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. … on the same 200 acre farmstead which you are welcome to wander, a smart, south-facing, detached stone cottage. You are also welcome to enjoy the activities on offer. To the side of the cottage, enclosed level garden, mostly lawn, with sun terrace (picnic bench, views) and summerhouse/games room (table tennis, washing machine, tumble drier, sofas/chairs, verandah). Inside, smart furnishings, oak floors, beams. A few steps up (alternative level access, by arrangement) to terrace and door to open-plan living room/fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric Aga, butler sink) with comfy sofas, TV/DVD and double doors to terrace; more big glazed doors and step down to conservatory/dining room (views, doors to terrace); ground-floor bedroom (5' zip-linked double or 2'6” twin, TV) with en suite shower-room (suite with shower chair, door from living room). Open tread stairs (stairgate) up into lovely double bedroom (5' sleigh bed, TV, sloping ceilings) with single day bed, en suite bathroom (suite with roll-top bath plus hand-shower) and double doors to little balcony (chairs) looking over the garden. Arrival after 5pm and departure by 12pm. A quality, comfortable base in this peaceful and picturesque part of Devon.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 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|
|General||Central heating, TV, Games room|
|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||Double beds (2), Cots (1)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, Private fishing lake or river|
|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.
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'.
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.