This cosy cottage is ideal for a couple who want a quiet retreat or romantic break. The front door opens into a charming beamed room with comfy seating around the wood burning stove, dining table by a window allows you to keep an eye on the local bird population, and a fully equipped kitchen area. Stairs lead to one bedroom, large enough for us to add a bed suitable for a child (please request, additional charge), and a bathroom (bath with hand held shower, basin and toilet). This cottage is tucked behind our other 2 cottages and has a secluded patio that provides a private spot for an alfresco meal or simply to relax. Wi-Fi available. Please note: we can accept only one small dog in this cottage and that the fridge has a freezer compartment.
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.
Top Traveller Review
A Nice Cottage Down a Quiet Country Lane
About the Owner
About Mrs Suzanne Gray
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
Why Mrs Suzanne Gray chose East Devon
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.
What makes this cottage unique
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.
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 (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.
(2 traveller reviews)
A Nice Cottage Down a Quiet Country Lane
The cottage was pleasant and comfortable, and Suzanne had left a lovely cream tea to welcome us on our arrival. Throughout our stay Suzanne was very keen to know how our stay was going and whether we needed anything. This was done without intruding on us. The cottage has a small courtyard area where we enjoyed watching the birds at the bird feeder. The location was convenient for trips to Dartmoor, Exmoor and the Jurassic Coast. Well worth considering as a base when touring Devon.
Lovely holiday cottage was so peaceful felt completely relaxed the cottages were perfect for us we took our puppy with us for his first holiday even he seemed calmer. Beautiful countryside and views were breath taking. Very friendly people made us feel very welcome from the moment we arrived
From the Owner
“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.”
Activity and Interests
The Jurassic Coast is within easy driving distance and offers you a range of beaches - approximately 30 minutes from us are Lyme Regis, Beer and Branscombe and a little further (approx. 40 minutes) are Sidmouth and slightly further, Exmouth.
Approximate driving distances: Exeter airport 30 mins, Bristol airport 75 mins. M5 junctions 25 (Taunton) and 29 (Exeter) 30 mins. Should you wish to have a car-free stay our nearest train station is at Honiton (approx 7 miles) and we can give you some numbers for taxis. We provide plenty of information about local walks and several supermarkets deliver if you wish to arrange a grocery shop to be delivered to your cottage.
Approximate distances: Upottery village 2.25 miles, Churchinford village 4 miles. Honiton 7 miles, Taunton 16 miles, Exeter 30 miles, Sidmouth 16 miles.
Churchinford (about 4 miles from here) has a very well stocked community store where you can buy locally produced fresh food, basic provisions as well as newspapers.
Our local pub, the Sidmouth Arms in Upottery village (about 5 minutes by car or enjoy a lovely 4.5 mile circular walk ) serves good food and welcomes children and dogs.
Several large supermarkets deliver here and if you wish to place an on-line order before you arrive I can take it in and unpack it for you (please check first).There are some very good restaurants and pubs in the area and details of these, along with many interesting places to visit and things to do, suggestions for walks etc will be found in the information folders in the cottages, and on our website under 'Out and About'.
From the Owner
“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.”
- Dining Area
- bird watching
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Hand held shower over bath
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1
- Golf ...
- Max. occupancy: 2
- pets considered
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: This is a small complex of self catering units consisting of 3 cottages rated 4 star by VisitBritain and detailed here, and a stylish open plan apartment that provides a perfect bolt hole for one couple (Owners Direct property reference E15446). Our prices include all heating, electricity, bed linen and towels and an initial basket of logs. The only extras are for use of the communal laundry facilities and further supplies of logs. We can accept dogs by prior arrangement and make a charge of £25 per dog per week (restrictions apply). No smoking permitted in any accommodation unit. Outside: A short driveway leads to Twistgates Farm Cottages and as you drive up it you will see through the trees the meadow area on your right. This is a great space for children to run around in and let off steam, perfect for kicking a ball or throwing a Frisbee but there are quiet spots too, amongst the trees, where you can hide away with a good book or watch the varied bird life that abounds here. Garden Cottage has a private and secluded patio tucked behind the other two cottages. Weathervane & Meadow Cottages have their own enclosed patios opening on to the meadow, and are set back from one another to ensure maximum privacy. All the patios are furnished with tables and chairs and are ideal for alfresco meals or maybe just somewhere to sit and take in the gentle surroundings and listen to the birds. The meadow area in front of Weathervane and Meadow Cottages is available for everyone's use.