2 miles from Honiton and 200 yards (private drive) off a lane, two attached cottages close to the charming owners' 17th cent. farmhouse. They are in a brilliant, peaceful position with fine views, on the side of that beech-tree-crowned landmark, Dumpdon Hill (Iron Age fort, good walks, Nat. Trust), above the Otter Valley. You are welcome to help when possible on the environmentally-friendly, well managed, clean 135 acre working farm (horses, chickens, Devon cattle, Gotland sheep). Heating and hot water are piped to the cottages and farmhouse from solar panels and a log boiler (out of sight) which is fed with coppiced wood from the sustainably managed farm woodland. Spring water. Arrival after 4pm. Swallows Cottage has been excellently converted from an old stone threshing barn into a high quality and welcoming cottage facing privately away from the owners' farmhouse and G77. Patio (table/chairs), and own small, lawned garden (just across quiet farm track) with lovely countryside views. Inside, open-plan living/dining room with fuel-efficient woodburner, TV/DVD/video and French windows to patio; well-equipped fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer); utility area (washer-drier); loo (washbasin). Upstairs, two bedrooms – a large double (5' bed), and a twin; bathroom (suite plus bath-shower).
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 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, Video player, Telephone|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (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 4.5 star.
|Further details outdoors|
Patio (table/chairs), and own small, lawned garden (just across quiet farm track) with lovely countryside views.
Arrival after 4pm.
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'.
Honiton: small, important, east Devon former coaching town famous for lace-making and antique shops, in the river Otter valley (trout fishing). Sports centre (indoor swimming pool). Lovely farmland all round – the wooded Blackdown Hills and the flat valley. The sea (beaches) at Sidmouth, 8 miles; Exeter, 14.