6.7 miles SW of Exeter


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Nestled in a beautifully rural setting, where wild deer roam the grounds, flee the everyday to seek a soul soothing escape like no other. Set within the sleepy village of Higher Ashton, this Devonshire idyll promises a truly restful retreat; from its enchanting exterior to the heavenly interior style, our divine dwelling is perfectly timeless. Curating a feeling of cosiness throughout by pairing modern-rustic touches with the comfort of luxury living, Quercus offers sumptuous escapism for up to six lucky guests - and it's dog friendly too! With stunning living spaces and three beautiful bedrooms to choose from, two of which lie on the ground floor, this is a wonderful setting for couples, family gatherings or a getaway with friends. Taking its name from the Latin word for an oak tree, the beauty of nature lies at the very heart of Quercus. This beautiful abode rests between Haldon Forest and the Teign Valley in perfect harmony with its unique setting, where twelve acres of outstanding tranquillity wait to be explored. A true retreat into nature; wander within wildflower meadows or follow the path alongside France Brook and enjoy hearing the trickling stream and the wind in the trees. From starlit nights in the bubbling hot tub to toasting marshmallows beside the firepit, only life's most magical moments reside at this nature lover's dream.

Living and eating

Step inside our gorgeous abode to uncover a realm of romantic rusticity, thoughtfully curated with beautiful interiors, designed to the make the most of this elegant retreat's original features. The stunning, open plan kitchen is a perfect space for entertaining, where traditional country interiors meet the luxuries of modern living. Adorned in neutral tones with a glorious, beamed ceiling and luxe farmhouse style, paired perfectly with the distressed metal kitchen island and equipped with everything you could need to rustle up a feast. From the wall mounted double fan oven and induction hob, to a Smeg dishwasher and the all-important coffee machine - this space is simply a culinary delight. The dining space lies at the opposite end, with a large table for decadent dining set beside a handsome wood burning stove. Open the French doors to welcome the outside in and gaze over Quercus' beautiful setting for the ultimate dining experience.

Follow the wooden staircase up to a grand living room, where a breath-taking vaulted ceiling and magnificent beams create an air of spacious comfort and tranquillity. Offering plenty of seating with two sumptuous sofas and two comfy arm chairs in calming shades, along with three cosy chairs set on a raised area looking out westwards, perfect for watching the setting sun across the distant hills. Settle in for snug evenings beside the wood burning stove and look out for the deer often grazing in the evening- bliss!

There's also a Smart TV with movie package for catching up on your favourite series, along with a SONOS sound system for creating the soundtrack to your getaway.


There are three fabulous bedrooms to choose from at Quercus, all of which promise decadent interiors and luxurious comforts to ensure only the most blissful slumbers. The huge master bedroom resides upstairs, where a lavish super king bed awaits, enveloped in soft linens, bedding, cushions and throws. Dressed in a chic Scandi-style beneath the spellbinding vaulted ceiling, this bedroom is a truly stunning space to unwind at the end of the day. It is an aesthetic treat for the eyes, the fireplace, two cosy chairs in addition to having a sweet study area, create a sanctuary of curated cosiness.

Bedrooms two and three lie downstairs, both offering the option of being set up as super kings or twin beds, adorned in soothing neutral tones and luxurious linens for tranquil moments. Both bedrooms promise plenty of storage space, a lovely collection of rustic interior touches and thoughtfully selected curios, with bedroom three offering the addition of a desk space.


The master bedroom offers an en suite bathroom with an elegant bath and walk-in shower adorned in a soothing interior style, with a heated towel rail to ensure towels are kept toasty.

There's a family bathroom downstairs featuring a walk-in shower as well as a heated towel rail to keep your towels fluffy and warm. You'll also find an additional toilet facility downstairs at the end of the utility room.


There is a separate office for anyone who does need to touch base with the outside world during their stay.

Outdoor space

Step outside to uncover a garden of dreams in the grounds of this heavenly homestay, where a glorious decking area looks out over endlessly rolling country scenes. A wonderful table for six sits on the decking, just perfect for dining al fresco on warmer evenings, plus a lovely table for four ideally placed beneath the veranda for sheltered brunches under the canopy. For the sun seekers, four luxurious sun loungers allow for relaxed recliner moments, or follow the idyllic path through the grounds to discover a secret hot tub. Nestled in the dreamiest spot overlooking the wooded valley and beyond, the bubbling electric, wood-fired hot tub awaits on its own decking area in perfect seclusion. With the thoughtful addition of seating amongst the wildflowers, forget the world for a while in this quaint little corner of the world. There is even a well-placed hot outdoor shower beside the house for a pre tub wash, or it can be used to clean off any muddy dog paws.

Quercus rests with a perfectly enclosed garden, which keeps dogs in and deer out, with a wildflower meadow adjacent to the retreat, beyond which roams a wild herd of majestic fallow deer - heaven! This truly unique dwelling is nothing short of a nature lover's dream, tucked away between Haldon Forest and the Teign Valley, yet ideally situated in an elevated position to delight in awe-inspiring views. There are twelve acres of idyllic land to explore, including the sanctuary of a luxurious birdwatching cabin - the perfect woodland hideaway. After a day of adventuring through the woods, gather round the firepit to embrace the quietude of nature beneath starlit skies.


There is off road, private parking available at Quercus and electric car charging facilities beside the covered garage area.

Babies and children

Babies and children are most welcome at Quercus. A travel cot, stair gate and highchair are available on request.


Two dogs are very welcome at Quercus. We charge £35 per dog per week or short break. Please note that due to its unique setting, deer and wildlife roam the surrounding grounds beyond the fenced garden boundary.

In the area

Nestled in the Devonshire countryside, our stunning retreat is perfectly located to make the most of the unspoilt, rich rolling landscape that this wonderful corner of the world has to offer. Settled in the chocolate-box village of Higher Ashton, tranquillity is at the heart of this quaint country gem. Take a gentle stroll down to the quintessential local pub, where a twenty-minute walk will find you at The Manor Inn in Lower Ashton. Venture for a day out to Haldon Forest and uncover the thrill of adventure with activities from mountain biking and Go Ape, to wonderful walking trails and the all-important café.

There are plenty of lovely places of interest to visit in the local area, from exploring Canonteign Falls, Fingle Bridge, and Castle Drogo, to local beaches at Teignmouth and Shaldon across the Teign estuary and easy access to the South West Coast Path. With stunning Dartmoor on your doorstep and the city of Exeter just a short drive away, if you can bear to tear yourself away from the beauty of Quercus you will never tire of places to visit and new spots to discover.

Discover our thatched cottage of dreams, settled amidst the beauty of wildflower meadows and rolling Devonshire hills, where a storybook stay awaits for nature lovers. This heavenly homestay for six is a truly spellbinding escape from reality...

At a glance

From £1,443 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 6 + cot | 3 Bedrooms | Dogs welcome

Key features

30 minutes from gorgeous beaches

Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Baby on Board

Electric car charging point

Enclosed garden

Family friendly

Fire pit

Celebratory stays

Close to Dartmoor

Multi Generational Holidays

Rolling countryside


Thatched cottage

Travel cot and highchair


Workcation Retreat

Dog friendly

Hot Tub

Wood Burner


Boutique country chic

check in / check out days

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.


  • 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 Quercus:

Thank you Quercus for a wonderful two week family holiday. Accommodation absolutely superb set within the most idyllic surroundings. Reluctant to leave, but with the happiest of memories to hopefully repeat in the not to distant future. Ann Wallis en famille plus Oscar the dog.

An incredible get away for a week in an idyllic location. Both the house and the grounds were absolutely beautiful and a perfect setting. On our last day we woke up to deer grazing in the garden right outside the house and it was a perfect ending to a wonderful holiday. We will absolutely be visiting again!

A beautiful, stylish and comfortable house and wonderful grounds. Must be amazing in the Summer but enjoyable at any time of the year, would love to return.

We all loved everything about this house!

Quercus is set in a secluded location yet it is within easy driving distance of many walks (both forest and moorland), villages, beaches, pubs , cafes and shops. The house is very comfortable and time spent there feels like a real break. We were there in the Winter and had a fantastic holiday!

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