G51 - Abbots Manor
Cottage | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 16
' in Combe Raleigh, a handsome, Georgian, Grade II listed house, once the manor to the 3,000 acre Combe Raleigh estate, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Abbots House is a big, three-storey, family home, warm and well-equipped with period features and antique furniture but all the modern comforts of the 21st cent.. Attached to, but very private from, one other house. Behind, a good-sized, enclosed garden with large level lawn (shallow ditch - caution small children), sitting-out area (tables/chairs, barbecue) and lovely rural views over fields; for young children, a well-equipped play area (swings, slide, sandpit, play fort, trampoline, ride-on toys), and for supervised/older children, a terrific campfire area with rustic log seating - ideal for toasting marshmallows and storytelling around the fire. Wedding marquees etc may be erected, by arrangement. Gravelled drive to impressive portico porch and front door; entrance hall (half-sized snooker table/dining table for 6); elegant drawing room (woodburner - logs provided, TV/DVD) with Bechstein grand piano; formal dining room with table seating 12 comfortably, 16 with less elbow-room; big heart-of-home kitchen (dishwasher, combi-microwave, 4-oven electric Aga, enormous larder fridge, boiling water tap) with door to garden; utility/boot room (additional gas cooker, washing machine, tumble drier, sink, table football, cross-trainer) and larder; small office (desk, freezer); loo (washbasin). Stairs (stairgates) up to half-landing and lovely, light morning room (TV/DVD, PlayStation2) with sofas and beanbags, and few more stairs (stairgates) up to first floor and four bedrooms ' the master double (zip-linked 6' bed or twin, TV/DVD/video) with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower, two washbasins), a double (5' bed) with en suite shower-room (suite), and two twin (one zip-linkable to 6' double; one with 2'6' beds, zip-linkable to 5' double) with washbasins; separate family bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). More stairs (stairgates) up to second floor and four more large bedrooms (some sloping ceilings, apex beams from 6'2', door lintels from 5'8') ' two double (zip-linked 6' beds or twin) and two twin (zip-linkable to 6' doubles, one with limited clothes-hanging space), all with en suite bathroom (three with suite plus bath-shower, one with suite plus hand-shower and separate shower). Damages Deposit '500. Professional catering, ready meals and meals in the owners' house available. Fishing/shooting available locally. Arrival after 4pm. Abbots House provides comfort, space and character, ideal for family gatherings and well located for exploring with easy access from the A30.
|Size||Sleeps up to 16, 8 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||8 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Double beds (4), Cots (1)|
|Outdoors||Private garden, 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 4.5 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'.
Combe Raleigh: small, picturesque village (15th cent. church) in the Otter Valley at the foot of the Blackdown Hills, 1½ miles north of Honiton. Owned by the Raleigh family in the late 13th cent., many historic houses/gardens nearby. Luppitt (interesting old pub), 3½ miles. World Heritage 'Jurassic Coast' and beaches at Sidmouth, Branscombe, Beer and Seaton, 11 miles; fossils at Lyme Regis and Charmouth, 15. Golf, 3 miles.
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9 Mar 2014
"Absolutely superb house: probably the best we have ever stayed in,"
Wonderfully equipped, very comfortable, and nothing more we could have needed. As a group this is our 8th annual week away, and this is probably the best house we have had so far.Housekeeper is also a… More
Thank you very much indeed for your super review. I am glad you and your family had a good holiday and I hope we will see you again in the future,
4 Sep 2013
"Fantastic house for family gathering."
We have just returned from a fantastic week with extended family for my parents Golden Wedding Anniversary. Abbots is a perfect location for a holiday with a big group. The welcome hamper of cakes, sc… More
Thank you very much for your kind comments. I am so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your holiday at Abbots and I very much hope that we will see you again in the future.
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