in a corner of the original walled kitchen garden of exceptional Cadhay (G100, tours on Fridays), 50 yards away, are the former Stables and Coach House. They have been finely converted with flair and thought into two good cottages, both well done and good quality throughout; each with its own small patio and grassy area (table/chairs) overlooking the walled garden. Inside the walled garden are 20 beautifully kept allotments, fruit trees and a fascinating greenhouse, tended by the resident gardener, one of the friendliest and most knowledgeable you can meet. Between 26 May and 2 June, and over August Bank Holiday weekend, a church fête and the Nat. Garden Scheme are held at Cadhay, when a section of the kitchen garden is roped off for your privacy. The original farm buildings are close by. Spring water. Professional catering available. Good walking from the front door. Exceptional for garden and country lovers. ... The Coach House (see arrow 1) is light, very spacious, with beams upstairs, good furniture, some excellent antiques, interesting paintings, bright rugs. Hall - originally the tack room with pine panelling and saddle racks - to big, bright living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, woodburner (logs included), Persian rugs, TV/DVD. Spacious fitted kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, microwave, freezer, larder fridge) with tiled floor and door to the big working greenhouse through which is access to your garden (barbecue). Downstairs loo (washbasin). Upstairs (stairgates), three bedrooms – the large master double (6' zip-linked bed) with en suite bathroom (suite with separate shower); a pretty double (5' bed) with beams, en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower) and limited clothes-hanging space, and a twin with beams and en suite bathroom (suite with separate shower).
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 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||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), 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 4.5 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'.
Ottery St Mary: small market town (sports centre, tennis, pubs, restaurants, church), amid rolling farmland and beautiful woods beside the river Otter, where Coleridge was born and wrote a sonnet to the river. Honiton (sports centre/indoor swimming pool), 5 miles. Exeter, 12 miles; the coastal path and sea (and golf) at Sidmouth, 5.