Knowles, Colyton

4star Visit england rating

Superb detached Victorian country house, built in 1890, full of character and many original features, occupying an elevated position, in over an acre of beautiful gardens.

Sleeps: 13

Bedrooms: 7

Pets: Pets allowed


Weeks from: £1400 PW

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Knowles – The ultimate family home.

Superb detached Victorian country house, built in 1890, full of character and many original features, occupying an elevated position, in over an acre of beautiful gardens.


For guests of 6 or less some of the bedrooms could be excluded for use. This would be reflected in the reduced price quoted.

Knowles has been completely refurbished to an excellent standard, maintaining many of the original features. Lovely views over the gardens and to the countryside from most of the main rooms.

All rooms light and bright, many with fireplaces in the living areas and decorative fireplaces in the bedrooms. Stunning views from many of the bedrooms. Extremely well furnished.

GROUND FLOOR: Entrance Porch. Large Hall with Parquet flooring. Lounge, bay window with seat to enjoy the views of the beautiful gardens, fireplace, TV/DVD, Sky (family bundle). Snug/second sitting room with TV/DVD, fireplace. Dining Room, serving hatch, seating around table for up to 13 persons. Electric hostess trolley. Butlers pantry with fridge and tea/drink making facilities. Two steps down into Conservatory with table and chairs, door to garden. Kitchen/ Breakfast Room, Aga and electric cooker, table and chairs, leads to Scullery with kitchen sink and kitchen units. Back door leads to vegetable patch and herb garden. Utility room with Fridge/freezer and separate freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, Victorian style pulley clothes dryer and an ideal space for walking boots and storing golf clubs etc. Second smaller hallway with a large coat rack. Spacious ground floor Cloakroom: Basin, WC.

Ground Floor Bedroom 1: Twin beds. Stunning views over the Valley. En-suite Shower Room: Basin, WC.

From the hall, a beautiful large oak staircase leads to the first floor with bedrooms 2-7.


Bedroom 2: King size bed, large bay window. En-suite Shower room: Basin, WC.

Bedroom 3: Double bed. En-suite Shower room: Basin, WC.

Bedroom 4: King size bed. En-suite Shower Room: Basin, WC.

Bedroom 5: Single bed, wall mounted TV. En-suite Shower Room: Basin, WC.

Bedroom 6: Twin beds.

Bedroom 7: Twin beds.

Two additional 3ft Storabeds are available for use in any of the Double/King Size bedrooms at an additional charge of £60 per person pw or part week.

Family Bathroom for Bedrooms 6 & 7: Bath, over-bath shower, basin, WC.


  • Bed linen and towels inclusive.
  • Electricity/central heating inclusive.
  • Aga. Electric cooker.
  • Microwave.
  • Fridge/freezer.  Fridge.  Freezer.
  • Washing machine.
  • Tumble dryer.
  • Dishwasher.
  • Cot x 1.
  • Highchair x 1.
  • Lounge TV, Sky (family bundle) with home cinema system with blu-ray player, I-pod docking station.
  • TVs/DVD x 3 in Snug are available in two bedrooms.
  • CD.
  • Radio.
  • Telephone for incoming calls only.
  • Free wi-fi.
  • This property is covered to entrance and external approaches by CCTV.

Outdoor Facilities:

Large grounds, with well kept mature gardens – lawn areas. Croquet lawn. Five aside football goal. Golf practice net. Seating area around the pond. Greenhouse. Decked area. BBQ.

Parking:  Ample parking in private drive for up to 6 cars.

Additional Information:

Friday changeover.  Check in:  From 4pm.  Check out: By 10am.  Pets welcome, a fixed charge of £25 pw or part week per pet.  Please see the following link regarding pet rules at the bottom of the page on the following link,

All shower/bathrooms have heated towel rails and lever taps.

Good housekeeping/cancellation deposit, £500. This is paid directly to the owner 6 weeks before the start of the holiday and is non refundable in case of cancellation.  This amount is returned to you by the owner in full unless there are charges for breakage, damage, excess cleaning, cancellation.

This property is not covered by our ‘Cancellation Protection Plan’ or ‘Cancellation not covered by Plan’ and strongly suggest you take out your own appropriate insurance.

The owners of Knowles can arrange for your online shopping order to be delivered prior to your arrival (Waitrose, Sainsburys and Tesco). *On request breakfast can be cooked and served in the Conservatory for guests. *Picnic hampers also available on request. *Mid week cleans available. *Babysitting by arrangement. *Extra charges apply.

Access information available on request.

Location and Area:

The small friendly town of Colyton just a 5-minute walk away, steeped in history dating back to Saxon times, between Lyme Regis and Sidmouth with quaint shops, art galleries, antiques, a garden shop, inns serving real ales and eateries line the streets. Tennis courts are almost opposite and golf courses at Seaton, Lyme Regis and Honiton. Scenic walks along the River Coly and the countryside lanes. The electric tram runs along the Axe Valley passing the Nature Reserve to the coast at Seaton 3 miles away.

Colyford, 2-minute drive away, has a PO/Stores and butchers, 2 inns, a restaurant, Nature Reserve and Holyford Woods.

The coastal town of Lyme Regis is an easy 15-minute drive over the Devon border into Dorset, offering a wide variety of activities – fossil hunting, fishing trips and cliff top walks along the Jurassic Coast, including the Undercliff Nature Reserve to Seaton.

A 10-minute drive to the picturesque fishing village of Beer and Branscombe.

The seaside town of Sidmouth with spectacular beach is only a 15 minute drive with an excellent selection of shops, cafes, restaurants, indoor swimming pool and cinema.

The small thriving market town of Axminster, famous for the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall ‘River Cottage Canteen’, shops and weekly street market is also a 15-minute drive away.

A wonderful house to spend a holiday in Devon with so much to see and do, family re-unions and celebrations or for corporate get togethers in and around Lyme Bay on the Jurassic Coast.


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*Short breaks available
3 nights 70%, 4 nights 80%
26th Apr - 23rd May 2019
Low Season
*£1700 pw
24th May 2019
May Half Term
£2050 pw
31st May 2019
£1999 pw
7th Jun - 18th Jul 2019
£1999 pw
19th Jul - 22nd Aug 2019
Summer Holidays
£2999 pw
23rd Aug 2019
£2999 pw
30th Aug - 19th Sep 2019
£1999 pw
20th Sep 2019
£1999 pw
27th Sep - 17th Oct 2019
Low Season
£1999 pw
18th Oct - 31st Oct 2019
October Half Term
£1999 pw
1st Nov - 19th Dec 2019
Low Season
£1400 pw
20th Dec 19 - 2nd Jan 2020
Christmas/New Year
£2999 pw. Christmas/New Year bookings, please note the owner may request certain arrival/departure dates.
Knowles, a perfect family home. Our family (8 adults, 3 young children and three dogs) stayed at Knowles for the first two weeks of July. The house is delightful – really large with two sitting rooms, a formal dining room, splendid kitchen and a magnificent garden. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and it is a short drive to the beach at Lyme Regis. Colyton, a five minute walk away is so pleasant. Heather made our stay really welcoming and was so helpful. Thank you for a really good holiday. July 2018
I stayed at Knowles with 11 family members including my elderly parents and children and it was a wonderful break for all of us. Knowles is a beautiful Victorian home that the owners once lived in with their parents. The house is very comfortable and cosy and each room has been left sympathetic to its origin which we all found lovely. The garden is amazing, the owners employ a gardener who clearly loves the garden as his own and keeps it pristine with beautiful flower beds and even a cottage garden with herbs etc growing in it which we were able to use. We were very lucky with the weather so we chose to stay at the house most days (we usually eat out a lot) but because the garden was so lovely we chose most days to hang around and eat Alfresco. The only negative I can think of is that we left our 2 dogs at home, what a mistake, they would have been in seventh heaven.
We have had a really lovely time here. Lovely family Edwardian house. Loved it all. Thank you A and family. August 2017


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Deposit – 25% of total cost of holiday.
Balance – Due 6 weeks before the start of the holiday.
Bookings made less than six weeks in advance of your holiday full payment is required.

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