As featured in The Times article '20 big houses to book for Christmas' in October 2018.
Dreams of that country retreat start here. The grand entranceway. The farmhouse kitchen. A library for optimistic reading time. Sweeping lawns and a brook at the bottom of the garden. What are you waiting for...
32 acres of rural serenity await you on the Hutchinghayes Estate. The farmhouse and the barn combine to accommodate 12-14 guests in gorgeously presented and sumptuous surroundings.
Open the sturdy front door on the farmhouse and you’ll be greeted with a spectacular mahogany staircase and wood panelling. The warm boldness of the walls and the huge flagstones underfoot simply add to the grandeur. A picture perfect farmhouse kitchen complete with AGA and fit-for-all-the-family farmhouse table awaits the rest of your crew. The barn kitchen is part of an open plan layout sociably incorporating living and dining space. Come together in the formal dining room of the farmhouse with its crossback chairs and garden outlook for a memorable dinner party or two. Your downtime spaces are plentiful, whether you seek the tranquility of the library, the buzz of the billiard room or sink-me-in and relax sofa in one sitting room or another.
The fully-restored farmhouse oozes all of the effortless ambience and elegance that you would expect from an ancient country manor. Exposed beams, oak floorboards and thick stone walls complemented with modern furnishings promise a truly relaxing break in comfort and style. The barn is no less impressive, equally impeccably presented. Together, large families come here to celebrate big birthdays and anniversaries. Groups of friends and groups of families come to share downtime and quality time in the lush grounds that fulfil the wild and adventurous curiosities of the youngest in the party while the grown ups switch off and relax too.
Nearby Combe Raleigh and Honiton will amply sate the foodie in your party with their plethora of eateries. The Jurassic Coast is within easy reach should alternative entertainment be required in the form of sea air, fossil hunting and ice creams on the promenade. It’ll take you a weekend to soak it all in and unwind. A week might be just enough to enjoy its every offering, or you could also come back again next year…
Bedrooms and bathrooms
The farmhouse has four fabulous bedrooms including two wings. The first private wing present a beautiful king size bed and extra single bed as well as a heavenly en suite with roll top bath and separate shower. The second wing is home to two king size bedrooms, one of which has an extra single bed. There is also an en suite double in this part of the house. The family bathroom has a tub with overhead shower.
The two bedrooms in the barn are a king and a twin, and guests have shared use of a bathroom with its beautiful slipper bath and separate shower.
Security deposit: This property has a refundable Accidental Damage Deposit of £500, which is payable to Niche Retreats with the final balance of your holiday, eight weeks prior to your arrival, and is refunded within 5 working days of your departure. Alternatively, you may wish to pay a non-refundable Accidental Damage Deposit Waiver equivalent to 10% of the Accidental Damage Deposit value, which covers you for the full value of the Accidental Damage Deposit, should any damage occur during your stay.
At a glance
- Sleeps 14
- 6 Bedrooms
- 4 Bathrooms
- 3 Pets allowed
- Open fire/woodburner
- Private parking
- WiFi available
- Bed linen provided
- Bath towels provided
- Equipped with a barbecue
- Equipped with a dishwasher
- Equipped with a high chair
- No smoking
- Equipped with a travel cot
- Equipped with a tumble dryer
- Equipped with a washing machine
A UK and US family gathering. EVEN better than the brochure... Elizabeth Iron - 1st June 2019
Thank you for providing a perfect setting for our family Christmas. We travelled from all around the world to spend this special holiday together. You have created a beautiful setting -it feels like home, only better. Lazenby family - 21st December 2018
We’ve had the most wonderful stay - constantly remarking on the beauty of the house and the garden. Thank you we will be back!Carena Dennis - 16th October 2018
This was a beautiful property to stay at for a big family gathering - truly felt like a holiday.Ms Juliet Savigear - 15th May 2018
Delightful & welcoming owner. We would stay there again, if hosting a similar event.Mrs Jane Parker - 1st January 2018
Your home and welcome were wonderful Liz. Games of Famous Five and hide and seek provided hours of fun for all the family. Hutchinghayes is an English slice of heaven, we will be homesick for months!The Edsall Family - 29th July 2017
Hutchinghayes is a very comfortable house that feels like home from the moment you step through the front door. Ideal for family gatherings, our group ranged from 12 to 93! The garden is so tranquil and peaceful and we enjoyed the National Trust properties nearby. Liz is quite the perfect host with all the information about where to go and where to eat. Thank you for making us so welcome.Philip Nash, Milton Keynes - 31st May 2017
A really lovely week spent in such a beautiful, tasteful, warm and cosy house. The gardens were so much more extensive than we were anticipating, and the website doesn't really do this place justice!The Barraclough Family - 19th April 2017
An Aussie European gathering for Christmas. We had a fabulous time. The Aga managed the Turkey Crown and Rib roast beautifully! The grounds were perfect for dogs, children and babies. Special thanks to Liz for helping organise, being so friendly, calm and efficient - we would love to come back in the summer.The Johnson Family - 1st December 2016
A spectacular house and barn/cottage situated in a beautiful and private location within stunning grounds and garden. The owner Liz Hadley gives a personal welcome and is extremely helpful. This is a fabulous place for a large family gathering of several generations - Honey the pig was a great favourite! Great area for sports cycling and walking.Sue Butterworth, Oxfordshire - 1st October 2016
We had a great time! The house was lovely, and Liz the owner could not have been more helpful!Fantastic from start to finish; we rent quite a lot of holiday homes and this is up there with the best! Thanks to all.Tony Iles - Swindon - 1st December 2015
We’ve had the most wonderful stay, constantly remarking on the beauty of the house and garden. Hope to be back!Carena Dennis Dorset, 16 October 2018
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