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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome

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, 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. Quakers (see arrow 2): a thatched, two-storey cottage in a wing annexed to the main house. Galley kitchen (slimline dishwasher, microwave, washing machine) with fitted table/chairs (snug for 4), tiled floor and door to lawned sitting-out area; cosy living room (TV/DVD) with electric 'living flame' fire. Upstairs (stairgate), two prettily furnished, beamed bedrooms – a double (5'6” lintel) with compact en suite shower-room (suite), and, down 2 small steps, a twin (linkable to 6' double) with lovely valley views, stripped pine floorboards (rug) and en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). Table-top freezer in cupboard.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
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 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1)
Other Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared garden
Access Secure parking
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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  • 3 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:10 Oct 2014

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