' a mile north of Wilmington, peacefully hidden in spring flower-filled lanes, two semi-detached, single-storey cottages converted from a former milking parlour and shippen, across the lane from the friendly owners' farmhouse. You are welcome to walk the 10 acres of surrounding heath and woodland and enjoy the wildlife (excellent birdwatching). Walks are cut through the spectacular organic wildflower meadows (picnic tables) and ancient cider orchard, and a footpath meanders along the riverside to nearby Cotleigh. The cottages are smart and modern throughout with high ceilings and Velux windows, some original beams and oak floors. Each has a south-facing suntrap deck behind, ideal for enjoying the peaceful valley views and soothing birdsong. Below (8 steps down), a shared lawned area (barbecues). At the front, the cottages share a gravelled parking area, laundry (washing machine, tumble drier, drying rack) and storage barn, useful for your bicycles/beach gear etc. Smart and comfortable cottages in a peaceful and picturesque location, much enjoyed by birdwatchers.
1 Shippen Cottages (see arrow 1): open porch for coats/boots; stable doors into roomy and light open-plan living/dining/fitted kitchen (slimline dishwasher, microwave) with leather sofa and chair, TV/DVD and French windows to deck (table/chairs). Double bedroom (5' brass bed) with fully tiled en suite shower-room (suite).
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
|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'.
Wilmington: small village (pub, 14th cent. church) between Axminster (small town, 6 miles) and Honiton (4 miles) on the A35. Surrounded by pretty hamlets (Widworthy, 1½ miles; Cotleigh, 2) in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the Blackdown Hills. Nearest coast, Beer or Seaton, 9 miles, Lyme Regis, 11.