Off a quiet leafy lane in Kentisbeare, a good-sized detached family home, once the village mill. Behind, a large enclosed garden with pretty views to the church, big lawns, trees, summer house and terraces/seating for al fresco dining and all-day sun. The millstream trickles gently by - outside garden boundary at the back, unfenced alongside drive (care needed). Also beside drive, densely-planted pond area (lockable gates from drive and back garden). Use (with care) of orchard where owners' friendly kunekune pigs occasionally reside. Inside, homely with cheery decor. Steps up to porch (bench); tiled hall; large living room (woodburner, TV/DVD) looking over pond area, with comfy sofas and double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Bright kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, iPod dock, double oven/ceramic hob) with gas-fired Aga (lit November to April or by arrangement for cosiness) and glazed door to terrace (table/chairs, barbecue); drying room (washing machine, tumble drier, sink) with loo (½-height saloon door) and stable doors to garden. Upstairs, on split levels, the master double (5' bed) with en suite shower-room (suite plus bidet) and curtained dressing/cot area, and a twin (plus pull-out truckle beds, one for use in master dressing/cot area). Bathroom (suite plus hand-shower). A practical and spacious base.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 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|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone|
|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|
|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.
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'.
Kentisbeare: attractive, thriving village (pub, PO/shop, church) in the middle of rolling farmland, and a gateway to the Blackdown Hills. Lots of footpaths and bridleways, fishing at nearby Goodiford. Cullompton (market town) and the M5, 3 miles. Honiton, 9 miles; Exeter, 16; the south coast at Sidmouth, 17, and Exmouth, 21.