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Devon

Gracie's Cottage - A captivating and memorable stay, in rural East Devon

At a glance


  • Sleeps 9
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Dog Friendly
  • Unique Interior
  • Rural

From £330 per night

* Prices may vary between low and high season.

Beneath the exterior of this quintessential Devon cottage, lie unique and enchanting interiors by Elizabeth Hay Design. Each room has been lovingly and purposefully designed with an array of wonderful fabrics and wallpapers, an eclectic mix of modern bespoke and antique furniture all skilfully curated to give a sumptuous and cosy home. Luxury leading brands are used throughout - Edward Bulmer and Paint & Paper Library paint, Pierre Frey, Soane and Vaughan fabrics, wallpapers and lighting. You will find Kate Malone ceramics, treasured antiques mixed skilfully with contemporary art, bespoke furniture, carpets, lamps and eiderdowns. If you are looking for a genuine Devon cottage experience, with a luxury high end interior, this is it.

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Super comfy & super cosy atmosphere; a fabulous, year round Devon retreat

Guests stepping over the threshold are treated to a genuine period property experience, bursting with objet d'art and full of nostalgia

The Details

This is a true slice of Devon life, a thatched cottage constructed with cob and stone, but modernised and decorated impeccably. The unique design and curvature of the kitchen mirrors the original Clome (bread oven) and is open plan to the dining area, seating 8 comfortably and giving a wonderful space to cook, entertain and eat together.  The kitchen has an electric Aga and separate oven.  In the pantry there is a huge Bertazzoni American style fridge freezer, plus an additional fridge in the main kitchen.  The kitchen is well equipped with plenty of storage.   

 

The sitting room, in the oldest part of the cottage, will be the place to congregate. Ethereal Blue pulls in the Devon light through the quaint (and immaculately restored!) window frames. There is an elegant frieze bordering the entire room, hand painted by renowned local artist, Mary Ann Wilmot. Guests can spend many an hour perusing the water colour landscape scenes painted by a family ancestor.   Guests are spoilt here with super-comfy bespoke sofas, featuring a bold Pierre Frey floral chintz, ancient original flag stone floor and character inglenook fireplace with modern log burning stove.  On summer days the original front door and thatched porch open onto the front garden.   

 

Continuing past the dining room, past a further seating / reading area, you descend further into the newer section of the cottage, with underfloor heated terracotta tiling. The TV room is a charming and cosy retreat. The bookcases filled with an extensive and eclectic mix of literary classics and essential reading.  There is a Sony 42 inch TV.   

Just off the dining room there is a hidden utility and downstairs loo, with a concealed Miele washer and tumble dryer. This bijou little room, is another example of the consistent attention to detail and décor.

 

The cottage sleeps 5, and is a perfect family retreat, with a twin room, one small double and a master super king room. 

However, these are no ordinary bedrooms!  

The twin room and small double are located in the oldest and original part of the cottage. The small double bed will sleep one adult comfortably. This room is a tribute to the ancient wisteria outside. The room glows with sage green and is adorned with wisteria Pierre Frey wallpaper. There is useful built in wardrobe space and the bed is finished with an exquisite eiderdown quilt.

The twin bedroom is simply gorgeous. Underpinned with Edward Bulmer's Aerial Tint, the beds are dressed in crisp white linens and each bed features further bespoke handmade eiderdown quilts. The rattan headboards contrast beautifully and look the real deal with genuine Redoute rose prints above. Period style slipper chairs, antique pink lustre wall plates and Regency bamboo storage chest ensure that the yesteryear experience continues. 

Serving these two bedrooms is a delightful bathroom, with shower over bath. A calming blue tone has been harnessed, with the focal feature being the sublime hand painted Mandarin stone tiles. 

The door off the downstairs corridor leads up to the master en-suite super king bedroom. This room is emblazoned with Brigitte Singh for Aleta artisan block wallpaper. There are two walk in wardrobes, a window seat and enchanting windows with views to the cottage courtyard as well as the orchard and stream to the rear. A full size bespoke handmade eiderdown quilt completes this luxurious bedroom.  The en-suite bathroom has shower over the bath, full length heated towel rail and further examples of those sensational hand painted stone tiles. 

 

 

Sat in approximately two acres of private grounds, childrenand guests of all ages can explore the meadowland, orchards, babbling brook and let their imaginations run wild. This secret garden is a fantastic mix of quince and apple orchards, lawned areas and mixed woodland, enough to keep little ones entertained for hours. We can't think of many more tranquil places to spend those late summer evenings. 

The owner will accept a maximum of 2 well behaved dogs, at their discretion. Potential guests will be asked for the breed and temperament of their dogs.

 

The Annexe

Guests have optional access to the annexe; originally a livestock barn, now converted to further sleeping accommodation. The annexe provides ancillary sleeping space and will house a further four guests. 

The twin room is defined by the fabulous bespoke four poster 'bobble' beds. Dressed with bespoke eider down and crisp white sheets, the annexe is not simply an after thought andfeatures all the luxury and detail of the main cottage. The twin room is decorated with a Light Olive Green which pulls in uninterrupted vistas across the Yarty Valley and surrounding countryside. 

Along the corridor there is a super king bedroom with bespoke headboard. A pair of exquisite Moroccan side tables support a matching pair of Opaline Vaughan bedside lamps. There is a shared bathroom with walk in shower. Hand painted Mandarin stone tiles surround the bath and shower areas. 

Finally at the far end of the annexe is a sitting room with French windows overlooking the gardens. For annexe guests there is a cosy, romantic outside seating area, for enjoying morning coffee, or for late risers, afternoon tea.

 

 

Gracie's Cottage is a feat of interior design and one of the most peaceful places we've stumbled across. 

Enquire today and book your dream Devon getaway!

 

 

Important Property Notes

 

This is a historic, Grade II listed character cottage - complete with uneven floors, low ceilings and lintels. Guests should be aware and forgiving of this. 

Guests have access to the private grounds, however these are not all fully enclosed. Dog owners should respect the Countryside Code and keep dogs under control at all time. 

Younger children should be accompanied by an adult in the grounds at all times, as there are sharp drops into the stream. 

Use of the annexe is paid for as an additional supplement. Please request this with Unique Holiday Stays. 

Much of the interior and personal ornaments hold significant sentimental value to the owner. Guests are provided with an authentic luxury Devon cottage experience and are politely requested to respect the cottage at all times. A Â£1000 security (breakages) deposit will be held by Unique Holiday Stays, and is deductible in the case of breakages.

The water supply for Gracie's Cottage is sourced from an ancient well. It is treated, regularly tested, and tastes fine, but does have a slight discolouration noticeable on the baths, showers and toilets. 

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Reviews

...wonderful from start to finish....

The service was wonderful from start to finish and Emilie was so helpful with everything. The property was beautifully maintained and the welcome basket was over and beyond anything I have ever seen, even down to including shampoo for my very spoilt dog. On arrival there were beautiful irises on the table and the dog's water bowl was filled. We had the most amazing stay and any question I asked was literally answered within a few minutes. I simply cannot recommend this company highly enough and I have stayed with other companies like Unique Homestays and been disappointed. A definite five star!!!

...a lot of attention to details and comfort.

We enjoyed our stay in the cottage. I have no words to describe the property: it's an amazing, luxurious designed traditional devon cottage with a lot of attention to details and comfort. It's so beautiful as we stepped into the pages of a design magazine. The host was so gorgeous to meet us with a prosecco and milk in the fridge, tea and chocolate. I would definitely recommend staying there and maybe one day we will be back.


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