8 miles N of Exeter

The Gallery

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Just wow - The Gallery is a beautiful escape for those wanting to hide away from it all in the most idyllic country setting. Nestled in 15 acres of private grounds including woodland and grassy meadows, a stream and a pond, this is perfect for those wanting rest, relaxation and to unplug and reconnect back to nature. Inside, the interior designer has thoughtfully created a peaceful, romantic and luxurious haven for two filled with charming, original features. Just three hours from London, The Gallery is also perfectly situated to explore the sites of mid Devon such as Dartmoor, Exmoor, the north and south coasts and of course the historic city of Exeter.


Next door to The Gallery you will find Apple Blossom House, 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 Apple Blossom House here or call us for more information.

Living and eating

The open-plan living space has bags of cottagey character, with a large four-seater sofa for curling up on, a large, cosy wood burning stove and a gorgeous window seat overlooking the garden. In addition, there's a 4K HD Smart TV for film nights or catching up with your favourite boxsets. The country-chic kitchen lies to the back of the room and is fully equipped with everything you need to rustle up romantic feasts for your loved one (including the all-important Nespresso coffee machine) plus a breakfast bar for meals on the go. There's a lovely round dining table to the side of the kitchen and it's the perfect setting for intimate dinners for two.

Sleeping and bathing

The oh-so-romantic en suite bedroom is a total dream with vaulted, beamed ceiling, large windows overlooking the garden and a skylight making it a beautifully light, bright and airy room. The sumptuous super king bed is extremely comfortable and comes swathed in luxurious linens and super-soft bedding, ensuring deep sleeps and long lie-ins. The en suite is a gorgeous wet room with underfloor heating that boasts a double shower with two huge rainfall shower heads and a heated rail to keep towels warm and fluffy. In addition, there's a stunning freestanding bath for two up the wooden stairs on the mezzanine level for long, languorous soaks - blissful!

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. 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 - just idyllic.


For the seekers of staycation magic, The Gallery 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...


There is plenty of private off-road parking.


A travel cot and high chair is available on request.


Three well behaved dogs are very welcome. We charge £35 per dog per week or short break.


The Gallery has WiFi so if you need to stay in touch with the outside world you can.

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.

Pre-prepared meals

As an alternative to a food hamper 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 yourselves 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. 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 period houses and gardens alike.

Totally romantic, this wonderful design-led country retreat for couples lies in the heart of the rolling Devon countryside just a few miles from Exeter.

At a glance

From £662 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 2 + cot | | Dogs welcome

Key features

Autumnal escapes

Baby on Board

Extensive gardens and ponds

Foodie breaks

Ideal Honeymoon spot

Just for two

Less than 3 hours from London

Close to Dartmoor

Rolling countryside

Rolling gardens

Travel cot and highchair

Up to 3 dogs welcome


Workcation Retreat

Dog friendly

Bathtub for two

Wood Burner

Perfect For Couples


Boutique country chic

3 Hours From London

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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.


  • 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 The Gallery:

We booked The Gallery for our 30th wedding anniversary and it didn't disappoint. We couldn't fault anything, was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed and more.Gary made us very welcome and We would definitely book again. Jane & Neil June 2022

Thank you for a perfect getaway stay for our honeymoon. It has been so peaceful and beautiful here, we could not have picked a better place!

Lovely stay in rural Devon. Thanks to Gary and Liz for the welcome and chats.

A delightful, peaceful stay. House interior is beautiful. All the little touches made our stay more special. Perfect location. Easy to travel both around and to Devon and Cornwall. Thank you so much for being welcoming and the perfect hosts.

Beautiful cottage and stunning surrounds. We've had the most fabulous stay. Thank you both very much.

A perfect spring break in a beautiful setting. The Gallery is stunning with everything thought of to make it a home away from home. Thank you Gary and Liz for making us feel so welcome. We look forward to returning with our family.

Fabulous place to stay. Beautiful cottage with excellent hosts. Highly recommend.

The retreat was stunning, everything we had hoped it would be. Presented beautifully and in secluded grounds.

Fantastic cottage with amazing grounds to relax. Wonderful hosts and absolutely brilliant sunshine everyday. Thank you Gary and Liz. You have a truly wonderful place. We will be back.

Thank you for a wonderful break. Beautiful cottage with no detail spared. A perfect place to explore Devon. We will be back.

Beautiful cottage - no detail spared! Loved our stay, thank you.

The Retreat is absolutely stunning! Pure luxury, everything was so clean and organised. The lovely king size bed, shower room and gorgeous bath. Gary & Emma were exceptionally helpful hosts. We will most certainly recommend to our friends! :)

Beautiful décor and grounds. Cottage is luxurious and very clean. Helpful touches are in the cottage upon arrival, such as bread, milk, butter! Gary and Liz were lovely hosts, always around if you needed them, but valued your privacy. Gary brought us a vase of fresh flowers on the day we arrived which was lovely. We fully recommend this cottage and would like to thank both Gary and Liz for a lovely, restful stay! Christina and Simon.

We had such a relaxing stay in your beautiful cottage! So welcoming, great hospitality.

Thank you for all the love and attention to making The Gallery into a stylish and practical retreat. Very lovely, special stay!

Perfect winter stay with a cosy fire, we enjoyed our walks on your grounds and saying hello to the bunnies and chickens. A wonderful birthday treat. Attentive, lovely hosts and really appreciated the extra touches, the flowers were beautiful.

A wonderful week away. The Gallery was a wonderful home to us for a week and Gary and Liz great hosts. Enjoyed many a walk on both North and South coasts. Thank you!

Thank you Gary, Liz (and Finnlay) for the cosiest of winter stays. We've felt relaxed and refreshed and look forward to coming back next to the hearth of your Gallery.

Loved the cottage - very peaceful and relaxing few days and great weather too! Enjoyed walks from Budleigh Salterton to Otterton and around Stover Country Park. Lovely meal at Ring of Bells pub.

The cottage was luxurious whilst retaining a cosy, homely feel. Attention to detail throughout the cottage was stunning. Perfectly located for Dartmoor and the coast. Gary and Liz were perfect hosts!

This was the most perfect getaway! From the decor, to the location, to the amazing host Gary. We couldn’t recommend this enough!!

Thank you Gary and Liz, we have had a lovely week here enjoying your beautiful cottage and the area around. Fantastic!

Can't thank you enough, Liz & Gary - the most beautiful home to relax in. You've worked so hard to create this sanctuary; simply the best time was had. Thank you xx

A beautiful, clean cottage, furnished to a very high standard. A friendly welcome awaited us from Gary with a few recommendations for dinner. The welcome pack was also gratefully received. A great place to relax and unwind with nature right on the doorstep.

A wonderful stay in a beautiful place! So peaceful and relaxing, we don't want to leave!

Thank you for an amazing stay - loved the cottage and the gardens and Poppy had a fantastic time exploring. Really beautiful!

Thank you lovely relaxing weekend. Just what we needed. Loved all the wildlife and awesome stars - you must look after dark. Ring of Bells great pub to visit.

A wonderfully relaxing week enjoying this beautiful property, stunning grounds and everything the area has to offer. Thanks Gary & Liz for being so welcoming and setting the scene for a perfect break.

A lovely, relaxing break. So beautiful! Thank you for a wonderful stay.

Fantastic stay at The Gallery. Such a beautiful cottage which has been stunningly decorated, the goodies on arrival (fresh break, milk, eggs and cider) were so thoughtful and the hosts were lovely. Loved our week there, just wished we’d stayed longer

What a beautiful place, so lovely 5 star comfort, nice to relax here in the peace and quiet of the countryside. Will come again one day.

A peaceful retreat where you can truly relax in lovely surroundings with your dog. We will return.

Had a fantastic and relaxing time, no issues with anything. We will be back!

We had an absolutely brilliant time at The Gallery. The place is styled really beautifully. We felt very much at home and would love to stay again. The grounds are absolutely amazing. One day we didn't even leave as there was so much space to explore and walk the dog. The owners are really lovely and made us feel very welcome - including some lovely treats and flowers from the garden.

Beautiful idyllic location. Perfect retreat for us & our dog.The accomodation owners made us all feel very welcome. Accommodation was beautiful & a great location for wildlife spotting including bunnies, squirrels & birds.

Thank you both for a comfortable stay. These peaceful surroundings have been idyllic! And the weather finally picked up. Wishing you all the best.

A totally relaxing stay, just what we needed. The cottage was immaculate, and lots of nice touches, perfect.

The best rental cottage we have ever stayed at. Met all expectations, and exceeded many. The owners could not have been more welcoming and friendly. Will definitely go back.

After months of lockdown, this has been the perfect getaway bolthole. Such a beautiful place to come for some R&R! Wish we'd had longer. Lovely to chat to you Gary about your move down from Cheshire! This place is a credit to you - amazing!

Wow - what an amazing place. We will definitely be back. Thank you for your hospitality.

Absolutely perfect! Many thanks for a splendid break! You do it well xx

Beautiful cottage, fantastic hosts, gorgeous location. Perfect get away retreat for dog owners!

Beautiful property which was furnished to a very high standard. Really enjoyed the log fire. The owners were friendly and welcoming with nice added touches to our stay - wild flowers, fresh eggs, milk, local cider etc Very highly recommended.

A beautiful, perfect space to relax over Christmas! One of the best we have ever stayed in. So well thought out and beautifully clean. Thank you!

Fantastic hosts and an even more beautiful and peaceful cottage than we imagined. Couldn’t have been more perfect.

We really enjoyed the peace and tranquility, lots of lovely walks, so much wildlife and a beautiful cottage. Thank you Gary and Liz for the warm welcome.

A truly lovely retreat. All the home comforts and the owners couldn’t be more welcoming or friendly.

Beautiful place! Thank you for your kindness! Such a relaxing and peaceful weekend. All the best x

Fantastic!! Cottage and grounds amazing, recommend Ring of Bells and The Lamb for food.

A hidden gem in Devon - finished to a gorgeously high standard, in driving distance of Cornish coastline and a must have for some R&R. The grounds are divine and our puppy was in seventh heaven!

So lovely, perfectly peaceful and Trevor loved every minute. Thank you!

A beautiful barn conversion completed to the highest standard. A perfect break.

Thank you for a perfect stay. You have done a brilliant job here, all the best x

It's been lovely - despite the weather!! Thank you so much x

Thank you for such a perfect stay. We were supposed to be in NYC for my 30th but due to lockdown that didn't happen. It was a blessing in disguise because we could not ask for a more wonderful holiday. We shut off, wound down and relaxed so much it was exactly what was needed. We are sad to be leaving but will definitely be back, excited to see what's done with the barn. Thank you Gary and Liz for your superb hospitality in such a beautiful place.

Exactly as described on the website in a lovely quiet location

Had a wonderful week after months of isolation. Thank you for the flowers, which lasted all week. Fantastic location, really enjoyed the cottage. We will definitely be back. A great place to relax, thank you both x

Thank you for a fantastic stay. We can't think of a better place to be quarantined! Wishing you all the best, stay safe and healthy.

Thank you so much!! We had the best time. You have a beautiful property. We had a relaxing time, thank you for your hospitality xxx

It was a real treat to stay in this stunning cottage in such beautiful, tranquil surroundings. We had everything we needed to enjoy a peaceful and relaxed weekend... we can't wait to come back with friends for the summer! A very special place, thank you!

The most wonderful stay, thank you for having us. We didn't do lots of walking, mostly wine drinking in front of your gorgeous fireplace! You have a bathtub of dreams, so much so we went to lush and got a bath bomb! Thank you for your hospitality, you have a beautiful home here.

Wonderful luxury cottage with all we needed for a break. Beautifully presented with great facilities. Plenty of land for our dog to roam but not very far from Exeter, Crediton or the Moors Would recommend.

Beautifully furnished cottage, very comfortable for a romantic getaway. The owner was always on hand to help us with anything we needed and the 'what's on this week guide' was a lovely touch.

High quality accommodation with everything you need for a relaxing break.

Thank you for the most wonderful holiday, we really don't want to leave and will most definitely be back. Love the decor! The most idyllic stay for our 'babymoon'!

Thank you, we've had a lovely and peaceful holiday - it's just gone too quickly! Love the tree and decorations for Christmas.

The most beautiful place for our honeymoon, we would thoroughly recommend this cottage for a romantic getaway.

Perfect location for rest and relaxation, whilst at the same time not feeling too isolated. Gary was very welcoming and helpful settling us in immediately. Thanks for a perfect stay.

Fantastic accomodation, beautiful setting, had a perfect week away. Thank you.

Thank you very much. Excellent stay! All that we wanted.

Wow wow wow! Everything about this place is just perfect - down to the very last details! We've loved our stay here and will definitely be returning! Thank you xxx

It really is the place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Pure luxury and comfort. Liz and Gary have thought of everything to make the stay special. The pictures do not do the place justice, I would definitely do again.

Perfect get away, beautifully decorated, very peaceful setting with wonderful hosts.

Thank you Liz and Gary for creating this wonderful retreat. It has felt like a home away from home for us and we look forward to visiting again soon.

First-class accomodation - every need catered for - in a tasteful way. Friendly, charming hosts.

Great place - stylish. accomodating hosts, perfect!

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