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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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  • Thimble Cottage

    Hartland

    Grade
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    Ref: HDDB


    Set within a quiet wooded valley on the edge of the popular village of Hartland, this converted barn has been completed to a good standard. Approached by steep, narrow ¼ mile long road, detached and within its own grounds with orchard which overlook the valley towards the river below, it makes a delightful cosy, romantic holiday retreat. The area has much to offer, such as the Heritage coastline, popular with walkers and bird-watchers. The popular village of Clovelly, with its quaint cobbled streets and picturesque harbour can be reached easily. Sandy beaches and local attractions close by. Tamar Lakes for fishing, sailing, watersports within 15 miles. Golf, riding locally. Shops ¼ mile.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: 1 double (6ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with wooden floor and patio doors. Sloping ceilings in most rooms.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot. High chair. 48" curved Smart TV with Freesat recordable box. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tassimo coffee maker (initial supply of pods). Large garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. NB: Drop in garden.

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  • Webbery Manor Estate - Chapel Cottage

    Webbery, Nr Bideford

    Grade
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    Ref: H81

    "A truly magical estate to escape to and unwind..."



    High in the Devon hills above the Taw/Torridge estuaries Webbery Manor Estate is an oasis of rural tranquillity. Steeped in history and with several noteworthy owners, Webbery Manor Estate was first mentioned in the Doomsday Book. It was given to Nicholas the Crossbowman, by a grateful William the Conqueror as a Saxon manor. In the 17th century it passed to the Lippincott family, one of whom set sail with the Mayflower flotilla to settle in America. In the 18th century, John Cutcliffe, the grandson of the owner, fought at the battle of Waterloo and was personally promoted by the Duke of Wellington.
    Set in 30 acres of parkland and woods, with grazing sheep, deer, owls, pheasant, birds of prey and other wildlife. The delightful gardens have numerous specimen trees and banks of rhododendrons giving a spectacular spring display. While the organic walled kitchen gardens grow some more unusual varieties of vegetables to the UK. You will find Romanesco, Cavelo Nero, and Pink Fir Apple potatoes to name a few, all complimentary subject to season and availability.

    Chapel Cottage is a stylish romantic location for couples. This elegant cottage was once the family chapel but has been skilfully converted to comfortable and elegant accommodation. With its cosy sitting room filled with luxurious period furniture, sumptuous fabrics, period antiques and French doors onto a walled courtyard and terrace. The kitchen has handmade cupboards in Regency/Gothic style, Belfast sink, wood floor and dining area, and is reached by a short set of stairs. The pretty, light and airy bedroom has crisp linens, fluffy duvet, dual aspect windows and Victorian brass bed, ideal to enjoy a relaxing morning.
    On a hot summer day explore the wonderful parkland, or spend a lazy afternoon on the shared tennis court. If you venture further afield, the Tarka Trail is only minutes away, and has extensive cycle ways with wonderful estuary views. Fishing and horse riding can be found within 5 miles. Shops and pubs 5 miles.

    Sitting room with French doors to courtyard. Six steps up to kitchen/dining room with fitted handmade cupboards and breakfast area. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath electric shower and toilet (bath is small ‘knee bath’ approx 4ft).

    • TV
    • Radio/CD
    • Courtyard with furniture
    • Cycle store

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair by arrangement
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 30-acre mature parkland
    • Shared use of owners’ grounds with two walled gardens
    • Shared barbecue and gazebo
    • Parking
    • Shared all-weather tennis court with pavilion (bring own ‘non-marking’ footwear and equipment)
    • Complimentary produce available from kitchen garden
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Portland

    Starcross, nr. Dawlish

    Grade
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    1
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    Ref: E4829

    These fabulous apartments, with stunning views across the Exe estuary (Portland has limited views), were once the home of Captain George Peacock who constructed the Panama canal and they provide the ideal base for a really relaxing holiday. Easily accessible by road, rail and water, they sit opposite a small railway station and ferry port to Exmouth’s two miles of golden sands and traditional resort facilities. The fine beach and nature reserve at Dawlish Warren are 2 miles whilst sightseeing and shopping in the cathedral city of Exeter are 7 miles. The surrounding countryside is particularly good for walking and cycling – nearby Haldon Forest is criss-crossed with trails and there is even a cycle track to Exeter from Regent House itself, Exe trail cycleway – and the Exe estuary is great for sailing, windsurfing and all manner of water sports, with tuition for all levels of ability. Powderham Castle is within walking distance, visit the castle, farm shop and check out the events held there including classic car rally, food fayres and concerts. Golf courses are also close by. Floating restaurant at Exmouth is well worth a visit, booking advisable. Guided bird watching cruises are available, river cruises run all year and Jurassic Coast cruises in summer. Some of Devon’s famed resorts – Budleigh Salterton, Seaton and Sidmouth as well as the ‘English Riviera’ resorts of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham – and Dartmoor National Park’s rugged beauty are a little further afield. Shops and a pub serving food are within a 5-minute stroll.

    7 external steps to entrance. All on first floor floor: Living/dining area/kitchen with twin beds. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity and air conditioning included. Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car). NB: This property does not have a bedroom.

    All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. CD. Microwave. Wi-fi. No smoking.

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  • East Dunley Cottages - Virginia Cottage

    Bovey Tracey

    Grade
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    1
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    Ref: 28108

    Virginia Cottage (ref 28108) and Fig Cottage (ref W44213), are both perfect for couples who enjoy walking, sightseeing and visiting National Trust properties. These properties are are situated in 10½ acres of unspoilt natural grounds on the edge of Dartmoor. Both barn conversions are set in a row of three in a courtyard setting, close to the owners’ home, smallholding and 5-pitch certified caravan site. The holiday properties are eco-friendly with solar panels, air source heat pumps and an environmentally-friendly hot water system. Walkers can explore Dartmoor, spot wild ponies, cross ancient stone bridges spanning the River Dart, and admire the Tors. Visit Castle Drogo, Lydford Gorge, Buckfast Abbey, Torbay, Kingswear and Dartmouth Castles. Exeter, with its stunning cathedral, is a short drive. A nature trail and cycle route can be found on the Forestry Commission land, 7 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile. Properties 28108 and W44213 can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Both properties: Central heating by air source heat pump, solar electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 10½ acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Natural water supply from bore hole. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond and leat in grounds, 65 yards.

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  • Apartment 2

    Torquay

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC253

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

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

    Fridge/freezer.

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

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  • Calrowan

    Heybrook Bay, nr. Plymouth

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: W43851


    Small but perfectly formed, Calrowan is a superb holiday apartment adjoining the friendly owner’s home. With ground floor accommodation, it is ideal for the less able or those with a small baby/toddler. It is perfect for those looking for a quiet location close to the sea. Decorated in fresh whites and pastel blues, the décor is calm and relaxing and the bedroom is bright and sunny with patio doors leading out to a small sitting-out area. Heybrook Bay is a gem of a village in the heart of rural countryside, just 7 miles from the historic city of Plymouth. From this holiday property, there are partial sea views from the bedroom and a short walk will take you to the South West Coastal Path. Along the path you can walk to the popular sandy beach at Bovisand, or around the National Trust headland over to Wembury, with its iconic church perched on the cliff above the beach, and just off shore of the shark fin shaped island known as The Mewstone. This whole area is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In the local area of Heybrook Bay and Down Thomas, there are a couple of pubs, a small village shop and a seaside café nearby in Bovisand. If you are bringing canoes or sports equipment to enjoy whilst on holiday here, Calrowan has ample parking to the front if required. There is storage and facilities for washing cycles and equipment in the garage. Beach ½ mile. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with laminate floors. 1 double bedroom with patio doors and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Steep step down to patio.

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  • Mill Meadow Cottage

    East Down, Barnstaple

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: HHHY

    This cosy and compact renovated barn is situated on its own next to a small brook and makes an ideal holiday destination to really get away from life’s hustle and bustle. It lies next to a small stable yard and looks out over rolling Devon hills and a large pond (which guests can fish in on request). There is a secluded decked area to sit out and enjoy the surroundings. The stunning North Devon coastline has lots to offer, great surfing at Croyde and Woolacombe, great walking along the coast path and places of interest at Lynmouth, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin. Other activities include golf, fishing, riding and cycling on the Tarka Trail. Beach approximately 15 mins. Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Compact galley-style kitchen with slate floor. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Living room with patio doors and wooden floor open-plan with cosy dining room with wooden floor.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Terrace with furniture
    • Private use with owners of 2-acre natural grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • On-site carp fishing
    • Cycle store
    • NB: Large pond in grounds

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  • Widmouth Farm Cottages - Wren Cottage

    Combe Martin, nr. Ilfracombe

    Grade
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    Ref: W43958

    Located on North Devon’s stunning coastline, Widmouth Farm Cottages is in the perfect position to enjoy all that this unspoilt area of the British Isles has to offer. The real highlight of these cottages (refs: W43956, W43957, W43758, W43959) is they have access to Widmouth Farm Cottages’ own private beach. Just a short walk across a field, the beach looks across a small natural harbour. It’s a great place for rock pooling at low tide or maybe a venue to celebrate a special occasion with a barbecue. The cottages at Widmouth are set out like a small village. There are plenty of garden areas, as well as a small collection of animals and chickens for guests to fuss over. Some of the cottages benefit from private courtyards and gardens and are ideal for those wanting to bring a pet, and there is a dog exercise field where dogs can be let off the lead. The properties are ideal for families during the school holidays with some of the best beaches in the country right on your doorstep at Croyde and Woolacombe. Outside of the main holidays, the cottages are ideal for couples coming to explore the area and want a convenient, centrally located base. The South West Coastal Path cuts through the farm’s land. The nearby seaside town of Ilfracombe is a short drive away and has much to offer including the picturesque harbour, good restaurants and a good range of shops and other amenities. Slightly further afield are the Victorian towns of Lynton and Lynmouth with their famous funicular cliff railway. Further highlights include the RHS gardens at Rosemoor, walking on Exmoor and NT properties at Arlington and Knightshayes. There is horse riding, golf and fishing all available locally. Beach 500 yards. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 1½ miles.

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

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 35 acres of natural grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. NB: 500 yards from the sea.

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  • Muntham Holiday Apartments - Palk

    Torquay

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC585

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

    All on the first floor.
    Living/dining room: With Freeview TV and pull-out double bed.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Shared sitting-out area with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car.

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

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  • Fulford Farm Cottages - Fulford Cottage

    Lurley, near Tiverton

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC364


    Fulford Farm Cottages is a good base for touring Devon and comprises The Granary (ref W43512) and Fulford Cottage (ref UKC364). The Granary is a detached 200 year old barn conversion, has underfloor heating, beams, spacious bedrooms and a south facing garden with a private hot tub. There is also a table and chairs which is perfect for al fresco dining. Fulford Cottage is a Grade II listed building and is attached to the owners’ home. It is ideal for a couple, offers spacious accommodation, is decorated and furnished to a very good standard and has a private outdoor seating area.

    The cottages are situated on the owners’ 200-acre working dairy and beef farm, and the owners are happy to show children around. The farm is surrounded by numerous public footpaths extending through the farm and beyond, along fields and tracks. The location is perfect for days at the beach, being 40-minutes from the north and south coastline. North Devon has a choice of unspoilt sandy beaches for surfers and water sports, and the south coast offers more varied attractions such as mackerel fishing and cream teas.

    This is a peaceful location but only 2 miles from Tiverton, where you will find many independent shops, cafés and restaurants. There are so many places to visit, including Exmoor, an ½-hour drive, and Dartmoor, a 45 minute drive. For a great family day out visit Diggerland or Crealy. The Blackdown Hills and many National Trust properties are all within a short drive, including Heathcote, Killerton and Coldharbour Steam Mill. Tiverton Canal, home to one of the last horse-drawn barges in the UK and located in mid Devon on the banks of the Grand Western Canal, is a tourist attraction that offers an enjoyable family day out. The Grand Western Canal is a local nature reserve and is teeming with wildlife, and things to do and see. With free access to the canal all year round, walkers, cyclists, anglers and boat enthusiasts can enjoy 11 miles of quiet and unspoilt waterway which will lead you through Devon’s beautiful countryside.

    There is a wealth of other great walks on the Quantock Hills, Exmoor, and the Devon and Somerset legs of the South West Coastal Path. In addition there is the beautiful walk around Wimbleball Lake with its wildlife trail. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile. These properties can be booked together to accommodate upto 8 guests.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With tiled floor.
    Living area: With Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.

    NSH included. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available. Welcome pack. 200-acre shared natural grounds. No smoking. Please note: There are ponds and a stream in the grounds and a natural water supply from borehole.

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  • The Cartlinhay

    Bideford

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W41747

    500 acres of farmlandRural countryside / Working farm

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

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

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

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

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  • The Watch Tower

    Compton, nr. Paignton

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: NT012004

    National Trust Holiday Property


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

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

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

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