Extraordinary 15th Century Manor House

Extraordinary 15th Century Manor House


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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
3 Bathrooms

About our home

15 century manor house with large gardens and 45 acres of farmland. Close to the Jurassic Coast and East Devon beaches. 15 min to Honiton or Sidmouth shops, 7 min to nearest golf. Play area, games room and lots of space outdoors for children to explore. Situated to the south of Honiton, Boycombe is a magnificent house set in its own 45 acres, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Once you start travelling up its long private lane you are entering a delightfully private and secluded place yet close to the historic fossil beaches of the Jurassic Coast to the south, Dartmoor to the west and, to the north, the sandy beaches of North Devon.

The house has a secluded garden exclusively available to guests with a small sitting area to the front, a good size lawn to the front and side and an old orchard to the back. We provide a barbecue and there are garden seats and table for sitting out on the lawn. To the front there is a large trampoline and climbing frame with swings also available for guests. Guests (and their well behaved dogs) are welcome to roam our fields and explore the area. There is a wild woodland pond, ancient pastures, many streams (the river Coly rises at Boycombe) and lots of space for exploration and muddy fun.

There is a massive main bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom, a small middle bedroom with double bed and washbasin and a large end room with 4 single beds and wash basin. Separate family bathroom upstairs, downstairs shower room with sink and loo.

The kitchen/diner has table and chairs seating 8-10 at one end, and it has a new cooker with large single oven. Fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave. The utility has a sink with washing machine and separate dryer. Also larder and storage cupboards.

Sitting Room: Sofas facing fireplace (wood burning stove), lovely old furniture and incredible 16 panel tudor ceiling. TV/DVD player; CD player.

Games room: large fireplace, table football, small size pool table and full size table tennis table, some board games.

The house has a timed central heating and hot water system which guests can adapt to their requirements. We supply a hearth full of wood for all guests and if more is required, guests are welcome to use our axe and chop more. The house has flagstone floors in places and a steep staircase up to the bedrooms which may make this unsuitable for toddlers or those with disabilities. Given the age of the house and the furniture, young children must be adequately supervised.

Dogs also very welcome but only if accompanied by well trained adults.

Boycombe offers a wealth of choices for visitors: some people never leave as they enjoy the house and garden or explore the surrounding land with its streams, woodlands and ancient pastures.

If you venture out of our valley, the shops of Honiton or Sidmouth are 15 minutes away whilst bustling Exeter is half an hour away.

15 minutes drive away: Branscombe with the famous Masons Arms pub and fabulous coastal walks. Beer for more beaches, rock pools and fishing boat hire; great fresh fish can be bought on the front; Sidmouth for regency splendour, shops including Waitrose, beaches and rock pools; indoor swimming pool.

Honiton Golf Club is only a few minutes away. Inquire direct for information about playing there.

Exeter airport 25 minutes away, Bristol 70 minutes, Heathrow 3 hours. Honiton station for Exeter or London Waterloo (London 3 hours by train). Use of car essential.

Supermarkets: Large Tesco in Honiton and an M&S Simply food; Waitrose in Sidmouth. All 15 minutes drive.

Many great restaurants within 1 hours drive.

Horse-riding stables walking distance from the house.

Further activities:
Crealy's adventure and activity park 35 minutes away and go-carting centre next door to it. Cinema at Exeter. Many National Trust houses and English Heritage sites nearby, Sidmouth Observatory, Charmouth Fossil museum and the Donkey Sanctuary. Blackberry Camp, an iron age fort (no remains) in a sublime woodland setting is 10 minutes drive away.


More about us

  1. We are a large family (five children) and we live in London.

  2. Boycombe is a second home which has been in my family for over thirty years - it's hard to go there as often as I'd like but we still manage to come down two or three times a year when it's not let out.

  3. We'd be interested in an exchange, preferably abroad, particularly to go to the US and perhaps Canada.

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