The SpaceA rare, old, characterful rural farmhouse set in idyllic surroundings at the end of a long private drive. Ideal for family or birthday gatherings, weekends with friends, or family Devon holidays in the summer, with lovely walks from the house.
Perfect for family gatherings, quiet friend get-togethers, quiet hen gatherings and small celebrations (but NOT parties), this is a beautiful family home with open plan kitchen (with Aga) and dining room, overlooking the garden and beautiful countryside. It can comfortably sleep 12 people, and 16 if you use the library and studio, 18 at a push using sofa beds!
**For PRICES, please use the Airbnb site with your dates and guest numbers rather than messaging me, as you'll get a faster and more accurate answer! If the dates say it is available, then you can assume it is available and send a booking request! All questions welcome.**
The large sitting room has an inglenook fireplace with a great wood-burning stove, and an adjoining library with an extra bed in it if you've got a lot of people staying.
It has 3 large double bedrooms, 2 with ensuite bath and shower rooms, and a third bedroom with bath and shower room right next to it, all on the first floor.
On the top floor, there are two more bedrooms (one double one twin) and a single extra bed on the landing.
There is a library downstairs with a double sofa bed, plus a double bed and double sofa bed out in the pool studio making room for 6 more people.
The house is at the end of a 500 metre, tree-lined private driveway, with a gravel drive for parking your car (and a garage if necessary, by arrangement).
It is a very remote location, down a tiny lane, off a B-road in an extremely quiet and exceptionally beautiful setting.
The nearest town (Honiton) is 6 miles away and has all the shops you need, including lots of local food producers. (The bread from the Honiton bakery is exceptional).
There is a BBQ and an L-shaped garden which extends around the side of the house into an orchard with a croquet lawn.
The remarkable thing about this house is that it is big enough to comfortably swallow a dozen people without feeling crowded, but also small and cosy enough to be a lovely place to go just as a couple.
The large master bedroom has a small table and chairs in the window overlooking the marvellous view, which can be a great place to have breakfast.
It's a very special place, cosy in winter, wonderful in summer and with a heated indoor pool available all year around.
If you are thinking of booking for a week or two, my changeover day is a Sunday rather than a Saturday (as I have many weekend-only bookings Fri-Sun). This isn't set in stone, but is a preference.
Large inglenook fireplace surrounded by sofas
Baby Grand Piano
I'm generally away when guests are staying, but might be in one of the cottages. Happy to help with tips once you're here!
This is one of the quietest places in England I've ever been It's so peaceful and tranquil. You feel completely isolated at this spot, but it's only a 10 minute drive to Honiton with antique shops and cafes, and another 10 minutes further to the wonderful city of Exeter. Right on the edge of Blackdown Hills, the Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty
You really do need a car to get around! Taxis need booking days in advance if you do want to get the train and get a cab to the house. Guest AccessLarge open plan kitchen and dining room with Aga
Big sitting room with 3 large sofas around the inglenook fireplace and a baby grand piano.
Three large double bedrooms, two en-suite, one with a sofa bed, good for one or two toddlers
Two twin rooms on the top floor
Extra single bed on top floor landing for larger groups of guests
Additional double bed on mezzanine in studio by the pool. PLEASE ASK TO BE SHOWN THIS ON ARRIVAL IF YOU NEED IT!
Downstairs library with room for two camp beds with mattress suitable for kids, or two inflatable mattresses (both of which I have). PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED THESE!
Indoor heated pool all year round
Garden overlooking rolling countryside
Orchard and large former croquet lawn
Wifi, Apple TV, Lots of books Interaction with GuestsI am rarely at the house when guests are staying, but always contactable. My housekeeper Ian will usually be here to meet you, check you in and show you around. The NeighborhoodThe house nestles on the edge of the Blackdown Hills Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is a truly beautiful part of the English countryside. It has the perfect blend of isolation, but with a county town of Honiton within a 10 minute drive, and the historical city of Exeter within 25 minutes. Getting AroundA car is really very important if you plan to visit any local attractions at all. If you are coming for a short stay and can get a food delivery, then you can get a taxi from Honiton station and back, but you must book it in advance. Please do not expect to be able to step off a train and into a taxi if you haven't booked. I once tried and ended up waiting 2 hours!
With a car, there are countless attractions within a 30 minute drive, including the historical city of Exeter. Other Things to NoteBed linen and one towel per guest included.
Use of the pool is uninsured and at your own risk! There are two cottages nearby who also often have Airbnb guests in who come for a quiet weekend.
CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT TIMES AND FLEXIBILITY - PLEASE READ
Normally, check in is 4pm, and check out is 11am. We need this time to turn the large house around between guests when there is a same day check out/in.
However, early arrival (2pm) is often possible if there were no guests prior, but is entirely at my discretion. I'll always do it if I can but if I can't, there's always a good reason!
Check out - If you are checking out on a Sunday, the 11am check out time is essential if we have new guests arriving same day.
If you would like to have the house for the whole day on a Sunday, then if it is available, I'm happy to arrange an 8pm checkout (allowing time for lunch and early dinner) for the equivalent price of 50% of one night of your stay.
Occasionally, a 2pm checkout is available at no extra cost, but is dependent on a number of different factors. Where possible, I can usually only let you know if the 2pm checkout is possible on the Friday when you check in, but there's no extra charge when it is available.
Absolutely no swimming after 10pm!