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Excellent 5/5 Score from 15 reviews

The Garden Apartment

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 15 reviews

View of Beach from house

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The Garden Apartment is situated on the ground floor of a large privately owned property just 3 minutes across from acres of safe sandy beach. It offers complete privacy in a 5* location at competitive tariffs . Guests are welcomed with a Devonshire cream tea, children get a goodie bag and we leave you a bottle of wine to enjoy on the terrace. The Garden Apartment enjoys a core of loyal returning guests.

The newly refurbished apartment has a spacious living/dining room which is attractive and comfortable. There is a new digital colour TV and DVD with an up to date selection for all age groups. There is also an extensive library of books/toys for children. There are two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with 3' twin beds. The kitchen is very well equipped with electric stove, microwave, 2 refrigerators, a washing machine and spin dryer and a coffee percolator. The bathroom has a Bath and electric shower with grab rails to assist more vulnerable guests. The apartment is centrally heated and is therefore an ideal year round location. Just 3 minutes walk through the garden takes you to acres of magnificent safe, sandy beaches with Cafe, Showers and Toilets along with the all important RNLI Lifeguard cover from May to September.

The Five Star Burgh Island Hotel, was the location for Agatha Christie's "Evil under the Sun". There you can enjoy dinner and dancing in the magnificent Art Deco surroundings. At low tide you can take a 500 yard stroll across the sand and walk round the island up to the Huer's hut, originally the site of a 600 A.D Monastery. You can then stop for anything from a drink, light snacks to a full meal at 14th Century Pilchard Inn built in 1336, haunt of the smuggler Tom Crocker. You will not be left stranded as a unique stilted sea-tractor, conveys visitors back to the mainland.

Set in the heart of the South Hams, close by are numerous places of interest, including the sophisticated yachting centre of Salcombe, historic Dartmouth and Plymouth and their connections with Sir Francis Drake and the Pilgrim Fathers.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Bigbury Beach
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 300 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Exeter 40 km, Nearest railway: Plymouth/Totnes. Main line from Paddington Londo
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

About this location

The Devon region

Fabulous location right on the beach, quiet, ideal holiday location, safe blue flag beaches, lovely micro climate. Ideal spot for a traditional family beach holiday. The Garden Apartment is just a 3 minute walk down through the garden to acres of safe sandy beach with Café, Toilets/Changing Rooms and showers. The RNLI have Lifeguards on duty from May to September. The famous Art Deco Burgh Island is just a 500 yard stroll across the beach at low tide. The unique stilted Sea Tractor conveys visitors back from the Island to the mainland at high water.


Wonderful coastal walks, bird watching, sailing, surfing, deep-sea fishing and wind and kite surfing are just a few of the many activities available and Bigbury boasts its own 18 hole golf course just a mile away. The views are so spectacular they will play havoc with your handicap! Golfers enjoy the excellent Bar and Restaurant in the Clubhouse. Discovery Surf School operates from Sedgewell Beach just opposite The Garden Apartment at "Folly Rise" and is popular with all age groups.

10 miles hence there's wild and rolling Dartmoor with it's ponies and heather. The National Trust have many glorious gardens and fascinating historical houses to visit. For the children there are theme parks, children's farms and leisure centres - AND OF COURSE THE FABULOUS BIGBURY ON SEA BEACH!

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4 Nov 2014


"The Perfect Seaside Holiday Location"

The garden apartment is spectacularly situated in unspoiled Bigbury on Sea.Blessed with magnificent views over the bay, beach and sea from many points within the more than adequately appointed apart… More

It was a pleasure to welcome three generations of this super family. They were so enthusiastic about the location and appreciative of what we do to make our visitors feel like 'House Guests' rather than 'paying guests'! Each one has their individual needs which we do our utmost to meet.
We're very much hoping they will return next year when lovely Esme will be 5!! Gill.

22 Sep 2014


"Another wonderful holiday"

We have just returned from another wonderful holiday at the Garden Apartment, Folly Rise. The location has beautiful views of Bigbury Bay and easy access to the beach with lovely local walks nearby. G… More

This is the 3rd year we have had the pleasure of welcoming this super couple and their family and we are delighted they have booked the same two weeks for 2015. We are so fortunate with our core of loyal returning Guests.

3 Aug 2014


"Perfect location for young children"

We had a lovely week in the Garden Apartment and Gill was a wonderful host going out of her way to provide advice and assistance including catering for our complex needs with regard to food allergies.… More

We are so pleased this delightful family enjoyed the simple pleasures a typical family beach holiday offers. There are certainly so many attractions locally for Visitors to visit, many of our guests return year after year, finding something different each time. We look forward to welcoming Cat, Chris and family in the future. We agree we are indeed blessed with the "Bay View Café and Bistro" just a 5 minutes walk away!

19 Jul 2014



We had a fantastic time in Bigbury on Sea staying at the Garden Apartment. Gill was a wonderful host and was extremely helpful, offering good advice about the local area. The apartment was very clea… More

It was a pleasure to welcome this super family with their 3 delightful children. It was a source of joy to see them off to the beach each day, with all the necessary paraphernalia, returning home to a BBQ on the terrace, ably cooked by their Father! Each morning they had their breakfast, always a healthy option both parents being in the medical profession, al fresco over looking the sea and coastline beyond. We hope to seem them again.

9 Jun 2014


"Excellent Apartment with Stunning Views"

We have just spent a wonderful week at the Garden Apartment in Bigbury-on-Sea and would recommend it to everybody looking for a great base in Devon. We were visiting for a family wedding and Gill was … More

We had the pleasure of welcoming the Bride's Sister & Brother-in-Law and and also prior to the Wedding ceremony, the future Bride and Bridegroom. We were delighted to join in the excitement surrounding the wedding and to hear all the news of the Hog Roast held at the nearby farm where the friends of the Bride & Groom enjoyed a fabulous week-end camping and joining in the celebrations of the happy couple,their family and friends. A good time was had by all and will no doubt bring back many happy memories in the years to come. We wish them every happiness. Gill.

1 Jun 2014


"Lovely stay in Bigbury on sea"

Thank you Gill for letting us stay in your lovely appartment. We had a great time with our almost 5 year old grandson. He had a ball, we went on the beach every day, our grandson sporting a wetsuit th… More

It was a lovely surprise to have Jane, Husband, Daughter and super Grandson Leo return after 4 years, especially as they say they never go back to the same place twice! It was a joy to see Leo dashing off down our 'secret' path to the beach in his wet suit,complete with bucket, spade and pink fishing net. I did apologise for the colour, but he said he didn't mind! He's lucky to have such ffantastic Grandparents! It was nice that Jane's sister and family were staying at the Henley Hotel just up the road and were able to join them for a BBQ on the Apartment Terrace. Dare we hope they might come for a 3rd time - let's hope so!! Gill.

16 May 2014


"Unspoilt jewel, one not to missed"

What a truly wonderful area of England. Our hostess Gill made us feel right at home & couldn't do enough for us. The accommodation was spacious & well appointed, & the large garden an added bonus… More

What charming Guests and being keen golfers were spoilt for choice with some 4 courses nearby. We're still looking for one of John's golf balls in the garden! It was very gratifying that when leaving they enquired about vacancies in 2015, as they would love to bring their two young Grandsons on holiday here in Bigbury. We look forward to welcoming the next generation!

12 Apr 2014


"Perfect family holiday location"

The Chesters have enjoyed Folly Rise for 3 consecutive years and have booked next year already. This is the perfect place for a family beach holiday. The Garden Apartment has all the facilities you could need with a beautiful view as you eat your meals. The outdoor space is excellent for relaxing in the sun, storing various beach essentials and for children to run around on the grass. The 3 minute (even for toddlers) walk to the beach give such versatility to our day. Scoot down to the beach early and then come back up for lunch if the weather is too hot (or occasionally to cold and damp!) or the tide is in, or you forgot something. Then wander back down to the beach in the afternoon for more digging and fun. The 2 almost separate beaches provide different types of digging and exploring, the island and the sea tractor give even more interest, so we rarely have to go elsewhere. The lifeguards not only ensure the beach is safe but provide great interest with their quadbike, lifeboat and surfboards. Another bonus is the ability for both Tesco's and Sainsbury's to do a delivery so we can sit and wait for the food to arrive, or if we are on the beach Gill offers to look out for them. It makes the holiday so much easier, and more of a holiday to not have to go shopping! The locality and the facilities are great but this is enhanced immeasurably by the service and support that Gill supplies. We are always welcomed with a lovely cream tea and goodie bags for the children. She has numerous beach things to borrow in her garage, she is a wealth of local information and is so willing to help in every and anyway. She also always manages to sound totally delighted when our boys present her with (yet another) stone from the beach! She has a real interest in the family and finds DVD's to put in the flat that the boys are interested in and other lovely personal touches that really makes you feel welcomed and at home. I couldn't really recommend this more highly. And I hope everyone that does stay with Gill in the Garden Apartment has such a fabulous holiday that we always do. Thank you Gill!

It's given us great pleasure to see how the two super boys have grown over the past 3 years. Their pleasure in what the beach has to offer is always a joy to see. At their age they seem to delight in hours on the beach discovering the most amazing treasures - all of which they generously share with me! Their parents are amazing, showing such patience and commitment to giving them the best two weeks holiday ever.
We look forward to having the Chesters back this Summer for their 4th year.Gill.

31 Mar 2014


"Amazing Views and Location, Superb Host and Very Relaxing"

The appartment is in an excellent location with a two minute walk down to a lovely beach. The views from the windows and garden are wonderful and make you really feel like you are on holiday. Gill p… More

We've had the pleasure of welcoming this lovely family for the last 2 years. It's always a surprise to see how the delightful children have grown since last year. We'll see them back for their 3rd year in their usual slot in August.

24 Mar 2014


"Our Secret Haven."

Bigbury on Sea is our favourite place to come for our family holiday. The Garden apartment overlooks amazing views. We like space and privacy on holiday and this spectacular garden ticks all the box… More

It's always a pleasure to welcome this delightful family back each year and to see the children grow. I love seeing them running around our large secure garden, leaving their parents free to read or sunbathe. Jordan is a fantastic footballer and we've known Phoebe since she was born, a real little character! We'll look forward to seeing them again in August.

Review 1-10 of 15

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    Calendar last updated:26 Feb 2015

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    Languages spoken
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