Oak Lodge is a newly built detached lodge of cutting edge design and contemporary luxury. The lodge is centrally heated with oak wooden floors and LED downlights throughout and a balcony upstairs to enjoy the breath-taking views. Outside, the level compact garden surrounds the lodge with lawn and a private seating area at the front, which is south facing. Plenty of allocated parking. This unique setting and all year rental makes it an ideal retreat for singles, couples, families or friends sharing. For those who prefer an active holiday, this tranquil setting is perfect to unwind at the end of an energetic day.
- Cottage1500 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs1
- Min. Stay4 - 7 nights
Lodge in Aylesbeare, Exeter, East Devon, Devon, England - Peaceful, Rural Location With Beautiful Country Views
Paul and Anna Slade
- Calendar last updated:
- 11 Nov 2018
About Paul and Anna Slade
Hello, my name is Paul. My wife Anna and I have lived in the area for 25 years and have 3 teenage children. Having both been born in Devon, we have enjoyed the wonderful countryside the area has to offer, which inspired us to keep sheep, chickens and ducks. Both Anna and I have horticultural backgrounds, being a landscape gardener and florist by trade. We have designed and built a number of properties including cider barn, coach house, school and more recently an oak framed log cabin which we now live in. This then inspired us to build a south facing, cedar clad, glass fronted lodge which has spectacular views, making full use of the sun. So come and join us for a wonderful holiday in this unique location – you will never want to leave!
Paul and Anna Slade purchased this Cottage in 2005
Why Paul and Anna Slade chose Exeter
The property is surrounded by mature trees and is adjoining Woodbury Commons. This allows us to take lovely long walks over the heathland where nightingales and the Dartford worblers can be seen. We are centrally located which makes it easy to reach the sea at Budliegh Salterton and Exmouth as well as Sidmouth, and only 10 minutes to Exeter. There are wonderful views of Dartmoor and Exeter which can be seen from the lodge. The site enjoys sunshine all day long as it is south facing and very sheltered. The site is quiet and removed from the
What makes this Cottage unique
The property is quiet, private and secure. We have 7 acres of land and keep sheep, ducks and chickens. We can sit peacefully beside our wildlife pond which is home to ducks, coots, dragonflies and danselflies, as well as carp and tench. With so much available locally such as pubs, farm shops, the beach and other tourist attractions, we can offer a place to escape either after a busy day or just relaxing in the front garden soaking up the sun.
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Oak Lodge - wonderful
Myself, my husband and my mum have just enjoyed a wonderful 4 night stay at the stunning Oak Lodge. It absolutely exceeded our expectations. Beautiful setting. Luxurious accommodation. Paul, the owner, was an absolute treasure and so helpful and informative. Loved the chickens greeting us every morning (we named them Sage, Onion & Paxo!) and 2 ducks waddling around. Sheep in the field opposite. So idyllic. Will definitely be back. Thank you for our stay. Lisa, Noel & Sheila.
I am glad you enjoyed your stay, we look forward to having you back some time.
5 star accommodation in every way!
A very comfortable stay and we couldn’t fault a thing! Beautifully clean and well equipped with comfortable beds and plenty of hot water. Conveniently situated for Exeter and the coast but in a lovely quiet enclave. Thoroughly recommend for families or couples wanting a relaxing and spoiling break. Thank you very much Paul.
Very beautiful and calming location
A very charming and relaxing place that's nearby the city and less than an hour away from attractions too. Lots to do there, very serine.
Lovely setting and lovely house
We really enjoyed our stay. The property is lovely and has everything you need for a wonderful relaxing stay.
Well built, designed and equipped property, well insulated and very comfortable, in a quiet location
Lovely house and location, with Exeter, Exmouth and Sidmouth all within a 20 minute drive. We could also walk across the field to the woods to go blackberrying. When back at the house the sheep, chickens and ducks kept us entertained. Overall we had a very relaxing 4-day stay.
Beautiful bright well equipped property
This is our second stay at Oak Lodge and yet again we've had a lovely time. The property is really well set out, downstairs is a light and airy open plan room that we really love. This means that if you are cooking you can still interact with everyone but it's far enough away from the sitting area as to not encroach on it.
Upstairs are 3 lovely bedrooms which would suit a family well, 1 double and 2 twin rooms - if I had one suggestion it would be that maybe one of the twins could have zip together beds so that you could better accommodate more than one couple at a time but it's not a deal breaker.
Paul is very helpful and open to any suggestions or improvements, any help, needs
or issues are responded to immediately.
For those of you who rely on very fast broadband don't expect to have this in rural Devon as there just isn't the infrastructure to support this. However, Paul has made every effort to try to make their broadband as good as he can. I had no problem getting a mobile EE signal within the property too.
All in all a fab week for us and we will visit again when in the area and have already recommended Oak Lodge to our friends.
Special interest holidays:
As an area of outstanding natural beauty there are many trails and walks designed for walking and mountain biking. Locally there is the Jurassic coastline which has spectacular views and plenty of stops for refreshment along the way.
The main coastal towns from Teignmoth to Axmouth are within a 30 minute drive. Budleigh Salterton is just 8 miles – 15 minutes by car - and is great for swimming. Not quite so far is Exmouth beach which is a more traditional seaside resort for ‘bucket & spade’ family fun, with plenty of water-sports on offer. Sidmouth beach is closer still, just 13 minutes away, which caters for all round family fun with sand, pebbles and rock pools and it’s also great for swimming.
Exeter city centre is 8 miles away with railway stations on both the London Paddington and Waterloo lines. To nearest airport is Exeter International Airport which is approximately 11 miles to the east of Exeter. A car is recommended.
To find us, leave M5 at Junction 30 onto the A3052 (Lyme Regis). Within 5.25 miles at Halfway Inn turn right onto the B3180 towards Exmouth. ….Oak Lodge is on the right within 0.5 mile.
Exeter city centre is 8 miles.
The village of Aylesbeare is 1 mile.
Sidmouth beach is 8 miles
Exmouth beach is 8 miles
Budliegh Salerton beach is 7 miles
Bicton Park is 5 miles
Crealy great adventure park is 3 miles
Darts farm shop, near Topsham is 4 miles
There is so much for families in this area. Crealy Park appeals to children (even adults), of all ages. ‘Go Ape’ at Haldon Forest if you’re into climbing trees and sliding across high wires. For the less energetic there’s the tamer activities of zoos in Paignton, Sparkwell (Dartmoor Zoological Park) and Exmoor (Exmoor Zoo). There’s also the Plymouth National Aquarium, Pennywell Farm and the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth (which is free!).
For entertainment possibilities in all weathers there’s Bicton Park, Pecorama and Seaton Tramway. Indoor swimming pools in Axminster and Sidmouth. Small local cinemas at Sidmouth and Lyme Regis, with a multi-plex at Exeter. Boat trips run from Topsham, Exmouth and Sidmouth and boats for hire are available at Beer. Traditional activities such as fossil hunting is at Lyme and hours of fun in the rock pools are at Sidmouth.
Families with young children are well catered for in Budleigh with the beach and play park nearby. Bicton Park Botanical Gardens is lovely and just a few minutes away. Powderham Castle is in a beautiful setting beside the Exe estuary. The Cathedral City of Exeter has shops, leisure centres, cinemas and huge variety of restaurant and wine bar options. Within the area there are various villages, it includes fabulous local farm shops which provide local produce of meats, fish and veg. The closest farm shop Greendales is 2 miles away, and along with all the usual produce which they grow and rear, they also own their own fleet of boats and sell their caught fish. They also have their own fish and chip shop on site either take-away for a meal in their café. If you want a more elegant evening out, there are good quality local pubs and restaurant. The larger supermarkets of Tescos and Waitrose are within a 15 minute drive.There are ample opportunities for walking, riding and cycling in the East Devon Common which is just 5 minutes by car, or a few minutes longer with a pleasant cycle ride through the country.
Please contact owners for further information. Changeover Day: Saturday Departure - by 10am Arrival - from 4pm Notes on prices: short breaks are calculated at: 3 nights is 60% of the weekly tariff, 4 nights is 70% of the weekly tariff, 5 nights is 80% of the weekly tariff and 6 nights is 90% of the weekly tariff. we offer 3 nights minimum all year around with the exception of july and august where 7 nights is the minimum.