On the edge of the tranquil hamlet of Dunkeswell Abbey, half a barn converted into an interesting, rustic-looking, wood-clad cottage - smart, light and airy inside. Good-sized garden (table/chairs, barbecue) overlooking the owner's apple orchard and vegetable garden. Inside, little glass-panelled lobby; pine-floored, L-shaped living/dining room with TV/DVD and French windows to terrace and garden; well-equipped modern fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, freezer, ceramic hob/double oven) with stable doors to terrace; bathroom (suite with separate shower). Stairs (stairgate) up to small landing (5'6" headroom), off which two bedrooms under the eaves, both overlooking the garden – a double with low sloping ceilings either side of the bed and Velux window, and a twin with dormer window; loo (washbasin, 5'8" lintel). Just outside is a utility room with washing machine, tumble drier, sink and space for your bicycles. Spring water.
|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||Internet access, DVD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 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 3.5 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'.
Dunkeswell Abbey: sheltered valley hamlet of a few cottages and the ruins of 13th cent. Dunkeswell Abbey itself, 2 miles from Dunkeswell (shop, church); Hemyock (church, pub, shops), 2½ miles. Honiton, 7 miles; airfield (flying lessons, pleasure flights), 2 miles; the sea at Sidmouth, 17 and Lyme Regis, 21; Exmoor and Dartmoor, about 30 miles.