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Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Pets 0

Stepps Cottage

Axmouth, Seaton, Devon | HFFZ 5 Grade:


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Full of character features this thatched long house is ideally located to explore the surrounding area.

Four steps to entrance. Spacious living room with wood-burning stove, wooden floor. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with Rayburn, electric hob, tiled floor. Beamed throughout. First floor: Two beamed double bedrooms. Twin bedroom with basin. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel inc, thereafter avail locally
  • Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi inc
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Aga inc
  • M/wave
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, furniture
  • Garage (1 car); parking (3 cars)
  • No smoking
  • NB: Pond outside front door, steps and drops in garden

Dating from 1650, Stepps Cottage is a superb Grade II listed, one of a pair, thatched long house; presented in excellent decorative order. Set on a steep driveway, it is full of character features such as mullion windows and feature fireplace. Set on the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage site noted for its geology, dramatic cliffs and fossils. Axmouth is close by and a short distance away is Seaton with beach and unique tramway. The Axe estuary is a delight for birdwatchers with 6 hides and 3½ miles of cycleways. Windsurfing, golf, horse riding and NT properties close by. Lyme Regis, Beer, Branscombe, Sidmouth and Exeter within easy access. Shops 1 mile, pub 500 yards.

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  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Horse Riding Nearby
    Horse Riding Nearby
  • Thatched Roof
    Thatched Roof
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 3

    Confirmed guest, 04/10/2019
    This cottage is described as ‘exceptional with a degree of luxury’. It is neither of these. It is a lovely traditional thatched cottage, however inside it certainly doesn’t live up to the description. The kitchen is nice with a Rayburn cooker. It has a washing machine with broken drawer front. No tumble dryer or airer, so only outside line to dry clothes which is fine if it’s not raining. There was one egg cup, not enough crockery if 6 were staying. There was a lack of kitchen utensils, one tea towel for a week, some leftover pan scrubs which were fit for the bin.There was a welcome pack. The lounge is spacious, the sofas are old, one in particular is very uncomfortable cushions are threadbare, furniture is old and tatty not antique old. Supposed to have supply of wood for fire, none was provided, it arrived after asking for it but I shouldn’t have had to ask. The bedrooms were ok main bedroom only has one single electric socket. No hairdryer. The bathroom is tired and needs new shower, it’s grubby, no towel rails. Towels that are provided were old. We stay in cottages on a regular basis, this cost a lot of money out of season, to have no cleaning items whatsoever is poor. To rate it as 5 star is a contradiction in terms. It obviously hasn’t been inspected for a long time.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Since taking the property over a couple of years ago we have refurbished, redecorated and redone the garden. Much of the furniture beds etc upstairs are new. There are older pieces in the lounge, they are antiques totally in keeping with a sixteenth century property. We have had consistently positive feedback from guests, many of whom have said they would like to return to Stepps Cottage. In terms of equipment, the kitchen is well equipped and we have had no prior complaints, When you couldn’t find the clothespins a new pack was provided immediately & the breadknife we found broken in a drawer so we bought a new one. You were supplied with a full basket of logs as are all our guests. The shower is about three years old and is clean and modern. every year we check all such fittings and regrout tiles etc. The English Country Cottages rep for the South west awarded Stepps a 5 star rating last year before we had redecorated, refurbished etc. We have had lovely reviews this summer and last. Some are written in our visitors book so sadly for us, have not made it online but we like to give guests both options for feedback. This review totally misrepresents what everyone else has found to be a comfortable and beautiful old house. It is not a modern hotel room and for anyone seeking that type of accommodation, an old cottage may not be the best option.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 13/09/2019
    The cottage was really interesting with many historic features, really quirky, especially the spiral stairs down the oak screen walls. The Rayburn was really easy to use and heated up quickly if we wanted to cook a more ambitious meal. It was lovely to find that Jane had left some delicious goodies when we arrived, everything for a first tea.

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