The Manger has recently been extended to create a spacious property for five guests.
The Manger was once a stable. Its original stalls, hay rack, troughs and loft have been retained and the necessary modern additions to create a luxury holiday cottage have been gently inserted. There are lime-washed walls and gentle lighting, along with the loft stair which allows an open aspect through to the apex of the roof. The terrace offers uninterrupted views down to the river and stretching several miles along and across the spectacular Yarty River valley with its pattern of small irregular fields and copses.
Enveloped by accessible woodlands, apple orchards and farm fields, The Manger lies at the end of a long, shared drive, amidst hedge-lined winding lanes. Badgers, deer, rabbits, (40 species of moth were counted on a June evening) and various birds of prey are commonly seen. A weir pool with a salmon ladder lies along one of the many footpaths nearby and a bluebell wood is a short walk away.
The Shippen sleeping four guests is also available to book at this location.
This holiday cottage at a glance
Sleeps five guests.
Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite, one single bedroom and one family bathroom.
Please be mindful of a single low truss on the upper floor.
Children and infants welcome.
Parents of small children should note that there is a pond within the grounds of the property.
One well-behaved dog welcome (small additional charge).
Minimum of a two night stay.
Thatched roof, lime washed stone walls and exposed beams.
Green oak terrace leads to open field and valley views.
Adjoining barn has table tennis.
Ideal for a Romantic Retreat.
Guest use of a paddock.
Cot and Highchair available on request.
Guests who regularly return say that photography and descriptions can’t come close capturing the scale and beauty of the natural surroundings.
Electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher, washer/dryer.
30" Flat screen digital TV, DVD, music centre with iPod dock.
Barbecue and charcoal available.
Attractions and nearby amenities
Nearby are three excellent family-run farm shops, River Cottage HQ and Canteen as well as nationally acclaimed eateries and a choice of pubs known for good cooking and beer.
Have dinner at the Tuckers Arms in Dalwood.
Cider is made in the main barn.
The nearest post office and cafe is a mile away in Membury.
Within a 20 minute drive is the seaside town of Lyme Regis, a World Heritage Site famous for fossils. Branscome, Beer, Axmouth and Charmouth are only a little further down the coast. Within an easy forty minute drive are Dartmoor and Exmoor.
The antique and second-hand book town of Honiton is on the way to the Devon Cathedral town of Exeter.
Just over the border into Dorset are many Iron Age Hill Forts.
Astronomy enthusiasts will appreciate the Dark Sky area.
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