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Forest Cottage

nr Exeter, Devon

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Forest Cottage lies in the heart of Ashclyst Forest the largest tract of woodland on the Killerton estate. The cottage is semi-detached, part-thatched and spacious, with its own large garden to front and rear and an ancient apple tree. This is a magical and secluded spot, with the forest all around - a haven for wildlife - and many way-marked walks to explore. It is also within easy reach of the sea and the upland wildernesses of Dartmoor and Exmoor and so makes an ideal comfortable base for exploring futher-a-field.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
sitting room with solid-fuel stove, dining room, steps down to kitchen, shower room with lavatory.
First floor
three bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed, 2 twins), bathroom.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage and convector heating is included.

Parking: Parking for up to 3 cars within the grounds of the cottage.

Please Note: With this cottage being situated within the wood we feel we ought to point out there are inevitably some ticks evident in the woodland - a part of the natural countryside.

Television: A Television and DVD are provided, however please note the television reception is poor due to the location. Visitors may wish to bring their own DVDs.

Garden: The garden boarder is mainly hedgerow; therefore dogs will be able to access the forest and adjoining cottage garden unless supervised.

Offers: For any 3 night stay starting on a Thursday, guests can benefit from a late departure time on the Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

South Devon
The view from Wembury Point, near Plymouth, Devon with the Great Mew Stone in the distance. © David Noton

South Devon is a vivid contrast to the rest of the county: almost a world within a world with an atmosphere and scenery all of its own. After the dramatic, rugged coastlines of North Devon, the high wilderness of Dartmoor and the settled rural charm of East Devon, here you have an extraordinarily vibrant land ablaze with the colours of the red sandstone cliffs, the exotic semi-tropical plants growing in the warm atmosphere, and the myriad greens and blues of the river estuaries burrowing their way deep into the pastoral landscape. There are beautiful coastal towns to discover, such as Salcombe, Dartmouth and Paignton, as well as inland towns like Kingsbridge and Totnes, steeped in history. With its mild and sunny climate, palm tree-lined seaside towns, estuaries filled with boats, and sandy beaches in sheltered coves, South Devon is a wonderful place for an annual holiday or short break.

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  • Crealy adventure park
  • Bird watching
  • cycling
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • water sports.
National Trust places to visit
Killerton: Budlake Old Post Office
Killerton: Budlake Old Post Office Charming example of a 1950s Post Office Room with cottage garden
Killerton: Marker's Cottage
Killerton: Marker's Cottage Thatched medieval cob house with smoke-blackened timbers and painted wooden screen
Killerton: Clyston Mill
Killerton: Clyston Mill Historic working watermill in idyllic riverside setting
Killerton Glorious landscape garden surrounded by parkland, fine 18th-century house with renowned historical fashion collection
A la Ronde
A la Ronde Quirky 18th-century house with fascinating interior decoration and collections
Knightshayes Court
Knightshayes Victorian country house with richly decorated interiors and garden with outstanding plant collection

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Val Wallace
    • December 2014
    • Cornwall
    Made special by:

    Being in forest. Lovely flowers in kitchen. House warm. Some coal left for fire.

  • Susan Pound
    • November 2014
    • France
    Made special by:

    No internet so forced to enjoy ourselves and welcome other family for a meal. Really well kitted out kitchen, just a home from home. Only left the National Trust on leaving the UK with husband in HM Forces. Have also been a NT volunteer so love all the Trust has to offer. Standard excellent, cannot wait for next opportunity to stay with you!

  • Maddy Gupta-Wright
    • October 2014
    • Somerset
    Wonderful place to stay

    It really was a wonderful place to stay, brilliant customer service in booking etc... and we were so impressed with the cottage overall. Thanks so much....the only thing we would say if we were being picky was that there was no dry wood for the open fire, which we hadnt realised before going that we had to bring our own. but otherwise the whole place was brilliant. Such good value and we would definitely recommend the NT cottages to others in future. Secluded, relaxing, sounds of the forest, walks straight from the cottage, thatch was beautiful.

  • Ronald Clatworth
    • October 2013
    • Surrey
    Well presented

    Cottage well presented

  • Gillian Harding
    Perfect tranquility

    First holiday for Nana with grand-daughter, Rosie, and family. Such a blessing to find such a safe place to take the dogs. Perfect tranquility and a good centre to visit other National Trust properties and gardens. Hope to come again.

  • Maureen & Derek

    Lovely cottage, lovely area, lovely time.

  • Barbara Miller
    We will return!

    An excellent and friendly home for a short while. We will return!

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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