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Knowles, superb detached Victorian country house, large grounds nr Lyme Regis.

3 reviews
Knowles, Colyton, Devon, near the Jurassic coast, Lyme Regis and Seaton
1 of 27Knowles, Colyton, Devon, near the Jurassic coast, Lyme Regis and Seaton
Overview
7 bedrooms
6 bathrooms
13 guests
3 nights minimum
Rental Home
Awarded 4 stars by VisitEngland Knowles - The ultimate family home. Superb detached Victorian country house, built in 1890, full of character and many original features, set back from the Colyford to Colyton road between Lyme Regis and Sidmouth. Accommodation: Knowles has been just been completely refurbished to an excellent standard, maintaining many of the original features. Lovely views over the gardens and to the countryside from most of the main rooms. All rooms light and bright, many with fireplaces in the living areas and decorative fireplaces in the bedrooms. Stunning views from many of the bedrooms. Extremely well furnished. GROUND FLOOR: Entrance Porch. Large Hall with Parquet flooring. Lounge, bay window with seat to enjoy the views of the beautiful gardens, firep...Awarded 4 stars by VisitEngland Knowles - The ultimate family home. Superb detached Victorian country house, built in 1890, full of character and many original features, set back from the Colyford to Colyton road between Lyme Regis and Sidmouth. Accommodation: Knowles has been just been completely refurbished to an excellent standard, maintaining many of the original features. Lovely views over the gardens and to the countryside from most of the main rooms. All rooms light and bright, many with fireplaces in the living areas and decorative fireplaces in the bedrooms. Stunning views from many of the bedrooms. Extremely well furnished. GROUND FLOOR: Entrance Porch. Large Hall with Parquet flooring. Lounge, bay window with seat to enjoy the views of the beautiful gardens, fireplace,TV/DVD. Sky (family bundle). Snug/second sitting room with TV/DVD, fireplace. Dining Room, seating around table for up to 13 persons, serving hatch. Electric hostess trolley. Butlers pantry with fridge and tea/drink making facilities. Two steps down into Conservatory with table and chairs, door to garden. Kitchen/ Breakfast Room, Aga and electric cooker, table and chairs, leads to Scullery with kitchen sink and kitchen units. Back door leads to vegetable patch and herb garden. Utility room with Fridge/freezer and separate freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, Victorian style pulley clothes dryer and an ideal space for walking boots and storing golf clubs etc. Second smaller hallway with a large coat rack. Spacious ground floor Cloakroom: Basin, WC. Ground Floor Bedroom 1: Twin beds. Stunning views over the Valley, En-suite Shower Room: Basin, WC. From the hall, a beautiful large oak staircase leads to the first floor with bedrooms 2-7. FIRST FLOOR Bedroom 2: King size bed, large bay window, En-suite Shower room: Basin, WC. Bedroom 3: Double bed, En-suite Shower room: Basin, WC. Bedroom 4: King size bed, En-suite Shower Room: Basin, WC. Bedroom 5: Single bed, wall mounted TV, En-suite Shower Room: Basin, WC. Bedroom 6: Twin beds. Bedroom 7: Twin beds. Family Bathroom for Bedrooms 6 & 7: Bath, over-bath shower, basin, WC. There are two additional 3ft Stora beds available for use in any of the Double/King size bedrooms at an additional charge of £60 per person pw. Facilities: Bed linen and towels inclusive. Electricity/central heating inclusive. Aga. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Fridge. Freezer. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Cot. Highchair. Lounge with Sky TV (family bundle) with home cinema system with Blu-ray player and I-pod docking station. TVs/DVD x 3 in Snug and available in two bedrooms. CD. Radio. Telephone for incoming calls only. Free wi-fi. All shower/bath rooms have heated towel rails and lever taps. Outdoor Facilities: Large grounds, with well kept mature gardens - lawn areas. Croquet lawn. Five aside football goal. Golf practice net. Seating area around the pond. Greenhouse. Decked area. BBQ. Ample parking in private drive for up to 6 cars. Additional Information: Friday changeover. Pets welcome, a fixed charge of £25 pw or part week per pet. Please let us know if you have pets so we can add this extra fee to your quote. Many thanks. No smoking in property please. There are two additional 3ft Stora beds available for use in any of the Double/King size bedrooms at an additional charge of £60 per person pw. Please let us know if your party requires the additional Stora beds, so we can add this extra fee to your quote. Many thanks. £500 returnable good housekeeping deposit which is paid directly to the owner after paying the balance 6 weeks before the start of the holiday. This is returned in full within 2 weeks of leaving unless there are charges for breakage, damage and excess cleaning. For guests of 6 or less some of the bedrooms could be excluded for use. This would be reflected in the reduced price quoted. *Extra charges apply. *The owners of Knowles can arrange for your online shopping order to be delivered prior to your arrival (Waitrose, Sainsburys and Tesco). *On request breakfast can be cooked and served in the Conservatory for guests. *Picnic hampers also available on request. *Mid week cleans available. *Babysitting by arrangement. Short Breaks: Available excluding school holidays and Bank Holidays. This property is not covered by our Cancellation Protection Plan and strongly suggest you take out your own appropriate insurance. THE AREA The small friendly town of Colyton just a 5 minute walk away, steeped in history dating back to Saxon times, between Lyme Regis and Sidmouth with quaint shops, art galleries, antiques, a garden shop, inns serving real ales and eateries line the streets. Tennis courts are almost opposite and golf courses at Seaton, Lyme Regis and Honiton. Scenic walks along the River Coly and the countryside lanes. The electric tram runs along the Axe Valley passing the Nature Reserve to the coast at Seaton 3 miles away. Colyford, 2-minute drive away, has a PO/Stores and butchers, 2 inns, a restaurant, Nature Reserve and Holyford Woods. The coastal town of Lyme Regis is an easy 15 minute drive over the Devon border into Dorset, offering a wide variety of activities - fossil hunting, fishing trips and cliff top walks along the Jurassic Coast, including the Undercliff Nature Reserve to Seaton. A 10 minute drive to the picturesque fishing village of Beer and Branscombe. The seaside town of Sidmouth with spectacular beach is only a 15 minute drive with an excellent selection of shops, cafes, restaurants, indoor swimming pool and cinema. The small thriving market town of Axminster, famous for the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall 'River Cottage Canteen', shops and weekly street market is also a 15-minute drive away. A wonderful house to spend a holiday in Devon with so much to see and do, family re-unions and celebrations or for corporate get togethers in and around Lyme Bay on the Jurassic Coast. Reviews from visitor book: 30.8.17 I stayed at Knowles with 11 family members including my elderly parents and children and it was a wonderful break for all of us. Knowles is a beautiful Victorian home that the owners once lived in with their parents. The house is very comfortable and cosy and each room has been left sympathetic to its origin which we all found lovely. The garden is amazing, the owners employ a gardener who clearly loves the garden as his own and keeps it pristine with beautiful flower beds and even a cottage garden with herbs etc growing in it which we were able to use. We were very lucky with the weather so we chose to stay at the house most days (we usually eat out a lot) but because the garden was so lovely we chose most days to hang around and eat Alfresco. The only negative I can think of is that we left our 2 dogs at home, what a mistake, they would have been in seventh heaven. K Smart 25-28 AUGUST 2017 Thank you for a lovely break. Beautiful house, everything we needed. Very comfortable. Shea family, Schulps and Davies’s. 5-8 AUGUST 2017 We have had a really lovely time here. Lovely family Edwardian house. Loved it all. Thank you Alan and family. Rosemary, Mike and wedding team. 3-9 JUNE 2017 Weather did not detract from our stay. House was nice. Garden wonderful, beds comfortable and house clean. Support for us good. We are pleased we came here. The Suttons 26 MAY 2017 TO 2 JUNE 2017 Fish and chips at White Horse, Sidmouth after a swim. Forde Abbey for a walk and refreshing shower. Lovely riverside strolls to the nature reserve. Laidlaws, Neales and Roberts. 12-19 MAY 2017 We had another wonderful holiday here. The tram from Colyton to Seaton and back was very popular. Thanks for everything. Solomans, Rocks and Cakebread families. 15-24 MARCH 2017 A warm friendly house. Thank you for looking after the ladies. Swindon. 30 DECEMBER 2016 – 2 JANUARY 2017 A very enjoyable and comfortable stay. Perfect hosts. Many thanks. The Cox’s and friends and 5 dogs. 9th-16th September 2016 A very interesting and comfortable house in an area we do not know very well. We enjoyed our stay and found all the equipment we needed for a holiday with young children. The Taylors and Bradley families 12-19 August 2016 Thank you. A lovely house and a host that looker after us. Good fun in a fabulous part of England. Well worth coming down. Good for kids and adults alike. Thank you The Cheney family and co. 29th July 2016 We had a lovely stay and loved the house. Great location too and the cake was delicious. Thank youThe Bryan family. July 1st- 8th 2016 Lovely place and really appreciated the calm atmosphere and nearby village life. And the fresh fish. 3rd and 4th June 2016. A beautiful home. Thank you so much for all your help. The Fields 30th April -6th May 2016 A wonderful house for a lovely family weekend to celebrate a 70th and 2nd birthday. 8 adults and 7 children from aged 7 to 5 weeks. Children have had such fun. Water fights in the garden and such good hide and seek indoors. Buntons, Cockos, Pimms and Smales. 15-17 April 2016 Fantastic weekend had by all. Wonderful house. Everything here that we needed. Lovely walks. Allport’s, Price’s and Yates. 25.3.16 -30.3.16 From Ted the dog he loved it. I think it was brilliant and a great place to have an egg hunt. Easter gang 10th January 2016 Great place for a terrifying games of Sardines. Terrific AGA – great for a large turkey. Windy game of ultimate frizbee on Axmouth Harbour, and we spotted a surfer too. Sorry we got all the clocks running – tick tock. Extended Cochrane family for a belated Christmas break. More
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
Private Yard
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Hairdryer
TV
Corporate Bookings
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Telephone
Stove
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Central Heating
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Patio
Fireplace
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Reviewed May 24, 2018

Stayed at Knowles House with 5 other family members including elderly parents and a dog. Wonderful house with a terrific garden. Weather was perfect and garden was superb for chilling, sunbathing or even Yoga. Met by the owners who gave us a guided tour and...More

Thank Steven E
Reviewed August 30, 2017

I stayed at Knowles with 11 family members including my elderly parents and children and it was a wonderful break for all of us. Knowles is a beautiful Victorian home that the owners once lived in with their parents. The house is very comfortable and...More

Thank katiesmart2016
Management response:Responded September 5, 2017

Thank you for the review of Knowles and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. The family do take great pride in maintaining the high standards in what was previously their family home. It's always a bonus when the weather is pleasant, allowing you to...More

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Reviewed August 22, 2016

Our family of 12 stayed at Knowles for 7 days in July and overall we had a very nice time. A number of positives but there were also a few negatives and also a problem with the return of our £500 security deposit which left...More

2  Thank MikeBEssex
Management response:Responded September 9, 2016

Thank you for the in depth review of your holiday at Knowles, a 4 Stars Visit England graded property. We are pleased to read that on the whole you enjoyed your stay in the area and there were many positive comments about Knowles. We have...More

About the Manager
Louise Hayman (Property Manager Milkbere Cottage Holidays)
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2009
Availability
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About the neighborhood
The Colyton / Colyford area Electric tramway runs along the Axe Valley to coast at Seaton, 3 miles away. Nature Reserve and Holyford Woods. Colyton, an old world small town steeped in history - dating back to Saxon times. More of a village with quaint shops, fine art galleries, antiques, local rural crafts, garden shop, inns and eateries. Church of outstanding architecture. Fine walks in superb countryside and by fields on the River Coly. A horse drawn wagon takes visitors around the town. Electric tramway runs along the Axe Valley to coast at Seaton 3 miles away. En route is the interesting sister village of Colyford with Nature Reserve and Holyford Woods.
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, There Are Tennis Courts Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 1.9 mi
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