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Excellent 5/5 11 reviews

View of Beach from house

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

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

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), Short breaks (1-4 days)
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

The West Country 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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Review 1-10 of 11

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.

23 Mar 2014


"Beautiful location with a welcoming host"

This is a superb location with beautiful views of Bigbury Bay, easy access to the beach and lovely local walks. We have been coming to Bigbury on Sea for the past thirty years and this is one of the b… More

It's been great having Mary & Nigel and their family stay with us for the last 2 years and are looking forward to seeing them all for their usual fortnight in September. Mary and her family have built up a special infinity with Bigbury-on-Sea over the last 30 years which is shared by many other returning holiday makers.

17 Mar 2014


"Spectacular views, comfortable accommodation and friendly welcome"

We discovered the garden apartment at Folly Rise by accident on a visit to Bigbury-on-Sea over 15 years ago when our children were small and have been returning every summer since. We have never found anywhere else to better the spectacular views, comfortable accommodation and friendly welcome. Even with our unpredictable summer weather there has always been plenty of activities within easy reach and the sandy beaches with rock pools to explore are ideal for children of all ages. With our children now grown we still return as we find it so relaxing and enjoy exploring the many scenic coastal walks in the area.

This super family has been part of our core of loyal returning Guests for many years and it's been a pleasure to see their sons grow into very successful young men. Last year was the parents 25th Anniversary and they decided to go back to Hawaii where they'd had their honeymoon, taking the boys with them They felt this would mean missing out on their usual September holiday in The Garden Apartment. However, fortunately they decided it wouldn't be the same if they didn't come to Bigbury as usual. We're looking forward to seeing them again this year, their 16th!

16 Mar 2014


"Everything one could ever want from a holiday location"

We stayed at The Garden Apartment for a week in November following a fantastic visit earlier in the Summer of 2013. It is simply the most perfect location to let the stresses of life fade away into a … More

It's always super to hear from Guests who have enjoyed our beautiful area
in both Summer and Autumn. The South Hams and surrounds have so much to offer all year round. During the quieter months the whole atmosphere changes. No traffic problems, no parking worries, Restaurants and Pubs are uncrowded and put on fantastic Specials at attractive prices and everything is generally more laid back. An ideal venue as a stress buster. Wander along the deserted beach, get out the fishing rod and catch the odd Bass, which abound in our waters and maybe you might just be lucky enough to see a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins. Why travel 9,000 miles to Florida when we have them on our doorstep. You'll be snug and warm in the Garden Apartment as we are an all year round location offering 3 night/4 days Short Breaks.

6 Mar 2014



We booked this apartment as we love this area of Devon, from the first time we contacted the owner we had excellent service nothing just nothing was to much trouble for Gill.We arrived after a long jo… More

It was a pleasure to welcome these charming Guests and to see how they appreciated the Apartment and all this fantastic area has to offer. I am delighted they have booked again this year, when no doubt they will be able to visit al the places they weren't able to fit in last year. Gill.

Review 1-10 of 11

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