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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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  • Lower Court Cottages - The Workshop

    Fluxton, nr. Ottery St Mary

    Grade
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    Ref: 27716

    These two 16th-century barn conversions, two of three, are situated in the grounds of the owner’s home, they were once stables of the Mayor of Exeter, then became a workshop and now are two delightful holiday cottages. Both are decorated and furnished uniquely and offer an ideal base for which to explore East Devon. Situated in the picturesque hamlet of Fluxton, nestled at the foot of rolling hills which ascend from the River Otter, located 2 miles from Ottery St Mary and 5 miles from Sidmouth. The area is dominated by lush green hills, wooded valleys and the dramatic Jurassic Coastline. An ideal location to walk the Jurassic Coastline, taking in Beer, Sidmouth and Seaton. There are plenty of activities all within reach, including cycling, horse riding, birdwatching and many NT properties. Exeter’s 2000 year old history is reflected in its heritage attractions, such as the Gothic St Peter’s Cathedral and the Roman city wall. Explore beneath the city’s streets at Exeter’s underground passages, which were originally built to bring fresh water into the city in the medieval times. Find out more about Exeter’s fascinating history on one of the free Red Coat Guided Tours. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors and beams. First floor: 1 double bedroom with Velux window, low ceiling and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters included. CD.

    Both properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Internet connection. Small enclosed courtyard and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Downe Holiday Cottages - Vine

    Hartland, nr. Bideford

    Grade
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    Ref: KAAD

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Church Stile Cottage

    Exminster

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: HQQV

    Situated in the peaceful Devon village of Exminster, down a quiet no-through lane, is Church Stile Cottage, a Grade II listed property. Adjoining the owner’s home, this holiday property is very spacious and furnished to a good standard. It is perfectly located to discover Devon, with beaches and coastal paths, the Exe Estuary, the many NT properties and walking on Dartmoor with its tors, ponies and beautiful little villages (ideal for cream teas). Exeter is close by, with shopping, cafes, restaurants, bars and a cathedral. Buses run to the seaside and to Exeter every 20 minutes during the day, and continue to run late into the evening. Exminster is a friendly village and has a post office, pharmacy, GP surgery, dentists, churches and a golf course. Shop 100 yards, pub 500 yards.

    Living/dining room with gas ‘pebble-effect’ fire. Spacious beamed kitchen. First floor: Twin bedroom (beds can be placed together). Spacious bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Gas ‘pebble-effect’ fire included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Courtyard with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Calrowan

    Heybrook Bay, nr. Plymouth

    Grade
    2
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    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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  • Shambles

    Dartmouth

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: DHSHAM

    Perfect for a couple, this lovely, ground floor property is well equipped and tastefully furnished and decorated. Situated in an historic part of the town and in a very convenient position close to the centre of Dartmouth and its shops, restaurants and waterfront.

    From street, Front door, up a short flight of steps to Open plan Kitchen/Sitting/Dining Room: kitchen area has electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washer/dryer, dishwasher. Sitting Area has Smart TV, DVD, wood burning stove. Bedroom: king size bed (5’), en-suite Shower Room: shower cubicle, basin and WC.

    Parking: season ticket in Town car park May-October (unreserved).
    Duvets, pillows, all linen and towels provided.
    Wifi available.
    Electric heating and hot water.
    No pets allowed.

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  • Pipistrelle

    Ashwater, nr. Holsworthy

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: W43848


    Nestled within the heart of the glorious Devon Ruby countryside, yet just 15 miles from the breathtaking North Cornish coast with many dog friendly beaches, Pipistrelle is the perfect holiday choice for couples and friends wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This semi-detached, single-storey cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, has a spacious living/dining room, with a cosy woodburner for those cooler evenings. A couple of steps lead down into a sun room, ideal to enjoy a morning cuppa and plan your day. Guests are free to enjoy the owners’ 25 acres of land and relax beside the stream on this working sheep farm. There are many walks from the doorstep including the footpath which takes you into Ashwater village with its popular aptly named Village Inn.
    Surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and magnificent scenery, and just 15 miles from the wide golden sands of Bude and Widemouth Bay, with excellent surfing, pretty coves and dramatic coastal walks along with shopping, leisure facilities, restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Holsworthy, 6½ miles, has a good selection of local shops and supermarkets along with a weekly market. The market towns of Okehampton and Launceston with its historic castle are a short drive away. Coastal and country walking, golf, surfing, fishing, horse riding and cycling are all on offer close by and Dartmoor National Park is a must for nature lovers. The property is close to the water sports centre at Roadford Lake, where sailing dinghies, kayaks and wind-surfers can be hired. Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen. 2 steps to sun room. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet (also accessed from hallway).

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 25-acre natural grounds (restricted access when livestock grazing). Parking area (2 cars, 20 yards away). Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead - working sheep farm. No smoking. NB: Pond, river and stream in grounds, 1/2 mile.

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  • Carley

    Brandis Corner, nr. Holsworthy

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 1917

    Adjacent the owner’s bungalow, this small holiday cottage is comfortably furnished and well appointed throughout and overlooks the garden which is a haven for garden birds. This peaceful corner on the North Devon border is ideally situated for exploring Devon and Cornwall. It is centrally placed for Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Roadford and Tamar Lakes plus many of the coastal resorts. Holsworthy is 4 miles away and Bude, together with the North Cornish Coast, well known for its beaches and rugged coastline, only a scenic 15-minute drive away. Convenient for RHS Rosemoor and The Eden Project. Fishing and horse riding, 5 miles. Shops 4 miles, village pub 100 yards.

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

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Use of garden with patio and chairs. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Netherton Farm - Hawthorn

    Hartland, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: 28130


    Peacefully located within glorious countryside just 3 miles from the breathtaking North Devon Coast, Bramble, Hawthorn and Tamarisk cottages offer the perfect holiday choice for couples, family and friends at any time of year. Located on the owner’s farm with cattle, sheep and poultry within the Hartland Peninsula, it is the ideal base to explore this unspoilt area of North Devon. These three delightful cottages are beautifully presented with glorious country views towards the coast and Lundy Island. The village of Hartland lies a short distance away and offers a post office, café, stores, garage and church along with popular local pubs serving food. The area has a great deal to offer with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest on your doorstep, along with Hartland Quay, Hartland Abbey and the lighthouse at Hartland Point. English Heritage Coastline can be accessed from a maze of footpaths within a mile of your doorstep. The nearby beaches and coves are a treat to explore and keen surfers and beach lovers have an abundant choice of far-reaching sandy beaches in the area, with Bude and Westward Ho! within easy driving distance. Fishing, watersports and sailing at nearby Tamar Lakes. Golf, riding and cycling all close by. The fishing villages of Clovelly and Bucks Mills are within an easy drive or walking distance for keen walkers along the National Trust coastal paths. Lundy Island trips by helicopter or boat can be taken from Bideford, a historic port and market town which offers a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Shops, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and tiled floor.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Living room: With Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, iPod dock and French doors to Juliet balcony.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Enclosed patio with garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Braddon Villa

    Torquay

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: 28739

    With fantastic views from the garden across Torquay and the nearest beach within 800 yards, this one bedroom ground floor holiday apartment is set in a Georgian villa dating back to 1821. The villa has been converted into apartments, with a magnificent shared hallway, high ceilings and original feature fireplaces. Torquay has a wide variety of attractions on offer such as day cruises around the bay, fishing trips and of course plenty of shops. One of the nearest beaches is Torre Abbey Sands, a large expanse of golden sand that is family friendly. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

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

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Freezer. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 6 steps to garden.

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  • Tom Putt’s Barn

    Northlew, near Okehampton

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: UKC342


    Whether it’s a romantic weekend away or a weeks’ stay in this spacious retreat, then look no further. The name ’Tom Putt’s’ derives from a variety of apples grown in the orchard garden. The thoughtfully designed interior offers an excellent level of comfort, with a large living/dining room, well-equipped kitchen and an impressive large bedroom overlooking the rear terraced garden. You will really feel spoilt at this cottage. Situated in a quiet, rural location, next to the owners’ 16th century thatched farmhouse, this semi-detached barn conversion enjoys views of the surrounding countryside towards Dartmoor.

    The village of Northlew is about a mile away with its pub and community run shop. Located near the cottage is a local vineyard, producing award-winning wines, which has organised tours and tastings, and the best news is you can simply walk home. Nearby Okehampton, the gateway to Dartmoor, is a short distance away. As well as having a good selection of shops and amenities, it has very good access to the Dartmoor National Park, where you can enjoy the dramatic landscape. Okehampton castle and nearby Castle Drogo (National Trust) are worth a visit, or walk along the old railway to Meldon Reservoir and enjoy the stunning views.

    The location of the cottage makes it an ideal base from which to explore the North Cornwall and Devon areas. There are stunning beaches at Woolacombe and Sandymouth. Enjoy a day out at Hartland and visit the lighthouse, Hartland Quay and the historic fishing village at Clovelly. If gardens are of interest, you will find the RHS gardens at Rosemoor a delight. There are numerous National Trust properties in the surrounding area, and other local attractions include Roadford Lake and Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre. Golf and horse riding are available nearby, or perhaps bring your bike and cycle the Tarka Trail. Shop and pub 1¼ miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room: With multi-fuel burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
    Kitchen: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and stable door leading to rear terraces and orchard garden.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request), seating area, Freeview TV, French doors to balcony overlooking orchard garden and patio, and en-suite with shower over bath, toilet and bidet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Multi-fuel burner, available October - March, initial supply of logs included. Welcome pack. Large enclosed shared rear lawned garden with orchard. Private front and rear patios with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 10 steps up to terrace from kitchen door and a further 7 steps to the garden.

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  • Trout ’n’ Tipple Retreat - Jack’s Den

    Tavistock

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 26705

    Set amongst the beautiful and tranquil location of the Trout Fishery just on the outskirts of the ancient stannary town of Tavistock on the edge of Dartmooor National Park, these delightful holiday properties form a cluster of barn conversions set around a courtyard. This little complex is very child friendly yet retains peace and quiet. Each property shares the facilities, including the use of the large stunning oak outdoor gazebo complete with BBQ and servery area. There is also a large purpose built play barn set in a detached oak building, an outdoor fully enclosed children’s play area with sand pit, bunny corner and grassed basketball and football area. Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy walking and cycling will love the rugged wilderness of the Dartmoor National Park and the market town of Tavistock with its farmer’s markets and Victorian antiques market. Situated on the Trout Fishery site, you may want to practice your fly fishing skills. The many deep, clear lakes are home to rainbow and brown trout (tackle and tuition can be arranged). For the children, there is a float fishing lake and tackle can be hired. Children will love the chickens, ducks and guinea fowl roaming in the farmyard, and they can feed the hens and collect the eggs every morning, and meet our friendly pot bellied pigs, miniature donkeys or the rabbits in bunny corner. Tavistock, 1 mile, has independent shops and lots of pubs and restaurants serving good home cooked food and real ales. Horse riding and golf can also be found locally. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Step up to living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Small terrace with patio garden. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Oil underfloor central heating, electricity and bed linen included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Shared use of freezer. Wi-fi. Shared grounds with large oak gazebo. Shared barbecue area. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Streams and deep fishing lakes in grounds.

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  • Regency Apartment

    Torquay

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: W44193

    This Regency Apartment is located in a semi-circle of palatial town houses looking out over the sea. Situated to the rear of a period house you can retreat to a peaceful hideaway of total privacy. This lavish duplex apartment over the first and second floors retains a timeless quality, with its high ceilings and period detail. Good quality furnishings also add contemporary charm and home comfort, with beautiful draped curtains and a chic interior colour scheme. Take advantage of The Osborne Hotel restaurant and the Hesketh Health Club facilities located in the centre of the crescent (daily/weekly membership charges will apply). There is an indoor swimming pool and a state-of-the art gym plus an all-weather tennis court (at cost) which enjoys magnificent sea views. Enjoy a romantic stroll on the beach, or in summertime enjoy a swim in the sea along the award-winning Meadfoot Beach. The attractions and vibrant array of amenities of Torquay are also within easy reach. Local activities include boat trips, water sports, horse riding, coastal walks and sightseeing. Or visit restaurants, the treasure trove of National Trust sites and explore the diverse leisure pursuits which are on the doorstep of Devon and Dartmoor. Beach 100 yards. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    First floor: Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath, and toilet. Second floor: Living room with dining area. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two TVs (one HD, one Plus). DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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