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Large Victorian Country Residence With Extensive Gardens & Panoramic Views



Updated: 15-Oct-2016
House in Colyton, Nr. Seaton, Sidmouth & Lyme Regis East Devon, England - Private & Secure Location With Views and Private Parking. Ideal For Touring East Devon & West Dorset

Recently refurbished to Visit England 4 Star standard. Knowles is a comfortable quality home. Ideal for family holidays, re-unions, meetings or a good base to travel The Jurassic Coast. Great views over Coly & Axe Valleys. Local Golf courses at Seaton, Lyme Regis, Honiton & Sidmouth only a 15 minute drive. Private grounds, croquet lawn, soccer goal, golf driving net. Parking for 6-8 cars and area for trailer parking. Well tended mature gardens with herbs & vegetables available most of the year. Open fire places in sitting room and dining room. Easy access to downstairs twin ensuite with own sitting room. Classic easy stairs, hall way & downstairs WC. Children & Dogs are welcome.

  • Sleeps 13
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Knowles has been in The MacLean family for three generations and is currently owned by Allan & Alasdair MacLean, who live nearby.

Knowles is a great family home built in 1890's, when houses were constructed to work with the climate as no central heating or refrigeration were available, so utility rooms to the North, Living rooms facing south.

Our parents were both keen gardeners and we have both seen things grow and change over the years.

Knowles was completely refurbished in 2012 and as neither of us wanted to live there, we decided to make it into a high level self catering property.

Allan & Heather MacLean will be on call for you during your stay to give you local advice & assistance

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Speaks English, French, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Fantastic house, great place for a holiday in Devon. Great beach at Budleigh Salterton. Good fishing trip out of Lyme Regis. Cooked Mackerel in the AGA!!!

Don't forget to have a game of croquet! Thank you!" The Pegg family & Mitch the dog. August 2013

"Superb house, very well equiped. Allan & Heather made us very welcome. Lovely cake & cider on arrival. Thank you" The Blythe family & Alfie. Aug 2013
Sep 2013
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2 holidaymaker reviews


Fantastic place for a family gathering or reunion!

  • 5 of 5

We booked the place for a friends reunion with most of our friends coming from overseas (8 out of 12).

Allan was a great communicator and gave us a tour through the house upon welcome. The house was absolutely stunning, with proper beds, lounge and large kitchen. There was a huge well maintained garden where we have spent most of our time. He also recommended plenty of places to visit, local pubs and shops.

A big bonus is that bed linen and towels were provided.

We would definitely recommend this place.

HoJan Senya

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Knowles house party

  • 5 of 5

Our bedroom was enormous, light and airy with fabulous views over the garden and to the valley beyond. It had a brand new en-suite to the bedroom with a decent sized shower too, with loads of hot water...which is always a bonus.

Allan was such a great host, very attentive and treated us to some terrific breakfasts!

Knowles gave us access to so much beautiful countryside along the Jurassic Coast and is certainly a house we will be returning to...especially with family and friends...it's enormous!

Many thanks Allan.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Colyton and East Devon/West Dorset are relatively unspoilt as most holiday makers travel by on their way west. There are good road and rail links with the county towns of Exeter & Taunton only 20 miles away. We have some good Golf Courses locally, a very good local Grammar School, wonderful countryside for walking, painting, hunting and shooting. Being so close to the sea we have excellent boating and fishing facilities. Most of all it is peaceful.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter & Bristol at 19 Miles Nearest Barpub : Kingfisher at 0.25 Miles Nearest Golf : Axecliff at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Axminster or Taunton at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 18 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Kingfisher at 0.25 Miles Nearest Beach : Seaton & Beer at 2.5 Miles Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

River Cottage Canteen in Axminster & River Cottage HQ are both less than 5 miles away, so Knowles is an ideal location if you are attending any of their Training Couses or just want to eat there.

Fishing: Lake, River or Sea.

Bird Watching: Axe Valley Wetlands 20minutes walk or 5 by car.

Hunting & Shooting.


Seaton 3 miles

Beer 3 miles

Lyme Regis 6 miles

Sidmouth 7 miles


Exeter Airport 18 miles

Bristol 56 miles

Dunkeswell (Private) 12 miles

London 3Hrs by Car 2Hr 40mins by train Waterloo to Axminster


Colyton 1/2 mile

Seaton 3 miles

Exeter 20 miles

Further Details:

Colyton:Bank, x2 Mini Supermarkets, Doctors Surgery, Chemist, Post Office ,x3 Pubs, Social Club with Snooker, Local Riverside walks, x2 Restaurants, Fish & Chips Shop,Tannery, Anglo Saxon Church, Tea Rooms, Playing Fields & Tennis Courts.Tram Station to Seaton Via Colyford.

Seaton: Large Tesco Store, Lloyds, Natwest Banks, Petrol Station & a variety of Restaurants & Take aways, Chemists,Hospital.

Honiton: Tesco, Lidl, Aldi. One of the largest collection of Antique Shops in Devon. Regular weekly Street Market. Good Cafes & Ice Cream Parlour.

Sidmouth: Classic Victorian Seaside Resort. Cinema, Waitrose, Folk Festival

Lyme Regis: Home of "The French Lieutenants Woman". Stunning Harbour, Cinema, Fossil Shops, Hix's Seafood Restaurant.

Axminster: Old Market Town, Home of River Cottage Restaurant and nearby HQ. Excellent Award Winning Chinese & Indian Restaurant/Takeaway.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
8 Jan 2018 - 11 Mar 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
A Deposit/Good House keeping payment will secure your booking. You will be sent a booking form to complete your details & requirements during your stay.
Payment for your Holiday will be due in full 2 months prior to your arrival. We are not covered for cancellations, so advise you take out your own cover for this. Cancellation with 3 months notice will be 100% 2 months 50% 1 month 25% of your total payment.

Changeover Day:
Normally Friday, but can be flexible particularly in Low Season

Notes on prices:
Knowles pricing can be reduced considerably for Low Occupancy. Minimum two people in Ground Floor Twin. Please contact to discuss.

Full payment due 60 days prior to arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

Knowles is ideal as a base to travel from for holidays and activities in East Devon, West Dorset & South Somerset, sitting on the Borders of all three Counties. As a family we enjoy local Fish Restarants especialy The Riverside at Westbay. With The Dolphin in Beer as our favourite nearby. Fresh produce is available all year round and Miller's Farm Store at Kilmington is ideal for local supplies & their wide range of quality continental products. If you are interested in Motorsport, we have Wiscombe Hill Climb only 3 miles away, plus regular Motocross & Trials Events. There are always local Sailing & Angeling oppurtunities. There is also the unique Seaton Electric Tramway from Colyton to Seaton via Colyford operating year round. Seaton Wetlands & Bird Sanctuary is nearby

Property Type

  • house


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


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Sink
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Sink
  • Shower room 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Sink
  • Shower room 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Sink
  • Shower room 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, sink
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Sink
  • All En-suites consist of Shower, WC & Basin, Heated Towel Rail. Large Bathroom with Bath/Shower, WC & Basin, Heated Towel Rail. Downstairs WC & Basin


  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, Ensuite
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, Ensuite
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed, Ensuite
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed, Ensuite
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed, Ensuite
  • Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed, Shared Bathroom
  • Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed, Shared Bathroom
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 13+ (7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Room 1 Twin Ground Floor En-suite Views Room 2 King size large bay window En-suite Views Room 3 Double En-suite Views Room 4 King size bed En-suite Room 5 Single bed En-suite views Room 6 Twin beds Shared Bathroom Views Room 7 Twin beds Shared Bathr


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


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Two additional 3ft Storabeds are available for use in any of the Double/King Size bedrooms. Travel Cot & High Chair. Outside: Reached by it's own private drive, knowles stands in an elevated position in more than an acre of mature gardens with oak & scots pine trees sheltering the property to the north. Croquet lawn, golf driving net & five-a-side goal. conservatory & green house (smoking area) lawns, pond. Garden furniture, barbecue. Vegetable garden. Pond proetcted by mesh cover on request. Utility Room: Double upright freezer, fridge freezer, washing machine, tumble drier, iron & board. Cleaning equipment etc Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Additional cleaning is available, towels & linen are provided otherwise changed/cleaned on changeover day. Picnic,& meals/party food can be provided as well as packing away of your advance orders. Baby sitting available on request. Other: Conservatory: Great for a sunny Breakfast or Lunch Seats 10 Butlers Pantry: Drinks Fridge, Toaster, Kettle, Glasses & Mugs

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