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Crablake Farmhouse

(Ref. 1089093)

Exminster, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 12 Guests

  • 6 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "Really lovely place to stay."

    Perfect sized kitchen and also the living room was a perfect place for a group of friends to play games. Jerry was easy to contact and very helpful. Would love to go back and highly recommend.

    Hi, glad you enjoyed the weekend at the farmhouse. Many thanks for the feedback. Hope to see you again! Thanks again Jerry Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sabrina5.0Nov 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay, very well maintained farm house."

    Had everything we needed in one place.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Nov 2023

  • "My 5 sisters and I spent last weekend in this wonderful house in a lovely setting."

    The house was spacious,( would make a great place for extended family and or friends to meet ) immaculately clean, presented perfectly and had absolutely everything and more than we could hope for to make it a perfect place to stay. From the bedrooms, all looking over the fields, to the kitchen, the comfy longe and dining room and games rooms ( competitive game of monopoly not withstanding lol) we were so impressed. Was also nice to meet the owners of the farm and hear about the history of the house. So thank-you to the owners, the cleaners and all involved with looking after the house making it such a wonderful place to stay. We would throughly recommend Crablake Farm, and hope to be back next year

    Hi, Thank you so very much for the lovely feedback. It is great to hear you enjoyed the house. I will make sure to pass on your comments to the cleaning team. Many thanks again. Jerry Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Nov 2023

  • "A wonderful interesting and spacious house that is well equipped."

    We were made very welcome by the owner. It is situated with great views and well located for Exeter city and a good sandy beach at Dawlish.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2023

  • "Everything as promised Lovely large house in quiet location No tumble ..."

    Everything as promised Lovely large house in quiet location No tumble dryer-not to important as one can use the lines Slight drawback - in order to go to a beach with kids , you need to go about 30 minutes an d As Devon Council decided to repair all roads in the height of the season quite a bit of queuing Unreservedly recommend the place though

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was absolutely gorgeous."

    The layout was so lovely and the location was perfect for our little trip away. The bedrooms were so comfortable and the designs were spacious and well designed. The facilities there were amazing and we had everything we needed and easily accessible. The owners were really lovely and gave us a tour of the cottage and showed us how everything worked which put us at ease. Thank you for letting us stay and we will definitely be back.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback. So pleased you enjoyed your stay, you certainly had great weather as well. Best regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sacha5.0Jun 2023

  • "Amazing place to stay, owner more than happy to offer help and advice on property and places to visit - had the most amazing, relaxed, fulfilled week away with the family will definitely recommend place to stay and will definitely be using sykes cottages in the future."

    Thank you one and all x

    So pleased you had a lovely stay and enjoyed the house., you certainly had lovely weather! Thank you for leaving the property in fantastic order too. Best regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0May 2023

  • "Crab lake Farmhouse is a beautiful place, with a very high standard of decoration and well equipped ; where we had a wonderful family gathering."

    It is set in the Exe Valley in well kept gardens within a farm setting. Brilliant for bird watching.

    Thank you for you lovely review, so glad you enjoyed your stay in the house. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0May 2023

  • "A wonderful property, garden, facilities and location - as described and pictured."

    It made for a very special family weekend away.

    Hi Julie, Thanks for the lovely feedback and also your email. It is much appreciated and Im so pleased you found Crablake a great location for your family celebration. Very many thanks again....Jerry Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2023

  • "Glorious setting."

    Beautiful and elegant house inside and out. Charming and very obliging owners.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Apr 2023

  • "Really lovely house and thank you for having us - we had a really great time."

    Just a couple of minor recommendations, perhaps could do with mirrors in each of the bathrooms and more toilet roll provided as for so many of us we ran out. The speaker was a little tricky to operate and didn’t connect to all of our phones easily - may need a user guide in the info pack. Also could do with more local recommendations of things to do and places to go.

    Reviewed by Danielle5.0Apr 2023

  • "We asked for one of the twin beds to be made into a zip king but it wasn’t done, plus it didn’t look like it could be done, so maybe the information needs to be changed."

    But apart from that little thing we had a wonderful time. Thanks

    Good Morning Apologies for that, there is a zip superking...not sure how that slipped by V happy to see you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simone5.0Mar 2023

  • "In going to stay in Devon for a family week early Feb I had a lot to achieve from my brief & in selecting Crablake Farm House we found it all."

    A traditional, indeed historic building that’s so very spacious and has clearly been given a comfortable contemporary lift with respect to bathrooms and bedroom in their opulent and gentle ‘country house’ feel. The kitchen is the greatest surprise & pleasure - perfect for cooks & entertaining - with large dining tables in both the kitchen and dining room & the use of volumes of crockery and glass wear. With a mix of grannies & God parents it worked perfectly for us. Points to consider are - there’s a contained double on the ground flooor which is disability friendly but not extreme. My elderly parents appreciated the access this room gave them by being part of the group and near to the sitting room and kitchen. The 2 sets of stairs to the first floor are traditional, carpeted, newly decorated, well lit, but plentiful. When planning bedrooms keep that in mind. Upstairs is fantastically roomy and the equivalence of the room sizes sees nobody given second best. Fresh, polished & breezy! Cosy blankets to snuggle with add to the charm. zzz the bedrooms are great for snoozing and reading too. The views are either rural and breath taking or more local of the animals on the working farm - which is just wonderful to observe on a daily basis. The gated mature garden wraps itself around the house building & was just about to burst into spring bud. Those staying in the coming weeks are in for an absolute treat of nature. There are different areas around the garden to slumber or just sit. I loved listening to the birds dipping & diving whilst enjoying a crisp afternoon tea. I suspect in the summer with all the doors open it would be spectacular at Crablake … I did spy a wonderful outdoor eating area for hazy lunches and late suppers. The locality of the house is rural enough to be in the thick of the countryside but close enough to visit many places and so some of our days were very full. Nobody got lost finding us & everyone enjoyed the ease of ‘coming home’ so quickly. We ate in. We dined out. So well equipped we wanted for little & when we did the owners were just a very cheery call away. Efficiently we did have a local grocery order delivered which worked well & this was supported by a great grocery fridge, 2 wine fridges & some freezers. This house is a warm, loving & easy big ‘home from home’. Not slick but stable with lovely rugs and old polished pieces - that can absorb a mixed aged party with ease. Instructions are around to support making each item work inc the wood burning stove. For little people it’s a safe haven of special spaces inside and out and for wonderful games such as hide and seek and sofa story telling there’s so much scope .. oh to be aged 7 and staying at Crablake! Great memories were made this week & I suspect much is credited to the pleasure of Crablake Farm House. The Devon holiday industry. It appears is busy and this attentive business is right up there showing what the county has to offer in terms of sincerity of service and style and quality of accommodation. Hope this note is insightful. Thanks Jerry & Crew. PS I’d highly recommend booking whatever you do though. Even in February it was busy enough! Kindly forgive any grammatical errors, I’m dyslexic.

    Thank you Julia for your kind words. It was a pleasure to have your friends and family to stay at the farmhouse. We are so glad you enjoyed the house and the surroundings. Certainly makes all the hard work getting the house ready worth it to get such great feedback. One final phase to get the "games" room complete which will add another element to be enjoyed.Watch this space! Many thanks.... Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a really nice weekend here despite the terrible early Jan weather."

    The house was a really high standard and huge! Bedrooms were all very big with v comfortable mattresses. The house itself has a really nice feel to it. Lots of history. It’s a bit of maze with the 2 staircases but the kids loved that for the hide and seek games. Great facilities and fittings. The kitchen was a really nice social place to cook eat and relax with friends. We normally venture further into Devon/ Cornwall but we all loved the area. We enjoyed MTB riding in nearby Haldon Forest and the kids loved Dawlish and being able to watch the trains whilst on the beach. Highly recommend!

    Thank you James for the lovely feedback. I pleased you had a great stay and enjoyed the house as much as you did. There are still a few plans in the pipeline to further enhance the house but great to know you have enjoyed the work already completed. Regards Jerry Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Jan 2023

  • "This house is AMAZING!"

    Comfortable, spacious, warm and very well equipped. All at a high standard. Supported by friendly and helpful owners. We had a fabulous Christmas at this house and would be delighted to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Dec 2022

  • "This property is amazing beautiful location, lovely house."

    Very friendly and helpful owners. We stayed for my husbands birthday and it was well worth the stay. Everything you need in the house well stocked kitchen with all mod cons Would highly recommend staying. Thank you again for making us very welcome. Katherine

    Dear Katherine Thank you for your encouraging feedback, a lot of work went into upgrading the facilities in the first 6 months of this year. As always on a house that size there is always something to be done and its great that our visitors appreciate the house and location. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay Jonathan Carr and Jeremy Carr Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Nov 2022

  • "A lovely place to stay, both inside and out."

    A real Country House atmosphere and all the equipment and facilities one could wish for. We wish you great success with future lettings. Many thanks.

    Thankyou for your positive feedback, and we are very happy you enjoyed your stay. We have worked hard this spring to upgrade the property to its current standard and it is very rewarding to hear guests enjoy their stay with us. We have some plans still to make it even better! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lois5.0Sep 2022

  • "Crablake Farmhouse was the perfect location for our family holiday."

    The property is spacious, comfortably furnished, and well equipped, in beautiful Devon countryside. We had lots of outdoor space overlooking fields with sheep and cattle. The children loved watching the swifts and swallows come and go.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2022

  • "Spacious, well-equipped house, where we could come together as a group of 11 or each find our own space."

    We particularly enjoyed the views, the enclosed gardens and the chance to bbq. The set up is very practical with plenty places to dry beach towels and wetsuits. Wi-fi excellent which was helpful as some of us had work to complete during our stay. Beds were really comfortable. Fully understand why the duvets are in their own liners, and then duvet covers, but this did mean lots of undoing and straightening - perhaps we're all wriggly sleepers!! Lots to do in the surrounding area for a week - had good food at the Ley Arms and from the Wednesday pizza van in Exminster. Jerry was a great host.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very nice and beautiful cozy house with amazing landscapes and lovely local people."

    We highly recommend it for anyone who wants to have a great staying for few days

    Reviewed by Ali5.0Jul 2022

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  • Six bedrooms: 3 x super king-size, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super king double on request) 1 x twin, 1 x ground-floor double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in shower, double basin and WC
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, basin and WC
  • 2 x cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility/boot room
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric rangemaster oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, cafetiere, wine cooler
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Games Room with TV, sofa and armchairs, Smart speakers, table and chairs for board games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 5 cars
  • Large garden with lawn, terrace and furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome (the owners may consider accepting a 2nd small/medium dog by arrangement)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 0.9 miles
  • Note: Winner of Devon Farm Business Awards 2022
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on leads when in the grounds due to livestock
  • Note: Gardeners will be on site mowing the lawns on a Monday (weather permitting) and this might be re-scheduled to a different day as required
  • Gardeners may also attend the walled vegetable garden during the mornings but guests will have free access to this area in the afternoons
  • Note: Stag or Hen parties may be considered on request.Please enquire prior to booking

The property

Surrounded by 300 acres of farmland on the outskirts of Exminster in Devon is this impressive, detached farmhouse, Crablake Farmhouse.

Located on Crablake Farm, winner of the 2022 Farm Diversification Award, this elegant property has antique furnishings, formal living areas, ground-floor living, and spacious gardens for large group or family gatherings of up to 12 guests; it's also pet-friendly, so you can bring your dog along for the adventure!

Be greeted by five off-road parking spaces and a beautiful entrance hall, before making yourself right at home in the farmhouse kitchen.

You'll love preparing your best home-cooked meals here, with an electric rangemaster cooker, fridge/freezer, and ample counter space to cook with your loved ones.

Grab a bottle from the wine cooler and head to the formal dining room with a large table for 12; ideal for celebrating those special occasions, where a bay window overlooks the farmland for a lovely backdrop.

Just next door is the spacious sitting room with plush sofas, armchairs, and elegant furnishings to relax by the warmth of the crackling woodburning stove.

Whether you've spent the day by the sea or exploring Dartmoor, make use of the private utility with a washer, dryer, and space to hang your walking gear and wetsuits.

Completing the ground floor is a double bedroom with en-suite shower room, ideal for those with limited mobility, whilst upstairs a further five bedrooms await, each elegantly furnished for a unique staycation overlooking the farmland.

Three bedrooms are super king-size, along with a zip/link super king-size for flexibility, and a twin; all served by two fabulous bathrooms, both with roll-top baths, whilst the larger family bathroom boasts a walk-in shower and double basin.

You'll also find two cloakrooms on the ground floor for added convenience!

In the mornings, why not make a coffee fresh from the cafetiere and sit out in your private gardens?

You'll find lawn space, patios, and plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy a moment's peace what better way to celebrate with your loved ones!

If you can tear yourself away, the heart of Exminster is a short journey away to dine out at the Royal Oak Inn or the Swans Nest, which sits on the edge of the RSPB Exminster and Powderham Marshes, a spot wildlife lovers will surely relish.

The picturesque village offers walks along the river Exe, whilst the town of Topsham is just across the way; discover maritime displays at Topsham Museum, enjoy dinner with riverside views at The Passage House Inn, and admire the birdlife of RSPB Bowling Green Marsh.

For the historians of the group, Powderham is close by for Powderham Castle, a lavish landmark dating back to the 14th-century, filled with antiques and tapestries.

Carry on to Dawlish Warren for a day out by the sea along a sandy beach, but if you're looking for an outdoor adventure, Dartmoor National Park is a must!

Hiking, climbing, cycling and horse riding are all on offer in this incredible landscape of hills and woodland, all scattered with historic sites.

For a change of pace, spend the day in the city of Exeter, home to a Gothic cathedral, museums, art galleries, and plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.

Gather your friends and family together for a truly unique holiday in Devon at Crablake Farmhouse.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


  • Powderham 2.8 miles
  • Topsham 3.8 miles
  • Exeter 5 miles
  • Dartmoor National Park 16 miles

Exminster is a pleasant, rural village resting between Powderham and Exeter, Devon. This ancient village dates back to Saxon times with road, rail, river and canals passing through making a convenient base for exploring Exeter and the coastal resorts of South Devon. A selection of attractions include Exminster's 14th-century red sandstone church, walks along the river Exe, RSPB Exminster and Powderham Marshes, and Powderham Castle, a 14th-century castle brimming with antiques and tapestries. Topsham, situated just outside of Exeter has plenty of charm and a good selection of fine dining and restaurants to choose from, as well as maritime displays and wildlife exhibits at Topsham Museum, whilst the historic city of Exeter offers a Gothic cathedral with the possibility of a roof top visit, an award-winning museum, art galleries and an historic quay. Alternatively, Dartmoor National Park is a short drive away for walking, cycling, horse riding and more. A selection of attractions include Exminster's 14th-century red sandstone church, walks along the river Exe, RSPB Exminster and Powderham Marshes, and Powderham Castle, a 14th-century castle brimming with antiques and tapestries. Topsham, situated just outside of Exeter has plenty of charm and a good selection of fine dining and restaurants to choose from, as well as maritime displays and wildlife exhibits at Topsham Museum, whilst the historic city of Exeter offers a Gothic cathedral with the possibility of a roof top visit, an award-winning museum, art galleries and an historic quay. Alternatively, Dartmoor National Park is a short drive away for walking, cycling, horse riding and more.

Note: Stag or Hen parties may be considered on request.Please enquire prior to booking

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas