Otter’s Holt is set in 38 acres of beautiful Devon riverside meadows and woodland. This traditional smallholding has earned conservation awards from Natural England and offers a wonderful opportunity to feel part of a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way of living. The former cider barn boasts under-floor heating, a super Smart TV with Freesat box (which channels can also be enjoyed on the TV in the bedroom), a wood-burner in the sitting/dining-room and two good-sized bedrooms, one on the ground floor and one upstairs under the eaves. There is a sheltered, enclosed garden in this lovely setting, which includes a picturesque stretch of the River Exe 100 yards away across a field – where you might even catch a glimpse of an otter. The cottage adjoins the Owner’s 15th Century thatched farmhouse, but feels very private.
This rural cottage is very conveniently located, 13 miles from the M5 and an easy route towards Exmoor before you cross the River Exe, and follow a pretty little lane for less than half a mile to Hatherland Farm. You can walk straight out of the cottage garden into the fields and orchards which are there for you to explore and enjoy – your dog will love the freedom to run around – and only a short drive away, the beautiful Exmoor National Park awaits your discovery. This easy to reach yet away from it all cottage gives you a genuine taste of life on a rural smallholding with rare breed sheep and cattle, goats and, most importantly, beautiful countryside to explore to help you switch off from the pressures of everyday life. Otter's Holt is a comfortable and friendly base with all the mod-cons you would expect.
Sitting/Dining-room with Smart TV, Blu-ray DVD player and wood-burner
Kitchen/Breakfast-room with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble-drier, dishwasher and CD player
Bedroom 1 with ‘zip and link’ (super-king or twin) beds and TV
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with ‘zip and link’ (super-king or twin) beds and en suite Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin
Take care around the river, as the water is sometimes deep and fast-flowing, and with the sloping ceilings in Bedroom 2. The valley setting does mean that the broadband speed is not always consistent and the WiFi signal can therefore be weak at times.
- Dogs welcome
- Travel cot, high chair and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 3 miles
- Garden furniture and barbecue
- Automated woodchip-fired CH and under-floor heating
- Logs for wood-burner
This semi-detached cottage has an enclosed back garden with a little gate leading to an orchard area beyond it.
A beautiful stretch of the River Exe borders the farmland. A perfect picnic spot (with a barbecue) and for wild swimming too! The water is very deep so take care with children.
French windows from the living-area and the ground floor bedroom open onto the gravelled patio-area.
A view of the sitting/dining-room from the top of the staircase. This high ceilinged room has a wonderful wood-burning stove to keep you extra snug whatever time of year you come here on holiday.
The sitting/dining-room with a door directly to the patio and garden.
Extremely well-equipped, the kitchen boasts a huge American-style fridge and bespoke wooden kitchen units.
The kitchen units, with granite worktops, are beautifully constructed from reclaimed timber.
This unique internal wall made from cob and willow mesh and incorporating the wood-burner and staircase is a striking feature here.
There is a great area of lawn in the garden. The little gate at the end leads into an orchard.
This is the ground floor bedroom. Doors directly out to the garden.
The large entrance hall is ideal for storing coats and boots - and for drying off a muddy dog!
Another view of the downstairs bedroom.
The bathroom on the ground floor is bright and contemporary.
The bedroom upstairs is tucked beneath the eaves and has a separate WC and wash-basin. This picture shows the room set up as a double. (Bedroom 2).
This is the second bedroom set up as twins.
The upstairs bedroom has an en suite WC.
Looking the other way up the river.
This is the outside barbecue and covered bar-area for you to enjoy. This area is just 100 yds from the cottage across a little field.
You may be lucky enough to see otters and kingfishers. The owners will tell you the best place to sit and the best time of day too.
The courtyard at the side of the cottage is surrounded by a tile-topped, traditionally constructed cob wall, and leads round to the back garden.
The exterior of Otter's Holt, next to the owners' thatched home.
Another view of the outside sitting-area. There is a lawn too.
A distant view down the valley towards the farmstead.
The gardens at Killerton House, another National Trust property for an outing.
Bickleigh Castle is on the other side of Tiverton.
The east Devon coast is an easy drive away.