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The Cider Press Ottery St Mary East Devon | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | Web Ref: 3423 | Sleeps 2
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The Cider Press 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | WiFi | Pubs & Shops 1 mile | | Sleeps 2
Off a quiet lane, on the edge of the exceptional Cadhay estate (tours on Fridays) in Ottery St Mary (town centre, 1 mile), a smart, detached, single-storey cottage. Once the estate’s cider press, now completely renovated and refurbished, everything done to a very high standard with 21st cent. comfort. Inside, spacious, light-filled, with high beamed ceilings to the apex, tiled floors (rugs). Outside, own little slate-paved terrace (table/chairs) with lovely panoramic outlook to Cadhay (access to walled kitchen garden only), the original farm buildings and surrounding rolling farmland (occasional livestock in adjoining field).
Glazed double doors to good-sized kitchen/dining room (microwave, washing machine, fridge, electric cooker) with big oak doors through to living room (woodburner - logs included, TV/DVD). Double bedroom (carpeted, zip-linked 6’ bed or twin) with fully tiled en suite shower-room (wet-room suite) and French windows to terrace.
Spring water. Generous and comfortable; a picturesque and peaceful location with good walking from the front door.
East Devon: that is Devon east of the river Exe and Exeter - Devon’s capital with superb cathedral and much else attractive. Here is the most smiling of lush farmland and most dramatically hilly, the easiest to see from a car because the lanes are less narrow, the hedges less high. Domed hills rise abruptly and steeply, baize-green fields to crowns of woods or sentinel beech trees, half-way up farmsteads like a children’s-book idyll. Woodbury Common is a small high moor with heather and Scots pine trees and fine newish golf course.
Exmouth is a resort with lots of sandy beach and boats. The Exe estuary is full of yachts and has one of Devon’s prettiest villages, Lympstone, beside it. A shore of mainly pebbles keeps the area comparatively quiet, though the coast is attractive with white and red cliffs, pleasant, civilised towns like Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton and villages like Beer and Branscombe. Its inland villages tend to be pretty: Broadhembury is special - and the view from Hembury Hill (fort) is sensational. Hardly anyone seems to visit the lovely Blackdown Hills - big beech woods, smart fields with thoroughbred horses - on its northern border. You can have flying lessons at Dunkeswell aerodrome and there is an excellent (flat) cycle track, punctuated by pubs, from Exeter beside the Exe estuary to the sea. The whole east Devon coast is called a ‘World Heritage Coastline’.
Ottery St Mary: small market town (sports centre, tennis, pubs, restaurants, church), amid rolling farmland and beautiful woods beside the River Otter, where Coleridge was born and wrote a sonnet to the river. Honiton (sports centre/indoor swimming pool), 5 miles. Exeter, 12 miles; the Coast Path and sea (and golf) at Sidmouth, 5.