Old Church House, Brayford, is a detached 16th century country hideaway situated near the pretty churchyard at High Bray. Set in a beautiful rural area, surrounded by magnificent countryside, Old Church House is ideally located for exploring Exmoor's spectacular moorland and coastline.
Old Church House is has been refurbished throughout by the current owners yet care has been taken to retain many original character features, including oak beams, stone fireplaces and multi pane windows throughout. the cottage is comfortable yet traditional and, as with many houses of this era, there are some uneven floors, low ceilings and beams in parts. The lowest beam is 1.78mx/5ft 10" and the lowest ceiling at 1.96m/6ft 5" – both in the kitchen.
The front door leads into the central hallway with a bench seat/shoe rack perfect for muddy shoes, useful downstairs toilet and cloakroom space. Off the hallway is a spacious living room with an attractive beamed fireplace complete with wood burning stove, comfy seating to take advantage of the many books provided and views out onto the front garden or to the churchyard at the rear. The well-equipped dual aspect kitchen features a large kitchen table, oak units, large butler sink, electric cooker and hob plus a wood burning stove. The kitchen door leads onto to the garden and can also be used for external access.
Upstairs the galleried landing and the higher ceilings give a spacious feel. The three bedrooms are traditionally furnished in a mix of styles and are served by a family bathroom, comprising bath with shower over bath, toilet and hand basin.
A travel cot, high chair and stair gates can be provided on request. A selection of children's books and toys are also provided at the cottage.
Wifi, heating and electricity is included in the price of the accommodation. The cottages is heated with a mixture of electric radiators (storage, radiators and convectors) which can be adjusted to suit your preference plus wood burners in the kitchen and sitting room. A basket of logs and kindling will be left in autumn and winter for the wood burning stoves to get your started, further supplies can be purchased locally.
Bed linen and towels are provided, but please bring your own beach towels if you wish to take towels with you on day trips.
Technology needs updating - better router providing more coverage and a Smart TV so that Netflix etc can be accessed. House was clean enough, but there were stains on one of the pillow cases and some areas such as window sills could have been cleaner.
Overall a comfortable stay in this cosy cottage. Well kitted out and lovely to have a fire to warm up chilly evenings. Elizabeth made it a very easy place to bring children, with cots and high chair supplied. Great location from which to enjoy the beautiful Devon countryside and local attractions.
We enjoyed our stay here very much. Very warm and cosy. Elizabeth is a great host. Great communication and very clear instructions on everything. Lovely part of Devon too.
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