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Leys At Valley View Farm

Uplyme, Devon (Ref. 994328)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "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 DavidSep 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 SueMay 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 BronwynOct 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 CarolSep 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 SusanAug 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 DenisSep 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 RobertSep 2019

  • "Really great place in very good condition."

    Reviewed by MartynAug 2019

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

    Reviewed by AlexJul 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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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: 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: 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?


  • 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 rent
  • Bed linen and towels 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
  • Unfortunately as of the 22.1.19 pets will no longer be accepted at this property
  • For bookings made before this date with pets will be honoured
  • Sorry no smoking is allowed in the property.

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.

Region Information

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
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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