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SHILLINGS COTTAGE, Hemyock, Devon.

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1 bedroom
1 bathroom
3 guests
1 night minimum
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Shillings Cottage is a small but compact, romantic hideaway for two, with room for a cot for a baby, nestling in the beautiful Blackdown Hills. These unspoilt hills are rich in wildlife, with deer, heron, duck, woodpeckers, badgers, foxes, kingfishers, pheasants, buzzards and sparrow hawks. Hidden away, in an area of low pollution and far from traffic noise, the stone cottage sits in a peaceful setting within six acres of gardens and orchard. It is the only cottage to-let on the property. The cottage has several features such as beamed ceilings, hand painted tiles and oils and water colours by local artists. Upstairs, French windows open onto a wide balcony under a walnut tree, with steps down to the heated swimming pool, which is heated from 11th of May until 6th September. You are welcom...Shillings Cottage is a small but compact, romantic hideaway for two, with room for a cot for a baby, nestling in the beautiful Blackdown Hills. These unspoilt hills are rich in wildlife, with deer, heron, duck, woodpeckers, badgers, foxes, kingfishers, pheasants, buzzards and sparrow hawks. Hidden away, in an area of low pollution and far from traffic noise, the stone cottage sits in a peaceful setting within six acres of gardens and orchard. It is the only cottage to-let on the property. The cottage has several features such as beamed ceilings, hand painted tiles and oils and water colours by local artists. Upstairs, French windows open onto a wide balcony under a walnut tree, with steps down to the heated swimming pool, which is heated from 11th of May until 6th September. You are welcome to enjoy a swim whenever you wish and the pool is exclusively for you as the only cottage guests, from 1pm until 4pm from Mondays to Fridays. It is sixteen feet by thirty feet, with Roman End steps down and has a depth of between four and five foot throughout. Downstairs the kitchen has a table and chairs, a comfortable armchair, a kettle, toaster, hob and microwave upon solid beech worktops, with a fridge, oven, cupboards and drawers beneath. Fresh flowers will be on the table, with your free cream tea of scones, jam and clotted cream for our weekly guests. Next to the kitchen is a shower room with power shower, a wash basin and a separate WC. The stairs lead up to the living room/bedroom where you will find a comfy sofa, so you can sit and read in the sunshine through the French windows or watch TV. The TV may also be seen from the super-king bed, which has a thick, comfortable mattress and a soft topper. Beyond this, the balcony is entwined with roses and clematis, with chairs and a table where you can you can survey the landscape or watch the doves fly in and out of their dovecote. Steps from here take you to the paved terrace with borders filled with scented flowers and herbs surrounding the pool. The clear water is perfect for a refreshing dip. In a sheltered corner is a suntrap with a table, reclining chairs and a parasol for shade. Or you can lean back on soft cushions on teak recliners under the old apple tree, read, or simply go to sleep. Just a short walk from Shillings Cottage, on the river Culm, lies the historic village of Hemyock with its Castle, shops, excellent pub, take away, Post Office, bowling green, boules and tennis courts. There are also many traditional country pubs in the local villages nearby, serving food, local beers, ciders and fine wines. The Blackdown Hills are the perfect destination for those who enjoy walking, cycling or horse-riding amid unspoilt countryside. The gently rolling landscape retains old fashioned methods of farming, with small meadows surrounded by banks and hedges within small dairy or beef cattle and sheep farms. You can walk straight from the door through grassy fields or along one of the many footpaths, or take a stroll along the river. Or enjoy the bird song while you have a picnic on a hill side. You may bring your own bike or borrow one of the owners and cycle the quiet lanes, over the hills and through the valleys. For those who want to explore the area further, to the south, the Jurassic Coast is within 16 miles. Here you will find both many quiet beaches and small seaside villages between Lyme Regis and Exmouth. The coast path runs right along this coast and also along the North coast, which is within an hour's drive and has long, sandy beaches famous for surf. Exmoor, Dartmoor, Lundy Island, the Eden Project, Rosemoor and Clovelly are all within reach. There are also many historic houses nearby and lovely gardens to visit. The city of Exeter is 22 miles, Taunton is 12 miles and the small market towns of Honiton and Wellington are 9 and 6 miles respectively. The owners will be happy to give ideas, directions and recommendations. We also have a range of walks and maps available for you to choose from. Please note: The pool is occasionally used by the owners and by those staying with them. The cottage, balcony, terrace and gardens around the pool have mobile phone reception and free WIFI broadband internet coverage. There are some books and games available within the cottage and DVD’s may be borrowed from the owners. Hampers of local farm produce and ales or ciders may be ordered in advance. An online shopping service, can be ordered by you and unpacked prior to your arrival. There is no smoking inside the cottage. Full central heating makes the cottage ideal all year round. We have found that babies sleep best in a familiar cot, so we ask guests to bring their own, but a high chair can be provided. Pease mention you will be bringing a baby and give the age. There is secure off road parking. Dogs are welcome, but there is an additional charge, so please mention this when booking. There is a damage deposit of £50.More
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Diana E
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:85%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:August 2013
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Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

Beautiful little cottage very clean, very tidy. Lovely surroundings, the gardens are beautiful to walk through. Lovely little place to stay, will definitely be returning.

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank Scott H
Diana E, VR Owner at SHILLINGS COTTAGE, Hemyock, Devon., responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thank you Scott for your review and glowing comments. I’m very happy that you enjoyed your stay. It was such a pleasure to meet you both and I do hope the exam results were all you wished for. Yours, Diana

Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

My husband and I stayed last week with our dog Charlie and we were all made very welcome by Diana. There was a lovely cream tea waiting for us on arrival. The cottage has everything you need and there was a huge field for Charlie...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank Terry M
Diana E, VR Owner at SHILLINGS COTTAGE, Hemyock, Devon., responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2018

Thank you for your review and for leaving the cottage so clean and tidy. It was a great pleasure to meet you both and I wish you all the very best in the future. Diana and Jim

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Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

We stayed at Shillings Cottage (Pounds) from 22-29 June. The week was absolutely perfect weather... sunshine every single day! It was even more perfect because of the settings of the cottage itself, in the beautiful Blackdown Hills. Diana and Jim’s garden and land are beautifully...More

Date of stay: June 2018
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Diana E, VR Owner at SHILLINGS COTTAGE, Hemyock, Devon., responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2018

Thank you Sophie, for your glowing review. It was a pleasure to have you at the cottage. It has been hard work at times to create a lovely garden, but guests who appreciate it, as you have, make it so worthwhile! Yours, Diana

Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Shillings over the NY period. The cottage was extremely well presented, in the most idyllic of locations. Diane and Jim were so accommodating right from arrival, where we found a baby gate had been installed for our 2 year old...More

Date of stay: December 2017
Thank John D
Diana E, VR Owner at SHILLINGS COTTAGE, Hemyock, Devon., responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2018

Thank you for your review. It was lovely having you. Best wishes, Diana

Reviewed 9 July 2017

We stayed here the end of June along with our 2 hungarian vizsla dogs, the cottage is set in the rolling black down hills with stunning views. The cottage also has lovely tended gardens with an outdoor heated pool. Our hosts Diana & Jim made...More

Date of stay: June 2017
Thank Pete W
Diana E, VR Owner at SHILLINGS COTTAGE, Hemyock, Devon., responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

It was so nice to hear from you and thank you for your kind words, We too enjoyed meeting you both and your beautiful vislars, and I'm pleased our recommendations were useful.

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Shared Outdoor Pool (Heated)
Highchair
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Paper Towels Provided
Cycling Trips
Books
TV
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Central Heating
Freezer
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Terrace
Patio
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About the neighbourhood
Shillings Cottage is a romantic hideaway. It lies within 7 acres of carefully tended gardens and an orchard, with an adjoining field, in the centre of the unspoilt and traditionally farmed Blackdown Hills. It is the one and only cottage within the owners grounds and there is exclusive use of the outdoor pool during weekday afternoons. The local village is friendly and welcomes visitors to the area. The nearest coastline is 16 miles. This is the Jurrasic Coast, which is a fossel hunters paradise. To the north is Exmoor and beyond that the sandy beaches of Woolacome and Westward Ho! Dartmoor is within sight on a clear day and there are many lovely gardens and historic houses to visit nearby, as well as small market towns and pretty villages.
How to get there
From Hemyock. Follow the road right through the village, until you reach a cream and green rectangular Victorian water pump, near the pub and church.   Turn up beside the pump. Carry on up the hill, out of the village, for 4 tenths of a mile, until the road narrows and you reach a nasty bend. Our driveway is on the right, and is lined with fir trees. Look for the wooden sign for our house, Pounds.   Shillings cottage lies beyond our house.
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