Fursdon Cottage


Families, couples, walkers, dogs – all are welcome on the family estate, rich in tradition and peace. Views to Dartmoor


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 5


Little wonder the Fursdon family has farmed here for so many generations. It’s beautiful – hugged by glorious Devon countryside near Exeter. Stroked by flowers, wisteria and sunshine, the mellow stone gardener’s cottage rests privately in a 750-acre estate.Wake in a big, bright bedroom to vast views and a dawn chorus. Climb the private terraced garden and flop under a sweet chestnut with a glass of something cool. Relax inside by the log-burner, or in a quiet snug with plenty of armchairs.This place was made for lovers of the great outdoors, with space for muddy boots and well-behaved dogs. Stroll to iron-age Cadbury Castle, discover quaint villages, farm shops, foodie pubs and revel in the Fursdon history: on Open Days, you can tour the manor and family museum.

The garden at Fursdon Cottage

We think you'll love

  • Walking into the stunning countryside from your front door
  • The private and sheltered garden
The kitchen with flowers on the table

Home truths

  • You might come across visitors to the main estate on Open Days
  • You’ll need to drive for supplies and the pub


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm, please get in touch for early and late check in
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Dogs by arrangement. Reduced rates for couples.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £97
Weekly price
from £685
1 Cottage for 5
From £974 beds3 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Fursdon Cottage is on the historic Fursdon country estate. Woodland walks and an iron age hill top fort are right on the doorstep but for most other things you need a car. The nearest village, Thorverton, is 2 miles away and has a good little shop and a pub that serves food. It only takes half an hour and you're in Exeter with shops, supermarkets, plenty of places to eat and culture to explore.

Local points of interest from Catriona Fursdon

  • Fursdon Cottage has spectacular views and you can walk out into the countryside from the front door but we give you lots more information in your folder about where else to walk (with or without the dog).
  • Just down the road in Bickleigh is Mid-Devon's only vineyard, Yearlstone. A visit here is always rewarding and they have a great little cafe for lunch or afternoon tea.
  • The vibrant city of Exeter is a short drive away with great shops - everything from John Lewis to little boutiques tucked away down side streets and a trip to the Quay is an added treat. Try the querky Jolly Roger for a super Cream Tea.
  • Exeter's history is longer than Fursdon's! The 11th century Cathedral is a must and in Nov & Dec there is an open air Market on the Cathedral Green. Red Coat guides offer walking tours of all the best and most historic areas.
  • Dartmoor with its Tors is wonderful but try exploring Exmoor, where the heather topped moors, rivers and valleys tumble down to the dramatic north coast. A little further west it settles down to the sandy surfing beaches of Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe.
  • As well as Fursdon's own historic house being open in the summer we have two lovely National Trust houses within a 20 minute drive. Killerton House with its costume displays and Knightshayes Court with its Gothic splendour are well worth a visit.


Catriona Fursdon

David and Catriona came to live at Fursdon in 1979, the 23rd generation of the family to be custodians of this ancient estate. They enjoy the challenge of conserving and developing the estate to keep it sustainable for future generations of family and visitors and have undertaken a large restoration programme over the past 30 years. The Fursdon’s love to share their passion for the place with cottage guests.