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Higher Poulston - Wisteria House

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Harbertonford, near Totnes, Devon
Grade 5 Star rating
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Wisteria House is a fantastic property with many facilities to suit adults and children; it’s perfect for a special occasion.

Set in a superb countryside location, off quiet single track country lanes in the heart of South Devon, this delightful holiday property at Higher Poulston is ideal for all age groups. It provides a quiet rural base, yet within driving distance of the many splendid beaches and interesting towns that the area has to offer. Featuring a fantastic leisure complex, with shared use for all guests staying here on holiday, the facilities are open all year around and offer something for all ages and abilities. There is a shared indoor heated swimming pool and a separate shallow heated toddlers’ pool. The badminton and squash courts are purpose built to a very high specification. In addition there is a snooker room, table tennis, skittles and short mat bowls. In the grounds surrounding the cottage, there are large open lawn areas to play and picnic and a tennis court.
Wisteria House offers guests exceptional comfort in a spacious and very contemporary design of the property. The kitchen is sleek and has everything you could need to cater for a large family. The dining area is spacious with a huge table that can seat everyone together. The large living room is fabulous with bright and airy space, with three sets of patio doors leading on to the patio and garden. Each bedroom is decorated with fresh colours and excellent quality comfortable beds.
Higher Poulston is set in a rural farming countryside just on the outskirts of the vibrant town of Totnes, nestling on the River Dart. The friendly owners live on site and are happy to help. Many visitors find themselves revisiting Higher Poulston year after year. This is a very family friendly holiday complex; the ideal place for mums and dads to relax in, children to have fun, and grandparents to join in too. There is plenty of parking for all on site and the property shares the superb purpose built leisure facilities that Higher Poulston offers.
Set within its own 6 acres of private land, tucked away along a quiet country lane and close to a working dairy farm. Away from the farm there are many interesting places to explore. There is a little tourist information room on site and in here you will find plenty of ideas for days out and about. For your local shopping, Harbertonford, 1 mile, has a small village shop, a pub and post office. Also, the village of Morleigh, 1 mile, has a pub serving food. The ancient town of Totnes, just 3 miles away, has a range of quirky independent shops and bistros and is a vibrant and interesting place to visit, especially on Fridays when the market comes to town.
The South Devon coastline is close at hand, has many beautiful beaches and coves, scenic walks and pretty villages including Blackpool Sands and Slapton. Enjoy a day out in the riverside marine town of Dartmouth and take a cruise along the river to Totnes or the ferry across to Kingswear, and the quaint fishing town of Brixham, then ride on the steam train to Paignton or Buckfastleigh. Within easy reach are the English Riviera resorts of Paignton and Torquay, the boating and sailing centre of Salcombe on the estuary and the historic town of Dartmouth, nestling on the banks of the River Dart. Woodlands Fun Park is a great tourist attraction and fun day out for families, as is Dartmoor National Park, with its hundreds of acres of wild rugged moorland, both about 4 miles away. Close to Dartmouth you can play golf on an 18-hole championship course (Higher Poulston visitors receive a discount at Dartmouth golf and country club). Bike and kayak hire are available locally.

Tiled floors throughout.
Ground Floor:
Open plan living space.
Living area: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
Dining area: With patio doors.
Kitchen area: With two electric cookers, microwave, fridge, freezer and two dishwashers.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1: With double bed, single bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed, single bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds and Freeview TV.
Bedroom 4: With twin beds and Freeview TV.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
Separate toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 5: With kingsize bed, single bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 6: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV, balcony and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 7: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV, balcony and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 8: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV and balcony.
Bedroom 9: With single bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil central heating (underfloor in ground floor bedrooms), electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Balconies. Garden furniture and double barbecue. Shared 6-acre grounds. Children’s play area. Heated indoor swimming pool (shared with Poulson House UKC890, and 2 other properties, 12.4m x 6.7m, depth 1m to 1.35m) open all year. Toddlers’ pool (depth 0.85m). Shared leisure complex with pool table, toddlers’ play area, table tennis and indoor ball games room. Tennis court. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Childrens Play Area
    Childrens Play Area
  • Celebration Houses
    Celebration Houses
  • Active Family Holidays
    Active Family Holidays

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2018
    One of the best places we have ever stayed at. Welcomed with a wonderful sponge cake and very clean house and the owner Rose was so helpful. Fantastic equipment and facilities to really enjoy. Definately recommend

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/05/2018
    Amazing family holiday. The house itself has everything you could possibly need and in all honesty you could have just stayed within the grounds. The children were kept entertained for the duration of our stay. The house is well designed so even with a large party you weren’t in each other’s feet. Would definitely recommend and stay again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/05/2018
    excellent house really luxurious but absolutely kid friendly sports centre fantastic used every day something for everyone your in for extra treat with sue,s cake on arrival really can,t find any faults massive thankyou for sharing your house with us xx

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/04/2018
    Wisteria House was perfect , the best place we could have chosen for 18 of us celebrating my husbands 70th birthday. We had 10 grandchildren with us ages ranging from 4 - 18 and they were occupied all the time ( the eldest children still in the swimming pool until it closed at 10 0'clock each night). My husband was in a wheel chair which again was no problem as the house is so spacious and down stairs bedrooms. The flowers, a delicious cake and a basket of Easter eggs was a lovely touch by the owners who gave us a very warm welcome and allowed us to go into the house when we arrived 2hrs early

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/01/2018
    What a wonderful place in which to stay with a large and varied family. 11 adults, 6 children and 1 tiny. I would go back in an instant. Thank you.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/10/2017
    We all enjoyed ourselves,the swimming pool and sports hall well used because of the poor weather.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/09/2017
    Our whole family (16 plus 3 month old twins and 1 toddler) thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Wisteria cottage. To be welcomed by a fabulous Victoria sponge cake was great and the opportunity to get in early was a bonus. The living room was so spacious and the kitchen was the best equipped that we have ever seen. We played indoor cricket, table tennis, squash, snooker, outdoor tennis and swam in the Pool. Fortunately the weather was so good causing us to drive down to Totnes and Dartmouth for days out. Plenty to do whatever the weather. Mom in wheelchair was able to get about easily. The owner Rose was very friendly and accommodating.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    Lovely property, plenty of space for everyone. Some little bits of wear and tear around the property but this did not spoil our stay at all. Everyone loved the Sports Facility, please note that this is shared with the other properties on the estate. This was fine for us and had no issues with this at all. Pool is fab, again showing some slight signs of wear and tear but was kept clean throughout our visit. The property is out the way of the small town, so a having a car is essential. We had an Asda home delivery arrive on our first day, definately recommend doing this! Overall a lovely cottage and fantastic for a large party to enjoy a break away together.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2017
    We had a lovely holiday at Wisteria House. The house itself was stunning and was very well equipped with everything you could possibly require. Our only negative comment is that the website and information is slightly misleading. It states that the swimming and sports facilities are shared but it also only states that there is one other property on the site. Turns out there are lots of other holiday and residential properties which share this as well which meant things were always busy. For a property of this value we felt this wasnt really acceptable. Overall though we had a great stay!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you for lovely comments; we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. With regard your comments about the shared leisure facilities; these include the swimming pool, badminton hall (which can be also used for indoor cricket, football and basketball), squash court, snooker room, table tennis, pool table, short mat bowls room and tennis court. The website does state that they are shared i.e. with UKC890 and two other properties on the family friendly complex of barns. Thank you again for your comments.

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9.5 out of 10 – based on 15 reviews collected by Reevoo
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