Take a look at the most up to date Shires Reviews

10/10 - From the moment we arrived at the house and that scrummy cake we had a great time! - Matthews - May 24

10/10 - We had a relaxing time, and the grandchildren had great fun in the pool. - Ellis - April 24

10/10 - We thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Shires for a 40th birthday celebration. The house was perfectly designed for a large group. It had all the facilities needed in the kitchen and a lovely large dining table. All showers were excellent. All appliances and facilities were high-spec. The pool area was amazing and this really made our weekend. We were also able to use the hut outside and toasted marshmallows. The outside area is fabulous and the view can be seen from the dining room and the bedrooms upstairs. I imagine it would be amazing in the summer with some nice weather. The host was great and showed us around the house on our arrival. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend stay and would highly recommend the Shires. Thank you. - Simpson - March 24

10/10 - A great time was had by all. The weather wasn't brilliant but fortunately, we had the pool/movie room to keep us entertained. Would definitely book again in the summertime. - Meade - Feb 23

10/10 - The pool and associated areas were hugely enjoyed by young and old alike. The house was very well equipped, particularly the kitchen. The very wet Devon weather was our only problem but not much can be done about that! - Farnfield - Dec 23

10/10 - Swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi a favourite with everyone! - Crook

10/10 - Enjoyed everything and had an amazing holiday. - Swift

10/10 - The Shires is a beautiful home with everything you need to enjoy a relaxing break. The house was immaculate on arrival and even received a cake from the host which was delicious and a welcome surprise. The swimming pool and spa area was also immaculate too. The family loved cooking marshmallows in the hut, watching films in the movie room and making the most of the games room. The beds were comfy and all bathroom areas were very clean. The open plan kitchen and dining area was great for bringing all the family together to enjoy meals together. We can’t wait to come back again. Gary and the family were excellent hosts. - Jones

10/10 - The pool the bbq hut and the hot tub was fabulous. - Riley

10/10 - During a period of particular hot weather it was extremely difficult to prise the children away from the beautifully kept pool area whilst parents looked on from comfortable sun loungers on the decking. Fabulous facilities and accommodation and would suit all age groups. Totally private and extremely comfortable. - Everson

10/10 - Nothing to improve. Everything was first class. - Evans

10/10 - Just stunning venue, facilities and views. Nothing needs improving. - Cousins

10/10 - House was fantastic. Welcome cake went down a treat. Gary and family could not do enough for us, anything we needed he was there. Recommend this property, it had every thing we needed plenty room for dogs. - Cox

10/10 - Fantastic property that needs no improvement. Excellent owner. Very professional office staff. - Farrow

10/10 - The pool sauna etc excellent. All bedrooms were very good indeed. - Pike

10/10 - We could not think of any improvements to be made. The Shires was very well equipped, spotlessly clean when we arrived and all the equipment, furniture, bedding etc was of very high quality. The pool, sauna and hot tub was a real bonus, along with the very generous garden. A real fun house for our family weekend away. Thank you Gary & your team for making us so welcome. - Griffin

10/10 - The pool and hot tub was amazing, big TV and very cosy. The kitchen area was great. The owner - Gary Shires was brilliant, great guy! - Choudhury

10/10 - We are a group of 14 female hospital staff aged from early 20's to late 50s. We needed a break. Time to relax and de-stress from a couple of God awful years at work. We couldn't have asked for a better place to do it. The location was private and peaceful. The accommodation was perfect. We had space to be in small groups, all together and nooks and crannys to be alone. We couldn't have asked for more. - Thorpe

10/10 - Shires is the 3rd property we have stayed in from Sleeps 12 and have to say this one most definitely has the wow factor! The whole place has been so well thought out and as for the pool house, it is on another level! The house has been finished to a very high standard and the little extras, such as the coloured lighting makes it that bit extra special. We were a family of 11, stretching from 11-70 and everyone had something to keep them entertained. We will most definitely try and make a return visit here! - Wall

10/10- We had an excellent week with the family. - Walton 

9/10 - The house is superb. We used and enjoyed all the facilities. The host was friendly and helpful. To get a 10, an espresso machine and softer pillows and duvets would bring it to perfection. - Evans 

10/10 - We enjoyed every aspect of the property. - Holland 

10/10 - Very relaxing atmosphere. The pool area is fabulous and lovely garden space to enjoy. The bbq hut is so much fun. - Seabridge 

9/10 - Superb spa hall best yet lovely safe garden for dogs and children - Bridgeman 

10/10 - Views/pool/spa and fast wifi were all big winners for our group. Although some of the bedrooms were a bit small, the 'master' bedroom more than made up for it. The host (Gary) made us very welcome - thank you! - Upshall 

10/10 - Gary was very helpful, facilities fantastic, fenced garden, cinema room was great, easy access to lovely walks, everlasting memories have been made, rebooked the shires while still there! We can recommend a day out to Lyme Regis. - Richard 

10/10 - Shires was first class it was beautifully presented, every thing you would need and more was found during our stay. - McMillan 

9/10 - Loved the pool and hot tub, the quiet snug and the cinema room all great features. Imagining a visit in the warmer weather, a rattan style table and chair set for dining in front of the pool on patio would be perfect (not to obstruct the views maybe tucked to side until needed). We look forward to visiting again ... a weekend wasn’t long enough!! We weren't there long enough but the walks are beautiful. - Deluce 

10/10 - Gary and his family are amazing people very helpful and kind the property it self is fantastic the only thing I could say is it need more paintings or colour to make it feel more homely and more kitchen space but apart from that it’s one of the best holiday properties I’ve ever stayed at. Lyme Regis was a beautiful little town down the road. 

10/10 - This is a amazing place to stay for a relaxing retreat everything you need in and outside property owner is a lovely guy and is on hand with any questions or queries would highly recommend this property - Selvey 

10/10 - Loved our stay at the Shires. No faults. It was perfect. Fully recommend! - Edmonds

10/10 - The swimming pool was brilliant as was the whole house. - Hart

9/10 - Our group enjoyed all of it and we used everything on offer. Most of the group thought it was perfect and catered for our needs especially given the broad age range. We had a brilliant holiday. Gary was great and responded very quickly to any communication or request. - Beniston 

10/10 - Everything was brilliant, great property, the people who met us were friendly and helpful, the people on the phone who we dealt with before the holiday were very helpful and friendly. Overall I have nothing but praise for the entire experience. - Easton

10/10 - The property was perfect for our time away to celebrate me getting married in a few weeks. Gary the owner made sure he gave us a full tour and explained how to use everything. They even had a cake for us too. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy pure bliss. Thanks again. - Francis

10/10 - The pool hall is wonderful, and the cinema room was a great place for all the family to enjoy together. Appreciated all the prompt and positively helpful responses from the owner. - Rand 

10/10 - We absolutely loved the pool/hot tub/sauna area the temperature was perfect something some of the other properties get wrong. We spent a lot of time in this part of the house. The cinema room was also used a fair bit easily accommodating us all. The only thing that we could say was a very slight nuisance was the fact that none of the mirrors were near plug sockets Tricky to style your hair... bit of a pain when you’re getting ready to go out. Other than that it was totally fabulous. The host was great, on hand when needed and amiable. We loved it. We had a lovely local walk through the fields into Yarcombe. - Burkmar 

10/10 - The whole experience was perfect, there is nothing that would have made it a better property of experience. - Satherley

10/10 - Loved a walk on the beach at Lyme Regis. Wheelchair accessible including the pathway through the Langmoor & Lister gardens. - Webb 

10/10 - Absolutely amazing house. The children loved the pool. We were all super impressed with all the special features in the home. We can’t wait to return! - Payne 

10/10 - Enjoyed the kitchen area as this was the main area to all meet up and party, the cinema room was great for the kids, the games area was great for the adults and the swimming pool area with the hot tub and sauna were fantastic. - Minto

10/10 - The place was perfect with amazing attention to detail. Pure luxury for the whole weekend. Thankyou. Already booked another property with you for next year. We didn't go far as beautiful walks in the countryside were all we needed.- Williams

10/10 - Loved the whole place. So clean, tidy and extremely well thought out! - Carter

10/10 - Fabulous weekend. Lovely hospitable host. The pool was so lovely. Great kitchen right in the centre of the property. Really worked well for us as a group of ladies. Would highly recommend. - Humphris

10/10 - The pool area was amazing - more than enough in the property to keep everyone occupied so we didn’t feel we had to go out a lot. Diggerland was a good day out only 40 minutes away. - Grahame 

10/10 - What a fantastic experience. Shires ticked every box, the facilities are fabulous . All 12 of us has an amazing weekend. Special thanks to the owners for looking after our every need. - Avenell

10/10 - Having the swimming pool sauna and hot tub all in one place was fantastic. We can recommend a day at Lyme Regis. - Curtin

10/10 - Home made cake was a treat. The whole house was 5* standard - the spa hall particularly wonderful. Comfortable beds. All very modern and the gadgets in the kitchen were amazing. Hosts were very accommodating and quick to resolve and queries. Would definitely recommend and stay again! - Styles 

10/10 - With five young children we just had a wonderful time in the pool. For the adults the pool table proved great fun and competitive. We also had some nice walks with the dog. Mr Shire was was very nice and friendly as were his helpers. All in all a very good stay. - Fagg 

10/10 - Our stay at the Shires was excellent. There were 11 of us (6 Adults & 5 Children). It was a very relaxing weekend enjoying all the facilities available to us. All the children just loved the swimming pool (worst problem was getting them all to come out!!!) The BBQ Lodge was awesome. Gary, the owner, was very pleasant and very helpful. Full marks from us all. We all did a 'Treasure Trail' (available from Treasure Trails online) around Chard. It involved solving a number of clues around the town and ending up with one suspect. We have done these before and found them excellent. It took around two hours and we visited parts of Chard that we would never have seen. Seaton Wetlands are brilliant for walking and birdwatching. - Tavener 

10/10 - Amazing experience with sleeps 12, always so friendly when called or emailed. Answered all questions quickly and well. - the Shires went over and above our expectations. Made our stay easy and enjoyable. - Prior to booking sleeps 12 website was very useful, had four different families will all different needs and wishes and it made it easy for me to find information, Floor plans, things to do etc. - Gary was a fab host, showed us round and even brought a parasol over mid stay when it was delivered which was just what we needed with the heatwave. - we have all come back very very happy guests! Thank you. - Clark 

9/10 - Great property for a family holiday, although with the concrete floor throughout the communal area downstairs it makes for rather a noisy property, especially when you have older members of the family that want to go to bed earlier than the younger ones! We can recommend Sharandy Birds of Prey. - Facer 

10/10 - A truly wonderful place to stay, Gary the host was extremely helpful and accommodating. - Warner

10/10 - The house was just perfect and catered very well for a large group. The little details in each room and the high tech spec was fantastic. I would highly recommend this property to others and Gary the owner was very helpful. The fixtures and fitting were all high spec, the pool area fabulous and a great amount of garden and living space. - Bhamla

10/10 - This is definitely the best property we've ever stayed in. Shires has everything a family needs; fabulous kitchen/ dining area, indoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna, cinema room, barbeque hut, children's play area and hi tech throughout. This is the ideal property for a family break at any time of the year. A lot of thought had gone into the planning of this property to make it what it is - exceptional. We visited Lyme Regis harbour which was lovely but in all honesty we had absolutely no need to venture outside of Shires as we had everything there we could possible want during our stay. Gary, the owner, was super helpful and the best host ever! - Coleman

10/10 - We were the first booking for the Shires and Gary and Rachel (the owners) are lovely and made us very welcome. Obviously with a new property there are teething problems, which were all resolved immediately, but this wasn't a problem for us and we would certainly recommend The Shires. Lovely location with loads to do. As we were only away for the weekend to celebrate big birthdays with the family we spent most of the time at the property enjoying the pool etc. Visited Brancombe and did the NT cliff walk to the village (forge; Bakery cafe, farm, church), Sidmouth for a walk along the sea front with our old dog. - Corlett 

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