"Enjoy the ‘cream’ of Devon at one of the eleven cottages on the Ashcombe Estate..."
Situated in the heart of rolling Devon countryside, the privately owned Ashcombe country estate nestles in a peaceful valley close to the sandy beaches of Dawlish and Torquay. Enjoy walking on the estate’s hills and woodlands, swim in the heated indoor swimming pool, or relax in the sauna at Woodhouse Farm while children play in the indoor and outdoor playgrounds. The owners have made a great effort to ensure that the cottages are both comfortable and practical while the location could not be better for a wide range of Devon attractions.
It might be a family holiday or big reunion, a special celebration, a fun business get-together, a group trip, or a relaxing weekend to recharge your batteries; whatever the reason the facilities are designed to be perfect for winter and summer holidays and the secrets of the Ashcombe cottages’ appeal are presentation, comfort and convenience. The cottages are maintained to very high standards. All have leather sofas, flatscreen digital TVs and very comfortable mattresses - the owners consider a good night’s sleep the most important thing! The cottages either have Italian tiled floors or wooden floors, and some still retain many original features including oak beamed ceilings. The properties cater for almost any party size, sleeping from 4 to 28 people and are all rated either 4 or 5 stars. Ashcombe’s larger cottages provide great value for money for visitors sharing with their friends and families. For meals, an in-house chef can be booked to come and do the hard work (arranged direct with the owner). The heated indoor swimming pool (1 mile away) is perfect for any rainy days and keep the children happy. Cider Barn sleeping 16 and Nut Tree Farm sleeping 28, which are both 5 star rated, also have outdoor swimming pools for the summer.
For those wishing to enjoy a more adrenaline-charged holiday, the brilliant Ashcombe outdoor activity centre (at extra cost) offers quad bike safaris, clay pigeon shooting, archery, paintballing and more and is located just under a mile down the lane and is available for those 14 years and over. At the end of the day the Ashcombe Village Club provides cheap beer and a cheerful atmosphere.
Both Dartmoor National Park and the historic city of Exeter are only 20 minutes’ drive away while the famous South Devon Coast, with wonderful sandy beaches, is barely 3 miles. Exeter and Newton Abbot Racecourses, several golf courses, loads of family theme parks, zoos, sailing and fishing are all within easy reach, not to mention the many excellent pubs and restaurants that Devon is famous for. The wild beauty of Dartmoor is 20 minutes away with its abundance of wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Numerous National Trust properties are close by including Agatha Christie’s Greenway. Steam trains travel from Kingswear to Paignton and Totnes to Buckfastleigh. Visit historic Dartmouth with bustling boat harbour, castle, contemporary art galleries and boutiques. Salcombe with its beaches, sailing and water sports is also easily accessible, as well as Blackpool Sands, Slapton and picturesque Dittisham with its annual crab catching competition.
Slightly further afield, East Cornwall and the Eden Project are within an hour’s drive. Take a walk along the South West Coast Path which runs along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast and offers the walker stunning views, with a bird’s eye view of many coastal features. From the coast path you can experience the drama of sheer cliff faces, take in the wonderful towns of Beer, the ‘picture postcard’ fishing village, or Budleigh Salterton. This tranquil and historic seaside town nestles on the edge of a pebble beach beneath spectacular red cliffs, made famous by literary giants such as Noel Coward, P.G. Wodehouse and Anthony Trollope. Visit Seaton with its famous trams or Sidmouth which still has a unique charm and has captivated thousands of holidaymakers. Beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, Regency history, clean beaches and friendly shops – it is all here in this lovely seaside town. All in all Ashcombe is an excellent base to explore, experience and enjoy ‘The Cream of Devon’. Main shops 3 miles.
Nut Tree Farm is one of the rare properties in the UK, where a group of people can all stay in one big house and sit down to meals together - making it perfect for extended family groups. Nut Tree Farm sleeps up to 28 people in 13 bedrooms, all with their own en-suite shower/bathrooms. The accommodation is split between the barn wing of the building and the farmhouse, and guests have exclusive use of Nut Tree Farm’s heated outdoor pool and a games barn. Just up the hill are the Woodhouse Farm’s heated indoor swimming pool. Main shops 4 miles.
Farmhouse: Comfortable living room with open fire and leather sofas. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Large double bedroom with 5ft bed, additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Cloakroom with toilet. Wide oak stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room and toilet. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet; one with additional single bed (for +1). Barn: Comfortable 18ft x 18ft living room leading to large dining room with seating for 28 at 3 oak tables, leading to oak kitchen with two ovens. Utility. Double bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite wet room (equipped for disabled) and toilet, and one with en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Four bedrooms, each with en-suite wet room and toilet; one double, three twin.
- Open fire - fuel included
- Full oil central heating included
- Towels included
- Additional TV
- Additional DVD
- iPod dock
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Additional dishwasher
- Additional fridge/freezer
- Two enclosed lawns, one with shady walnut tree
- Gas barbecue
- Outdoor swimming pool heated April-October (24ft x 12ft, level depth 4ft) with changing facilities
- External games barn with table tennis, pool table
- Wheelchair access
- Electricity included
- Bed linen included
- High chair
- Hair dryer
- Shared payphone (in foyer of heated swimming pool)
- Garden furniture
- No smoking
ADDITIONAL FACILITIES (at Woodhouse Farm)
* Indoor heated swimming pool with changing rooms (available all year) 10am–7pm.
* Pool table.
* Lounge with TV and broadband avail for early arrivals
* Small indoor children’s playroom
* Sun terrace with furniture (adjacent to pool).
* Enclosed orchard with seating.
* Enclosed children’s playground with swings and slides.
*Village club with licensed bar at Ashcombe, weekly events - 1 mile from Woodhouse Farm.
ASHCOMBE ADVENTURE CENTRE - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND
* Quad biking (woodland safaris)
* Clay pigeon shooting
* Paintball over streams and ravines
* Licensed bar and restaurant
* Conference rooms