We booked the garden wing at Fursdon House as a last minute break for my wife and our 2 year old toddler. We arrived quite late after a long journey and so were greeted by the Fursdon family themselves, who were such a lovely couple and they let us park our car right outside their house to unload it.
The garden wing is a nice sized apartment on the first floor of Fursdon House. There was a great sized breakfast kitchen with plently of cooking equipment that we used throughout our stay, and a childs bedroom with a cot they provided. The bathroom also had a good quality shower and bath.
The main living room had two 2 seater sofa's which were quite dated and not that comfortable, which was a shame, as the bedroom was super large and the bed was very comfy indeed.
The garden wing has it's own private garden to the rear which is a nice touch, although I would warn those with small children to be careful as there is quite a steep drop so you have to be on guard. For children their was three horses to see, chickens, plenty of open space to run around, and a small slide and swings.
All in all the place was very nice, the biggest downside being so far out in the country was the daily use of the very tight country lanes up to Fursdon Hall, and we almost had a head on collision with someone who was driving far too fast. Exeter was just 25 minutes away and Torquay took just about an hour, so you can get around while staying at Fusrdon House.
For us to have given this a higher score it would have to have more comfortable sofas, better storage space in terms of clothes hanging space, and safer garden access for children. I couldn't fault the owners of the house and they even let us use their WiFi for no charge (it was very slow but it did help).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Two stylish apartments in an historic manor house and a former gardener's cottage. Fursdon, in Mid Devon, has been the home of the Fursdon family for more than 750 years. We invite you to stay in our very special self-catering accommodation on a traditional country estate in the glorious countryside of Devon. The Park Wing sleeps six and has elegant and spacious rooms overlooking the parkland and beyond as far as Dartmoor. The cosy Garden Wing is perfect for 2 or 3 with one very large bedroom and a small one. It opens out into the lovely walled garden from the panelled sitting room. A short walk from the manor house, Fursdon Cottage is a detached stone cottage with its own garden and views of the Exe valley. It has recently been completely renovated to a 5-star standard and provides stylish and characterful accommodation. It sleeps up to six and you can bring the dog too. Logs from the estate are provided for open fires and the shelves are stacked with good books. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Fursdon House Exeter, Devon