Mount Pleasant Lodge is set in the most stunning gardens for you to enjoy - the wildlife here is a delight.
As well as the gardens, there is a totally secluded and private patio - a real sun-trap.
The spacious kitchen/dining-room looks out over the gardens. The stairs in the corner lead to the living-room.
The gardens stretch right up to the boundary trees. Guests are welcome to enjoy them.
The living-room has a choice of wonderfully comfortable reclining chairs and a wood-burning stove for out-of-season evenings.
This really is just the place for an elegant dinner to celebrate your holiday.
The extremely well-equipped kitchen is set at the far end of the dining-room. The utility-room is through the door to the right of the picture.
Cooking up a treat for friends and family is a pleasure in this lovely contemporary kitchen.
The master bedroom has plenty of space and a luxurious king-size bed.
Another view of the master bedroom.
You will be tempted to have long lie-ins in this comfortable room.
The en suite wet-room is down a couple of steps from the master bedroom.
This is the other double bedroom, just as calming and comfortable as the master.
There is a door to the patio so you can lie in bed and let the fresh morning air and the sound of birdsong in.
You will start each day relaxed and refreshed.
Across the corridor from the second bedroom is a huge bathroom with bath and fitted shower.
Even the bathroom is a place to laze and relax!
Another view to give you an idea of the size of the bathroom.
There are lovely quiet places to sit, inside and out, to take in the surroundings and help you to switch off from a hectic daily life.
The patio is great for breakfast but actually has sun right through the day.
More treats to make the most of your stay here.
The Lodge is at the far end of this picture but what an arrival to set the scene, with this lovely pond complete with water lilies and goldfish.
There is even a little herb garden at your front door - please do use it.
This is the start of the Jurassic Coast at Sidmouth, a short drive the other side of Honiton.
Killerton House is the nearest National Trust property, with lovely gardens and the 800 acre Ashclyst Forest to explore.
Cadhay House near Ottery St Mary, close to Honiton, is an incredible privately owned historic house and gardens  that are open to the public on bank holiday weekends.
The cottage has this sunny front-facing patio and a second very private and sheltered patio around the far side.
Budleigh Salterton is another lovely little coastal town on the Jurassic Coast.

Mount Pleasant Lodge

2547

6.1 miles NW of Honiton / Sleeps 4 + cot* (no children from 1 to 8)

7 Nights from £485 - £915

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

Nearest pub

Ashill Inn (2 ¼ miles)

Built in 1835, this quaint village pub offers a warm welcome and hot plate. Serving locally-supplied produce and real ales from nearby breweries, Ashill Inn works closely with local businesses and is popular with both locals and visitors. The pub is family-friendly and wheelchair accessible.

Nearest beach

Branscombe Beach (15 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 ¼ 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 ¼ 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 (1 ¾ 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 (3 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

Knightshayes Court (11 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 ¾ 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

The Old Kennels Craft Courses (1 mile)

A quiet rural retreat in the Blackdown Hills were you can hone your skills in a variety of traditional arts and crafts. Courses include bread making, stain glass panel, paper marbling, stone carving and working with silver (to name a few). See the Web site for a full course list and how to book.

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