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 of the East Devon countryside, stretching across the beautiful Yarty Valley, just rolling hills and wide open fields. This is where your holiday begins, where you start to unwind. Down you go, right down to the bottom of the hill 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 12 people in 6 bedrooms (2 more guests at an extra charge). 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 half an acre at your disposal; plenty of room for the kids to run about and they'll love the play area. Rain or shine you can sizzle steaks or toast marshmallows in the BBQ lodge; with that and a games room, cinema room and 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.
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 around if you don’t mind driving; we’d recommend the Cotley Inn at Wambrook, the Holt in Honiton, the Candlelight Inn at Bishopswood, The Shed Steakhouse & Grill in Seaton, or Robot Pizza in Axminster. You may not feel the need to go anywhere at all though, you’ll probably be more than happy at Shires, or just ambling about the footpaths through the fields. You can get up in the morning, put on your boots and stroll up the lane to buy fresh eggs for breakfast. Perfick.