Goodleigh, EX32 7NR
This building is truly unusual for the Landmark Trust, acquired because it is an outstanding modern house and retains its original clean architectural lines. Architect, Peter Aldington, said it was “perhaps the closest thing to an integration of interior and exterior spaces” – the ultimate goal of many modern architects. Anderton offers a very rare opportunity to stay in a home designed and furnished by one of the greatest architects of the 1960s. Sleeps five.
An 1879 folly once used as a gazebo and now a small, romantic one-room vacation home for two with a private roof terrace.
Peppercombe, EX39 5QD
A small thatched cottage built with local materials – rubble, mud, straw and thatch – which has developed over the centuries from a humble one-storey dwelling to a two-storey house. Bridge Cottage was the home of the Hockin family, who had nine children; Mrs. Packington, one of the original family’s granddaughters, was the last person to have it as a home. His cottage and garden were beautifully kept, although of course there was no electricity and minimal plumbing. She moved out in the 1970s and lived to be 98. He sleeps eleven no more – only three now – and you have water and electricity but no TV, internet or cell phone signal. In a peaceful and secluded location near a secluded beach.
Part of historic Tiverton Castle, this property was built as a farmhouse in the 1840s and adjoins the 15th century gatehouse. There are three bedrooms, an open fireplace in the living room, and remarkable architecture to admire while drinking your morning coffee. It has its own independent garden with a barbecue and you will be entitled to free tours of the castle. No pets.
Nine cabins, accommodating two to eight people. Located on the Hartland Peninsula overlooking the Atlantic and Lundy Island. Set on seven acres of land and all sharing a lovely spa, to unwind after a long day of walking, and a gym, for those who need even more exercise.
Easter Hall Park
Petrockstowe, EX20 3HP
This friendly equestrian center features an authentic two-bedroom log cabin made from trees sourced from the woods of the 200-acre farm. There is a fully equipped kitchen, but try the Bull and Dragon in Meeth, just three miles away, if you don’t want to cook. The equestrian center itself offers a wide range of services, with boarding available if you wish to stall your horse.
Cadbury, EX5 5JS
Situated in the grounds of Fursdon House, this former gardener’s cottage offers peaceful accommodation surrounded by flowers and birdsong. It sleeps six people in three bedrooms, has plenty of comfortable armchairs and sofas and a wood-burning stove. A perfect retreat for nature and countryside lovers. Dogs allowed.
Zeal Monachorum, EX17 6DG
A superb conversion of a 19th century congregational chapel in the sleepy village of Zeal Monachorum. The main room is open plan with 20 foot high ceilings and much of the furniture has been salvaged or recycled from the original chapel. (Although the pink roll-top bath is presumably new.) There are three ornate double bedrooms, two of which are en-suite, while the third opens onto a terrace perfect for morning coffee. Six beds.
East Village, EX17 4DA
Holly Water is 35 acres, so there’s plenty of room to walk around. Perched on top of the hill are two shepherd’s huts, each with its own wood-fired hot tub and fire pit, and with a full shower room, kitchen and king-size bed and wood burning stove. drink. Further along the lane, and high in its own field among the trees, is The Beehive. Handcrafted from Devon larch by a local artisan, it’s true green luxury; a hot tub on the dining terrace offers stunning views of the valley. Sheep, goats, upland cattle and pigs roam the fields below. The huts sleep two and The Beehive four; no dogs.
Hatherleigh, EX20 3HZ
A late medieval terraced, thatched house on the main street, opposite the school. All in beams, cantou and low ceiling, the front door opens onto the main street, immersing you on one level in the life of this small town. Magical; we loved our stay here. Don’t miss the One Market Street Café, just up the street. Four beds.
South of Combe Martin, EX34 0PA
A cottage in a secluded position on its own private country lane. Indicknowle Farm is a working farm with cattle, sheep and pigs as well as chickens, geese and ducks. They butcher and sell their own meat, as well as cider and preserves. The farm also has 50 acres of woodland to explore. Six beds in two en-suite bedrooms.
New Mill Farm
Barbrook, EX35 6JR
Four 17th century holiday cottages (sleeps two to six) on Susan and Jim Bingham’s 100 acre sheep farm, set in a secluded and sheltered valley on Exmoor. There is a brown trout stream running through the farm and free fishing is available for guests. Susan and Jim also run Outovercott Riding Stables.
Great Torrington, EX38 8PH
The former home of Lady Anne Berry, located in the middle of RHS Garden Rosemoor, offers three holiday apartments: Magnolia, Camellia and Azalea, each sleeping two or four people. Magnolia is on the ground floor with its own private terrace. Guests can stroll through Rosemoor outside opening hours and you can also add a private, personalized tour of the gardens. Minimum stay three nights; no children or pets.
Silverton Park Stables
Silverton, EX5 4DE
The huge neoclassical mansion in Silverton Park, south of Bickleigh, was demolished in 1901, but the stables remain and have been converted into accommodation for 14 people by the Landmark Trust. It’s a stunning location with the old stables and sheds built around a courtyard, and views across the Devon countryside. Facilities are to the usual Landmark Trust standards and include table tennis. Ideal for a family reunion or a group party.
Petrockstowe, EX20 3HE
Dating back to the 1350s, this beautifully restored thatched farmhouse has a large landscaped garden and pond. The lounge with exposed beams is very large and there is also an additional lounge with a wood burning stove. The Laurels Inn is steps away from beer and food. Eight beds in four bedrooms, one en suite.
Exbourne, EX20 3RX
Created from a farm building on a historic farm, the Cow Shed is a beautiful two-bedroom self-contained cottage that sleeps four. There is a sun terrace for relaxing with stunning views over the Devon countryside. Exbourne itself is a lovely unspoilt village with a pub, the award-winning Red Lion, an underground community shop and cafe (The Burrow) and an organic farm shop on the edge of the village.
Butterhills, EX33 2NJ
An off-grid hideaway for two (plus two on the convertible sofa if you must) in a converted Linhay stone barn. No neighbors and no traffic noise, just the peace and quiet of the beautiful Caen River Valley. There is a good hot shower and flush toilet, but the lighting is solar, supplemented by hand-cranked lanterns.
Woody Bay, EX31 4QU
A splendid retreat on a dead end road that leads only to Woody Bay, with its pretty cove and beach. The long wooden building is set among the treetops and is reached by a staircase; it has a rather Scandinavian feel to it. It’s a great place for a romantic getaway with the one you love. Sleeps two; access is a bit tricky, up those steep steps.
West Challacombe Manor
Combe Martin, EX34 0DS
The opportunity to stay in a 15th century mansion, haunted according to some. Each room reveals remarkable historical features, but the piece de resistance is the Great Hall’s oak ceiling which dates from 1485. There is a rear garden which leads to an orchard and a front garden shared with the neighboring cottage, another National Trust property. Five beds.
A haven of peace of 8 hectares managed as a nature reserve, offering sustainable stays in eco lodges. Ian and Maggie replanted the old orchard, re-established the traditional summer grazing moorland, remodeled and replanted the ponds and started traditional hedgerow management. The fauna has settled in: butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies; frogs, toads, voles and water shrews; barn owl, songbirds, dormice and bats. The two smaller pavilions and Otter Cottage sleep two to four people, while the largest Beech Lodge sleeps six, and our favorite, Balebarn Lodge, sleeps eight. Beech and Balebarn have outdoor hot tubs and one of the smaller lodges has an outdoor hot tub. Bicycles, boats and barbecues are available free of charge.
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