8 miles N of Exeter

Apple Blossom House

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Nestled in 15 acres of gorgeous gardens complete with woodland, grassy meadows, fruit trees and even a stream and pond, this lovely cottage for six lucky people and their canine friends is the perfect country retreat for those seeking space to celebrate or recuperate. Inside the cottage you'll find luxurious, country-chic rooms in soft, gentle colours to promote a sense of calm complete with characterful original features such as beamed ceilings, wooden floors and a fabulous wood burning stove. Just three hours from London, the location benefits from little air, noise or light pollution and is ideally located to explore the beaches of Devon's north and south coasts, Dartmoor and Exmoor as well as the historic city of Exeter.


Special 'Just for Two' rate

A special 'Just for Two' rate applies outside of school holidays, peak weeks, bank holidays, Christmas and New Year. At Apple Blossom House the Just for Two couples rate is 20% discount, this is on the basis that only the master bedroom is used during your stay. Please call the office on 01872 553491 if you have any questions or would like to book.


Setting

Next door to Apple Blossom House you will find The Gallery, set ideally beside one another to cater for larger parties when booked together, whilst offering perfect privacy when the retreats are booked separately. You can view The Gallery here or call us for more information.


Living

Super-snug and relaxed, the pretty living room has a cosy wood burning stove that will make you want to curl up with a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate and gaze at the flickering flames all night. Traditional blends effortlessly with deep, uber-comfy Loaf sofas and chairs that are made for relaxing, whilst there's a surround sound cinematic system and a 4K HD TV for film nights or when you want to listen to your favourite music. In addition, there's a cute Loaf desk and chair for those who just have to catch up on some work (though we don't recommend it!).


Eating

The country-style kitchen is fabulously spacious and has everything you'll need to create fantastic feasts. There's a Stoves seven-ring gas range with double oven and a cast iron griddle plate, oak-topped work surfaces, double Belfast sink and cream cupboards contain all the other essential kitchen equipment including the all-important Nespresso coffee machine. There's also an utility room which handily stores the washing machine and tumble dryer. In addition, there's a characterful farm-kitchen style dining table and chairs for mealtimes.


Sleeping

There are three superb bedrooms to choose from. The stunning en suite master bedroom is as pretty as a picture in shades of grey, blush pink and white, the warm original wooden floor and beams add tons of character whilst you can lie in the super-king-sized bed and gaze out the window to the garden and trees beyond. The second bedroom is just as gorgeous with a French-inspired king-size bed, spacious double wardrobe and eye-catching finishing touches. The third bedroom is a handy zip-and-link meaning it can either be twin beds (perfect for little ones) or zipped together to make another king-size bed. All beds come swathed in gorgeous bedding and luxurious cushions and throws to ensure a blissful nights' sleep.


Bathing

The master bedroom has an en suite Fired Earth shower room whilst there's a separate bathroom with a gorgeous, free-standing, rolltop bath and hand-held shower. Both have heated rails to keep towels warm and fluffy.


Outdoor space

Lucky, lucky you! The immense grounds are yours to explore with wild meadows, a stream and pond, grassy paths and woodland walks. The woods are pungent with wild garlic in early summer. whilst fruit trees are pink-tinged clouds of blossom in spring and laden with fruit in autumn. Little ones and dogs will love exploring this natural playground, whilst it's just perfect for a picnic under the shady boughs of the trees in high summer. In addition, there's a barbeque and a picnic bench for a spot of alfresco dining. Totally idyllic!


Stargazing

For the seekers of staycation magic, Apple Blossom House is tucked down deep in the valley offering the perfect spot for a dose of stargazing. Settle down beneath the cosmos, where this idyllic countryside location promises an uninterrupted dark sky display - with the benefit of no light pollution. This is the ultimate getaway for cosying up under starry skies, for those romantic retreat moments...


Parking

There is plenty of private parking outside the front of the cottage.


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WiFi

Apple Blossom has WiFi so if you need to keep in touch with the outside world you can.


Baby friendly

There is a travel cot, high chair and stair gate for your use should you need it (please bring your own bedding for the cot).


Dogs

Three dogs are very welcome at Apple Blossom. We charge £35 per dog per week or short break.


Larger parties

The Gallery next door offers accommodation for two people and can be booked in conjunction with Apple Blosson House if you're a bigger party. Separate enough to offer privacy, this is a great option for multi-generational groups or two families, yet is close enough for communial living with the kitchen, dining and sitting room at Apple Blossom House easily accomodating eight people. You can view The Gallery here or call us for more information.


Farm Shop Food - Delivery Service

If you would like a farm shop food and drink hamper to create your own cuisine from locally sourced seasonal produce, see the Thorne's Farm Shop and Cafe Facebook page. You can reserve and pay for your food hamper in advance so it will be ready and waiting in the property when you arrive.


Private catering

Apple Blossom House can offer a fine dining concierge service (min 6 people) where the chef will cook a meal at the retreat. The menu will be created by the chef and the guests - depending on budget, seasonality and dietary requirements, this needs to be pre-ordered and paid for in advance. The admin and payment for this service will be handled by the owners of Apple Blossom House.

As an alternative you can order pre-prepared food which will be delivered and left to cook at your leisure. The meals will be created by the chef and the guests - depending on budget, seasonality and dietary requirements, these will also need to be pre-ordered and paid for in advance.


In the Area

Deep in the heart of Devon, there's plenty to see, do and eat in the area. Close to the cottage you'll find the fabulous Thorne's Farm Shop for all your essential goodies, and it's also a pick-your-own fruit farm - kids will love choosing their own tasty treats. Additionally, there are two great local pubs with the Ring O Bells particularly being renowned as a Gastropub. You're not far from Exeter - a bustling city with lots to see and do. You're also not far from the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor which are a must for walkers and cyclists with plenty of paths and trails to explore. In addition, take the scenic Tarka Trail Route to the rugged coast and surf beaches of Croyde and Woolacombe on the North Devon coast. Make sure to visit the lovely South Devon coast too and there are several National Trust properties nearby such as Knightshayes and Killerton, famous for their periodic houses and gardens alike.


A country paradise awaits you at this delightful country cottage getaway in Devon complete with beautiful gardens to explore - plus it's dog friendly too, accepting up to three dogs.

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From £864 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 6 + cot | 3 Bedrooms | Dogs welcome

Key features

Autumnal escapes

Baby on Board

Family friendly

Off the beaten track

Rolling countryside

Rolling gardens

Travel cot and highchair

Dog friendly

Bathtub for two

Wood Burner

Parking

Country Houses

3 Hours From London

Boutique country chic

Super King Bed

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Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.

Payments:

  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Apple Blossom House:

The perfect hideaway, idyllic setting and beautifully presented. The host and owners, Gary and Liz, are perfectly charming, the most hospitable people who couldnt do enough to make us feel welcome!

Thank you so much Gary and Liz! We had the best time in the cottage. It was the perfect place to have a relaxing week to start off the new year and you were both brilliant hosts. We all hope to see you again soon.

Thank you Liz and Gary for a really lovely, peaceful and relaxing Christmas! The perfect place to be!!

The owners couldn’t of been more helpful and warming to us they were such lovely people and we look forward to our return

We stayed at Apple Blossom Cottage from the 12th-15th November and it was absolutely delightful. We have used Boutique Retreats quite a few times and I must say this is one of the best cottages we have stayed in. Gary and Liz (owners) were absolutely superb and made us feel so welcome. Such a gorgeous cottage in a picturesque location. We will definitely be looking at returning again and this time for longer than a weekend!

Thank you Gary and Liz for a wonderfully relaxing stay in your beautiful cottage. We will be back!

Stunning interiors, very cosy and comfortable. Lovely owners, amazing gardens

Thank you Liz and Gary for a wonderful stay. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Beautiful surroundings!

Thank you for such a wonderful time. Lovely cottage and great location. We loved early morning walks and trips to Totnes. Great for walking on miles of beach at Exmouth. Recommend Ring of Bells for great food and a warm welcome.

One word says it all - superb! With many thanks.

Fantastic bolt-hole to truly relax, with a genuine welcome from the owners!! This is such a lovely cottage, with everything you could possibly need. Our three dogs were made very welcome and for that we are very grateful.

Loved the house and grounds, great view from the top of the hill! Gary and Liz were so helpful, thank you. Great Sunday lunch at the Red Lion and Ring of Bells offergood food and very up market for a small village. What a great trip...

What a place! Beautifully renovated, the interiors were stunning. Everything was comfortable, cosy and looked amazing. The grounds were extensive, with paths mown so we can explore properly. We loved every minute and hope to come back in the future.

Great property, we loved it. Discovered good walks from the property. Would recommend The Red Lion and The Lamb Inn.

Fantastic accomodation in a wonderful location. Very friendly people and great recommendations. Loved the Ring of Bells! Saunton Sands was paradise! Thanks!

Thank you Liz and Gary for envisioning this oasis of comfort, combined with natural splendour.

Had a wonderful stay. Beautiful cottage, grounds and fantastic owners. We hope to be back and will definitely recommend.

Peaceful, clean, immaculate place. Owners are very friendly and helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed our time!

Wonderful stay, we very much enjoyed ourselves, even Hudson had his first trip to the sea!

Absolutely beautiful retreat, so welcoming, stunning surroundings and spotlessly clean. We have had a fabulous time celebrating my husband's 60th birthday, we shall return!

A perfect weekend in a perfect cottage. Everything you could possibly need is here. Gary and Liz have thought of every detail. We loved it!

Gary was the perfect host! This was truly a beautiful cottage with lots of lovely finishing touches.

With two young children, exploring the grounds, the trampoline and big tree swing were the best parts of our holiday, our girls loves feeding the rabbits :)

Thank you so much for a very special and relaxing week. Your hospitality is fantastic and the eggs are delicious!

Beautiful cottage surrounded by lovely views. We enjoyed our gorge walk around Castle Drogo and other walks in the area. Finnlay the dog was a great companion and wonderful addition to our trip! Gary and Liz are very welcoming and very nice hosts. Thank you!

We only wish we could have stayed longer!

Had a great time, a great base to access Devon and surroundings. Would recommend Ring of Bells up the road for dinner. Gary and Liz, lovely welcome and a lovely place!

Beautiful place. Gary and Liz were fantastic hosts. Would highly recommend.

Perfect little bolt hole. We loved having cosy afternoons by the wood burner after a walk around the grounds. We loved the orchard and the views from the top of the hill were pretty. Being just down the road from the farm shop was a luxury for us - fresh milk, delicious breads & cakes and juicy raspberries made breakfast here delightful. Thank you for a lovely stay!

Beautiful cottage in wonderful gardens. So clean! We love bringing our dogs away and they loved it too.

A lovely retreat from day to day pressures, especially at the moment. The owners were very responsive to any issues, and extremely welcoming to our energetic 3 dogs. I'd definitely return.

Apple Blossom Cottage is the perfect antidote to modern life. A wonderful character cobb cottage, beautifully decorated with acres of rolling Devon hills and apple orchards to explore. The owners were welcoming and thoughtful, you can only feel at ease from the moment you arrive.

We have really enjoyed this lovely holiday home and the walks and attractions in the area. The weather was mixed but did not stop our enjoyment.

Apple Blossom House is fantastic. We have had the best time and really don't want to leave. Picturesque setting, peaceful energy. Thank you so much to Gary and Liz, great hosts, you really have a special place here.

A lovely cottage and beautiful gardens. We enjoyed the clifftop walks and National Trust spots. The weather was great so we could enjoy having some BBQ's. Thanks Liz and Gary for the welcome hamper and hospitality, as well as the activity ideas.

Wow such a lovely, relaxing place. The cottage is stunning, thanks so much to Gary and Liz for the welcome package and your hospitality. Thank you.

Wonderful cottage!

Lovely time despite a rain sodden week. Beaches, waks, good eating and drinking and Netflix in the evenings. A lovely family bubble away from normal life. Gary and Liz, great hosts - attentive and friendly without being intrusive.

Wow what a beautifully appointed and presented cottage. Our weeks stay has been very comfortable and very relaxing. Liz and Gary the perfect hosts, very glad to have met you both.

Exceptional interior design and specification...perfect for a get away from it all..back to nature..chilled..experience!

Thank you so much for the warm welcome. We have had an amazing weekend celebrating Antony's 50th. A big thank you to Rebecca for the fantastic meal on Saturday night. The house is amazing so are you both! x

We couldn't have been made more welcome and to feel more at home by Liz and Gary in the stunning Apple Blossom House and all its beautiful gardens. Nothing was too much trouble!! Thank you.

This has been such a lovely and comfortable cottage to stay and finish our days. We've used it as a base to visit Exmouth beach, Exeter and Castle Drogo. We've also enjoyed fruit picking at Thorne's Farm Shop, meals at the Ring of Bells and picking apples and blackberries in the garden to make a crumble! Thanks to Liz and Gary for a very warm welcome. P.S. we've never had such fluffy white towels!

Lovely relaxing stay. Gary and Liz were perfect hosts. The kids loved the big beds, swing, pool, trampoline and of course Coal the guinea pig.

Beautiful cottage, such comfortable beds, loved the kitchen, bathrooms. The attention to detail is amazing. Such friendly hosts! Highly recommeded.

The cottage was so cosy and we've all had an amazing time. Beautiful walks in the garden and the bluebells were gorgeous. Gary and Liz are so welcoming.

What a place to spend New Year's Eve. We had an amazing time, such a relaxing week. This place is simply heaven on Earth. Gary and Liz have done an amazing job. Everything is perfect, even my dog had a bromance! Thank you for letting us stay in your corner of paradise. Good luck for 2019.

We have had a wonderful time, Gary and family are very welcoming, the cottage is so comfortable, we will be booking again and referring friends and family. Thank you.

Amazing stay had by all. Gary and Liz were so welcoming and helpful. Apple Blossom House was fantastic...we'll be back! Thank you.