Cottage in Hemyock, Nr. Honiton, Mid Devon, England, UK - Perfect for a Special, Away From it all, Stress Free Holiday
About Diana Elliott
For 35 years my husband Jim and I have lived here in the beautiful Blackdown Hills, Devon. It is where our three children grew up and we enjoyed family life in a peaceful place. They have now all left home to live and work in various cities. We now offer Bed and Breakfast in our farmhouse and also we have a small cottage which we let. Our guests at the cottage have the full use of our heated outdoor swimming pool, with exclusive use also. We work hard to keep the house and outbuildings in good order and also we tend a fruit orchard and a vegetable garden. I enjoy growing flowers for guests' rooms and tending the large areas of garden.We keep laying hens and a flock of geese. For exercise, Jim and I enjoy walking over the fields and cycling around the pretty Devonshire lanes. We also have a villa in Fethiye, Turkey, with a big infinity pool, which we escape to occasionally, as well as letting it for guaranteed sunny holidays to guests.
Why Diana Elliott chose Hemyock
The property is in a peaceful, quiet and undiscovered corner of Devon. There are wonderful views, wooded valleys and small fields surrounded by hedgerows. Deer roam freely in these hills and buzzards soar overhead. The nearby village has everything you need, including an excellent chef at the friendly local pub.
What makes this Cottage unique
On clear nights the skies are alight with stars. These are clearly visible from your bed, if you do not draw the blind, so you can lie down and look up into the heavens. The owls may screech occasionally and there may be the gentle grazing sounds of the dairy herd in the next field but otherwise all is at peace. As we are a field away from the nearest lane there is very little traffic noise and extremely low pollution levels. Wildlife surrounds the cottage and you may see the deer grazing in the field early in the morning, a visiting fox drinking from the pond or a lark rising overhead against the blue sky. You are free to explore and to visit every corner of the property, feed the ducks or chat to the chickens. We hope you too will feel at home here.
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Very compact, especially the bathroom. Most windows north facing, into owner's backyard. Comfortable bed and sofa, adequate kitchen.
A little slice of heaven!
We stayed at Shillings Cottage (Pounds) from 22-29 June. The week was absolutely perfect weather... sunshine every single day! It was even more perfect because of the settings of the cottage itself, in the beautiful Blackdown Hills. Diana and Jim’s garden and land are beautifully kept with colourful flowers surrounding the cottage and the pool.
It was lovely to be able to go for a swim in the hot sun, not overlooked so very private and peaceful surroundings.
Diana and Jim were very welcoming and offered info where needed and local recommendations.
The cottage itself is cosy and small but just what we needed as a couple, very clean and charming. I loved being able to step out on the balcony in the mornings for fresh air and a cup of tea.
We were also able to go and explore the local area and further afield.
I couldn’t fault the week we spent here and really admire what Diana and Jim have clearly worked hard to achieve. Thank you both, we may see you again in future! :)
"Thank you Sophie, for your glowing review. It was a pleasure to have you at the cottage. It has been hard work at times to create a lovely garden, but guests who appreciate it, as you have, make it so worthwhile! Yours, Diana"
We spent two nights in this adorable little cottage. It was clean, comfortable, warm and so peaceful and we left feeling refreshed with our batteries fully charged.
Thank you for your glowing review. We are so pleased you you enjoyed the peace and quiet and went home refreshed.
A nice small Cottage just right for 2 people everything you need if trying to get away from it all
It was what we expected when we arrived as we had taken a good look online. Nice and quiet very rural but Village just a short walk away with local pub and a couple of shops one a post office. The coast is only a short drive and the biggest city Exeter close by as Hemyock is close to the motorway. The owners were very nice and did not bother us at all .Over all a wonderful time away and we will go back again.
Thank you Alan, for your review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay and went home refreshed. Yours, Diana
Peaceful base for exploration.
This is a lovely cottage in a quiet location which is ideal as a base for exploring the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the coastal towns of South Devon and Dorset.
Relaxing rural get-away and hospitable hostess
My partner and I had a last minute break here last week. We needed a break from work and just wanted to relax and switch off from the outside world, and this cottage suited us perfectly. It is a lovely, snug little cottage in a rural little village with lovely walks, a little shop and a pub on the doorstep. Diana was a great hostess and gave us helpful information about local walks and days out. The cottage is really close to the S.coast (a relaxing drive along country roads which took less than an hour) so we spent a couple of days out at different beaches which made for a nice change of scenery. The cottage was really snug in the evening and had all the amenities you would need. Diana even let us bring our dog who loved the huge garden they have! The cottage was perfect for what we wanted, and we would have loved to stay for longer if we could. We will definitely be back for another visit.
Thank you very much for your review, I am so pleased you enjoyed the peace and quiet that Shillings Cottage can offer guests, that you found the cottage warm and comfortable and that you made the most of the various walks using the maps and routes we provide for walkers. Also was nice to hear you explored further, to the Jurassic coast, with its pretty fishing villages and great pubs. Thank you for coming to stay.
Special interest holidays:
Traditional and Arts and Crafts courses are available at The Old Kennels Dunkerswell.
The South coast is within 16 miles. The beaches tend to be of pebbles, but there is sand at Sidmouth and Exmouth. The world famous Jurassic coastline where fossils are to be found is 45 minutes away by car. The North coast is within an hours drive. Here the beaches are sandy and famous for surf.
From Minehead right around the peninsular of Devon and Cornwall is the South West Coastal path. This is accessible from many points along the North and South coasts and many of these are within easy reach.
Nearest Airports: Exeter 18 miles, Bristol 49 miles.
Nearest Ferry Ports: Weymouth 48 miles, Plymouth 68 miles.
Nearest train station: Tiverton Parkway 6 miles. We can collect and return you to the station if you wish.
Hemyock half a mile, Wellington 5 miles, Honiton 9 miles, Taunton 12 miles, Exeter 25 miles.
National Trust Houses and gardens: Montecute 29 miles, Forde Abbey 19 miles, Hestercombe 18 miles, Knightshayes 16 miles, Killerton 19 miles, Cothay Manor 5 miles.
Exmoor and Dartmoor, the Eden Project, Lundy island, Clovelly and Rosemoor are all within reach.
Hemyock has a SPAR shop which is open from 8.00-22.00. Both this shop and the Post Office have cash points. There is a fish and chip shop, two hairdressers and a Health Centre with a dispensing pharmacy. There is a superb Indian takeaway in the next village with a delivery service. Nearby villages have an excellent selection of traditional country pubs serving excellent food, fine wines and local beers and ciders. Within 5 miles, the market town of Wellington has a tourist information office, a library, an old fashioned cinema, several branches of banks, and many small quality shops. Among these are a wine and cheese shop, an old fashioned hardware shop, a butchers which sells all local meats and cheeses, antique shops, bakers and several cafes as well as a branch of Waitrose. Wellington and Honiton (which is famous for lace making and its antique shops) and Taunton hold regular farmers markets. Taunton has a new museum and a theatre. The county town of Exeter was a Roman city and parts of the wall which surrounded the city stronghold are still visible. It has an excellent museum, medieval underground passages, a beautiful cathedral and many superior shops. There is plenty to see and do both during the day and in the evenings. Trains run from the nearby station into the heart of the city, or there are park and ride car parks on the outskirts.
Within the village are tennis courts which are floodlit at night, a fitness centre with drop in classes, and a park with swings. Parachuting, flying and gliding are available at Dunkerswell airfield. Each local town has its own sports centre. There is a steam train which runs from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and a canal with horse drawn barges in Tiverton. Horse riding, bird watching, tennis and fishing are all available locally. The Landrover experience is great fun for off road adventure. The donkey sanctuary at Sidmouth is 18 miles. Please contact Diana or Jim for further information or for booking any of the above and we will be very happy to help you.