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Defoe’s View

Honiton, Devon (Ref. 1040465)



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  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
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9 Customer Reviews

  • "Superb Accommodation."

    Wonderful views and peaceful location. Ann and Steve very welcoming and making us feel home from home. Little touches very nice with scones and cream waiting for us, together with the Christmas tree and tasteful decorations. Wonderful time enjoyed by all the family. Weather not the best so not able to take full advantage of the outdoor facilities. Must return to do so.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey PhillipDec 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend in Defoe’s View."

    We had a warm welcome from owner Ann on arrival and she had very thoughtfully put together a welcome pack of locally made scones, cream, jam and milk. The property is warm, really well equipped and full of sustainable technology. Our grandchildren enjoyed a visit with Ann to see the animals she has on the smallholding. Their great grandmother was as impressed as us with the attention to detail in the cottage. She said she felt she was in a property from the Ideal Home exhibition. The views are wonderful and if our visit had been during the summer months we would definitely have made the most of the balconies and the barbecue.

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2021

  • "We have had the most enjoyable week with our family at DeFoe's View holiday accommodation ."

    This is a beautiful house with amazing views. We found it to be really clean and well equipped. The owner's are really friendly and helpful and made us feel very welcome. Would definitely visit again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by JNov 2021

  • "We stayed for 4 days at this place."

    Absolutely stunning place, very well furnished with a great modern wooden setting in most of the areas. The bathrooms were so well designed and clean, kitchen had a great colour theme with all untencils youd need. The beds were very comfy, and of course clean. The Hosts were really welcoming and available whenever we needed to ask anything. They let us go around the gardens freely to relax and have a look at the really nice views. Its a very peaceful place to relax by the ponds (2 of them) . The patio had a good amount of space and lovely setting too with a nice bbq. The host also had a welcome package of some very delicious snacks. Overall a very nice place, exceeded our expectations easily. Would definitely recommend to anyone going to East Devon for a break/holiday. 10/10 honestly. No criticism against anything as we didn't find anything to complain about.

    Reviewed by GurveerOct 2021

  • "An idyllic location with beautiful views."

    The owners couldn’t have been friendlier or more welcoming. The house was immaculate and had everything we needed too. Perfect for our weekend away with friends and we would go back there again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by KellyOct 2021

  • "We can’t fault our stay at all."

    Ann and Steve are really helpful and friendly and the setting was breathtaking. It was spotless and very well equipped. Just wonderful!

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2021

  • "A superb and faultless experience."

    Marvellous property and marvellous hosts.

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2021

  • "A very comfortable base that exceeded our expectations."

    Our stay was to celebrate my mother’s 90th birthday and we had a wonderful time there in the very cosy and comfortable accommodation. We were made to feel very welcome by Ann and Steve but they were not at all intrusive but gave assurance they were on-hand should we encounter any difficulty. They kindly joined our celebration by kindly delivering a lovely large balloon and card for Mum, a lovely surprise for her. I would totally recommend this wonderful property, it could not fail to please. It was convenient for many attractions, in the area, yet very peaceful with lovely views over the surrounding countryside. Thank you for making it a very special break for us all. Sincerely, R. & B. Norman and Margaret.

    Reviewed by RuthSep 2021

  • "Family of 6 Mum,Dad,kids 4,9 Grandma and Great Grandma August 2021."

    We all had an excellent break✔️ Defoes View is around 10 miles from the coast - it is within reach and takes 20 mins by car- good to visit Seacome / Sidmouth And Lyme Regis + many more. Honiton is a 15-20 minute walk (slight hill on the way back) but a very nice walk into town. supermarkets Tesco/ Lidl/ M&S are at the other end of town and are a 10 minute drive. The accommodation is at a secure location has excellent grounds which are well maintained. Defoes view has been recently been built (2021) to a high standard and has excellent sleeping/ bathing and cooking facilities. The views across Devon are excellent. The hosts Steve and Anne are not far away and are very friendly and helpful. We would no hesitate to recommend Defoes View for a break in Devon

    Reviewed by KellyAug 2021

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Hale Close Farm Cottages

Situated on the cusp of Honiton, adjoining the East Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty, whilst resting in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, these cottages overlook the breath-taking Otter Valley with the outstanding vista made famous by the author Daniel Defoe in 1734. Within easy walking distance to the historic market town of Honiton and surrounded by beautiful fields these luxury appointed and eco friendly holiday cottages offer the ultimate in rural retreat for families or large groups wanting to celebrate and relax in style. Set over split levels, each of these cottages is home to a contemporary open-planned living space which Is located on the lower ground floor. This area comes complete with a fully fitted kitchen that has been styled with chic navy units, copper features, attractive quarts worktops and boasts an impressive selection of sleek appliances. Adjoining is a spacious dining area where the whole family can enjoy mealtimes together and a light and airy lounge area in which to relax and prepare your next days adventure. Stepping out of the large patio doors you find yourself on a fabulous private and fully enclosed patio/lawned area with seating which overlooks the wonderful countryside and man-made pond. Each of the cottages is home to four wonderfully spacious bedrooms, two of which to have access to their own private en-suites for that real luxury experience. Guest staying in this fantastic accommodation are welcome to visit the owners small holding to see a range of friendly animals and can experience freshly laid duck and chicken eggs. Prepare to be mesmerised by looking down on the fish cruising around the stream-fed pond and be fascinated by their enthusiasm at feeding time. Hale Close Farm Cottages provide the ultimate setting for a family escape to beautiful East Devon, providing a sumptuous base from which explorations of countryside and moor, historical towns, traditional crafts and customs, together with exciting adventures on the Jurassic coast - all making the most wonderful memories. The location of the holiday cottages is second to none. The active market town of Honiton is within easy walking distance and yet it is but a short drive away to the world-renowned Jurassic coastline with near-by family activities like Escot Wildwood, Crealy Adventure park and the Donkey Sanctuary providing something for everyone. If you are feeling a little more adventurous and are looking for an adrenaline fix, then skydiving, outdoor karting at Mansell raceway or motorsport at Wiscombe Hill Climb is the next thing to do on your holiday list. The family friendly Beautiful Days festival at Escot offers a plethora of summer music whilst the famous River Cottage restaurant and events provide sustenance and ideas along with sumptuous local ingredients. The cottages are situated close to major transport links, with a bus stop at the entrance to the driveway and close to rail links with direct trains to London Waterloo and Exeter Central. Venturing into the historic and bustling town of Honiton which is renowned for its bespoke handmade lace and its abundance of individually owned shops, antiques, pubs and restaurants, there is a multitude of things to see and do without having to travel miles. Honiton has been famous for lacemaking since the reign of Elizabeth I and still has some lacemakers in work today – visitors can see some fine examples of antique lace in the towns Allhallows Museum, together with prehistoric hippo bones discovered on building the Honiton bypass. Tradition abounds so come and immerse yourself in the Hot Pennies ceremony, Charter Day and the recent celebration of local produce with ‘Gate to Plate’ with a profusion of stalls, tasty nibbles and drinkies.

The property

Set in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by fields & overlooking the stunning Otter Valley, Defoe’s View is an eco friendly property, beautifully built and offering a stylish home from which you can plan your holiday adventures and make happy family memories, whilst relaxing in luxurious surroundings.

Within easy walking distance of the market town of Honiton means that you can enjoy a rural location, yet have the convenience of not needing to use transport to visit the local pubs and restaurants, where you can sample the marvelous mouth watering locally produced food, wine and beer.

Boasting eco credentials – powered with renewable electricity, heating and hot water provided by a ground source heat pump, the property is leading the way in being carbon neutral and is comfortable and cosy throughout the year.

Step inside the welcoming ambiance of the light and airy hallway, take off your shoes and coats before heading down the stairs to the open plan living space on the lower ground floor.

The chic navy kitchen area provides an excellent opportunity for the group chef to excel in their culinary skills whilst everyone discusses the days discoveries and forward plan the next days adventure.

After a sumptuous meal together around the dining table, the conversations excitably continue in the welcoming lounge area over further glasses of wine.

The relax mode gradually kicks in with either watching a favourite movie, or venturing outside onto the enclosed patio area to sit and watch the sun go down over the hills.

Your attention will be drawn to the swallows dipping and the fish cruising in the pond as the water gently trickles in from the stream.

Drink in the magnificent view made famous by Daniel Defoe (of Robinson Crusoe fame) 1734 – literally “the view of the country is the most beautiful landscape in the world, a meer picture".

Guests can choose to stay in a super-king-size bedroom situated off of the dining area, or in the super-king-size bedroom off the entrance hallway, both served by a sleek wet room situated off the opposite side of the hallway.

Venturing upstairs there are a further two super-king-size bedrooms, both with en-suites, and one boasting a corner balcony with seating area from which there are fabulous view over the valley.

The second super-king-size bedroom has a balcony with seating area overlooking the magnificent Otter Valley and looks down on a fascinating view of the fish cruising around the pond.

Maybe then relax and unwind in a full size bath in the luxurious en-suite bathroom, whilst fresh towels keep hot and toasty on the heated towel rails.

A stroll over the lawned area to the rear of the property treats you with wonderous uninterrupted views.

The exploration can then continue by dropping down into the adjoining Devon meadow where the mowed pathway around the outskirts enables you to venture to the field pond to experience the wonder of dragonflies and profusion of wildlife drawn to its offerings.

Sit awhile, relax, ponder and drink in the atmosphere.

Live unforgettable moments & build happy memories with your loved ones with a stay at Defoe’s View.

Note: This property can be booked with ref. 1046010 and together can sleep a total of 16 guests


  • Split-level
  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 2 x ground-floor super-king-size (zip/link, can be two singles upon request), 1 x super-king-size with en-suite bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be two singles upon request) with en-suite wet room with shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Ground-floor wet room with shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Lower-ground-floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Ground source heating
  • Electric oven and electric hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Ample off-road parking available
  • Electric gated access
  • Enclosed patio with outdoor seating area and use of owner's five acres of land
  • Sorry, no pets and smoking
  • Shop 0.9; pub 0.8 miles
  • Note: Visits to the owner's private small holding can be arranged with the owner prior to your stay
  • Property not suitable for wheelchairs or mobility difficulties
  • Note: Deep water on site, so all children must be supervised

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £450.

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About the location


Ottery St Mary 6 miles; Lyme Regis 14.5 miles; Exeter 22 miles.

Honiton is a delightful market town in East Devon, with plenty to offer visitors. It lies in the valley of the River Otter and is surrounded by rolling Devon hills, green wooded valleys and plenty of scattered farming villages. Honiton has an attractive High Street stretching almost 2 miles, and lined with individually owned shops, pubs and restaurants. Honiton has been famous for lacemaking since the reign of Elizabeth I and still has a few lacemakers in work today - visitors can see some fine examples of antique lace in the town’s Allhallows Museum. Honiton boasts the only public art gallery in East Devon; the Thelma Hulbert Gallery occupies an attractive Grade I listed Victorian house, and has links with the Hayward Gallery, London. Honiton is only a short drive from the dramatic 20 mile stretch of Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site. Resorts such as Seaton, Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth are found along this stretch of coastline, and all have much to occupy the visitor. Near to Honiton is the cathedral city of Exeter with plenty of large shops, a wealth of museums, a theatre and fabulous restaurants.

Region Information

Note: Visits to the owner's private small holding can be arranged with the owner prior to your stay.

Note: Deep water on site, so all children must be supervised

Property not suitable for wheelchairs or mobility difficulties.

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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