Please note: We are offering various discounted dates until 31st March 2017 - please be aware, the neighbouring property The Manger, also part of our portfolio, will be having roof repairs during this time which may result in some daytime noise Monday to Friday.
Lying in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Shippen is an historic cottage at Wellands near Axminster at the Devon, Somerset and Dorset borders a few miles from the Jurassic Coast. The Shippen has a remarkable elevated position offering panoramic views stretching several miles to the north and south and across the Yarty Valley with its pattern of small irregular fields and copses. The cottage is enveloped by accessible woodlands, apple orchards, and farmland.
After travelling along winding, tree-lined lanes and down a long drive, you’ll find a spacious parking area. The Shippen is host to a wildlife; deer, badger, rabbits, and a huge variety of birds and moths – 40 species were recorded on one June evening. This Dark Sky area is a revelation for town-based star-gazers. A bluebell wood and river access with a salmon ladder and weir pool are within a kilometre’s stroll.
Airy and open-planned, with mainly level accesses, the Shippen is designed for ease, and has been described as very child friendly.
The Manger sleeping two guests is also available to book at this location.
This holiday cottage at a glance
Sleeps four guests.
The accommodation is on the ground floor
Two bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room.
Free standing wood burning stove.
There is a small pond within the extensive grounds.
One well-behaved dog welcome (small additional charge).
Minimum of a two night stay.
The sitting and dining area have glass doors which open onto the terrace.
Electric hob and oven, multifunctional microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher, washer/dryer.
32" Flat screen digital TV, DVD, CD, radio, iPod dock.
Travel cot and highchair available on request.
Barbecue and charcoal available.
Table tennis available in the adjacent barn.
Guests may use the village tennis court by arrangement.
Guest use of a paddock.
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.
One bedroom contains a 6' double bed which can be requested as two 3' single beds
Established in 1983, the Rural Retreats portfolio represents the cream of self-catering luxury holiday cottages throughout the UK and Ireland. With over 400 stylishly presented country houses and cottages to choose from, each carefully selected to meet our high standards of comfort, Rural Retreats makes it easy to find just the holiday home you are looking for.