboard, flip charts and reference books.

We help with the planning and organisation of your trip to save you time!

Activity Courses/Holidays May Include:

•    Surfing

•    Kayaking - play boats

•    Cycling - trails and off road through forests!

•    Sea Cliff Climbing

•    Body Boarding

•    Team Building

•    Guided Coastal Walks

•    Study of Coastal Erosion, view Blow Holes and Stacks

•    Moorland Walks & Survival Skills & Bushcraft

•    Overnight Camps

•    Orienteering and Navigation Skills

•    Rock Pool & Beach Study

•    Town & Tourism Studies

•    Beach Party

•    Beach Lifeguard Skills Training

•    Cornish Tin Mine Visit

•    Shelter Building

•    Blue Reef Aquarium Visit

•    Visits to Eden Project and Eden Workshops

•    Maritime Museum

•    Dinghy Sailing (extra Cost)

•    Crab Fishing

•    Beach Games

•    Beach Bonfire & Toasting Marshmallows

•    Team Dynamics & Communication Exercises

•    Adventure Parks

•    Team Games

Sample itineraries can be provided. Call / Email to request one.

Is there anything you offer specifically for educational visits?

Information and suggested worksheets can be provided in advance of visits if required, which could include Town Studies, Town Economy and Tourism, Rock Pool / Beach Study and Eden Project Workshops. The Manor House Worksheets have been developed by Teachers and Marine specialists and worksheets for Eden Workshops Visits have been developed by the Eden Educational Team.

Relevant Risk Assessments are provided in advance of the visit to help the leader prepare the necessary paperwork prior to travel. Leaders may also visit the centre for a pre planning visit by prior arrangement.

Each trip is tailored to exactly meet the need of the group, whether they are purely residential or include the field study or adventurous activities.

Can you provide information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

The Manor House has five multi-bedded rooms to accommodate between four and twelve children per room. There are three further twin bedded rooms for accompanying staff and a quad room for use by staff or children depending upon the group size. A Bedroom List is provided in advance for rooms to be allocated prior to arrival. Each of the rooms has either quality pine bunk beds or single beds. Bed Linen can be provided on request at an additional charge; most groups bring sleeping bags; pillows, clean pillow cases and blankets are provided. Bath and Beach towels are not provided.

There are some ensuite shower rooms and a number of other shower and bathrooms available for the groups to use. Hand towels and bath mats are provided in each WC and bathroom.

There is a superbly comfortable lounge with large sofas, TV, DVD and Sky with cinema surround sound. We have two dining rooms and a particularly warm and inviting Farmhouse kitchen where guests often mingle whilst helping themselves to readily available free hot drinks.

Are visitors allowed to take photos, video or audio, if appropriate?

Children and staff alike are welcome to take any photos or videos throughout the activity.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Relevant Risk Assessments are provided in advance of the visit to help the leader prepare the necessary paperwork prior to travel. Leaders may also visit the centre for a pre planning visit by prior arrangement.

A Fire drill is held on each group's arrival. There is a Service Contract in place for maintenance of the Fire Alarm System and Fire Extinguishers.

A full Manor House Health and Safety checklist is completed prior to each group's arrival.

All of our catering staff have the relevant food safety qualifications and the premises are inspected by the environmental health officers for Cornwall Council annually; we are very proud that we have been awarded the top Five Star Award for our food hygiene and safety standards.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Accommodation Only:

Accommodation only rates are available as Bed & Breakfast or Full Board Accommodation, including bed & breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal. B&B is available from £35+VAT per person per night and full board accommodation from £45 + VAT per person per night. Groups of 30+ can be eligible for discounted teacher/leader places.

Residential Activity / Field Study Trips:

A five day / four night (usually Monday-Friday) Residential Field Study Trips are available from £242+VAT per person during Spring and Autumn 2013, up to £336+VAT per person for full on Adventurous Activity Week (Monday-Friday) during peak times. On full board activity or field study trips we offer one FREE Teacher/Leader place for each group of 10 children. Shorter trips are offered outside of peak times and prices are calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Please call for a quote. Look out for our Special Offers listed on this website and also on our own website!

Please list facilities available?

Full board option as listed above

Packed lunches can be provided to B&B guests (included for Full Board Guests)

Special Diets can be catered for

2 Dining Rooms

1 room available for teaching including whiteboard, flip charts etc

Lounge for relaxation

Small enclosed rear Garden with chairs and tables available for guests to use

Spa Pool for use by adult guests only by prior arrangement

Free tea and coffee whilst on site at the Manor House

Small pocket money mementoes are available through our team from as little as £2.50

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All Manor House Instructors are fully qualified First Aiders and most also hold a Beach Lifeguard qualification which has superior First Aid and Life Support Modules included in their training. All our team carry full Mountain First Aid kits with them on each activity.

Are there disabled facilities?

Unfortunately, the accommodation isn’t suitable for disabled children

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited your Accommodation?

Cameron House School - A Wonderful Time For All Involved. Thank You For Another Fabulous Week!

Crosfields School - As With Many Past Years At Manor House, A Super Time, Strenuous Activities, Comfy Beds, Glorious Food And A Warm Welcome!

Unicorn School - A Fantastic Trip Yet Again! Well Organised And Great Fun For All - Thank You
Garden House Boys' School - Another Great Stay At The Manor House - Excellent Rock Climbing On The Sea Cliffs, Many Thanks To You All And See You Next Year!

Sherrardswood School - Thanks For A Superb Week. Great Activities And Food! Lovely Manor House.

Hatherop Castle School - As Usual - Well Organised, Great Help And A Lovely Welcome. As Ever, Much Appreciated.

Tonbridge School - We've Had A Really Good Working Week With You In Sunny (!) Cornwall. Many Thanks To The Whole Team.

West Hill Park School - Thank You For Everything. We Had A Fabulous Time - See You Again Next Year!

Francis Holland School Juniors - Superb Accommodation And Delicious Food - Full Of Fun, Adventure And Team Spirit. A Perfect Way For The Girls To End Their Junior School Experience. Thank You!

Bishops Stortford College - An Other Excellent Week! Challenging Activities, Great Fun, Good Food. Thanks Again To All Of The Instructors. See You Next Year!

Lloyds TSB Truro - A Fantastic Team Building Weekend! Great Fun Had By All - We'll Be Back For The Next Challenge!

Bishops Stortford College MUM's! A Great Weekend With Lots Of Challenging Activities. Thank You For Taking Us "Outside Our Comfort Zone" So Successfully! We Will Be Back!

St Catherine's School - Once Again An Amazing Experience For All. The Girls Are Already Planning Which Rooms To Have Next Year! Lesley Your Food Is Tops! Everything Was Outstanding As Usual!

Upton House School - Thank You For A Brilliant Week! The Girls Have Had Such Good Experiences, The Activities Have Been Great. Food Was Excellent! See You Next Time!

Lisa Edey Family Group - Another Great Activity Week! Thank You

Rafter Families - Excellent Week - Very Enjoyable Sea Cliff Climbing Day. We All Did Things We Didn't Think We Could Do! Thank You For Looking After Us So Well.

Carroll Family - An Enjoyable And Tiring Week! Thanks For All The Instruction, We All Learnt A Lot As Well As Rekindling Old Skills. Good Food And Accommodation. We'll Be Back For Our Third Visit!

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

Adults are also catered for, maybe a Hen Activity Weekend, when the school groups have gone home!  Hen weekends can include great dinner parties, fun outdoor activities and the use of the Spa Pool along with holistic therapies like back, neck and shoulder massages or reflexology and chauffeured transport into Newquay for the night clubs on Saturday night.

Family Activity Holidays also enjoy a mixture of Adventurous Outdoor Activities and may also include visits to Gardens and Vineyards for the adults, whilst the children are being looked after at Creally Adventure Park!

The Winter provides the perfect backdrop for the Manor House to train enthusiastic young instructors wishing to embark on a career in the outdoors. An intensive training course over sixteen weeks putting instructors through Climbing, Mountain Leader, Kayaking and Beach lifeguard qualifications alongside many soft skills, provides them with a solid foundation of skills making them far more attractive to potential employers.

All in all the Manor House sets new standards in the Outdoor Industry providing quality experiences to a wide variety of organizations and individual clients alike.

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

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

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres