Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
2 miles west of Honiton, deep in wooded lanes, is this splendid, red-brick, early Victorian barn on a smallholding. Once a hay barn to the farmhouse across pretty gardens, it has recently been converted with considerable thought and attention to detail into two smart, contemporary cottages. To the front, neat lawned gardens; at the back, a pretty, flower-filled courtyard (table/chairs) with games summer house (table tennis, Pilates machine). Field for energetic ball games and a field for dog-exercising. For both, access is down 5 steps at the front, or via a longer but level route at the back (doorstep). Spring water. Local caterers can be recommended. Excellent, immaculate properties, 5 minutes' drive from the A30 and ¾ mile leafy lane walk to a pub.Orchard Cottage (see arrow): from garden, door to living room with woodburner and TV/DVD; step up to generously-sized kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer). Loo (washbasin). Stairs from living room up to three bedrooms – two double, one with en suite shower-room (suite), and a twin with hooks for clothes-hanging; bathroom (suite plus bath-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|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1)|
|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'.
Honiton: small, important, east Devon former coaching town famous for lace-making and antique shops, in the river Otter valley (trout fishing). Sports centre (indoor swimming pool). Lovely farmland all round – the wooded Blackdown Hills and the flat valley. The sea (beaches) at Sidmouth, 8 miles; Exeter, 14.