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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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  • Tuckenhay Mill - Mill Lodge

    Bow Creek, between Dartmouth and Totnes

    Grade
    8
    5
    1
    2
    Ref: FTD

    "Devon’s best kept secret... Just inland from some of Devon’s loveliest and most natural beaches lies the village of Tuckenhay set along Bow Creek on the River Dart...."

    In a setting of stunning natural beauty, Tuckenhay Mill is the centrepiece of a cluster of country homes and cottages with superb leisure facilities including two indoor and one outdoor pools, making it ideal for a family holiday for all ages.
    The Mill which once produced some of the finest paper in the land, nestles in the green and shady Bow Creek, a languid inlet of the River Dart where private yachts have replaced the old tall-masted ships and barges. Around the mill are all the buildings which once went to make up a small bustling village port. These listed buildings have been sympathetically restored and converted to a delightful range of holiday properties to suit larger family parties. Awards have been won for the conversion of buildings and the conservation of the area. With so much to do, many holidaymakers return year after year.



    South Devon awaits you
    Tuckenhay is only a 20-minute drive from the superb award-winning beach at Blackpool Sands and about 30 minutes from a surfing beach at Bantham, as well as some of the best natural beaches to be found anywhere in the UK.
    There is also extensive access to the coastal footpath for walking and the wilderness that is Dartmoor for walking, climbing and riding.
    This is a mecca for ramblers, bird-watchers, swimmers, surfers, horse riders, golfers and those interested in fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing.
    In addition, there are many historic NT houses to visit including Agatha Christies’s Greenway as well as a local vineyard (with award-winning wines) at Sharpham.
    Tuckenhay is only 5 miles inland from Dartmouth and 3 from the market town of Totnes. Village shop 3½ miles. Riverside inn and restaurant within walking distance.



    A superb choice of cottages
    Each of the cottages has been individually styled to offer comfortable and spacious accommodation. Great care has been taken to retain the feel of the original buildings and extensive use has been made of traditional materials. Most have garden, terrace or patio. Individual cottage details are shown on the following pages.
    Many cottages have more than one bathroom and some have an en-suite bathroom to every bedroom. Kitchens are comprehensively equipped: most have dishwashers and all have microwave cookers.
    Couples and honeymooners will feel snug and comfortable in the small cottages: Mill Leat, Mill Stream and Mill Spring. Families can spread out in Papermaker’s or Turbine Cottages, while Mill Lodge, Edgecombe Barn and Tuckenhay Mill House will sleep larger parties in comfort. Of course, combinations of cottages can accommodate bigger gatherings of family or friends.

    An attractive detached stone-built house enjoying a delightful position facing west at the entrance to Tuckenhay Mill with a pleasant rural outlook. Entrance hall with oak floor and impressive staircase. Period-style living room with open fire. Conservatory opening on to private garden and patio area with BBQ. Fully fitted kitchen with arch to dining room. Pretty single bedroom with adjacent shower room and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Two large twin bedrooms. Single bedroom. Second bathroom. Separate toilet.

    • Open fire – initial fuel included October-May
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, hot water and use of swimming pools £210 per week or £115 for short breaks
    • Two cots and high chairs
    • DVD
    • Mini radio/CD
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Conservatory
    • Small garden with patio
    • Summer garden

    • Bed linen included
    • High chairs and additional travel cots available by arrangement (one high chair, one cot in all cottages unless otherwise stated)
    • Flatscreen TVs
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi internet access (limited at times, in badminton/games hall, )
    • Shared payphone
    • Shared use of grounds
    • Shared barbecue area
    • Ample parking for cars and boats
    • Two pints of milk on arrival
    • No smoking (cottages and all facilities)
    • NB: Stream in mill grounds

      ADDITIONAL FACILITIES:
    • Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer by £1 slot meter
    • Extensive indoor and outdoor sporting facilities including 60-ft outdoor swimming pool (8 am to 8 pm, 1 May to 1 October) and all-weather tennis court
    • Superb indoor leisure complex with two heated swimming pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and drench shower (Roman Pool open daily 8.30 am to 8.30 pm – Wednesdays to 9 pm – for all ages, under adult supervision. Waterfall Pool open daily 8.30 am to 6.30 pm for adults and children over 10 accompanied by a swimming adult)

      FACILITIES FOR SMALL CHILDREN:
    • Outdoor - small children’s play areas with swings, climbing frames, slides, Wendy house and football field. Indoor - a huge play area with slides, puzzles, pool table, table football, snooker and table tennis
    • Extra travel cots and high chairs provided
    • Mother and baby changing facility with walk-in shower/wet room (indoor pool). Roman pool with shallow learning bay.

      DOGS WELCOME:
    • One well-behaved dog is welcome in all cottages (except Mill Leat).

    THE TUCKENHAY POOLS
    Tuckenhay is renowned for its spectacular award winning indoor pools with glass mosaics and hand-painted silk murals, they combine exotic decoration with the most modern dehumidification and purification equipment and full changing facilities.
    ROMAN POOL
    This dramatic Roman style 32ft pool (4ft 6in deep) has a safe children’s bay reached by separate steps. Completing the experience are sauna and steam room (£1 by slot meter), a refreshing cool drench shower fed from the underground spring and a separate Jacuzzi with hydro jets.
    Open daily from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm. Children must be supervised.
    WATERFALL POOL
    This award winning pool is sculptured in a curved shape over 40ft long (4ft 6in deep), and bounded in part by a natural grotto rock face of tumbling water. It incorporates the ultimate in water movement technology: floor and wall massage jets, water volcanoes, water cannons and swim jets. There are two Jacuzzis - one in the pool - sauna and steam room (£1 by slot meter) and hot and cold spring-fed showers.
    Separate mother and baby changing facilities with walk-in shower/wet room. Open daily from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm. Adults and children over ten with a swimming adult.
    The extra charge for use of pools and heating, detailed in the cottage descriptions is all inclusive in the final balance.
    HEATED OUTDOOR POOL - with heated hot tub with sauna and drench shower
    This 60ft pool (3ft - 6ft 6in deep) has landscaped riverside sunbathing terrace and sloping lawn to stream. Open daily 8am to 8pm (1 May–1 Oct). Children must be supervised.

    LOTS MORE TO DO AT TUCKENHAY MILL

    • Tennis court - a full sized all-weather court. Please bring your own racquets and balls: tennis shoes, not trainers, please
    • Gymnasium - fully equipped with Polaris stations and Aerodyne bikes
    • Badminton court - outdoor court. Please bring your own racquets and shuttlecocks
    • Sports hall - with indoor badminton court and young children’s play area
    • Snooker room - full-sized period table (experienced players only) with additional small snooker table and pool table
    • Second snooker room (open between 9am and 4pm) - with ¾-sized slate table (experienced players only) with pool table and children’s mini-table. Note Papermaker’s Cottage and Turbine Cottage have their own table.
    • Short mat bowls
    • Croquet lawn
    • Hot tub - with sauna on sunbathing deck (1 May to 20 September)
    • 20 acres of grounds with almost 1 mile of pathways (for dog walking) through meadows, dells and woodland; barbecue area, children’s play area and picnic spots.
    • Use of greens and 18-hole championship course (25% discount) at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club

    IN SYMPATHY WITH THE ENVIRONMENT
    Tuckenhay Mill has led the way with most of the pools being heated by ground source heat pumps. Awards have been given for energy saving as well as pool design and conversion of buildings. 2008 saw the extension of the 20 acres of stunning natural landscape opening up nearly a mile of footpaths through dells, meadows and woodlands along with a natural waterfall. This is the place to enjoy a personal ‘Spring or Autumn Watch’ with swallows in the log store, buzzards on the adjacent hillside, owls in the woods and ducks and swans down on Bow Creek. Strolls can be taken with the dog and picnics enjoyed on a bench by the river. Children can stroke the goats and even collect eggs for breakfast from the hens (when laying)!

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  • Lealholme

    Salcombe

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    6
    Ref: SHLEALH

    This detached Victorian family house has been renovated, furnished and decorated to a very high standard. Within easy walking distance of the town, it is very well equipped and has good views over rooftops to the estuary, Snapes Point and East Portlemouth. This property has been awarded Visit England Gold 5 star rating.

    Steps up from road level to Front door. TV/Second Sitting Room: 3D TV, Blueray DVD, wii, feature fireplace, bay window with window seat, some views. Sitting Room: spacious with TV, Blueray DVD, bay window with window seat, some views, wooden flooring, leading through to Dining Room/Kitchen: fully fitted, tiled floor, granite worktops, centre island with sinks and breakfast bar, two electric ovens and induction hobs, microwave, large fridge/freezer, wine fridge, extra large dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine (please bring your own coffee pods). 10 seater dining table. Large bifold doors to terrace. Door to Rear Hall, side access to house and door to Utility Room: sink, washing machine, tumble dryer, door to garden/ terrace. Shower Room: shower cubicle, basin, WC.
    From hallway stairs to First Floor.
    Bedroom 1: superking bed (6’), views, ensuite shower room: shower cubicle, basin, WC.
    Bedroom 2: kingsize bed (5’), views, ensuite shower room: shower cubicle, basin, WC.
    Bedroom 3: twin/zip lock beds (5’). Bedroom 4: off set bunk beds (3’). Top bunk not suitable for under 6.
    Bathroom: fully tiled with bath, shower cubicle, basin, WC.

    Outside: to front - decked and paved sun terrace, outdoor furniture. Outdoor shower. To rear - sunny paved terrace on two levels with outdoor furniture and BBQ.
    Please note that children should be supervised in the outside areas.
    Parking: for two cars.
    Duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels provided.
    Telephone: incoming and local calls only.
    Wifi available.
    Gas central heating. Under floor heating to kitchen.
    One well behaved dog welcome (downstairs only) at the discretion of the owner at an additional £25 per wk.
    An extra 2 persons could be accommodated at an extra charge and by prior arrangement only. Please note that this property sleeps a maximum of 6 adults.

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  • Little Stretton

    Thurlestone

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: HAB

    Situated in a very quiet rural location, this detached family property has been renovated and extended to a very high standard. Well-appointed throughout, the spacious holiday property boasts a contemporary interior and has been tastefully furnished. The large, fully enclosed garden enjoys a patio - ideal for al-fresco dining - as well as a delightful sunny aspect. Set in the popular picture-postcard village of Thurlestone, with its pink-washed thatched cottages, and several splendid sandy beaches can be enjoyed less than a mile away. The South West Coastal Path, the longest footpath in Britain, passes close to the village and provides superb walking through stunning and dramatic countryside.

    Nearby Kingsbridge is a busy market town distinguished by fine Tudor and Georgian buildings, with a largely Elizabethan colonnaded Shambles. A summer ferry runs from here to the sailing and holiday resort of Salcombe, whose calm waters are strewn with small craft, with the ruined Fort Charles at the entrance to the harbour injecting a touch of romance. Just east of Kingsbridge is the lagoon of the Slapton Ley Nature Reserve which supports herons, terns, widgeon and great crested grebes.

    Further afield is the unique resort of Torquay, where the small marina can seem almost Mediterranean, especially at night when coloured lights festoon the harbour. The large sandy beaches are a major attraction, and there are also several museums, houses and ornamental gardens to explore. Shop 1/2 mile.

    Step to entrance. Hallway with wooden floor. Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove, rugs on wooden floor, patio doors to garden, and spacious well-equipped modern Shaker-style kitchen area. Utility. Two bedrooms, one double with 5ft bed and rugs on wooden floor, one bunk. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, TV and far-reaching sea views. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two TVs
    • Two DVDs
    • Sony Playstation 2
    • CD
    • Double oven
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone (honesty box - local calls only)
    • Large enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Samphire

    Brixham

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: 24073

    A delightful property set within walking distance of Brixham town centre and the harbour. Situated in an elevated position in a quiet residential area of Brixham, with panoramic views of the town with its many brightly coloured cottages. Modern in design and tastefully decorated and furnished throughout, the south facing lounge opens onto a lovely balcony with table and chairs, which overlooks the enclosed garden. Brixham is a lovely seaside town and is still one of the busiest working fishing harbours in the area. The harbour is full of little fishing boats and trawlers and some of the best fish and chips can be enjoyed here. The town offers all the usual tourist shops along with many restaurants and coffee shops, and has a regular bus service which will be able to take you into Goodrington, Paignton and Torquay without having to use your car. There is so much here for all the family to enjoy, including the water park at Goodrington, Paignton Zoo and living coast at Torquay. There are also many other quieter days out such as Greenway Mansion, the home of Agatha Christie, or taking the steam train trip up to Buckfastleigh and visit the otter and butterfly sanctuary. Car and passenger ferry from Kingswear to Dartmouth 1 mile. Totnes 8 miles. Shops ¼ mile, pub 200 yards.

    Lower ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Ground floor: Living room with patio door. 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Orford Mill - Riverside

    Great Torrington

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: HSF

    "Deep in Tarka the Otter country where the river glides beneath the trees and time stands still..."

    Orford Mill lies alongside the River Torridge in a beautiful wooded valley, nestled below the historic town of Torrington. With its air of peace and tranquillity, abundant wildflowers and river life, it became the setting for Henry Williamson’s magical story of Tarka the Otter. Indeed, the mill wheel in which Tarka hid from the hound Deadlock was at Orford Mill. This superb location makes a wonderful holiday base, especially for families, with sandy beaches on the North Devon coast only 10 miles away.
    The complex consists of a Grade II listed water mill and manor house, now converted into nine delightful cottages, all equipped to Visit Britain ‘4 Star’ standard. Most overlook the charming ornamental courtyard with its ponds and flowerbeds. Riverside is detached and overlooks the river. All cottages retain character features such as exposed beams and stonework, and each is furnished in an individual style to a very high standard. Guests can enjoy an indoor heated swimming pool, with lovely river views, as well as a spa room and all-weather tennis court, games room and fenced outdoor children’s play area. There is an on-site cafe with wi-fi (open 9am-9pm). In addition, fishing rights are available on 200 yards of river (bring own licence, or avail locally at cost). All the waterways are safely fenced.
    The countryside around Orford Mill is dotted with sleepy villages nestled among the hills, while extensive woodlands, traversed by many footpaths, offer the chance to experience the area’s natural beauty at close quarters. Adjacent to the grounds are the renowned RHS gardens at Rosemoor, and other local attractions include Dartington Crystal, offering a factory tour and visitor centre. Great Torrington is only a mile away with good shopping and amenities, and there is golf at nearby Hartland. Orford Mill adjoins Torrington Common which extends to 365 acres, incorporating 20 miles of footpaths. The common is a haven for wildlife. The ‘Big Sheep’ and ‘Milky Way’ theme parks are each less than 10 miles away.
    The River Torridge runs downstream to the ancient port of Bideford, still with a working quay offering boat trips out to Lundy Island. Just around the corner is the attractive little town of Appledore with its colourful houses and narrow streets. To either side lies Devon’s most spectacular stretch of coastal scenery – a chain of magnificent cliffs and rocky promontories, interspersed here and there by long flat sandy beaches, where the Atlantic breakers roll in to create ideal surfing conditions. There are splendid beaches at Instow and Westward Ho!, the latter bordered by the Royal North Devon Golf Club, and the Northam Nature Reserve. Further west is the supremely picturesque Clovelly, whose narrow, cobbled main street descends at a dizzying gradient to the little harbour below. To the south, the cathedral city of Exeter can be reached via a delightful drive through lush river valleys.
    Orford Mill offers very attractive accommodation set in 3 acres of beautiful gardens with streams, waterfalls and the water wheel which is still operational. Excellent as a touring base, it makes a good choice for a holiday whatever the weather. Shop ½ mile.

    This two-storey cottage, adjacent to the swimming pool, has a private decked balcony with lovely views over the river. Beamed living/dining room with wood burner and French doors to balcony. Well-equipped modern fitted kitchen. Two beamed bedrooms with doors to balcony; one double with en-suite bathroom with double ended whirlpool/airstream bath (for 2 persons) and toilet, one twin with TV. Bathroom with over bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two beamed bedrooms, one double bedroom, one twin with views over the river.

    • Wood burner
    • DVD
    • Private decked balcony and furniture

    • Electricity, full oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included
    • Cot, travel cot and high chair by arrangement
    • TV with digital terrestrial channels
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi (in on-site café, open 9am - 9pm)
    • Shared grounds with sitting-out area and furniture
    • Gas barbecues for hire by arrangement
    • Ample parking
    • Shared games room with pool table, games machines
    • Shared outside area with table tennis
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (12ft x 33ft) with changing and shower facilities
    • Shared spa room with hot tub, wet and dry saunas
    • Massage and beauty treatments by arrangement
    • Shared hard all weather tennis court (bring own equipment, and tennis shoes – no trainers)
    • Professional tennis ball machine with wide speed variation from 12-80 mph for hire (over 16s only)
    • On-site river fishing (bring own licence, or available locally at cost)
    • Children’s play area with swings and playhouse
    • Heidi’s Hideaway (playroom for toddlers and young children)
    • Adventure fort
    • No smoking
    • NB: Securely fenced river on-site
    • Main TV in each cottage is linked (via colour video.audio camera) to its own individual bird box, providing live images on TV

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  • Horselake Farm Cottages - Honey Pippin

    Cheriton Bishop

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: UKC285

    Shared outdoor heated swimming pool

    Set amid 10½-acre grounds, complete with outdoor heated swimming pool and children’s play area, these five holiday properties (26767, 26768, 27123, UKC284 and UKC285) occupy a beautiful setting. Named after British apples, they have been imaginatively converted from former fruit barns.
    Florina (UKC284) and Honey Pippin (UKC285) are two spacious, detached properties furnished and equipped in contemporary style. Offering superb holiday accommodation for a larger family, they boast huge living rooms with underfloor heating. They also have sleek, high gloss kitchens with quartz worktops, and wonderful bathrooms. The bedrooms are beautifully appointed, with large, fluffy towels, gowns and slippers provided for the adults. Florina (UKC284) and Honey Pippin (UKC285) also have their own private hots tub, a patio with sunloungers, bistro table and chairs and outdoor seating.

    All the properties at Horselake have a private garden or courtyard, whilst enjoying the freedom to roam the grounds and make the most of the shared facilities. Ideal for exploring South Devon with its stunning coastline, and resorts such as Dawlish and Teignmouth. Rugged Dartmoor is only a short drive, and many family attractions are within easy reach including Castle Drogo (National Trust), Fingle Bridge, the Teign Gorge, and Canonteign Falls and Country Park. Within 10 miles of the old cathedral city of Exeter, with its many varied attractions including a racecourse, shopping, antique shops, guided tours and a host of summer festivals. Fishing on the River Teign, 3 miles. Golf 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant within 1 mile.

    Italian tiled floor throughout.
    Ground Floor:

    Laundry room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed, dressing room, patio doors leading to garden and en-suite with double shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and patio doors to garden.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and patio doors to garden.
    First Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With 48" Sky TV (full Sky package) and patio doors leading to large balcony.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With 2 electric ovens, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Living room 2: With 50" Sky TV (full Sky package) and patio doors leading to garden.
    Bedroom 4: With kingsize bed.
    Separate toilet.
    Bathroom: With Jacuzzi bath, walk-in double shower, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Biomass underfloor central heating included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area with garden furniture. Shared enclosed garden with garden furniture. Hot tub. Parking for 4 cars.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Shared games room with pool table and darts (April-October only). Shared landscaped and wooded grounds with garden furniture. Shared children’s play area with wendy house, swings and slide. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (36m x 13m, depth 0.9m to 2.1m, open 1st May to 30th September) with changing facilities. Mini-gym room with cross trainer, running machine and weights. No smoking.

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  • The Coach House

    Topsham, nr. Exeter

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: RCHR35

    This former coaching house dates from the 18th century offering spacious character accommodation in the attractive town of Topsham on the River Exe. The property has been renovated to a very good standard providing an ideal base for a family holiday or group get togethers. Sitting on the very edge of town close to the lovely strand with time wasting views over the busy estuary which is especially good for ornithology avocets in winter with RSPB hides. The bird watching here is stunning, look out for waders and migrating birds. There are three good golf courses within 7 miles, Devon’s capital city of Exeter is just 4 miles and the sandy beach of Exmouth just 7 miles and the resort of Sidmouth is 14 miles. Topsham has a host of lovely small shops, fabulous restaurants and a couple of good pubs. The Coach House has a 2-acre paddock with frontage looking over the estuary, you can also walk all the way around the 2-acres and the views are quite stunning. Topsham has so much to offer, take the ferry over to Exmouth, or visit the many NT places, all within a few miles, or Dartmoor with its ponies and heather clad tors. Topsham also has an outdoor heated swimming pool. The town of Budleigh Salterton is well worth a visit. There is a cycle/walking route starting right from the door which goes along the Exe estuary as far as Exmouth, taking in Lympstone and Exton. There is also a floating restaurant at Exmouth which is well worth a visit. Bikes can be hired from the nearby farm which has a great farmshop, restaurant and deli. During the August bank holiday, Topsham has its own carnival which is not to be missed. The Jurassic Coastal Path is close by taking in Beer, Branscombe, Sidmouth and Seaton, the walk is quite stunning. Shops, restaurants and pubs 500 yards.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet (accessed via covered courtyard). Utility room. First floor: Living/dining room with beams/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Use of 2-acre enclosed paddock. Ample parking. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Mayfield

    Seaton

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    4
    Ref: KBBC

    With just a short walk to the beach, Mayfield is an ideal holiday cottage from which to explore East Devon and beyond. Set in the Victorian town of Seaton on the mouth of the River Axe with a pebble award-winning beach, this property is perfect for a family, cycling or walking holiday, and wonderful for bird watchers, as there is a conservation area with ten bird hides just 500 yards away. Mayfield has been restored to a very high standard and offers lots of original character, with a wood-burning stove in the living room, an Aga in the kitchen and lovely parquet floors throughout. There are two garden areas which are both enclosed, ideal for al fresco dining in the summer months. A unique seaside town in East Devon, Seaton sits on the Jurassic Coast which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. It offers natural wonders, family adventures, sporting opportunities and a large variety of places where visitors can eat, drink and relax. The famous South West Coast Path is easily accessible, as well as the spectacular Axe Valley Wetlands. Visit the Seaton Tramway, and hop onto a narrow gauge heritage tram and travel from Seaton alongside the River Axe Estuary through two nature reserves. Sailing and cycling are available locally and there are many National Trust properties to visit. The market town of Axminster lies about 5½ miles away. To the east is the coastal resort of Lyme Regis and to the west are the fishing villages of Beer and Branscombe and the Regency Gothic town of Sidmouth. The county town of Exeter, 23 miles west, provides a range of shopping facilities, theatres and restaurants. Beach 800 yards. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Spacious living room with wood-burning stove and parquet floor. Sitting room with wood-burning stove and parquet floor. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen with 4-oven Aga, large dining table and parquet floor. Utility with electric 4-hob cooker. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds (can be 6ft double on request). Two steps down to double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stoves - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Gas, electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Gas 4-oven Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
    • Enclosed lawned area with swings
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Monks Treasure

    Pyworthy, nr. Holsworthy

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: 28891

    As the name suggests, Monks Treasure is a real gem of a property. Nestling within glorious countryside close to the breathtaking North Cornish Coast, this spacious holiday property is the ideal retreat for family and friends to escape to and relax. Guests are invited to explore the owner’s 160-acre working beef farm, presented with a gold award from the Devon Wildlife Trust for its dedication to wildlife conservation in the country. The farm is steeped in history and legend, not least the fact that treasure from the nearby monastery is buried somewhere within the grounds. There are also two large fenced ponds available for guests to use for coarse fishing (by arrangement with owner, rods not provided). Situated 7 miles from the golden sands of Bude and Widemouth Bay, with excellent surfing, pretty coves and dramatic coastal walks. Relax with a game of snooker on the full size snooker table in the beamed games room with large plasma TV, overlooking the pretty, private rear courtyard, complete with an eight seater hot tub. A stunning location that has something for everyone, coastal and country walking, watersports and fishing at the nearby Tamar Lakes, golf, surfing, horse riding, cycling or simply relaxing. Family theme parks in abundance, including Crealy Adventure Park, The Milky Way and The Big Sheep. Pretty fishing villages and spectacular beaches and coves are dotted all along this coastline from Padstow, Tintagel, Crackington Haven and Bude, and for a great day out the Eden Project is within easy reach. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Games room with beams. 4 bedrooms: 3 double, two with French doors, 1 twin with French doors and en-suite shower room with toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Open-tread stairs to galleried area.

    Solid fuel central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small gravelled garden with patio, decked area and furniture. Shared 160-acre unspoilt, natural woodland. Barbecue. Ample parking. Hot tub. Games room with full size snooker table and board games. No smoking. NB: Two fenced ponds in grounds.

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  • Plumtree Cottage

    Abbotskerswell, nr. Newton Abbot

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: UKC25

    Plumtree Cottage is in a peaceful spot on the edge of Abbotskerswell with rolling fields and woodland beyond. It is a large, south-facing, detached, family home, which has been decorated and furnished to a very high standard. The property is spacious and is ideal for family or friends to get together. It is set in 2 acres of enclosed garden with terraces and well-positioned seating to enjoy the sun all day. This is the perfect location for beach holidays, walking, cycling, bird watching and surfing.

    Abbotskerswell village has a good food pub, shop, café and church, mid-way between the edge of Dartmoor at Ashburton with local shops, cafés and restaurants, and the seaside resort of Torquay, which has a theatre, good shopping and harbour. There are 22 miles of coastline, cliffs, coves, beaches and walks to explore, with opportunities for surfing, swimming, diving, sailing, angling and to study the natural wildlife at leisure. Stunning views are to be seen just about everywhere across the bay, out over the English Channel, along the 40 miles of Lyme Bay to Portland Bill, or inland towards the tors of Dartmoor.

    This is an ideal base from which to visit Dartmouth, Totnes, Exeter and Plymouth. Paignton with its zoo, steam railway and sandy beaches are worth a visit. Brixham makes a great day out with its fishing port or catch the boat from Torquay. Explore Totnes, an attractive old town on the River Dart, with river cruises to Dartmouth, where you can visit castles, go shopping or just take in the sights. For golf enthusiasts, a golf course can be found 1 mile away. Newton Abbot, an old market town, is 2 miles away. Discover National Trust castles at Compton, 3 miles and Berry Pomeroy. There are many other NT places to visit, including Greenway, Agatha Christie’s summer home. Explore Dartmoor, with its rocky tors, wild ponies, exquisite walks, horse riding, fishing, cycling, falconry and golf at Bovey Castle, an award-winning course. Don’t forget to stop for a cream tea in one of the many tea shops on Dartmoor. Within a few miles are the two picturesque villages of Chagford and Mortenhampstead, with historic inns, excellent pubs, tea rooms, curiosity shops, tennis courts and the Miniature Pony Centre. There is so much to do in this part of Devon, one visit will not be enough! Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Spacious living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Sitting room. Spacious dining room with wooden floor. Large, well-equipped kitchen with gas Aga (for cooking), breakfast area and tiled floor. Utility. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet; one with 5ft bed, one with dressing room. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freesat TV
    • Smart TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Gas Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wine cooler
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed 2 acres of lawned grounds with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: 6 steps, sloping bank and covered pond in grounds.

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  • Orford Mill - Henry Williamson

    Great Torrington

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: HSN

    "Deep in Tarka the Otter country where the river glides beneath the trees and time stands still..."

    Orford Mill lies alongside the River Torridge in a beautiful wooded valley, nestled below the historic town of Torrington. With its air of peace and tranquillity, abundant wildflowers and river life, it became the setting for Henry Williamson’s magical story of Tarka the Otter. Indeed, the mill wheel in which Tarka hid from the hound Deadlock was at Orford Mill. This superb location makes a wonderful holiday base, especially for families, with sandy beaches on the North Devon coast only 10 miles away.
    The complex consists of a Grade II listed water mill and manor house, now converted into nine delightful cottages, all equipped to Visit Britain ‘4 Star’ standard. Most overlook the charming ornamental courtyard with its ponds and flowerbeds. Riverside is detached and overlooks the river. All cottages retain character features such as exposed beams and stonework, and each is furnished in an individual style to a very high standard. Guests can enjoy an indoor heated swimming pool, with lovely river views, as well as a spa room and all-weather tennis court, games room and fenced outdoor children’s play area. There is an on-site cafe with wi-fi (open 9am-9pm). In addition, fishing rights are available on 200 yards of river (bring own licence, or avail locally at cost). All the waterways are safely fenced.
    The countryside around Orford Mill is dotted with sleepy villages nestled among the hills, while extensive woodlands, traversed by many footpaths, offer the chance to experience the area’s natural beauty at close quarters. Adjacent to the grounds are the renowned RHS gardens at Rosemoor, and other local attractions include Dartington Crystal, offering a factory tour and visitor centre. Great Torrington is only a mile away with good shopping and amenities, and there is golf at nearby Hartland. Orford Mill adjoins Torrington Common which extends to 365 acres, incorporating 20 miles of footpaths. The common is a haven for wildlife. The ‘Big Sheep’ and ‘Milky Way’ theme parks are each less than 10 miles away.
    The River Torridge runs downstream to the ancient port of Bideford, still with a working quay offering boat trips out to Lundy Island. Just around the corner is the attractive little town of Appledore with its colourful houses and narrow streets. To either side lies Devon’s most spectacular stretch of coastal scenery – a chain of magnificent cliffs and rocky promontories, interspersed here and there by long flat sandy beaches, where the Atlantic breakers roll in to create ideal surfing conditions. There are splendid beaches at Instow and Westward Ho!, the latter bordered by the Royal North Devon Golf Club, and the Northam Nature Reserve. Further west is the supremely picturesque Clovelly, whose narrow, cobbled main street descends at a dizzying gradient to the little harbour below. To the south, the cathedral city of Exeter can be reached via a delightful drive through lush river valleys.
    Orford Mill offers very attractive accommodation set in 3 acres of beautiful gardens with streams, waterfalls and the water wheel which is still operational. Excellent as a touring base, it makes a good choice for a holiday whatever the weather. Shop ½ mile.

    This two-storey property is entered through a stone archway in the original manor house. First floor: Living/dining room with wood burner. Well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen. Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite toilet. Twin bedroom with TV, video and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Bunk bedroom (3ft beds) with en-suite toilet. Family bathroom and shower over whirlpool bath and toilet.

    • Wood burner
    • Video
    • Sitting-out area and furniture

    • Electricity, full oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included
    • Cot, travel cot and high chair by arrangement
    • TV with digital terrestrial channels
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi (in on-site café, open 9am - 9pm)
    • Shared grounds with sitting-out area and furniture
    • Gas barbecues for hire by arrangement
    • Ample parking
    • Shared games room with pool table, games machines
    • Shared outside area with table tennis
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (12ft x 33ft) with changing and shower facilities
    • Shared spa room with hot tub, wet and dry saunas
    • Massage and beauty treatments by arrangement
    • Shared hard all weather tennis court (bring own equipment, and tennis shoes – no trainers)
    • Professional tennis ball machine with wide speed variation from 12-80 mph for hire (over 16s only)
    • On-site river fishing (bring own licence, or available locally at cost)
    • Children’s play area with swings and playhouse
    • Heidi’s Hideaway (playroom for toddlers and young children)
    • Adventure fort
    • No smoking
    • NB: Securely fenced river on-site
    • Main TV in each cottage is linked (via colour video.audio camera) to its own individual bird box, providing live images on TV

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  • The Leas

    Ilfracombe

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: E3769

    Commanding panoramic sea views, this superb family house is set in pretty gardens in an ideal location at the end of a private no through road, 220 yards from the coast. It is spacious, having one bunk bedroom and three double bedrooms, one large, with kingsize bed, and adjoins Palm Leas (E3587), with which it shares the grounds. It lies just a short stroll from shops, restaurants, an indoor swimming pool and the famous Landmark Theatre arts and entertainment complex as well as the picturesque harbour showing Damien Hirst’s statue Verity. The unique Tunnels Beaches provide bathing areas with secluded beaches and pools, accessed through tunnels quarried beneath the cliffs, whilst the pretty cove of Hele Bay is a paradise of rock pools and sandy inlets for that perfect day out. Visitors can enjoy spectacular coastal walking from the door, and both horse riding and golf are available within 1 mile as are boat trips to Lundy Island and pleasure boat and fishing excursions along the dramatic coastline. Magnificent sandy beaches at Woolacombe, 5 miles, and Croyde, and the beautiful, evocative landscape of Exmoor National Park are under 15 minutes’ drive, whilst nearby attractions include Arlington Court National Trust, Watermouth Castle, a wildlife and dinosaur park and flower bedecked Barnstaple’s famous pannier markets. Shop 440 yards, pub 200 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With breakfast area, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With bunk bed.
    Shower room: With shower and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 4: With 4ft double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-fi included. Wood burner, available October-April, initial logs included. Cot and highchair available on request. Travel cot. Shared laundry room. Shared garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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