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Three Traditional Barn Conversions On a Hill Farm, With Beautiful Open Views - Pear Tree Cottage Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms)

Honiton, UK
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

Cottages in Awliscombe, Nr. Honiton, South Devon, England - Peaceful Location On the Edge of the Blackdown Hills (AONB), Ideal for Exploring the South West.

Wadhayes Farm is a small family run working farm nestled on the southern edge of the Blackdown Hills with beautiful views all around. The farm, which has been in the same family for over 100 years, is located along a private lane in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the outskirts of the East Devon village of Awliscombe. The village is about 3 miles north of the busy market town of Honiton, famous for its antique shops and lace making and offering a good selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants. The beautiful Jurassic coast of East Devon and West Dorset is easily accessible by car; the popular coastal resorts of Sidmouth, Branscombe, Beer or Lyme Regis are between 15-25 minutes drive away. A wide range of local attractions will appeal to those of all ages including the gardens and maze at Escot, the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth and the Playdome (a children’s all weather play centre) in nearby Honiton. The Otter Inn or the Honiton Inn, both serving food and realale are also within a mile and half of the farm. Dartmoor can easily be reached in about 45 minutes. Easy access to both the A303/A30 and M5 make the farm an ideal location for exploring the South West area. We have three cottages both original stone barns that have been sympathetically converted to holiday accommodation in 2009/2010 and have been designed with disabled access in mind. They form part of a listed farm courtyard and their individual, enclosed gardens with patio and garden furniture, back onto a newly planted orchard. We have installed underfloor heating and real wood log burners in the living areas, to ensure your comfort whatever the weather. Children and pets are welcome but please be aware that this is a working farm. All have a downstairs wet room/toilet and a family bathroom upstairs.


Kathryn Empson

Member Since 2014
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018
About Kathryn Empson

My family have lived and worked on Wadhayes Farm for over 100 years. In 2009 we chose to convert three of our farm buildings into holiday cottages, which my husband and I manage on behalf of the whole family. Three generations of my family continue to live here and we hope to preserve it for future generations of our family. Having grown up on the farm and then in my 20's moved around considerably, it is a delight to be back on the farm sharing it with my children.

Why Kathryn Empson chose Awliscombe

The farm is at the end of a no through, private lane which provides a unique sense of 'being away from it all'. Once you reach the farm you are surrounded by green fields on all sides. With the Blackdown hills behind and expansive views over the valley in front, some of the best views in the area are just outside the door. The peace and quiet is breath taking, no traffic, no major roads, not even a pylon in sight yet at the end of the lane (1/2 miles) is an A road providing direct access to the ancient market town of Honiton and the A30 in one direction (3 miles) or Cullompton and the motorway in the other (10 minutes). Everyone comments on what a deceptively central location this is for enjoying all parts of the world renown Jurrassic Coastline, Historic Exeter, Dartmoor or Exmoor.

What makes this Cottage unique

This area has a natural beauty, rolling green hills, woods and streams tinkling in the bottom of valleys. In summer months swallows dart around the farmyard, buzzards soar overhead, owls 'twit ta woo' at dusk and deer visit from the woods, surrounding the property, to graze our fields. We have a small pedigree herd of Ruby Red Devon cattle grazing in fields next to suffolk sheep and their lambs. Chickens provide eggs that can be bought direct and a private track winds up through the fields and the beech woods beyond linking up with public footpaths at the top of the hill. In the garaging area there is a selection of children's outdoor toys (a tricycle, bat and balls) and a small pool/snooker table to be enjoyed by all the cottages. This is truly a place to slow down and relax.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, King sized double bed with room for a cot if required
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, Twin room with room for a cot
      • Bedroom 3
        1 twin/ single, Downstairs bedroom


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower, shower
        • Shower room 1
          toilet, shower, Downstairs wetroom

          Location Type

            • Rural
            • Village


                • Away From It All
                • Family


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          underfloor heating with heated towel rails upstairs and down
                        • Internet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                          All bed linen provided, towels available on request for £10 charge
                        • Living Room
                          open plan with dinning area and kitchen
                        • Parking
                          Ample parking fro up to three cars
                        • Tumble Dryer
                          Shared with one other cottage
                        • Washing Machine
                          Shared with one other cottage
                        • Wood Stove
                          logs available for use in wood stove


                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              Full fitted kitchen that is open plan witht the dinning area and living area
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                              large oven and grill
                            • Refrigerator
                              Family sized fridge and freezer
                            • Stove
                              4 ring hob
                            • Toaster


                                • Child's Highchair
                                • Dining
                                  open plan with kitchen and living area
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 5 people


                                    • Books
                                      Small slection of novels
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                      A family games selction box and some children's toys
                                    • Music Library
                                      Small slection of CD's
                                    • Pool Table
                                      Small sized
                                    • Stereo
                                      Portable radio and CD player
                                    • Television
                                      Wall mounted DVD and digital TV
                                    • Toys
                                      Outdoor toys available, shared small pool table, rackets and balls etc
                                    • Video Library
                                      Samll selections of DVD'd and CD's


                                        • Golf
                                          4 miles to Honiton Golf Club, open to visitors. Pitch and put available in Sidmouth. Driving range and golf course available at Padbrook Park, Cullomton.
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Enclosed garden, safe for dogs
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Available for use on the patio


                                            • wheelchair accessible


                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • library
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • theme parks

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • horseback riding

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis


                                                                • Outside: All three cottages have enclosed gardens, suitable for a dog, with a patio and wooden patio table, chairs and sunshade. There is a BBQ available to use. The gardens are surrounded by fields. For Pear Tree there is a short, sloping path from the front door to the garden gate. For Apple Tree cottage there are a few steps from the French Windows to the garden gate. For The Stables the kitchen door leads directly out into the garden. There is a private track that leads through the fields and wood beyond and connects with a public footpaths at the top of the hill. There are two parking spaces for each cottage and a shared garaging area that has a washing machine, tumble dryer, assorted children's outside toys and a small pool/snooker table.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  1 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Very comfortable, cozy and well maintained cottage

                                                                  Martina P.

                                                                  We stayed two weeks in this absolutely wonderful cottage with our two kids. Welcome scones and clotted cream were waiting for us when we arrived-thanks again!!

                                                                  Everything you need to feel at home from highchair and babybed to a fully equipped kitchen and many toys was there. The house was decorated with love and very well taken care of.

                                                                  Also the contact with the owners was perfect from the beginning when we booked till the day we had to leave-which was really hard because we all enjoyed the stay very much!

                                                                  Our kids loved to go and feed the chickens and collect the eggs with Kathryn and are already begging us to go back!

                                                                  We definitely recommend staying here !!!

                                                                  Best regards from Martina and family


                                                                  Honiton, UK

                                                                  Coast/Beach: 20 minute drive to Sidmouth, Branscombe or Seaton. 30 minute drive to Beer, Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth, Lyme Regis. All area's of the Jurrasic Coastline can be easily accessed from the property. Travel: Nearest airport is Exeter, 15 minute drive. The larger airport of Bristol is 1 1/4 hours drive. Nearest train station is Honiton which is 3 miles away. Use of a car is recommended as limited public transport to the village which is approx 1 mile away. Distances: Nearest pub is in the village approx one and a half miles away. Nearest town is Honiton (three miles) which has the nearest shops. Farm shop two miles away. Nearest city is Exeter which is a 30 minute drive or accessible on the train/bus from Honiton.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Pet Fee

                                                                  Booking Notes: PRICES FOR SHORT BREAKS: unlike the quote you may receive from this website we calculate short break prices as a percentage of the weekly rate: 3 night stays are 70% of the weekly price, 4 night stays are 75% of the weekly price, 5 night stays are 80% of the weekly price. All short breaks must be a minimum of 3 nights but otherwise we are fully flexible. WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND THAT YOU SPEAK TO US DIRECTLY TO GET AN ACCURATE QUOTE FOR A SHORT BREAK. Discounts may also be available for multiple bookings or late bookings. Please contact Kathryn or Rick, tel: (0)1404 548840 or email wadhayes@tiscali.co.uk to make a reservation. Changeover Day: During school holidays Pear Tree and Apple Tree Cottages have a Friday changeover, The Stables has a Saturday changeover. We are flexible outside school holidays. Contact us with dates required. Arrival time is 4pm and departure time is 10am.

                                                                  Initial payment to confirm the booking, the remaining money is due six weeks prior to your arrival. Towels available to hire for an extra £10 per booking and you are welcome to bring pets for an extra £20 per pet per booking.

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                                                                  Property # 8152140 3448502