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'Our bolt-hole from the rat race' 


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February 2018

Once again a perfect weekend in our Devon bubble. Everything we needed and now completely relaxed. It never disappoints - love it here! Look forward to coming back next year. (Garden)

Loved watching all the birds feeding outside the window. Great walks and a cold but exhilarating bike ride! (Weathervane)

A perfect little haven in wonderful countryside offering beautiful walks and views. We are so happy we've found this place. (Apple)

January 2018

Had a lovely time relaxing and playing games, dog loved racing around the field and napping in front of the fire. See you in a few weeks with the rest of the clan! (Garden)

A great break once again with good friends. Sidmouth and Beer yesterday, today we walked to the Sidmouth Arms for a well earned roast, then back in brilliant sunshine. Thank you for another lovely stay, we'll see you at Easter! (Weathervane)

Thank you for making our New Year special at the Apple Loft. What a lovely place to stay, this is exactly what we needed before starting a busy year with work. (Apple)

What a lovely way to start 2018! Apple Loft is charming and perfectly set out. We'd recommend Lyme Regis, Branscombe and Beer. (Apple)

A perfect little haven in wonderful countryside, offering beautiful walks and views. We are so happy we've found this place. (Apple)

November & December 2017

This was our first Xmas away and Apple Loft didn't disappoint. We have had a lovely week exploring the countryside then back to spend cosy evenings here.  (Apple)

We've had a wonderful time filling 2 cottages here with family. Fantastic fun, walks, and meals in the very well equipped cottages. Thank you. (Weathervane & Meadow)

Thank you for a lovely cosy stay over New Year (Garden)

Another gloriously peaceful week in your delightful cottage. Thank you for maintaining and continually ensuring the high standard of comfort and convenience is met. What a delight! (Meadow)

October 2017

Once again the perfect getaway. Perfect for us (the grandparents) to have the Orchard guest suite. Children had a brilliant time finding fossils at Lyme and Charmouth. Thank you again, you know we'll be back!. (Meadow)

We have had a wonderful time once again in Weathervane Cottage. Relaxing, great weather and as always a fantastic welcome. Can't believe this is our 11th year as everything still feels exciting. Look forward to 2018! (Weathervane)

We feel very lucky finding such a lovely welcoming cottage with everything anyone would need or require at such short notice, a real 'Gem'. (Meadow)

Another lovely and peaceful week at the cottage. Visited the Newton Abbot races, had a good day out at A La Ronde (NT property), lots of walks and villages to visit (especially the pubs!). (Meadow)

September 2017

Thank you for another lovely holiday, treasured memories made of the twins on the beach, at the donkey sanctuary and on the little train having such fun. (Weathervane)

Lovely cosy cottage. A cream tea welcome set us up for the week. Local pubs definitely endorsed. Have really enjoyed our stay. (Meadow)

Delighfully cute and cosy dwellings which made us feel at home. Great area and coastline which we will definitely return to as there is always more to see! Otter Valley ice cream on the A30 towards Honiton was exceptional!! (Meadow)

August 2017

Thank you for another fantastic stay at Twistgates. The boys loved the cottage and enjoyed making friends with the children in the neighbouring cottage. We've had some great days out at Axe Valley Wildlife Park, Totnes Rare Breeds farm and Haldon Forest park. (Meadow)

What a lovely cottage - location, decoration and comfort. Thank you for a perfect stay. (Weathervane)

We had a great time in your lovely cottage. Everything was perfect and we enjoyed our stay so much. (Weathervane, visitors from Germany)

July 2017

Lovely corner of the world. Lots to explore, so nice to have a comfortable and great base to return to each evening. (Garden)

A most welcome break in a beautiful area. Our accommodation was perfect, very comfortable and well equipped with everything we needed. We've only had a weekend here and wish we could have stayed longer! (Apple)

June 2017

Exceeded all our expectations, comfortable and high standard accomodation. Spectauler views, we have loved sitting on the balcony in the mornings and evenings. Suzanne and Duncan maintain the perfect balance between privacy and being on hand when you need them. Friendly, helpful and knowledgable about the area. It has been the perfect base for all the walking we have enjoyed in the quiet lanes and paths (all 60 miles of them!). And thank you for the glorious weather, we'll be back! (Apple)

A lovely place to stay, fantastic welcome of a cream tea, everything we dreamt it would be. (Apple)

May 2017

This is truly a marvellous place to come and relax and unwind. (Apple)

Idyllic location & fabulous accommodation for our fortnight's break. Dogs have absolutely loved the woods all around and we particularly enjoyed Montecute House and Exmoor as well as the Jurassic Coast. Thanks for providing all the ingredients for a great break! (Weathervane)

We felt very welcome and enjoyed the week in spite of the weather! (Meadow)

April 2017

... a nice 'home' to return to after a long walk on Dartmoor or along the Jurassic Coast. We also visited Exeter Cathedral and the South Devon Steam Railway. (visitors from the Netherlands staying in Apple Loft)

Another lovely week spent at Twistgates with our family - our 3rd visit. Now heading home fully relaxed and refreshed! (Meadow)

March 2017

Another relaxing stay. When we need to 'get away from it all' this is the perfect place. (Meadow)

Location is perfect, so quiet with plenty of walks yet close enough to enjoy cinema and shopping. All the locals I met were very nice and local food was delicious. I came to do some writing, walking, pub food and photography, but it would be perfect for anyone after some peace and quiet. (Apple)

Another very relaxing stay at Twistgates, a place we can really re-charge our batteries. We love all the cottages and the scones with cream and jam are always so welcome. You know we will be back!!!! (Apple)

February 2017

Another visit, which we always enjoy! Took the bikes along the Exe Estuary as the cycling is safe and picturesque. Visited the beaches to chase the waves at Branscombe. Always cosy here and welcoming. (Garden)

An amazing few days in this gorgeous cottage. Absolutely perfect and just what we needed. Definately back next year. Our 4th year and never disappoints. Never want to leave! (Garden)

It was amazing to see the huge variety of birds from the windows, as well as owls and deer in the woods and fields near the cottage. The community shop and the weekend farm and craft market at Churchinford were great for local produce, we particularly liked the bread and bacon there, and the delicious ice cream at the Sidmouth Arms in Upottery. It's definitely worth the couple of miles scenic walk from the cottage to taste this! We all agree that Weathervane Cottage is very comfortable, a welcoming and peaceful base for walks, exploring the area and gazing at views and stars. (Weathervane)

January 2017

Third time staying here and we couldn't ask for anything more - 5* accommodation - from the home made scones to the NY's Prosecco to the wonderfully comfortable bed. Thank you, and see you soon. (Garden)

December 2016

Such a wonderful and peaceful stay for Xmas. Thank you so much for all the little touches - mince pies, chocolate coins and crackers. (Garden)

A perfect Christmas spent here - lovely and peaceful. This comfy cottage had everything we needed, and the mince pies were lovely too. (Meadow)

Back again for our second Christmas here. Another relaxing week in this gorgeous cottage. (Weathervane)

Everything provided down to a rolling pin! (I made sausage rolls and mince pies here!). Beautiful scenery, peace and quiet - just what we like. Roll on our week in February when we can explore more of the Blackdown Hills. (Meadow)

November 2016

The perfect place to recharge one's batteries: beautiful scenery, singing birds and total comfort!! (Meadow)

October 2016

A very relaxing week, just what we all needed! Cottage v. cosy, great walks and lots of fresh air. Thanks from us all. (Weathervane)

Great base to explore from. Peaceful and relaxing. Loved it. (Meadow)

What a beautiful setting. We have thoroughly enjoyed our five days mixing exploring Lyme Regis, Beer and Exeter with some very lazy mornings! (Apple)

September 2016

Lovely and peaceful holiday. Cottage lived  up to our expectations and more. Visited some beautiful places, look forward to coming back to explore more. (Weathervane)

Lovely accommodation, superb countryside, great local pubs and gorgeous Autum weather - what more could anyone ask for? (Apple)

August 2016

Our third visit to Twistgates and equally enjoyable ... we love the area & Twistgates! (Weathervane)

Great base to explore the wonderful countryside and coastal areas. Lovely place and very friendly. (Meadow)

Beautifully clean and tidy and supremely comfy. It really does have everything you'd need for a home from home. We've had an amazingly restful week, enjoying the stunning countryside and gorgeous views. (Apple)

July 2016 

Very good holiday had by all. Cottage very nice, made great use of the garden.(Weathervane)

An absolute treasure of a place. Beautifully decorated and tastefully furnished. The views are amazing - everything is so peaceful and tranquil here and we felt truly relaxed. (Apple)

Great 2 weeks, ideal cottage and location. Wonderful days out along the coast, favorite places West Bay, Beer and Branscombe. (Meadow)

June 2016

Thank you for a beautiful place to spend our first week of marriage. (Apple)

Lovely stay for our second visit - taken 3 cottages in total. Really warm welcome, lovely scones and jam. Very accommodating for us as a big party. Weather was great and had great days out at Lyme Regis, Beer, Seaton, Sidmouth, World of Country Life. Will be back! (Weathervane)

We have had two wonderful weeks in this beautiful and peaceful landscape. The cottage is very nice and comfortable, the weather was quite right for great hiking tours through the Blackdown Hills, Dartmoor and along the Coast. We had many great sightseeing tours and really a lot of fun and relaxation, our dog enjoyed it too! (comment from German visitors staying in Meadow Cottage).

May 2016

Lovely peaceful week - good meal in the local pub and visits to Lyme Regis, Sidmouth and Beer beaches are all recommended. Great days out at Pecorama and Escot Park - plenty to fill an entire day (as long as the sun is shining), the maze at Escot nearly beat us, took 45 minutes to the centre! (Weathervane)

Great cottage in a fab location. Enjoyed the peace and local wildlife by the back door. A convenient base for day trips out to the coast and National Trust properties. The welcome scones, tea and milk were greatly appreciated. (Meadow)

April 2016

Another peaceful and relaxing break away from hectic London life. Our first stay in Apple Loft has been perfect. (Apple)

We have stayed in many, many holiday cottages and this is one of the best! (Meadow)

Lovely cottage set in magnificent scenery. Very comfortable, cosy and warm. The local ale (Otter) is magnificent! (Garden)

Walked to the Sidmouth Arms for Sunday lunch then walked back across the fields playing poo sticks along the way. Between our 3 families we completed the 1000 piece jigsaw. Today we enjoyed a lovely long walk to Churchinford and back stopping off for a pub lunch. Scenery was fantastic and lots of lovely cottages and farms along the way, so it you like a walk it's a must. (Meadow, Apple Loft and Orchard guest suite)

March 2016

Just absolutely lovely, with every need catered for. Small touches flowers etc made for home from home. Thank you so much. (Meadow)

A lovely relaxing holiday in a beautiful cottage. 3rd trip so far, will be back again! (Meadow)

The Apple Loft is truly a little piece of heaven, from the wonderful cream tea welcome to the amazing views, this holiday has been perfect in everyway, we will most definitely be back, hopefully very soon. (Apple)

February 2016

Wonderful cosy accommodation, spectacular countryside, peace and stunning views. Enjoyed coastal walks, Blackdown Hill walks, Killerton and relaxation. (Apple)

January 2016

Third visit in 4 months ... says it all. (Weathervane)

The landscape was brilliant and the cottage was relaxing. Thanks for a wonderful time and we'll be back soon. The scones were yummy and we rate our stay 10/10! (Meadow )

Very cosy and warm, relaxing few days, enjoyed very much. (Garden)

The Apple Loft is an incredible place to say, beautiful touches throughout the apartment. If only we could pick the place up and move in ourselves, we would! (Apple)

December 2015

Had a lovely relaxing break. Apple Loft is incredibly well designed, great use of space and a wonderful warm place to shelter from the rain. We enjoyed a visit to Exeter, lovely city, had a walk along the river from the Quay and visited the excellent RAMM museum. (Apple)

A perfect cottage for a New Year getaway. It had everything we needed for a cosy, comfortable few days, we look forward to returning and visiting more of this beautiful area. (Weathervane).

October 2015

Thank you as ever for a wonderful place to stay and now for our honeymoon. A little place of heaven in wonderful Devon! (Garden)

September 2015

We came for quiet, beautiful scenery, sunny autumn days, cycling in the wonderful countryside, good pubs, friendly locals and a cosy, comfortable place to lay our heads ... we found it all here. Thank you! (Apple)

From our welcoming cream tea to our final night meal at River Cottage canteen in Axminster, we have felt completely at home in the Apple Loft. We have enjoyed lovely days at Lyme Regis, Sidmouth, Beer and Budleigh Salterton. Other highlights were the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton and the West Somerset Railway to Minehead - oh yes, and Sunday lunch at the Sidmouth Arms is recommended. Thank you. (Apple Loft)

Lovely cream tea and flowers on arrival. Thank you! Lovely cottage in beautiful area. Trips to Knighthayes, Killerton, Escot and a cruise on the Exe. Reading, walking and general relaxation - super.(Weathervane)

August 2015

The most wonderful first holiday together as a family. Garden Cottage was a home from home. Thank you. (Garden)

Loved the quiet, views and fantastically equipped cottage. (Meadow)

Beautiful cottage, fantastic base for exploring this great coast line. Hope to see you again very soon. (Meadow)

Great cottage with great outdoor space - children made a mini family sports day! Would recommend Lyme Regis for crabbing, fossil hunting, dinosaur fossil museum, rock pooling and lovely shops too. A great week. (Weathervane)

July 2015

Came home one evening and a beautiful deer was on the field in front of the cottages. We had lots of birds visit us and saw lots of wildlife on our travels. (Weathervane)

...don't want to leave! (Garden)

First impressions of the cottage very homely and cosy, well equipped. Fresh home made scones a welcoming touch. (Meadow)

Thank you for another lovely stay in your cottage, always feel so welcome. (Garden)

Good calm place to stay - in easy reach of so many places. Enjoyed coastal walks and the cycling around the Exe Estuary. Cream tea was a great touch but, best of all, the peaceful views in the evening from the balcony. Most enjoyable. (Apple)

Lots of brochures and interesting books to look at. Great holiday, friendly hosts and the cottage had everything we needed and more. (Garden)

June 2015

Lovely week in Garden Cottage, well presented and well equipped accommodation, great locaton for exploring. (Garden)

Beautiful surroundings, very peaceful. Visited some great places, cottages spot on, lovely, lovely stay! (Meadow)

May 2015

We have seen a lot of places all over the world but this cottage with its atmosphere and perfect equipment is really something very special. Our dog and our kids enjoyed the big garden and we enjoyed the tranquility. We had a wonderful holiday. (Meadow, visitors from Germany)

We've had the loveliest time here. Such a cosy cottage and gorgeous area. And our toddler slept! (Weathervane)

The peace and tranquility here is a real healing process. The birdsong is out of this world and so lovely that I've recorded it to play at home and think of Twistgates! Thank you for your usual welcome and hope to make it here for a fifth time! (Meadow)

We have stayed in all three cottages over the last 10 years but the last 9 days in Apple Loft have been amazing. Stunning views, spectacular sunsets and the experience of loft living for two over 70 year olds! (Apple)

Our 4th stay at Twistgates: a proposal, a 1st anniversary, a 'Why Not?' and a 70th birthday. What's our next excuse?!!! (Meadow)

April 2015

A very enjoyable experience as there's a large variety of wild life to enjoy from the comfort of the cottage. Lovely home from home feel so would recommend to friends and family. A great week! (Meadow)

March 2015

The most relaxing weekend we're ever had. Apple Loft is so cosy and has everything you need, even if you don't want to venture out. (Apple)

February 2015

What a beautiful spot. The cottage is superb with nothing overlooked with its whole feel and comfort. We're relaxed and recharged and hoping to return soon. (Meadow)


The Cottages

Self catering holiday accommodation is offered at Twistgates Farm Cottages in pretty beamed cottages with wood burning stoves, and in the stylish Apple Loft, a country chic apartment. For extra guests who want to holiday with you, but not share a cottage, the Orchard Bedroom can be hired on a nightly basis.

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