In winter, every walk over the hills and dales of Cheriton Fitzpaine in deepest Devon ends with a fireside chat among friends and family. Then in summer, this six-bed, 15-berth country house sheds its woolly jumper, pours a G&T and invites you to relax by its heated pool.
It’s a party palace, with cellar celebration room and evening drinks under the stars in the lit-up gardens. It’s a base for country walks, for quad-biking, paint-balling and go-karting. It’s a jump-off point for fishing, sailing and horse riding.
It’s a farm, with quince, greengage, gooseberries, figs, walnuts and fruit ripe for the picking.
A short drive away is the historic market town of Crediton, ideally positioned for Exmoor and Dartmoor and only seven miles from the Cathedral city of Exeter.
In the summer it is not unusual to have a wide range of wild life passing through the grounds; badgers, foxes, deer, hares and squirrels.
Croft House features a huge outdoor swimming pool, as well as a beautifully designed hot tub, both available for use throughout the year. The pool is heated April through to September. It can be heated in the October to March winter period by arrangement. It stands in extensive two-acre gardens that include a large pizza oven within a vaulted covered outdoor dining area with lighting and sound system, a large outdoor fire pit, a tree enclosed barbecue area and new floodlit table tennis area. The landscaped gardens are lit in the evenings and are perfect for summer afternoons in the sun or evening drinks under the stars.
Geese roam the field area outside the formal gardens adding to the relaxed country atmosphere. There are hens from which guests can help themselves to delicious free range eggs. Our gardens are full of fruit trees and bushes. During your stay at Croft House, please feel free to enjoy a spot of fruit picking, for the chance to enjoy fresh quinces, Medlars, gooseberries, figs, cherries and apples. A wireless internet connection is provided, as are parking facilities for up to eight vehicles.
Traditionally furnished, Croft House has exposed beams, interior stone walls and a country-style kitchen including an Aga stove and a selection of modern appliances including a dishwasher, fridge, cooker, microwave and toaster. The property has a main lounge with seating and a woodburner, a TV room with a large flatscreen TV, a DVD player and a DVD and book library, and an additional lounge with a TV in the kitchen.
Laundry facilities are provided in a utility room, and there’s a games room with a pool table, bar, air hockey table and selection of board games. The cottage has six bedrooms, including two family rooms with a double bed and a single bed, a triple room, a single room and an en-suite super-king room. It also features two shower rooms and a large bathroom, and there is futon for two further guests.
We want you to enjoy every moment of your stay at Croft House so whatever your desire for food and drink, we can help. If you love cooking then help yourselves to the large kitchen. Alternatively, if you’d like a little or a lot of help then you can organise anything from pre-prepared meals dropped off ready for the oven to waitress-served in-house catering. Or sample fine cuisine at a local restaurant.
Looking for a special meal without any fuss? There are several local caterers with highly rated chefs who will prepare a celebratory meal to order, all cooked and cleared out of the way. Once the plates are cleared, they’ll leave you to enjoy the rest of the evening.
For special occasions, we can help arrange all kinds of catering – from a simple buffet, to a summer BBQ or a fully catered holiday. Just let us know what you’re looking for and we will help you sort it out.
There’s plenty to keep the children occupied at Croft House. As well as the outdoor swimming pool, children can while away the hours with games of table tennis, or the little ones can enjoy cooking up a storm in the outdoor mud kitchen and children’s play house. In the summer months, why not pick fresh cherries and apples straight from the garden? Then end the day with a barbecue or a pizza fresh from the outdoor pizza oven.
If the British weather isn’t on your side, indoors there’s a games room with pool table and air hockey table for all ages to enjoy. Or bring all the family together for movie nights and board games; there’s a large selection of DVD’s and books to enjoy too!