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Riverside Cottage In Topsham, Near Exeter, In Perfect Location w/ Ample Parking

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom Holiday House in Topsham, Exeter, South Devon, England - garden right on river,. Next to historic ferry crossing.

Ferry House is located on a very quiet section of riverside road hugging the Exe Estuary in the pretty village of Topsham just outside Exeter. It's an ideal location with easy access to riverside activities, Devon seaside, and the attractive, historic city of Exeter. Wake up in the morning and you will drink in beautiful views across the river to the floating grasslands beyond. Pop across the road to the waterfront garden to enjoy your morning coffee and then stretch your legs to pick up a few items from the village shops before returning for a healthy breakfast. Then call across to the Ferryman (in season) who will be waiting to take you across the river on his little ferryboat. There are some super walks on either side of the river. Or walk up to the centre of the village and take a bus or train into Exeter to enjoy first class shopping, eating and the benefits of a thriving city. Enjoy one of Topsham's fine dining experiences. Then home for drinks at the Passage Inn.

Ben Thorne
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, German, Thai
Calendar last updated:
15 May, 2017

About Ben Thorne

My wife and I spent our wedding day with friends and family at a Spanish restaurant in the village of Topsham before taking the ferry across the Exe Estuary to the wonderful Turf Locks hotel where we spent our wedding night. We have returned regularly over the years and when we spotted Ferry House for sale and took our kids down to see it we fell in love all over again. Ferry House is a wonderful place to be, whether you are cutting the grass in anticipation of visitors, eating the best fish and chips we've ever tasted (available from Darts Farm just up the road form the house), or popping out for a paddle launching from the ferry pontoon across the road, this house makes life feel good. We look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful house.

Ben Thorne purchased this house in 2013

Why Ben Thorne chose Exeter

Ferry House is in an absolutely fabulous location. It was a holiday home when we purchased it and had received many very satisfied visitors. Having thoroughly tested the house ourselves we are confident that visitors will be very happy with the house, the location, the facilities, and Topsham itself. The attraction of being at the water's edge is obvious - the views from the lounge and main bedroom are wonderful whatever the weather - and this is a perfect location from which to explore lovely Topsham itself, Exeter and Devon. Topsham is a tiny village, but it is very attractive and full of interesting things to do and see, to buy and to eat. We really think you will be delighted with the setting and with the facilities.

What makes this house unique

Whether you are watching yachts drifting by, ducks waddling aimlessly up the ferry pontoon or Mike the Ferry man going about the daily business of taking walkers back and forth across the river Exe on his little ferry boat, you can't fail to find the views from Ferry House serene. And at the end of a busy day of walking, visiting Exeter, or sea-siding at nearby Exmouth or Dawlish you will likely be drawn to one of Topsham's super restaurants. You are probably going to to end the day with a glass of something pleasant in your hand, served up by the charming Passage House Inn just a few doors away - either sitting in the pub garden or in the garden house at Ferry House. Topsham is a rather special place. And Ferry House is a very special place to spend a week.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Topsham in Devon

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 bathrooms adjacent to first floor bedrooms. One with bath and sink, the other with shower, sink and wc. Additional wc and sink on ground floor for convenience.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, river-front with double bed. Bedroom 2 twin ideal for kids, Sofabed for additional sleeping and cube bed for infant.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Outside: A super garden room just metres from the riverside offers stunning views and a lovely spot to enjoy a tea, coffee or more serious evening drink come rain or shine. On a sunny day you might choose to have a barbecue in the garden - using the garden furniture or enjoying the gentle sway of the swing seat. Utility Room: Houses very efficient high pressure hot water/central heating system, washing machine and cleaning items. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linens included. Property cleaned and linens changed at weekly change-overs


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)



  • 5 of 5

We can't praise Ferry House highly enough, the house is lovely, light, airy, modern and well equipped, but warm cosy and comfortable too. We just loved sitting looking out of the large bay window in the bedroom, watching the river and the birds. The location is perfect. If you like cycling, walking, birdwatching like we do you couldn't ask for a better spot! We didn't use the car all week which was nice too. Topsham is a super village, which has everything you need, interesting shops and lots of choice for eating out, plus train station too. Perfect!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cottage with great view over the Estuary.

Very well equipped with all that we needed.

Position is excellent for touring this region of England.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ferry House - The Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 4 - we had a fantastic week at Ferry House in August 2014, and have booked again for another week next summer. We all loved the house, the beds are amazingly comfy, the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you could want and more. Ferry House is well designed and the décor/furnishings are lovely. The welcome 'treats' and card were very welcome after a long journey. Ferry House is located on the rive Exe with fantastic views over the river and open countryside, we loved 'chilling out' on an evening with a glass of wine in the garden. The parking space with the house is a real bonus. Ferry House is ideally located for family holidays - the kids loved the open-air swimming pool, and we went cycling, caving, canoeing, walking, pony trekking. There are some fantastic beaches and the local train service is brilliant, meaning you can leave the car behind. Topsham is a great village, with excellent restaurants and pubs, people were very friendly.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your kind words about FH Gez. I am sure your house is very nice as well ! It's a great pleasure to hear that you had such a wonderful time as I know you have stayed in Topsham before and had enjoyed it very much. We will look forward to welcoming you back next Summer.
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Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

The property was spotless and extremely well-equipped. It's in the heart of Topsham, so shops, pubs and restaurants are all in walking distance. We liked sitting in the first floor bay window and looking out across the estuary. Ferry House is right on the river. Topsham is a good location for seeing the rest of Devon. Handy for Exeter or the beach at Exmouth and an easy drive to Torbay or Dartmoor. If you don't want to park in Exeter, Topsham station is 5 minutes away with direct trains to Exeter Central. Off-street parking at Ferry House could probably take as many as four cars, as long as they're not too wide. The parking is for experts!

We're already planning our next trip.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your kind words about Ferry House Anthony. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much and are planning to return. We will look forward to welcoming you back next year. Ben and Dao Thorne
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Ferry House, Topsham

  • 5 of 5

A first class property in an unrivalled location right on the Exe estuary,

this two-bedroomed house has everything you need. It is so close to pubs, restaurants and delightful walks. Of particular interest is the ease of spotting waders and other birds both from the windows and from the garden which fronts the river.

The owners are well organised and ensure you have a pleasant and trouble-free stay.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your kind words about Ferry House Frank. And thank you for making your booking for 2015. We will look forward to welcoming you back to Topsham then. Ben and Dao Thorne
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Ferry House Topsham

  • 4 of 5

Lovely house and location. Well equipped (just one minor gripe - we could have done with a few more mugs!!) and all clean and tidy as you might expect. Very relaxing to sit upstairs admiring the river view. Nice to have a few basic supplies left to start with. Very handy having parking at the house as otherwise parking at a premium in Topsham; 1 min to the nearest pub, 3 mins to the Co-op for supplies. Super cheese shop and butchers in Topsham and plenty of places to eat, although some are pricey. Loads to do in the area, we didnt manage to fit everything in we wanted to do so will have to come back. Owners very helpful with info and booking straightforward. We would recommend for sure.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2 2017
30 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017 2
1 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Xmas 2017
16 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner

Changeover Day:
Check in from 2pm on Saturday. Check out by 10am Saturday. Change-over day Saturday. Can consider alternatives if bookings allow for it.

Notes on prices:
For information about long weekends please contact the owner

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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