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The Engine House


Excellent 5/5 Score from 9 reviews

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Set on the edge of the village of Christow, high above the river at the head of the Teign Valley, the Engine House is a secluded detached property perfect for walkers, fisherman, families or sight seeing. The open plan lounge/kitchen /diner is cosy and welcoming with French doors opening onto the level lawned garden, from where you can hear the river tumbling over the rocks below. The bedrooms are bright and cheerful and from the hallway a door opens onto a walled patio area that is a delightful suntrap and still retains many of the properties original features. This is a property which has a lot to offer anyone seeking peace and quiet with beautiful walks along the abundant footpaths.

In Christow you will find a small shop, post office and butchers, a character pub with several others just a short walk, drive or cycle ride away. A bonus at this property is an adjacent two acre lake which is well stocked with carp. Exclusive fishing is available here by prior arrangement. The South Devon coast is just a short drive away where the resorts of Teignmouth, Dawlish and Torquay make for excellent days out. Golf can be played at a number of nearby golf courses, and for shopping or the theatre then the cathedral city of Exeter is within 10 miles.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Dawlish 13 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Exeter airport 16 km, Nearest railway: Exeter st Davids 10 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Boat available
General Central heating, TV, Video player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The accommodation comprises of an open plan lounge/kitchen/diner. There are two bedrooms, 1 with a double and the other contains two singles. The bathroom has a bath, shower, wc and washbasin. Facilities: cooker, micorwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, bbq, television, private parking, central heating, bicycles, fishing.

Further details outdoors

The property has space for ample private parking along with a level private garden and walled patio area that is a delightful suntrap which retains many of the properties original features.

The West Country region

Devon boasts some of England’s finest beaches, has a wealth of interesting history to discover and many pretty villages including Christow. Interesting places to visit include Torquay a popular holiday resort and birthplace of Dame Agatha Christie, the popular crime writer and Dawlish Warren where the golden sands are backed by sand dunes. This award winning beach entices people of all ages to enjoy an idyllic day out at one of Devon’s finest beaches.

A county that forms part of the South west peninsula of England, Devon is the third largest County and boarder the popular Counties of Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall.

Coastal walks and glorious beaches are just a short rive away where the holiday resorts of Torbay, Teignmouth, Dawlish and Exmouth offer excellent days out and walks along the coastal paths.

Exeter’s majestic cathedral is over 850 years old and one of the finest examples of decorated Gothic work in England today. Its unique Norman twin towers dominate the skyline. Exeter’s historic quayside, once a thriving international port exporting woolen cloth is now a riverside resort with shops, cafes and pub. Learn the 2000 year story of Exeter at the Quay House visitor centre.


Whether you are looking for a special break in spring or autumn, or planning a longer holiday of rambling, riding or relaxation, then why not explore Dartmoor?

From river gorges and wooded valleys rise the folds of green fields, hemmed with hedgerows and drystone walls, dotted with hamlets of thatched cottages and proud church towers. Climbing above them all are the slopes of the moor, its summits crowned with fantastic wind hewn tors of granite.

Coastal walks and glorious beaches are just a short drive away where the holiday resorts of Torquay, Teignmouth, Dawlish and Exmouth offer excellent days out and walks along the coastal paths.

Exeter’s majestic cathedral is over 850 years old and one of the finest examples of decorated Gothic work in England today. Its unique Norman twin towers dominate the skyline. Exeter’s historic quayside, once a thriving international port exporting woolen cloth is now a riverside resort with shops, cafes and pub. Learn the 2000 year story of Exeter at the Quay House visitor centre.

There is a range of excellent golf courses to pit your wits against along with other outdoor pursuits such as horse riding, cycling and clay pigeon shooting

The property sits adjacent to the most secluded idyllic lake you could imagine which offers the opportunity of course fishing or alternatively a peaceful retreat to escape the daily grind.

In the village you will find a small shop, butchers and post office along with a real character pub. The location also offers many other outstanding country pubs offering boasting a range of real ales and excellent food which within very close proximity.

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Review 1-9 of 9

10 Jul 2014



Our first visit, but I'm sure we will return.Lucky enough to have some fantastic weather, so really enjoyed sitting outdoors every day. The back garden with the covered area was a perfect shady … More

25 Jun 2013



wonderfull location ,owners very friendly and helpfull cant wait to return
engine house is comfortable clean and very well equipped

2 May 2013


"Home from Home"

We have just returned from the 'Engine House' Everything you could want a home from home. The scenery is wall to wall countryside - birds squirrels even deer! It is a sharp walk to a gras… More

9 Apr 2013


"Superb place offering a truly relaxing holiday"

We stayed during the coldest Easter for many years but were warm and cosy in the Engine House. The lake is up a steep track but our 5 year old made is and fell in love with it. As others say, the prop… More

20 Feb 2013


"Beautiful cottage"

My son booked this for 4 of us as we needed a break after 2 tragic events. The Cottage was absolutely beautiful, set high on a hill with breathtaking views. It had everything we needed and more! I did… More

23 Nov 2012


"Nice secluded place with good sunrises"


I just stayed at the engine house for 4 weeks as wanted somewhere quiet could do a project.

It is a pretty and peaceful place on the edge of the village. It is very private (so in a way you don't actually feel you are on the edge of the village at all) and you hear the occasional car in the lane (down the hill) if outside (can't hear if inside) and other than that just the noise of the stream at the bottom of the hill and the birds (both very therapeutic). The center of the village is about 20 mins walk away.

The actual house is a lot bigger than the photos appear to show. The sitting room / kitchen felt about twice the size of the photos when i first walked in. The heating system really warmed the place up well and quickly (I was there in November) and the place really did have everything you needed. Mobile phone reception was a bit dodgy but was fine if you went 20 metres down the drive.

The views from the engine house / driveway are roughly east facing and I had a couple of amazing sunrises. They would be even better in the summer I imagine. Just up from the engine house is a strip of grass with a clearing in the woods at one end which is a sun trap and a quarry at the other end which is really quiet cool and filled with trees so is very pretty and had some birds of prey living there. If you want an easy 20 minute stroll this is on your door step without going on any roads :). You also get to see th elight of the setting sun on the hills opposite in the evening (also very pretty)

The lake up the hill is also very peaceful and you have options to sit on 3 sides of the lake so can always be in the sun....there are also views all the way to exmoor (I think) from a field by the lake........

All in all a really nice quiet place to stay. I recommend it and would go back some time.


PS Floors are a bit skiddy so if you are used to walking rounds in socks all the time (like me) is worth taking a pair of slippers

29 Sep 2012


"comfortable stay, interesting history around the cottage and very friendly owners"

Very quiet location with just the sound of a stream, lots of wildlife around, deer in the garden. The private lake is beautiful and secluded - absolute silence! Nice beach at Exmouth which was less than a 30 minute drive and the miniture pony centre at Mortenhampsted was a great hit. The owners could not have been more friendly and welcoming. There is a lot of history about the cottage that caught the little one's imagination and we spent a lot of time imagining what the old workings would have been like, piecing it together from photo's, descriptions and a few ruins.

28 Sep 2012


"Idyllic, peaceful, PERFECT place to stay!"

The old Engine House is set back from a quiet lane between Christow and Bridford in its own grounds, totally private, surrounded by trees, and has been beautifully converted into a spacious, well-equi… More

19 Sep 2012


"A Wonderful Summer Holiday"

Well, what can we say.......It was a superb setting with far reaching tranquil views. It was quiet (which was a change to the city life) and clean. A must with my other half. We were met by George, wh… More

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Calendar last updated:13 Oct 2014

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