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Country Cottage with Outdoor Pool set in Gardens in Peaceful Location with Glorious Views



Updated: 07-Oct-2016
Cottage in Hemyock, Nr. Honiton, Mid Devon, England, UK - Perfect for a Special, Away From it all, Stress Free Holiday

Shillings Cottage is a small but compact, romantic hideaway for two, with room for a cot for a baby, nestling in the beautiful Blackdown Hills. These unspoilt hills are rich in wildlife, with deer, heron, duck, woodpeckers, badgers, foxes, kingfishers, pheasants, buzzards and sparrow hawks. Hidden away and far from traffic noise, the pretty stone cottage sits in a peaceful setting within six acres of gardens and orchard. It is the only cottage to-let on the property.

The cottage has several features such as beamed ceilings unique hand painted tiles and oils and water colours by local artists. Upstairs, French windows open onto a wide balcony, set with a table and chairs for alfresco dining, under a century old walnut tree. Steps from here lead down to the swimming pool The pool is open from mid May until mid September. You are welcome to enjoy a swim whenever you wish and additionally, the pool is exclusively for your use, as our only cottage guests, from midday until 4pm from Mondays to Fridays. The pool is sixteen feet by thirty feet, with Roman End steps and has a depth of between four and five foot throughout.

Downstairs, in the cottage kitchen, is a table and two chairs, and a comfortable armchair. On the beech worktops, there is a toaster, a kettle, the hob, and the microwave, and below this is a cooker, a fridge and several drawers and cupboards. Next to this is a shower room with a power shower, a wash basin and a separate WC. Fresh flowers will be on the kitchen table, along with your cream tea of scones, jam and clotted cream which is included for our weekly guests.

In the living room/bedroom you will find a comfy sofa, so you can watch TV or sit and read in the sunshine through the French windows. The TV may also be seen from the super-king bed, which has a thick, comfortable mattress and a soft topper.

Opening the french windows onto the balcony, the ballustrade is entwined with roses and clematis. Here you can survey the landscape and watch the doves fly in and out of their dovecote. Steps with a banister rail take you to the paved terrace with borders filled with scented flowers such as roses, lilies and daphne and herbs such as lavender and thyme surround the pool.

The clear water of the pool is perfect for a refreshing dip.

In a sheltered corner is a suntrap with a glass topped table, reclining chairs and a parasol for shade. Or you can lean back on soft cushions on teak recliners upon the grassy lawns or under the old apple tree, to read, or simply go to sleep.

The cottage and the terrace and gardens around the pool have mobile phone reception and free WIFI broadband internet coverage.

Just a short walk from Shillings Cottage, on the river Culm, lies the historic village of Hemyock with its Castle, shops, excellent pub, take away, Post Office, bowling green, boules and tennis courts. There are also many traditional country pubs in the local villages nearby, serving food, local beers, ciders and fine wines.

The Blackdown Hills are the perfect destination for those who enjoy walking, cycling or horse-riding amid unspoilt countryside. The gently rolling landscape retains old fashioned methods of farming, with small meadows surrounded by banks and hedges within small dairy or beef cattle and sheep farms. You can walk straight from the door through grassy fields or along one of the many footpaths, or take a stroll along the river. Or enjoy the bird song while you have a picnic on a hill side.

If you wish, you may bring your own bike or borrow one of the owners and cycle the quiet lanes, over the hills and through the valleys.

For those who want to explore the area further, to the south, the Jurassic Coast is within 16 miles. Here you will find both many quiet beaches and small seaside villages between Lyme Regis and Exmouth. The coast path runs right along this coast and also along the North coast, which is within an hour's drive and has long, sandy beaches famous for surf. Exmoor, Dartmoor, Lundy Island, the Eden Project, Rosemoor and Clovelly are all within reach. There are also many historic houses nearby and lovely gardens to visit. The city of Exeter is 22 miles, Taunton is 12 miles and the small market towns of Honiton and Wellington are 9 and 6 miles respectively. The owners will be happy to give ideas, directions and recommendations. We also have a range of walks and maps available for you to choose from.

Please note:

We hope you will consider this your home during your stay.

The pool is occasionally used by the owners and by those staying with them.

The cottage and surrounding grounds has good mobile phone reception and free Wi-Fi broadband internet.

There are some books and games available within the cottage and DVD’s may be borrowed from the owners.

Hampers of local farm produce and ales or ciders may be ordered in advance.

An online shopping service, via the nearest Waitrose, can be ordered by you and unpacked prior to your arrival. There is no smoking inside the cottage.

Full central heating makes the cottage ideal all year round.

We have found that babies sleep best in a familiar cot, so we ask guests to bring their own, but a high chair can be provided. Pease mention you will be bringing a baby and the child's age.

There is secure off road parking.

Dogs are welcome, but there is an additional charge, so please mention this when booking.

More Details
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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 outdoor swimming pool, with some 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.

Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for a lovely relaxing week in your beautiful little cottage. fabulous views and setting and the weather has been fantastic. We have loved it and wish it was ours + all the animals. Lynne and Melvyn, Sheffield.

Beautiful cottage, really relaxing break away from it all. Will miss the lovely warm pool. Diana and Jim made us feel very welcome. We shall return. Tracey and Mark, Kent.

A very comfortable bed with rich cotton sheets and a hot, powerful shower. All our creature comforts in this small but perfectly formed cottage set in idyllic countryside. Lilly and Gordon and eight month old Lydia, Kent.
Dec 2010
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Peaceful base for exploration.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxing rural get-away and hospitable hostess

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 18 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Catherine Wheel at 0.5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Weymouth at 48 Miles Nearest Golf : Pickeridge at 8 Miles Nearest Train : Tiverton Parkway at 6 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 4 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Catherine Wheel at 0.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Branscombe at 17 Miles Car: recommended

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.

Further Information:

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.

Local activities:

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.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Autumn
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Late Autumn
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas and New Year
24 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
4 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Spring Holiday
22 Apr 2017 - 12 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
13 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

I ask for at least £150 to secure the booking. If you wish to book, you may confirm by e mail or telephone. Once I confirm the period is available, please complete the booking form which I can send, or you can find on www.shillingscottage.co.uk and either post or e mail it to me.
If you wish to make a direct transfer, I will give you my account details or you will find our bank details on the form. If you would prefer to send a cheque, please send it together with the form. You may pay through Pay Pal if you are paying from overseas. Please check this with me first.
In the case of cancellation: The first instalment is to be 25% of the booking cost. This secures your booking and is non-refundable. The balance will be due 10 weeks before check in. If the holiday is cancelled 8 weeks before check in, 50% of the balance will be refunded. Should the holiday be cancelled 6 weeks before check in, 25% of the balance will be refunded.
Please ring or e mail me if you have any further questions and I will be very happy to help.

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From the Owner

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, give a carrot or apple to the ponies or chat to the chickens. We hope you too will feel at home here.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Power shower, basin and separate wc.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom + Cot) Notes on bedrooms: 1 bedroom with a super king brass bed, with a generous feather duvet and pure white linen. A cot and bedding and a high chair can be provided.


  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • You are welcome to enjoy a swim when you wish. The pool is entirely yours on weekday afternoons. It is 16' by 30' with Roman End steps and is of one depth, between 4 and 5 ft throughout. We keep it heated and it is in use from mid May until mid September, depending on the weather. It is also used occasionally by ourselves and those staying with us in the mornings and evenings. Please feel free to wander through the beautiful orchards, where you will find mulberry, fig, plum, pear, cherry, peach and apple trees. You are also welcome to sit and admire the views from all parts of the garden, and to wander amongst the borders and across the lawns. We hope that you will consider that this is your home while you are staying with us. A glass topped table with a parasol for shade and reclining chairs is set into a sun trap. Cushioned teak loungers are available on the lawn. There is a hammock in the orchard. On the balcony is a further table and chairs, there are also seats in several places in the garden, including down by the pond. All linen, kitchen and bath towels are included. The property will be cleaned prior to your arrival. Books and an extensive DVD library is available.

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