Dunkeswell Abbey, Honiton


Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 3
A detached grade II listed stone built cottage in an idyllic historic location amidst c 0.75 acres of sheltered private gardens. Mature private gardens and grounds and garage.


Abbey Cottage affords an idyllic and picturesque yet accessible location within the Blackdown Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As its name suggests, the cottage is situated adjacent to the romantic remains of Dunkeswell Abbey, a historic Cistercian Monastery though to have been founded in 1201 by the 'Sheriff of Nottingham' The remains of the Abbey are currently undergoing restoration by English Heritage to safe guard and protect the buildings and walls.

The property lies approximately 2.2 Miles south of Hemyock which offers a good range of facilities including health centre, church, garage, public house, sub post office, general stores and primary school. There is also a good selection of sporting facilities including sports field, tennis courts and bowling green.

Wellington is within 7.5 miles of the property where a greater selection of facilities can be found together with easy access to the M5 motorway which lies on the eastern outskirts of the town. Taunton is within 13 miles of the property where an excellent selection of shopping, recreational and scholastic facilities can be found together with a main line rail link to London Paddington.

The market town of Honiton is within 8 miles where access to the A30 can be gained providing excellent links to Exeter and towards London. The south coast is also readily accessible.


Built of stone beneath a thatched roof, this enchanting home offers historic character accommodation in the most picturesque and idyllic of rural settings. The cottage offers three double bedrooms on the first floor, arranged around a central stairway and landing and each featuring latch doors, exposed roof timbers, sloping eaves and double glazed casement windows. The bedrooms are serviced by a ground floor bathroom accessed from a similarly central inner hall at the foot of the staircase. Either side of the Hall are the Sitting and Dining Rooms, the former a room of immense character with stopped and chamfered beamed ceiling, inglenook fireplace housing a wood burning stove and an exposed brick and timber wall, part of which opens to a Study. The Dining Room features a quarry tiled floor with similarly impressive inglenook fireplace housing a oil fired AGA with tiled surfaces on either side and a original bread oven. Beyond is the Kitchen enjoying a dual aspect with fitted cream units and door into the gardens. Heating is supplied via an LPG fired boiler to radiators supplemented by the aforementioned AGA and woodburning stove.

N.B. Planning permission has recently lapsed to extend and improve the current configuration of accommodation with the addition of a stunning green oak and glass Kitchen and Garden Room to the south elevation as well as a two bay oak framed garage within the grounds. Plans are available to view on the East Devon District Council Planning Portal under reference 16/0688/LBC.

The existing layout offers charmingly comfortable accommodation


Abbey Cottage is nestled amidst the remnants of the original 13th Century Cisterian Abbey, the north walls of its ruined Gatehouse now forming part of the gardens' north eastern boundary. The level grounds are a sheltered leafy enclave comprising lawns broken by box hedgerow and interspersed by mature trees offering an enchanting leafy canopy and backdrop. Vehicular access is off a lane via double timber gates onto a substantial gravelled drive providing extensive parking and access to a detached garage in one corner, built in stone with a thatched roof.


Mains electricity. Private water and drainage. Oil fired AGA. LPG central heating.


Strictly by appointment with the agents Stags, Honiton 01404 45885.


From Honiton head north following the signs to Dunkeswell. Continue into the old part of the village and before you reach the airfield, turn right on the bend signposted to Dunkeswell Abbey. Follow this lane for approx 1.25 miles and at Abbey Cross (a right turning off a left bend) turn right and after a few hundred yards turn left again. Abbey Cottage will be seen in front of you at the end.

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Stags - Honiton Sales

Bank House, 66 High Street, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1PS

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