Mrs Beale April 2022
Crab Apple cottage is a real gem. The standard of furnishing, equipment, comfort and cleanliness is exceptional and this is simply the best cottage we have stayed in. Lucy and Ian are excellent hosts; nothing is too much trouble and they really go the extra mile to ensure that their visitors have a memorable experience. The outside space is lovely and the arboretum is simply beautiful and such a unique selling point. Lucy's welcome pack is so thoughtful too; it's lovely to have such delicious local produce, and as usual I came home with a few jars of Daisyland crab apple jelly. This was our third visit and we've just booked to go back next year. Need I say more?
Mrs Williams April 2022
This is our second visit to this absolute gem of a property. It is clean, tidy and exceptionally well presented - both inside and out. The decor is fresh and modern, yet still keeps a lovely country feel - a neat trick. The furnishings and finishes are exquisite and well thought out. The bed is very comfortable. The log burner a real treat, in the cooler months. Plus a private patio and garden, which are great to eat and relax in. This is a great cottage for dog owners, as the garden is spacious, fully enclosed, safe and escape proof. Inside, there is a stair gate at the bottom of the stairs, which means there's no worry about them disappearing upstairs. Lucy and Ian are great hosts, welcoming and friendly, without being intrusive. A visit to the Keepers Cottage (the pub through the woods) is an absolute must, as it has a lovely beer garden and has very generous portions of delicious food. We've already booked to go back next year. I can highly recommend this property.
Mrs Gilbert April 2022
Loved our stay at Crab Apple Cottage. The owners are lovely the cottage is presented at a high standard with everything you need for a very comfortable stay. The area is excellent what more could you want made for a lovely memorable holiday. Thank you so much.
Mrs Parker March 2022
This is the second time we have stayed at Crab Apple cottage and the peace and quiet of the location is the best possible tonic to escape today’s hectic lifestyle . The cottage is perfect, what more can we say, we’ve already booked to come again in 2023
Mrs Lewis March 2022
This is a lovely cottage in a beautiful location. It is extremely well appointed and maintained . Lucy and Ian have considered the needs and comforts of all their guests - adults , children and dogs. We had a lovely stay and can’t wait to return.
Mrs Rose January 2022
Comfortable, well equipped character cottage in a quiet location. Well situated to enjoy the pleasures of East Devon and further afield. Excellent safe, enclosed garden for the dogs. Lucy, the owner who lives onsite in the nearby farmhouse, was friendly and helpful.
Reply from Classic Cottages
We are so glad to read that you enjoyed the quiet location and hope that you had a peaceful break. We are sure that Lucy was thrilled to receive your comments - our owners work very hard to ensure their guests have a lovely time. We so hope to welcome you back again in the future. Sarah, Customer Support
Mrs Whalley November 2021
We had a lovely time at Crab Apple Cottage. Lucy and Ian were very friendly and made us and our dog feel very welcome. The cottage was so well equipped, beautifully furnished and cosy. The garden was a really good size and very secure for our dog. We loved walking through the arboretum and the location of the cottage was excellent for visiting many local attractions and amenities. Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. Oh, and the apple juice was delicious - thank you!
Reply from Classic Cottages
How wonderful to hear what an amazing time that you had at Crab Apple Cottage. It sounds as if you really made the most of exploring the beautiful countryside. The apple juice sounds delicious! We very much hope to welcome you back in the future. Julie, Customer Support.
Mr Harding November 2021
Another fantastic stay at Crab Apple Cottage. Can't wait to come again next year. Although it will be a long wait ... unfortunately for us it's booked up for most of 2022. Lucy and Ian are fantastic hosts and always extremely welcoming. Beautifully kept cottage in the most tranquil of locations.
Mrs Mathews October 2021
Such a beautiful well designed cottage. Spotlessly clean and everything provided that we could possibly need. Lucy and Ian were so lovely and very welcoming, even spent time showing us some of their work on the farm. We will definitely be visiting again.
Mr Claridge September 2021
5 star cottage in every way. One to return too for sure. Excellent standard . Lovely owners who ensure that you are happy.
Mrs Roberts September 2021
Excellent cottage and location for us, very welcoming hosts and great to be able to buy fresh produce from them while we were staying. We all thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.
Mrs Abraham July 2021
We love Crab Apple cottage so much this was our second visit and we've now booked a third! It's got everything we need and the location is fantastic. Can't recommend it highly enough
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thanks for your lovley comments about your recent stay at Crab Apple Cottage. We're delighted that you enjoyed your holiday and appreciate your recommendations. So lovely to hear that you've already booked a return trip! Julie, Customer Support
Mrs Cridland July 2021
The cottage was a brilliant place to stay and gave us the much needed change of scenery we were after. Great accommodation, friendly hosts and our little one loved visiting the nearby hens and arboretum. Thanks for a great stay.
Mrs Raye May 2021
Everything was perfect, would recommend to family and friends. Lucy and Ian were wonderful hosts and took time out of their day to show us round which was really interesting. Thank you so much for making our stay so great.
Mrs Hill May 2021
Mrs Thomas April 2021
The cottage in every way exceeded our expectations, highly recommended and will definitely be returning. The quality of the furnishings and equipment were second to none with the added bonus of being eco-friendly. Lucy and Ian were great hosts and made us feel very welcome. The arboretum was a lovely place to walk the dog with plenty of benches to sit and relax.
Mrs Parker April 2021
This has been such a wonderful holiday, we didn’t want to go home and have already booked for next year
Mrs Williams April 2021
Crab Apple cottage is a beautiful barn conversion, that has been completed to an exceptionally high standard. It is even lovelier in real life - and the website photos already make it look great! The decor, furniture and finishing touches have been well thought out and are of a very high standard indeed. The garden and patio are generous, clean and well maintained. The fencing (and chicken wire), ensure that both children and dogs are safe and secure, within its boundaries. A great sun trap and a lovely space to play or relax. The kitchen is fully equipped, finished to a high standard and spacious. The bathrooms are also finished to a very high standard and are light and airy. The beds were fantastic - a great nights sleep were achieved for the whole week. The local area is great for walks, spotting wildlife (especially the deer) and birds. It is so tranquil and yet, in easy driving distance to the coast, villages, National Trust properties and within a short walk to the local pub - The Keepers Cottage, where the food was excellent. Lucy and Ian have a wonderful property. They were friendly, polite and nothing was too much trouble. We had the most wonderful week - we’ve already booked to go back! Hopefully it’ll be one of many more visits.
Mr Clyne October 2020
This property was completely beyond our expectations. Everything was thought of from the heat of the bedrooms to keeping the dog safely away from furniture. Lucy and Ian are fabulous hosts who we were sad to say goodbye to. Crab Apple Cottage really has a home from home feel.
Mrs Beale September 2020
This was our second visit to Crab Apple cottage and I'm sure it won't be our last. The cottage is warm, comfortable and very well equipped; Lucy and Ian are excellent hosts. The location is perfect for exploring East Devon. We loved meeting the hens, watching the apple pressing and sampling Lucy's lovely homemade produce. The arboretum is a simply stunning place, quite magical; a beautiful space to relax and unwind.
Mrs Walsh August 2020
A return visit within the year! Equally good second time round. Highly recommended.
Mrs Martin August 2020
We would highly recommend this cottage. Beautiful setting. Clean, comfortable and well equipped. Owners went out of their way to make are stay special.
Mrs Abraham July 2020
We loved it. The cottage had everything you could want, including location, comfort, style and freedom to walk the grounds. We loved it so much we have already booked for next year !
Mrs Jacobs February 2020
The cottage has a tranquil setting and is furnished to an exceptionally high standard. One of the best cottages we’ve stayed in... it was wonderful to be able to take the dogs.. the enclosed garden was great.
Mrs Stephens February 2020
CRab apple cottage is the perfect place for some R &R. Its peace and tranquility takes away all he stresses of life. Iwould highly recommend avisit to this cottage, it Is homely and Hygge on the inside andout.
Mrs Broad February 2020
As a returning guest, that says it all really, and we will be back again. Perfectly comfortable, rural hideaway. On stormy days the wood burner offers comfort and warmth. The owners are treasures, everything is done to ensure you have an enjoyable stay. Lovely people. Thank you.
Mrs Broad February 2020
Stunning place for rest and relaxation. Very well equipped and charming owners. Dog friendly and superb dog proof garden. Cosy and efficient heating including amazing wood burner. We will be back.
Ms Summers January 2020
Another wonderful break at Crab Apple Cottage. Highly recommended.
Mrs Stephens January 2020
Beautiful cottage with all the home comforts you could expect. Lucy was a fantastic host and makes the most amazing ice cream. Fantastic location for dogs that require lots of exercise. Tranquil retreat that is close to amenities should you need to wander out, but this cottage is so wonderful you won't want to leave. Already planning our return
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thanks so much for your review of Crab Apple Cottage. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back.Alison, Customer Support
Mrs Smith December 2019
A lovely cosy cottage with everything you could need. Very comfortable beds. The owners Lucy and Ian were very welcoming and helpful. Would definitely recommend
Mrs Broad November 2019
If you are looking for the perfect, peaceful break, then this cottage is definitely the place for you. We were utterly drawn into the peace and comfort of this delightful cottage. No matter what the weather, this cottage offers tranquillity and a place to recharge batteries. The owners are lovely, warm and welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. The cottage is spotlessly clean and extremely well equipped. The wood burner adds a comforting glow as well as warmth, though the cottage has an efficient heating system. The beds are lush, guaranteeing a good nights sleep. The garden is enclosed and we felt at ease in the knowledge that the dogs were safe and happy. Wandering round the magical Arboretum, one could almost believe you were walking into Narnia. Woodland and fields are your neighbours along with a backdrop of stunning autumn colours. Perfect! We will be back in a heartbeat.
Reply from Classic Cottages
We're delighted to hear you had a lovely stay and the doggies sound like they had a lovely time as well. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Tanya, Customer Support
Mrs Hunkin November 2019
I would highly recommend this property to anyone. Beautiful, well equipped cottage.
Mr Partelides October 2019
Great stay at Crab Apple Cottage. The property is immaculately presented and there are lots of thoughtful little touches from the home produce welcome gift to the supply of local maps and walking books. The large windows mean the house is always full of light and the eco heating system was so efficient we didn’t get to try out the cosy wood burning stove. The surrounding countryside provides lots of opportunities for coastal or hill walks and the hosts are on site if you want any help or local advice. We have already booked a return visit for next summer!
Mrs Lewis September 2019
We enjoyed our week at Crab Apple Cottage and were pleasantly surprised on our arrival. It is a lovely property, modern, cosy and comfortable with everything provided. The owners very hospitable, Lucy an absolute star.
Dr Nicholson July 2019
A lovely cottage in a great location. Very well equipped cottage in a tranquil location, ideally situated for exploring beautiful East Devon and the coast. The owners are very friendly and helpful and nothing is too much trouble. Would definitely recommend!
Ms Summers July 2019
We had a wonderful short break at the cottage. Perfect for the dogs and us! Great location for doing as much or as little as you want. We will be back next year.
Mr Vaughan June 2019
Lucy and Ian made us so welcome and are excellent hosts. We enjoyed freshly laid eggs, strawberries and broad beans from the farm. The cottage was extremely dog friendly with every need catered for our dog, including a spacious garden with secure fencing, long leads, water bowl, towel and poo bags. The adjacent field provided an excellent exercise area for him.
The cottage is in a very quiet, rural location which made for a very relaxing stay. It is very well equipped with everything needed and our arrival pack of fresh flowers, eggs, bread, jams, tea and coffee was very welcome.
Mr Morley May 2019
Lovely quiet rural location with beautiful surroundings, especially the arboretum. A rare treat! Looking forward to returning already! Thanks to the great owners.
Mrs Beale May 2019
This is a wonderful cottage which makes a very convenient base to explore East Devon. The attention to detail in the finish and furnishings is second to none; Lucy is a very welcoming host and we look forward to returning to Crab Apple Cottage before too long!
Ms Ward May 2019
What a beautiful property, I could have stayed there forever! Lucy and Ian were very welcoming hosts and they have thought of every possible comfort. This is an eco house, running off solar panels in the field, we were fascinated by the latest tech 'mirror heaters' in all the rooms. The garden was fully dog proof and we could walk the dog around the beautiful arboretum and hay fields on site. The house is in a wonderful situation, it feels like you are miles from anywhere although you are actually very close to everything. Our party of three had the most relaxing week, my only regret was that it was too warm to use the lovely log burner! Devon is beautiful and everywhere is so dog friendly it is a breath of fresh air.
Reply from Classic Cottages
We really appreciate you sharing your experience of Crab Apple Cottage; it sounds as though you had a fantastic stay. Tanya, Customer Support
Mrs Sinclair May 2019
Lovely cottage, with modern furnishings. The garden is fully fenced with wooden post and rail, and chicken wire making it completely dog proof! The setting is very peaceful and there are a number of good pubs close by. The owners Lucy and Ian are very kind and friendly and are around should you have any problems. They are equally happy to give you complete privacy too.
Mrs Pruett April 2019
The owners make adults and children alike so very welcome - would highly recommend
Ms Purdy March 2019
Crab Apple Cottage is an outstanding property in every sense. The cottage is thoughtfully and beautifully restored, offering both style and comfort. The location is super, complete peace and quiet with a real sense of being away from it all. We loved the outdoor space, the garden and arboretum where everything was coming to life with the arrival of spring. The Owners Lucy and Ian are fantastic hosts, kind and hospitable and there is you need anything but mindful of privacy. We have had a perfect week that exceeded expectations and we will certainly return. Thank you.
Miss Baldwin March 2019
We had a wonderful stay at Crab Apple Cottage. We were greeted with a very warm welcome. The cottage is in a lovely location and is very cosy and homely. We will definitely return.
Mrs Selby February 2019
We spent a Lovely Break at Crab Apple Cottage The Cottage is Fab Quiet Lovely country side Birds singing & made very Welcome by Lucy & Ian Thank you
Mrs Calfo February 2019
The owners attention to detail was felt and she works hard to create a pleasant stay. The photographs of the cottage on the website match expectations. We had a lovely time and felt very much at home.
Mrs Holloway February 2019
Beautiful cottage, extremely well equipped, very friendly owners and highly recommended!
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