The Loft is a cosy two bedroom apartment above our makers studio furnished with antique and vintage details, making the perfect base for a few days break in Devon. The apartment has a lounge with television, kitchen/dining area (equipped with china, glasses & cutlery, microwave, oven, fridge, kettle, dishwasher and washing machine), a private terrace and garden area with far reaching views across the fields and valley.
The two bedrooms have comfortable beds dressed with clean white cotton sheets and duvets, the apartment can accommodate up to four people; Filberts is a cosy single or twin room with an en-suite shower room, the generous roof light looks high into the Filbert trees which are often alive with squirrel activity. Firs is slightly larger and can be made up as single/twin or double (queen size) occupancy, it has a private bathroom opposite the door (bath with shower over) .Our rooms are equipped with hairdryers, towels and bathrooms have Scottish Fine Soap Company shower gel, handwash and moisturiser dispensers. An ironing board and iron are supplied for your convenience.
A Continental Breakfast Hamper is available as an optional extra when booking.
Beautiful Four Star accommodation in the heart of the Blackdown Hills countryside, on the Devon Somerset border. In the middle of nowhere yet central to everywhere! Half an hour from the beach, Cathedral City of Exeter and close to the Market towns of Taunton, Honiton, Axminster and Tiverton, situated between Dunkeswell Airfield and the village of Hemyock. Cosy converted loft accommodation above our makers studio with roof terrace, garden and far reaching views across the fields and valley.
The Old Kennels is a flint barn, originally part of Stentwood Estate built by Squire Eccles in the 1890’s, now home to our herd of Alpacas who are kept solely for their fibre. Woodland, wildlife and unspoiled landscapes abound. We are proud to be holders of the Green Tourism Gold Award and take part in 'Get Wild about Devon'.
While you are here why not take a course in traditional skills, hedge laying, arts or cookery, walking or cycling in ancient woodlands, flying lessons, water or motor sports, fishing, enjoy the Jurassic coastline, explore the antique shops of Honiton or Cathederal city of Exeter excellent farm shops, cafés, country pubs, breweries and restaurants in the surrounding area and of course the beautiful Blackdown Hills themselves. Walkers & cyclists are welcome, we have a secure drying area for bikes and wet weather clothes.
We also offer a range of award winning courses in rural and traditional skills and crafts such as silversmithing, glass bead making, stone, wood and willow work.
Accommodation is available throughout the year however, as we run short courses, accommodation rooms will be reserved for those registered on a course. Online booking will be unavailable during these times. If you have booked or are thinking about booking a course please contact us directly to confirm our room availability.
Children's books, videos, games
Activities and Experiences
Clay pigeon shooting
Art galleries & museums
Antiques & fairs
Shopping - boutique
Shopping - outlet
Tennis court - outdoor
Accommodation is on the first floor, access is via a flight of steps or a narrow sloping path. As access is limited rooms/bathrooms are not mobility equipped. Please see our Access Statement on our website for more detials, but ideally please call prior to booking to discuss your individual needs in order to avoid any disappointment and so that we can make your stay as comfortable as possible.
till 23:30 Early check-in available on request
Late check-out available on request
Booking Terms and Conditions
Roadfrom M5 Travelling Southbound(9.0 miles)
Take M5 South to junction 26 Wellington, take 1st exit off roundabout signed Ruggin.
T junction turn right to ‘Ford Street’ along a narrow winding lane.
T junction turn left to Ford Street and Hemyock, up a long steep hill, at the T junction turn right to ‘Hemyock’
long straight road take the first left turning signed to ‘Hemyock’
turn left at the Catherine Wheel pub (signed ‘Dunkeswell’)
follow road four miles, take left turn signposted 'STENTWOOD'
drive slowly down lane, take first left
Roadfrom Travelling north on M5(9.0 miles)
Take M5 north to junction 27 Tiverton, take 3rd exit off roundabout signed Culmstock.
mini roundabout 1st exit
several miles turn right to Culmstock
past shop take second left signed Dunkeswell (tiny lane be careful!)
grass triangle turn left
T junction right
take left turn signposted 'STENTWOOD'
drive slowly down lane, take first left BEFORE driving onto gravel - this is The Old Kennels
Roadfrom From A38 from London direction(14.0 miles)
Turn right at the Eagle Tavern (which is further on in the direction of Honiton from the Ilminster roundabout)
At T junction (cross roads), go straight over, following signs to Hemyock; T junction right, cross roads straight over, after many miles turn left signed Hemyock
in village turn left between Catherine Wheel pub and church (signed ‘Dunkeswell’)
follow road about four miles, take left turn signposted 'STENTWOOD'
drive slowly down lane, take first left at bottom of hill BEFORE gravel
Roadfrom From A38 Travelling towards London(6.0 miles)
Take the second exit to Honiton off the A303;
IMMEDIATELY (just 200 yards) take a right turn to Dunkeswell/Luppitt;
continue for about four miles to a fork, where you turn left to Dunkeswell;
Follow main road through Village and past the airfield. Approximately half a mile after the airfield, take first right (small drive marked Stentwood), follow lane slowly (large drain half way down!) to bottom of hill, turn left back on yourself before you drive onto gravel - this is The Old Kennels
Trainfrom Honiton(6.0 miles)
You can get to the Blackdowns by train to Honiton (Waterloo line), from Tiverton or Taunton Stations (Paddington/ Birmingham Line) and bus from all surrounding places. We have a reasonably good rural bus service, and the bus between Honiton and Taunton passes the top of our drive twice a day. Alternatively take a taxi from the station (cost from Honiton which is our nearest station about 6 miles away is approximately £10 or more from other stations) we suggest you book a taxi in advance!