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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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  • Torns Park

    Ashburton

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: E3013

    Furnished in period style, this detached country house boasts the spacious elegance of a bygone era as well as superb views towards Buckfast Abbey from its elevated position within Dartmoor National Park. Ashburton (1 mile) offers interesting art, craft and antique shops. The River Dart Country Park, National Hunt racing, golf courses and many other attractions are all nearby. Customers will receive a cream tea on arrival. Torbay and coast 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Reading room. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom (no toilet). Shower room and toilet. Z bed available.

    Open fire in living room included. Electric heaters and electricity by £1 coin meter. NSH, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Oil Aga (winter only). Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. 0.75-acre garden. Verandah and furniture. Parking. Natural water supply from borehole.

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  • Higher Stidston Farm

    South Brent, nr. Totnes

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: 29619

    An ideal base for a family gathering

    This spacious, detached, bungalow is located on a working farm in the heart of the rural south Devon countryside, just 5 minutes from the A38, making exploring the whole region very accessible. The holiday property has plenty of space inside for a family, as well as a large garden with an open outlook of far reaching views across rolling farmland, and directly to the front of the garden there are fields where often cattle and sheep are grazing. The little village of Avonwick is just 2 miles away and has a small village shop and pub. The wonderfully eclectic historic town of Totnes and the pretty village of Dartington is just 5 miles. This is a lovely family home, ideal for those family holidays and gatherings, or for friends to get-together throughout the entire year. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Kitchen with dining area. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 3 double, one (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, (two 5ft), one with additional day bed (for child), 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Oil Rayburn. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. Pets to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking.

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  • Tuckenhay Mill - Edgecombe Barn

    Bow Creek, between Dartmouth and Totnes

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: HFU

    "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.

    In a glorious secluded rural position amongst fields, woodland and stream. This detached barn is set apart from the other properties – yet is only a 5-10 minute walk through the meadow and woods to the facilities at the Mill. Converted from a former stone barn, it features a large, beamed living room with wood-burning stove and a few steps down to the well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with French doors to south facing, cobbled terrace, lawn with garden furniture and charcoal BBQ. Master double bedroom with 5ft bed and spacious en-suite shower room and toilet (power shower). First floor: Large double bedroom with spacious en-suite shower room and toilet (power shower). Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom and toilet.

    • wood-burning stove – initial fuel included October-May
    • Electricity, oil-fired central heating, hot water, use of swimming pools £210 per week or £115 for short breaks
    • Two cots
    • Two high chairs
    • DVD
    • Mini radio/CD
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Additional fridge
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Cobbled terrace, furniture
    • Parking
    • Barbecue

    • 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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  • Ashcombe - Freedom

    Ashcombe, nr. Dawlish

    Grade
    8
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: HHX

    "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.


    Freedom Cottage, overlooking the old farm courtyard, was converted from the Woodhouse Farm creamery where the farmer churned the milk, and is located across the courtyard from the indoor swimming pool. Four steps to entrance. Open-plan living room with dining area and door to sitting-out area. Well-equipped, galley-style kitchen with wooden worktops, high-beamed pitched ceiling, Velux roof light and slate floor. Spiral stairs down to lower ground floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, additional single bed (for +1 child) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom with additional single bed (for + 1) and en-suite shower room and toilet. Spiral stairs from entrance level up to first floor: Beamed double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Electric ‘log-effect’ fire
    • Electric rads included
    • Towels for hire £4 per person
    • Digital 32" TV
    • Washer/dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Patio

    • Electricity included
    • Bed linen included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Hair dryer
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Shared payphone (in foyer of heated swimming pool)
    • Garden furniture
    • Parking
    • 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
    * Sauna
    * 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







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  • White Dove Barn

    Wembury

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    4
    Ref: 23399

    Situated within a SSSI, this detached holiday barn is situated within the glorious coastline of the South Hams, close to Wembury Bay marine conservation area. This beautifully presented and spacious Grade II listed barn dates back to the 17th century. Close to the owners home, it has been carefully restored to a very high standard benefiting from all modern conveniencies. Guests can access the first floor by an oak staircase, or a second spiral staircase. It was once an integral part of Langdon Barton - the 300-acre working farm which has been in the same family for 110 years and still in use. A 15-minute walk over fields leads to Wembury beach offering rock pools, a NT cafe and safe bathing. Here you will also find the South Devon Coastal Footpath, with stunning sea views of Mewstone Island and across Plymouth Sound to the Cornish coastline and on a clear day in the distance you can see the Eddystone Lighthouse - 13 miles off shore. St Werburghs Church, standing on the headland above Wembury beach is in the most stunning location, here you can follow the coastal footpath and catch the water taxi to Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo. Mount Batten for water sports and yachting is just 5 minutes away. Langdon Barton can also offer secure boat parking. The city of Plymouth is just 7 miles and in recent years has gone through a face lift with its new shopping mall and regenerated waterfront areas. The Barbican at night is bustling with nightlife, bars, bistros, restaurants and shops. Dartmoor National Park, 15 miles. Eden Project 11/4 hour’s drive. Golf 4 miles. Shop/PO 2 miles. Pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor (can also be accessed via second spiral staircase): Living/dining room/kitchen with beams, roof trusses and wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Ipod dock. Electric Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • The Old Fire Station

    Combe Martin

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: E4896

    This carefully renovated old fire station offers spacious and well-appointed holiday accommodation in a fine position opposite a church just 1 mile from the sandy beaches and secluded coves of Combe Martin. A favourite destination for walkers, and location of the awesome cliffs of Great and Little Hangman, Combe Martin sits directly on the South West Coastal Path and famous Tarka Trail. Close by, to the east, visitors can enjoy dramatic hikes and spectacular views in the valleys and stunning scenery of the Exmoor National Park, also the setting for the twin coastal resorts of Lynton and Lynmouth, joined by their own cliff railway. To the west lie the picturesque village of Berrynarbor, Watermouth Cove and the traditional resort of Ilfracombe, great for fishing and boating excursions. The renowned golden sands of North Devon are within easy reach – Woolacombe, 10 miles, Putsborough, Croyde Bay and Saunton – all revered by surfers and the bucket and spade brigade alike. Barnstaple, a bustling harbourside town with a famous pannier market, offers boat trips to Lundy Island, and a wildlife and dinosaur park, zoological gardens, cycling, fishing, plenty of golf courses, horse riding, quad biking and even a steam railway are found locally. Shops and a pub serving food are 5 minutes’ walk.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining area with wooden floor. 3 steps down to kitchen with beams and wooden floor. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double (two 5ft), with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet. Mezzanine: Second living room.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Gas underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Seven Freeview TVs. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with large decked area and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: 3 steps to decked area.

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  • Wheatsheaf Cottage

    Horns Cross, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: E2210

    The pretty stone cottages at Northway are set in 5 acres of grounds within half a mile of the dramatic coastal footpath above Peppercombe’s National Trust shingle beach and within 5 miles of the glorious sandy beach at Westward Ho! Most of the cottages open off a delightful flower filled courtyard, whilst some look out towards the sea. All of the cottages are well furnished and equipped and some have their own garden. Visitors enjoy use of a superb leisure complex housing an indoor heated swimming pool and spa with full changing and shower facilities (open 9:00am-7:30pm), a fitness area and games room with table football (coin-operated), pool table, table tennis and toddlers play area. For children, there is a well-equipped adventure play area and an area for ball games, and they will surely enjoy stroking the tame rabbits and goats. Christmas decorations, a real tree and champagne are supplied for Christmas bookings. This is a wonderful walking area, both on the coast and along the nearby Tarka Trail. From the lane, a rough track (not suitable for toddlers or the infirm) leads down to the coastal path from where there are magnificent views across Bideford Bay towards Clovelly and the beaches of Devon’s northern coastline. There is plenty to see and do nearby – The Big Sheep and Milky Way, the new Atlantic Village, and the picture postcard village of Clovelly (6 miles) are just some of the attractions. Bude’s superb sandy beach and resort amenities are within a half hour drive. Golf, fishing and riding are available locally and the Tamar Lakes offer sailing and wind surfing. Nearest pub serving food in Horns Cross, 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (four poster), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with vaulted ceiling and beams, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity included. Additional cot. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture.

    All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Parking. Shared games room with pool table, table tennis and coin operated table football. Swimming pool, fitness area, children’s play area and 5 acres of grounds. Welcome pack.

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  • Anchor Cottages - Sea Haven

    Hope Cove

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: FXW

    "Sands flanked by rock, with wooded cliffs above – true Devon coastal character . . ."

    The wooded cliffs at Bolt Tail form a backdrop to this sandy cove on what is renowned as one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the South Hams. These holiday cottages are set within 100 yards of the safe sandy beach – an unrivalled position for enjoying the seaside, but also perfect for fishing, sailing and water-skiing (with a dinghy-launching slip 200 yards away, and facilities for larger boats at nearby Salcombe). The cottages are in the centre of this charming seaside village, with its pretty thatched cottages, inns, restaurants and small shop within a short walk. The South Devon Coastal Footpath winds along the cliffs and through Hope Cove between Salcombe and Thurlestone, with opportunities for magnificent walking amongst glorious coastal scenery.
    The maritime attractions continue slightly further afield. Salcombe, 4 miles away, is one of the most prestigious sailing centres in the country. It offers extensive sandy beaches, too, and a wide choice of fascinating shops, boutiques and restaurants in its quaintly winding narrow streets. The estuary here is a kaleidoscope of brightly coloured craft of all kinds at their moorings – a paradise for sailing enthusiasts. Thurlestone, 2 miles to the west, can be reached either by car or via the coastal path. It boasts yet more expanses of golden sands, a regular feature of this lovely coastline. But, in addition, it has a superb cliff-top links golf course, edged by sandy coves, tennis courts and picturesque streets of thatched cottages overlooking the bay. Kingsbridge, the ‘capital’ of the South Hams, has a good choice of interesting shops, a museum and a sports centre with squash, badminton and bowling. Boating and diving trips can be arranged in the Salcombe Estuary, and boats are available for hire. Within easy driving distance are the historic cities of Plymouth and Exeter and Kitley Caves. The wide open spaces and breathtaking scenery of the Dartmoor National Park are less than an hour by car, and there are many National Trust properties, stately homes and interesting gardens within a short drive. Anchor Cottages are set in a little terrace in the village. They have been designed to offer ‘upside-down’ accommodation, with first floor living rooms. Comfortably furnished, each has a small first floor sitting-out area with furniture. They are ideally located for a Devon holiday by the sea. Shop/P.O. 50 yards.

    Entrance hall. Four attractive bedrooms; two twin and two single. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Comfortable, open-plan living/dining room with elec fire and doors to the patio. Well-equipped kitchen area with d/washer and m/wave. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with electric over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

    • Dishwasher

    • Electricity by meter reading
    • NSH and convector heaters by meter reading
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Small patio with furniture
    • Parking

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  • Monks Way

    Brixham

    Grade
    8
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 25777


    Within walking distance of Brixham town, this detached house is ideal for a family holiday. The property has been decorated and furnished to a good standard throughout. The harbour at Brixham is full of small fishing boats and trawlers, with wonderful restaurants and bars. Take a boat trip and go across to Torquay for a great day out. Brixham has a splendid marina, home to many wonderful boats and a rather grand wooden trawler fleet, the last of which was actually built in Brixham in 1926 and is part of the local heritage. Nearby Paignton has a zoo, many sandy beaches, a water park and steam train. Dartmouth with its quaint shops and fantastic restaurants, castle and numerous boats which will take you around the bay, is only 5 miles. Take a trip on the steam railway from Kingswear to Paignton. If you fancy golf, horse riding, fishing or sailing, all these can be found locally. Take a trip to Dartmoor, climb the rugged heather-clad tors, see the ponies and stop for a famous Devon cream tea in one of the lovely villages. Agatha Christie’s home at Greenway is well worth a visit. There are so many National Trust properties to visit, you will have to return. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 2 bedrooms, 1 double with additional Z-bed, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with additional Z-bed and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Fountain in courtyard, 10 yards.

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  • Barton House

    Woolacombe

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: W4450

    300 yards from Woolacombe beach

    Walking distance to beach

    Regarded by many as one of Devon’s premier resorts, Woolacombe with its 3 mile glorious stretch of golden sands, will ensure a holiday that all will truly enjoy. This first floor apartment offers four en-suite bedrooms and is pleasantly furnished. You are just a short walk from the wonderful beach, with its rock pools and renowned surfing. There is magnificent scenery and coastal walks to sample and if you can tear yourself away, there are many activities and attractions in the surrounding area. Arlington Court (NT) is just one of many family attractions. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, both with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 2 twin, both with en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Video. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • Sunvale

    Hawkchurch

    Grade
    8
    5
    3
    2
    Ref: FNR

    This superb large stone house has been built in a most peaceful rural setting, away from all roads, in one-third of an acre of garden and about 7 miles inland from the east Devon coast. The two nearest resorts are Lyme Regis and Charmouth, both with sandy beaches and holiday entertainments. Chard and Axminster lie about 5 miles distant with shops and railway station
    Famous for its fine carpets, Axminster stills produces them today, with the original factory being found near the church. There are good examples of Georgian houses to be seen here, and for those interested in architecture, the National Trust property of Shute Barton close by survives as one of the most important non-fortified manor houses of the Middle Ages. A mixture of Gothic windows, battlemented turrets and Tudor gatehouse mingle together, reflecting the fact that it parts of it were built during two different centuries. Another interesting property to visit is the Old Bakery, together with the manor mill and forge at Branscome, set in one of Devon’s prettiest cob-and-thatch villages. Operational until 1987, it was the oldest traditional working bakery in Devon, and now serves as a tearoom, with the bakery equipment on display to the public. The lace-making and pottery town of Honiton lies within easy reach and has a selection of interesting shops and an annual fair held in July, whilst a little further afield is Yeovil, well known for its glove-making industry spanning 350 years. Riding and golf in the area.
    Lyme Regis is easily reached and the colourwashed cottages and elegant Regency and Victorian villas which line the seafront make this very photogenic town. Attractions for all the family include a museum of local history and geology, Dinosaurland and a marine aquarium. Seaton is within easy driving distance, and boasts a steep pebbly beach as well as an open-top tramway. Garage/shop 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 single bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (2ft 6in for children), 1 single. Snooker room with access to double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (at cost). Gas central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Large garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Snooker room with ¾-size table. No smoking.

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  • Stonehills Farmhouse

    Washbourne, nr. Totnes

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: HOL


    An absolute must-have holiday for those larger families of all ages wanting a real experience of living on a farm. This traditional spacious farmhouse is set right in the heart of a working farm with 190 acres of land with sheep and cattle grazing in the fields surrounding the farmhouse. There is an opportunity, depending on the season, to join in on the farm and feed the lambs, collect the eggs, watch the sheep shearing, pick fruit and vegetables and identify nature all around. The farmhouse is supplied with its own private spring water. Previous visitors have thoroughly enjoyed the farm life and country living – and many an evening picnic has been had sitting on top of the hill overlooking the farmhouse. This is a delightful house for families of all ages, at any time of year. It is spacious and well-equipped with a large living room made cosy by the woodburner and a traditional large kitchen complete with large table for everyone to sit around and talk together. The conservatory is another delightful room with views across the fields. There is a four poster bed in one of the bedrooms, which opens out into an outside sitting area. The farm itself is near Totnes, midway between the wild open spaces of Dartmoor and the lovely South Devon coastline scattered with hidden coves and sandy beaches. A walk across the fields leads to the local shop which stocks a range of locally produced foods, and there is a pub and post office in the same village. There really is a little bit of everything in this area – always somewhere to go or something to do. A day on the beach can be spent at Slapton or Beesands, or visits made to the maritime town of Dartmouth. Totnes is a vibrant, fun town, especially on a Friday when it is market day. A drive up on to Dartmoor reveals rugged windswept moorland with high tors and low valleys, where ponies run free. Salcombe makes for a good day out, watching the yachts sailing in and out of the estuary, whilst further afield are the larger cities of Exeter and Plymouth (which has a spectacular waterfront and is steeped in history). Shop 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. Stairs to galleried sun room with patio doors. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams and wooden floors throughout.

    Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Range included. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with sitting-out area. Barbecue. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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