Brooks Cottage

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Property Amenities

Wi-Fi/Internet access
All bedrooms en-suite
Working fireplace
Heating
Caretaker/owner lives on site

Things to Do

Rural Location
Honeymoon/Romantic Retreat
Fishing
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
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Overview of Brooks Cottage

What Oliver loves…

  • A stunning cottage that shows off the very best of Devon - and what it's like to live in true rural tranquility 
  • The cottage is in the grounds of Great Fulford, made famous by TV documentaries like "Life is Toff"
  • Enjoy the beautiful grounds before curling up in front of a wonderful roaring fire  

What you should know…

  • There's is limited mobile signal - Mobiles can catch a signal at the top of the track leading to the cottage
  • Brooks Cottage is not suitable for children under 12
  • Fairly remote location

Brooks Cottage sits in the grounds of one of our more famous properties - Great Fulford, the setting for reality TV show 'Life is Toff' starring the estate's owner, larger-than-life character, Francis Fulford. While you can rent out the grand main house, this beautiful cottage is a fantastic place to stay with a real feeling of country charm! 

‘Interiors’ magazine described Lower Brook in 1990 as being ‘a cottage that grows out of field in Devon. Meadow grass and wild flowers creep up to the cobbled front step, hills bristling with oak thickets rise up on two sides of the house, and brooks border the others. There is no sign of any other human habitation, not even a tarmac road.’

The same holds true today, some twenty-four years later!

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Interior & Grounds

Brooks Cottage dates back to the 1500's, and truly appears built into the landscape, tucked into the steep slope that flanks the cottage. The house is wonderfully preserved due to being tucked awayt from the elements, and boasts an astonishing array of original features.

- Stepping through the front door you find a large sitting room to the left with grand open fire, and plenty of cosy seating.
- To the right of the entrance is the fully equipped kitchen, complete with an Aga, a Magimix and basic cooking bits like olive oil, salt, and eggs from the estate. There's also an open fire in the kitchen with logs ready to be lit.
- The entire first floor boasts atmospheric high ceilings that add a subtle atomsphere of grandure to this quaint cottage.
- Two bedrooms on the first floor, one to the left and one to the right of the stairs.
- One bedroom is en-suite and the other bathroom is on the landing.
- Really comfortable (and very large beds) with luxurious linen
- Some good books and a backgammon board
- Basic Sky television, Wi-Fi and an iPod dock
- There's a rear garden with small pond.
- There is a tennis court roughly 10 minutes walk away
- If it is hot, there is a lake to swim in - only a 20 minutes walk away

The grade-I listed manor house is situated a short drive from Exeter, and while the present mansion house is Tudor (16th century) with refurbishing from the late 17th century and further re-modelling from about 1800, the site itself dates back to medieval times, with the Fulford family living on the estate for some 800 years, at least since the reign of King Richard I (1189-1199).

Map, Location & Local Information

The drive from Exeter through the quintessential high hedgerows and rolling fields of Devon, past farms and barns leads you to the sprawling and magical Fulford Estate. This idyllic cottage sits in a corner of the countryside tucked within steep corn fields meaning you really do feel transported to another world. The perfect escapism, and yet just 20 minutes from Exeter! 

The Region

Devon is the kind of destination that rewards exploration. With coastlines on two separate sides of England you’ll have seaside towns and clifftop walks to enjoy, and with Dartmoor and Exmoor your adventures can expand to kayaking, hiking or just admiring the spectacular scenery. So you can make the very best of this wonderful English county, we’ve created this Devon travel guide that’s full of tips, inspiration and great things to do – and our range of beautiful cottages in Devon make the perfect place to stay.

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Catering & Services

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team (by clicking on the link in the blue Oliver’s Extras box above) who will be happy to help. We can usually put you in touch with the right people arrange any of the following:

- Cook/catering
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting service
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs.

Terms & Conditions

Arrival time After 3pm Departure time Before 11am

- The cottage is not suitable for children under 12 
- The cottage is available for short stays of 3, 4 or 5 nights.

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages

Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
Onsite Facilities
Services Available
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 4 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
March 30th 2017 - January 6th 2018 - £721.00 £1,658.30
January 6th 2018 - October 1st 2018 - £721.00 £1,658.30

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 4 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
March 30th 2017 - January 6th 2018 - €801.65 €1,843.81
January 6th 2018 - October 1st 2018 - €801.65 €1,843.81

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 4 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
March 30th 2017 - January 6th 2018 - $862.47 $1,983.67
January 6th 2018 - October 1st 2018 - $862.47 $1,983.67

Owner Profile

Property Owner
Francis Fulford

How long have you owned the property?
2 years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
It is very romantic!

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Brook Cottage is a 16th Century farmhouse

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Yes, due to its seclusion and privacy!

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

Really do? Go on long walks
Really eat?
There is a wonderful pub about two miles mile away - The Old Thatch
Really see? Exeter Cathedral and Exeter Museum

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
The cottage is not a sterile 'holiday' let but a home

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