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Gardners Farm Cottages - The Shippen

Holditch, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Pets 0
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Located in the peaceful Axe Valley with an abundance of opportunities for walking and cycling nearby.

All on the ground floor.
Living/dining room: With Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
Utility room: With washer/dryer.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

Oil central heating (£20per week October-March), electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. Wheelchair access. No smoking. Please note: Holidaymakers only.

Ideal touring base

These three holiday cottages are beautifully located in the peaceful Axe Valley where Devon, Dorset and Somerset meet. They have been sympathetically converted retaining character and charm to give spacious, comfortable and well-equipped accommodation. All cottages are single storey with easy wheelchair access, The Byre (ref 16018) and The Shippen (ref 16019) are both semi-detached and The Barn (ref 25497) is detached. An abundance of opportunities exist for walking, cycling, (nearby cycle path which is being extended from time to time), golf as well as fishing on the Nature Reserve Reservoir at Chard. Many local places of interest including the pretty, historic, carpet towns of Axminster and Chard, both with indoor swimming pools, P.O. stores, traditional inns and restaurants all to hand along with several quaint villages. Honiton, Forde Abbey, Cricket St Thomas, Hornsbury Mill, several NT properties and the beaches and attractions of Lyme Regis and Charmouth - part of the superb World Heritage Jurassic Coastline, all waiting to be explored. Other resorts include West Bay, with its harbour, and Seaton, which has its own tramway ride along the Axe Estuary, famous for its bird life, to Colyton. Sidmouth and Exmouth, Beer and Branscombe are all within easy reach. Shops and pubs 2½ miles.

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  • Bungalow
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Towel Hire
    Towel Hire
  • Wheelchair Access
    Wheelchair Access
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access
    Entrance Ramp/Level Access
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 09/02/2019
    Very well appointed and good-sized country-style cottage on cattle farm. Warm and comfortable with all facilities necessary and also nice personal touches of tea and biscuits on arrival and fresh flowers on the table. Beautiful countryside, but location a bit of a challenge along winding country lanes - especially in winter on moonless, rainy nights. This will, doubtless, be much easier in summer.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 30/10/2018
    Just got back from a four night break at The Shippen. We found the cottage to be lovely and cosy, extremely clean and welcoming. Nice touches were provided by the owner including tea, coffee and biscuits and a vase of flowers from her garden. Perfectly located to get to the coast and local towns such as Taunton and Yeovil though the lanes around the cottage can be a bit of a challenge as very narrow and a lot of blind bends! Would certainly go back to The Shippen in the future.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/09/2018
    Brilliant holiday cottage, clean and comfortable. Will definitely return.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 04/08/2018
    Great rural location Pictures don't do justice to size of the place, as there's plenty of room and a good sized garden to enjoy Ruth has perfect host - attentive without being overbearing and we'd recommend

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 12/05/2018
    The cottage is a mile down a very narrow winding country lane with a number of blind bends and a possibility of meeting extremely wide farm machinery coming the other way. The cottage itself is faultless, clean and well provisioned but the bovine perfume emanating from the cow byre close by takes some getting used to. It prevented us from enjoying the rear garden facilities. One point highly in the favour of the cottage it is on the border of Devon, Somerset and Dorset so there are many places to visit for the day. There is a supermarket, pubs and a variety of restaurants in Chard about 4 and a half miles away. We had a really delicious meal in the Indian restaurant towards the top of the town. The reason we would not go back again is that my wife and I have hired a number of cottages in the past and generally do not go back to the same cottage twice.

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