Glebe House is a late Georgian vicarage, ideally situated close to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast


Glebe House is set on a hillside, overlooking the lovely Coly Valley, just inland from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. With stunning views and an idyllic rural situation, Glebe House offers comfortable and relaxing Bed and Breakfast accommodation.

This secret part of East Devon, close to the Dorset and Somerset Borders, with its open valleys and unspoilt villages and towns, is a lovely place to explore and unwind. The fossil-laden cliffs of Lyme Regis and Charmouth are close by as are the famous old fishing villages of Beer and Branscombe and the lace town of Honiton. Colyton, with the last traditional tannery in England is just down the valley and the Regency town of Sidmouth is to the west. The city of Exeter with its beautiful cathedral is only thirty minutes away.

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History to the present day

Glebe House, the original vicarage, was built in 1871 and first sold in 1963 when a cottage at Church End was acquired as a vicarage. Glebe House became an extension to the private psychiatric home at Holyrood House but was again sold, this time into private hands in 1977, and has been the family home of Chuck and Emma Guest since 1980.

Food and Drinks

Breakfast, cooked on the Aga, is served in the conservatory under a magnificent 60 year-old vine or in the morning room, both of which have stunning views over the valley. All produce is locally sourced and prepared by Emma, who was once a chef on luxury charter yachts captained by Chuck.

There are numerous good pubs and restaurants within 3 miles of Glebe House, as well as delicious fish and chips on Beer beach or a cream tea at the Old Smithy in Branscombe.

Grounds and gardens

Glebe House is surrounded by 15 acres of its own land. The land is used for grazing cattle and sheep. There is a wood with a rookery and two pretty pygmy goats. The mature garden has some unusual shrubs and trees and an acre of lawn for croquet.

There is a tennis court and a heated outdoor swimming pool, both available by arrangement, as well as an outside area with table and chairs to sit comfortably and enjoy the view.

Other facilities

There is a cosy sitting room for guests with books, a television and DVD. Free wireless broadband connection. Ample free off-road parking.


Free broadband access (wired)

Shared gardens

Tennis court

Swimming pool

Children's cots

Woodland walks

Food and Drinks

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Picnic area

Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Beach (a short drive)

Pub (a short drive)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (a short drive)

Theatre (a short drive)


19th century buildings

Breakfast Included

Parking (free)

No smoking

Historic Property

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 5

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Arrival Info

Address: Emma Guest, Glebe House, Southleigh, Colyton, Devon, DevonEX24 6SD, United Kingdom

Check In: After 2pm Check Out: By 11am

Directions: From North/East. From Honiton A30 (approx 7 miles).

Take 2nd turning off A30 bypass (Honiton) following signs to Sidmouth A375 (this avoids going through town centre). Take the A375 all the way until you come to a crossroads at Putts Corner, with the Hare and Hounds pub on the right. Turn Left to Seaton B3174. Take 2nd left to Farway Countryside Park and Southleigh. Keep on this road, eventually dropping down into village (church on right). Take the frst left before the little bridge (signposted Northleigh and Farway). Glebe House is opposite a large farm on your right called Scruel Barton. Take the lane going up a hill over a cattle grid and through fields and then bear left over another cattle grid and look for the white house and conservatory entrance.

From South/West. From A3052 coast road Sidmouth/Lyme Regis (approx 2 miles).

Take the turning to Southleigh (which is a lane). It is almost opposite the turning to Beer at Hangmans Stone, which is the B3174. Down through forestry and over the dried out ford. Keep on this lane avoiding left turn to Blackbury Camp. Drive into the village, past the post box, telephone box and notice board on your left. Ignore right turn to Colyton. Go over little bridge and then immediately right (signposted Farway and Northleigh). Directions as above.

Exeter Airport is 25 mins away and the Waterloo London mainline stops at Honiton 6 miles away.