in Whitford, 300 yards from Whitford Bridge and the banks of the tumbling river Axe, an attractive, stone-built cottage, Grade II listed, part 16th cent., attached to and created from one side of the friendly owners' home. At the back, 5 steps up to own beautifully planted, courtyard-style garden, south-facing with sunny/shady spots for relaxing (tables/chairs, benches) and gate to brick shed (lockable, tumble drier) for your bicycles/beach gear (outdoor boat parking, by arrangement). Behind this, a mown path winds up beside the owners' garden (care with children - unfenced pond, greenhouse) through a gorgeous wildflower meadow to a level area (table/chairs) - the tranquillity and outstanding panoramic views make it worth the climb.Inside, prettily furnished with original charm remaining (beams from 5'9” height, knobbly walls/floors, narrowish stairs). Neat kitchen/dining room (slimline dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, electric double-oven) through to sunny conservatory (sofa, chairs, door to garden), both with garden outlook; snug beamed living room (TV/DVD) with big inglenook fireplace (woodburner). Ground-floor shower-room (suite). Upstairs (stairgate), a good-sized, pretty double bedroom (5' bed) with single day bed, accessed through a neat shower-room (suite), and a twin. A delightful cottage in peaceful surroundings, a good spot for walking, cycling and coast.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 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 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'.
Whitford: peaceful, pretty little village (church) on the river Axe, 4 miles from Axminster (small town, River Cottage canteen/deli). The south coast at Seaton, Beer, Lyme Regis and Sidmouth, 4-11 miles. One mile level walk/cycle to pubs/shops in Musbury, or Colyton (famous tramway to Seaton), 1½. Golf, 3 miles.