Elegant luxury meets rural beauty in East Devon. High Grange is a self-catering holiday home in the heart of the Devon countryside in charming Dalwood, sleeping 12 over 6 bedrooms, and just five miles from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and stunning beaches of Lyme Regis.
An air of romance and sophistication dominates this spacious period house and the stylish interiors radiate an elegant yet laid-back vibe, ensuring that your family will slip into holiday mode from the moment of arrival.
Stepping through the front door you’ll find a beloved family home steeped in history, dotted with family photos and treasured memories. Each room has been finely decorated in calm palettes from Farrow & Ball, and beautiful wallpapers from Lewis & Wood, while the luxurious textiles and modern art pieces (all combined perfectly to fit in with their surroundings) make High Grange the most stunning home you could ever wish to stay in.
There are delicate crisp linens made for indulgent lie-ins and sumptuous beds fit for Kings (or Queens); there are bookshelves stuffed with escapist reads and elegant sofas from which to enjoy the gorgeous views of the Blackdown Hills; acres of garden awaiting exploration and hidden corners to be filled with children’s laughter whilst playing games of hide and seek.Book High Grange
Recently renovated and brought up to beyond a 5* standard, this amazing home embraces over 70 years of family history that will envelope your family as soon as you arrive – the atmosphere is truly special, warm and welcoming
Meals can be served in the elegant formal dining room, which seats up to 14 and provides the perfect place to have a delicious family Sunday roast – or the cosy breakfast room just off the kitchen with its long rectory style table from which to enjoy a ‘Full English’ made from local produce (the small-holding farm opposite sells gorgeous fresh eggs at the gate!), and less formal family lunches and suppers.
At the end of the day, there is an opulent formal drawing room complete with an open fire and deep sofas, the perfect place to sip pre-dinner drinks and revel in after dinner entertainment, or simply curl up quietly with a good book.
Alternatively indulge in some private time in the library, or snuggle up in the TV room, where the cosy log-burner can keep you company while you watch a Netflix movie.
Six individually designed bedrooms are spread over the first floor; each totally unique, but all equally sumptuous.
Bedroom One – (The Barn Bedroom) : Super king bed, TV, original beams and skylight windows through which to stare at the stars. It has amazing views over the countryside and through to the coastline. The en-suite bathroom with walk in shower, antique basin and roll top bath overlooks the woodland garden.
Bedroom Two – (The King’s Room) : Emperor silk laden bed, (originally made for the King of Saudi Arabia!), TV, feature fireplace, with extensive unbroken views across to the Blackdown Hills and to the sea beyond. The en-suite bathroom has an original cast iron bath and shower attachment.
Bedroom Three – (The Owl Room) : Bunk beds overlooked by friendly owls, with a small double on the bottom and a single on the top. TV, DVD player, feature fireplace, generous storage and work desk. Wonderful views over the woodland gardens and when the lights are turned out, the ceiling transforms into a wondrous galaxy night sky.
Bedroom Four – (The Rose Room) : Double bed, TV, feature fireplace, with wonderful views over the garden, countryside and to the sea beyond.
Bedroom Five – (The Butterfly Room) : Double bed, TV, with stunning views over the Blackdown Hills and to the sea beyond. En-suite butterfly bathroom with original cast iron bath and shower attachment.
Bedroom Six – (The Chinese Room) : Antique original French Walnut ornate double bed, TV, feature fireplace. Fabulous and unbroken views over the Blackdown Hills and to the sea beyond. En-suite wet room with waterfall shower, antique basin and loo.
The stately handmade Chalon kitchen, with its enormous granite-topped island, takes pride of place on the ground floor and is bound to become the hub of the home. It has an American fridge-freezer, an Aga, two electric ovens and 5 ring induction hobs to guarantee the family is well catered for, and the four-legged members of the family can curl up on the luxurious handmade dog bed while they watch over meals being prepared (and catch any scraps that fall their way), with the array of equipment provided, including a Nutribullet, Cold Press juicer, bread maker, yoghurt maker and Nespresso machine.
With two acres of lush green lawn and woodland, there is plenty of space for the whole household. The lawns roll on forever so the children are safe to explore and play or make ‘afternoon teas’ in the wonderful Wendy House on the East Lawn.
The tranquillity of the garden and woodland offers complete peace to wander through and there is a sun dappled table where an early morning cup of tea can be enjoyed with the company of nothing but birdsong.
The west facing colonial style veranda is the perfect place from which to marvel at the setting sun, glass of Lyme Bay sparkling in hand, and the family yard has plenty of privacy to soak up the rays and watch the swallows darting in and out of the barn, or enjoy evening meals cooked on the huge gas barbecue.
For the more active members of your party there are outdoor games, badminton, boules, or even bikes for the more adventurous, and the games room, (‘The Shippen’) houses a pool table, dart board, TV and an assortment of games with a huge wood-burner to encourage cosy downtime.
‘Such a beautiful home, with so many thoughtful touches (fluffy bathrobes & towels, candles, sound docks, fire logs & kindling, and useful kitchen appliances such as a juicer/bread-maker/coffee machine). The house & grounds are stunning and stylishly laid out. Our children especially liked the games room, complete with pool table and darts board. Local sights & pleasures included a well-stocked farm shop, a cosy local pub, countless country walks (well signposted footpaths everywhere) and the coast in & around Lyme Regis – the nearby coastal village of Beer was a particular highlight (best crab sandwiches ever). I highly recommend a stay at this comfortable home-from-home’ – Joanna Jan’18
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