AVAILABLE FROM MAY 2019: Shires is only a mile off the A30 and 2 miles from the A303 but when you turn off the main road it’s like a different world; quiet country lanes and staggering views that stretch across the Yarty Valley into East Devon, just rolling hills and wide open fields. This is where your holiday begins, where you start to unwind. Down you go, down the hill and right to the bottom where you’ll find Shires tucked away next to a 15th century thatched cottage.
Shires used to be the wagon shed and milking parlour on a busy dairy farm but now it’s been thoughtfully transformed into a swish and contemporary large group holiday house that sleeps 14 people in 6 bedrooms. It’s sleek, it’s unique and it’s right up there with hi-tec features like subtle colour changing lighting tubes and wireless connectivity throughout. What sets it apart is how much consideration has gone into making it access friendly, with removable hoists and a lift, and level ground. Outside there’s over an acre at your disposal; plenty of room for the kids to run about and play when the weather’s behaving itself, a play area and a BBQ lodge. Not that it matters because with a games room, cinema room and a terrific spa hall that has a pool, hot tub and sauna, there’s plenty to keep you all occupied.
If you want to venture out you won’t have to go far to discover some great places; it’s only about 20 minutes to the coast where you can spend the day at Lyme Regis, Charmouth, or Seaton. If you need to stock up on provisions the towns of Honiton, Axminster and Taunton are within easy reach, or pootle about the lanes to Millers Farm Shop where you can buy all manner of local delights. If there are anglers among you just a few minutes up the road is Stillwaters Fly Fishing where you can book the 1 acre lake all to yourselves.
There’s heaps you can do; take the young ‘uns to Ferne Animal Sanctuary or Axe Valley Wildlife Park, go and soak up a bit of history at Forde Abbey or Killerton House, take a trip to Diggerland, Mansell Raceway or Crealy Adventure Park. If you want to eat out there are some very good pubs and restaurants if you don’t mind driving; we’d recommend the Holt in Honiton, the Candlelight Inn at Bishopswood, The Shed Steakhouse & Grill in Seaton, or the Tuckers Arms at Dalwood. You may not feel the need to go anywhere at all though, you’ll probably be more than happy at Shires, or just going for a stroll on the footpaths through the fields. You can get up in the morning, put on your boots and amble up the lane to buy fresh eggs for breakfast. Perfick.