About a mile from Southleigh, a large house beautifully converted from a barn (G191), a large farmhouse (G190) and two detached cottages (G192, G193), all high on a hillside above a picturesque valley, with almost 180 degree views of amazing rolling countryside. They are surrounded by around 200 acres of fields and bluebell woods which you are welcome to wander and enjoy deer and badger watching, the stream, lake (fishing), duck pond (carp fishing) and the gorgeous views. An exciting range of activities are available by arrangement, extra, week days only, including clay pigeon shooting, amphibious vehicles and archery - tailor-made packages can be arranged. Peacocks strut the grounds, together with roaming chickens and ducks (eggs to collect), and the friendly owners are happy to show you the unusual pets (alpacas, ostrich, goats). Caterers can be recommended. The Shippen is a detached, split-level cottage built into the hillside, also looking over the same 200 acre farmstead where you are welcome to wander and enjoy the activities. Surrounded by its own garden on various levels with steps between, paved at the front (low wall) and side with picnic benches (superb long views, gas barbecue) and arch to gently sloping enclosed lawned area behind. Neutral colours and modern fabrics/furnishings give an up-to-date feel to the original features, low beamed ceilings (lowest 5'5" above fireplace), flagstone floor and knobbly walls. Step up from porch to cosy living/dining/smart kitchen (slimline dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric cooker) with lovely old flagstone floor (rugs), leather sofas, TV/DVD/Blu-ray, iPod dock and electric flame-effect fire. Five oak steps (stairgate, low beam) up to rear hall with doors to terrace; small bathroom (suite, 4'6" bath with shower over); 3 more shallow steps up and down to a roomy, high-ceilinged double bedroom (5' sleigh bed, TV) with smart en suite shower-room (suite), and a neat twin (zip-linkable to 6' double, TV). Cosy, quirky and comfortable with lots to do on site and a good base from which to explore east Devon's villages and coast.
Southleigh: an unspoilt and off-the-beaten-track village (church, annual August show) in a valley 3 miles from Colyton (shops, pubs). Honiton (mainline railway station), 7½ miles; Exeter airport, 20; the beaches/sea at Branscombe and Beer, 4; Sidmouth (seaside town), 8; and pretty Lyme Regis, 9.
Two bedrooms up and down steps: 1 x king size double with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin, 1 x twin (can convert to super king double). Bathroom with short bath, shower over, WC, basin. Entrance level open plan living space with seating area with electric fire, dining area and kitchen. Hall.
SOUTHLEIGH Beer is a small picturesque fishing village on the south Devon coast between Seaton and Branscombe. The shingle beach is very sheltered, backed by limestone cliffs and was once fertile smuggling territory, plus contraband was hidden in nearby caves, which are now a popular tourist attraction. Beer is situated on the stretch of Devon coastline, known as the Jurassic Coast, a designated World Heritage Site, and the village offers sloping streets lined with picturesque stone houses and cottages built on many different levels of the steep valley sides. There are a good range of shops, friendly cafes, restaurants and pubs in Beer, plus just outside the village is the popular Pecorama Gardens, which are perched on the hill overlooking Lyme Bay. Pecorama boasts the Beer Heights Light Railway and indoor model railway exhibition, along with a children's' play area. Beer is a unique Devon fishing village and a great place to stay.
This property offers the following short breaks: