Our cottage is a superb stone converted barn in the picturesque 200 year old farmstead of Higher Hendham Barns which has eight cottages. We live in Pillar Barn which is the largest cottage, and have recently purchased three of the other barns to rent out for holiday lets - see details of Kingfisher Barn and Woodpecker Barn below. All three cottages are adjacent and with the use of a large shared courtyard, they are perfect for several families or large groups staying together. Swallow Barn has been furnished and equipped to provide the highest quality self catering accommodation, and has been successfully rented out for the last ten years (under its former name of Stokeleigh). Many guests have returned year after year.
All our cottages overlook our two acre field where we have numerous chickens, three alpacas, and a large vegetable garden. We are able to provide fresh eggs and vegetables to guests. Living on-site means that we are able to meet you and to help ensure that you have everything you need for a perfect holiday
The cottage is reverse level with a stunning open plan living area on the first floor with a lounge area with two sofas (one a sofa bed), dining table for four, and a smart and very well equipped kitchen with an excellent range of appliances - dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, electric hob and fan oven, microwave and fridge.
The cottage has a high vaulted ceiling with white painted beams and is very well lit with ceiling spotlights and table lamps. There are lovely views from the living area out over our field. To the front is a large private garden lawn and to the side down some steps is a secluded private patio with table and chairs, sun umbrella and BBQ for 'al fresco' dining. Below this is the shared courtyard with additional seating, sun loungers and play area for children which can also be accessed from a door downstairs in the cottage.
The main bedroom has a comfortable double bed and the second smaller bedroom has bunk beds which are perfect for children. There is also a sofa bed in the living room which could be used for additional guests. We can provide a Mothercare Ashton cot, high chair and pushchair, and stair gate for families with young children. Both bedrooms have good quality duvets, cotton bed linen and towels, a wardrobe and drawers for clothes. The family bathroom has a combined bath and shower
Nearby Higher Hendham View Farm is a thriving working farm raising beef cattle and the surrounding fields have cattle, sheep and horses to entertain children and adults alike.
Please also look at our other cottages listed on holidaylettings:
Kingfisher Barn - property no 1306049
Woodpecker Barn - property no 1306031
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bantham and Thurlestone|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter 65 km, Nearest railway: Totnes 14 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Bunk Beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
South Devon is blessed with a mild climate for most of the year, making the region an ideal location for holidays and short breaks at any time.
Higher Hendham Cottages are in the heart of rural South Hams in Devon - close to Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Dartmouth, and Totnes.
The location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is close to beaches, numerous watersports facilities, beautiful walks along the nearby Avon Valley, the South Coast Path for unbeatable sea views, or a little further afield to the spectacular wilds on Dartmoor.
The area has something for everyone, at any time of year and in any weather. Being in the centre of the South Hams, (just look at the map to prove the point), you are within easy reach of a huge selection of places to visit and explore.
Whether you are after an action packed activity holiday or just a relaxing laid back break from your normal life, there is an enormous choice.
The area is ideal for beaches, surfing, sailing, fishing, boat trips, golf, tennis, riding, cycling and shooting, and a huge selection of beautiful walks, several right from the doorstep.
Nearby are an excellent selection of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and a huge selection of local shops, craft centres and art galleries.
Our cottages all have a folder and guides giving detailed information of places to go and things to do, and we can give our own suggestions and recommendations if you would like help.
We suggest you also add your favourite places in our Visitors Book to help other guests and to jog your memory when you come back !
We are just 15 minutes drive from Kingsbridge and if you love the ambiance of a traditional English market town, you'll love Kingsbridge. Situated at the top of the Salcombe estuary, it is surrounded by lush, green rolling countryside, making it perennially popular for walking and boating holidays. The town attracts a lot of tourism yet manages to keep a tranquil charm and friendly atmosphere. It has a great selection of local shops including a fishmonger, butchers, bakers, and fresh vegetables as well as two reasonably sized supermarkets - Tescos and Morrissons. In the summer it is decked out with flowers and has won awards from Britain in Bloom for many years.
The town takes its name from an ancient bridge built to link two royal estates – Alvington and Chillington, and by 1219 was a market town. By the 18th Century milling was a major source of revenue for the town, and throughout the 19th Century Kingsbridge had an active coastal shipping trade, with thriving shipbuilding and tanning industries.
Things to do:
From surf shops to vineyards, there's lots to see and do in the Kingsbridge area. The estuary provides plenty of opportunities if you're a water sports enthusiast, while the town has a thriving arts and crafts community for the more laid back visitor. Coast or countryside, Kingsbridge has a choice of scenic walking and hiking routes suitable for every level of ability.
The Kingsbridge Farmers market offers you the chance to sample an amazing range of fresh vegetables, local meats and fresh fish on the first and third Saturdays of every month. For something different, try the Art Café Ceramics Studio, where you can paint your own pottery and then relax with tea and cake in comfortable surroundings – ideal for the whole family to enjoy.
If you really want to chill out completely, visit The Haven Space & Beauty Centre, where highly trained therapists offer a wide range of massages and beauty treatments. One of our family - Emma - also runs yoga classes at the Hen House and if you would like to join one of her beginners or more advanced classes we can arrange this for you.
On rainy days there is a local cinema in Fore Street in Kingsbridge - the Reel Cinema with three screens, and a visit to the Cornworthy Museum is well worthwhile to explore the local history. There is also a Leisure Centre with an indoor swimming pool and gym.
Food and drink:
There is a wide selection of restaurants offering excellent home cooked meals made from the very best of South Devon's quality local produce.
For water sports enthusiasts, stand up paddle boarding is a new and tranquil way to enjoy the water, and combined with bacon butties and tea at the Crabshell Inn, it can even be done in the winter (wetsuits are available to hire). In the summer, this a favourite spot of ours to sit outside at one of the many tables by the quayside and enjoy a drink and excellent food. Some nights they have entertainment with local folk singers and bands.
Other local towns within easy reach include:
Salcombe - This used to be a quaint fishing village popular for holidays back to Victorian times. It is now a well known sailing and boating centre known by the locals as "Chelsea on Sea" due to the prices of its houses. Even if you are not into boating, it is well worth a visit to soak up the atmosphere, see the fantastic views over the estuary, hire a day boat or go out mackerel fishing. There are a huge selection of trendy clothes shops - Jack Wills (started off in Salcombe and is now nationwide), Crew, Quba, Fat Face, White Stuff, Musto, Henri Lloyd are all represented.
Dartmouth - This town is the home of the Royal Naval College and is a popular visitor centre for river cruises, trips on the Dart Valley Steam Railway and plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Cultural interest is based on the Flavel Arts Centre with a great selection of films, plays, concerts and special events.
Totnes - Another historical market town at the top of the Dart estuary. A visit to the castle, Friday flea market and numerous arts and crafts shops are all worthwhile. The Dartington Press craft centre is also nearby.
Plymouth - Another historical naval centre, with Plymouth Hoe where Sir Francis Drake is reputed to have played bowls before setting off to fight the Spanish Armada. The National Marine Aquarium is one of the best in the world with a huge tank with sharks and hundreds of other exotic fish.
It is only a short drive to some of the best beaches in the south west (many of which are 'Blue Flag' beaches), including Bantham, Bigbury, Thurlestone, Milton Sands, Hope Cove, Torcross, North and South Sands (Salcombe), and Blackpool Sands. Whether you after surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, or just making sand castles and playing on a sandy beach there is a whole choice of fantastic beaches.
Other things to do:
Fantastic views and walks along the South Devon Coast Path.
The spectacular Dartmoor National Park is about 10 miles to the North, is wonderful for all grades of walking, seeing Dartmoor ponies in the rugged wild rolling hills, visiting pubs or even the famous prison at Princetown.
The Eden Project - count on a full day out to visit this famous ecological project in Cornwall about 1.5 hours drive West.
Steam railways - Dart Valley Railway (Kingswear to Paignton) and South Devon Railway (Totnes to Buckfastleigh).
Numerous National Trust and English Heritage properties and gardens.
Sporting activities (other than previously mentioned water sports) :
Golfers are spoilt for choice with excellent courses at Dartmouth, Thurlestone, and Bigbury.
Horse riding at several local stables, or if you enjoy watching horse racing rather than riding there are several local 'point-to-points' in the Spring and racing at Newton Abbott and Exeter racecourses.
Cycling on many designated cycle routes
Tennis courts in Loddiswell, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and Thurlestone
Clay pigeon shooting.
Woodlands - adventure park with both indoor and outdoor attractions.
Paignton Zoo, wildlife parks, nature reserves.
China Blue Pottery, Totnes - paint your own ceramics.
House of Marbles - amazing marble run displays, glassware, and toyshop.
....or just playing in our own field and shared courtyard with a safe children's play area.