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Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Open all Year to cater for 2 to 3 families in 4 Star comfort. With 5 bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms, it is the ideal holiday home in a peaceful part of the East Devon Countryside, but close to the coast in between Sidmouth and Lyme Regis.
All mod-cons are included such as FreeView TV in Lounge and All Bedrooms and Internet Access. Awarded the 4 Star Grade for Comfort, Location & Decor by the English Tourism Council.
The balcony Garden is in view of our very own Ostrich Pen where you can peacefully sit, sipping your favourite tipple watching Nobby perform his crazy mating dance !!
Also on the farm, we have sheep, lambs and horses. You are welcome to walk around our 170 acre farm across streams and meadows or through woodlands. Even walk to the picnic bench at the top of the hill above your cottage and view the whole Axe Valley....
We are in driving distance of many attractions in the SW.
Our Green Credentials are that our electricity is supplied by Solar Panels (when the sun shines!), heating supplied by a large automatic Biomass Boiler fueled by Wood and our water is from a Natural Spring.
Change Over Day is normally Friday, unless November to March or Last Minute in the High Season (subject to availability)
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Seaton 3 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter 30 km, Nearest railway: Axminster 9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 4 En suites and 4 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
About this location
The Devon region
Near the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline and in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are within 2 miles of the beach.
There is so much to do including the long beach at Seaton and its many attractions, including cliff walks, golf, fishing and its famous Colyford Tramway, which is only 5 minutes away!
Neighbouring Beer is a quaint coastal village which has its historic Caves and Pecorama with its Model Railway. Farway Countryside Park has a plethora of animals and playthings to amuse the children. The nearby popular seaside resorts of Sidmouth and Lyme Regis are just minutes away in opposite directions and need no introduction !
Whitwell Cottages are centrally based to enable you to explore more of South West England.
Our rental properties, which are listed in the Doomsday Book of 1086, offer views of green fields and the freedom of tranquil woodland walks, farm tours, nature trails and picnic sites where you could encounter farm animals such as ewes and their lambs peacefully munching grass, or even Nobby and Norma - our 2 fully grown 7 feet tall ostriches - the World's largest flightless birds - who may even entertain you with their crazy mating dance in full view of our luxury holiday rentals !!
Nearby visits include:
Beer Quarry Caves
Creally Adventure Park
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28 Aug 2014
"Great holiday rental for family & friends to spend a week chilling."
A very spacious homely property that accommodates a large group of people. with plenty of bathrooms . A warm welcome from the owner on arrival was appreciated. There were enough seats for everyone to… More
22 Aug 2013
"Excellent accomodation for large family with children"
Having stayed for a week with family including 4 children we had a great stay. Facilities very good especially number of bathrooms. Very friendly welcome from owners. Excellent location for coast (esp. Lyme Regis) and other tourist attractions.
11 Mar 2013
"Perfect in every way!! :)"
We arrived last Friday to this beautiful cottage rental, a lovely warm welcome from the owner.....and it was just as we had hoped, spacious lounge/dining area with a great sized kitchen ( which I have… More
14 Jan 2013
We stayed at the Granary for New Years Eve 2012 and found it to be lovely and great value.
The cottage was spacious but also cosy and well-equipped for 10 people - the log fire was gorgeous! The bedrooms were large and each had an ensuite, which we loved. The communal areas were spacious and well-maintained and the surrounding area was very picturesque. There are some great walks and a lovely pub very close by. Mike the owner was very friendly and couldn't do enough to help - although there was a Wifi issue when we first arrived it was rectified from the first day and the Wifi connection was great after that.
Similarly there were two fridges at the property but we actually found it helpful to have extra fridge space. A previous reviewer mentioned something about the owner's dog fouling outide the cottage, but we didn't notice anything like that in the week that we stayed - it was a working farm with dogs and other animals (including a gorgeous shetland pony) in close vicinity, which we thought added to the charm.
All in all we had a fab stay and would highly recommend the property - we will definitely be coming back!
11 Jan 2013
"Did not meet expectations"
The position of The Granary is lovely and the bedrooms and bathrooms are good. We did encounter a number of problems which could so easily have been avoided had the owners checked out the property before our arrival. The fridge/freezer was our biggest concern because the fridge temperature was not low enough and as we were staying at the property over Christmas this was a major problem. The owner was aware and a replacement was delivered on the second day of our stay but as it was the built-in variety we were faced with the choice of either having the upheaval of it being fitted or having it just standing in the lounge. we opted for the latter as this way we had one good fridge for our meat and goods that required proper chilling and the other for other goods requiring chilling. This problem with the fridge was caused by the layout of the kitchen. The built-in oven was situated next to the built-in fridge/freezer and as the oven door seal was well and truly perished the heat from the oven had damaged the fridge seal. Not all the cooking settings on the oven worked so all in all cooking the Christmas turkey was a challenge.
The kitchen was a good size but when 10 people are staying at Christmas the appliances are inadequate. There was only one oven and hob and an average size fridge/freezer which although is probably adequate for a summer stay, it isn't for a Christmas stay when all meals need to be prepared and cooked and it isn't possible to shop daily for supplies.
Fortunately we took our hostess trolley with us which helped us to overcome the cooking limitations.
The property was described as having free wifi which is always important for the younger generation. so, as well as the fridge/freezer sudden breakdown we were informed that the wifi had broken the day before our arrival.
An annoying problem was the owner's dogs fouling the area where we parked our cars so care had to be taken whenever we left the building. This was particularly annoying when there were signs up asking guests to clear up after their dogs!
Another annoyance was the size and positioning of the TV. It was tucked in a corner in a recess so only 3 or 4 people could see it at any one time. This wasn't overly important to us because we play games at Christmas time but 10 people sharing during a wet spell would find this very irritating.
The lounge furniture was tired and worn and the carpets were in need of a good clean.
We did enjoy our stay but that was because we are people who make the best of any situation we find ourselves in.
So sorry she was unlucky with her stay. Mechanical breakdowns happen at any time, so the fridge and WiFi router went at the same time. We attended to her needs whenever they arose.
A new fridge was delivered to them on day 2, but they did not want it fully fitted, even though it would have taken 30-45 mins. Their observation about the seal on the fridge was unfounded as it had run out of gas and was 14 years old. The WiFi router went down days before Xmas, so a replacement was not obtainable, but they could pick up a weak signal from a bedroom.
We have had 14 Xmas stays over the years and no one has complained about the Kitchen setup or equipment.
The TV has been in the same place for 14 years, and no one has complained or commented. It is perfectly viewable from most angles of the room.
The carpets are cleaned once or twice a year, and next week (4th Feb) they are having a seeing to.
A dog fouling is sad, she only needed to tell us and we would have removed it. Our 13 year old dog is disabled with 3 legs and sometimes has accidents (rarely) when he fails on his only hind leg.
Glad to hear the party actually DID enjoy their stay as mentioned in the last paragraph despite the apparent dilemma they encountered
The party who had the following week painted a VERY different story (see write up) and had a WHALE of a time !! - BRAVO !!
6 Feb 2012
"Excellent accomodation for family break"
The location was beautiful and peaceful.The open space gives wonderful opportunity to walk and explore the countyside. The accomodation was spacious for a large family with both older members and young children. The Granary has a well equipped kitchen and is spotlessly clean throughout. The outside space was very secure for small children allowing them to play outdoors safely. The log burner in the living room is real delight during the cold evenings.
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