Glebe House, Devon


Colour, supreme comfort and incredible food in the E Devon countryside: a cabin for 2

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Alfresco tub

Dog friendly

Eco conscious


Swimming pool



Space & setting.

Picture a riot of colour and patterns that brilliantly collide into dreamy interiors. Add superb local art and handmade ceramics, delicious farm-to-table food, and sweeping views over the Coly Valley and you have the basis of Glebe House: a truly special place to stay in East Devon. Inspired by Italian agrotourismos, with their home-grown seasonal food and slow pace of life, owners Olive and Hugo transformed his childhood home — a Georgian vicarage — into a boho-chic modern retreat for those who need rejuving. She has decorated every corner with exuberance and flair; he heads up the award-winning artisan restaurant, and the whole place has a gentle, sociable feel.

Southleigh Cabin is a romantic hideaway in the gardens, spun from local cedar with pink panelling, Pooky lampshades, hand-painted murals and the comfiest bed. We stayed in a rainstorm and adored listening to it drumming down on the roof while we cosied up by the woodburner. The next day, bright sunshine meant we could explore Glebe’s 15 acres — including a vegetable and cuttings garden, an on-site bakery and temperature-controlled ageing room for curing meats. With the Jurassic Coast 4 miles away, and a swimming pool and tennis court on-site, there’s everything you could possibly need for a restorative escape, and whilst a cute kitchen means you can self-cater if you want, superb food is a mere 100m away… and breakfast is included in your stay.

Getting here: drive, or train to Honiton then taxi (10 mins) 

Hugo grew up here, and throughout his childhood there was a constant hum of guests flowing through the doors, as his parents, Emma and Chuck, ran it as a generous, homely and foodie B&B. As years went on it became clear that this had become a sanctuary and special place, not only for the family, but to anyone who passed through the doors.

Having met and married Olive, the couple spent some time in Italy and became inspired by agrotourismos; working farms with accommodation and small restaurants. After honing his craft as a chef in top London restaurants, in 2020 Hugo and the family moved from London to build an English agrotourismo, with a celebration of food, art and craft.

My Kip favourites

They love
Climbing the hill behind the house to watch the sun set.

We loved
Soaking in the outdoor bath and admiring the first signs of spring: daffodils and yellow primroses poking their heads up, and joyful birdsong.

You may not love
You’re not totally secluded. A rural location: you’ll need a car to explore and reach local pubs and shops. No TV. WiFi but patchy phone reception.

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  • "My wife and I spent the first couple of days of our honeymoon here. I can say without hyperbole that it is the best place I've ever stayed. In the middle of June and yet so quiet, so intimate. Glorious food in glorious surroundings. Please still be around on our silver anniversary!"

    Tom, 2022


The cabin was built from locally managed wood. The kitchen and restaurant use vegetables grown on site or ingredients by local producers/farmers. Reduced waste measures with a set menu and waste composter. Solar panels help power the electricity. All toiletries and cleaning products are ethical and sustainable with no chemicals.




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    In-house restaurant
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    Pasta-making workshop
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    Art workshop
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    Beer Beach
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    Local woods
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  • Various experiences are on offer including foodie workshops (bread making, pasta, charcuterie), foraging, mackerel fishing and art classes.
  • Ask for a picnic and adventure off on one of the recommended local walks. We love the Beer – Branscombe route, stopping at Hooken Beach for your feast.
  • For a change of scene, local foodie options include The Kingfisher (2.5 miles; traditional pub food in the neighbouring village of Colyton); The Pig at Combe (4.5 miles, superb food from their kitchen garden) & The Anchor Inn at Seatown (13 miles, beach pub with clifftop garden and amazing food).
  • Head for a shoreline sauna and sea swim at either Lyme Regis or Seatown.
  • Admire the ever-changing art collection in the main house; green dots mean the piece is for sale. Or zip to Colyton to visit the Finn Studio – Olive’s favourite gallery.
  • Go antique-ing in Bridport or The Antique village near Exeter.


  • Cabin in the garden, overlooking the Coly Valley
  • Open-plan layout warmed by a woodburner
  • Kingsize bed with Naturalmat mattress
  • Baby cot / camp bed / highchair on request
  • Ensuite bathroom with rainfall shower and underfloor heating
  • Bathrobes, St Eval scented candles and Bramley / Faith in Nature toiletries
  • Kitchen with Smeg induction & oven, fridge freezer and cooking equipment
  • Fresh milk, tea and coffee
  • Slippers, coffee-table books, umbrellas, walking sticks, WiFi
  • Book of local walks
  • Dog friendly – £30 fee per dog
  • Reception is in the main building
  • Restaurant opening: breakfast 7 days a week (included); dinner from Monday– Saturday; lunch on weekends
  • Heated swimming pool open April – September
  • Tennis/croquet available all year, equipment to borrow
  • Drive to shops and pubs (10-20 mins)
  • Booking conditions: a 2-night minimum stay. Closed annually 23 Dec – 15 Jan
  • Remember to pack: wellies/walking boots, swimming costumes

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30% deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to stay.
Cancellations permitted 8+ weeks prior to stay, with deposit refunded minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 12 weeks of stay.


Yes – best to book in advance. Try Sparkys – 01404 47670 or Millstream – 01404 45825.

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  • Lyme Regis –a bucket and spade beach, ice creams galore and fish’n’chips or Poco Pizza
  • Pecorama in Beer: an Old Steam Train with beautiful gardens overlooking the coastline
  • Crabbing off Axemouth harbour near Seaton
  • Take a boat out from Beer beach and try mackerel fishing
  • Visit the Donkey Sanctuary in Branscombe

Kitchen Supper: Monday-Saturday.
Casual but hearty eg delicious pies or a rather epic vegetable lasagne, follow by a seasonal pudding. £30/head, pre booking essential.
Dinner: Thursday-Saturday. A regularly changing, fixed menu; composed of 4 courses and delicious extras. Designed according to the season’s bounty. £60/head.
Saturday lunch. A slightly lighter offering, consisting of 3 courses; antipasti, pasta and pudding. £35/per head.
Sunday lunch. Similar to Dinners, with 4 courses, but a more relaxed and pared back affair. £45/head

No, the outdoor swimming pool is open May-Sept.

Yes, we love dogs. However, we do have a few rules:

Dogs are strictly not allowed on beds and sofas, and must be on a lead in the restaurant and communal areas. Dogs must be supervised at all times and owners must pick up any mess. Any damage caused by a dog will incur an additional charge.

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