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.Gardener’s Cottage is in the middle. Six steps (handrail) down to step up to entrance at rear. Open-plan living/dining/kitchen (slimline dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, fridge, induction hob/electric oven) with TV/DVD/Blu-ray, wireless speaker and ceiling-high glazed doors to terrace (tables/chairs, parkland views). Upstairs, two bedrooms - a double (5' bed) with parkland views, and a small twin (2'6" beds, linkable to 5' double). Bathroom (suite, shower over bath).
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.
Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with parkland views, 1 x twin (2'6" beds, linkable to 5' double). Open-plan living area with sitting area, kitchen and dining area with glazed doors to terrace. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC.
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.