Just renovated and ready to welcome guests for the first time, The Coach House is something very special. It is in another world, hidden away from it all and surrounded by beautiful tranquil gardens, yet just one mile from the east Devon market town of Axminster and just a 15 minute drive to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
The quality here is truly exceptional and there is a sense of calm the moment you arrive and step into the wide hallway. The sitting/dining-room has a wood-burning stove and French windows onto a large terrace with views through the trees down the valley. A separate kitchen is fitted and equipped as a real home from home. There are two excellent bedrooms, one with a king-sized double bed and en suite bathroom with fitted rainfall and hand held showers, the second with a super-king sized bed which can be set up as twin beds if guests wish and an en suite with a large walk-in rainfall shower.
The private lane leading across the Axe Valley sets the scene. There is a beautiful river bridge with painted white railings, cattle grazing in the meadow and nesting swans in the spring. Rising up into the wooded hillside your own driveway takes you to the generous parking area for The Coach House which is tucked behind Cloakham House where the owners live. The Coach House is single-storey with two steps down from the parking and one step up to the front door into the hallway.
The sense of peace throughout is wonderful, with gently colour-washed floorboards in the living area – which has stylish white plantation shutters – kitchen and hall, pretty blinds in the carpeted bedrooms, and a perfect balance of new and antique furniture.
As well as the terrace, with beautiful planting along its boundary and which will be a firm favourite place to dine al fresco, there is a further garden for your sole enjoyment. This is just the other side of your parking area and consists of lovely shaded areas of lawn, steps and gravelled paths to the different levels. It is a gardener's paradise. There is a large table and chairs on the patio, and a picnic table and bench on the lawn.
Sitting/Dining-room with TV, Bluetooth speaker and wood-burner
Kitchen with electric hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5') and en suite Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with 'zip and link' (super-king or twin) beds and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Please note, the gardens are in a set of terraces and there are stone steps from one level to another.
- Dogs welcome (1 only)
- 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 single-storey cottage is exceptionally high quality, with plenty of private parking, a terrace and extensive gardens.
The sitting/dining-room has French windows out onto a lovely terrace for al fresco dining.
The stone terrace has beautifully planted borders and French windows from the living area lead straight out onto it. You can see the corner of the owner's home next door - The Coach House is on a higher level and tucked behind it.
The Coach House is approached along this private road across the Axe Valley. There are footpaths along the river banks for you to enjoy with your dog.
This is the little harbour at Seaton - your closest beach. There is a delightful cafe on the quayside and a wide pebbled bay.
Also very nearby is the fishing village of Beer - well worth a visit. It is like stepping back in time, with fishing boats drawn up on the beach.
There is a wonderful wood-burning stove for out-of-season breaks - this is the most welcoming of cottages whatever the time of year.
Another view of the sitting/dining-room.
The circular dining-table extends if you wish.
Looking along the length of the wide hallway with the kitchen off to the left and the sitting/dining-room straight ahead.
In the opposite direction, looking down towards the two spacious en suite bedrooms.
There is a high quality fitted kitchen.
The kitchen is well-equipped and offers plenty of space.
Throughout the cottage you get glimpses of the gardens.
This bedroom has the option for twin beds or a 'zip and link' super-king double bed.
Another view of this lovely spacious bedroom with the en suite shower-room.
Both bedrooms have TVs for that little bit of extra luxury.
This is the en suite shower-room, with a lovely walk-in shower.
Another view of the en suite shower room.
This is the second double bedroom. Very spacious with plenty of fitted wardrobe space and an en suite bathroom.
Another view of this bedroom.
The en suite bathroom is bright and cheerful.
This bathroom has so much space.
This is the creatively decorated cloakroom.
The Coach House is embraced with beautiful flower borders and has its own beautiful gardens, set within the grounds of a country house. There are a couple of steps down to the front door and then one up.
There are beautiful gardens in a set of terraces, with seating to choose from to enjoy this most peaceful setting.
Another view of the stunningly planted gardens for The Coach House. Stone steps lead from one level to another - a delight to explore.
This is the river Axe. You cross the river to reach the Coach House and there are footpaths all along the banks.
A wider view of the fishing village of Beer. Seaton is to the far right of the photo - at the head of the Axe Valley - and just a few miles from The Coach House. This is an excellent stretch of the South West Coast Path.
The World Heritage Jurassic Coast is just a five mile drive away, stretching through east Devon and over the border at Lyme Regis into Dorset. Seaton, the nearest beach, is in the distance.
The quality inside this property is exceptional.
Lyme Regis, such a wonderful iconic town, is a very short drive from The Coach House. Whatever the time of year this is a great place to visit.
Sidmouth is one of the many delightful coastal towns in east Devon. This pebbled beach has plenty of sand at low tide.
This boat on the pebbled beach at Budleigh Salterton says it all. East Devon is a very unspoilt area and the countryside is a good as the coast.
Follow the Jurassic Coastline into Dorset and the scenery will continue to amaze you.