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Apple Mill

Venn Ottery, near Sidmouth , East Devon

Sleeps: 8
7 nights
£1340 - £2940
Available from a minimum of 2 nights


  • Sleeps eight
  • Four bedrooms –one super king, two king, one twin
  • Two first floor bedrooms, both en suite
  • Two ground floor bedrooms with shared large shower room
  • One bathroom, two shower rooms
  • Baby welcome (travel cot and highchair available)
  • Children are welcome
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Secluded, private garden and courtyard
  • Garden with Weber barbecue and garden furniture
  • Private heated hot tub (*extra fee)
  • Welcome Devon cream tea and bottle of Prosecco
  • Linen and toiletries
  • Dinner delivery service (minimum 10 guests)
  • Parking for four cars
  • Covid-19 measures* (see Visitors' Notes)

Property layout

  • Ground floor:
    Large family room with a vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and a wood burning stove.
    Well equipped open plan kitchen with dining area (seating up to 14 guests).
    King-size bedroom with a 5′ bed.
    Twin bedroom with 3′ beds.
    Shower room with a large shower.
  • First floor:
    Double bedroom with a vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, a 5' bed and an en suite shower room.
    Master bedroom with a vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and a super king-size 6′ bed. En suite bathroom with a roll top bath with shower attachment and a separate shower.


  • Oil fired central heating, wood burning stove with a large basket of logs
  • Electric range cooker with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • TV with Sky Freeview, further TV in the master bedroom. DVD and radio/cassette/CD player
  • Amazon Echo (virtual assistant/smart speaker)
  • WiFi internet access*
  • Payphone
  • Travel cot and highchair available: please request when making your booking
  • Outdoor furniture and Weber barbecue (starter charcoal supplied, extra available at local shops)
  • Private water supply
  • Two adult bikes available: please request when making your booking
  • Parking for four cars


  • With charming features, and elegantly furnished throughout, the cottage is designed with your comfort and relaxation in mind, beautifully done with great attention to detail.
  • Originally where the cider was made and apples stored for the farm, original features include vaulted ceilings and exposed beams.
  • The sun trap courtyard with outdoor furniture and a barbecue is perfect for al fresco dining.
  • An ideal base for families and groups of friends at any time of the year, with parking for four cars.
  • Short and midweek breaks are available, with a minimum stay of 3 nights.
  • Burrows (sleeps six) can be booked with Apple Mill to create a large property for family get-togethers or groups of friends of up to 14 people.
  • The ideal setting for Autumn and Winter breaks, a New Year gathering or Christmas morning. From country walks to Christmas markets, the outdoors can be enjoyed at the most unexpected times. The house is warm and cosy with central heating, a wood burning stove and comfortable beds.
  • A peaceful, tranquil retreat, situated in glorious Devon countryside, five miles from Sidmouth in a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • There are some splendid walks along the River Otter and numerous countryside walks on the doorstep.
  • The well-known stretch of Jurassic coastline is a short drive where resorts such as Seaton, Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth and Sidmouth are found.
  • The cathedral city of Exeter, with its mix of culture, historic buildings, quality restaurants and shops is 12 miles.
  • There are a number of pub/restaurants just a few minutes’ drive away including The Golden Lion in Tipton Saint John (3 minutes’ drive), and the award winning Jack in the Green pub, voted 26th in the UK’s Top 50 Gastro Pubs, is only 13 minutes’ drive.

Apple Mill is a lovingly converted old Cider Barn which once housed the apples and press for grinding a hogshead of cider a day for the farm!

Nowadays, this unique Grade II listed building is a luxury holiday place for eight, with original wooden beams and features throughout. Its open plan living space houses a wood burner in the lounge area and the country cottage style kitchen has a range cooker and a sociable dining area. Four spacious bedrooms, two of which are on the ground floor, are combined with three first-class bathrooms.

Outside, kick back in the pretty walled garden with suntrap courtyard and set the steaks to sizzle on the Weber barbecue. Or add a bit of extra sparkle to your stay and soak up the peace (and your tired muscles) in the bubbling hot tub (*extra fee) – perfect for unwinding or star-gazing.

Apple Mill is an ideal base for families and friends at any time of the year and can offer short and midweek breaks, with a minimum three night stay.

In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with views of glorious surrounding countryside, Apple Mill will give you a real taste of country life! Situated in a very peaceful and rural location in Venn Ottery in the Otter Valley, enjoy numerous countryside walks along the River Otter and from the garden gate. Five miles takes you to the elegant Georgian seaside resort and beaches of Sidmouth near the Jurassic Coast, the UKs only natural World Heritage Site. ​Meaning you can enjoy both the lush countryside scenery and the dramatic coastal landscape.

The nearest pub, The Golden Lion in Tipton Saint John, is only one mile away and serves local fresh produce and good beer. One of a number of pub/restaurants within a few minutes drive, or splash out at the award winning Jack in the Green pub, only 13 minutes’ drive.

The region promises an abundance of fun, exciting and very different days out. Fine National Trust houses, gardens, castles, adventure parks, farm and steam railways as well as and the beaches at Sidmouth, Budleigh, Salterton, Beer, Branscombe and Exmouth are all within easy reach.

For fantastic days out and school holiday events, look no further than Bicton Park, The Donkey Sanctuary, Escot Country Park, Devon's Crealy, World of Country Life, Powderham Castle and Seaton Tramway, to name a few! The cathedral city of Exeter, with its mix of culture, historic buildings, quality restaurants and shops is 12 miles.

The beautiful surroundings can be explored safe in the knowledge you will be coming back to a wonderful home from home, where you can truly relax and wind down.

This detached holiday property is near to Burrows, sleeping six. Apple Mill and Burrows can also be booked as a combination to accommodate a party of fourteen. The dining table at Apple Mill can be extended to seat fourteen guests.

2023-05-28 Claire H, London

"Our stay was absolutely perfect, we had a great time, thank you for everything!"

2021-12-11 Stephen H, London

"Great house, location and hosts." (Stephen stayed at Burrows)

2021-10-28 Russell S, Saint Albans

"Fantastic short stay with the family. Loved every minute. The property was exactly what we were looking for and an ideal location. Would highly recommend."

2021-10-24 Lesley R, London

"The house is superb and it feels so spotless and clean on arrival. Its in a lovely quiet location. Its so very welcoming and certainly lives up to its write up. Scones and bubbly on arrival. The living room is so spacious and the kitchen area is great for cooking and eating. It has all the amenities that you would expect from this type of rental. Good size fridge which I find so disappointing in so many homes. The bedrooms are all of a very good size and bathrooms are so clean and modern. The master suite is stunning. Beds are very comfy and towels so fluffy. I would thoroughly recommend a stay at this property. We certainly will be back and would always recommend it. Sarah and her family are so very welcoming and helpful."

2021-09-11 Alec D, England

"Lovely cottage, great location!"

2021-08-13 Toor family, Kent

"We have had a lovely week in a beautiful clean and comfortable cottage. We have had fabulous days out and have loved coming back to the hot tub to relax. Sarah and Richard, thank you for making a home from home with the lovely cream tea. Will defo be coming again!!"

2021-07-11 Joanne P, London

"We have just returned from a fabulous week’s family holiday at Apple Mill (seven adults). The cottage was fantastic, a real home from home, spotless, light and spacious, very comfy and will equipped with all mod cons, a wood burner and lots of original features too. We especially enjoyed listening to the birds whilst in the hot tub! The cottage has a lovely garden and barbecue area and is in a superb tranquil location with stunning countryside, beautiful villages and the Jurassic coast all nearby. Sarah and Richard were super welcoming hosts with a cream tea and bubbly on arrival and a font of local knowledge. We can’t wait to return and recommend Apple Mill unreservedly."

2021-07-04 Petula B, Nottingham

"Just arrived home after a wonderful and much needed break! Such a beautiful setting and fabulous stay, thank you - the girls thought it was wonderful! Hope to return soon..."

2019-12-01 G Cottee, England

"All 8 of us agreed that we had a lovely time at Apple Mill. Charles at Staycation Holidays made the whole booking experience flow very easily and was a friendly chap. Apple Mill had some lovely features remaining from its time as a working building. It was a luxurious place to stay and felt like home very quickly. The kitchen was very well stocked with loads of plates, cups, cutlery, etc. Such a change from some of the places we have visited! "

2019-03-03 C Whitworth, Hampshire

"What a place! We had such an amazing stay there even though it was only for a weekend. The bedrooms are all a good size and well equipped. The house has so much character and the kitchen is modernised with a touch of farmhouse on the decor. The lounge is a lovely space with wood burner and wood provided. 3 large sofas mean there is plenty of space to unwind and the hot tub is so nice to relax in day or night. Overall a fabulous house and somewhere we will be returning to in the future."

2018-12-27 Meg O'Hara, London

"Lovely and relaxing place to stay!"

2018-03-20 Mary A, Bristol

"Great weekend at Elliotts Barns. 12 friends together in these great properties. Smooth booking with Charles from start to finish. We even had snow which made it magical. Will be happy to use Staycation again..."


”A true rural retreat – we’ve had a lovely time both in the cottage and at the local beaches. Every holiday we set ourselves a target; we try to achieve the following – a cream tea, fish and chips on the beach, prawns in a pot and a cup of tea in a polythene cup at the beach. We’ve managed a full house this time! The lemon drizzle cake was an unexpected treat too! Thank you. The children loved Bicton Park and the Seaton Trams. A lovely holiday.”


”A lovely comfortable holiday cottage with lots of home comforts, Our first visit to the South West, and we will certainly be back. The quality and cleanliness of everywhere has been excellent. Had fantastic weather, too hot to eat out in the evening one night, but not complaining! Enjoyed the variety of beaches as did both sandy and pebbles – both have something to offer a toddler. Not had to travel far to see lots, and a great location being so close to the motorway. We are sure to be back to it’s very toddler friendly, quiet and relaxed cottage with all it’s nice touches. Thanks.”

2016-08-15 Chris C

"We were greeted with a wonderful welcome pack, with loads of local produce. The barn is very spacious, luxuriously appointed and very clean. Everything you could possibly need has been thought of. If in the very unlikely event of needing something else, the very helpful owners are on site. There is plenty to do locally, and the barn has the most comprehensive information pack we had ever seen. We really enjoyed Seaton, Beer, Branscombe and Budleigh Salterton. Great food at the River Cottage Canteen in Axminster and the Golden Lion in Tipton St John. The garden is a great suntrap, secluded and private. We really enjoyed lounging in the hot tub, a real treat! Highly recommended."

2016-05-27 Val T

"The barn is extremely well equipped, and with all the added extras you would expect with a luxury stay. A property you can utilise any time of the year. Owner also very helpful and makes your stay feel special. Certainly recommend this property for any one looking for a special holiday stay ."


”Lovely cottage – we enjoyed our visits from the cats! Very well equipped and Woodbury Park an added bonus. We loved the beach at Sidmouth and visiting the Donkey Sanctuary as well as swimming. Livvy enjoyed playing with the toys in the cottage, the grown ups enjoyed the cream teas on arrival!”

2016-04-01 KW

”We all had a really fantastic stay at Apple Mill – the accommodation was first class and we would all like to return at some point later in the year. The welcome pack was really appreciated, and included scones, cream and jam, and a bottle of Bubbles”



The Golden Lion in Tipton Saint John (1 mile, 3 minutes’ drive). Run by French chef Frankie and his wife this is relaxing pub providing a varied menu. Dine in the restaurant in the evening or take a walk along the river Otter into Tipton to enjoy a pint of Otter Ale outside in the pretty garden. A varied lunch menu is always available, from a very tasty steak frites to a selection of local cheeses and chutneys on a ploughman board.

The Cannon Inn in Newton Poppleford (1.6 miles, 4 minutes’ drive).

The Halfway Inn, Aylesbeare (2.7 miles, 6 minutes’ drive).

The Otter Inn, Exmouth Road, Colaton Raleigh (2.6 miles, 6 minutes’ drive).

The Bowd Inn, Bowd Cross (2.8 miles, 7 minutes’ drive).

The Night Jar Inn, Village Way, Aylesbeare (2.9 miles, 7 minutes’ drive).

The Aylesbeare Inn, Aylesbeare (3.1 miles, 8 minutes’ drive).

The Volunteer Inn, Ottery St Mary (3.8 miles, 11 minutes’ drive).

The London Inn, Ottery St Mary (3.8 miles, 11 minutes’ drive).

The Lamb and Flag, Ottery St Mary (3.8 miles, 11 minutes’ drive).

The Rusty Pig, Ottery St Mary (4 miles, 13 minutes' drive)

The Blue Ball Inn, Stevens Cross, Sidford (4.9 miles, 12 minutes’ drive).

Dukes, Sidmouth (5 miles, 13 minutes’ drive) is situated next to the seafront at Sidmouth, this place has a relaxed continental feel to it. Feast on slow roast belly of pork with cider sauce, seared Pollack or rump of lamb. All produce is locally sourced.

The Digger’s Rest, Woodbury Salterton (5.6 miles, 13 minutes’ drive). Enjoy local ales and freshly produced meals from seasonal and local produce, all served to a very high standard in a very cosy setting.

Jack in the Green, Rockbeare (6.9 miles, 13 minutes’ drive). Winning the Taste of the West awards in 2009, and serving their ‘taste of Devon’ speciality menu you can sample pork reared at nearby Kenniford farm and the restaurant’s own air-dried Coppa ham.

The Masons Arms, Branscombe (9 miles, 20 minutes’ drive). Located just 10 minutes walk from Branscombe Beach, this 14th century hotel offers and award-winning restaurant, locally brewed ales and free parking. A very pretty setting too.

The Bridge Inn, Topsham (10 miles, 20 minutes’ drive). Now in it’s fourth generation of the same family, this pub specialises in real ale, with up to ten being available at any one time. Local cider comes from a mile away and robust wines from not much further. Simple food is served at lunchtime.

The Five Bells Inn, Clyst Hydon (11 miles, 30 minutes’ drive), is a 16th century Inn serving traditional lunch and dinner in a cosy atmosphere.

The Anchor Inn, Beer (11.5 miles, 24 minutes’ drive) is a 19th century inn offering tasty food, fine wines and good beer. In the summer you can enjoy a hog roast or barbecue in the cliff-top beer garden whilst taking in the magnificent view out to sea.


Tipton St John (1 mile) has a village shop.

Newton Poppleford (1.2 miles) has a Post Office with newsagent and general store and a butchers.

Ottery St Mary (3.7 miles, 11 minutes’ drive) enjoys a superb selection of local shops, including a Sainsbury’s supermarket plus many independent stores selling everything from meat, fish and wine to DIY supplies.

There is a Waitrose at Sidmouth (EX10 9GA – 3.5 miles) and a Lidl (EX10 9UU – 4 miles).
Exeter has a Sainsbury’s (EX1 3PF -10 miles) and Tesco (EX2 7EZ – 9 miles).
Honiton has a Tesco (EX14 8XD – 14 miles).


Joshua’s Harvest Store, Ottery St Mary (5.3 miles), is a specialist whole food and gift store.
Darts Farm, Topsham (9.4 miles), has an on-site master butcher, fishmonger, baker, deli, cider maker and restaurant. They also have a compilation of specialist retailers, such as Cotswold Outdoor as well small independent boutiques.


SIDMOUTH lovely seaside town (5.5 miles). The Sidmouth Folk Festival each August is one of the biggest in Europe.

BUDLEIGH SALTERTON (6.2 miles) lies at the foot of the Otter Valley where the River Otter flows into the sea and has a 2 mile long pebble beach. Otterton Mill (6.7 miles) is an an award-winning historic working watermill nearby.

BRANSCOMBE (9 miles), one of Britain’s most picturesque villages with miles of tranquil walking through woodland, farmland and beach.

EXMOUTH (10 miles) is one of England’s oldest holiday resorts with a 2 mile long sandy beach and Promenade. Stuart Line operate cruises from Exmouth Marina along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site.

BEER (11.6 miles) is a picture-postcard village with a shingle beach. Attractions include Pecorama and Beer Quarry Caves.

SEATON seaside town (12.7 miles). Attractions include Seaton Tramway and the Seaton Labyrinth.

LYME REGIS (18.9 miles) attractions include the Museums, Historic Cobb and Harbour and Fossil Hunting.


OTTERY ST MARY (3.7 miles), birthplace of the romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772 – 1834, is one of the oldest and most historic towns in East Devon.

OTTERTON (4.6 miles) is a picture postcard village with white-washed thatched cottages is right at the heart of the Otter Estuary Nature Reserve. Visit Otterton Mill for its works of art, West Country crafts, working water mill and highly acclaimed restaurant.

TOPSHAM (10.3 miles) attractions include the Topsham to Turf Ferry and Topsham Museum. Topsham boasts quaint narrow streets, old cottages, tea rooms, specialist antique shops and some stunning views over the River Exe.

EXETER (12 miles) is a lively city with a magnificent Cathedral, Castle, historic quayside area with artisan shops and cafes including Mol’s Coffee House. There are guided tours of the maze of the city’s Underground Passages and a wealth of bars, shops and restaurants. Other attractions include St Nicholas’ Priory and the Royal Albert Museum & Art Gallery. There are also some fabulous walks along the banks of the river, including one from Exeter to the coast at Exmouth.

COLYTON (13 miles) is a historic medieval town. The Seaton Tramway runs to Colyton and the quarterly Country Market is now established as one of the biggest outdoor local food markets in the South West.

HONITON (13 miles) historic town earned a world famous reputation for lace making. Now a major centre for the antiques trade, there are over 30 shops devoted to furniture, art and second hand books. There are events throughout the year in Honiton.

AXMOUTH (14.6 miles) has a beautiful busy harbour with many moorings.

AXMINSTER (18.7 miles) is very much linked to the carpet industry. The celebrity chef and TV presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has converted an old inn of the town into the River Cottage Deli and Canteen .


You can take a walk along the banks of the River Otter from Tipton St John (2 miles). The river flows south-westerly, passing through villages and towns including Honiton and Ottery St Mary before reaching the sea at Budleigh Salterton. Large stretches of the river are of environmental importance. The estuary is a nature reserve managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust. It’s a special site of scientific interest (SSSI). Due to conservation efforts over recent year, Otters can once again occasionally be spotted in the river.

RSPB Aylesbeare Common (2 miles), west of Venn Ottery village, is the RSPB part of the Venn Ottery Nature Reserve owned by the Devon Wildlife Trust. It is part of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths, a nationally important lowland heath area and Site of Special Scientific Interest.

East Hill Strips (Woodland walks) – Travel by car to the centre of Ottery St Mary (3.7 miles) and take the 2nd exit out of the square along Yonder Street for about two miles as the road winds up a steep hill. Upon reaching the top take the sign post right to East Hill Strips. At the end of this tree lined road is a car park where you can first take in the stunning view over the valley, and then walk through the woods as far a Beacon Hill which looks out to the coast line at Sidmouth.

Escot Country Park, Ottery St Mary (5.5 miles) is a fabulous wildlife visitor attraction for the whole family with woodland fun, mazes, birds of prey and otters.

Seaton Marshes Nature Reserve stretches from the estuary at Axmouth to the village of Colyford (approximately 13 miles) – There are three local Nature Reserves: Seaton Marshes, Colyford Common and Black Hole Marsh.

The South West Coast Path from Exmouth to Lyme Regis gives walkers on clear bright days some of the most stunning views in England. The South West Coastal Path passes through Devon’s Jurassic Coast and you are able to pick this up at most of the beaches along the East Coast in either direction. Each of the long distance walks can be done in shorter sections, and are well served by public transport links. The path also passes through the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are many walks to enjoy around Sidmouth (5.5 miles away) including a walk from Sidmouth to Seaton. From Budleigh Salterton (6 miles), the coastal path will take you up and over to Exmouth, and the Geoneedle which marks the start of the World Heritage Site. At this point the rocks are of the Triassic period, being some 250 million years old. Other walks include a walk from Seaton to Beer, Beer to Branscombe Mouth, taking in the Hooken Undercliff (between Beer and Branscombe), and through Branscombe (9 miles away).

The Exmouth Local Nature Reserve, Exmouth (10 miles) is one of the biggest in England and is visited by thousands of migratory wildfowl and birds during the winter months.

The Blackdown Hills nearby form a tranquil, beautiful, and relatively isolated landscape on the Devon and Somerset border. Steep ridges, high plateaux,valleys and springs create a stunning mosaic of countryside dotted with farms, villages and ancient features.

Haldon Forest, Bullers Hill, Kennford (16.4 miles) have great walking and cycling trails, as well as a Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure.

A thirty minute drive from Venn Ottery will take you to the high moorland of Dartmoor National Park. From here there are various walking trails with spectacular views over to the coast. Explore ancients ruins, climb to the top of Hay Tor and walk amongst the wild moorland ponies. There are excellent things to do on Dartmoor – Fingle Bridge, Postbridge, Ashburton and Oakhampton are all great places to start various circular walks.

The historic quayside in Exeter (12 miles) is a ten-minute walk from the Cathedral and is the ideal place to try an irresistible Devon cream tea. Take a leisurely stroll along the river Exe, or for a longer walk head to the Double Locks pub for lunch. Exeter shipping canal is one of the oldest in the country, and the Double Locks are the longest, housing two ships at a time. There are also plenty of other activities to get involved in, from rafting or hiring a pedalo, to canoeing or cycling from this very point.



Fossil hunting from Lyme Regis (18.9 miles) and Charmouth (27 miles) beaches.


Stuart Line Cruises operate boat trips throughout the year from Exmouth and Sidmouth in summer and bird watching trips along the Exe Estuary in winter. Take the Topsham to Turf Ferry and stop for some lunch at the Turf Inn while you’re there.


With the Jurassic Coast on your doorstep, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy life on the water, including kite surfing or water skiing. If you fancy having a go at Kitesurfing with Edge Watersports , Wind Surfing or Sailing with Sailexmouth, head to Exmouth (10 miles) where lessons can be taken.

For a gentle paddle exploring the canal, canoes can be hired from Saddles & Paddles at Exeter Quay (12 miles).

AS Watersports, Exeter (12.5 miles) offer canoe, sit on top kayak and stand up paddle board hire on the Exeter canal and River Exe. They also offer tuiton courses including sea/touring skills, sit on skills and safety, rolling lessons and one to one lessons.


You can take advantage of the many quiet lanes from your doorstep or cycle one of the many routes through and around Exeter.

Parking at the Quay in Exeter (12 miles) will allow you to join the Exe Estuary trail linking Exeter to the coast at Dawlish and Exmouth. Bikes can also be hired here from Saddles and Paddles along the quayside.

Haldon Forest Park (16.4 miles), near Exeter, has purpose built trails for all cycling abilities.


If you would like to take a hack or riding lesson, there are a number of very good riding schools nearby.

For a hack up over Woodbury Common with views down to the sea, visit the stables at Budleigh Salterton Riding School.

Join a hack from Sidmouth Riding and climb the steep hill up to the woods at East Hill for a spectacular view over the Otter Valley and the coastline at Sidmouth.

Devenish Pitt near Honiton offers hacks through the local countryside and pretty villages nearby.

There are also a number of stables dotted throughout Dartmoor with Eastlake Stables at Oakhampton and Shilstone Rock at Widecombe-on-the-Moor being just two to offer both group and individual riding at all levels.


Mackerel fishing trips run regularly in the summer months from Beer beach (11.6 miles). From here you can also hire your own boat to explore the bay.

Fishing is also available nearby.


Woodbury Park Golf and Leisure Club (4.9 miles).

Sidmouth Golf Club, Cotmaton Road, Sidmouth (5.4 miles).

East Devon Golf Club is situated on the cliff top above Budleigh Salterton (7 miles).

Honiton Golf Club (11 miles).

Teignmouth Golf Club (21 miles).


Crealy Adventure Park, Sidmouth Road, Exeter (5.8 miles) – Roller coasters, drop slides and water flumes plus lots more.

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Salcombe Hill Road, Sidmouth (6 miles).

The Donkey Sanctuary, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth (6.6 miles). This charity has been providing a home to rescued donkeys from around the world for forty years. Entry is free, and with a lovely café and gift shop it is well worth a visit. This charity does, however, rely on your donations to carry on its good work. This is a holiday with a difference – a chance for you to have close contact with the donkeys in glorious settings – you can groom, cuddle or just sit and watch the donkeys.

World of Country Life, West Down Lane, Exmouth (8.8 miles). An all-weather family attraction including facilities such as playgrounds, trampolines and restaurant.

The Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon’s glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life. Plan your day by starting at Colyton Station (12 miles) and taking the tram to Seaton for a seaside lunch, then back to Colyton where you can board ‘The Wandering Wagon’, a horse drawn carriage which will take you around the pretty town of Colyton. You may want to stop off for a cream tea!

The Miniature Pony Centre, Newton Abbot (34 miles) is set over 20 acres within the Dartmoor National Park, with miniature Shetlands, Mediterranean Donkeys, other animals and a daily programme of activities, plus indoor and outdoor play areas, this is another one for the whole family.


Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, Bicton, East Budleigh Salterton (3.8 miles) includes historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes, restaurant and shop.

Escot Country Park, Ottery St Mary (5.5 miles) is a fabulous wildlife visitor attraction for the whole family with woodland fun, mazes, birds of prey and otters.

A La Ronde 18th-century house (National Trust), Summer Lane, Exmouth (8.4 miles).

Killerton House and Gardens (National Trust), Broadclyst, Exeter (13 miles).

Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter (14.8 miles).

Castle Drogo (National Trust), Drewsteignton (27 miles).

Forde Abbey and Gardens, Chard, Somerset (28 miles).

Okehampton Castle (English Heritage), Okehampton (36.2 miles).



Christmas at Killerton, Killerton House (13 miles). Brothers Grimm themed programme of festive events.
Stuart Line Cruises : Festive Special Trips, Exmouth (10 miles).


Stick Man Trail, Haldon Forest, Kennford (16.4 miles).


Family Fun at Crealy Adventure Park (5.8 miles).
Easter Weekend at The World of Country Life, Exmouth (8.8 miles). Minions, egg trail, crafts and more.
Cadbury Egg Hunt, Killerton (National Trust), Broadclyst, Exeter (13 miles).
Cadbury Egg Hunt, A La Ronde (National Trust), Summer Lane, Exmouth (8.4 miles).
Easter events at Powderham Castle, Kenton (14.8 miles).
Easter Weekend at Bicton Botanical Gardens, East Budleigh Salterton (3.8 miles).
Easter Family Fun Day, Haldon Forest, Kennford (16.4 miles).
Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival, Powderham Castle, Kenton (14.8 miles).
Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink, Exeter (12 miles).


Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink, Exeter (12 miles).
Donkey Week at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth (6.6 miles).
Honiton Music Festival, Honiton (13 miles).
Devon County Show, Westpoint Arena, Clyst St Mary (6.8 miles).
Pirate Week, The World of Country Life, Exmouth (8.8 miles).
Wonderland, Powderham Castle, Kenton (14.8 miles).


Pirate Week, The World of Country Life, Exmouth (8.8 miles).
Wonderland, Powderham Castle, Kenton (14.8 miles).
Axe Vale Festival, The Showground, Woodmead Road, Axminster.


Let’s Rock Exeter, Powderham Castle (14.8 miles).
Exeter Craft Festival, Cathedral Green, Exeter (12 miles).
Budleigh Music Festival, Budleigh Salterton (6.2 miles).
Lammas Fair Parade, Exeter (12 miles).


Sidmouth Folk Week, Sidmouth (5.5 miles).
The Honiton Agricultural Show, Honiton (13 miles).
Beer Regatta, Beer (11.3 miles). A week packed with different events to suit all ages. From scavenger hunts and children’s fun to fireworks and late night dances.
Big Screen in the Park, Northernhay Gardens, Exeter (12 miles).
Beautiful Days Festival, Escot Park (5.5 miles).
Deep Water Solo Climbing Competition, Exeter Quayside (12.4 miles).
Sidmouth Regatta, Sidmouth (5.5 miles).
Seaton Carnival Week, Seaton (12.7 miles).


Seaton Carnival Week and Illuminated Carnival Procession (September 3), Seaton (12.7 miles).
Heritage Open Days, various venues, Exeter (12 miles).
Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter (12 miles).
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, Budleigh Salterton (6.2 miles).
Colyford Goose Fair, Colyford (12.6 miles).


Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter (12 miles).
Sidmouth Science Festival, Sidmouth (5.5 miles).
Honiton Carnival, Honiton (13 miles).
Half Term Halloween Spooktacular! The World of Country Life, Exmouth (8.8 miles).
Halloween Tram of Terror, Seaton Tramway, Seaton (13 miles).


Powderham Michaelmas Fair, Powderham Castle (19.5 miles). Early Christmas shopping inside Powderham Castle.
Famous Flaming Tar Barrels, Ottery St Mary (3.7 miles).
Round Table Charity Fireworks Display, Westpoint Exeter, Clyst St Mary (13 miles). This spectacular event has grown to become the biggest fireworks display in Exeter.
Exeter – Princesshay Christmas Lights Switch-On, Exeter (11.7 miles). 4pm – 8pm. Fun and music for all the family at the start of the festive season.
Winter Wonders Shopping Fair, Exmouth Pavilion (9.7 miles).
Christmas at Killerton, Killerton House (16 miles). Brothers Grimm themed programme of festive events.
Exeter Christmas Market, The Cathedral Green, Exeter (11.7 miles).
Christmas Shopping Fayre, Westpoint Exeter, Clyst St Mary (7 miles).
Exeter Christmas Markets in Castle Street, Exeter (11.7 miles).
Exeter Christmas Market in Fore Street, Exeter (11.7 miles).
Exeter Inside Outside Christmas Market, Exeter Quayside (11.7 miles). Held inside the historic Exeter Custom House – a lovely venue on Exeter’s beautiful Historic Quayside next to the River Exe.
Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary (4.5 miles).
Christmas Artisan Fair, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth (5.2 miles). 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Stuart Line Cruises : Festive Special Trips, Exmouth (10 miles).


Christmas at Killerton, Killerton House (13 miles). Brothers Grimm themed programme of festive events.
Stuart Line Cruises : Festive Special Trips, Exmouth (10 miles).
Exeter Christmas Market, The Cathedral Green, Exeter (11.7 miles).
Exeter Christmas Market in Fore Street, Exeter (11.7 miles).
Exeter Christmas Markets in Castle Street, Exeter (11.7 miles).
Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary (4.5 miles).
The Polar Express Tram Ride, Seaton Tramway, Seaton (12.4 miles).
Visit Santa at Crealy Adventure Park (6 miles).
Candlelight Carol Service, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth (5.2 miles). Annual Candlelight evening and carol service at 3:30pm.
Visit Santa at Crealy Adventure Park (6 miles).
Santa events at Bicton Park (3.4 miles).

Things you need to know about Apple Mill if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Our Good Neighbour Policy requires that guests keep noise outside to a minimum after 10.30pm and, when arriving and leaving the house, respect other guests and the neighbours' peace
  • A £500 security deposit is required and released within a week should there be no claims against it
  • * If you require the hot tub, there is an additional charge of 250GBP per stay. Please note, for your safety and piece of mind the hot tub is operated and tested in full accordance with the HSE Regulation HSG282; details available on request
  • Telephone available by arrangement with the owners
  • Minimum stay 7 nights Friday to Friday during Summer High season
  • Minimum stay 3 nights during all other periods except Christmas & New Year which is 4 nights
  • * Covid-19 measures for this property:
    In full compliance with the hospitality industry cleaning protocols and safety guidance.
    Intensively cleaned and sanitised.
    Contact-free check in and check out.
    Complete privacy and exclusive use of the cottage during your holiday.
    Date changes for all existing and new bookings if the lockdown measures are extended or re-imposed.
    Naturally isolated.

*Internet access is offered at this property for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use. Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to guests free of charge. Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor the agent will be held responsible.

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