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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 Cartlinhay

    Bideford

    Grade
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    Ref: W41747

    500 acres of farmlandRural countryside / Working farm

    These three barn conversions are set on a delightful working farm in a wonderful position overlooking the River Torridge, the Iron Bridge, and further down river towards Bideford. The barn conversions offer comfortable accommodation for various size parties and are suitable for a holiday at any time of year. The farm nestles at the end of a long private driveway and offers total peace and seclusion in the Devon countryside; there are 200 acres of farmland with garden furniture and barbecue, as well as some lovely woodland walks around the farm itself, and the nearby Tarka Trail close to the farm. Just 2 miles from the historic market town of Bideford with its wealth of popular pubs, shops and restaurants, and a little further afield is Barnstaple with a wide variety of facilities. Just a short drive takes you to Westward Ho! with its 2 miles of golden sandy beach. Other attractions include Dartington Crystal and RHS Rosemoor Gardens. Horse riding, golf and fishing can all be found within 5 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    CD. Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Portable barbecue. No smoking.

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  • Honeypot Cottage

    Sidford, nr. Sidmouth

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    Ref: W44077

    Honeypot Cottage stands detached in a peaceful location within the traditional Devon village of Sidford. It has been decorated and furnished to a good standard, and features a power shower in the en-suite wet room, a memory foam mattress for comfort and French doors which open from the living room to the cottage garden. The living room also boasts recliner chairs with footstools for added comfort. Very convenient for bus routes to Sidmouth, Lyme Regis, Exeter and Honiton which has excellent railway links. Sidford boasts two excellent pubs (dog friendly), an award winning restaurant, fish and chip shop and grocery store, all within walking distance. From the village it is a 1½-mile walk along the beautiful National Trust ’Byes’ walk to Sidmouth (this is welcoming to dogs all year round). ’A town caught still in a timeless charm’, which captivated the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, and it will captivate you, too. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has much to offer visitors, especially the Jurassic Coastline, historic towns including Sidmouth, Seaton, Beer and Branscombe, the famous donkey sanctuary, coastal drives and walks with stunning views. There are also many National Trust properties to visit nearby. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Curved, satellite Smart TV (sports and film package). DVD. Electric cooker (single and double oven). Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Landscaped grounds. Parking (1 car). Wheelchair access. No smoking. NB: Access to the house is through part of the owner’s garden.

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  • Netherton Farm - Hawthorn

    Hartland, nr. Bideford

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    Ref: 28130


    Peacefully located within glorious countryside just 3 miles from the breathtaking North Devon Coast, Bramble, Hawthorn and Tamarisk cottages offer the perfect holiday choice for couples, family and friends at any time of year. Located on the owner’s farm with cattle, sheep and poultry within the Hartland Peninsula, it is the ideal base to explore this unspoilt area of North Devon. These three delightful cottages are beautifully presented with glorious country views towards the coast and Lundy Island. The village of Hartland lies a short distance away and offers a post office, café, stores, garage and church along with popular local pubs serving food. The area has a great deal to offer with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest on your doorstep, along with Hartland Quay, Hartland Abbey and the lighthouse at Hartland Point. English Heritage Coastline can be accessed from a maze of footpaths within a mile of your doorstep. The nearby beaches and coves are a treat to explore and keen surfers and beach lovers have an abundant choice of far-reaching sandy beaches in the area, with Bude and Westward Ho! within easy driving distance. Fishing, watersports and sailing at nearby Tamar Lakes. Golf, riding and cycling all close by. The fishing villages of Clovelly and Bucks Mills are within an easy drive or walking distance for keen walkers along the National Trust coastal paths. Lundy Island trips by helicopter or boat can be taken from Bideford, a historic port and market town which offers a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Shops, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and tiled floor.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Living room: With Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, iPod dock and French doors to Juliet balcony.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Enclosed patio with garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Newbarn Farm - Poachers Cottage

    Collaton St Mary, nr. Paignton

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    Ref: W44310

    Situated between wild Dartmoor and the holiday town of Paignton, Newbarn Farm is the perfect base for exploring dozens of attractions. The farm really does have everything: glorious views, barbecues, even a football field. There are lots of special touches to make your holiday magical, and adults will love the breathtaking views.

    As you meander down the private drive to Newbarn Farm, you’ll discover just how special it is, and a haven you’d never expect to find just a stone’s throw away from so many amenities. Newbarn Farm is home to eight holiday cottages, each with its own character and charm. Renovated to a very good standard, each cottage is extremely thoughtfully equipped, and is ideal for families, for friends to get together, as well as couples, and offers all the creature comforts to help you relax after exploring Devon. If you want a ‘good for the soul’ living experience, the complex is close to an abundance of fine dining and is relatively close to Michelin Star restaurants. It is central to a plethora of food fairs and shows, which after having visited, you can relax outside, barbecue some steaks, open some claret and champagne and watch the hot air balloons float across Dartmoor. When you have pampered your palate, take a walk from the property, with or without your dogs, and admire the sea views. Just before you go to bed at the end of a perfect day, look up to the night sky, ablaze with stars arching across the world and sliding down over Dartmoor, then wake up in the morning to the plaintive cry of a buzzard, the call of a pheasant, or watch the deer and trace the occasional fox slinking along the hedgerows.
    Ideas about what to do on holiday include experiencing wild Dartmoor and enjoying Devon ice cream in Paignton. Or take a bird watching trip from the harbour. You can do nothing or everything from your holiday base at Newbarn Farm which is situated on the south coast of Devon. It is in an ideal location for fishing with well-stocked, tranquil lakes easily accessible. The county promises to leave a lasting impression, and with breathtaking scenery; it is the perfect place to introduce the family to carp and specimen fishing. There are a number of lakes at the property (a licence is not required) and payment is available per day, or you can get a 24 hour ticket to go night fishing. Walkers and hikers can also enjoy the wild and rocky coastline, which is ideal for bird watchers, dog walkers, or just to enjoy some peace and quiet. South Devon has much to offer including Paignton with its steam railway, which will take you to Dartmouth. The award-winning Paignton Zoo makes a great day out for the whole family, and there are sandy beaches at Goodrington and Paignton. Take a trip to Brixham and nearby Dartmouth to see the castle and take a boat trip around the bay. Torquay has a theatre with many shows, the Living Coasts (a coastal zoo) is ideal for a family day out, and there are also many NT properties close by including Agatha Christie’s summer home Greenway. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: 2 steps to living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating. Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair for hire. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 42-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Coarse fishing at cost. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. NB: Unfenced lake 100 yards.

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  • Woodfield Manor - Woodfield Manor Apartment 1

    Torquay

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    Ref: 30072


    Woodfield Manor is part of a Grade ll listed building, tucked away in a quiet exclusive part of Torquay in the heart of the English Riviera, within a 5-minute walk of the harbour and town. It was once the home of Edward Vivian, a banker, scientist and benefactor to the poor. Woodfield was built for him and his family in the early 1840s. The building is steeped in history being part of the Torbay Civic Societies Blue Plaque Scheme. Woodfield Manor (ref 25601) is a very spacious property which retains many original features including high ceilings, large rooms, stained glass windows and bay windows with distant views over the harbour. Woodfield Manor Apartment 1 (ref 30072) is a spacious second floor apartment for 2 people. Torquay and the area offer days out, especially for a family holiday or friends who want to holiday together. Living Coasts Zoo is within walking distance where penguins wander freely. Take a boat trip and have a day out in Brixham, wander around the shops, take in the fish quay, have a day out mackerel fishing or visit one of the splendid fish restaurants. Torquay also has a theatre with various shows on all year. Babbacombe has a lot to offer including a cliff railway, model village and lovely shops. How about a ride on the High Flyer Balloon at Torre Abbey Sands. There are 22 miles of coastline, walks, cliffs, coves and beaches, along with its mild climate. Torquay is a place to relax, to soak up the atmosphere, to take in the scenery and enjoy the experience of a holiday in a classic English seaside resort. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Stairs to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom (5ft). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Passion Flower Cottage

    Dippertown, nr. Tavistock

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    Ref: E1468

    This exceptionally comfortable and spacious 19th-century barn is peacefully situated in rural countryside. Beamed throughout, it enjoys a courtyard setting adjacent to the owners’ home. An ideal hideaway from life’s hustle and bustle, or relax in front of the woodburner after a day of walking and exploring this stunning part of the British Isles. The property enjoys its own enclosed garden and has access to a beautiful woodland walk which is signposted and accessed over a stream and via a wooden bridge. This lovely area has much to offer the visitor – there are amenities in Tavistock, Okehampton and Launceston. Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and the sandy beaches of north Cornwall are all easily accessible. Water sports and fishing at Roadford Lake, 5 miles. There is a village shop, many renowned restaurants within 20 minutes’ drive and two pubs within 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Shared 2-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream in grounds.

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  • The Ravine

    Heybrook Bay, nr. Plymouth

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    Ref: 27931

    The Ravine is a contemporary and stylish annexe, boasting spacious open-plan living and a balcony with seating, perfect for enjoying views of the sea and surrounding countryside after a day exploring the beautiful landscape on one of the many coastal walks opposite. Just half an hour’s coast path walk leads to Bovisand, a beach designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can also discover the sights of Wembury, a wildlife haven with nesting sea birds and an array of marine plants and animals. Shop 1 mile, pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shared utility room.

    Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Blu-ray. iPod dock. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Dishwasher. Use of owner’s washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer (in utility room). Wi-fi. Parking (1 car); additional on road parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Church Stile Cottage

    Exminster

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    Ref: HQQV

    Situated in the peaceful Devon village of Exminster, down a quiet no-through lane, is Church Stile Cottage, a Grade II listed property. Adjoining the owner’s home, this holiday property is very spacious and furnished to a good standard. It is perfectly located to discover Devon, with beaches and coastal paths, the Exe Estuary, the many NT properties and walking on Dartmoor with its tors, ponies and beautiful little villages (ideal for cream teas). Exeter is close by, with shopping, cafes, restaurants, bars and a cathedral. Buses run to the seaside and to Exeter every 20 minutes during the day, and continue to run late into the evening. Exminster is a friendly village and has a post office, pharmacy, GP surgery, dentists, churches and a golf course. Shop 100 yards, pub 500 yards.

    Living/dining room with gas ‘pebble-effect’ fire. Spacious beamed kitchen. First floor: Twin bedroom (beds can be placed together). Spacious bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Gas ‘pebble-effect’ fire included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Courtyard with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Hollyhocks

    Higher Sigford, Ilsington

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    Ref: HYE


    Superb views over the surrounding hills and patchwork of fields can be enjoyed from this first floor holiday property, which is enviably located on the edge of the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. Attached to the owners’ home, with which it shares a delightful garden with fantastic views and a wildlife pond brimming with water lilies, Hollyhocks serves as a tranquil base from which to enjoy a whole host of rural pastimes. The area is a haven for walkers, bird-watchers and nature lovers, with plenty of footpaths to explore. Locally, visit the restored water wheel at Bovey Tracey, take a trip on the steam train from Buckfastleigh to the market town of Totnes, and explore at leisure the many fine NT properties which stand proudly close by. For seaside attractions, Teignmouth and the English Riviera are within driving distance, while for excellent shopping journey to the naval town of Plymouth. Shop and pub 1¼ miles.

    Stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. CD. Wi-fi. Halogen hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1½-acre garden with picnic table. Barbecue. Parking. NB: Pond and stream in garden.

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  • Ash Cottage

    Pyworthy, Holsworthy, nr. Bude

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    Ref: W42395

    Close to the Cornish coast

    At the end of a private tree-lined drive, Carpenter’s Tinney is the perfect holiday retreat on the edge of the owner’s small holding and just 8 miles from the North Cornish Coast. Outside you will find the hot tub, and from the courtyard you can wander the 11-acre grounds which sweep down to the border of Devon and Cornwall and the River Tamar where you can even have a go at fishing on the owners river banks. The grounds include an orchard, children’s play area, sheep and lamb paddocks, pig pen and seating for relaxation and the enjoyment of Carpenter’s pure natural environment. Keep strolling towards the next gate which leads to the River Tamar meadows, a small nature reserve. Water sports and fishing at the nearby Tamar Lakes, coastal and country walking, golf, surfing, horse riding, cycling or simply relaxing. Theme parks including The Milky Way and The Big Sheep are close by. Fishing villages and spectacular beaches and coves are dotted all along this coastline from Padstow, Tintagel, Crackington Haven and Bude in Cornwall to Westward Ho!, Clovelly and Instow in Devon, and the Eden Project is within easy reach. Shop 2.5 miles, pub and restaurant 3.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room, first £10 electricity included, remainder by meter reading. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: First £10 electricity included, remainder by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine (at cost). Shared laundry room with tumble dryer. Shared freezer. Shared grounds with courtyard. Private sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Children’s indoor and outdoor play areas. Shared hot tub, open October-May. One dog welcome, must be kept on lead at all times. No smoking. NB: Fenced river 0.25 miles.

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  • Muntham Holiday Apartments - Minton

    Torquay

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    Ref: UKC583

    Muntham Holiday Apartments are situated in the Wellswood area of Torquay, a leafy residential area just a short distance from the harbour and town centre. The building is a fine example of a magnificent Victorian villa, built for a member of parliament and later a former Lord Chief Justice of Calcutta who named it ’Muntham’ which means ‘gentle breeze’ in Hindi. All the apartments are named after famous people who lived in Wellswood. The interior of the villa boasts an opulent main hall and staircase with high ceilings and beautiful Victorian plaster mouldings. These apartments are perfect for couples who want to explore the English Riviera region of south Devon. You can leave your car and walk 15 minutes into the lively and bustling resort of Torquay, with its abundance of shops, bistros, theatres and tourist attractions. Kents Caverns is just a 10-minute walk, and Meadfoot beach and Babbacombe village are both about 15 minutes’ walk away. The villa is set in gardens of almost 1 acre, which is unusual for Torquay, so there is plenty of space for all to find a relaxing spot to sit and read with a glass of wine or a coffee on a sunny day. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With Freeview TV and single sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bedroom: With twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared sitting-out area with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. No smoking.

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  • Trout ’n’ Tipple Retreat - Jack’s Den

    Tavistock

    Grade
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    Ref: 26705

    Set amongst the beautiful and tranquil location of the Trout Fishery just on the outskirts of the ancient stannary town of Tavistock on the edge of Dartmooor National Park, these delightful holiday properties form a cluster of barn conversions set around a courtyard. This little complex is very child friendly yet retains peace and quiet. Each property shares the facilities, including the use of the large stunning oak outdoor gazebo complete with BBQ and servery area. There is also a large purpose built play barn set in a detached oak building, an outdoor fully enclosed children’s play area with sand pit, bunny corner and grassed basketball and football area. Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy walking and cycling will love the rugged wilderness of the Dartmoor National Park and the market town of Tavistock with its farmer’s markets and Victorian antiques market. Situated on the Trout Fishery site, you may want to practice your fly fishing skills. The many deep, clear lakes are home to rainbow and brown trout (tackle and tuition can be arranged). For the children, there is a float fishing lake and tackle can be hired. Children will love the chickens, ducks and guinea fowl roaming in the farmyard, and they can feed the hens and collect the eggs every morning, and meet our friendly pot bellied pigs, miniature donkeys or the rabbits in bunny corner. Tavistock, 1 mile, has independent shops and lots of pubs and restaurants serving good home cooked food and real ales. Horse riding and golf can also be found locally. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Step up to living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Small terrace with patio garden. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Oil underfloor central heating, electricity and bed linen included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Shared use of freezer. Wi-fi. Shared grounds with large oak gazebo. Shared barbecue area. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Streams and deep fishing lakes in grounds.

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