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  • The Farmhouse at Higher Westwater Delightful 16th-century Grade II listed thatched cottage | The Farmhouse at Higher Westwater Farm, Axminster
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  • The Farmhouse at Higher Westwater Delightful 16th-century Grade II listed thatched cottage | The Farmhouse at Higher Westwater Farm, Axminster
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    Lovely Axminster Cottage

    Property ref: S49812

    • Bedrooms 3

    • Sleeps 6

    • Baths 3

    • Pets 1

    • Wifi Yes

    • Reviews (14)

    About this property

    Discover the delights of East Devon during your stay at this lovely Grade II listed thatched cottage.
    Tucked away down a very quiet country lane is this 16th-century Grade II listed thatched cottage. The property is one of a pair and has been completely renovated, offering some original features including inglenook fireplace, beams, historic bread oven and also very contemporary touches for today’s lifestyle.
    The property is decorated and furnished to a very high standard, situated next door to the owner, but offering a very private setting. At the bottom of the lane is a small river with a ford across to the fields, and there is no through traffic. It lies close to Axminster, an unspoilt Devon market town situated on the River Axe, surrounded by stunning countryside and filled with charm and character. This attractive market town lies in the beautiful Axe Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasting quaint villages and unspoilt countryside. Famous for its carpets, the original Axminster factory was opened in 1755 by Thomas Whitty and authentic British ’Axminsters’ are still made in the town by Axminster Carpets. Situated a few miles inland from the Jurassic Coast, guests can visit towns such as Beer, Branscombe, Sidmouth and Seaton with its famous tramway.

    Tucked in the south east corner of Devon, Axminster is an ideal touring centre for the neighbouring counties of Somerset and Dorset, with Lyme Regis and Charmouth just 6 miles away.

    Celebrity chef and TV presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has his very first River Cottage Canteen and Deli (an organic produce shop/market and canteen) here, and his River Cottage HQ is nearby in the Axe valley. There are many places to visit close by including many NT properties. This is an ideal spot for walking with a footpath close to the property. The Yarty Valley is a very peaceful area and ideal for bird watching, cycling the country lanes or just relaxing on the patio enjoying views of the river. Shop and pub/restaurant 2 miles (1 mile via footpath).
    Spacious, beamed living room with wood-burning stove and oak floor. Well-equipped, beamed kitchen/dining room with electric range (for cooking), historic bread oven and stone tiled floor. Utility. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Two large beamed double bedrooms, each with original features and TVs, one with kingsize bed and en-suite shower room with toilet; one with super kingsize bed, en-suite shower room with toilet, feature fireplace and countryside views. Twin bedroom with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, central heating (underfloor on ground floor and bathrooms), bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • 4 Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, enclosed, lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Natural water supply from bore hole
  • Welcome pack
  • One pet welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times

  • No smoking
  • Accommodation

    Open Fire / Woodburner
    Barbecue
    Dishwasher
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Garden / Patio
    Highchair
    Pub within 1 mile
    Pets – no charge
    Rural Location
    Stairgate
    Television
    Woodburning Stove
    WiFi
    Bed Linen & Towels Included
    Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Cot Available
    Luxury Collection
    Washing Machine
    Heritage Collection
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    Blackdown Hills
    Shower Cubicle
    Riverside
    Waterside Breaks
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    Reviews (14)

    Michelle ‐ 3 Nov 2018
    "Fantastic holiday home-modern clean and warm tucked down a narrow farm track with great walks from the doorstep."
    Catherine ‐ 27 Oct 2018
    "An amazing holiday cottage which was extremely well equipped and comfortable. There was a lovely welcome pack on arrival too - thank you. Would highly recommend and definitely return."
    P ‐ 20 Oct 2018
    "The best holiday house we have ever rented. Fitted and equipped to highest standard. Only its remote location, two miles down single track roads, counted against it. But beautiful countryside and very attentive hosts."
    Sarah ‐ 16 Sep 2018
    "Absolutely lovely cottage to spend a week away with family. The cottage literally had everything we could of ever asked for and more. It's a 5 minute drive to Axminster and 15 minute drive to Lyme Regis. We spent a couple of days at Lyme Regis which is a stunning beach location with lots to do. Can very much recommend The Hunters Lodge which is just a 5 minute drive away, we had a lovely meal here. Just like to say thank you so much to John and Sue for letting us stay at your beautiful home. Thank you so much for a wonderful much needed break away with the family. ❤❤🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️🙋‍♂️👶🐕❤❤"
    Vanessa and Tom ‐ 5 Sep 2018
    "A beautiful farmhouse in an idyllic setting .Owners friendly and welcoming. An extremely clean, comfortable and well equipped house in the most perfect spot . We will definitely be returning next year ."
    Matthew ‐ 6 Aug 2018
    "Excellent cottage. Nice owners. Lovely location. Recommended for families."
    TINA ‐ 30 May 2018
    "Wonderful cottage, excellent location and helpful owner couldn't ask for a more peaceful break"
    HELEN ‐ 27 May 2018
    "A beautiful cottage in a lovely setting.Very helpful owners, who are unobtrusive.The lane to the cottage is quite difficult to navigate and is extremely narrow with blind bends. All ok until you meet an oncoming tractor."
    Anonymous ‐ 9 May 2018
    "We had a great time. Nice location, cottage is very styleful. Rooms are large and comfortable. Area is beautiful. Thanks to the fresh scones and other extra's we feeled very welcome."
    Caroline ‐ 4 May 2018
    "Would definitely return if in the area again. A very well equipped cottage, spacious, clean. comfortable and in a beautiful quiet setting. Thank you to Sue and John (owners) for a warm welcome, cream tea, beverages and newly laid eggs from the resident chickens."
    Murray ‐ 18 Apr 2018
    "Higher Westwater farmhouse is spacious, immaculate and situated right out in the countryside on the River Yarty with some lovely local walks. Axminster is close by. Accessing it is a little challenging: there is a drive of about 1.5 miles through very narrow windy lanes that had some severe potholes at the time of our visit, as well as many stones and much mud from the eroded banks. Meeting oncoming traffic here was always a worry. But the house itself and the location were just fantastic. I've never stayed in a self-catering venue with such generous and high-quality fittings, furniture, cutlery etc. and the owners were very welcoming and helpful. It felt like a 'high-class' holiday. I would recommend the walk up the river to the Beckford bridge, as well as an evening meal in the Tuckers Arms in nearby Dalwood."
    Jenny ‐ 20 Jan 2018
    "This was by far the best cottage we have ever stayed in. Spacious and clean with the definite wow factor. Although we knew it was 'off the beaten track' it did test your nerve a little as your drove along the windy lanes. And if it has been or is due to rain don't bother getting your car cleaned beforehand !! All in all we loved it. We were four adults and the only comment I would make is that seating in the sitting room would be a bit tight for 6, there just being two sofas."
    S ‐ 6 Jan 2018
    "Beautiful cottage, finished to an exceptionally high standard. Secluded location, right next to a lovely river."
    Shirley ‐ 4 Jan 2018
    "Beautiful cottage.....everything done to a very high standard. Very quiet, the only background noise is the River Yarty. Very comfortable beds, plenty of extra pillows, quilts etc if needed. The kitchen contains EVERYTHING you could think of and the welcome cream tea was just that!"

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