Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Little Ash and the owners' home - Ash Mill Cottage, are located in a rural valley with pretty, flowing streams bordering almost two acres of gardens with their very own 'watersmeet' at the bottom of the garden. Guests can enjoy the gardens and woodland walks or sit and relax in one of the many quiet places, taking in views of the surrounding hills with only the sound of rushing water and birdsong. On a warm evening, sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine and a BBQ by the stream.
This beautiful, tranquil valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is teeming with wildlife. We have seen deer and squirrels on the lawns, buzzards and sparrowhawks circling above. Woodpeckers, jays, tree creepers, chaffinches, blue tits and coal tits are among the many different visitors to our bird tables. On a warm day the rockeries and wild gardens are teeming with butterflies and insects. On a clear night, the night sky is amazing. With no light pollution the star constellations are crystal clear.
The cottage is ideal for walkers with immediate access to an extensive network of bridleways that run through woodland and by streams, for long peaceful walks. Sleeping arrangements are ideal for a young family as parents can settle the children in bed, then enjoy a meal in the adjacent sitting room, or BBQ outside with the children within earshot. However, children will need to be under supervision in the gardens, by the streams.
Little Ash is situated in the most perfect location for a holiday in Devon, midway between Dartmoor and Exmoor. The North Devon Coast is only half an hour away featuring the famous coastal villages of Clovelly and Braunton Sands; From the nearest large coastal town - Barnstaple, a busy bus station serves the whole of the North Devon coast and countryside. Exeter is 35 minutes away and can be reached by train. Newquay and other well known beaches popular with surfers in Cornwall are about one hour away by car.
The owners are on hand to help plan activities and days out. There is a huge variety of things to see and do in the local area. Little Ash is midway between Dolton and Chulmleigh (4.5 miles) where there are well stocked village shops and pubs. There is fishing at very close by at Stafford Moor Fishery (catches often exceeding 100lbs); golf at Chulmleigh,High Bullen, Libbaton and Torrington, and cycling on the Tarka Trail (bicycles can be hired locally). There are antique shops in Torrington and Umberleigh.
Family attractions include Torrington 1646, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way near Bideford, The Quince Honey farm in South Molton. There are many interesting and beautiful gardens in Devon open for charity (National Gardens Scheme) and RHS Rosemoor is less than 10 miles away. Dartington Crystal at Torrington is well worth a visit.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Baunton Sands 37 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter 40 km, Nearest railway: Eggesford 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Little Ash is a single storey cottage on ground level. There are beautiful views from all windows. All rooms are interconnecting and include a Sitting/Dining room; Kitchen with fridge-freezer, gas cooker and washing machine; Bathroom with shower, baby change unit and drying area; Large bedroom - sleeps 4 plus cot or travel cot if required; Plenty of books and games are available. TV has freeview. Secure storage for bikes if required.
|Further details outdoors|
Little Ash has a stable style front door leading to private patio with table and chairs. A BBQ is available to loan on request. There are plenty of other seating ares around the gardens which may be used with the owners permission.
A dedicated parking place is available for guests next to the cottage. The cottage is all on one level with just one step up to the entrance door. The gardens are mainly sloping with a few steps to access certain areas. A public bridleway runs next to the cottage - direct access to walks without the need to go on roads.
The cottage is strictly non-smoking with no pets allowed. The cottage has been newly refurbished this summer with new carpets, fixtures and fittings, so we are keen to maintain the standards for all guests.
One set of clean linen and towels per week is provided per person. A washing machine is provided for the use of guests. We will always consider short breaks - please telephone to enquire about availability.
Guests to ensure the windows are closed and the cottage locked up when they are out. No responsibilty will be taken by the owners for loss of property of clients.
Guests are welcome to enjoy the gardens of the main house but are asked to respect the owners' privacy in certain areas. Children are welcome but must be supervised closely particularly near the streams, the public bridleway and near to the owners pets and ponies. Our ponies are just babies and must not be fed titbits under any circumstances.
The West Country region
Devon has an interesting geology which gives rise to rich and varied landscapes including the high tors of Dartmoor, the moorlands and heathers of Exmoor and the rolling hills and green valleys in mid-Devon. The coastlines feature rugged and rocky coves, long sandy beaches and busy ports.
The area of coastline in East Devon between Branscombe and Exmouth, is the location of part of England's only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as the Jurassic Coast, famous for its geology and geographical features. Braunton Burrows, a dune complex on the North Devon coast, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Dartmoor and Exmoor are well known national parks, famous for free roaming ponies, sheep and cattle. Quaint and historic Devon villages and towns provide an interesting contrast to picturesque seaside resorts and the university cities of Plymouth and Exeter.
The mild climate, influenced by the North Atlantic Drift, and diversity of habitats in the county account for the richness of different plant and wildlife species.
Wildlife in Devon is protected by charities such as the Devon Wildlife Trust, which looks after 40 nature reserves. The Devon Bird Watching and Preservation Society (DBWPS) dating back to 1928 is dedicated to the study and conservation of wild birds and looks after key areas including Beesands Ley.
The RSPB and English Nature both have reserves in the county, looking after reserves such as Dawlish Warren. The plantlife includes some rare species not found elsewhere in the British Isles apart from Cornwall
Ashreigney, a sleepy Devon village, was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The church of St James dating back to the 15th Century featuring a medieval font, was restored in 1890.
Ashreigney is midway between Dolton and Chulmleigh (4.5 miles) where there are well stocked village shops and pubs. An extensive network of public bridleways extends throughout the area around Ashreigney and may be accessed directly from Little Ash itself.
There are many fishing lakes nearby, the most well known at Stafford Moor Fishery. Local golf courses include Chulmleigh,High Bullen, Libbaton and Torrington. Keen cyclists can tackle the Tarka Trail (bicycles can be hired locally), whilst train enthusiasts can ride the Tarka Line between Exeter and Barnstaple. There are antique shops in many villages and towns including Torrington and Umberleigh.
Family attractions include Torrington 1646, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way near Bideford, The Quince honey farm in South Molton. There are many interesting and beautiful gardens in Devon open for charity (National Gardens Scheme) and RHS Rosemoor is less than 10 miles away.
Dartington Crystal at Torrington is well worth a visit. Wonderful beaches are within 17 miles. Local events include agricultural and horticultural shows and country fairs: the famous Widdecombe Fair on Dartmoor in September and the Dartmoor Pony Drifts in the autumn. Most local towns have weekly Pannier markets which stock a vast array of local produce.
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26 Jun 2014
"Delightful, peaceful, happy time"
If you want truly rural Devon in all it's beauty this is it. Alan and Sue are wonderful hosts with scones and clotted cream on arrival, three friendly dogs and two delightful Dartmoor ponies. … More
26 Oct 2012
Little Ash is a newly refurbished, well equiped cottage in stunning surroundings. If you are looking to get away from it all, this is definately the cottage for you! There is a stream running along … More
We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back soon.Thank you for your feedback.
13 Sep 2012
We have just returned from a long weekend at Little Ash, and our expectations were exceeded as soon as we arrived! What a stunning property and the welcome from Allan and Sue made us feel instantly at… More
Thank you very much for your positive comments. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your break here and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
12 Sep 2012
"What a picturesque location"
What a stunning place to stay and the cottage itself is extremly well appointed, everything you would need for a week away. The cottage is located in really tranquil surroundings, there is stream runn… More
Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We hope that you will come back and stay in the cottage again soon.
22 Aug 2012
"Peaceful / Relaxing Break"
The owners were friendly and welcoming to my family and I.
Facilities for my wife and I, & my two sons aged 4 & 9 were just right. The owners have a large lovely garden, and beautiful tranquil views and more..
Would definately recommend the property.
Thank you for your feedback. We have checked out a few more sandy beaches in North Devon for you and your family in the hope that you will stay here again next year. It was great to see the boys enjoying playing in the stream here!!
21 Aug 2012
"An Absolute Gem - deep in the Devonshire countryside"
For me this was an absolutely perfect place to stay; one's own patch of beautiful Devonshire countryside including a meandering stream running through the extensive gardens. Absolute heaven! One … More
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us as one of our first guests and look forward to seeing you again. We are now offering short breaks throughout the year with flexible start days so please bear us in mind even if you only have a few days to spare. The gardens are changing constantly, there is always something different in flower to see - now it is a mass of orange colour with a stunning display of day lilies and Montbretia. Many thanks for your review.
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