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Little Evanses

(Ref. 976017)

Dalwood, near Axminster, Devon Show on map

5.0

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

Features

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

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  • little (21)
  • karen (19)
  • cottage (18)
  • beautiful (18)
  • views (17)

57 Customer Reviews

  • "To paraphrase Pop Larkin - just "perfick"."

    Our short break at Little Evanses gave us just what we were looking for - peace, comfort and beautiful scenery. Owners, Terry and Karen were very welcoming but not intrusive and we very much look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely week at Little Evanses this is a 5 ***** cottage there was everything you could possibly need."

    There has been a lot of thought and effort to make sure you have a quiet, relaxing and comfortable stay. The owners are lovely and were on hand if you need anything. We have already booked for next year as soon as we returned home.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Sep 2023

  • "Wonderful property, good quality fixtures and fittings."

    Terry and Karen were wonderful and very kind and gave you lots of privacy. We were so impressed we booked a return visit next year the day we arrived.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had the most wonderful stay at Little Evanses."

    Everything was just perfect and probably one of the best holidays as a family we have ever had! The property was bigger than expected and very well equipped. Excellent location for peace and quiet. Local pub and community shop only a 15 minute walk. Lyme Regis, Seaton and Branscombe all within a 30 minute drive. The hosts, Terry & Karen were fabulous and very helpful. Can't wait to visit again!!

    Reviewed by Vicki5.0Aug 2023

  • "The reviews were spot on, a perfect place to stay."

    We will be returning. The coast is 20 mins away. Honiton and Exeter are easily accessible too and yet you are hidden away in quiet countryside surrounded by nature.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Jul 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Little Evanses cottage and would definitely return."

    It is one of the best equipped holiday cottages we have stayed in and we appreciated the small touches that made our stay even more enjoyable such as the filled ice trays on arrival on a hot day, the bird feeding stations that were kept topped up and the welcome gift. The cottage is nestled in a beautiful area and the deck with comfortable chairs was amazing to use during the warm weather. Dalwood village is only a short walk away through stunning countryside, with a pub and community store. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Jun 2023

  • "The property was in a lovely if what seemed to us initially, remote setting."

    We did get used to the distance to travel anywhere, though. Really nice, relaxed atmosphere and beautiful views, although we opened up the curtains to a howling gale on the first morning. Only niggle was although the showeroome was beautifully decorated, and had a heated towel rail, it did feel cold emerging from the shower. Same for the bath/bathroom upstairs : also ran out of hot water at below hip level. As the floors were tiled it would make sense to have non-slip rubber backed bath mats for safety: facilities otherwise first class. Owner v responsive to requests. Bird feeders and display of variety of birds viewed from kitchen made a good start to the day, so close to nature. Would visit again but choosing warmer, drier months. Could drive right up to the property to overcome steepness of drive for 80+ senior member of our party, but assistance still required. Too cold/windy to venture onto balcony terrace, which was a shame, as I could imagine chilling with a glass of wine to watch the sun go down. Recommend.

    Reviewed by Hillary4.7Mar 2023

  • "Although we read all the positive reviews before booking, and knew we would not be disappointed, 'Little Evenses' still exceeded expectations."

    I stayed with my partner and mum for Christmas and the whole experience was magical. From arriving at dusk, driving through the lights at the entrance to the village, to the beautiful tree in the property and thoughtful gifts of wine and chocolates left by the owners, Terry & Karen. As many other reviews have said, to be able to sit every morning, in the kitchen watching the birds, was blissful. We counted 15 species including 3 Greater spotted woodpecker and a squirrel that managed to outwit the baffle on the feeder! Terry & Karen were the perfect hosts, on hand should we need anything, but considering their own 'Evenses' is across the courtyard we barely saw them, and never felt as though we were intruding, or intruded upon. We couldn't have faulted it at all, it was absolutely perfect and would love to return one day. Some other reviews have mentioned the 'very steep' driveway, I imagine if you are unused to narrow country lanes then it could appear unnerving but don't be put off, it isn't that steep and 'Little Evenses' is worth it.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Dec 2022

  • "This was a lovely cottage and the owners were really helpful and friendly the only thing is that although it did not bother us the steepness of the drive should have been mentioned."

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely week, a lovely place to stay, lovely owners, thanks guys"

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Aug 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage and hosts."

    The setting is delightfully peaceful. Cottage was wonderfully equipped with all that you'd need. We can thoroughly recommend a holiday here

    Reviewed by James5.0Jun 2022

  • "After an unfortunate delay to the start of our holiday, Little Evanses was a little slice of heaven."

    Inside was beautifully decorated and comfortable, outside on the terrace was fabulous and the views across the countryside were stunning. All we could hear were sheep, geese, the 'girls' and the birds all around us. So peaceful and relaxing, giving us a much needed break. Thank you Terry and Karen for being such friendly and thoughtful hosts, the wine, eggs and chocolates were a lovely touch. The Tuckers Arms well worth a visit, had a really enjoyable lunch there. We will be recommending Little Evanses to our friends and would love to return for another visit. Thank you both.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2022

  • "First class."

    could not be bettered.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Apr 2022

  • "The holiday home had everything we needed for a great week."

    It was surrounded by stunning scenery and very peaceful. The couple who owned it were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2022

  • "We loved our stay - the property was beautifully situated, immaculately clean and well equipped."

    We especially enjoyed sitting on the terrace with the gorgeous views. Terry and Karen were very attentive when needed, but also gave us our privacy. A lovely property in a lovely area.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Apr 2022

  • "Wonderful stay at this property."

    The owners had thought of every little thing that we could possibly need - they even provided a Tea cosy for the teapot. Very clean and extremely comfortable. Log burner very efficient too. Views from the sofas amazing! Easy parking and ... the birds - Wow! Bird feeders can we viewed easily from kitchen and lounge. A pair of resident Woodpeckers, Nuthatch etc. Loved watching them from comfort of the sofas, again and again! Wine and chocs in fridge. What's not to like. Tesco nearby in Axminster.

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Apr 2022

  • "A really beautiful cottage, very comfortable and well equipped, amazing views and lovely pub down the hill"

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Mar 2022

  • "The house has lovely views and is very clean and well equipped."

    It is in a good location to explore this lovely area. The owners are really welcoming and helpful, they kindly left us some delightful flowers, wine and chocolates.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Feb 2022

  • "A wonderful place to stay with lovely owners."

    Would recommend Little Evanses to friends and family and we would stay again. One thing to note is that access is tight, steep and a little rough in places, so if you have a low or excessively wide or long vehicle, you may struggle... so leave the sports car at home!

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Feb 2022

  • "We loved our stay here."

    There was a lovely bottle of wine waiting for us and a jug of milk in the fridge. The house was really clean and we had everything we needed. Really loved the fire and supply of logs. Watching the birds at the feeder was a real treat too. Will definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Oct 2021

  • "We just had the most wonderful holiday at Little Evanses It was a perfect countryside location with beautiful views and walks in to Dalwood village where there is a little shop and a great pub."

    Easy drive to all the lovely beaches. Owners were so friendly and helpful too. We really hope to go back there again one day.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Aug 2021

  • "We walked in the door of Little Evanses and loved it from that moment on."

    The interior design and fittings are excellent quality and very tasteful, together with a most wonderful decking area which has far reaching views across the valley and beyond. What we particularly liked about the property was the generous amount of chinaware, cutlery and glasses, plus a large barbecue, to entertain a crowd, ( we had 10 round one evening) in spite of accommodation only for 4 people. The hosts, Karen and Terry, live opposite and are there for any questions or just for a friendly chat. A charming couple who made us feel so welcome.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage with A peaceful surrounding."

    Reviewed by Tanya5.0Aug 2021

  • "First class cottage & friendly hosts."

    We had a fabulous time at 'Little Evanses.' Stunning views, immaculate stylish cottage, Karen & Terry have thought of everything you would need for a perfect relaxing staycation. Even feeding the birds early so you have a beautiful bird display outside the kitchen window! Superb! Thank you Terry for all the helpful guidance on visiting the surrounding areas - we had great fun exploring. We also had a delicious meal at the local pub with excellent friendly service. A wonderful week had by all. Thank you xxxxx

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Jul 2021

  • "Travel locally difficult due to very narrow lanes"

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Jul 2021

  • "Idyllic location (if a little difficult to access with a car)."

    Quality and extent of furnishings and equipment. Outside lounging/eating area and wildlife. One of the best presented cottages we have ever stayed in.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Jun 2021

  • "Little Evans was extremely clean very well equipped views and surrounding area beautiful and hosts very welcoming"

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7Jun 2021

  • "This cottage was extremely clean & very comfortable to stay in."

    The moment we arrived I relaxed. The cottage is in an idyllic place surrounded by a variety of birds, squirrels & pretty wild rabbits so peaceful & calming. The kitchen was very well equipped with everything we needed. The owners were very welcoming, accommodating & friendly. We didn’t have such good weather but on warm sunny days I bet it’s like paradise. Such a lovely garden & decking area with very comfortable furniture & a bbq which we didn’t get to use. The only negative is the cottage isn’t easy to find & not very well signpost but other than that a really beautiful place to stay.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7May 2021

  • "Little Evanses is a beautiful cottage in a perfect place."

    The hosts are lovely and very welcoming, the cottage is both cosy and modern. The cottage has everything you could need and we really enjoyed our week in Dalwood. It was wonderful to sit on the garden decking and watch the wild birds, rabbits and the lovely hens- it felt like a real rural escape. We’d love to come back in the future.

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Apr 2021

  • "Stunning location with wonderful views across valley."

    Plenty of wildlife including woodpeckers rabbits chickens goldfinches . Very cmfortable and well appointed accommodation.

    Reviewed by K D5.0Apr 2021

  • "The most perfect cottage in the most perfect setting."

    We had a very comfortable stay and very much enjoyed the stunning views across the Devonshire countryside from the living room. The cottage is large, light and airy and extremely clean. Terry and Karen who live in the house opposite could not have been more welcoming. We would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Apr 2021

  • "The cleanest property I've ever stayed in and picturesque."

    Terrible weather but had a lovely relaxing week.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2020

  • "We have stayed in many self catering over the years and we think this is the best."

    Everything has been thought of. We loved the way the bird feeders on the patio were topped up every day. Saw goldfinches and a woodpecker. We have already booked for next year.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Oct 2020

  • "Fab cottage in beautiful location."

    The cottage had everything we needed and was very clean and tidy. We had the perfect week away.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Aug 2020

  • "Little Evanses is picture perfect: From the stunning location to the warmest of welcome from our hosts to the immaculate finish in the cottage."

    Terry and Karen were so kind and generous and have created a beautiful space for the holiday home. The best bit though is the bird feeder on terrace. I have never seen so many different birds, all with the most picturesque back drop. Loved it.

    Reviewed by Holly5.0Jul 2020

  • "Of all the holiday properties we have ever stayed in THIS IS THE BEST BY FAR."

    Wonderful views of Devon countryside, very welcoming hosts, masses of wild birds on the large patio including goldfinches and woodpeckers, and a great rural location ideal for days out.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Mar 2020

  • "The cottage was absolutely fabulous - great location and outlook, very clean, warm, and incredibly equipped."

    Lots of great walks on doorstep and the Jurassic coast only 15 minutes away.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2019

  • "We love Little Evanses."

    Karen and Terry do a great job maintaining the property and getting it ready for turn around day. The only thing that would be useful is a thermostat valve on the upstairs bathroom radiator. It gets extremely hot in there as there is no method of turning the radiator down or off. We open the skylight to cool the room down which seems daft letting all that heat out.

    Thank you for your feedback and we are delighted to hear that you love Little Evanses. The reason we are unable to fit a thermostat on the bathroom radiator upstairs is because it is a 'heat sink' radiator, Thermostatic radiator valves are automatic so they will shut down on their own. If they all shut down and you don't have a bypass, then the boiler has nowhere to get rid of it's heat. So you need to have a heat sink radiator that has just lockshields on it and that will allow the boiler to circulate hot water through that radiator and get rid of the heat. We have had the heat sink radiator located in the bathroom because you are most likely to leave a bathroom radiator on all the time to dry off your wet towels. So it makes sense to have one there. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2019

  • "This holiday home was beautiful, set in a rural location, we had hens visit us daily to be fed from the pot of food the owners Terry and Karen left in our holiday home."

    We had everything in the home we needed, and I mean absolutely everything. There was the owners cat who popped by too and we had sheep grazing right near our outside decking too. You felt like you truly was on holiday away from the hustle and bustle of everything. The only point I would say but not a negative is that to get to the home there are a lot of single lane roads , so driving through to get to the main road was a cautious drive but it was worth it. If you truly want to get away from it all Evans’s is the place to book. Will definitely go back again .

    Reviewed by Jacquie5.0Aug 2019

  • "This is the second time we have stayed and it just keeps on getting better!"

    The property is always in pristine condition and we were pleased to discover the new decking with the same old perfect view. I little piece of heaven in the Devon countryside. Highly recommend the location as everything is really easy to reach from here. Will come back without hesitation

    Reviewed by James5.0Aug 2019

  • "Relaxing location with beautiful views and a friendly host."

    Our 1 year old grandson enjoyed feeding the chickens.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2019

  • "The property is in such a stunning location that we had a very relaxing break."

    Wonderful just to soak up the scenery and wildlife. Karen and Terry are very accommodating. Very convenient for visiting other places too. We absolutely loved it!

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jul 2019

  • "Little Evanses is a brilliant superb cottage."

    Extremely clean, comfortable everything you need for a relaxing break. Karen and terry are lovely people they are there if you need anything. Wonderful holiday and beautiful weather too. ! We have been 4 times up to now and hope to go again soon. I would recommend the cottage to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by D5.0Jul 2019

  • "We enjoyed our time at Little Evanses."

    The hosts Terry and June were very friendly and welcoming and the place was spotless. The welcoming box of chocolates and bottle of wine was a nice touch and the scenery was spectacular and the antics of the hens and cockerel kept us amused

    Reviewed by Steve4.4Jul 2019

  • "Most enjoyable stay, very comfortable and peaceful."

    Only drawback was finding the lane to the cottage. would help if a sign for Evanses was ar the top of the lane. Would recommend this cottage as easy to visit local towns and resorts. Would visit again.

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Apr 2019

  • "To get to the cottage on the first day you must closely follow the directions supplied and only turn off the A35 at the turn for Dalwood and the caravan site (then it`s still about 2 miles on narrow roads) we turned too soon following sat nav, and ended driving on something akin to cart tracks we managed to turn round and back to the A35 and to the correct turn at the caravan site."

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Mar 2019

  • "Great hosts, very high standards & brilliant location."

    Reviewed by Matt5.0Oct 2018

  • "For ten years so far we stayed in this property, mostly twice per year - and would love to return."

    But will Brexit bring it (we are a German couple) to a full stop? If so, after having spent more than 3 decades visiting the UK year by year, we will be missing our friends - but will have to find other places to go, though... Future will show.

    Reviewed by Herbert5.0Sep 2018

  • "We loved the property and the views out across the hills, they were stunning."

    Karen and Terry made us very welcome. The cottage was exactly as described in the brochure, we could not fault it.

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Sep 2018

  • "The cottage was very comfortable with all the mod cons."

    What made it even better was that there were bird feeders to the side of the decking and we could watch the birds feeding from the kitchen and the lounge windows. As it was on a small holding, there were hens running about and we used to feed them from the decking every morning. It was good to have a bottle of milk and some nice cakes left for us including tea, coffee and sugar. We would seriously consider returning. The only glitch was Helpful Holidays gave us the wrong directions in that the Little Chef closed down some time ago and although Terry has given you new directions these are not being passed on to the clients.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Aug 2018

  • "A very well presented and clean house."

    Owners very friendly and approachable.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2018

  • "Little Evans is a beautiful relaxing and comfortable place to stay."

    We have been there 3 times now and we are always well looked after by Terry and Karen. The house is spotless you could not ask for anything better. The views are amazing. We will be returning again next year.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jun 2018

  • "Little Evanses is a true gem, beautifully appointed , very well equipped and in an idyllic position."

    It is the cleanest holiday let we have ever rented and the owners were very welcoming. We loved it.

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Jun 2018

  • "Another great week at Little Evenses."

    Karen and Terry always make us welcome, and after four bookings at this property we class them as our friends. Would love to book the same week for next year, but not with a £73 price increase. Preferred it when you were just Helpful Holidays and not Sykes. Not the same level of customer service as before. And prices have in my view unjustifiably increased which may make me look elsewhere for my next holiday booking.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2018

  • "The barn was superb, clean and every thing that you would want and more."

    It’s location high on the hillside was so peaceful, just cows, sheep and birds. The living room has high double doors that open to give you a fantastic view right across the valley, awesome, we looked at it for hours. We were lucky with the weather, warm and sunny, made it a really special holiday. Karen and Terry are the perfect hosts, very friendly, made our stay even more enjoyable. Will definitely go back when time permits.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jun 2018

  • "For 10 years now, and mostly twice a year, we made holidays here."

    This should say it all, but again and again we are welcoming new efforts of Karen and Terry in making their property even more comfy and technically up to date!

    Reviewed by Herbert5.0May 2018

  • "The booking experience was really straightforward, and the team at Helpful Holidays were great, especially as I'd accidentally booked the wrong dates!"

    The house lived up to our expectations - it was beautiful, cosy and with the most spectacular views! The owners were wonderfully welcoming and we'll definitely look to return. Thank you for an incredibly positive experience!

    Reviewed by Stephenie5.0Mar 2018

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Summary

  • Two bedrooms: 1 x twin with en suite shower room with double shower, WC and basin downstairs, 1 x king size double with en suite bathroom with slipper bath, hand shower, WC and basin upstairs
  • On the ground floor is a kitchen with dining area and a sitting room.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, washer-dryer, dishwasher, Smart 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
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property

The property

This detached timber-clad cottage is located on the owners' ten acre smallholding on a hill in Dalwood.

Converted from a barn, it is comfortable accommodation for families or adults.

The kitchen is smartly fitted in beech and stainless steel, and comes with a dining area for enjoying meals.

The sitting room is light and airy with huge glass doors and a magnificent view over the surrounding hills.

You can choose from a handy family bedroom downstairs or the pretty double which you will find in the eaves up the steep narrow stairs, together with its en suite bathroom with central romantic slipper bath.

The garden is a peaceful place to relax, with lawn, furniture and a barbecue for alfresco meals.

Wander down the easy footpath through fields into the village to browse in the village shop or eat at the good pub.

This is a conservation area with lots of footpaths, so it’s great walking country in the Blackdown Hills or along the coast around Lyme Regis, Seaton, Beer or Sidmouth.

With golf, riding and fishing nearby, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activity.

Axminster and Honiton are both interesting towns to explore, Little Evanses is a splendid base for simply enjoying the views or touring Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

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

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About the location

Dalwood

The lovely market town of Axminster has been made famous by the well-known organic shop and canteen in the area, which were introduced by TV presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Nestled in outstanding peaceful countryside, Axminster is certainly a place to relax and unwind.