Legars Cottage is a beautifully restored period cottage in a very peaceful rural setting ( with a wonderful Michelin rated pub a stroll away! ).
The interiors are presented to the very highest standard. Every room is full of character and creativity.
This is the panoramic view from the garden in front of cottage - unspoilt countryside as far as the eye can see.
The ground floor is an open plan layout with a friendly warm feel but also plenty of space.
The kitchen and dining area are to one end of the ground floor.
Deep luxurious sofas make a very relaxing living area at the other end of the ground floor.
The wood-burning stove adds that special touch of character and atmosphere.
This beautiful double bedroom has an antique bed and luxurious bed linens.
Another view of this bedroom gives you an idea of the space.
The window looks out over the gardens and the fabulous view beyond.
The decorative bed frame is a romantic touch.
There is a contemporary family bathroom with a bath and fitted shower. The historic door balances perfectly with the sparkling white fittings.
The bathroom looks out over the patio and side garden -  glimpses of the countryside whilst lazing in the bath!
Even the bathroom is styled with beautiful detatils to add colour.
This bedroom looks out over the beautiful gardens and across the valley beyond. There is plenty of room for a travel cot should you need one.
This bedroom can be set up as a super-king sized 6ft bed or as twins.
This is the same room when it has been prepared as a twin room for guests.  Just let the owner know what you prefer and it will be set up as you wish.
The twin beds are comfy 3ft singles so great for adults as well as for children.
Even the landing is an attractive feature. For a very old cottage the interior  is deceptively spacious.
The old panelling in the kitchen area is used to great effect.
The owner's passion for collecting interesting artefacts and artwork has been put to good use throughout the cottage.
Legars Cottage is full of character and history and has the most amazing views.
The patio enjoys sunshine throughout the day and is very private as it is to the side of the cottage.
Your own doorstep garden adds to the welcome when you arrive.
This is the whole farmhouse. The owner lives at the far left-hand end and gives you complete privacy. Your patio and side garden are tucked to the right of the cottage and are not overlooked at all.
The nearby Ashclyst Forest is full of paths and peaceful walks.
The long stretch of pebbled beach at Budleigh Salterton.
Traditional beach huts at Budleigh Salterton.
Sidmouth, a Regency town with lovely pebble beaches, is a short drive away.
The Exe estuary from Topsham.

Legars Cottage


7.8 miles NE of Exeter / Sleeps 4 + cot

7 Nights from £571 - £963

The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Five Bells Inn (½ mile)

This is a beautiful thatched pub, with many traditional features including beamed ceilings and slate floors. There is an elevated outdoor dining area set amongst the stunning cottage garden, which is fantastic in the warmer months. If you are staying locally you'll need to travel by car as the local roads are narrow and not ideal to walk along.

Nearest beach

Exmouth Beach (14 miles)

With its miles of golden sands and spine of lush rolling countryside, Exmouth Beach offers action and tranquillity in equal measures. Pick a quiet spot to take in the views and breathe in the fresh, salty air. Or, try your hand at one of the many sports you can play, from swimming to kite surfing to kayaking. Whether you are looking for a day of solo exploration or taking the whole family out for some coastal fun, there is truly something for everyone. Enjoying close proximity to lots of shops and facilities, Exmouth Beach provides the best of both worlds in the heart of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Adams August 2017

Fantastic sandy beach

It's easy to park - with a long and short stay area, and a long prom - ideal for strolling as well as a good sandy beach. It's also easy to walk into the town for a change of scenery and a bite to eat. And there's mini-golf!

Nearest walk

Ashclyst Forest (1 ¾ miles)

Part of the impressive Killerton estate, you'll find miles of footpaths to choose from here. Look out for the wide variety of butterflies, bluebells and birds as you explore. Car parking is available for a £2 donation.

Nearest town

Ottery St Mary (5 ¾ miles)

One of the oldest towns in Devon, Ottery St Mary pre-dates the Domesday Book by some margin. Nestling in the Otter Valley, Devon’s rolling countryside spreads in every direction. Just a few miles to the south are the beaches of the south coast, perfect for days out. Ottery St Mary has a number of mystifying annual celebrations that are always great fun to witness: Tar Barrel Rolling in November (the barrels are on fire!), the spectacular carnival and Pixie Day, when local bellringers are taken captive by ‘pixies’, with a fete, live entertainment and a fireworks display.

Also nearby

Killerton House and Gardens (3 miles)

A fine example of 18th Century architecture, Killerton House is home to a vast collection of period costumes - 9,000 items in all - spanning the fashions of the past 200 years. The gardens are the star of the show at Killerton. Beautiful all year round, they put on a wonderful display of rhododendrons and magnolias, set against the backdrop of Devon's rolling countryside. Open-air theatre is hosted here during the summer.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Anna H February 2014

Really great for out of season walks - acres of woodland on the hill behind the house - discover that the hill is actually an iron age fort ! make sure you wear wellies at this time of year !

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2011

wonderful gardens, beautifully maintained and worth a visit.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd July 2010

One of Devon's great estates, Killerton was given to the National Trust by Sir Richard Acland. The famous garden was created by John Veitch and is beautiful all year round.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009

A National Trust property with beautiful gardens in rolling Devon countryside. Lovely for a walk in any season.
- J M Wynne

Knightshayes Court (9 ¾ miles)

A wonderful Gothic pile with stunning formal gardens and beautiful interiors. The walled garden provides produce for the Stables restaurant where you can watch the gardeners at work or explore the woodland walks.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs George May 2014

Free parking and walk for dog

We couldn't go in as we had the dog with us, but the car park was free and there's a nice woodland walk off the car park where dogs can walk off the lead. Nice setting and surrounding countryside.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Drewett September 2012


One of the best national trust properties we've ever been to, something for all ages. The gardens are fantastic and offer both formal and woodland styles. Well worth a visit!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

Beautiful gardens!

The gardens are the jewel of this property, with many different areas; woodland, formal garden, meadow, parkland and a stunning restored kitchen garden which provides produce for the lovely stables restaurant. Highly recommended and really easy access from the M5.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd July 2010

One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, this rare example of the work of eccentric architect William Burges has extraordinary medieval romantic interiors. The beautiful garden includes a kitchen garden.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2009

Glorious garden. Monster house, but interesting contents.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

Good National Trust property

Interesting house and gardens, even kept the kids going for two hours.

The Keepers Cottage Inn (4 ½ miles)

A family run pub and restaurant which offers local ales and ciders to compliment the locally sourced menu.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Goodall July 2013

Keepers Cottage

Excellent food and service

The Wyndham Arms (5 ¼ miles)

A refurbished Grade II Listed historic coaching inn where families and dogs are welcome and free internet access is available.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Shipway July 2018

Great Food - reasonably priced

We visited this pub twice during our stay at Snaffles Lodge. Both times we ate from the new summer menu. All the food was very good and well presented. We had for starters the scallops, the octopus and the duck - all yummy. And mains we went for the steak, the veggie noodles, the chicken Caesar salad , the Parmesan chicken and not forgetting the fish and chips. All were just perfect, if this is a temporary menu whist they attract new owners, then I can’t wait to go back and try the full one later. Highly recommended

Flaming Tar Barrels (5 ¾ miles)

17 wooden barrels are coated in tar, set alight and carted shoulder-high through the streets of the town. Yes, on fire. It’s been a tradition since 1605-ish and probably started to brace the town for the imminent invasion of the Spanish Armada.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2011


This really is a spectacular event. The atmosphere is electric as locals hurtle through the streets with the flaming barrels hoisted onto their backs. Thousands of people come to witness the tradition each year - if you don't like crowds, then this is probably not the event for you, but you can take refuge by the huge bonfire, which has to be one of the largest and most impressive in the South West, if not the country.

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