Our house is believed to have been built in the 18th and 19th centuries and is set in peaceful countryside; whilst we aim to meet the needs of all our guests there are some period features which might make access difficult for people with limited mobility. We are a four-bedroom Gold Award bed and breakfast and this page is summary of our business. We are a member of Green Tourism Business Scheme (Gold Award); have a Visit Britain Breakfast award and are members Taste of the West. If you have any specific questions please feel free to call us and we will endeavour to help. Please note that all measurements are approximate.
Whimple station (Waterloo/Exeter line) is 1.5 miles away and Exeter International Airport is 8 miles. We are very happy to collect guests from Whimple station and Exeter airport. We can recommend taxi companies. We are not ideally suited to those travelling without a car. We send directions with our confirmation – also available on our website.
Information and menus can be provided in large print by prior arrangement – we are unable to produce them in Braille.
Our website is www.larkbeare.net which gives full details of our house - you can contact us via phone on +44 (0)1404 822 069 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Most mobile phone networks work in the house and each room has a direct dial telephone.
It is helpful to have an approximate time of arrival so we can be ready to welcome you. Hours of operation are 4:00pm to 10:30am.
The drive forms a circuit; please park on the tarmac area in the spaces either side of the arch for the B&B. For The Granary, park adjacent to the new building.
There is good lighting in front of the house and some additional lighting on sensors in the parking area. We help guests with their luggage, but do ring the front doorbell if we have not heard you arrive.
Main entrance & reception
There is a gentle slope towards the house onto the terraced area. There are two steps (each 150mm high) approaching the front door under the portico, which is on the south side of the house. There is one step over the threshold (70mm); the door is 950mm wide. The door is locked at night. The hall has a polished wooden floor and gives access to the dining room, sitting room and door to rear hall with access to a downstairs loo.
There is information available on what to do in the area.
The dining room is 5m x 4m and the door is 850mm wide. It has a polished wooden floor and a large mahogany table for breakfast. The table is 740mm high and we have chairs with and without arms. A high chair is available. Menus can be provided in large print. Overhead halogen or wall lights provide excellent lighting depending on the time of day. Large sash windows overlook the garden.
The sitting room is 5m x 4m and the door is 850mm wide. It is carpeted and has a sofa and armchairs. We have some upright chairs if preferred. We serve afternoon tea in here and the fire is lit in the winter. There is a selection of board games and playing cards. Overhead halogen or wall lights provide excellent lighting depending on the time of day. Large sash window overlook the garden.
This is off the rear hall. The door into this area is 750mm wide and the door is 750mm wide. Not suitable for wheelchairs.
We ask guests to come in this way if they have muddy boots or shoes. We are unable to accept guests’ dogs.
We have a utility room, which houses our laundry. We can hang wet/damp clothes in here to dry. We offer a laundry service for guests for a small charge. We have an iron and board that we can put in a bedroom on request.
Not available on site – nearest village shop is Talaton and town is Ottery St Mary.
We have a table tennis table in one of the barns and two bicycles for guests' use, free of charge.
Grounds and garden
We own the fields either side of the entrance drive. The garden is on the south side of the house. It is mainly lawn and runs from the paved area outside the front door. Croquet can be played in clement weather. Tables and chairs are available throughout the year and guests can enjoy the garden whenever the weather permits. Tea in the afternoon can be served here, or under the shade of the walnut tree. There is a children’s swing for use by those under 55kg – children should be supervised at all times. Our self-catering property (The Granary) has its own garden & unfenced pond and we would ask B&B guests to respect the privacy of people staying there.
There are no bedrooms on the ground floor and a staircase with 14 steps (each 180mm high) and handrail lead to the first floor.
All rooms have:
large heated mirror over basin
full size bath with grab rail
walk-in shower with grab rail
full length mirror
heated towel rail
Two more steps (180mm high) lead onto a large landing at the front of the house and a door (850mm) leads into the bedroom, which is 5m x 4m. Carpeted, with sash windows looking south and east over the garden and fields. Two armchairs (one with and one without arms). Bed is 1.83m x 2m [6” x 6’6”], is 600mm high and can be split into two single beds. Large desk with carver chair. Through door (680mm) and two steps (150mm) down into lobby (2.4m x 900mm) off which is bathroom (2.9 x 1.9m) with full size bath (1.7m x 740mm) and hand-held shower, walk-in shower (900 x 700mm) with grab rail, two basins and loo. Also off the lobby is a door onto main landing and a door into dressing room (3.9m x 2.6m) facing east, in which is a wardrobe and two easy chairs, which may be turned into single beds.
Large double (South Room)
Two more steps (180mm high) lead onto a large landing at the front of the house and a door (850mm) leads into the bedroom, which is 5m x 4m. Carpeted, with sash window looking south over the garden and fields. Two-seater sofa bed, suitable for one person. Bed is 1.68m x 2m [5’6” x 6’6”] and is 600mm high; large desk with carver chair. Through door (680mm) and one step (150mm) down into bathroom (3.9 x 1.9m) with full size bath (1.7m x 740mm) and hand-held shower, walk-in shower (700 x 700mm) with grab rail, basin and loo.
Classic double/twin (West Room)
Door (760mm) leads into the bedroom, which is 3.3m x 3.9m. Carpeted, with casement window looking west over neighbour’s courtyard. Bed is 1.68m x 2m [5’6” x 6’6”] and is 600mm high and can be split into two single beds. One armchair with arms; writing desk with carver chair; full length mirror. Through door (760mm) into bathroom (2.9m x 2m) with bath (1.7m x 730mm) and hand-held shower, walk-in shower (730mm x 730mm) with grab rail, basin and loo.
Classic double (East Room)
Door (760mm) leads into the bedroom, which is 3.2m x 4m. Carpeted, with casement window looking east over the garden and fields. Bed is 1.68m x 2m [5’6” x 6’6”] and is 600mm high. One armchair with arms; writing desk with carver chair. Through door (680mm) into bathroom (2.35mm x 1.55m) with bath (1.55m x 680mm) and hand-held shower, walk-in shower (650mm x 650mm) with grab rail, basin and loo.
Charlie, Julia and Joanna Hutchings
Larkbeare Grange, Larkbeare, Talaton, Exeter, Devon EX5 2RY
Telephone: +44 (0)1404 822 069 / +44 (0)7762 574 915
Grid reference: 192 068976 By air: T 50° 46.3’N 003° 19.1’W
Our hours of business are 4:00pm in the afternoon until 10:30 in the morning.