Fursdon Cottage

Exeter, Devon
+44 (0)1392 860860

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


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

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.

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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

You should know

  • 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
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • 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
  • Cot available


  • 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 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Dogs by arrangement. Reduced rates for couples. Pull-out bed best suited for children.
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 £101
Weekly price
from £710
1 Cottage for 6
From £1014 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 Emily Fursdon

  • Fursdon Cottage has the most spectacular views & you can walk out into the beautiful countryside straight from the front door! We'll give you lots of information in your folder about where's good to walk (with or without the dog).
  • In Bickleigh is the famous Devon Railway Centre. With a steam loco, model railways, a miniature train, soft play, miniature golf and more, this is a brilliant local excursion for families. Bring a picnic or there is a great little cafe too.
  • 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 quirky 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 which is open in the summer, there are two lovely National Trust houses within a 20-minute drive: Killerton House, with its lovely costume displays and Knightshayes Court, with its Gothic splendour.


Emily Fursdon

Ollie and Emily and their two children are the 24th generation of the Fursdon family to be custodians of this ancient estate. Conserving and developing the estate to keep it sustainable for future generations of family and visitors is an exciting challenge for them and an ongoing project. They love to share their passion for the place with cottage guests.