In an unspoilt valley in the east Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Honiton, this tranquil spot is a short drive from the stunning beaches along the Jurassic coastline. Little Leywood is full of character with beams and wooden floors. The living-room has an inglenook fireplace with wood-burner and the whole cottage has a friendly, home-from-home feel. Upstairs the spacious main bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, and the smaller bedroom has comfortable, L-shaped bunk-beds. There is a south-facing, fully enclosed terrace garden with a built-in barbecue. A special option here is a choice of fabulous gourmet home-cooked meals from the neighbouring Owners – a selection of menus await you in the cottage and feedback from guests has had our mouths watering.
This area has a rich association of food lovers and so as well as taking up the offer of a bespoke home dining experience at the cottage, you can head off towards the coast – with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ just the other side of Axminster and the Mark Hix Oyster and Fish House at Lyme Regis just over the Dorset border – both offer fine dining as well as some great cookery courses. Nearer to home there is an excellent farm shop – also offering breakfasts, lunches and teas at Royal Oak Farm literally just up the road. This is a great base to set off to explore the seaside towns and fishing villages along the coast, Little Leywood is a 20 minute drive from the World Heritage Jurassic coastline where you can visit Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Beer and Lyme Regis to name just a few. If you want to spend a day without getting in the car there are plenty of lovely woodland walks on the doorstep to enjoy with your dog. There is something else very unique here too – the Owners have a collection of rescued birds of prey that visitors are welcome to meet.
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. TV, DVD player, CD player and wood-burner. Gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, washing machine and dishwasher
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 1 with double bed, wash-basin and TV/DVD player
Bedroom 2 with L-shaped bunk-beds and wash-basin
Access to shared Outhouse with tumble-drier with an honesty-box
- Dogs welcome (2 small dogs only)
- 2 travel cots, 2 high chairs and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Saturday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 3 miles
- Patio furniture and barbecue
- Full gas-fired CH
- Meals to order (At cost)
The cottage has plenty of parking space and an enclosed terrace/patio.
The living-room is so cosy with its wood-burning stove and comfortable sofas.
The pretty courtyard garden has a brick built barbecue for you to enjoy.
Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast, with its famous Cobb - the harbour wall sheltering the fishing boats - is an easy drive from the cottage.
The kitchen has a real home-from-home feel and is very well-equipped. The shower-room is through the door on the right-hand side.
The dining-table is in the corner of this room - there is plenty of space to pull it out if you wish.
These window chairs look out over the enclosed courtyard garden. Plenty of planting makes this a very private feeling space.
This is a very peaceful place for guests who wish to relax and switch off from hectic lives. The owner offers absolutely delicious home-cooked meals - Masterchef standard for sure!
This is the lofty master bedroom. A lovely spacious room.
Another view of the master bedrrom so show you how much space there is. The door to the right is the clothes hanging and storage space.
The Velux windows to both sides of the bedroom let in plenty of light.
This is the second bedroom - the bunk-room - but please note that the bunks are 3ft beds so good for adults too if you wished.
A little landing separates the two bedrooms. More storage space is offered in the large chest of drawers.
Laze in bed with a cup of tea in the morning whilst planning your day.
The window in the bunk-room looks out towards the wooded valley.
There are views across the Otter Valley from the top of the lane.
This is the memorable beach at West Bay, Bridport - setting for some of the amazing Broadchurch scenes.
River Cottage HQ at Trinity Hill between Axminster and Lyme Regis - book a course to join during your stay at Little Leywood.
Another view of Lyme Regis, a gorgeous place to spend a day.
This is Jacob's Ladder at Sidmouth - there is a lovely cafe at the top!
This is a view of the Jurassic Coast looking towards Sidmouth from Budleigh Salterton - both just a short drive from the cottage.
The Owners have some wonderful rescued birds of prey which they will be happy to show you.
Lyme Regis has a long promenade and beach, sandy one end and pebbles the other.
The National Trust's Montacute House is an easy drive into south Somerset.
The market town of Honiton, famous for its antiques shops, is a short drive away from the cottage.
Little Leywood is so easy to get to - and to help to start your holiday the last half a mile is down a beautiful country lane.