An introduction to Rolleshayes Farmhouse
- Dog/Pet Friendly
- Open Fire or Stove
Large thatched farmhouse holiday accommodation for 8/10 guests, dogs welcome, in the Blackdown Hills east Devon on the Somerset/Dorset borders.
Rolleshayes Farmhouse, a listed building, was completely renovated in 2002. This large and comfortable L – shaped home is centrally heated and supplied with all modern conveniences but retains its character with such features as brick inglenooks, wood – burners and exposed timbers. It is furnished as a family home rather than in the basic self – catering style. As there are two lounges, one very large with a piano, so you will never feel cramped – ideal for family or group holidays. Despite its size there is a cosy feel and parties as small as two or three will feel at home. All four bedrooms are good sizes and two are ensuite, in particular the massive master bedroom with its palatial bathroom ensuite has a sofa bed suitable for family use. The stunning, fully – equipped kitchen and dining room make it ideal for celebrations and get – togethers. Given some notice we can arrange in – house catering for that special occasion so that you can just put your feet up and relax.
We are happy to accept well - behaved dogs and they will enjoy the space we can offer. (Be aware that there may be stock in neighbouring fields).
Within the five acres of grounds there are lovely landscaped gardens, a picture in the summer, an orchard that is ablaze with daffodils in Spring, a rope swing and a hillside summerhouse and deck giving stunning views of the picturesque River Love valley. The terrace is fully equipped with a gas barbecue and furniture for outside dining.
Rolleshayes sits on Dumpdon Hill, part of the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which stretches into neighbouring Somerset and Dorset . In the spring this is covered with bluebells and there are truly panoramic views from the top (owned by the National Trust and ideal for kites) including of Honiton, with its antique shops, a street market and all facilities.
Within 30 minutes are the beach resorts of Sidmouth, Lyme Regis, Beer, Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth.
Walkers are well served by the surrounding countryside, including many delightful riverside strolls, or can head for the South West Coastal Path, the wilds of Dartmoor and Exmoor , the Quantocks, Brendon Hills or the open heath of Woodbury Common.
The house is an ideal base for touring the West Country sights such as Bath , Wells and Exeter Cathedrals, Glastonbury or pretty towns – Sherborne, Topsham, Dartmouth and so on. Axminster, the home of River Cottage, is 20 minutes. Gardens and National Trust properties (or similar) within easy reach include Killerton, Hestercombe, Bicton, Forde Abbey, Cadhay, Powderham, La Ronde, Knightshayes, the Fleet Air Arm Museum, and Castle Drogo.
Golfers will find many courses in the area and for riders there are a number of stables. There are also fishing lakes, karting and an airstrip nearby. There are frequent stock car meetings ten minutes away at Smeatharpe and racecourses at Taunton , Exeter and Newton Abbot. Children can be entertained at Crealy Country near Exeter, Pecorama at Beer, Paignton Zoo, Weston Donkey Sanctuary, tram rides at Colyton, fossil hunting at Axmouth, Quaywest water park at Torbay, Woodlands Leisure Park at Dartmouth, Babbacombe model village among other attractions.