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

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Beautiful family house close to centre of Topsham on the Exe Estuary, nr. Exeter, Devon, in a peaceful location just 150 m to Fore St. & the water

A recently refurbished, substantial 4 bedroom semi detached house with masses of open plan living space, big kitchen/diner, conservatory and lovely garden, in a quiet location (cul de sac) in the conservation area of Topsham. Shapter House has valuable off street parking and is 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, conservatory, 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 two wall mounted wide screen smart TVs. Wi Fi and on demand TV is also included.

The large kitchen diner has a well fittted kitchen, two ovens and microwave, dishwasher and extensive granite worktops to provide a comfortable and practical room. Recently added full size smart TV ensures the chef or their helpers can keep up to date or relax while looking on!

The garden has also undergone a major renovation and now includes a dining deck under a pergola, lawned areas, stone patio and many interesting and exotic plants.

The downstairs also includes a cloakroom and WC and utility room with washer and dryer whilst the first floor has two bathrooms, both with WCs and showers, the main with full size bath.

Master bedroom has large double bed, in spacious bay windowed room with further TV. Three further bedrooms offer double or twin bed in spacious rooms, bedroom four is a single.

Throughout are quality furnishings, original pictures and lamps and many interesting items to make this house feel like a home.

More Details

Nick and Jane Bailey
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Nick and Jane Bailey

Nick and Jane Bailey. We have been married for 25 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 the Clifton area of Bristol to keep a watchful eye of our youngest who was studying for A levels! Well it worked because he made Southampton Uni!

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 many decades 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 12 years, so are excited about this new addition to our portfolio, Shapter House in Topsham.

Nick and Jane Bailey purchased this house in 2012

Why Nick and Jane Bailey chose Topsham

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 being near the water, good food, great shopping, beautiful countryside, friendly people & plenty to do, then Topsham makes the perfect holiday destination.

What makes this house unique

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, a train link to Exeter and beyond and a cycle track linking all the Estuary villages. 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!

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Topsham in Exeter

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • river
  • village
  • 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 ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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/double 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
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • 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
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: This is a comfortable family house with two spacious living rooms, conservatory, large kitchen/diner and four bedrooms spread over two floors. There is gas central heating (underfloor on ground floor) and cooking is by induction 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 250 m away and Topsham open air swimming pool 200m. Local shopping and pubs/restaurants are all within an easy level walk. 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 conservatory and garden, built in gas fire, dresser, small library of novels and reference books


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Stunning 4 bed house close Topsham centre, pvt parking, gardens, smart TV, WiFi
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Fallen in love with Topsham

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible place to stay! Topsham seems to be a hidden gem in Devon.

The house itself has been beautifully decorated with care and attention. The owners have clearly spent time and effort in making this property the incredibly stunning home it is today.

Private parking was a bonus and everything that Topsham offers was within a stones throw from the front door.

The restaurants, cafe’s and waterfront pubs did not disappoint.

A brilliant stay in a fantastic home. Looking forward to booking another trip here again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you guys, so glad you enjoyed your visit. See why we fell in love with Topsham 20 years ago and ended up buying there! It does offer so much and everything is on your doorstep. If you love beautiful countryside, boating, fishing, bird watching, cycling, bowling, swimming or just decent food and a good pint, you name it and you will find it close by in Topsham, and the people are lovely too! Best wishes, Nick & Jane
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Great property, great postion

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our week in Topsham, house was very good, lovely sized rooms and a great garden, facilities in house very good too. The house was also in a very good position close to all amenities.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks guys, we’re glad you had a good break and enjoyed Shapter House and Topsham. Welcome back anytime!
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Great house and location

  • 5 of 5

Ideal house for our family gathering of 6 adults and two small children. Loads of space in the different rooms to enjoy.The children appreciated the resident toys as well ! We have visited this part of Devon for many years . Topsham has developed into one of the best locations with all the amenities whilst retaining it's own local charm. We hope to return to Shapter House and will recommend to our friends.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased to have you and as always delighted you enjoyed our home. Welcome back anytime! Nick and Jane
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Christmas Holiday

  • 5 of 5

My family of seven adults and two young grandchildren came from the U.S. to spend Christmas with our UK family that lives in Exeter. We needed a large house, not just for us but for the additional family that would be joining us for Christmas day (fifteen in all).

This house met our needs perfectly. With four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms for sleeping and plenty of space to spread out in the living room, entertainment room and conservatory, along with a large kitchen and dining room - perfect.

The house was very well maintained and had many upscale luxuries, including a SONOS sound system. The floor heating was a wonderful touch in the mornings and the conservatory could be shut off from the rest of the house for a little quiet time if necessary.

The location was perfect for us with plenty of places (pubs, restaurants, shops, a huge antique mall) within walking distance and trains and buses passing through town on a regular basis to get us to Exeter or the beach.

The owners were great to work with and provided a warm Christmas atmosphere for us including a live Christmas tree. There was even toys, a stroller and a pack-n-play for the little ones.

We stayed for 12 nights and made full use of the house during that time with no complaints. With this length of a stay we made full use of the washer and dryer too.

The one negative for us (remember we're from the U.S.) was the roads in Topsham, especially getting to the house - it was very narrow. The driveway enabled us to park our two rental cars but getting in and out was a challenge.

I would highly recommend this house to anyone seeking to stay in the Exeter region with a large family.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased your visit was a success and you enjoyed Shapter House. It was a pleasure for us too and we're glad you enjoyed our house and all the homely touches that make it such a joy to live in. Happy New Year. Nick and Jane
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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: 15-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 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: 02-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 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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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
220 Metres
The Globe plus others
Nearest Ferry
300 Metres
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Exeter Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Topsham station
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Numerous in the High St.
Nearest Beach
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 & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Topsham, Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring/summer 2018
21 Apr 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
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 £15 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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