If your idea of a holiday is fresh air and tranquil surroundings, Stable Cottage has the most fabulous south-facing garden and summer-house. Set in the courtyard of a former working farm, on the edge of the Blackdown Hills, Stable Cottage is a great place to unwind and enjoy a well-earned break.
This spacious former stable has an open plan kitchen/dining-room, separate sitting-room with an open fire and two generous en suite bedrooms; the helpful owners live in the adjacent farmhouse.
If you can bear to leave such tranquillity, this is a great base from which to explore east Devon's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the county border with Somerset and Dorset and the spectacular World Heritage Jurassic Coast is just eight miles away.
The nearby market town of Honiton is famous for its lace making and you will find numerous antiques shops to browse for holiday treasures, and great places to eat.
A short drive will take you to the ancient historic city of Exeter with its Gothic cathedral, Norman castle and great shopping. The Jurassic Coast has magnificent cliffs, so for the energetic, follow the South West Coast Path to really appreciate the wonder of this part of the coastline.
The delightful fishing village at Beer has a wet fish shop on the beach, and some quirky little shops and the pretty village of Branscombe, has an historic mill, tea rooms and two good pubs. Regency Sidmouth has a very relaxed atmosphere and a stroll along the promenade to Connaught Gardens and Jacob's Ladder gives you an excuse to stop at the Clock Tower restaurant, which serves fabulous cakes.
If you want to hop over the border into Dorset, Lyme Regis is well worth a visit; you can hunt for fossils on famous Monmouth beach and stop off on your way home at Millers farm shop in Kilmington, where you will find lots of holiday goodies.
Kitchen/Dining-room with electric cooker, electric Aga, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher
Sitting-room with TV/DVD player and open fire
Bedroom 1 with double bed (4'6") and en suite Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Utility-room with washing machine, WC and wash-basin
4 steep steps to Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3') and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
The Aga is not available from May to October except upon request. There is a large pond in the garden, please supervise children at all times. *A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Regret no pets
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 1 mile
- Garden furniture and barbecue
- Full oil-fired CH
This shows the back of Stable Cottage, it nestles into this farm courtyard, but with its very own private and beautifully stocked garden.
The open plan kitchen/dining-room is very spacious and sociable.
The summer-house faces south to make the most of the sunshine and views across the fabulous garden and the pond; please supervise children at all times.
The sitting room has a cosy open fire and French doors that lead out onto the beautiful garden.
Bedroom 1 has views over the beautiful garden.
The sitting room has real charm and character.
This is such a spacious and airy cottage.
The kitchen/dining-room looks out over the garden in one direction and the courtyard in the other.
The garden is idyllic with lots of visiting wild birds.There are two seating areas and the summer house to choose from.
Millers farm Shop in nearby Kilmington has a mouth-watering array of local produce and holiday treats.
Jacob's Ladder at Regency Sidmouth on the Jurassic Coast is well worth a visit, with a great tea shop and restaurant to reward you at the top of the steps.
Bedroom 1 has a double bed and en suite bathroom.
The en suite bathroom for bedroom 1 with a heated towel rail for toasty warm towels.
Bedroom 2, the twin room has an en suite shower-room.
The large walk-in shower in the en suite for bedroom 2.
Four steep steps lead down to bedroom 2, the utility-room is to the right of the photograph.
The utility-room has lots of storage space, and a cloakroom with WC and wash-basin.
Stable Cottage faces onto the farm courtyard on this side, and the garden on the other. Parking is in front of the cottage and the owner's house to the right.
The summer house faces south and looks over the garden a real sun trap and perfect spot for a BBQ.
The summer house is a great place to read if you need a little shade or a little siesta.
The driveway up to Ford Farm often has grazing sheep either side of the little lane.
Through the French doors from the sitting room, perfect for al fresco dining.
The cottage faces the fabulous garden, the owner's house is to the left
Washing up with a view, although there is a dishwasher.
The owners keep chickens away behind the cottage garden, you may be able to have fresh eggs when you arrive.
The little tram which runs from Seaton on the coast up to Colyton, beside the River Axe, through wetlands with an array of birds.
The seaside village of Beer has a wet fish shop on the beach, selling the catch of the day.
This spectacular part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast at Sidmouth.
Treat yourself to an indulgent meal or even a cookery class at River Cottage HQ, right on the Devon border with Dorset.
On the edge of the Blackdown Hills, there are so many beautiful walks in the surrounding hills.
The sea shanty beach cafe at Branscombe beach serves great seafood.
Fishing boats at nearby Lyme Regis, with Golden Cap in the background.
The iconic Cobb at Lyme Regis, just over the border into Dorset.
The amonite pavement from Monmouth beach, which becomes more exposed at low tide.