|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
A recently refurbished, substantial 4 bedroom semi detached house with masses of open plan living space, big kitchen/diner and lovely garden, in a quiet location (cul de sac) in the conservation area of Topsham. With off street parking and within 150 metres of the town's main street & quay, Topsham offers wonderful boating, shopping, eating and many other great facilities. Exeter is just 15 minutes ride on the train (station 400m or regular bus service 200m). The house has recently undergone a major transformation which include new oak floors, panoramic doors overlooking the garden and open-planning to much of the ground floor to provide a superb living space with numerous sofas, wood burner, inset gas fire and wall mounted wide screen smart TV. Wi Fi and on demand TV is also included. The garden has also undergone a major renovation and now includes a dining deck, stone patio and many interesting and exotic plants.
Nick and Jane Bailey. We have been married for 23 years, have 3 children (and a Sprocker spaniel called Scrumpy) and have lived in the small rural village of Tockington near Bristol for the past fifteen years. We recently moved to a flat in the Clifton area of Bristol to keep a watchful eye of our youngest who is studying for A levels!
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 over 35 years 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 10 years, so are excited about this new addition to our portfolio, Shapter House in Topsham.
Nick and Jane Bailey purchased this house in 2012
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 the water, good food, great shopping, beautiful countryside, friendly people & plenty to do, then Topsham makes the perfect holiday destination.
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. Open countryside is on our doorstep & the best food & fish (wet or cooked) is found a few minutes up the road at Darts Farm. 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!
Lots of lovely comments entered in our guest book in the house (copy on request) and on line on the Owners Direct site.
My family of seven adults and two young grandchildren came from the U.S. to spend Christmas with our UK family that lives in Exeter. We needed a large house, not just for us but for the additional family that would be joining us for Christmas day (fifteen in all).
This house met our needs perfectly. With four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms for sleeping and plenty of space to spread out in the living room, entertainment room and conservatory, along with a large kitchen and dining room - perfect.
The house was very well maintained and had many upscale luxuries, including a SONOS sound system. The floor heating was a wonderful touch in the mornings and the conservatory could be shut off from the rest of the house for a little quiet time if necessary.
The location was perfect for us with plenty of places (pubs, restaurants, shops, a huge antique mall) within walking distance and trains and buses passing through town on a regular basis to get us to Exeter or the beach.
The owners were great to work with and provided a warm Christmas atmosphere for us including a live Christmas tree. There was even toys, a stroller and a pack-n-play for the little ones.
We stayed for 12 nights and made full use of the house during that time with no complaints. With this length of a stay we made full use of the washer and dryer too.
The one negative for us (remember we're from the U.S.) was the roads in Topsham, especially getting to the house - it was very narrow. The driveway enabled us to park our two rental cars but getting in and out was a challenge.
I would highly recommend this house to anyone seeking to stay in the Exeter region with a large family.
Shapter House is conveniently located in Topsham and is a lovely house with a beautiful garden. It easily accommodated 7 of us, a mix of adults, teenagers and children (plus cat). We would highly recommend it. Topsham is a picturesque town, located close to the museums of Exeter and the beaches of Exmouth. Visit if you can!
Spacious and comfortable home. Lovely to open the doors to the garden when the weather was warm. Parking was tight but the location was great so we could leave the car in the drive for the week and walk, cycle or get the train to everywhere we wanted to go.
Shapter House was ideal for our stay - just what we were looking for. We (7 of us - 4 adults and 3 children) loved the house. With 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (plus a downstairs cloakroom), living room, snug and large kitchen/diner, we felt we had plenty of room to spread out. It is cosy, very well equipped and a total home from home. It is apparent from first walking in that the owners have put a lot of thought and love into the house and the recent refurbishments of both downstairs and upstairs make it a really gorgeous family home - the photos don't do it justice! Absolutely adore the wood burner in the lounge, and the instant gas fire in the snug - very much appreciated in the recent cold spell.
We did not make much use of the garden as it was not great weather, but can see that in the summer the enormous fold-back doors that lead directly from the kitchen to the garden would be great. Very pleased to be able to park both our cars on the drive, as I know few Topsham houses have parking, although there is a very reasonable car park nearby.
It is ideally situated close to all amenities and Topsham has so much to offer. Topsham shops have all you could need, there are plenty of places to eat out, ample walking opportunities both the Topsham side of the estuary and on the other side (courtesy of Mike the ferryman). With the train station so close, and regular trains going to Exmouth one way, and Exeter and beyond the other, the opportunities are endless. Spent far too long wandering around the antiques centre on the Quay, loved the Cheese Shop, had a brilliant meal in The Galley and also The Globe.
Really looking forward to booking again in the summer, when the Topsham open air pool with be open. Thank you Nick and Jane for allowing us to stay in your gorgeous house and also Nick for taking the time to answer our queries.
Will definitely recommend to all our friends.
We stayed at Shapter Cottage for five nights over Christmas, myself, husband, children aged 19 and 16, plus a visit from my sister and her little dog for two nights.
The cottage (with precious parking!) was tucked away in a quiet street and we were able to walk into the centre of Topsham within a couple of minutes.
The cottage was delightful, beautifully layed out, warm and cosy, with all mod cons. It had everything you could need and more, including all those little essentials that you normally don't get but realise you need just after the shops have shut!. I was able to cook a Boxing Day lunch for 8, and put on tea for 11 and had everything I needed.
It is perfect for a large family group, a group of friends, or a couple of smaller families to get away together but with plenty of space. It has lots of comfortable homely touches, and feels very much like you've been lent a family home, which you have.
It has a beautiful garden which would be a terrific bonus in summer, but was lovely to look at even in winter!
Topsham is quaint with some lovely shops and great places to eat. A perfect place to get away from it all.
Exeter and Exmouth are a stones throw away, and a trip to Darts Farm nearby is a must to stock up on some delicious local ingredients, especially the Devon clotted cream.
The owners were very accomodating, provided lots of information and advice, and communicated well throughout.
We had a fabulous Christmas at Shapter Cottage and would love to visit again in the summer.
I would be happy to recommend this lovely house to anyone.
Shapter House is a very comfortable, nicely presented and well equipped property with a welcoming atmosphere the moment that you walk through the door. Situated in a quiet residential area with safe onsite parking, yet just a couple of minutes' walk to the centre of Topsham, or to the rail station for outings to Exmouth, Exeter and further afield. We enjoyed relaxing in the attractive garden at the end of each busy day, before strolling along to one of Topsham's numerous excellent restaurants and pubs. Dart's Farm shop with its tempting produce was an easy 20 minute walk. All in all a perfect, relaxing foodie break.
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.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
Please go to our website (click on "Owners Website" button below our contact details) where you will see masses more info and the booking form on the contact page.
A 25% deposit if required with the balance due 2 months before the holiday.
Changeover day is normally Saturday (sometimes Sunday in July/August to avoid M5 congestion) but out of season other days may be arranged. Arrival normally after 3pm to allow for servicing but this can vary depending on previous occupancy.
Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for up to 6 persons per 7 nights ( additional charge of £15 per person (over 6 people) per night for up to 6 persons, (children four years old and under at time of holiday go free).
If we have availability and you are only a couple please contact us, we may be able to arrange a good discount for you.