G53 - Kingfisher
Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
a mile south of Membury, peacefully located along a network of little country lanes looking over a scenic valley, is pretty, Grade II listed Lea Hill. With interesting 14th cent. origins, having spent much of its life as a Quaker farm and meeting place, more recently a country house hotel, the thatched Devon long house and its former barns now accommodate helpful owners and six attractive cottages, of which we let two. Inside, pretty cottage furnishings complement carefully retained features (exposed stonework, wobbly beams/walls/floors, oak screen) of the original farm dwellings. Outside, each cottage has a small sunny sitting-out area (table/benches) and shared access to a 5-person hot tub (bookable via owners); the surrounding 7 acres of beautifully kept communal grounds (thatched summer house, barbecue area) make it easy to find your own quiet spot to enjoy unspoilt countryside views, or a lazy afternoon relaxing in the hammock. Shared laundry room (washing machine, tumble driers). Spring water. A peaceful and picturesque rural setting with scenic coast and plenty to explore nearby. Kingfisher (see arrow 1): in a former detached barn next to the main house, a pretty, thatched, first-floor apartment with views across the valley; nicely decorated, and spacious for two. From your sitting-out area on the shared, paved terrace at the front, 4 steps up to front door and a further step up into lobby; light, open-plan living/dining room (TV/DVD) with electric 'living flame' fire; neat fitted kitchen (slimline dishwasher, microwave, freezer); good-sized double bedroom with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower).
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 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
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), 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'.
Membury: unspoilt little village (13th cent. church, licensed PO/shop with weekly restaurant evening) within the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 4 miles from Axminster (small town, River Cottage HQ). Pretty fishing villages/beaches at Seaton, Beer, Branscombe along the 'Jurassic Coast', 10-14 miles; Lyme Regis and golf, 9. Shute Barton (Nat. Trust), 6.
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