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! This is a place where holiday memories will most definitely be made, whether for a great extended family or group of special friends. 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. 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 2 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 twin beds
Bedroom 2 with double bed (5') and en suite Bathroom with bath, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 3 with double bed and single bed and TV
Bedroom 4 with single bed
Bathroom with bath, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 5 with double bed (5')
Bedroom 6 with twin beds
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 Friday
- Short breaks available
- 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.
This historic farmhouse has a stunning contemporary kitchen.
There is an oak-framed extension which has a table that is large enough for the 12 guests that this wonderful house accommodates. This is the 'new' dining-room or garden-room.
The 'old' dining-room at the heart of the house has a huge open fireplace and a beamed ceiling.
This is the main living-room with its wood-burning stove and deep comfortable sofas.
This is the other side of the main living-room. The stairs lead up to the master en suite bedroom.
The kitchen features this huge island with storage to one side and the breakfast-bar to the other.
You will love cooking on this range cooker - Buddlewall is perfect for wonderful family gatherings and on a practical level the kitchen is fabulously equipped.
The 'old' dining-room has its original panelling. With additional occasional tables and chairs from the other dining-area, you would all be able to eat in this room too.
This is a wonderful view down over the farmhouse from the gardens at the rear.
As well as the gardens around the farmhouse there is a little meadow and a little bridge over the river (please supervise children at all times).
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.
This photo shows you the little front garden area.
This is the master bedroom. It has an en suite bathroom. This bedroom has stairs from the main living-room but can also be reached up the main central staircase and then through another bedroom.
This is one of the double bedrooms. It is reached along the main landing from the central staircase but also has access to a further staircase from the ground floor bedroom.
This bedroom looks out to the sheltered courtyard area and gardens at the back of the farmhouse.
There is a brand new contemporary family bathroom with this stunning free-standing double ended bath. Take care of the step.
This is the other side of the family bathroom.
There is a lovely single bedroom too - this one has views out to the front of the farmhouse and across the little river.
This twin bedroom is above the ground floor bedroom and shares the stairs from that room.
The twin bedroom, as with all the rooms, is peacefully decorated.
The shower-room is on the landing outside the twin bedroom. It can also be used by the ground floor bedroom and the 'blue' double bedroom.
The stunning Jurassic Coast is just a very short drive away from Buddlewall.
This is the harbour at Lyme Regis - there is a lovely sandy beach here too.
This is the view from the top of Golden Cap - Dorset's iconic landmark an easy drive across the east Devon border.
The Jurassic Coast is just waiting to be explored. This is the beach as it stretches away from Burton Bradstock.
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 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.