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Devon

Devon''s status as ''The English Riviera'' is well earned and is testimony to the popularity of this holiday destination, which attracts thousands of visitors every year who come to enjoy its special charms.

The county is blessed with two coastlines which are dotted with picturesque fishing ports and mile after mile of clean sandy beaches. The interior consists of a striking contrast of dramatic moorland that includes the Dartmoor National Park and a patchwork of green leafy lanes that criss-cross the region.

Dartmoor actually has two national parks as well as five areas of outstanding natural beauty, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Geopark and Biosphere Reserve. It’s also famous as the location for Conan Doyle’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’. It has 368 square miles of windswept, dramatic and uncrowded moors to enjoy!

The English Riviera; Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, are a magnet for those looking for a seaside holiday with lots of attractions and activities for all ages. It also has a rich maritime history, plenty of sporting events and water sports activities.

South Devon is characterised by gentle rolling hills and a lovely coastline, offering easy walks, country pubs and great restaurants, while the northern coast has superb surfing beaches. Exmoor in north Devon is perfect for moorland walks, mountain biking and has wonderful natural beauty.

The many facets of Devon provide visitors with a wide choice of holiday options and lots of top quality visitor attractions and days out, such as the Dartmouth Steam Railway and The National Marine Aquarium; too many to mention here.

Of note is Woolacombe Beach, one of the jewels in Devon’s crown with three miles of golden sand of Blue Flag status and the Tarka Trail; its 30 miles forms a figure-of-eight and follows the path the brave otter takes in Henry Williamson’s beloved novel.

If you fancy walking on the wild side why not take a trip to one of Devon’s many animal attractions? The zoo at Paignton offers an array of exotic creatures and makes for a wonderful day out, while the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is also very popular with families.

Devon offers a wealth of holiday opportunities so if you’re ready for a break take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Devon.
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  • The Granary

    Shirwell, nr. Barnstaple

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W42648

    Forming a wing of the owners’ farmhouse, The Granary provides a quiet countryside setting from which to explore North Devon’s stunning coastal and moorland attractions. Dramatic cliffs and rocky headlands are interspersed by sheltered bays. Both Woolacombe and Croyde Bay have long sandy beaches and from nearby Baggy Point there are wonderful panoramic views of the bay to Lundy Island. Nearby Ilfracombe’s busy fishing harbour offers boat trips to Lundy Island in the summer, while further along the Exmoor coast the attractive towns of Lynmouth and Lynton are popular with holidaymakers. Shop 7 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Thatch Cottage

    Chittlehampton

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: HDDA

    With VisitBritain’s ‘4 star gold award’, this charming 300-year-old, Grade II listed, thatched cottage nestles within the half-thatched rural village of Chittlehampton with its village square and welcoming inn. One of a pair, Thatch Cottage is built from stone and cob and restored and equipped to a very high standard. The beautiful surrounding Devon countryside offers thatched cottages, lovely views, quiet villages and so much more within easy reach. Exmoor is nearby with waterfalls, walking, cycling, ponies and zoo. The excellent Tarka Trail for more car-free cycling and walking is 30 miles of former railway, with cycle hire, running around the Taw estuary only 20 minutes away. Also within easy reach are the many superb beaches of the Golden Coast of North Devon, Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe, for sandcastles and surfing, several excellent golf courses including the championship links course at Saunton, fishing on the Taw, renowned gardens, NT properties and sleepy, unspoilt villages with inns. The historic market town of South Molton, the "gateway to Exmoor", is nearby, with its regular markets, tea shops, restaurants, antique shops and swimming pool. Barnstaple is within easy reach, with its cinema, theatre, pannier market and variety of shops. Highbullen Hotel (3 miles) offers a 20 metre indoor pool and good gym for a low daily fee. Thatch Cottage is in a truly wonderful holiday location for all interests. Shop 300 yards, village inn serving food 200 yards.

    Living room with electric woodburner and oak floor. Modern well-equipped kitchen/dining room with beamed fireplace. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two single bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, heating, bed linen, towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Additional fridge
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden, furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Books/games
    • Complimentary bottle of Prosecco
    • No smoking

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  • Bedford House Apartments - Braddons

    Torquay

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44243

    Situated in a fantastic location in Torquay, Bedford House Apartments (refs W44240, W44241, W44242 and W44243) are set back from the road in an elevated position, making them a remarkably peaceful and relaxing place to stay. They are only a 5-minute walk from Torquay harbour where you can find many restaurants, bars and cafes. The attractions of the English Riviera stay open all year round and are all within walking distance; Torquay Museum, 3 minutes, The Princess Theatre, 15 minutes and Kent’s Cavern, 20 minutes. Numerous beaches can also be reached within half a mile.

    The holiday apartments are surrounded by mature gardens with exotic plants that grow well, being in the English Riviera’s mild climate. They have off-road parking and make an ideal base from which to explore Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, as well as areas of Devon and further afield to Dartmoor, The South Hams and the cities of Plymouth and Exeter.
    There are superb bus routes across the Riviera and the nearest bus stop to the apartments is less than 100 yards away. Between April and the end of October, visitors are also able to make use of the extensive boat services which provide links to Paignton, Brixham and Dartmouth. Beach ½ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on first floor: Living room. Dining area. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. iPod dock. Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car), additional on road parking (at cost).

    All properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. No smoking.

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  • Mill Cottage

    Buckfastleigh, nr. Dartmoor

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 25740

    A charming terraced stone cottage, located in one of the little side lanes off the main fore street in the village of Buckfastleigh. Mill Cottage is a cosy holiday home with beamed interior and enclosed lawned rear garden. This property is a good family size and for the outdoor type. Buckfastleigh is a great base from which to explore the area. Buckfastleigh is located on the fringes of Dartmoor National Park, within easy access of the A38 making Devon very accessible. The village has an outdoor, public swimming pool, and is well known for the steam railway, and the butterfly and otter sanctuary, which are all great family attractions. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen with patio doors, beams and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer.Telephone-honesty box. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Coastguard Cottage 1

    Peppercombe, nr. Clovelly

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: NT012007

    National Trust Holiday Cottage.

    The perfect choice for a unique seaside holiday or a relaxing escape at any time of the year, Coastguard Cottage 1 is just a few minutes stroll from the pebbly and rocky foreshore of Peppercombe Beach. It is one of three pretty cottages nestled within the beautiful secluded woods of Peppercombe Valley.

    Dating from the late eighteenth century, to house the officers of what was then called the Preventive Service, tasked to police this wild stretch of coast to prevent smuggling. The perfect remote escape to relax and unwind at any time of year, the cottage is wonderfully snug and picturesque, and an ideal base from which to explore this breathtaking coast. The pretty shared gardens nestled within woodland are the ideal spot for a lazy breakfast and soaking up the tranquility while you plan your day.

    There is plenty for everyone, with birdwatching, fishing, riding, golf, surfing and sailing close by. There are many coastal walks to enjoy which will lead you through stunning scenery to the north and south, including the famous fishing village of Clovelly, and the more remote, Hartland Point.

    Nearby Bideford has restaurants and town amenities, along with boat trips to Lundy Island, or hire a bike and explore the nearby Tarka Trail. RHS Rosemoor Gardens, Docton Mill and Hartland Abbey are well worth a visit, along with many pretty fishing villages to explore, including nearby Instow and Appledore. The famous surfing beaches at Westward Ho and Bude are nearby, and for family fun, the Big Sheep and Milky Way Adventure Park are a must. Shop and P.O 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Living room with multi-fuel burner and flagstone floor. Kitchen/dining room with Belfast sink. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft iron bed and wooden floor. Single bedroom with wooden floor.

    • Multi-fuel burner - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, eco electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared external payphone
    • Shared, lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced stream and slopes in garden.

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  • The Granary

    Lewdown, nr. Okehampton

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: W44025

    The Granary is a stone-built barn conversion located in the quiet countryside, just outside the village of Lewdown, in West Devon. It is a well-appointed detached holiday property with an enclosed courtyard garden, just a short walk from the village, where there is a pub and a local shop. Adjacent to the owner’s home, The Granary would suit a couple or a small family group who would like to visit this unspoilt area and enjoy the many delights the area has to offer. There are some lovely walks into the surrounding countryside directly from the property. Roadford Lake is nearby and a great destination for a good walk. Dingles Steam Museum is also worth a visit during your stay.
    The local town of Okehampton, often referred to as the gateway to Dartmoor, has a good range of shops and local amenities. There are plenty of walks in Dartmoor for all ages and abilities, to enjoy this stunning and dramatic area, as well as some pretty village pubs and tea rooms. Towards the coast there are many fine beaches and coves including Saunton, Woolacombe and Westward Ho!. A trip to Lundy Island can be arranged from Bideford pier.
    There are numerous places of interest close by including the RHS gardens at Rosemoor, Dartington Crystal and the historic fishing village of Clovelly. Visit Castle Drogo (NT), the last castle to be built in England. For those wanting to travel a bit further, the A30 is a great link into North Cornwall and its many attractions, including the Eden Project and Padstow. There is golf at Okehampton and Ashbury, or you can hire a bike and cycle the Tarka Trail at Great Torrington. Shop and pub 600 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with breakfast area. Utility room. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room (no toilet), 2 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Baileys Cottages, 2

    Stoke Fleming, nr. Dartmouth

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: DHBAILE

    A cosy cottage in the lovely coastal village of Stoke Fleming within walking distance of Blackpool Sands, village pub and local restaurant, and only three miles from Dartmouth. The property has a courtyard and garden for al fresco dining and glimpses of the sea from the bedrooms.

    Steps to Entrance door to open plan Sitting/Dining/Kitchen: kitchen area has fitted units with built in electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, washer/dryer. Sitting area has window to front, TV, DVD, Stove effect electric fire. First floor. Bedroom 2: Single bed. Bathroom: Bath, basin, WC, towel radiator. Bedroom 3: Single bed. Stairs up to Second Floor. Bedroom 4: Double bed (4’6"), TV, DVD and Ensuite: Shower cubicle, basin, WC.

    Outside: Courtyard garden to the front. Further small enclosed garden located a few yards from the property with outdoor furniture.
    Wifi available.
    Duvets, pillows and all linen and towels provided.
    Central heating and hot water by electric.
    One well behaved dog welcome at the discretion of the owner at an additional £25 per week.

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  • Lavender Cottage

    Appledore, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W43764


    Lavender Cottage is beautifully presented and enjoys spectacular views across the estuary. The sunny dining area makes the most of these views and leads out through French doors to a decked area, a fantastic spot to soak up the sun or enjoy a lazy breakfast whilst taking in the sights of the passing boats. A pretty garden area just across a small path has a lovely children’s imagination corner and more great views. the property has received a ’Family Friendly’ Gold Award and sits at the heart of the delightful North Devon coastal village of Appledore, with its cobbled streets and the bustling quayside. Instow is on the opposite side of the estuary, with its sandy beach, bars and restaurants, and the wide golden sandy beach of Westward Ho!, popular with surfers, is just 2 miles. Bideford, Exmoor, Clovelly and Hartland Quay are close by, and the area is a must for water sports, sailing enthusiasts and fishermen, whilst walkers and cyclists will enjoy the famous Tarka Trail which passes close by. Young and old will enjoy crabbing off the quay, plus golf and riding is available locally. For family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way adventure parks are close by and don’t miss the annual Appledore Book Festival. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    3 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with French doors and wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single, all with wooden floors.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed, lawned garden with decked area, gravelled area, terrace and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 7 steps to garden. Garden accessed across a small path.

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  • Codden Cottage

    Bishops Tawton, near Barnstaple

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: UKC459


    Located on a quiet estate, on the edge of the village of Bishops Tawton, Codden Cottage is a well situated property from which to explore the area. There is a good sized garden at the rear which has views towards Codden Hill and surrounding fields. Inside, the property is furnished to a good standard to ensure a comfortable stay and there is a popular village pub within walking distance. The regional town of Barnstaple is a short distance away and has a good range of shops and local amenities, as well as a bustling Pannier market and the famous Butchers Row. During your stay there is plenty to see and do, at Woolacombe and Saunton you will find some of the best beaches in the country, both offering surfing. There is great cycling along the Tarka Trail, with a number of places to hire bikes. The villages of Clovelly and Hartland are well worth a day out and there is fun activities for little ones at the Big Sheep and Milkyway Adventure Park. Slightly further afield is the Victorian seaside town of Ilfracombe and the cliff towns of Lynton and Lynmouth with its famous cliff railway. Golf, swimming and walking are all available locally. Shop 1½ miles, pub 700 yards and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, Playstation 3 and patio doors leading to garden.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and wooden floor.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed (accessed from one side only).
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Highchair. Welcome pack. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • The Boathouse

    Stoke Gabriel

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: FOQ

    An exceptional cottage in an exceptional location! Furnished and equipped to the highest standard, the Boathouse is set at the water’s edge, 5 miles from the open sea, commanding splendid views from all the principal rooms over the River Dart and the kaleidoscope of colourful craft bobbing at their moorings. This is the perfect spot for a truly relaxing holiday – a large balcony leading off the master bedroom offers plenty of space, and steps lead from here to a secluded 40-ft patio bordered by unspoilt woodlands and enjoying river views. With its built-in, native stone barbecue, this is the ideal place to dine out-of-doors on languid summer evenings.
    The Boathouse’s position along the quayside at Stoke Gabriel is a paradise for boating enthusiasts. Nestled on an estuary of the River Dart, this charming village is not only noted for its sailing – but also boasts a choice of traditional inns and a beautiful Norman church. Medieval Totnes is just minutes away by car, whilst a few miles further lies Dartmouth with its famous steam railway (summer only), cruises and boat hire on the River Dart. The seaside resort of Torquay is a 20-minute drive, offering fine sandy beaches, coves, cliff walks, an interesting harbour, marina, excellent leisure facilities and children’s amusements.
    A spectacular flair and attention to detail are features of the conversion of this old stone boathouse. Furnished to the highest standards throughout with an intriguing blend of both antique and contemporary pieces, it also has its own floodlit private garden. Shops ¼ mile.

    Two-storey-high beamed living/dining room with exposed stone walls and water’s edge balcony. Cloakroom with toilet. Wrought-iron spiral staircase to well-equipped kitchen on gallery.Wrought-iron spiral staircase continues to second floor: Master double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet, and balcony with furniture. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Single bedroom with en-suite wash basin and toilet. Laundry.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two satellite TVs (one smart TV)
    • DVD/video
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone – UK calls foc
    • Garden
    • Patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Public car park on quay
    • Dinghy mooring by prior arrangement
      & subject to availability
    • Slipway on quay
    • Unsuitable for the infirm and children under five (except babies in arms)
    • No smoking

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  • Harcombe House - Bungalow 5

    Chudleigh, nr. Newton Abbot

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC109


    Set in 300 acres of stunning gardens, lakes and woodlands, Harcombe House - owned and operated by The Fire Fighters Charity - is the ideal location for a relaxing break. Offering holiday makers the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful holiday in Devon’s glorious countryside, while also supporting injured fire fighters across the UK, Harcombe House is just 12 miles south of the historic city of Exeter.

    Harcombe House provides the ideal environment for family holidays, friends to get together, or for peace and quiet. Each bungalow is detached and has been decorated and furnished to a good standard, and has amazing views over the countryside. Each bungalow has a patio with furniture. There is an indoor heated swimming pool which is shared with other guests, a children’s play area, tennis court and plenty of walks from your front door. There is also a bar on-site, which is open in the evening.

    Holiday at Harcombe House and you’ll be supporting the work of The Fire Fighters Charity, providing life enhancing rehabilitation services to fire fighters across the UK.

    The properties are situated in an ideal location for visiting all that Devon has to offer, including Dartmoor National Park; the landscape is as dramatic as its weather, from its striking granite tors, to steep wooded river valleys and from swathes of heather-covered moorland, to tucked away villages and hamlets. Whether you want a quiet, gentle stroll, or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park, 3500 acres of woodland which is just 15 minutes from Harcombe House.

    There are many cycle trails, including a great all-ability trail, with fun features for children with regular resting points that take in some stunning views over Exeter and Dartmoor. Or, if you like walking there are many different walks including The Butterfly Trail, which is a circular walk which, in places, gives you stunning views across the forest and over the Teign Valley.

    Visit Go Ape, a forest adventure park with zip wires, Tarzan swings and a variety of crossings. Crealy Adventure Park, a great day out for the children, is also close by. Many sandy beaches can be found nearby, or take a trip further afield and visit the historic city of Exeter, with its canals, shops and cafes. Plymouth has the Sea Life Centre, Barbican waterfront and Plymouth Hoe, a large, south-facing open public space. East Devon has dramatic coastlines and is excellent for walking the coastal path, where you can visit Beer, Branscombe, Sidmouth and Seaton. There are many National Trust properties all close by and worth visiting. The English Riviera is also on your doorstep, with sandy beaches, steam railway, zoo, theatres and boat trips. Beach 8½ miles. Shop 2 miles, restaurant 1 mile, pub on-site.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Patio with furniture. Shared 300-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Shared indoor heated swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.2m) with shower and changing facilities, open 9am-5:45pm (some days are restricted). Shared tennis court. Fishing available on-site (license required). Shared children’s play area. No smoking. NB: Pond, lake and fountain in grounds.

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  • Parsley Cottage

    Clawton, nr. Holsworthy

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 27690

    Nestling in glorious countryside, yet only 12 miles from the beaches at Bude and Widemouth Bay, this delightful detached bungalow is the perfect choice for a family holiday. Carefully presented throughout, the dining room, opening onto a patio and herb garden, has panoramic views across to Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. The nearby coast is superb for surfing and home to pretty coves and some dramatic coastal walks. Golf, fishing, horse riding and cycling are all on offer close by. For family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way adventure parks are not to be missed. Shop, pub, restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining/sun room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Blu-ray and small library (on request). Wii. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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