Beautiful family house close to centre of Topsham on the Exe Estuary, nr Exeter, Devon, in a peaceful location just 150 m to Fore St & the water
Nick and Jane Bailey
- english, french, german
About Nick and Jane Bailey
Nick and Jane Bailey. We have been married for 25 years, have 3 children (and a Sprocker spaniel called Scrumpy) and have recently moved back to the Clifton area of Bristol to keep a watchful eye of our youngest who was studying for A levels! Well it worked because he made Southampton Uni and now has a degree. Jane runs her own book-keeping business and works for many diverse clients from estate agents to farm equipment dealers. Nick has also run his own property management business for many decades and now specialises in period refurbishments, new builds and holiday lettings. We have been letting in Topsham, Devon, Bodrum in Turkey & Playa Blanca in Lanzarote for the last 18 years, so are excited about this more recent addition to our portfolio, Shapter House in Topsham.
Nick and Jane Bailey purchased this House in 2012
Why Nick and Jane Bailey chose Exeter
We fell in love with Topsham on first sight about 20 years ago and this is our third property there which we intend to make our full time home sometime in the near future. Topsham provides so much and it's all available on your doorstep. If you love being near the water, good food, great shopping, beautiful countryside, friendly people & plenty to do, then Topsham makes the perfect holiday destination.
What makes this House unique
Shapter House benefits from being in the conservation area of Topsham, surrounded by well maintained period homes and just a couple of minutes walk from the river, great shops, restaurants and waterside pubs. Topsham is a unique town with a real village feel which offers so much such as the open air heated pool just off the main street, a train link to Exeter and beyond and a cycle track linking all the Estuary villages. Open countryside and RSPB reserves are on our doorstep & the best food & fish (wet or cooked) is found a few minutes up the road at Darts Farm or in our fine local eateries. At Shapter House you find peace, relaxation and perfect living without the normal stresses of city life. We are towards the end of a cul-de-sac so few passing cars. Once there, your car can be abandoned as getting about is just so easy be it on foot, by water taxi or ferry, bus, bicycle or local train. Bliss!
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great house in a great location.
Beautiful house and garden in great Topsham location
A substantial and well equipped house in the charming village of Topsham. The house benefits from a fantastic kitchen and beautiful secluded and sunny garden. Its location between Topsham's main street and the station is perfect, with parking a real plus. Our first time in Topsham, and we could not have wished for a better property to stay in. Lots of great restaurants,two riverside pubs and a charming 10 minute train ride to Exmouth worth it for the view from the train. Large M&S foodhall next door to Exmouth station, and incredible produce at Darts Farm (but do support the local shops in Topsham too !)
So glad you enjoyed Shapter House and Topsham. Always a pleasure to get such good feedback and thank you for leaving the house so beautifully. Welcome back anytime.
Lovely house in great location
This house is beautifully done with everything you could need for a holiday. It is in a good location, just a few minutes walk to the centre of Topsham but with parking (albeit in a very narrow road!). Would stay again if we came back to Topsham.
We are always delighted to hear our guests love Shapter House.
Road is narrow but off street parking for two cars is a massive bonus in Topsham.
Welcome back any time.
Shapter House is a much loved home in the centre of Topsham. It is comfortable, spacious and very well equipped. Situated a couple of minutes from the station, it was a quick hop into Exeter and no need to worry about parking. Topsham is a delight; you can find absolutely everything you need there. We had a wonderful stay at Shapter House and plan to return. Nick was a pleasure to deal with.
Thank you, always a pleasure to hear how much our guests enjoy Topsham and our home. Welcome back anytime. Nick & Jane
Absolutely lovely house,
Shapter House was the perfect place to celebrate my 50th birthday. Plenty of room for 5 adults and 2 dogs. Loved the bifold doors out into the garden. The living space and bedrooms were all excellent, spotlessly clean and spacious. The house had a lovely feel to it and and you can tell how much Nick and Jane love it. It is brilliantly located with only a few minutes walk into Topsham or to the train station and yet is incredibly peaceful and quiet. Also a real bonus to have parking for 2 cars.
Topsham is a perfect spot, loads of independent shops, cafes and restaurants (most dog friendly), gorgeous views across the estuary and so handy to be able to jump on the train for a night out in Exeter.
All in all, a perfect week. Thank you so much Nick and Jane.
Thank you for the kind words, it gives us great pleasure to know our guests enjoy our house and Topsham as much as we do. Welcome back any time.
Beautiful home. Spacious, spotlessly clean. Fantastic kitchen opening out into a lovely garden.
This property is amazing, we were a party of 6 plus baby. The property is located right in the middle of Topsham close to all amenities. We barely used the cars as the local train was so close. Great walks also . Topsham is a really beautiful hidden gem . I highly recommend this property.
Thank you, we’re pleased you had a good week and enjoyed Topsham and Shapter House. Come again any time.
Special interest holidays:
The RSPB reserve at Bowling Green Lane is only a few minutes walk and a number of interesting estuary boating trips are available on the Avocet.
Topsham has a rich boating history and the sailing club will always welcome temporary members.
Combine boating with a trip to the pub and take the ferry across the river to one of the riverside hostelries.
Artists are abundant and courses can be attended locally or socials arranged.
Gourmands will be well looked after as Topsham offers some of the best dining experiences and foodie shops in the West.
Exmouth Beach is about 8 miles away (serviced by the little train) and other beaches a little further are Budleigh, Sidmouth, Ladram bay, Beer and Lyme Regis. Dartmoor and Exmoor are almost on the doorstep, all wonderful to explore.
Exmouth is the start of the Jurassic Coast and provides some wonderful walking opportunities.
Look at Topsham towns website for more information.
Exeter Airport only about 5 miles
Junction 30 of M5 about 3 miles
or take the train to Exeter and straight into Topsham (station is about 200m from the house)
Exeter 5 miles
Exmouth 6 miles
Dartmoor National Park 17 miles
Exmoor 32 miles
Budleigh Salterton 9 miles
Dawlish 10 miles
Good pubs and restaurants 150 metres
Specialist shops, food, clothes & sundries 150 metres
Topsham has many excellent pubs, wine bars, restaurants and specialist food shops. A weekly market is held on Saturday mornings in the High St.
There is an open air heated swimming pool, bowling green and tennis courts in the town centre.
Lloyds Bank, a small supermarket, chemists, butchers. fruit and veg shop etc. are all available close by.
For more information on what Topsham has to offer visit the Topsham Town website.