This comfortable family home is perfect for a tranquil holiday. Set in the hamlet of Stedcombe Vale within the east Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, semi-detached Barley House was originally part of a barn and retains impressive wooden beams in the kitchen. Delightful south-facing landscaped gardens invite you to while away the day with a good book or dine al fresco. A magnificent walnut tree and red oak either side of the driveway welcome you to the house and once inside there is plenty of space for all the family, the large kitchen/dining-room is perfect for long lazy meals together; three bedrooms and two bathrooms make this an ideal holiday base, close to the Jurassic Coast.
There is so much to explore in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the village of Axmouth, situated on the estuary and with two pubs, The Ship and The Harbour, is a half mile walk down a busy road with no pavements. Just one and a half miles will take you to the long pebble beach at Seaton, part of the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast. Seaton Wetlands is nearby, a wonderful nature reserve with almost 4 km of level trails through reed beds beside the River Axe, here you will find an abundance of wildlife. Head west beyond Seaton and you will come to the pretty fishing village of Beer, with the daily catch for sale from the fish shop on the beach, and watersports and boat trips available in the summer. If you're feeling energetic, take the coast path towards Branscombe and marvel at this spectacular coastline; further west is the charming Regency seaside town of Sidmouth. There are cycle tracks nearby and the Exe Estuary Trail, which starts in Exmouth and extends for 26 miles of mainly flat, off-road cycling, is a great day out for all the family. Barley House is close to the Devon/Dorset border, travel east into Dorset and visit Lyme Regis, with its iconic Cobb, fishing boats, restaurants, pubs and sandy beach; you may even be lucky enough to find a fossil on Monmouth beach. The rolling green east Devon countryside murmurs relaxation and there are many farm shops and market towns to lazily explore before returning to your holiday home.
Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin
Kitchen/Dining-room with dual fuel range (gas hob, double electric oven), microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher
Utility-area with washing machine
Sitting-room with Smart TV, DVD player, CD player and ornamental fireplace
Bedroom 1 with double bed (5'), TV and en suite Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with double bed
Bedroom 3 with twin beds
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Take care, there are three steps up to the front door, steps to various sitting areas in the garden, a brook in front of the house and beside the lower garden (please supervise children at all times) and as solar panels heat the hot water on a summer's day the water can be very hot. Barley House Barn is across the driveway, totally separate from Barley House and the Owners occasionally stay there. *A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Regret no pets
- High chair
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub .5 miles
- Patio furniture
- Full gas-fired CH
The front of Barley House, with room for two cars on the drive.
This large sociable kitchen/dining room is ideal for holiday time together.
Everything you could need in this family kitchen to conjure up a holiday feast.
This charming little brook babbles along the front of Barley House, flows under the bridge and exits beside the end of the garden. Please supervise children at all times.
Far-reaching views from the garden, surrounded by open fields, yet Axmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth, and Lyme Regis are nearby.
The sheltered south-facing garden is a great place for afternoon tea.
Barley House is built on a slope, this is the view from the rear garden. The conservatory leads into the kitchen/dining-room, and the sitting-room is on the lower level.
The beach at Beer has such character and the fishing boats still land fish here for the stall beside the beach.
A selection of games and DVD's are provided for all the family to enjoy.
Another view of the attractive drive, with parking for two cars.
The spacious dining area.
The master bedroom has a 5ft bed, en suite bathroom and views out over the pretty gardens.
The en suite bathroom for the master bedroom has a hand held shower attachment.
The ground floor cloakroom leads from the hall way,
At the back of Barley House, the conservatory looks out over the garden, a great place to relax with a good book.
Enjoy the tranquil setting when you return after a day of exploring.
Bedroom 2 has a double bed an looks out over the garden.
The family bathroom.
Bedroom 3 has 3 ft twin beds and looks out over the front garden.
The mature gardens provide a very relaxing space in which to dine, read or just enjoy the country air.
The sitting room and the conservatory look out over the garden.
The mature gardens are beautifully landscaped, a truly delightful place to relax and enjoy the fresh air.
The beach at Beer has a fresh fish stall.
Jacob's Ladder at Sidmouth.
River Cottage HQ is a short distance where you can spend the day learning new cooking skills; be sure to book well in advance.
The River Cottage Canteen and Deli is in nearby Axminster.
The iconic Cobb at Lyme Regis.
Nearby Lyme Regis has it all; fossils, tea shops, pubs and the beach.
Peace and tranquility.