Lodge in Aylesbeare, Exeter, East Devon, Devon, England - Peaceful, Rural Location With Beautiful Country Views
Paul and Anna Slade
About Paul and Anna Slade
Hello, my name is Paul. My wife Anna and I have lived in the area for 25 years and have 3 teenage children. Having both been born in Devon, we have enjoyed the wonderful countryside the area has to offer, which inspired us to keep sheep, chickens and ducks. Both Anna and I have horticultural backgrounds, being a landscape gardener and florist by trade. We have designed and built a number of properties including cider barn, coach house, school and more recently an oak framed log cabin which we now live in. This then inspired us to build a south facing, cedar clad, glass fronted lodge which has spectacular views, making full use of the sun. So come and join us for a wonderful holiday in this unique location – you will never want to leave!
Paul and Anna Slade purchased this Cottage in 2005
Why Paul and Anna Slade chose Exeter
The property is surrounded by mature trees and is adjoining Woodbury Commons. This allows us to take lovely long walks over the heathland where nightingales and the Dartford worblers can be seen. We are centrally located which makes it easy to reach the sea at Budliegh Salterton and Exmouth as well as Sidmouth, and only 10 minutes to Exeter. There are wonderful views of Dartmoor and Exeter which can be seen from the lodge. The site enjoys sunshine all day long as it is south facing and very sheltered. The site is quiet and removed from the
What makes this Cottage unique
The property is quiet, private and secure. We have 7 acres of land and keep sheep, ducks and chickens. We can sit peacefully beside our wildlife pond which is home to ducks, coots, dragonflies and danselflies, as well as carp and tench. With so much available locally such as pubs, farm shops, the beach and other tourist attractions, we can offer a place to escape either after a busy day or just relaxing in the front garden soaking up the sun.
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Lovely stay at Oak Lodge
Overall, we had a lovely stay at Oak Lodge with our family. Paul was a lovely host and helpful, greeting us on arrival. It was in a good location - lots to do in the area and it was in a lovely setting. The lodge was nice and had all the required facilities, e.g. all relevant kitchen utensils, washing machine, microwave, but could maybe do with upgrade to bedroom furniture. The lodge was clean but could have been a little cleaner, e.g. cobwebs in between doors and walls and the bathrooms smelt a bit damp. However, it was overall such a brilliant lodge and would recommend to those looking for a holiday home for a break.
Beautiful property in a wonderful setting.
Oak Lodge near Exeter
What a wonderful property in a superb location. Waking up to look at sheep and the quite rural location is perfect for children. It’s our second year back and the property continues to be maintained to a high standard. There is no shortage of utensils , and has all the mod cons required for a self catered stay. The proprietors are wonderful and welcoming and there if you need anything. Location is great and we accessed a lot of activities in Devon. Our family is very much looking forward to our next visit.
Our perfect stay
Oak Lodge is in a lovely setting, utterly peaceful. The accommodation is very comfortable with attractive furnishings, great views, good wifi, The kitchen is really well equipped and easy to use. We all slept well on superb beds. Paul was very helpful and it was reassuring to know advice was on hand if needed. Would love to stay again.
We were very happy with The Lodge and all that it offered. There has clearly been a lot of thought and effort put into the design and furnishing of the property.The location and views are lovely and we found Paul most welcoming and helpful.
Beautiful surroundings - kind host
Nice, spacious house. Well equipped. Great views from bedroom. Lovely area to visit/travel/stay
Special interest holidays:
As an area of outstanding natural beauty there are many trails and walks designed for walking and mountain biking. Locally there is the Jurassic coastline which has spectacular views and plenty of stops for refreshment along the way.
The main coastal towns from Teignmoth to Axmouth are within a 30 minute drive. Budleigh Salterton is just 8 miles – 15 minutes by car - and is great for swimming. Not quite so far is Exmouth beach which is a more traditional seaside resort for ‘bucket & spade’ family fun, with plenty of water-sports on offer. Sidmouth beach is closer still, just 13 minutes away, which caters for all round family fun with sand, pebbles and rock pools and it’s also great for swimming.
Exeter city centre is 8 miles away with railway stations on both the London Paddington and Waterloo lines. To nearest airport is Exeter International Airport which is approximately 11 miles to the east of Exeter. A car is recommended.
To find us, leave M5 at Junction 30 onto the A3052 (Lyme Regis). Within 5.25 miles at Halfway Inn turn right onto the B3180 towards Exmouth. ….Oak Lodge is on the right within 0.5 mile.
Exeter city centre is 8 miles.
The village of Aylesbeare is 1 mile.
Sidmouth beach is 8 miles
Exmouth beach is 8 miles
Budliegh Salerton beach is 7 miles
Bicton Park is 5 miles
Crealy great adventure park is 3 miles
Darts farm shop, near Topsham is 4 miles
There is so much for families in this area. Crealy Park appeals to children (even adults), of all ages. ‘Go Ape’ at Haldon Forest if you’re into climbing trees and sliding across high wires. For the less energetic there’s the tamer activities of zoos in Paignton, Sparkwell (Dartmoor Zoological Park) and Exmoor (Exmoor Zoo). There’s also the Plymouth National Aquarium, Pennywell Farm and the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth (which is free!).
For entertainment possibilities in all weathers there’s Bicton Park, Pecorama and Seaton Tramway. Indoor swimming pools in Axminster and Sidmouth. Small local cinemas at Sidmouth and Lyme Regis, with a multi-plex at Exeter. Boat trips run from Topsham, Exmouth and Sidmouth and boats for hire are available at Beer. Traditional activities such as fossil hunting is at Lyme and hours of fun in the rock pools are at Sidmouth.
Families with young children are well catered for in Budleigh with the beach and play park nearby. Bicton Park Botanical Gardens is lovely and just a few minutes away. Powderham Castle is in a beautiful setting beside the Exe estuary. The Cathedral City of Exeter has shops, leisure centres, cinemas and huge variety of restaurant and wine bar options. Within the area there are various villages, it includes fabulous local farm shops which provide local produce of meats, fish and veg. The closest farm shop Greendales is 2 miles away, and along with all the usual produce which they grow and rear, they also own their own fleet of boats and sell their caught fish. They also have their own fish and chip shop on site either take-away for a meal in their café. If you want a more elegant evening out, there are good quality local pubs and restaurant. The larger supermarkets of Tescos and Waitrose are within a 15 minute drive.There are ample opportunities for walking, riding and cycling in the East Devon Common which is just 5 minutes by car, or a few minutes longer with a pleasant cycle ride through the country.