The Old Dairy is a beautiful detached barn conversion in an utterly tranquil setting on the edge of an orchard.
Inside this cottage is a delight. Beautifully presented to the highest standard, light and airy, very comfortable and equipped as a home-from-home.
The cottage is single-storey and has accessible access to the front and the rear.
Cooking up a treat in this extremely well-equipped kitchen with a view across the back of the original farmstead is a treat too.
This is the perfect place to simply sit back and feel the calmness all around.
Little paths are cut through the orchard in the summertime leading you to wonderful places to sit and take in the surroundings. In the Spring the trees are thick with blossom.
The living area has two lovely deep sofas and French windows out to the patio and garden beyond.
The dining-table is set in one corner of this spacious, high ceilinged open plan room.
You can take your time over lovely holiday suppers with none of life's usual rush.
This is a view from the top of the orchard, looking back at the cottage to the right, and the Owner's historic house to the left.
Perhaps you will be inspired by the Owner's prize winning homemade cream tea - a fabulous treat when you arrive.
This is the master bedroom at one end of the cottage.
You can lie in bed and look out into the orchard and have the French windows wide open to listen to the morning bird song.
Another view of this lovely bedroom.
The en suite for the master bedroom has a bath and a fitted shower. There is also a door to the living room giving extra flexibility for a family.
Another view of the bathroom to show how spacious it is.
At the other end of the cottage is the twin bedroom.  This also has French windows out to the garden.
The twin bedroom has a walk-in shower with just a small lip to the tray.
Stay in the spring and early summer and you will be treated to an amazing display of blossom.
In the late summer and autumn the orchard bears fruit and you will see all the apples!
With the patio at the back of the cottage you will have complete privacy.
The orchard area is just above the cottage and you have some lovely views right over the property to the countryside beyond.
Killerton House and gardens is one of the nearest National Trust properties.
The amazing coastline at Sidmouth, a lovely Regency seaside town.
The long stretch of pebbled beach at Budleigh Salterton.

The Old Dairy

2395

7 miles NW of Honiton / Sleeps 4 + cot

7 Nights from £444 - £1110

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

Nearest pub

The Blacksmiths Arms Plymtree (1 ½ miles)

A traditional pub centrally located in the village. Both locals and visitors alike can enjoy activities including skittles, pool, darts and boules or for a more relaxed visit, sit by the fire. The menu offers lunch and dinner created from local produce (not open Monday's). Children and well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome.

Nearest beach

Branscombe Beach (16 miles)

A long shingle mile long beach stretching from Branscombe to Beer Head. You can walk there along the coastal path or park in the nearby car park (charges apply). There are facilities nearby and a dog exercise area.

Nearest walk

Blackborough Wood (1 ½ miles)

A privately owned (but open to the public) woodland with lots of footpaths to explore. Let us know if you find the ruined tower!

Nearest town

Blackdown Hills (centre) (5 ½ miles)

Radiating out for over 140 miles from where we've marked as a centrepoint, this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty straddles the Devon and Somerset border. The Blackdown Hills paint a picture of the quintessential image of rural England. Rolling hills and deep valleys, sparsely populated except for the grazing cattle, it is the perfect destination for a classic countryside retreat. Criss-crossed with footpaths and country lanes linking the tiny hamlets and villages together, this is idyllic walking country.

Also nearby

The Aviator Coffee Bar and Restaurant (2 ½ miles)

If you're an aviation fanatic, this modern coffee bar and restaurant suitated on the edge of Dunkeswell Airfield, will be right up your street! It's also popular with families as it offers a warm welcome and extensive menu with something to suit everyone. Check out their live music events and themed nights if you fancy something different.

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

Miss Hopkins April 2017

Very impressive

As my partner is a pilot it was inevitable we would need to visit the airfield.... usually these places are quite basic and food is obligatory greasy spoon type fare....but not here in Dunkeswell! Very impressed and very helpful staff. Food great and very reasonably priced too and dogs are welcome. The location of the outdoor seating also means you get an excellent view of aircraft both landing, taking off and parking up....

The Keepers Cottage Inn (4 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

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

Stunning

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.

Half Moon Inn Clayhidon (4 ¼ miles)

With stunning views over the Culm Valley, The Half Moon is certainly worth a visit for its traditional homemade food and Real Ales. In the cooler months there is a lovely log fire to welcome you!

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

Mrs Gottwald August 2014

Lovely country Pub with a breathtaking view

good selection of beers and ciders. food is scrumptious and the sunday roasts delicous. nice atmosphere with friendly chatty people

Coldharbour Mill (3 ¼ miles)

Take a tour of this 200-year-old spinning mill and see yarn being produced on spinning frames and power looms. There is also a restaurant, picnic areas and a shop selling goods manufactured at the mill.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

ladygrey June 2015

Steaming!

We visited this on a 'steam-up' day which I recommend. It would be interesting at any time as there will be few Victorian-era factories with so much of the original machinery still in place. However seeing and hearing all the machines clacking away, feeling the heat of the massive boiler and seeing (and smelling) the massive steam engines moving overhead really brings the tough lives of Victorian factory workers into close relief. Steam engine buffs will be in heaven but plenty for history enthusiasts. What wasn't explained was why anyone would choose to wear puttees instead of socks... Be aware that it does get really busy on steam up days so get there early.

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