2 miles from Honiton and 200 yards (private drive) off a lane, two attached cottages close to the charming owners’ 17th cent. farmhouse. They are in a brilliant, peaceful position with fine views, on the side of beech-tree-crowned Dumpdon Hill (Iron Age fort, good walks, Nat. Trust), above the Otter Valley. You are welcome to help when possible on the environmentally-friendly, well managed, clean 135 acre working farm (horses, chickens, Devon cattle, Gotland sheep). Heating and hot water are piped to the cottages from solar panels and a log boiler (out of sight) fed with coppiced wood from sustainably managed woodland. Spring water. Arrival after 4pm.Whitcombe Cottage, converted from a barn across the courtyard from the owners’ house, is comfortable and welcoming with its own small garden (flowers, lawn, good views) and secluded patio (table/chairs, barbecue). Open-plan living/dining/kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric cooker) with fuel-efficient woodburner, TV/DVD, beautiful views to Dumpdon Hill and French windows to patio and 5 steps up to garden. Downstairs shower-room (wet-room suite). Washer-drier in hall cupboard. Upstairs (stairgate), two bedrooms - a double (5' bed with footboard), and a twin; bathroom (suite).
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.
Two bedrooms: 1 x king size double, 1 x twin. Bathroom with bath, WC, basin. Ground floor wet-room shower room with shower, WC, basin. Ground floor open plan living space with seating area with wood burning stove, dining area and kitchen and French windows to patio.
HONITON Ottery St Mary 6 miles; Lyme Regis 14.5 miles; Exeter 22 miles. Honiton is a delightful market town in East Devon, with plenty to offer visitors. It lies in the valley of the River Otter and is surrounded by rolling Devon hills, green wooded valleys and plenty of scattered farming villages. Honiton has an attractive High Street stretching almost 2 miles, and lined with individually owned shops, pubs and restaurants. Honiton has been famous for lacemaking since the reign of Elizabeth I and still has a few lacemakers in work today - visitors can see some fine examples of antique lace in the town’s Allhallows Museum. Honiton boasts the only public art gallery in East Devon; the Thelma Hulbert Gallery occupies an attractive Grade I listed Victorian house, and has links with the Hayward Gallery, London. Honiton is only a short drive from the dramatic 20 mile stretch of Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site. Resorts such as Seaton, Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth are found along this stretch of coastline, and all have much to occupy the visitor. Near to Honiton is the cathedral city of Exeter with plenty of large shops, a wealth of museums, a theatre and fabulous restaurants.
This property offers the following short breaks: