House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 11
'Seaview' is a large and luxurious Devon holiday house, less than five minutes walk from two beautiful sandy beaches, recommended for their excellent water quality in the 2014 Good Beach Guide, and Burgh Island, a sea-tractor ride away. Located in a UK Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the South facing house and garden feature stunning panoramic views of Bigbury Bay, the Avon Estuary and Bigbury / Bantham beaches which are famous for surfing and every kind of watersport, with equipment available for hire on the beach. The house is only a few minutes walk away from restaurants, pub, local store and Burgh Island.
The main house and self-contained annexe have been lovingly rebuilt internally, featuring 5/6 bedrooms (sleeping up to 11), five marbled bathrooms and a large open plan ground floor with ultra modern kitchen, dining area and lounge with panoramic views across the beaches and estuary.
The house also provides Wifi internet access, Sky+HD, unlimited streamed LoveFilm library, home cinema projector and screen with 7.1 surround sound.
The large south facing, landscaped and secluded garden with magnificent views includes several terraces with both a Weber Gas and a Charcoal BBQ, a dining table and seating for 8 as well as loungers and reclining chairs with cushions.
The house, in the centre of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to Dartmoor, is in a beautiful coastal village known for its excellent beach and the causeway leading to Burgh Island which is flooded at high tide and is accessed by a unique 'Sea tractor'. The island's internationally famous Art Deco hotel, a former haunt of Edward and Mrs Simpson (and Poirot on TV and Film) is open to non residents for (Black tie) dinner (7 days) and Sunday lunch - a wonderful location for a special celebration meal.
Close by there are attractive cliff top and coastal walks, as well as other beaches and coves for fishing, with sailing and boating at nearby Salcombe and Dartmouth and golf at the beautiful 18 hole Bigbury course a five minute drive away. Kingsbridge is nearby and its fun to drive along the scenic road (flooded at high tide!) up the River Avon, well known for its birdlife and kayaking.
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bigbury on Sea 350 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter 60 km, Nearest railway: Plymouth 23 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
-----Kitchen Area (open plan with Dining area and Lounge)
* 30' long with two eye-level Fan ovens, integrated Coffee machine, Microwave, two tray Dishwasher, Wine cooler, large American fridge- freezer and drinks/icemaker, underfloor heating, Oak flooring
*Peninsula breakfast bar seating three, LCD TV with Sky TV, Games input
* Utility room with Washing machine and Tumble dryer, Ironing board, iron
* Large Oak table with seating for 8 (+3 at Breakfast bar) with panoramic views of coast and beaches. Underfloor heating, Oak flooring.
-------Lounge Area seating 8 (+3 chairs can be moved across from open plan dining area)
* Two three seater white leather settees, two leather armchairs. Wood burning stove, Oak Flooring throughout
* 100” projector screen and projector, 42” Plasma TV. 7.1 Surround Sound system, Sky+ HD, Blueray Player, with streamed LoveFilm library, iphone/ipod music/video input.
-------Other Ground Floor
* Marbled Family bathroom with Bath/shower, toilet, underfloor heating
* Library/ Bedroom 6: Double sofa bed and single cube chair bed, (counted as sleeping 2) Wifi , 1500 books.
-------Sleeping - main house upstairs
* Master Bedroom, Super-King double bed, marbled ensuite with bidet, double power shower and toilet, triple aspect, panoramic views of island/coast.
* Bedroom 2, Kingsize Double bed, marbled ensuite with Double power shower and toilet, Sea views.
* Bedroom 3, Two single beds which can be zipped together forming 5', toilet in corridor, Estuary view, TV
* Bedroom 4, Single Bed, toilet across corridor, Estuary view.
* Two large portable air conditioning units are available if required
-------Attached Annexe (separate access)
* Bedroom 5, Kingsize double bed, separate Toilet in Annexe with power shower
* Modern Kitchen area with Fridge Freezer, Washing Machine
* Lounge / Dining area with folding table, settee and 4 chairs, 30” LCD TV
|Further details outdoors|
-------Garden / Parking
* Large South-facing landscaped garden with grass and gravel terraces, flowers, shrubs and amazing views of Burgh Island, beaches and coast.
* Dining terrace with table seating 8, Weber gas and charcoal BBQs
* Two teak loungers, Two reclining chairs, double teak bench, picnic table
* Raised vegetable beds with fresh herbs, vegetables and salad crops.
* Parking Area for 6 cars
* Storage with beach equipment: inflatables, body boards, fold-up portable beach BBQ's, beach games, etc.
Please note: Use of all BBQ /Beach equipment is entirely at Visitors risk. Young children need to be supervised in the garden as there are two unfenced terraces in the garden with a one metre drop down and several open steps down to the garden from the house. The elderly and infirm are likely to find the open steps and sloping terrain difficult.
This is a non smoking property and pets are not allowed. We also cannot accept groups of four or more which are composed entirely of one sex or who are all under 25.
The West Country region
Our Favourite Days Out in Devon
-------Salcombe Boating and Beach picnic
Salcombe, playground of the rich and famous, is only half an hours drive away. Pick up a gastronomic picnic from one of the delis there and either hire a motorboat or take one of the many ferries from town to South Sands or East Portlemouth beaches and spend the day sunbathing, swimming in the crystal clear water or just watching the activity on the water (very busy in Regatta week). Alternatively you could wander round the interesting shops and enjoy a traditional Devon cream tea by the waterside
-------Dartmouth History, River Cruises and Steam train
Spend a day in Dartmouth (40 minutes drive away) soaking up the atmosphere in one of the most beautiful and historic harbours in Europe. Dartmouth was the sailing point for the Crusades of 1147 and 1190,
was home of the Royal Navy from the reign of Edward III, was twice attacked during the Hundred Years' War, after which the mouth of the estuary was closed every night with a great chain. The narrow mouth of the Dart is still protected by two fortified castles, Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear Castle. During medieval times it became a major base for privateering (licensed piracy).
The pilgrim fathers rested a while in Dartmouth before setting off on their journey in the Mayflower and the Speedwell on 20 August 1620. About 300 miles west of Land's End, they realised that the Speedwell was unseaworthy and returned to Plymouth before Mayflower then set off alone. The town has also played a part in defeating both the Spanish Armada and (rather later) Germany in WWII when it was the key launching point for the D-Day landings on Utah Beach.
The town itself has beautiful Medieval and Elizabethan architecture and is also the base for many fascinating river cruises and a steam train which runs up the coast. There are many events and festivals through the year including the Regatta, Dartmouth Music Festival, Food Festival, Open Air Shakespeare at Dartmouth Castle and much more.
----------Morwellham Quay - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Ten miles north of Plymouth is Morwellham Quay, the largest Copper mine in Victoria's Empire. It's a terrific day out, the absolute highlight being the train trip down into the mine itself, a heart-stopping insight into the life of a miner working by candllelight underground, one hundred and fifty years ago, in tunnels prone to flooding. You can also try on Victorian costumes, see how the Copper ore was shipped from the Quay downstream in sailing ships. Visit beautifully recreated shops, village, Blacksmiths, Coopers and the Farm and Musuem used in filming BBC's Edwardian Farm.
-------South West Coast Path
Why not enjoy the stunning scenery and explore the famous South West Coast Path which passes through the village and runs East, crossing the River Avon on the small ferry and continuing towards Hope Cove, Bolt Tail and Salcombe and to the West across the Rivers Erme and Yealm towards Plymouth. Our favourite is to walk along the coast to the secluded and beautiful Ayrmer Cove and then inland on the old Smugglers path to the thirteenth Century Journeys End pub / restaurant at Ringmore for a great lunch or dinner cooked by the former chef at the Burgh Island Hotel.
-------South Devon Steam Railway, Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary
The historic town of Totnes is forty minutes drive from the house and from there one can take the scenic steam train along the Dart valley to Buckfastleigh, where, next to the station, you can see new Butterflies emerging in tropical surroundings and watch Otters rescued from Dartmoor, swimming in glass enclosures and enjoy their antics at feeding time.
Its also worth visiting by car, You can board their luxury dining train, the Devonshire Pullman, for a wonderful and nostalgic experience in first class, as you enjoy a delicious meal, freshly prepared by their own chef who sources local Devon produce wherever possible. Its a 2 and ½ hour trip to Totnes and back along the beautiful Dart Valley. Buckfast Abbey is nearby and worth a visit, a Benedictine Monastery founded in 1018 under the rule of King Canute.
-------Castle Drogo and Dartmoor National Park
Less than an hours drive will take you to Castle Drogo, a unique Lutyens designed castle in the heart of Dartmoor. Take a guided tour of this amazing 20th Century country house in the style of a medieval castle, complete with central heating and electrics. Combine it with a picnic amongst some of the most attractive Dartmoor scenery or in the gardens of the Castle.
The sight of a falcon diving down towards earth at over 100mph is one of life's truly exhilarating experiences. Having a hawk stand on your fist, happily tearing at its food, is a rare privilege. But to actually fly a bird of prey encompasses both of these and much more. One of Britain's few private falconry centres, Dartmoor Hawking sits at the heart of Dartmoor National Park, internationally recognized as having some of the most dramatic and stunning scenery in the country. With 35 acres of its own land, the school has plenty of space to allow clients to really see these magnificent birds flying at their best.
Their Falconry Experience is a private 4 and a half hour session for those wanting a fuller introduction to birds of prey. The first half of the session being spent with the owls and the falcons at the school. The second part will be flying the Harris Hawks amongst the breathtaking scenery of Dartmoor.
Bigbury on Sea, in the centre of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to Dartmoor, is a beautiful coastal village famous for its expanse of beautiful sandy beach with a causeway, flooded at high tide, leading to Burgh Island and its internationally famous Art Deco hotel. Bigbury / Bantham beaches are famous for surfing and every kind of watersport, with equipment available for hire on the beach. The extensive beaches are also ideal for children to play on with soft sand and three RNLI lifeguard stations. The village is situated on the South West Coast path and is an ideal base for walking in the beautiful countryside.
Kingsbridge is nearby and its fun to drive along the scenic road (flooded at high tide!) up the River Avon, well known for its birdlife and kayaking. Close by there are attractive cliff top and coastal walks, as well as other beaches and coves for fishing, with sailing and boating at nearby Salcombe and Dartmouth and golf at the beautiful 18 hole Bigbury course a five minute drive away.
The hotel, a few minutes walk from the house, was a former haunt of Edward and Mrs Simpson, Churchill and Agatha Christie and was recently voted the Most Romantic Hotel in Britain. It serves non-residents Dinner (black tie) and Sunday lunch and makes a wonderful location for a special celebration meal. The Pilchard Inn, a 700 year old smuggling inn, also on the island, serves local beers and food at lunchtime and Friday evenings.
At high tide access to the island is via a unique long legged 'sea tractor' running at half hourly intervals.
The village also has two beach restaurants, a General store and the excellent Discovery Surf and watersport school.
If the weather is poor, there is a pub/restaurant (seasonal) ten minutes walk away from the house in Challaborough which has pool tables, darts, live Sports TV, arcade games and more
Our favourite way to spend an evening is to wander down to the local beach for a BBQ and some beach games with friends. There are two clever fold-up barbeques in the house which can cater for 8 to 10 easily. Take the house beach cricket set and 'boules' for games with the kids whilst dinner is cooking. Then watch the sun set over Burgh Island whilst enjoying a few glasses of wine and some fresh BBQ fish and seafood (if you can't catch any off the beach there are two great local fishmongers selling day boat fish.)
As well as an outstanding beach holiday resort, Bigbury on Sea is also an ideal base for exploring Dartmoor and the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which extends from Dartmouth through Salcombe across the Avon, Erme and Yealm estuaries.
Below we have listed local restaurants, pubs, shops etc within walking distance. Below that we have listed facilities within 5 minutes by car from our house. Kingsbridge is 25 minutes drive away and has supermarkets, cinema, excellent restaurants and pubs, moorings, ferry to Salcombe.
----------Local Restaurants, Pubs, Shops etc - within walking distance
* Burgh Island Hotel -open to non residents for Sunday lunch and Dinner (black tie), Regular events (Murder Mystery, Summer Ball, Round the Island swim)
* Pilchard Inn - 14th Century Inn owned and run by Hotel, Local Beers on draught, light lunches, Gourmet Curry night every Friday evening
* Bay View Cafe and Bistro - Lunches and Evening meals and Breakfasts overlooking Burgh Island (Seasonal) - Good value.
* Venus Cafe - Right on the beach with open air tables and takeaway
* Discovery Surf School - Lessons + hire Surfboards, Wetsuits, Paddle Boards, Kayaks etc - Recommended.
* Bigbury on Sea General Store and Post Office
* Challaborough, Waterfront Bar - Pub/restaurant serving lunches and dinner with open air terrace overlooking the beach, entertainment facilities pool, darts, arcade games, pub quizzes etc.(Seasonal - 10 minute walk)
* Ringmore, Journeys End Inn - 13th Century Inn serving very high quality food - former Burgh Island Head Chef (20 minute walk)
----------Local facilities within five minutes by car
* Oyster Shack - Top class sea food restaurant with oysters from the Avon Estuary
* Pickwick Inn - Newly Opened Pub/Restaurant in St Anne's Chapel, excellent Italian Cuisine, takeaway Pizzas
* Bigbury on Sea Golf Course with Bar/Restaurant
* Bigbury local store - General store with takeaway meals.
* Kingston, Dolphin -Cosy pub/restaurant (ten minute drive)
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22 Jun 2014
"Perfect house for large family with perfect views"
We stayed here with our family of 8 adults and 2 small children. It was a relaxing time. The hill kept us all very fit to and from the beach. If you are looking for things to do in Bigbury on sea this… More
2 Jun 2014
"A most wonderful holiday home"
I have just returned with my family from spending a most wonderful week in this spectacular house. Every thing was just perfect. My family of 12, aged from 6 weeks to 64 had great difficulty in tear… More
5 May 2014
"WOW, WOW, WOW"
Saw this property advertised when I was looking for a smaller property in the area.Decided to book it regardless and we were not disappointed. Stunning views across the bay, great kitchen facilities. … More
13 Apr 2014
"Dream holiday home!"
This wonderful house provided a memorable family gathering for a 50th birthday. It is difficult to describe just how wonderful Seaview is. The views are breathtaking and panoramic with vantage points … More
8 Sep 2013
Expect to be wowed! It is difficult to describe this house without running out of superlatives. From the moment you step inside the door the furnishings are lovely and the view from the dining/living … More
5 Aug 2013
"One of the best views in the country."
You would be pushed to better the view from the panoramic windows in the living area in this well-appointed house. You will also lack for nothing in facilities and appliances, all tastefully chosen t… More
16 Jul 2013
"Great house, great views, great weather"
Fabulous property with everything an extended family gathering would ever need. Celebrating an 80th birthday we needed to please ages from 18 to 80. The Seaview was perfect. We all took full advantage… More
9 Jul 2013
Superb modern accomodation with a stunning view from every room, A warm welcome from Alan and Maggie (The owners) along with traditional Deven tea welcome pack.We found the property well equipped with… More
8 Jun 2013
Wonderful views from a great living space in a thoughtfully appointed home. We had such a good time despite the weather. Even with the rain beating down and the wind howling, Seaview seemed warm and welcoming. Also, just about the highest spec UK house we have stayed in. Everything perfect and thoughtful extras, like lots of marvellous cookery books, make cooking in the kitchen a real pleasure. We ate out every lunch time, but tended to stay in during the evenings and cook, so perfect for us. Ten out of ten for a marvellous holiday home. Of course, it's not just the house and garden but where it is: a short stroll from Burgh island, the sometimes submerged but ever so pretty coast road, refreshing walks and a plethora of restorative pubs.
8 May 2013
"wonderful place to stay"
Received a lovely welcome on arrival and welcome food pack ,included cream tea(nice touch). House was brilliant, lots of space for two families ,well equipped kitchen. Lots of gadgets to keep the boys happy, Sea only minutes walk away and cafe sold nice food, plus place to hire wetsuits , body boards etc (prices reasonable ). Visit to Burgh Island and Pilchard was enjoyable. Did a `Treasure Trail` great for getting to know the area. Everyone voted to come again.
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