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Leys At Valley View Farm

(Ref. 994328)

Uplyme, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay at Leys and even though the weather was a little unkind we found plenty to do in the general area."

    Jill was a very hospitable and attentive host and nothing was too much trouble for her. Our grandchildren just loved Flossie & Flo the sheep and Jill was kind enough to give the girls plenty of feed for them. We shall definitely look at returning before too long.

    Reviewed by L4.4Oct 2023

  • "A beautiful barn conversion with excellent facilities and many thoughtful extras in a lovely rural location."

    The owner was very informative and helpful with any queries we raised and a problem with the lighting in the kitchen/living area was eventually resolved during our stay. As mentioned in a previous review, the listing should probably make it clearer that the upstairs is actually a mezzanine without a ceiling which means that the light and sound from the downstairs living area travels to the upstairs bedroom. It wasn’t a problem for our group as we all went to bed at about the same time but it might not suit everyone. We were a group of seven adults and we thoroughly enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing holiday together in delightful surroundings with so much to see and explore in the local area. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Malcolm4.4Sep 2023

  • "Jill was extremely warm and friendly aiming to make our stay as pleasant as possible."

    The barn is is situated in a stunning location and we could not have asked for a more restful holiday.

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is really stunning and very well equipped property in beautiful surroundings."

    Jill, the owner, has paid great care and attention to ensuring that all you could hope for is provided and is a warm and welcoming host. We will certainly go back.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jun 2023

  • "Our week at Leys was wonderful, the barn is gorgeous, very clean and extremely well equipped."

    If the weather had been better we would have ventured even further on the nature trails around but the surrounds are gorgeous and the kids loved seeing the various animals. Jill was extremely friendly and helpful, we will be back!

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Apr 2023

  • "Great property with a fantastic inside, pity about steep ramp from road (next to steps) for anybody disabled or in a wheelchair the ramp is extremely steep but the inside of the property makes a spectacular surprise, also the owner of the property is a delight and so helpful."

    A sign on the gate would had helped us finding the property the first time which was at night down a unlight road.

    Thank you for your very kind and generous words. Ramp: we are reviewing this and hope to make it a more gradual one in due course. There are actually 2 signs: 1 by the gate just before the property and 1 at the bottom of the drive, coming off Lime Kiln Lane. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Feb 2023

  • "A lovely week spent in this property."

    Jill made us welcome and was available for any query. It was very clean and comfortable, nice beds, hot showers. An exhilarating walk into Lyme Regis via the Lym river walk paths. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by William5.0Jul 2022

  • "I do think the fact that you are basically right next to a cow shed should be pointed out in the listing as the smell was sometimes almost unbearable with the windows open!"

    ! Along with the accompanying flies. Not the fault of the owner who was never less than helpful. Also just a thought. As more and more people are getting electric cars it would have been really really helpful to have a charging point at the cottage as it was quite hard to find one locally.

    Thank you for your feedback. Leys isn't actually "right next to a cow shed". The milking shed is on my neighbour's land, on the other side of the stables and across the lane. Flies can be a problem sometimes in the summer, but we have an excellent electric fly zapper. There are also occasionally some farmyard smells, but I am afraid this is part of living in the country. A bad smell doesn't happen very often, and usually they are very pleasant freshly-mown-hay type smells. Charging point: there are several of these nearby. We plan to put in a charging point in due course, but at the moment there is not sufficient call for it. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley3.8Jul 2022

  • "Leys at Valley View Farm is an exceptional property."

    Immaculately maintained with beautifully planted rockeries outside, it provided a lovely base for visiting Dorset and Devon. The owner, Jill, looked after us very well, without being intrusive. She also provided a generous welcome pack which was waiting for us when we arrived. Uplyme has a good pub - The Talbot - and an excellent tea shop -The Black Dog - which offered delicious cream teas. Apart from the mixed weather, the property and its location made for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2022

  • "Great place to stay."

    Lots to do on site

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2022

  • "A shame dishwasher was not working until the Thursday , spent a long time at the sink especially with 8 adults and 2 babies to was up for ."

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2021

  • "A brilliant setting and super house."

    Host, Jill was super helpful . Facilities were super and the grandchildren had plenty to occupy them.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0May 2021

  • "A stunning property which richly deserves its 5* rating."

    The owner, Jill, was welcoming, approachable and very helpful. The property is on the site of a working stock farm, with cattle sheds proximate to it, and the occasional whiff from these was quite strong. This did not trouble us and we found the gentle lowing of the cows rather soothing! Others may have different views though so perhaps mention the barn’s proximity to farm buildings?

    Reviewed by Bronwyn4.7Oct 2020

  • "We booked The Leys for a family holiday - hoping that all 7 of us could be together for the first time in ages."

    Sadly, because of Covid restrictions, our adult children had to visit at different times but we still made the most of all that the property had to offer and had a wonderful time. The Leys is ideal for this type of gathering as each bedroom has its own ensuite and the living area is big and airy, with plenty of space to socially distance. There is also a separate snug for anyone wanting some time to themselves. The standard of the decor and furnishings is very high, tasteful and comfortable. Much thought has been put into providing lots of activities on site for those days when you don't want to go out and for children especially - both indoors and outdoors. We loved our stay here and found the owner, Jill very helpful and welcoming. Her artwork is displayed on the barn walls and other products are also available to purchase as a souvenir of your stay. One point that should be high lighted is that the upstairs bedroom is in fact on a mezzanine level, it has walls but no ceiling and so is open to any noise coming from the living area. Having said that, it is big and includes its own settee and TV, as well as access to its own bathroom, which includes a large bath - very comfy indeed! I would and will recommend this property to anyone looking for a large family retreat in the Dorset countryside. Thank you Jill for allowing us to stay at The Leys and for all you have provided.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2020

  • "Leys is beautifully equipped and luxurious barn conversion."

    It was wonderful to have accommodation of a downstairs bedroom with a wet room for my father as well as en-suite bedrooms for the rest of the family. It meant we could all be ready to leave in good time to enjoy the local sites, with Lyme Regis and Charmouth our particular favourites.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2020

  • "We were a party of 8 adults."

    Really enjoyed our stay at the Leys, a very good barn conversion very comfortable beds. Lovely and clean through out, everything you could possibly need for a good stay. Some of the group made use of the sports/game facilities. Also a good walking area. A welcome pack on arrival was a nice touch.

    Reviewed by Denis5.0Sep 2019

  • "Just returned home from a week’s stay at this amazing property."

    It was a family holiday with 6 adults and two small children and we have had a wonderful time. The property and amenities exceeded our expectations. The barn was clean, well equipped with plenty of space for us all and Jill the owner is a lovely lady. We would certainly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2019

  • "Really great place in very good condition."

    Reviewed by Martyn5.0Aug 2019

  • "Excellent property, great for a family (multi-generational)."

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Jul 2019

  • "A very nicely presented holiday home that made everyone feel comfortable."

    Thank you....!!! – Stayed August 2017.

    Mrs SouthhallAug 2017

  • "The accommodation was of a very high standard and extremely well equipped."

    The setting was delightful, enjoyed by us all particularly our grandaughter who loved the farm animals. There was a variety of sports equipment available for use and we enjoyed a local pottery workshop. Jill, the owner was lovely - friendly and very helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will recommend to friends and colleagues. Stayed May 2017

    Mr Colin BlagroveMay 2017

  • "A beautiful house in a lovely setting!"

    The owner Jill has paid attention to every detail. The games areas provided were brilliant for every member of our family. Fantastic place! Stayed April 2017

    Mrs OslosuApr 2017

  • "Amazing, will definitely recommend to others, Jill was lovely and accommodating."

    Stayed April 2017

    Mr Richard WilsonApr 2017

  • "Great location and facilities."

    Wonderful for one or two families as plenty to occupy the kids. Alternatively ideal for groups as each bedroom has it's own bathroom and there is plenty of living space - stayed August 2016

    Mrs Joanne McCallumSep 2016

  • "Beautiful, well equipped and spacious."

    Lovely owner who bent over backwards for us. Would definitely come back to this property again. Loved the barn and the views. Stayed August 2016

    Ms Kirsty WhiteSep 2016

  • "Beautiful spacious property, beautiful countryside and seaside location."

    Stayed July 2016

    Mrs Lakhbir TaylorAug 2016

  • "A lovely property, well maintained giving a good impression as soon as you step through the door."

    All the essentials for a comfortable stay / comfy beds and good showers! We hope to stay again. Stayed December 2015

    Mrs Jane MittonJan 2016

  • "This place is fantastic - thank you so much for arranging it for us."

    It was so comfortable and warm - wow what a great space. We enjoyed walking into Lyme along the river and getting the bus back, dining out at Hugh FW's place in Axminster, having a ramble about on the beach at Beer and poking into the lovely little shops in Lyme. The open kitchen was perfect for sociable food preparation and eating and the games room was great for 4 teenage girls. Perfect place for my celebration weekend. Lucy. Stayed November 2015

    Ms Lucy ThorpeDec 2015

  • "A great deal of thought had gone into both the inside and outside of this property."

    Our 3 grandchildren had a great time and the youngest befriended the farm dog. Would recommend to anyone. Stayed July 2015

    Ms JardineJul 2015

  • "Stayed June 2015"

    Mr Phil WindusJul 2015

  • "The property was everything you could wish for."

    Very clean, lots of space, well equipped. The games outside and in the outside barn was a lovely and unusual addition. The owner of the property was extremely friendly and very nice.

    Ms Patricia RafiqueJun 2015

  • "After reading the positive reviews for Leys our expectations were high."

    We were not disappointed. Leys is a very attractive barn conversion in a beautiful location. It is fitted out to the highest standard. A comfortable stay for four couples - stayed April 2015.

    Mrs JordanApr 2015

  • "Had a lovely family holiday at Leys the property exceeded all our expectations ..."

    Had a lovely family holiday at Leys the property exceeded all our expectations the facilities were excellent ideal location for Lyme Regis

    Mrs ThorndykeJul 2014

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  • Double height spacious sitting room/kitchen/diner
  • Snug
  • 1x super king-size double bed (Or twin singles please notify owner see notes), en-suite shower, hand basin and WC
  • 1x super king-size double bed (Or twin singles please notify owner see notes), en-suite wet room with walk in shower, hand basin and WC
  • 1x twin single beds, en-suite shower, hand basin and WC
  • Utility room with hand basin and WC
  • Stairs to 1st floor with galleried walkway overlooking the main living areas
  • 1x large room with twin single beds (or super king-size double bed please notify owner see notes), sitting area with TV and sofa
  • Bathroom, P shaped bath with shower over, hand basin and WC.
  • Under floor heating on the ground floor
  • Electric heating in bedrooms 1, 2 and 3
  • Electric oven and hob
  • Washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, fridge and freezer
  • TVs with freesat in sitting and bedroom 4, DVD player
  • Ipod docking station
  • Off road parking for up to 4 cars
  • Patio area with table and chairs
  • BBQ
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc.in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc.in rent
  • Courtyard area with table and chairs
  • Lockable stable for storage of bikes etc
  • Two cots, two high chairs (available on request), Child booster seat, child toilet seat and stair gate
  • No smoking

The property

Leys at Valley View Farm is a luxury barn conversion situated in the lovely village of Uplyme with spectacular views.

Leys has a beamed double height combined living / dining / kitchen area with feature wood burning stove.

Large windows light up the property with the daylight and the arrangement of suspended lighting allows for atmospheric or bright lights in the evening.

With three of the bedrooms being on the ground floor, it may be the perfect choice for less able visitors.

With four bath / shower rooms including a wet room, each bedroom boast their own en-suites, and each has a modern finish. With the patio area at the front of the property it is in the perfect position to enjoy an alfresco meal in the evening sun to take in the breath-taking elevated views, there is also an inner courtyard for more cosy alfresco dining and another small terraced area. The village of Uplyme has a small supermarket within the local petrol station selling local produce and basic provisions.

You can enjoy a walk from Leys to Lyme Regis, which takes approximately 30 minutes following the old river bed.

A short drive away is town of Lyme Regis hosting its charming shops with the beach adjacent to the town.

The acclaimed Town Mill bakery with wonderful selection of patisseries is worth the visit.

Lots of restaurants to choose from including the popular Hix’s Oyster and Fish House in town.

Fancy a bit of a different scenery then a short drive away is the town of Bridport, Dorchester or Weymouth are worth a day trip out.

Leys is perfectly positioned to enjoy the countryside air and views, but also only being a short drive away from local towns and attractions.

Leys has a number several sports / leisure pursuits to enjoy including: Boules on the piste at the front of the property.

Partake in badminton, volley ball or short tennis (using the nets and bats provided) in the field next to the barn and darts in the courtyard. You are welcome to bring your own horse.

Swing ball and Croquet set available. Table football, skittles, pool table and table tennis are available in separate undercover barn area. The property is often adorned with local and international landscape photos and canvasses as the owner is a professional photographer.

For further information, please visit: http://www.jillswainsonphotography.com Nature Reserve and Woodland This part of Valley View Farm has been home to animals and plants for thousands of years, but over the past few months the owner has been trying to attract a wider range of flora and fauna by adding water, nest boxes, and generally enhancing the natural habitat for the benefit of all living things (including guests).

It opened in the summer of 2018, but is still in the early stages of development.

This is very much a 'work in progress', but the owner plans to install cameras, so that barn and annexe guests can view the wildlife from the comfort of the armchair, a live version of Spring Watch.

Jill hopes that guests will feel free to try use the area to enjoy the wildlife and feel free to make camps or such like.

There are lots of fallen branches and plenty of dead vegetation to help with structures - the ideal place to hone your bush craft skills!

Providing checklists and clipboards, encourages guests to see what they can spot.

Help from keen naturalists and birdwatchers in adding to the list would be much appreciated. Entry to this area is strictly at your own risk, while children must be accompanied at all times and.

The pond is deep in parts and therefore extremely hazardous.

Have you always wanted to learn to paint the landscape, but just don't know where to start?

Or perhaps you have some painting experience, but would like a bit of support and encouragement.

Turn your holiday break into a unique creative experience. Tailored tuition to paint the inspirational and stunning landscape around Lyme Regis.

Painting both out in the landscape (weather permitting) or in a studio from sketches and photographs.

The session will focus on what you would like to achieve and will be aimed at the level of experience that you have.

Tuition on a one to one basis, couples or family/friends groups by an experienced tutor and artist with over 20yrs experience of teaching drawing and painting. The cost of the course: £45 for the first 2 hours and £20 per any extra hours.

This is for a maximum of 2 people; £20 per extra person.

This does not include material, however some basic material is available to use for a small additional cost. POTTERY WORKSHOPS The Pot Place was originally set up by Frances Hillier and is now run by Amanda Roberts as a small pottery workshop and Creative Studio.

Here you can learn the basics of hand building with clay; how to make pinch pots from the bronze age, and use slab and coil work to create tiles, bowls, decorations and other objects, such as fish, dinosaurs or ammonite fossils with a local environmental theme, before glaze painting and firing.

If you are staying at Leys you might like to visit The Pot Place for a couple of hours and come back to decorate your piece the following day.

All clay pieces can be fired for you to take home or sent on by post.

The Pot Place and Creative Studio is also open to non-residents.

Just email or ring Amanda in advance to arrange a convenient time for a session or short course. There is also a working pottery (The Pot Place) on the site.

It is available for groups or individuals wishing to explore some basic hand-building modelling techniques and create a unique reminder of their holiday.

There’s also a small selection of pieces that can be decorated.

The class is aimed at all levels and ages, but it would be helpful to know in advance what experience you have and what you hope to achieve from the session. This class will hopefully fire your imagination and offer a lasting memory of a wonderful holiday experience. The cost of the course: £45 for the first 2 hours and £20 per any extra hours.

This is for a maximum of 2 people; £20 per extra person (inc. basic material for making one small item.

Extra charges for specialist material may be made as agreed).

Firing, glazing and postage costs are extra.

Please contact Penny Ireland to arrange a convenient time. A pottery wheel is available to use on request and people are welcome to book an individual session with Lucy Burns .

£75 per 3-hour session or £140 for two 3-hour sessions over 2 days - not necessarily consecutive ones; £25 per extra hour.

Sessions include basic materials and clay.

Glazing, firing and postage additional small costs. Various other 'practical skills' courses (mainly 3-hour sessions; £60pp, min 2 people, all materials included) are available and include Devon stone-wall building, pizza-oven construction, nest-box making, decorative compost heaps, bushcraft.

Our instructor has over 20 years wide-ranging experience in property management and restoration. We also offer 2-hour fossil-hunting walks (£12.50 pp, min. 2 people) and cider-making courses (August-October, depending on harvest; £20 pp per 2-hour session for 2-6 people). The property is often adorned with local and international landscape photos and canvasses as the owner is a professional photographer.

For further information, please visit: http://www.jillswainsonphotography.com/events.htm Would you like learn to build a Devon Stone Wall or make your own bird boxes?

Courses are for guests staying in Leys and Valley View Farm Annexe.

Our property restoration, hard landscaping, wildlife gardening and bush-craft courses can be tailored to meet individual requirements, please do call us for further information? Learn how to build and cook in a wood-fired pizza oven on this short course.

Please call us for further information?

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Lyme Regis 1 mile

The beautiful countryside surrounding the village of Uplyme, on the borders of Devon and Dorset, is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, criss-crossed by bridleways and footpaths including the East Devon Way, and providing perfect country walks and superb views. The area was chosen by TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for his River Cottage HQ at Park Farm, where you can treat yourself to a great meal. Just a short drive takes you to the stunning Jurassic Coast at Lyme Regis. This delightful historic seaside town boasts a maze of narrow streets, with an interesting array of shops and cafes, whilst the sandy beach lends itself to great bathing and watersports, and the bustling little harbour offers regular fishing trips, or try your hand at fossil hunting. Within an easy drive is the quaint town of Axminster, or how about a ride on the Seaton Tramway? A glorious location for a varied and interesting holiday.

NOTE: Super King beds can be configured as two single beds in 3 of the bedrooms. (One bedroom can only be configured as two singles). Please contact the owner 14 days prior to arrival if you wish single beds.

Note: A travel cot and highchair are available on request, please inform us of this request at the time of booking to ensure these will be available to you. Guests are required to bring their own cot linen.

Note: We are pleased to announce the addition of a new wood-fired pizza oven on the terrace for cooking alfresco. Available for guest use (£20) including seasoned Oak logs and kindling. Additional Oak available (£5 per bag).
Note: For those unfamiliar with the delights of cooking outside in a wood-fired oven, we can offer a short introductory demonstration of the use of the oven, cooking and sampling delicious pizza! Great fun for the whole family (£50).

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas