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Whytings Pet-Friendly Cottage in Uplyme, Devon

1568
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per week
sleeps 20
8 rooms
8 bathrooms

Whytings Pet-Friendly Cottage description

Holiday home
Situated on the downs above the ancient resort of Lyme Regis is this stunning barn conversion with eight bedrooms which is capable of sleeping up to 20 people (26 if booked with attached property as a group). Set within the grounds of the owner's working sheep farm and country clothing business, this property has been skilfully renovated to provide a comfortable holiday home for families or groups of friends. There are en suite facilities attached to most of the eight bedrooms as well as a large sitting room with beamed ceiling and a well-equipped kitchen. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the property boasts excellent views and is close to a selection of great walking routes and footpaths, as well as the other amenities and attractions of the area. Note: Working sheep farm; dogs to be kept under control & children to be supervised when out of property. Note: The owner runs a country clothing business from an adjacent barn.

Area
Set on the borders of Devon and Dorset, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the lovely little village of Uplyme. This beautiful area is a popular filming location and was chosen by the television chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as the headquarters for River Cottage, located at Park Farm. Just a short drive away is the stunning Jurassic Coast at Lyme Regis - a historic seaside town that boasts a maze of narrow streets, packed with interesting shops and cafes. The sandy beach, located alongside the town, lends itself to great bathing and water sports whilst the bustling harbour offers regular fishing trips and fossil hunting. The town of Axminster is also close by, as it the Seaton Tramway, making this a wonderful, varied location.

Region
Devon, with its quiet country lanes, patchwork of lush green fields and sleepy villages is not to be missed. Stately home lovers will be spoiled and why not finish with a scrumptious Devonshire cream tea?

Amenities
Oil central heating. Electric ovens & hobs, microwaves, fridge/freezers, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TVs (2 with Freeview), CD/radio, books. Fuel & power inc. in rent. Bed linen & towels inc. in rent. Travel cot & highchair on request. Ample off road parking. Room for boats. Lawned garden with patio & furniture. Shared 1 acre paddock for recreational activities. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop & pub 2 miles. Note: Working sheep farm; dogs to be kept under control & children to be supervised when out of property. Note: Owner runs a country clothing business from adjacent barn.

Amenities

  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • On a farm
  • Rural location

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Reviews

Mr Gove
August 2012
We liked the relaxed atmosphere which was enhanced by the owners and their staff. With a number of children with us, the property was at just the right level in decor and furnishings. The paddock proved to be an excellent and safe place for the children to play. Definitely recommended!
Miss Sykes
March 2015
Perfect space for a wonderful weekend. Comfortable, warm, spacious and cosy property with nice rooms. Lovely owner who was very hospitable.
Mrs Kent
December 2014
It was lovely having so many en suites for the bedrooms. The comfy lounge area worked brilliantly too, lots of space to chill and chat. Also, the enormous long dining table was a big plus, don't often find one as impressive as that, fitted in 21 for supper. Great to have lovely Lyme Regis on the doorstep, great for shopping walking. Very spacious yet cosy accommodation.
Mrs Coster
December 2014
Excellent location. Great sitting/dinning room with room for all family members.
Mrs Radford
October 2014
A fabulous, large family house which was extremely welcoming. We especially enjoyed the massive dining table, the comfortable lounge with enough seating for everyone. The fact that the dogs were made so welcome and the ample parking.
Ms Smith
November 2014
Loved the dining room, with a beautiful and table chairs - space for all of us to eat together Loved the large lounge - again space larger than our party of 16.
Mrs Baker
February 2014
We used Whytings for a big family celebration weekend. The house is perfect for large groups, the shared space is excellent and we had a fantastic time. We all agreed that for a three night stay it was an excellent price. Simple, clean and spacious.
Mrs Ottaviani
March 2014
The house was big and comfortable. The location was perfect, very near to everything. Owners helpful and kind.
Mrs Shrubsole
November 2012
The cottage was particularly spacious, even with 19 people. The beds were comfortable, and the set-up of the house was perfect for us.
Mrs George
April 2014
It was great being on a working farm. Loved the lambs and we were was lucky enough to see the sheep being sheared - a great experience. Surrounding area was lovely and we were very lucky to have had the sunshine for the whole week! The barn was very roomy even when we had 15 stay. It was great to have so many en-suites as well. Surprisingly for a large property it was also very warm. Would happily recommend this property to friends/family.
Mrs Hooper
November 2013
The cottage was lovely and warm, with plenty of hot water. There were enough bedrooms and bathrooms to easily accommodate everyone. The dining table was superb. Would recommend for family groups.
Mr Penny
March 2012
There was bags of room for all 18 of us! All the bedrooms were of a good size and the en-suites were certainly adequate and there were lots of them! It was certainly very well equipped with washer and dishwasher. Lots of parking space.
Mrs Moore
December 2013
Suitability of the property for a large mixed age group. Proximity to Lyme Regis, Axminster etc whilst being in the countryside.
Mr Lewis
August 2012
The dining room and lounge were ideal for family get-togethers. The number of en-suites was excellent.
Mr Nightingale
November 2011
Good location and the the property was an ideal size for our family get together.
Ms Brewster
July 2011
A very relaxing environment, made to feel very welcome by the farm. It was great to be a few miles from Axminister and Lyme Regis so amenities were nearby but you felt like you were in the middle of nowhere. It was great to have so many ensuites so the teenagers could spent the usual 2/3 hours getting ready. We really found the house comfy and loved the big dining room table.
Mrs Byrne
October 2010
Very quiet and relaxed feel; had a great time.
Mrs Garland
April 2011
Whytings is in a wonderful area with lots to do. The owners of the property are friendly, they checked we had all we needed. The property satisfied the needs of our family, which spanned four generations and ranged from 12 years old to 86 years old, and it was spaniel friendly too!
Mrs Carroll
September 2011
The location was great for local attractions. We enjoyed nice walks and had fun in the paddock playing outdoor games. The local beaches were easily accessible and there was a good variety of shops for the ladies! Also enjoyed the fishing trip and caught several mackerel much to the delight of the children.
Mrs Morgan
September 2010
Accommodation was excellent, lots of room for the whole family. Plenty of bathrooms for everyone. Good variety of bedrooms catering for different size family groups. Good location for sightseeing in Devon and Dorset. Would recommend to anyone!
Margaret n
August 2016
Ample space for dining and sitting for a large number of people. We stayed with friends and family to celebrate a birthday. The ensuites however were of poor quality and definitely not spotless. The whole place felt rather neglected.Much could have been done to improve the outside sitting area and a BBQ would have been great.
Mr Nijran
August 2008
The location and the property were superb.
Mrs Warrington
September 2008
A lovely family welcome. Beautiful surroundings.
Mrs Cotterill
January 2009
The large dining table for everyone to sit round for a meal and the sitting room furniture. The relaxed attitude of the owner with very few rules. The games room was particularly enjoyed by the younger people. The closeness to Lyme Regis and Axminster. Local walks.
Mrs Williams
September 2008
We really enjoyed the house. Surrounding countryside is beautiful. The owners were charming and extremely helpful.
Mrs Phillips
February 2009
Accommodation was great for our large family group with ages ranging from 4-70. Kids loved the table tennis and snooker. We were able to cater for everyone food wise quite easily and being able to eat together all around one huge table was great! Overall we loved it and would recommend.
Mrs Miller
October 2008
Whytings is perfect for a big family get together.
Miss Simmonds
January 2009
We booked the weekend for a 30th birthday party and it allowed us the freedom and flexibility to relax, have fun and enjoy the weekend in whichever way we each wanted to. Absolutely great location and layout and we all commented on what a fantastic weekend it was for everyone, thank you!
Ms Reeves
November 2008
The cabin was absolutely lovely! The furniture was great. We were very happy to see that the house has been kept looking so very nice!
Mrs Jee
June 2009
The property was very close to the lovely resort of Lyme Regis. The property was spacious, clean and had great facilities. We particularly like the fact we al had an en-suite bathroom.
Mrs Gaga
November 2009
The location was perfect, the size of the property meant that we were all able to stay together. The owners were very welcoming and friendly and the free range chickens proved a focal point for the children.
Miss Denney
February 2009
The cottage was a perfect size and layout for the number of people we had there. We had everything we needed and the owners were very friendly and approachable for any problems/advice.
Mr Stephens
August 2009
Good location, possibly a little remote, but ok if you are happy to drive everywhere. Virtually all bedrooms en-suite which was a main selling feature of the property for our group. Good quality bedding and all beds very comfortable. Good recycling opportunities. Big screen TV in lounge came in handy for evening viewing and when weather was poor. Nearby field available for football, cricket etc.
949sheila
November 2015
I took the family for the October half term. The weather was mixed and it was disappointing that there was no DVD player for the rainy times. The dining area was excellent also the lounge, plenty of seating. The kitchen was divided in two and inadequate for family cooking. If you are taking very little children be aware there is no bath. The beds were comfortable and the linen beautifully crisp, clean and inviting. Generally the accommodation was quite tired but suitable for us as we had 6 children aged 9 and under.
Mrs Choules
October 2009
We were there for a hen weekend and it was completely PERFECT! Quiet and out of the way. There was no chance of us disturbing anyone and we could use the property as a base to go elsewhere. The scenery was incredible and I would definately recommend it to a friend. We might even come back sometime! Thank you so much, from all the ladies on Esther's hen weekend.
Miss Reed
July 2009
The cottage was perfect for a large group as it gave us the privacy required and the large dining table was fantastic.
Ms Rolt
November 2009
Thank you for a wonderful weekend in Whytings near Axminster. The cottage was great and despite dreadful storms, we had a brilliant weekend!
Miss Penrose
November 2009
Excellent house for a large group and perfectly placed for lots of activities.
Amanda C
August 2014
We had our wedding party here extending the celebration over the weekend and the living areas, dining area and paddock, were perfect for entertaining. The bedrooms were great sizes for the whole party (there were 18 of us) and everyone was sad to leave. Great place to stay for a large family party in a fantastic location. If you go I'd advise to look out for the sign to Hartgrove Hill Farm on the way in rather than Whytings as a few of our party got lost on the way - but that might just be us.
Phil E
May 2014
I agree with most of the comments made by others re The Whytings. In short - it's very practical, has everything a large group needs, and easily accommodates a large group (we were 12 adults (5 couples) and 3 babies, but the property could have fitted more if needed - there are a couple of 'family rooms'). But, it looks tired. Positives: Huge dining table. Huge lounge area. Loads of parking. 8 bedrooms (though one of those is a through-bedroom - so bear that in mind if you are booking for 8 couples thinking you'll each have a private bedroom!). Plenty of pots and pans and crockery. 6x en-suite bedrooms (through-bedroom, plus downstairs bedroom, are not en-suite). Negatives: Lots of little (largely cosmetic) issues - for example the cutlery drawer-front was falling off, one of the toilet-roll holders was hanging off the wall). The outside paddock area is across the (scruffy) parking area. Strange 'old' smell upstairs. Bedroom furniture (other than beds - ie. wardrobes, sofa in family bedroom, etc.) all very old - the kind of stuff you would think not good enough to give to a charity shop. One of the (two) ovens is hopeless. The bin / recycling area is disgusting and really makes the yard look shabby. There was WiFi, but only in one corner of the house, and even then it was patchy for most of us. No bath, Though there is a plastic baby bath provided, I gather the whole baby bathing thing is far harder without an actual bath. Other thoughts: Though in a way the two small kitchens arrangement works well, they're both very enclosed. A nice open kitchen would be much better when the rest of the house is clearly suited to a large group. As of April/May 2014, there are TWO front door keys and ONE back door key. The second front door key is on the same keyring as the back door. We had no issues locking the door. The garden furniture does exist and is in good condition. The external photos are very misleading. The aspect for the main photo must have been taken from the next-door field full which is of sheep, and is actually of the smaller cottage attached to The Whytings. I met the owner, Hugh, who seemed honest and helpful, and quite open to feedback - though he was slow to respond to our original issue. Summary: The Whytings is a good option, especially if you have young children and you wouldn't want to be worrying about brand new carpets etc., but not the 'premium' option that it's price suggests.
CP1Kent
May 2013
I booked this large house for an extended family holiday spanning 3 generations. The number of bedrooms and shower rooms were a must! I thought that the downstairs bedroom would be a bonus too as my mother has some mobility problems, however the downstairs toilet and shower are not in the vicinity of the bedroom and would mean walking across the very large lounge to gain access. The other bedrooms upstairs were fine - although the eaves ceiling in one of the bedrooms was very low and resulted in my Dad grazing his head one night. Clean white sheets and duvets and towels were provided (although towels smaller than we are used to....) The showers were good and offered a good temperature and flow, but the trays were all very high, which made it near impossible for my elderly mother to access - no hand rail in the cubicle either, which may have helped. The living space was plenty big enough for the 17 adults that we had staying there for most of the week and the two large tables were perfect for family meals. The 2-kitchen arrangement, although not ideal was manageable, but the electric hobs with solid heat plates were quite old and inefficient and the markings on the control panels had been rubbed off and so made it very difficult to use. Kitchen utensils were ok and there were plenty of plates and cutlery etc. Another review mentions a games room, but this is no longer there, although there was a cupboard with some board games and cards. The owners were kind enough to let us have some other family & friends to visit for the day and we had plenty of room to entertain - there were about 30 of us in total. It was a beautiful hot sunny day and the owner had agreed that we could bring a BBQ to cook outside. However, the picture showing the outside space to the front and side of the property is not accurate and the garden furniture doesn't actually exist. We felt that the property overall was pretty tired - a couple of the sofas were very worn - one was ripped. A few of the carpets in the bedrooms had stains on them. The carpet at the top of two steps which gave access to one of the bedrooms was actually very badly worn and in shreds, meaning we had to take great care not to trip coming out of the bedroom. Having said that the location was lovely and peaceful and we enjoyed hearing the sheep and chickens going about their business. We found a couple of really good pubs in the area - The Talbot Arms in Uplyme and the Old Inn at Kilmington (on the A35) and The Anchor (right on the beach) at Seatown (Chideock) next to Golden Cap. Would also recommend the Fish and Chip Shop at Seaton for a hearty lunch! Tesco is just a couple of miles away at Axminster and we arranged a delivery for our arrival date which the owners kindly took in for us as it arrived before we did! Overall we had a good holiday and found the space met our needs. I have raised my concerns about the property with the owner and he assures me that they 'will make changes and hope to improve their service'. I hope this is the case as I am afraid that I would not recommend to a friend in the current condition.
robbie_t76
September 2013
let's start with the positives. It's spacious, in a great location, good size dining table for a large group, a one acre paddock for children to run around in, and plenty of large pans. However, one shouldn't have to clean the kitchen and dishes upon arrival, the furniture had seen better days, the showers were noisy and of poor quality, the beds uncomfortable, and the front and side areas were in desperate need of weeding. Oh, and there was only one front door key..for a large group! Anyhow, we enjoyed the challenge of trying to lock the door. i think the owners must have been away as nobody called in for the duration of our stay. The photos on this site are out-of-date.
h p
November 2013
Property description is somewhat misleading. This property is not detached and has absolutely no views. The back faces a brown fence one yard away and the front faces a corrugated workshop again only yards away. The fact that it was not possible to lock the front door was a worry with having children in the property. The response from the agent, Sykes Cottages when the above and other issues were pointed out was very poor.
Gursharan Singh
December 2009
Our week in Uplyme was alate booking. The proprerty was excellent and accommodated three family groups with ease. The games room and the sorounding farmland was bonus. Great location for the south coast beachs and day trip to Eden Project(get there early and stay the whole day to make the most of it). Found a few vegetrain cafes/restaurants. Unique bakery and pizza restauraent in Lyme Regis. The property owners need to provide more info on local attractions - not knowing the area well meant we awsted alot of time working out what to do. Got in a decent forest walk. Oh by the way, it rained all week!
Guest
December 2009
We had a fantastic time at Whitings - the large dining table was great for meals together, although the kitchens (although 2) were quite small. That said cooking for 18 people was managable. There is a lovely pub approx 3 miles away which makes for a great country walk. There was plenty of space for everyone inside and out and I would recommend to any young group.
CP1Kent
May 2013
I booked this large house for an extended family holiday spanning 3 generations. The number of bedrooms and shower rooms were a must! I thought that the downstairs bedroom would be a bonus too as my mother has some mobility problems, however the downstairs toilet and shower are not in the vicinity of the bedroom and would mean walking across the very large lounge to gain access. The other bedrooms upstairs were fine - although the eaves ceiling in one of the bedrooms was very low and resulted in my Dad grazing his head one night. Clean white sheets and duvets and towels were provided (although towels smaller than we are used to...) The showers were good and offered a good temperature and flow, but the trays were all very high, which made it near impossible for my elderly mother to access - no hand rail in the cubicle either, which may have helped. The living space was plenty big enough for the 17 adults that we had staying there for most of the week and the two large tables were perfect for family meals. The 2-kitchen arrangement, although not ideal was manageable, but the electric hobs with solid heat plates were quite old and inefficient and the markings on the control panels had been rubbed off and so made it very difficult to use. Kitchen utensils were ok and there were plenty of plates and cutlery etc. Another review mentions a games room, but this is no longer there, although there was a cupboard with some board games and cards. The owners were kind enough to let us have some other family & friends to visit for the day and we had plenty of room to entertain - there were about 30 of us in total. It was a beautiful hot sunny day and the owner had agreed that we could bring a BBQ to cook outside. However, the picture showing the outside space to the front and side of the property is not accurate and the garden furniture doesn't actually exist. We felt that the property overall was pretty tired - a couple of the sofas were very worn - one was ripped. A few of the carpets in the bedrooms had stains on them. The carpet at the top of two steps which gave access to one of the bedrooms was actually very badly worn and in shreds, meaning we had to take great care not to trip coming out of the bedroom. Having said that the location was lovely and peaceful and we enjoyed hearing the sheep and chickens going about their business. We found a couple of really good pubs in the area - The Talbot arms in Uplyme and the Old Inn at Kilmington (on the a35) and The anchor (right on the beach) at Seatown (Chideock) next to Golden Cap. Would also recommend the Fish and Chip Shop at Seaton for a hearty lunch! Tesco is just a couple of miles away at axminster and we arranged a delivery for our arrival date which the owners kindly took in for us as it arrived before we did! Overall we had a good holiday and found the space met our needs. I have raised my concerns about the property with the owner and he assures me that they 'will make changes and hope to improve their service'. I hope this is the case as I am afraid that I would not recommend to a friend in the current condition.
EllieRowland
July 2014
We arrived after a 8 hour journey from Chester (we did go the long way down tho!) Our friends had already arrived and had put their stuff away / were already cooking the first meal. We found our bedrooms and put our stuff away. The house could be changed and updated but for the price that we paid then it was pretty good value for 14 of us! For example - about how the house is laid out is fine when you walk in as you have the magnificent table in the middle of the room but the sofas are quite old and could have done with being replaced with new ones. The beds in our room were ok but were very creaky and not amazingly comfortable - again could be updated for better ones. Getting to Lyme Regis was very easy - some of us walked and some drove. The walk took about 45 minutes but we did have one wrong turn! Saturday night we went to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Restaurant in Axminster which I highly recommend! The other reviews for Whytings are wrong - the place is old and a bit battered but its a lot better than what I was expecting to walk into. The place is clean and tidy - the beds are a bit old but the sheets were all ok to sleep on. I recommend taking an extra pillow or two though if you hate sleeping flat! Not sure what else to put as its a place you have to discover for yourself :) Enjoy!
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