The Old Cellar

Nr Honiton, Devon
+44 (0)1404 890153
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£133 - £185
per night
£798 - £1144
per week

A cosy, low cottage where hops were once stored, is now a quiet space for birdwatchers and garden lovers and those who like real ale


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£133 - £185 per night

£798 - £1144 per week

The Experience

The cottage sits next to the owners’ house but with its front door facing the other way. Your view is a truly wonderful bird-filled garden (including chickens) with wildlife ponds and meadows, then the pretty valley below. You’re also on the site of the Otter Brewery, still a family-run business and Mary-Ann will leave you some beer to sample. You can take a tour of the brewery as well as their gin distillery. 

Walk straight from the door onto the Blackdown Hills which is an AONB; paint, write, work if you must – there’s a little summer house at the top of the garden with gorgeous views and plenty of quiet. You’ll find basics in the little kitchen plus croissants, jam and biscuits.

On summer evenings you can eat outside in the garden while the mallards quack on the pond, or drive 15-minutes to Honiton for the family-run pub, The Holt, where as guests you’ll get a discount on the gastro menu. You can sign up for a bread-making course or enjoy the hot tub.

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We think you'll love

  • Having the freedom to wander such a beautiful garden
  • Reading, writing, painting or being creative in any way - this place lends itself to art and craft
  • Tasting beers and gin
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You should know

  • The kitchen has a double induction hob and a table top microwave oven
  • The ponds aren't fenced so it's not ideal for toddlers
  • This is a working brewery too so there will be bustle and other people at times


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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


Nightly price
from £133
Weekly price
from £798
1 House for 4
From £1333 beds2 bedrooms


Booking information

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Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights. There are additional beds for 2 people in an outbuilding a 300yd walk from the house if required.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner, £15 pp.


What a piece of paradise! The gentle taming of the beautiful valley view from the Old Cellar is breathtaking; a privilege to explore the gardens and ponds with a spring birdsong soundscape. We chose Mary Ann’s delicious fish pie with accompaniments for our arrival evening and enjoyed Otter Amber and gin. We walked the Blackdown Hills from the cottage, hiked Dartmoor and the coastal path. Our teens baked bread and hot cross buns, watched scary films at night in the cosy shed and created memories for life. Mary Ann, David and the family are discreet but available. Very highly recommended.

Drusilla, Goring and Streatley

The Old Cellar is homely, warm, well stocked and extremely comfortable set in a beautiful countryside location. Mary Anne and David are incredibly welcoming, generous hosts and kindly left us croissants, bread, homemade granola and marmalade, a pup of their own delicious ale and more! We wished for nothing. The cottage is totally private and overlooks the beautiful gardens. The onsite Otter Brewery does not impact the peace and quiet at all. In fact, it’s a bonus as delicious beer and brewery tours are on your doorstep. We highly recommend a stay here and will hopefully return.

Bryher and Mark, Nr Truro

The Old Cellar is in a beautiful setting and has every facility required for a comfortable stay. Mary Ann and David could not have been more hospitable and we enjoyed our week enormously. We would like to return one day soon.

Jeremy, Saffron Walden

We were on a foodie tour of Devon and stopped off at The Old Cellar, to see if it might be a nice place to stay another time. Mary Ann was so welcoming and The Old Cellar is absolutely magical. A lovely cosey cottage with everything you could ever want and in a really beautiful garden. We will make plans to stay on our next visit to Devon.

Louise, Woodstock

The Old Cellar is a true gem - wonderful hospitality, gorgeous accommodation and all in a breathtaking location. We adored our time here and are looking forward to returning. It’s a very special place indeed.

Naomi, Bungay

A truly magical place to rest and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. You’ll sleep deeply in the comfy beds and have the warmest of welcomes from generous hosts. The Old Cellar is a perfect bolt hole to return to after exploring beautiful East Devon. A real gem.

Becky, Truro

A happy week in superb accommodation, surrounded by peaceful, bird-filled garden. Friendly owners made the stay special with brewery tour, food gifts and welcoming daffodils. Torn between enjoying the comfortable cottage or exploring beautiful Devon. We managed both.

Shirley, Cheshire

We and another couple had a lovely stay at the Old Cellar. Mary Anne was very welcoming and helpful throughout our stay. Providing great recommendations for places to eat and the best beaches to visit. If you are looking for a place to relax and reset this is the place to stay. Lovely walks around the gardens and only a short drive to many a lovely beach. Would highly recommend the brewery tour with David, Mary Anne's husband. Its great to see the process of brewing from start all the way to the finish of the beer getting put into barrels. Can't wait for our next visit.

William, Pitstone

We had a wonderful relaxing three nights at the old cellar. Mary Anne and David were lovely hosts. the garden is a credit to Mary and we so enjoyed walking around it with our dog. Beautiful far reaching views across the otter valley. we shall certainly return.

Peter, Cheltenham

If you want a bolthole off the beaten track and in the middle of some of the lovelist scenery Devon can provide, then the Old Cellar is for you. Mary and David were the most welcoming of hosts, and provided a lovely home from home environment. Mary's cooking is outstanding, and David gave us a fabulous tour of the brewery on site. The property itself is very well appointed, comfortable and in a beautiful setting: a garden that Mary has worked on for 30 plus years. And our dog loved his very own swimming pond: all we heard from the terrace was him splashing around! We didn't want to leave!

David and Jude, Surrey

We spent a wonderfully, relaxing time at the Old Cellar - thank you Mary Ann and David for a lovely warm welcome. The cottage is delightful and the views from the terrace exceptional. Mary Ann's fish pie is highly recommended, as was the "pup" of Otter Amber Beer waiting for us in its bespoke 'fridge. We wish we'd had more time to check out the rest of the “menu”! Sadly, we only had five nights there, but the relaxing surroundings certainly did the trick for us. Many thanks to David for the brewery tour and to the dogs for their company. We hope to return! Lynn & Russ, London - July 2021

Lynn, London

Thank you Mary-Anne and David for the most delightful stay. Your property is stupendous. From the beautiful views, wildlife, home cooked meals and your warm welcome, to us and our daft Spaniel, we could not have had a better relaxing holiday. To wander through your extensive gardens was a joy. We thoroughly enjoyed the fascinating tour of your brewery and gin distillery, and will enjoy your New Moon gin for a few more days too! For anyone apprehensive of staying at a brewery can we assure you that we weren’t disturbed at all. We will be back and we’ll look forward to returning immensely.

Janet & Julian, Milton Keynes

A wonderful stay at the famous Otter Brewery. The Old Cellar was perfectly appointed and tremendously cosy with all the feeling of an old cottage, but with the hidden comforts such as underfloor heating. Mary-Ann pointed us to The Holt - her son's pub in Honiton where we enjoyed our first pub outing in a long time! In the morning, we sat and enjoyed our tea with the French doors open, overlooking the beautifully curated garden, with the songs of blackcaps and thrushes. This is a wonderful little bolthole for walkers, birdwatchers, and beer lovers alike!

Tessa, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

Leave the French doors open and in springtime you'll be woken by thrushes, blackcaps and many other birds. Sit by several ponds (one is good for children or dog dipping) teeming with wildlife, or wander the meadows in spring for wildflowers. There's an excellent farm shop (Highlands) a short drive away who sell their own Red Ruby Devon beef and Gloucester Old Spot pork. Honiton is a 15-min drive.

Local points of interest from Mary-Ann & David McCaig

  • We have lived in the wild end of the Luppitt valley for 30 years, never a dull view! On the Blackdown Hills, an ANOB and SSSI for flora and fauna, the deer go by your window, and the water runs from springs from the river Otter
  • The estate is 20 acres for you to explore, 5 are loved and wild garden with many ponds. There are good footpaths for walkers, the valley is 11x4 miles and dark skies for the stars at night!
  • Honiton was a market town, now has all necessary shops, and there are many farm shops around. Greendale has its own fishing boats and butchers, and deliver here, great fresh crabs! Millers has a large selection of French cheeses.
  • Exeter is the nearest city 22 miles, with cinema, theatre, old quay, many eating places, go carts, children play area, the historic Cathedral, and roman tunnels. Exmouth beautiful big beaches and Michael Caines restruants! NT has many great houses & garden
  • Lyme Regis,Charmouth,Beer, Branscombe, lovely beaches on the Jurassic coast swimming and fossil hunting. The Holt Honiton, the Pig Gittisham, Mark Hicks Lyme, good nights out and many pubs we can help you with!
  • We just love where we are, and hope to share it with like minds, if you'd like to meet us or a visit to the brewery, fine, or we can leave you to just enjoy everything. A Pup of beer can be organised to welcome you! Just let us know!


Mary-Ann & David McCaig

Mary-Ann, her husband David and their four sons are all still running the family business, alongside the gin distillery. The garden has been created by Mary-Ann over the last thirty years. She and her husband also paint - you'll see their paintings on the walls in the cottage and you can visit her studio nearby. They've planted hundreds of trees this year and are planning more