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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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  • Newbarn Farm - Poachers Cottage

    Collaton St Mary, nr. Paignton

    Grade
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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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  • The Watch Tower

    Compton, nr. Paignton

    Grade
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    Ref: NT012004

    National Trust Holiday Property


    The Watch Tower is a quirky holiday home, entered through a large wooden door in the side of Compton Castle, a fascinating building built into the curtain wall. From the moment you drive through the gates to this imposing castle, you feel like the lord and lady of the manor. The property is arranged over three floors and this holiday cottage has been carefully converted, retaining much of the character of this exceptional historic building. The castle is only open to the public from May to the end of October and is only open for three days a week, so there is a lot of private time at the castle. There are wonderful gardens to explore and the history is amazing. Compton is just three miles from inviting anchorage at Torbay, so would have been in the front line of any Spanish invasion. As Vice-Admiral of Devon, Compton Castle’s Sir John Gilbert (1533-96) played a leading part in marshalling ships, men and supplies to meet the Armada in 1588, while Sir John’s brothers provided ships for the English fleet. The fleet commanders, Sir Frances Drake and Sir John Hawkins, were both Devon men; their defeat of the Spanish Armada was one of the proudest moments in Devon’s maritime history. A rare survivor, this medieval fortress with high curtain walls, towers and a portcullis, set in a landscape of rolling hills and orchards, is a bewitching mixture of romance and history. Home for nearly 600 years to the Gilbert family, including Sir Humphrey Gilbert - half-brother to Sir Walter Raleigh. There are many other places to visit close by, including Dartmoor with its dramatic tors and ponies, as well as Torquay, Paignton, Brixham and Dartmouth which are worth a visit, and many other National Trust properties close by. Beach 8 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub 4 miles and restaurant 100 yards.

    Bathroom with over-bath shower (no toilet). Separate toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor (rope handrail): Double bedroom. Steep, narrow stairs to second floor (rope handrail): Cosy open-plan living/dining room with electric woodburner and kitchen area.

    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared, lawned grounds with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 12 years
    • NB: Pond in grounds

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  • Rose Cottage

    Cheriton Bishop, nr. Exeter

    Grade
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    Ref: W43392


    In a lovely rural setting on the outskirts of Cheriton Bishop, 1 mile north of the Dartmoor National Park, Rose Cottage is a well presented, single-storey holiday cottage and is attached to the owner’s home, with views across the lake and countryside. Exeter, with its many attractions, is just 8 miles. On your doorstep the park offers marvellous walking, climbing, pony trekking, superb scenery, bird watching and wildlife. Nearby, enjoy glorious walking through the Teign Gorge and the dramatic moorlands of Dartmoor, or visit Castle Drogo (NT), Fingle Glen, the Canonteign Falls and the Miniature Pony Centre. There are also lots of outdoor activities on offer, including coarse fishing onsite (tackle available to borrow), golfing, riding and tennis. The sandy beaches/seaside resorts of Dawlish, 13 miles, Torquay and Bude all within easy reach. The Eden Project is 1 hour away. Evening meals available for a small cost using fresh local produce. Shop and pub serving food 1 mile.

    1 step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating and electricity included (£15per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 15 acres of natural, landscaped grounds. Parking (2 cars). Fishing foc. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds, 50 yards.

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  • A Bit On The Seaside

    Paignton

    Grade
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    Ref: 28373

    Situated just a 5-minute walk to the sandy beach of Broadsands, this holiday property, A Bit On The Seaside is attached to the owner’s home and decorated and furnished to a very good standard. There are some fantastic views across the bay and beautiful sunsets whilst sitting on the decking or dining alfresco. Enjoy superb walks around this stretch of coastline, across fields to Elberry Cove and along the coast to the fishing village of Brixham. Take a ferry to Torquay or Dartmouth and visit Dartmoor with its rugged tors and lovely tucked away villages. Golf, go-karting, birdwatching and sailing, all available nearby. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge. Freezer. Decked patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Stowford Linhay

    Stowford, Lewdown

    Grade
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    Ref: E3138

    In a quiet hamlet setting, this immaculate detached single storey property enjoys a south facing aspect and its own enclosed garden. Nestled in a rural location and set in the grounds of the owner’s farmhouse, it also offers direct access into a dog friendly 4.5-acre field. Nearby, Lydford Gorge (NT) and Dartmoor afford fine walking, whilst Roadford Lake, 3 miles, provides water sports and fishing. The beautiful north coast beaches of Devon and Cornwall lie within easy reach and the Eden Project is an hour’s drive. Village shop and good pubs under 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating by meter reading. Electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Shared 4.5-acre field. Barbecue. Parking.

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  • Hockmoor Garden Cottage

    Buckfast

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: HYZ

    Set amid Hembury Woods, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, this romantic retreat is ideal for couples. Adjoining the owner’s home, this cosy holiday cottage has been converted to a very good standard and offers a combined galleried living room/bedroom on the first floor. With your own garden area to relax in, there are also 16 acres of the owner’s extensive gardens, private woodland and small-holding with horses, chickens and sheep, around which guests are free to roam. Buckfast with its abbey lies just ½ mile away. Moorland and woodland walks, riding and fishing are all to hand, with golf, sailing, surfing and the beaches of the South Hams nearby. Shops and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Galleried living room/bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and WC.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. TV. DVD. Washing machine. Garden area and furniture. Shared 16-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking. No children except babes in arms.

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  • Moorcroft Cottage

    Bovey Tracey

    Grade
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    Ref: W43532


    Set in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, with distant views across the rolling Dartmoor landscape, this holiday property is situated in a stunning, rural setting on the edge of Bovey Tracey. Moorcroft Cottage is a first floor apartment situated in the grounds of the owner’s home, but offers privacy and has its own garden with table and chairs, ideal for al fresco dining. This property is just perfect for cyclists, walkers, bird watchers, nature lovers or anyone who would like to get away from it all and have some peace and quiet. There are some great places to visit from here, including Haytor, NT Parke, Yarner Wood and Becky Falls. Exeter, 15 miles, Plymouth, 25 miles, and Ashburton offer plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants. Activities available in the area include canoeing, carriage driving courses, fishing, walking and the unusual activity of letter boxing, which is ideal for walkers. There are many exciting spots for bird watchers and deer watchers. Dartmoor ponies can be found close to the property. The extensive coastline of the southwest peninsula offers endless opportunities to enjoy water sports, surfing or just a day at the seaside, all very close to Bovey Tracey. Buckfast Abbey and the busy market town of Newton Abbot are close by, and a visit to Widecombe-in-the-Moor is a must. There are many NT properties within driving distance, and vibrant Totnes with its steam trains is 10 miles distant. From here, a boat trip can be taken to Dartmouth for a fun day out. A visit to Devon would not be complete without a Devon cream tea; there are many tearooms on Dartmoor. Beach 11 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    12 steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store.

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  • Tarifa

    Bigbury-on-Sea, nr. Salcombe

    Grade
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    Ref: W40613

    Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Tarifa is a compact and very well equipped holiday property ideal for couples of all ages. A compact south facing first floor apartment, with superb panoramic views stretching across the wide sandy beach and the causeway out to Burgh Island. From the living room, there is a small balcony ideal for sunbathing and enjoying the sea view and a lovely well-maintained communal lawn garden beyond. Provided is private parking for 1 car with 5 steps to the apartment. A superb location for a summer beach holiday, located just a short stroll to the beach, café and surf shop and for walking the glorious South Devon coastal path. The beach is popular with families and water sports and is dog friendly. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on first floor: Living room/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden. Balcony and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Edistone Farm - The Granary

    Hartland, nr. Bideford

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    Ref: 30930


    Set in the stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the Hartland Peninsula on the North Devon Coast, these two, delightful, semi-detached barn conversions are the ideal holiday choice for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle. Both are presented to a very good standard and are perfect for a relaxing coastal holiday for families, couples and friends at any time of year. The Old Shippen (ref 29768) has two lovely bedrooms and a cosy woodburner, ideal to curl up beside on a chilly evening. The pretty garden has views across open countryside and both undercover and outside seating areas. The Granary (ref 30930) is a spacious retreat for two, nestled in a small courtyard it tucks itself away neatly behind the owners’ farmhouse with private access, a sunny patio area and a small wine fridge, perfect for an alfresco supper. The owner also supplies an ample welcome pack with local produce for each property.The coastline in both directions offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the West Country, and there are many long, sandy beaches and hidden sheltered coves to explore. The unspoilt village of Hartland is 2 miles away, and has a good selection of village shops and highly commended pubs serving food. Coastal walking, fishing, golf, horse riding, surfing and sailing are all available in this stunning area. Docton Mill, Hartland Quay and RHS Rosemoor Gardens are well worth a visit, along with many pretty fishing villages to explore, including nearby Clovelly, Instow and Appledore. For family fun, the Big Sheep and Milky Way adventure parks are a must. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room/step to dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Step to 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No children.

    Both properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Cycle store. Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Downe Holiday Cottages - Vine

    Hartland, nr. Bideford

    Grade
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    Ref: KAAD

    "Glorious sea views from this tranquil retreat on the breathtaking North Devon coast. Downe Holiday Cottages are set in a stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the Hartland Peninsula."

    These eight individual holiday cottages (refs HTTW, HTTX, HTTY, HTTZ, KAAA, KAAB, KAAC and KAAD) have been lovingly converted and sit around a pretty courtyard beside the owners’ home, Downe House, a listed farmhouse dating back to the 15th century in the midst of rolling farmland that slopes gently to the coast. All the properties are spacious, have en-suite bathrooms and many have sea views north to Lundy Island and west over the Atlantic. Guests are free to use the 7 acres of land, including a 2-acre meadow and play area which is ideal for children to let off steam. Guests may use the gym facilities and spa facilities free of charge. The gym is equipped with Life Fitness equipment and is accessible all day. The spa consists of a spa bath (with seats for 8 adults), a steam room (with seats for 7 adults), and a sauna, and is available to guests from 6pm-9pm each evening. There is also a reading room on site which is available for guests. A towelling robe is provided free of charge for each adult.
    The perfect setting for walking holidays, cycling holidays, romantic or family breaks, this relaxing holiday retreat is just 1 mile from the South West Coastal Path, as well as many sandy beaches and hidden coves. To the south west lies Hartland Abbey and to the north west lies Blegberry, a fortified farm dating from the 1600s. In the distance, the stone tower of St Nectan’s Church rises above the picturesque village of Stoke.
    The sea, Berry Cove and the South West Coastal Path are a mile’s walk away along a quiet, single-track road and a small footpath. The unspoilt village of Hartland is a mile away, either by road or by footpaths that take you along the side of a small river through the picturesque vale. The historic village of Clovelly is six miles away.
    This is a perfect spot at any time of year, with fishing, golf, horse riding, surfing, sailing and walking all available in this stunning area. RHS Rosemoor Gardens, Docton Mill and Hartland Quay are well worth a visit, along with many pretty fishing villages to explore, including nearby Instow and Appledore. For family fun, the Big Sheep and Milky Way adventure parks are a must. Beach 1½ miles. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    A two-storey, semi-detached barn conversion. Step to entrance. Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, well-equipped kitchen area, slate floor and French doors to rockery and fenced lily pond. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with additional single bed (for child, for alternative sleeping only), French windows to Juliet balcony, countryside view and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Juliet balcony
    • Garage (for 2 cars)

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Shared
      7-acre grounds with courtyard, 2-acre meadow and furniture
    • Shared spa facilities
    • Shared children’s play area
    • Shared cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond in grounds

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  • Apartment 1

    Torquay

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC252

    Situated just 500 yards from Torquay seafront, these two first floor holiday apartments are situated in a quiet row of shops, just off the main sea front. The apartments have been decorated and furnished to a good standard, and are ideal holiday accommodation for couples or friends holidaying together. The apartments are within walking distance of the shops, sea front, bars and nightclubs of Torquay. Not far from the Princess Theatre, and perfect for a boat trip across the bay to Brixham. There are so many things to do on the English Riviera, with the award winning zoo at Paignton also close by. At Babbacombe you will find a model village and a small theatre all within walking distance, and the beach and bistro are accessed down the cliff railway. There are many National Trust properties all close by, including Greenway, Agatha Christie’s summer house, and The Grand Hotel where she wrote many novels. Tor Abbey sands are also well worth a visit. Beach 500 yards. Shop 10 yards, pub 100 yards, restaurant 500 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Freezer.

    Both properties: Electric radiators, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Burrow Farm Garden Retreat - Valley View

    Dalwood, nr. Axminster

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W2812

    These two charming self contained ground floor apartments are set within 13 acres of wonderful gardens. They are both tastefully furnished with period furniture and make delightful holiday homes in this peaceful part of East Devon, just west of the quaint town of Axminster and on the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Within easy driving of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with its stunning scenery. The popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Beer, Seaton and Sidmouth are a must, along with many attractions, such as Pecorama at Beer, the famous Seaton and District Electric Tramway running along the Seaton Marshes with its abundance of birdlife all year round, and the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth. There are many historic houses and gardens to visit, or you can spend a few days enjoying the cathedral city of Exeter with its amazing cathedral, catacombs, shops and restaurants. Enjoy lovely country walks and village pubs in this unspoilt area, and on your return keen gardeners can wander around the 10 acres of gardens, which are open to the public during the summer. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.75 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio door/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Electricity included (£10per week September-October, February-April). Electric central heating and bed linen included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared enclosed small lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared 13-acre landscaped grounds. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Swimming pool (not for guests’ use), lake and pond in grounds.

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