With a fabulous five stars in the luxury stakes, Hembury Court has won many accolades, including most recently Silver in the Visit Devon Tourism Awards. There are four self-catering cottages, which can be rented individually or as a group, sleeping up to a maximum of 17 people.
With an abundance of both indoor and outdoor space in addition to all the comforts provided in your well-equipped and comfortable cottage, this is the perfect place for a family holiday, mid-week break or a romantic weekend for two.
When Mary and Brian were offered a few days stay at Hembury Court they happily took up the offer. “We looked forward to the trip, never having been to that particular part of Devon before, “ said Mary. “And we were certainly not disappointed.
“Situated six miles from Honiton and in the middle of the county there’s little more remote while being easily accessible from both the M5 and the A30. It also lies between two main rail lines from London and the rest of the country.
“We arrived by car, having been provided with an easy to follow map to guide us through the little lanes, making the journey simple and delightful. We were met by owner Mandy Persey,who quickly made us welcome and showed us and assured us that she and husband Robert were only a doorbell away for help of any kind.”
The Hembury Court complex comprises four very attractive adjoining stone cottages, each with its own fenced lawn, patio and garden furniture. Cottages around a courtyard sleep two; four, five or six people and are beautifully designed and furnished to the highest standard.
Mandy and her husband Robert have thought of everything to enhance their guests stay right down to the smallest detail.
Other facilities available to all are the barbeque veranda, two green oak barns housing the hot tub and fitness suite, excellent social lounge with fabulous views, and partying and catering areas.
These extra spacious facilities encourage parties to block book the complex for hen parties and other celebrations. You can bring in caterers and entertainment to suit your style from the very comprehensive lists supplied of local contacts happy to help.
About a decade ago Mandy and Robert diversified and threw themselves into this new project. Robert left school at 15 to work on the family farm but 35 years later, disillusioned with the way farming was going, took the plunge to use his old stone barns in a different way.
Mandy, then teaching Home Economics, has interior design talent and coordinated colourways within the cottages. For that personal touch, if you book a mid-week break you will find a bottle of local wine, flowers on the table and vouchers for cream teas at the tearooms in Broadhembury, which is well worth a visit.
So much other information is available to ensure that you enjoy your visit, which includes activities and where to eat and what to see.
If you enjoy eating out, then you’ll be spoilt for choice. Within a thirty-minute radius you could enjoy the delights of the famous Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen and Deli in Axminster, the renowned Jack In The Green on the outskirts of Exeter or the Combe House Hotel in Gittisham.
Honiton, a busy market town five miles away, is famous for its antique shops and lace and has a regular farmers’ market. Children can visit the nearby Donkey Sanctuary and the Crealy Adventure Park.
Other activities include the nearby Land Rover Experience centre, gliding at Northill Airport, horseriding (3 miles away), golf at Padbrook Park, go-karting, lounging over a Devon cream tea, mackerel fishing at Beer, paintballing in Exeter, river cruising from Exmouth and Topsham, and bird spotting at Woodbury Common and the Exe Estuary.
Mandy and Robert have certainly created a beautiful complex for all to enjoy.