Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
On the edge of Hawkchurch, surrounded by acres of peaceful, rolling countryside, yet less than ½ mile from the village and pub, sits Wyld Court, a striking Elizabethan manor house with much interesting history, said to have once been stayed in by Charles II. In a courtyard nearby, three former estate and farm buildings have been transformed into four comfortable, homely cottages. We let three. Set around a central courtyard, the cottages all have their own outside space and shared use of a games room (pool table, darts, table tennis, table football). Footpaths lead to the surrounding 20 acres of woodland and wildlife ponds which you are free to explore (own risk, care needed with young children). Friendly owners, who live in the manor house along the drive, are happy for you to help with the feeding of their many family pets (ducks, chickens, cats, dogs), and miniature Shetland ponies and goats that reside in fields around the cottages, and can arrange clay pigeon shooting (extra) on their estate. Professional catering available. Neat, comfy cottages in a peaceful location with fine countryside, pretty villages and stunning coast all nearby.
The Dairy: a detached, single-storey cottage with pretty gravelled rockery area in front and small, paved sitting-out area to one side (table/chairs, barbecue). Stable doors into porch (coats/boots); small fitted kitchen (washing machine, tumble drier, microwave) with a step up to surprisingly spacious and light-filled living/dining room with 'living flame' electric fire, TV/DVD, windows on both sides and those lovely countryside views; hallway and step up to smart shower-room (suite) and two double bedrooms, both with views.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Cots (1)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
Please bring your own beach towels.
The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 3 star.
The West Country region
East Devon: that is Devon east of the river Exe and Exeter - Devon's capital with superb cathedral and much else attractive. Here is the most smiling of lush farmland and most dramatically hilly, the easiest to see from a car because the lanes are less narrow, the hedges less high. Domed hills rise abruptly and steeply, baize-green fields to crowns of woods or sentinel beech trees, half-way up farmsteads like a children's-book idyll. Woodbury Common is a small high moor with heather and Scots pine trees and fine newish golf course.
Exmouth is a resort with lots of sandy beach and boats. The Exe estuary is full of yachts and has one of Devon's prettiest villages, Lympstone, beside it. A shore of mainly pebbles keeps the area comparatively quiet, though the coast is attractive with white and red cliffs, pleasant, civilised towns like Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton and villages like Beer and Branscombe. Its inland villages tend to be pretty: Broadhembury is special - and the view from Hembury Hill (fort) is sensational. Hardly anyone seems to visit the lovely Blackdown Hills - big beech woods, smart fields with thoroughbred horses - on its northern border. You can have flying lessons at Dunkeswell aerodrome and there is an excellent (flat) cycle track, punctuated by pubs, from Exeter beside the Exe estuary to the sea. The whole east Devon coast is called a 'World Heritage Coastline'.
Hawkchurch: where Dorset meets Devon, a village of roses - in 1894 the pioneer rose-growing rector planted roses around every door. Pretty little village with fine church, good food pub and friendly atmosphere. The 'Jurassic Coast' (cliffs full of fossils) and Lyme Regis, 7 miles; Axminster (small town), 4.