|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
This is the largest of our three cottages and is single storey thus appealing to visitors of all ages and is ideal for a family holiday. The light and airy open plan reception room, with beamed ceiling and areas of exposed stonework, has a fully fitted kitchen with dining tables and chairs at one end and comfy sofas and an armchair around the wood burning stove at the other. A door leads directly onto the enclosed patio with views across the meadow in front of the cottages. 2 shallow steps lead to the bedrooms - one double, one twin bedded and one single - and bathroom (bath with overhead shower, basin and toilet). The double room has an en suite basin and toilet. Wi-Fi available. Should you need an additional bedroom, the ground floor ORCHARD BEDROOM can be hired by any cottage either for the full length of your stay or just for a couple of nights. It is a self contained twin bedded room with en-suite shower, toilet and basin, as well as TV and facilities to make a hot drink.
Twistgates Farm Cottages, in East Devon, nestle in the Blackdown Hills (AONB). They are surrounded by gently rolling hills, wonderful views and with excellent walking straight from the front doors. Being just minutes from one of the main routes into the West Country they are ideally placed to explore the many attractions that Devon and nearby Dorset and Somerset have to offer, including the magnificent Jurassic Coast. The 3 cottages have been converted from farm buildings into warm and characterful cottages enhanced with beams, exposed stonework and wood burning stoves (for added cosiness only as each cottage has full central heating). A grassy meadow, edged with fruit trees, is available for everyone's enjoyment whether you wish to sit and listen to the birds or be a little more active and kick a ball around! Each cottage has a private patio garden, those of the larger cottages are enclosed but have direct access onto the meadow, and that of the smaller cottage is very secluded and looks onto a quiet garden.
My husband and I arrived here in 2004 having turned our backs on many years of living in London, not to farm, as this is no longer a working farm, but to run holiday cottages. Our home, shared with two golden retrievers and numerous friends and family who visit whenever possible, is the old farm house next to the cottages. Whilst respecting visitors privacy at all times we are on hand if we are needed and love to hear where visitors have explored and to share our favourite places with them.
Mrs Suzanne Gray purchased this cottage in 2004
The tranquillity of the beautiful countryside, the drifts of snowdrops under the hedges and the Devon banks topped with bluebells, the sunsets, the huge variety of birds, regular sightings of deer, foxes and badgers never fail to delight us, and I still get a thrill when I turn off the A303 and head down the quiet lane that leads to Twistgates -at one particular point (and you'll know it when you get there) the valley opens up before you and whatever the season, or the weather, it always takes my breath away.
Surrounded by the beautiful and peaceful Blackdown Hills, the hustle and bustle of life feels a world away and yet we are only 5 minutes from the A303/A30 - one of the main routes into the West Country. The Jurassic Coast can be reached in under half an hour and Honiton, renown for its antiques emporiums, individual shops and delightful cafes and restaurants, is less than a 15 minute drive. We welcome our guests with a Devon Cream Tea consisting of freshly baked scones, lashings of clotted cream and jam made from our own fruit, and locally produced foods, cider and beer can be bought from the many farm shops, markets, restaurants and pubs in the area.
"We must have holidayed at Twistgates at least ten times over the years and have never been disappointed."
"Comfortable, welcoming and very cosy. Lovely cream tea on arrival. Family atmosphere, safe for young children. We all loved the personal touches like halloween chocolates and the carved pumpkin on the gate. We all look forward to the next time and many more."
"We have had a very special vacation at the Twistgates holiday cottage. East Devon provided us with such an array of memories to take home to Canada. We went fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast, visited the historic city of Exeter, walked a little way along the South Coast path, loved the little town of nearby Honiton and did our best to visit every antique shop! In between times we made ourselves so comfy in your delightful and very well equipped holiday cottage. Self catering was easy with so much local food around and we had fun choosing what to eat in the farmers market in Taunton. Thank you!"
QUOTES FOR SHORT BREAKS WORKED OUT ON THE CALCULATOR - please note that short breaks longer than 3 nights are priced on a percentage basis and not on a nightly basis so the quote that shows on the calculator may not be accurate.
Short breaks are available at most times of the year (usually a minimum of 3 nights). Please contact us by phone or email for prices or check on our website where prices are given.
Our usual changeover day is Saturday in our larger cottages and Friday in our cottage for 2 however out of high season we try to be as flexible as possible. Arrival time 4pm onwards, departure time by 10am.
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Having stayed at Weathervane Cottage in 2014, we returned to this wonderful accommodation during February 2017.
The cottage is beautifully presented, with quality furnishings and all modern amenities (including a Smart TV which our teenage children appreciated and good reliable WIFI in the house, essential for us due to work commitments).
Twistgates Farm Cottages is very dog-friendly and for our very first trip away with our labradoodle, it couldn't have been made easier.
Duncan and Suzanne are the perfect hosts - very friendly and on hand to give any advice on local attractions, even though there is a vast amount of sightseeing literature available in the accommodation.
Upottery is very well situated for easy access to the A303 and the Somerset border (Taunton less than half an hour away), as well as the A30 to Exeter (40 minutes) and beyond. The coast and Sidmouth, Beer, Lyme Regis can all be reached in just half an hour.
A fine, tastefully furnished accommodation, spotlessly clean, situated in the most perfect of locations for easy day trips into Somerset, Devon and Dorset.
Thank you, Duncan and Suzanne for your hospitality (the cream tea on arrival is a very welcoming gesture as well!) We do hope to visit again.
This is our second visit to garden cottage , lovely homely feel fresh scones cream and jam on arrival also milk to make a cup of tea perfect thank you Suzanne . Very central to everything and there is lots to do . Great pub in the village with good food and very dog friendly . We will return
A lovely cottage, well equipped and maintained. Our party of 3 plus 2 dogs stayed for a week to celebrate two birthdays, and it was a real home from home. Added extras such as a welcome pack of milk, scones, cream and jam plus a vase of daffodils was a delight on arrival. Suzanne and Duncan were very helpful but never intrusive. We were able to use a nearby field to exercise the dogs which was excellent. Local pubs in the area also welcomed dogs so it made the whole holiday easy to plan. I would highly recommend this cottage, it is in a beautiful area of Devon with plenty to explore and do.