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The Farmhouse at Higher Westwater Farm

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Axminster, Devon
Grade 5 Star rating
Pets 1
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Discover the delights of East Devon during your stay at this lovely Grade II listed thatched cottage.

Tucked away down a very quiet country lane is this 16th-century Grade II listed thatched cottage. The property is one of a pair and has been completely renovated, offering some original features including inglenook fireplace, beams, historic bread oven and also very contemporary touches for today’s lifestyle.
The property is decorated and furnished to a very high standard, situated next door to the owner, but offering a very private setting. At the bottom of the lane is a small river with a ford across to the fields, and there is no through traffic. It lies close to Axminster, an unspoilt Devon market town situated on the River Axe, surrounded by stunning countryside and filled with charm and character. This attractive market town lies in the beautiful Axe Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasting quaint villages and unspoilt countryside. Famous for its carpets, the original Axminster factory was opened in 1755 by Thomas Whitty and authentic British ’Axminsters’ are still made in the town by Axminster Carpets. Situated a few miles inland from the Jurassic Coast, guests can visit towns such as Beer, Branscombe, Sidmouth and Seaton with its famous tramway.

Tucked in the south east corner of Devon, Axminster is an ideal touring centre for the neighbouring counties of Somerset and Dorset, with Lyme Regis and Charmouth just 6 miles away.

Celebrity chef and TV presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has his very first River Cottage Canteen and Deli (an organic produce shop/market and canteen) here, and his River Cottage HQ is nearby in the Axe valley. There are many places to visit close by including many NT properties. This is an ideal spot for walking with a footpath close to the property. The Yarty Valley is a very peaceful area and ideal for bird watching, cycling the country lanes or just relaxing on the patio enjoying views of the river. Shop and pub/restaurant 2 miles (1 mile via footpath).

Spacious, beamed living room with wood-burning stove and oak floor. Well-equipped, beamed kitchen/dining room with electric range (for cooking), historic bread oven and stone tiled floor. Utility. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Two large beamed double bedrooms, each with original features and TVs, one with kingsize bed and en-suite shower room with toilet; one with super kingsize bed, en-suite shower room with toilet, feature fireplace and countryside views. Twin bedroom with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, central heating (underfloor on ground floor and bathrooms), bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • 4 Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, enclosed, lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Natural water supply from bore hole
  • Welcome pack
  • One pet welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times
  • No smoking

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  • Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Baby and Toddler Friendly
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/01/2018
    This was by far the best cottage we have ever stayed in. Spacious and clean with the definite wow factor. Although we knew it was 'off the beaten track' it did test your nerve a little as your drove along the windy lanes. And if it has been or is due to rain don't bother getting your car cleaned beforehand !! All in all we loved it. We were four adults and the only comment I would make is that seating in the sitting room would be a bit tight for 6, there just being two sofas.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/12/2017
    Beautiful cottage.....everything done to a very high standard. Very quiet, the only background noise is the River Yarty. Very comfortable beds, plenty of extra pillows, quilts etc if needed. The kitchen contains EVERYTHING you could think of and the welcome cream tea was just that!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    This cottage was extremely well fitted and spacious. Accommodation was of very high standard. Owners very helpful.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/09/2017
    This cottage is superb, well equipped with everything you need. The fresh homemade bread, scones and preserves were delicious, and the welcome pack contained all the essentials you needed on arrival. Would definitely recommend.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    We loved staying here. Is one of the best holiday homes we have stayed in. The surroundings are so peaceful and beautiful. It is however a very remote location so don't expect the local shop to be just around the corner! The cottage was so well equipped and had everything we could possibly want. Sue and John had also left us a lovely welcome package which was a special touch. Would love to stay again!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2017
    A great holiday home, excellent welcome pack and very friendly owners who live next door. Access is via some very narrow country lanes but they weren't used a lot and no great problem providing drove sensibly.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 04/08/2017
    A beautiful house with everything you could ever need. Our springer Alfie loved the enclosed garden (he still had lots of energy after long walks at the beeches) There isnt much to do around but the beeches are only 20 minutes car ride away. The welcome pack when we arrived was lovely and we soon tucked into it.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/07/2017
    Beautifully renovated/converted Devon long-house in a quiet countryside setting. Everything you could want is provided and the cottage is very child friendly providing a cot, bedding, bath toys, high chairs and toys that kept our 2 yr old grand-daughter more than happy. All furniture, fixtures and fittings very new and to a high standard. With outside temperatures in the high twenties, the thick stone walls and thatched roof seem to keep the inside cool at night which was nice. The owners live next door and are very unobtrusive but you only have to ask to get any help or advice. The cottage sits nestled beside a stream with swallows flying overhead but there is only about a mile of narrow country lanes before you reach a main road at Axminster and then good, quick access to beaches, local pubs etc. Tesco and petrol station both in Axminster. With decades of experience renting cottages, can honestly say that this one really is superb.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/05/2017
    We just loved this cottage it was very well equipped and comfortable.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/04/2017
    Our first time in The U.K. and it was great, thanks to Susan and John and their Farmhouse. After a long journey, it was nice tot be welcomed in a holidayhome that is so luxurous and well equiped with little treats like an applecake and real great cereal. The surroundings are lovely, nice walks and days out. We couldn't ask for more.

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9.5 out of 10 – based on 21 reviews collected by Reevoo
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