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The Shippen

Colyton, Devon (Ref. 976058)


(41 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "The Shippen was very spacious for 2 people."

    All the facilities worked well, although we would have preferred a walk in shower rather than a bath with shower but that is just personal preference! The location was peaceful and picturesque and was quite close to a number of seaside resorts and the small town of Colyton which was well worth visiting. Take care when driving through the lanes as they are mostly single track with high hedges. Wonderful countryside! Our hosts were friendly and accommodating and responded well to any requests we made. We enjoyed our stay!

    Reviewed by JanetJun 2022

  • "Property very well equipped and lovely peaceful setting with beautiful views."

    Owners live in adjacent farmhouse and very helpful. Also provide their own eggs, home made sausages (highly recommended), home pressed apple juice and home made jam and marmalade. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by PamMay 2022

  • "Our family had a fun break in this beautiful, peaceful location."

    The hosts were friendly and helpful and the games room kept us all busy when we weren’t out exploring the local area.

    Reviewed by YvonneApr 2022

  • "Thank you we enjoyed our stay, greatly."

    Reviewed by JoanneMar 2022

  • "Lovely accommodation, very cosy especially the log burner."

    All kitchen utensils provided for, all mod cons very handy, dishwasher ect. Plenty of hot water. Very tranquil hamlet with a beautiful church which was open. Our party of four would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by AMar 2022

  • "Thanks for a lovely stay."

    Loved the games room and cottage had everything we needed. Hope to visit again

    Reviewed by TinaFeb 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the cottage and the eagerness of the owners to help was really appreciated."

    Reviewed by HannahNov 2021

  • "The owners were lovely."

    Very friendly and helpful. The property was extremely clean and tidy. Great games room for the children. And a very picturesque location. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by RachelOct 2021

  • "Excellent Cottage and rural surroundings, just what we needed for a quiet break."

    Owners on site and very welcoming. Loved the arrival goodies of fresh eggs, freshly baked cake and home pressed apple juice. Cottage facilities great, we loved the wood burner (so did our dog!). Great local walks for the dog, near to small towns, and lovely coast. Would definitely recommend and return.

    Reviewed by AnnaOct 2021

  • "Lovely place to stay which we enjoyed very much."

    Very quiet and indeed very rural. Would have no hesitation in returning on another occasion.

    Reviewed by AlexanderSep 2021

  • "Lovely peaceful setting ideal for walking the dog in the surrounding countryside."

    Within easy reach of the coastal places. Friendly hosts. Much appreciated eggs, scones, apple juice and jam on arrival. Would recommend this accomodation

    Reviewed by SueSep 2021

  • "I would draw attention to the narrowness of the country lanes around the host farm which although a "charming" local feature is not good for nervous drivers."

    Also although dogs are permitted as advertised, they were required to be kept on a lead at all times when outside due to the presence of guinea fowl wandering free. A bit restrictive at times when exercising etc. Property was excellent and a great location, hosts very friendly and helpful but not intrusive. Access to east coast and Dorset area was very easy

    Reviewed by WilliamSep 2021

  • "Made to feel very welcome,arrived to find we had been left fresh milk,homemade scones and eggs from the farms chickens and ducks."

    Reviewed by ChristineAug 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage,very well equipped and spacious in gorgeous surroundings, great for walking our dog."

    Sue, the farm owner, was very friendly and really helpful with local information .

    Reviewed by SueAug 2021

  • "Lovely week spent in The Shippen."

    Owners live on site and we’re very hospitable. The large garden at the back was good for the dog to have a run around and the patio at the front was a lovely sun trap. Would recommend staying here even with the twisty turney lanes!

    Reviewed by LouiseJul 2021

  • "The hosts were very friendly but kept a discreet distance."

    The property was very good all on one level and was well equipped. Position was central to the attractions of east Devon.

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2021

  • "The location was brilliant loved the peace and quiet,but it was to far from beaches and towns."

    It was by far the cleanest cottage I've stayed in with everything you could need.The owners where there to meet us and was very helpful.We have already booked again for next year and are taking the grandkids.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2020

  • "Friendly owners."

    Good location which I was familiar with as had a home in village many years ago. Good eating venues in area and comfortable area to visit

    Reviewed by CeliaSep 2020

  • "The Shippen at Northleigh Farm is well away from the hustle and bustle of the major seaside towns."

    For anyone who wants to get away to be deep in Devon countryside, where the only passing traffic is the local farmer on his tractor or a local going off to the shops. This is the place for you. The lanes surrounding the village of Northleigh are typically Devon ie narrow with high sides topped with 6 ft hedges. Good for long walks. The tourist traffic is well away to the north and south, so its only locals on the road. One day we met 2 cars en-route to Colyton , a distance of 4 miles. Sue is on hand in the background should you need to ask anything, but leaves you alone the rest of the time. A nice surprise was the home made cakes and bottle of apple juice made from the apples in the paddock. A good holiday was had at The Shippen.

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2020

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at The Shippen."

    Perfectly clean and comfortable barn conversion with all home comforts. Sue the owner met us on arrival and couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly. Our 4 year old loved meeting all the animals, especially monty and tabby the cats, and it was a great safe environment for her. Perfect peaceful location for exploring the local area. We will be back!

    Reviewed by SueAug 2020

  • "The owners were lovely, a beautiful and peaceful setting."

    The Shippen was immaculately clean. A great place for children, a lovely paddock and all of their animals to look at.

    Reviewed by LouiseAug 2020

  • "A really lovely holiday cottage in the most beautiful surroundings."

    The owners are friendly and welcoming. Would stay here again.

    Reviewed by EmmaAug 2020

  • "The hosts were very welcoming and friendly."

    The cottage was beautiful with lovely views of its surroundings would definitely stay again and recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by GeorgeJul 2020

  • "As soon as we arrived we felt at home."

    Warm, comfortable and peaceful, everything we required was supplied even some milk and tea for a cuppa on arrival. Games room was well equipped. We had a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by LinseyOct 2019

  • "Lovely setting, very friendly owners."

    On hand if needed, but left us to our own holiday too!

    Reviewed by TeresaOct 2019

  • "The shippen is a spacious, clean cottage with everything that you need!"

    It’s located in the middle of glorious countryside down some very narrow lanes which after a couple of days you get the hang of! You are made to feel so welcome on the farm and my two children loved helping in the garden and collecting the eggs. It’s a short drive away from beautiful coastline beaches. We all can’t wait to visit again! The pictures do not do this place justice!!

    Reviewed by MichelleAug 2019

  • "Owners were receptive, accommodating and very pleasant."

    Cottage lived up to expectations in every respect. The Victoria sponge, the eggs and the marmalade were lovely bolt- ons. Thank you.

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2019

  • "Very friendly and helpful owners."

    Beautiful surroundings and well-kept grounds. I would not hesitate to return to this group of cottages.

    Reviewed by PhilippaJul 2019

  • "Helpful and firendly owners; cottage clean; good views and good wi-fi."

    Misleading description - freezer was top part of fridge; Wasing machine was use of owners washing machine Surrounded by single track roads in all directions; Dog had to be kept on lead outside of cottage

    We are delighted that you appreciated both the cleanliness of the property and the friendliness of the owners. We have amended the web description to read 'fridge-freezer'. There are also additional freezing facilities in the adjacent scullery. The tumble drier and washing machine are also in the adjacent scullery, shared with the other two cottages as indicated on the web description.The roads in the area are typical of Devon roads, and include a number of single track sections. Dogs can be left off lead at owners discretion, but guests are made aware of the free ranging guinea fowl and ducks. There are also numerous fields and open spaces in the area where dogs may be walked. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlanJul 2019

  • "The cottage is in a quiet picturesque location within the grounds of a working farm which can only be reached via narrow and winding country lanes."

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2019

  • "We really enjoyed all of our holiday at the shippen."

    The cottage was an absolute gem.Sue and Simon were absolutly fabulous, nothing was too much for them &they were perfect hosts, as was the guinea fowl, dogs, cat &ducks.the greeting of cake,milk,tea &wineplus fresh eggs were a real treat.Beautiful scenery all round. Not too far to travel to numerous beaches. All in all a very good holiday and would reccomend it to all and sundry.THANKYOU.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2019

  • "We had a lovely time at The Shippen Northleigh Farm."

    The owners were so kind and friendly and really accommodating. The place was really nice with everything we needed for our stay. The eggs, cake,bottle of wine and tea bags on our arrival were a really nice touch. We hoped to stay again.

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2019

  • "Location was quiet with distant views."

    Good telephone (for my phone provider) and wifi reception. Excellent comfort and cleanliness. Very helpful owners about a personal issue.

    Reviewed by KeithApr 2019

  • "Really enjoyable holiday."

    The accommodation had everything you could need supplied, all in a lovely peacefull setting. Friendly, helpfull owners, Welcome pack of eggs, milk, tea bags, and wine. We will definately be going back.

    Reviewed by LinseyApr 2019

  • "My daughter and I had such a lovely half term week here."

    The rural setting is so peaceful and beautiful to wake up to. The owners have thought of everything to ensure a comfortable stay and we were 20 minutes drive through stunning countryside to the beaches. We will definitely return another time.

    Reviewed by KatrinaFeb 2019

  • "30st Jan untill 4th Febr from The Netherlands It was fantastic, beautiful weather with snow and the place is cozy."

    We arrived in the evening tired from traveling all day, but the warm welcome with the eggs, home made chocolate sponge cake and flowers was so nice. If you like orange marmalade try the home made one, it is delicious! We enjoyed the quietness. Sue and Simon thank you for sharing your beautiful place. Peter and Bianca

    Reviewed by PeterJan 2019

  • "The location and set up suited us as we have 2 dogs."

    It was easy to let them out, walk them and they were accepted in the yard without any problems. The layout inside was suitable as well having an area to clean them off inside the door. The proprietors were very friendly and helpful and the atmosphere of the accommodation was very good.

    Reviewed by JDec 2018

  • "We enjoyed the peace of the location and the comforts of our house all of which was above our expectations"

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2018

  • "Excellent,comfortable cottage with very friendly hosts,who were only too willing to give local information."

    Very rural setting on small farm. Lovely touch providing welcome pack of eggs, fresh milk,tea and bottle of wine. Locally very narrow 'typical Devon lanes' that provided good access to main roads. Well positioned for access to Lyme Bay towns and beaches. Several hostelries that provide good food are within easy reach by car.

    Reviewed by TerryAug 2018

  • "Wonderful warm welcome from owners Beautiful, peaceful location Excellent facilities Clean cosy cottage"

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2018

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  • One level
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC, basin
  • Open plan living space with wood burning stove, dining area, kitchen and glass door to patio
  • Adjacent scullery housing washing machine and tumble drier (shared with Linney and Battens) Outdoor shared games barn.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge- freezer, dishwasher, shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble drier, TV with DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for two cars
  • Barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking.

The property

4 miles from Colyton, deep in thick, lush hedgerow lanes in the Coly Valley, is the sleepy hamlet of Northleigh, 5 to 7 miles from the lovely coastal villages of Beer, Sidmouth and Branscombe.

On the edge of Northleigh, three cottages converted from traditional Devon barns on a small mixed farm raising beef, free range poultry and a few piglets.

The Shippen opens from the courtyard into an open...


Ground Floor

Kitchen / Living Area Bathroom Double Bedroom Twin Bedroom

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Seaton is a seaside town in East Devon on the south coast. It faces onto Lyme Bay, to the west of the mouth of the River Axe with red cliffs to one side and white cliffs on the other. Axmouth and Beer are nearby.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas