Cottage | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Car advised

About a mile from Southleigh, a large house beautifully converted from a barn (G191), a large farmhouse (G190) and two detached cottages (G192, G193), all set high on a hillside overlooking a picturesque valley, with almost 180 degree views of amazing rolling countryside. They are surrounded by approximately 200 acres of fields and bluebell woods which you are welcome to wander and enjoy deer and badger watching, the stream, trout lake (fishing), duck pond (carp fishing) and the gorgeous views. If this isn't enough, there's a range of activities on offer here (extra). These include clay pigeon shooting, amphibious vehicles and archery - tailor-made packages can be arranged. Horse riding/pony-trekking and deep sea fishing locally can also be arranged. Peacocks strut the grounds, as do roaming chickens and ducks (fresh eggs to collect), and the young, friendly owners who live next door are happy to show you their unusual pets (pigs, alpacas, ostrich, goats). Caterers can be recommended. ... Lower Wadden Farmhouse is south-facing and detached with an attached annexe, set in the same 200 acres as The Barn (G191) and with the same 180 degree views and optional activities. In the garden (furniture, barbecue, swing, slide, climbing frame), a summer house/games room (half-sized pool table, table tennis, table football) and, in the large central courtyard between the house and its annexe, a covered hot tub and trampoline. Inside the farmhouse, plenty of room to relax. Low step from entrance lobby to hall; downstairs loo; two living rooms (TV/DVD, Wii) - one with door to central courtyard - the other enormous with plenty of comfy seating, electric 'living flame' fire and door to a light and sunny conservatory (overlooking the fabulous view, with French windows to the patio); step down to dining room; large fitted kitchen/breakfast room (dishwasher, combi-microwave, gas range cooker with 5 burners/2 ovens/separate grill, 3 steps up to living room); utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, fridge-freezer, sink) and door to courtyard. Oak floors downstairs. Two staircases (stairgates) up to five bedrooms – two double (5' beds, TV/DVD, one with valley views); a twin (TV/DVD) with view over courtyard and sloping ceiling; another twin (TV) with views of the valley; and a third small twin (TV) overlooking the courtyard with part sloping ceiling; three bathrooms (suites - one with hand-shower and sloping ceiling; one with hand-shower, separate shower and sloping ceiling; and 3 steps up to one with corner bath plus hand-shower).

The single-storey annexe overlooks the courtyard. Open-plan living (TV/DVD)/dining/kitchen (microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine) with large French windows to the courtyard and hot tub; a double bedroom (5' bed, TV) and bathroom (suite with corner bath plus hand-shower and separate shower). The annexe is suitable for people with mobility difficulties. 9 TVs/6 DVDs. Damages Deposit £250. There is plenty of space both inside and out, and plenty to do and see. Lower Wadden Farmhouse is south-facing and detached with an attached annexe, set in the same 200 acres as The Barn (G191) and with the same 180 degree views and optional activities. In the garden (furniture, barbecue, swing, slide, climbing frame), a summer house/games room (half-sized pool table, table tennis, table football) and, in the large central courtyard between the house and its annexe, a covered hot tub and trampoline. Inside the farmhouse, plenty of room to relax. Low step from entrance lobby to hall; downstairs loo; two living rooms (TV/DVD, Wii) - one with door to central courtyard - the other enormous with plenty of comfy seating, electric 'living flame' fire and door to a light and sunny conservatory (overlooking the fabulous view, with French windows to the patio); step down to dining room; large fitted kitchen/breakfast room (dishwasher, combi-microwave, gas range cooker with 5 burners/2 ovens/separate grill, 3 steps up to living room); utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, fridge-freezer, sink) and door to courtyard. Oak floors downstairs. Two staircases (stairgates) up to five bedrooms – two double (5' beds, TV/DVD, one with valley views); a twin (TV/DVD) with view over courtyard and sloping ceiling; another twin (TV) with views of the valley; and a third small twin (TV) overlooking the courtyard with part sloping ceiling; three bathrooms (suites - one with hand-shower and sloping ceiling; one with hand-shower, separate shower and sloping ceiling; and 3 steps up to one with corner bath plus hand-shower).

The single-storey annexe overlooks the courtyard. Open-plan living (TV/DVD)/dining/kitchen (microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine) with large French windows to the courtyard and hot tub; a double bedroom (5' bed, TV) and bathroom (suite with corner bath plus hand-shower and separate shower). The annexe is suitable for people with mobility difficulties. 9 TVs/6 DVDs. Damages Deposit £250. There is plenty of space both inside and out, and plenty to do and see.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Pool or snooker table, Games room
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (6), Double beds (3)
Other Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared garden, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking
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 star.

The West Country region

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'.

Colyton

Southleigh: an unspoilt and off-the-beaten-track village (church, annual show in August) in a valley 3 miles west of Colyton (shops, pubs). Honiton (mainline railway station), 7½ miles; Exeter airport, 20; the beaches/sea at Branscombe and Beer, 4; Sidmouth (seaside town), 8; and pretty Lyme Regis, 9.