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Beautiful 4 bed house close Topsham centre, pvt parking, gardens, smart TV, WiFi



Updated: 07-Dec-2016
House close to centre of Topsham on the Exe Estuary, nr. Exeter, South Devon, in a peaceful location just 200m from the main street and waters edge

A recently refurbished, substantial 4 bedroom semi detached house with masses of open plan living space, big kitchen/diner and lovely garden, in a quiet location (cul de sac) in the conservation area of Topsham. With off street parking and within 150 metres of the town's main street & quay, Topsham offers wonderful boating, shopping, eating and many other great facilities. Exeter is just 15 minutes ride on the train (station 400m or regular bus service 200m). The house has recently undergone a major transformation which include new oak floors, panoramic doors overlooking the garden and open-planning to much of the ground floor to provide a superb living space with numerous sofas, wood burner, inset gas fire and wall mounted wide screen smart TV. Wi Fi and on demand TV is also included. The garden has also undergone a major renovation and now includes a dining deck, stone patio and many interesting and exotic plants.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Nick and Jane Bailey. We have been married for 23 years, have 3 children (and a Sprocker spaniel called Scrumpy) and have lived in the small rural village of Tockington near Bristol for the past fifteen years. We recently moved to a flat in the Clifton area of Bristol to keep a watchful eye of our youngest who is studying for A levels!

Jane runs her own book-keeping business and works for many diverse clients from estate agents to farm equipment dealers. Nick has also run his own property management business for over 35 years and now specialises in period refurbishments, new builds and holiday lettings. We have been letting in Topsham, Devon, Bodrum in Turkey & Playa Blanca in Lanzarote for the last 10 years, so are excited about this new addition to our portfolio, Shapter House in Topsham.

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Speaks English, French, German

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lots of lovely comments entered in our guest book in the house (copy on request) and on line on the Owners Direct site.
May 2013
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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely house and great location

  • 5 of 5

Shapter House is conveniently located in Topsham and is a lovely house with a beautiful garden. It easily accommodated 7 of us, a mix of adults, teenagers and children (plus cat). We would highly recommend it. Topsham is a picturesque town, located close to the museums of Exeter and the beaches of Exmouth. Visit if you can!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed our home and Topsham. Everyone that visits finds us in the perfect location, falls in love with Topsham and looks forward to coming back.
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Lovely, well equipped family home

  • 5 of 5

Spacious and comfortable home. Lovely to open the doors to the garden when the weather was warm. Parking was tight but the location was great so we could leave the car in the drive for the week and walk, cycle or get the train to everywhere we wanted to go.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Our lane is quite narrow but that's part of the charm and being a cul de sac, very little traffic. Great to have you and glad you had a good time. Nick & Jane
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Absolutely gorgeous house - Love it, love it - will definitely return!

  • 5 of 5

Shapter House was ideal for our stay - just what we were looking for. We (7 of us - 4 adults and 3 children) loved the house. With 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (plus a downstairs cloakroom), living room, snug and large kitchen/diner, we felt we had plenty of room to spread out. It is cosy, very well equipped and a total home from home. It is apparent from first walking in that the owners have put a lot of thought and love into the house and the recent refurbishments of both downstairs and upstairs make it a really gorgeous family home - the photos don't do it justice! Absolutely adore the wood burner in the lounge, and the instant gas fire in the snug - very much appreciated in the recent cold spell.

We did not make much use of the garden as it was not great weather, but can see that in the summer the enormous fold-back doors that lead directly from the kitchen to the garden would be great. Very pleased to be able to park both our cars on the drive, as I know few Topsham houses have parking, although there is a very reasonable car park nearby.

It is ideally situated close to all amenities and Topsham has so much to offer. Topsham shops have all you could need, there are plenty of places to eat out, ample walking opportunities both the Topsham side of the estuary and on the other side (courtesy of Mike the ferryman). With the train station so close, and regular trains going to Exmouth one way, and Exeter and beyond the other, the opportunities are endless. Spent far too long wandering around the antiques centre on the Quay, loved the Cheese Shop, had a brilliant meal in The Galley and also The Globe.

Really looking forward to booking again in the summer, when the Topsham open air pool with be open. Thank you Nick and Jane for allowing us to stay in your gorgeous house and also Nick for taking the time to answer our queries.

Will definitely recommend to all our friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the trouble to write this lovely review. We are so pleased we reached expectations and your local info really helps other potential guests. We look forward to welcoming you back soon?
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Fabulous stay!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Shapter Cottage for five nights over Christmas, myself, husband, children aged 19 and 16, plus a visit from my sister and her little dog for two nights.

The cottage (with precious parking!) was tucked away in a quiet street and we were able to walk into the centre of Topsham within a couple of minutes.

The cottage was delightful, beautifully layed out, warm and cosy, with all mod cons. It had everything you could need and more, including all those little essentials that you normally don't get but realise you need just after the shops have shut!. I was able to cook a Boxing Day lunch for 8, and put on tea for 11 and had everything I needed.

It is perfect for a large family group, a group of friends, or a couple of smaller families to get away together but with plenty of space. It has lots of comfortable homely touches, and feels very much like you've been lent a family home, which you have.

It has a beautiful garden which would be a terrific bonus in summer, but was lovely to look at even in winter!

Topsham is quaint with some lovely shops and great places to eat. A perfect place to get away from it all.

Exeter and Exmouth are a stones throw away, and a trip to Darts Farm nearby is a must to stock up on some delicious local ingredients, especially the Devon clotted cream.

The owners were very accomodating, provided lots of information and advice, and communicated well throughout.

We had a fabulous Christmas at Shapter Cottage and would love to visit again in the summer.

I would be happy to recommend this lovely house to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As always we are delighted to hear that our guests appreciate the charms of Topsham and Shapter House. Thank you for the kind words and remember you will always be welcome back. Nick and Jane Bailey
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Top house in Topsham

  • 5 of 5

Shapter House is a very comfortable, nicely presented and well equipped property with a welcoming atmosphere the moment that you walk through the door. Situated in a quiet residential area with safe onsite parking, yet just a couple of minutes' walk to the centre of Topsham, or to the rail station for outings to Exmouth, Exeter and further afield. We enjoyed relaxing in the attractive garden at the end of each busy day, before strolling along to one of Topsham's numerous excellent restaurants and pubs. Dart's Farm shop with its tempting produce was an easy 20 minute walk. All in all a perfect, relaxing foodie break.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, what can we say? We are pleased to get so much positive feedback and again happy your visit was a great success. We have put a lot of time (and money) into Shapter House recently and pleased to be able to share it with others. Nick & Jane
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Eldest Daughter's Graduation

  • 5 of 5

Description very accurate. Web it tight for two-car parking.

Access road very close. Perfect for rail travelers, with station very close.

Very clean and comfortable, and spacious. Beds good. Kitchen well-equipped.

Good garden out back.

Use of public outdoor pool in Topsham. recommended.

Our eldest daughter was graduating from Exeter, so location perfect

when combined with a weeks holiday.

Globe Pub in Topsham excellent. These guys even did "Gluten free" dishes when asked.

Nick, the owner very helpful.

Would stay again, so recommend this one.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks for your review and glad you found the house comfortable and convenient. Since your visit we have made some improvements to the kitchen/diner (now panoramic doors to garden) and the garden (new patio, decking and summerhouse). Also upgraded the boiler & hot water system. Yes our road is a bit narrow but we get our Audi A6 estate in no problem (and parking is such a premium here). Look forward to welcoming you back one day. Nick & Jane .
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From the Owner

We fell in love with Topsham on first sight about 20 years ago and this is our third property there which we intend to make our full time home sometime in the near future. Topsham provides so much and it's all available on your doorstep. If you love the water, good food, great shopping, beautiful countryside, friendly people & plenty to do, then Topsham makes the perfect holiday destination.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 5 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Globe plus others at 220 Metres Nearest Ferry : Turf at 500 Metres Nearest Golf : Exeter Golf & Country Club at 2 Miles Nearest Train : Topsham station at 500 Metres Nearest Motorway : M5 at 3 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Numerous in the High St. at 200 Metres Nearest Beach : Exmouth at 12 Miles Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

The RSPB reserve at Bowling Green Lane is only a few minutes walk and a number of interesting estuary boating trips are available on the Avocet.

Topsham has a rich boating history and the sailing club will always welcome temporary members.

Combine boating with a trip to the pub and take the ferry across the river to one of the riverside hostelries.

Artists are abundant and courses can be attended locally or socials arranged.

Gourmands will be well looked after as Topsham offers some of the best dining experiences and foodie shops in the West.


Exmouth Beach is about 8 miles away (serviced by the little train) and other beaches a little further are Budleigh, Sidmouth, Ladram bay, Beer and Lyme Regis. Dartmoor and Exmoor are almost on the doorstep, all wonderful to explore.

Exmouth is the start of the Jurassic Coast and provides some wonderful walking opportunities.

Look at Topsham towns website for more information.


Exeter Airport only about 5 miles

Junction 30 of M5 about 3 miles

or take the train to Exeter and straight into Topsham (station is about 200m from the house)


Exeter 5 miles

Exmouth 6 miles

Dartmoor National Park 17 miles

Exmoor 32 miles

Budleigh Salterton 9 miles

Dawlish 10 miles

Good pubs and restaurants 150 metres

Specialist shops, food, clothes & sundries 150 metres

Further Details:

Topsham has many excellent pubs, wine bars, restaurants and specialist food shops. A weekly market is held on Saturday mornings in the High St.

There is an open air heated swimming pool, bowling green and tennis courts in the town centre.

Lloyds Bank, a small supermarket, chemists, butchers. fruit and veg shop etc. are all available close by.

For more information on what Topsham has to offer visit the Topsham Town website.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
5 Sep 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas Special
21 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2017
8 Jan 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter & Spring 2017
9 Apr 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
25 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Please go to our website (click on "Owners Website" button below our contact details) where you will see masses more info and the booking form on the contact page.
A 25% deposit if required with the balance due 2 months before the holiday.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Saturday (sometimes Sunday in July/August to avoid M5 congestion) but out of season other days may be arranged. Arrival normally after 3pm to allow for servicing but this can vary depending on previous occupancy.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for up to 6 persons per 7 nights ( additional charge of £14 per person (over 6 people) per night for up to 6 persons, (children four years old and under at time of holiday go free).
If we have availability and you are only a couple please contact us, we may be able to arrange a good discount for you.

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From the Owner

Shapter House benefits from being in the conservation area of Topsham, surrounded by well maintained period homes and just a couple of minutes walk from the river, great shops, restaurants and waterside pubs. Topsham is a unique town with a real village feel which offers so much such as the open air heated pool just off the main street. Open countryside is on our doorstep & the best food & fish (wet or cooked) is found a few minutes up the road at Darts Farm. At Shapter House you find peace, relaxation and perfect living without the normal stresses of city life. We are towards the end of a cul-de-sac so few passing cars. Once there, your car can be abandoned as getting about is just so easy be it on foot, by water taxi or ferry, bus, bicycle or local train. Bliss!

Property Type

  • house


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • river
  • village


  • arboretum
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, family bathroom with rain shower over bath
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, large shower room with shower enclosure, basin and WC
  • downstairs cloakroom - Toilet, spacious room with WC, basin and heated towel rail
  • Main bathroom with bath, rain shower, basin & WC. Heated towel rail. Second bathroom with walk in shower, WC and basin. Heated towel rail Ground floor WC & basin & separate utility room (washer & dryer)


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - Master bedroom with double bed, bay window, storage
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed, 1 Cot, single room, travel cot available
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, attractive double room, plenty of storage
  • Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed, Large triple room with single bed and full size bunk
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 in one double, one single & 2 twin rooms Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, bay window, fitted cupboards, TV Bedroom 2 with twin beds Bedroom 3 with twin beds (can make king size double) Bedroom 4 with single bed


  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: This is a comfortable family house with two spacious living rooms, large kitchen/diner and four bedrooms spread over two floors. There is gas central heating (underfloor on ground floor) and cooking is by gas hob & twin electric ovens. There is a private enclosed garden to the rear with ample space for outdoor seating & dining. Decked area, patio, lawn and shrubs provide a lovely place to relax. While there is off street parking for 2 vehicles, the car will be rarely used as all the fabulous facilities Topsham provides are all within easy walking distance. The Quay is only 200m away and Topsham open air swimming pool 150m. Local shopping and pubs/restaurants are all within an easy level walk as is public transport by bus or train. Outside: To the rear there is a secluded garden with lawn, patio, decking, summer house and patio chairs & tables. There is a further garden to the front. There is a great open air heated swimming pool in the main street just 150m away. Topsham pool is open 6 months of the year and provides great outdoor swimming and leisure in its heated waters. Great shopping facilities and eating are just 150m level walk away. Utility Room: Washing machine, dryer, basin & WC. A spacious room for sports equipment, boots and wet coats. Additional door to exterior. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided and changed weekly, and property is serviced on a weekly basis. Other: Second living room provides a further space for reading, listening to music, TV or just relaxing. French doors to garden, oak flooring, built in gas fire, pine dresser, small library of novels and reference books. Music player for CDs, radio & cassettes.

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