Buddlewall is an historic east Devon farmhouse, in a beautiful hidden rural setting, a short drive inland from the spectacular World Heritage east Devon and Dorset Jurassic Coast. The farmhouse is in Devon but just cross the little river that runs through the lower garden and you will find yourself in Dorset! You can say that your holiday is in two beautiful West Country counties!
This is a place where holiday memories will most definitely be made, whether for a great extended family or group of special friends. With that in mind and to make your journey less stressful, especially at those traditional peak times of the year when the roads are so very busy, Buddlewall offers a Thursday arrival/departure day.
The detached, thatched farmhouse achieves a perfect balance with its real sense of history and character, alongside its lovely contemporary refurbishment. The accommodation could not be more flexible, with two sitting-rooms, a garden-room, dining-room, kitchen/breakfast-room, six bedrooms - one is on the lower ground floor - and three staircases! To add to this there is an en suite bathroom, a family bathroom, a first floor shower-room and a ground floor shower-room.
At the front there is an enclosed cottage-style garden, at the back there is a large open lawned area that looks down over the farmhouse and across the valley, there is also a sheltered courtyard for dining al fresco and two little picnic meadow areas on either side of the river, connected by a little wooden bridge.
Staying at Buddlewall comes hand in hand with a sense of adventure. Even the tiny lane leading to the farmhouse, with its high hedges and grass down the middle, will give you a sense of stepping back in time. As with most farmhouses of this age, there are some low beams and doorways and internal steps between the rooms. With three separate staircases, exploring the layout will keep children occupied for ages.
For guests with dogs you will be pleased to know that there is a back door to a little hallway and from there into the kitchen, and a door to the oak-framed garden-room - stone flooring in these parts of the house mean that you do will easily be able to manage muddy paws.
In the summer playing in the river will be irresistible, but please don't let children play there alone as there are some deeper pools as well as shallow paddling areas and the water level can rise if there has been rain.
For outings Lyme Regis is only eight miles away, with sandy as well as pebble beaches, and boat trips along the Jurassic coastline. Fossil hunting at Charmouth - the next little seaside town to Lyme Regis - is popular with all.
You will have easy access to three beautiful counties - Devon, Dorset and Somerset - and although you may simply wish to stay at Buddlewall for lazy days at such a special property there is plenty to explore and enjoy in the area. The River Cottage Canteen in Axminster, River Cottage itself just outside Lyme Regis and the Hix Fish & Oyster House overlooking Lyme Bay will please the food lovers amongst you. The market towns of Axminster and Ilminster have weekly local produce markets so you can choose some treats and enjoy a sociable cooking experience in the wonderful farmhouse kitchen.
Steps to Ground Floor
Dining-room with open fire, leading to Sitting-room with TV and wood-burner
Shower-room 1 with shower, WC and wash-basin
Steps to Utility-room with washing machine and tumble-drier
Steps to Kitchen/Breakfast-room with gas-fired double range, microwave and dishwasher
Steps to Hallway with fridge/freezer
Lower Ground Floor
Bedroom 1 with three single beds (3')
Bedroom 2 with king-size double bed (5') and en suite Bathroom with bath, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 3 with double bed (4'6") and single bed and TV
Bedroom 4 with single bed (3')
Bathroom with bath, hand shower attachment, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 5 with king-size double bed (5')
Bedroom 6 with twin beds (3')
Shower-room 2 with shower, WC and wash-basin
This is an amazing historic farmhouse and as well as some low beams and doorways there are internal steps from room to room. A little river runs through the grounds to the front of the farmhouse and this is deep in places. This area is across the tiny, no through lane from the farmhouse which is occasionally used by the local farmer and by horse riders using the bridleway that crosses the river. There is also a little wooden bridge across the river. Please supervise children at all times. *Only 1 cot is provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Dogs welcome
- Travel cot, high chair and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Thursday
- Short breaks available
- Wood-burner/Open fire
- Private parking for 4 cars
- Telephone (incoming and emergency outgoing only)
- No smoking
- Pub 2 miles
- Garden furniture
- Full CH (geothermal)
Buddlewall is an historic farmhouse with vast amounts of character and really lovely gardens.
The farmhouse has a stunning contemporary kitchen with a range cooker, a huge sociable island and gorgeous stone flooring.
This light-filled oak-framed dining-room seats all 12 guests easily. There is direct access outside too.
There is a 'formal' dining-room in one of the panelled reception rooms, complete with a huge inglenook fireplace and open fire.
This is the sitting-room with a wood-burning stove, deep comfortable sofas and a lovely warm atmosphere.
This is the wonderful view down over the farmhouse from the gardens at the rear.
The kitchen is equipped as a true home-from-home.
There is a superb range cooker in the original inglenook fireplace.
This dining-room still has its historic wooden panelling.
Buddlewall will make a family celebration a wholly memorable experience.
Eating in the garden-room is just as much fun, especially on a summer evening.
End the day in the fabulous sitting-room. There is a cupboard full of games and DVDs for you to enjoy.
This is the other side of the main sitting-room. The stairs lead up to the master en suite bedroom.
This photo shows you the little front garden.
As well as the gardens around the farmhouse there is a small meadow and a little bridge over the river (please supervise children at all times).
This is the master bedroom at the top of the stairs from the sitting-room.
All the beds have lovely crisp bed linens.
There are some lovely pieces of antique furniture that add to the character of this happy family holiday home.
This is the en suite bathroom for the master bedroom.
Linked by a door to the master bedroom is this family room with a double and a single bed. This room also has separate access from the central staircase.
Another view of the 'family' room. With the link door closed this serves as a fully independent bedroom with a further door to the landing and access to the family bathroom.
This lovely single bedroom looks out to the front of the farmhouse. The family bathroom is across the corridor.
The very stylish family bathroom (the bath is up one step from the rest of the bathroom) is a brand new addition to the farmhouse.
This is the other side of the spacious family bathroom.
This double bedroom has access to the landing with the family bathroom as well as to the shower-room on the other side. The ceiling is part of the amazing character of this farmhouse!
The door to the right leads to the landing with the family bathroom and the door to the left leads to a little landing and stairs to the shower-room and the lower ground floor bedroom.
This bedroom looks out to the back of the farmhouse.
The twin bedroom, as with all the rooms, is peacefully decorated.
Another view of the twin bedroom on the first floor.
The outlook from this bedroom is at the near end of the farmhouse as you approach down the lane.
The shower-room is shared by the blue double bedroom and the lower ground floor bedroom.
As with the family bathroom, this is a lovely contemporary room.
This is the lower ground floor bedroom. This room sleeps 3 guests in 3 single beds, two of which can be pushed together to create the effect of a double as in this picture. They are not 'zip and link'.
The whole atmosphere at Buddlewall is so welcoming, friendly, comfortable and above all memorable.
The other single bed is in the corner of the lower ground floor bedroom.
The farmhouse has an enclosed front garden and plenty of parking either to the side of the little no through lane or in the driveway to the side of the house.
The little meadow and river are just across the lane so if you don't want to take to the car you can explore from your doorstep. There is a public footpath here too.
This is the harbour at Lyme Regis - there is a lovely sandy beach here too.
The stunning Jurassic Coast is just a very short drive away from Buddlewall.
There is a huge sandy beach at Exmouth if that is what your children prefer - though there is also plenty of sand at Lyme Regis too.
The Jurassic Coast is just waiting to be explored. This is the beach as it stretches away from Burton Bradstock.
This is the view from the top of Golden Cap - Dorset's iconic landmark an easy drive across the east Devon border.