Sat 22nd Dec 2018 to 5th Jan 2019
In the heart of Talaton is striking Grade II listed Talaton House, a former rectory, renovated from its 18th cent. origins and surrounded by acres of beautiful parkland and specimen trees. Beside the house, the original stables, groom’s cottage and hayloft have been finely converted with flair into four excellent cottages, all exceptionally well done with smart design, stylish furnishings, oak/tiled floors and sleek kitchens. A sweeping drive (shared with the friendly owners’ main house) leads to the cottages. They all look over scenic parkland alongside the main house and you are welcome to wander the vast lower lawns (picnic benches, barbecue area, dogs on leads welcome) and peaceful circular woodland walk. Groom’s Cottage, Gardener’s Cottage and Barley House each have a gravelled terrace (table/seating) at the front, made private with attractive planting and pleached trees. Loading/unloading outside the cottages; shared parking area, just beyond (10 to 30 yards). An outstanding location; much thought has gone into making these superb places individual, stylish and comfortable.Hayloft is above the original stables on the first-floor. Inside, airy with big apex beams. Wide metal stairs (13) from rear drive (loading/unloading) up step up to front door. Open-plan living/dining/kitchen (slimline dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, fridge, electric oven/induction hob) with smart TV/DVD/Blu-ray, wireless speaker and glazed door to glazed balustrade looking over parkland. Two bedrooms with Velux windows - a double (zip-linked 6' bed or twin) with en suite bathroom (suite, shower over three-quarter sized bath, partition wall but no ceiling), and a small twin (2'6" beds, limited clothes-hanging space) with en suite shower-room (wet-room suite). Convenient single-storey layout.
Talaton: small village (PO/shop, pub, church) in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Good road/rail links (Feniton, 2 miles; Tiverton, 13). Honiton, 5 miles; ‘Jurrassic Coast’ at Sidmouth, 9; excellent sandy beach at Exmouth, 12. Nat. Trust houses within easy reach; Escot gardens (maze, woodland, picnic spots), 1 mile; Cadhay, 3. Golf, riding, within 10 miles.
All first floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x double with zip-linked 6’ bed (can be twin on request) with en suite bathroom, 1 x twin with en suite shower-room. Open-plan living area with sitting area, kitchen and dining area with glazed door to balustrade.
Talaton Ottery St Mary sits beside the River Otter and is well known for its literary connections to the poet Coleridge and for its beautiful church often referred to as a Exeter cathedral lookalike. Ottery St Mary is also famous for its traditional 'Tar Barrels' which attracts more than 3000 visitors on 5th November each year.