Cottage | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 18

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

In a peaceful and secluded setting, a mile from Halwell and 1½ from Harbertonford (PO/shop, pub), two cottages and three superb barn conversions at Bickleigh Farm, all sharing an indoor heated swimming pool (39' x 19' x 3' to 4'6" deep, available 8am to 8pm) with toddlers' splash pool, children's play area (swings, slides, climbing frame), large trampoline and games room (pool table, table tennis, WiFi). All are on a 300 acre working mixed farm (often lambs, calves and kittens). Conservation walks with wonderful views to Torbay and Dartmoor have been laid out across the farmland and the properties are positioned to each have their own patio and barbecue area, and share large lawns and garden. Professional catering available. These are very special places to stay. The Roundhouse, a magnificent, detached house converted from a barn, has seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms with living area and kitchen in a clever 'upside-down' arrangement to make the most of the huge vaulted ceilings. Upstairs, good views over the rolling farmland, and adjacent but separate is an annexe (family bedroom with comfy chairs and bathroom) for four. To the rear, a spacious, private, slate terrace makes the most of the all-day sun. Solid teak outdoor furniture, gas and charcoal barbecues and steps up to a lawn. The adjoining grassy meadow area on one side is left to grow wild with flowers and a walnut and fruit trees, and the shared children's play area and trampoline are on the other.

Back door from patio level to full-height main hall with spectacular Carpenter Oak beamed ceiling trusses and bridged, half-level landing. Across the full length of the upper floor, set either side of the bridged landing (door to patio off half-landing), large open-plan living room (woodburner, TV/home cinema system) and enormous kitchen (gas/electric range-style cooker, dishwasher, microwave, American-style fridge-freezer with ice-maker) with unique oak and granite dining table and designer lighting, and spectacular oak roof beams and large windows creating a cathedral-like space; utility/boot room (washing machine, tumble drier, second fridge) with back door. At each end of this level are double bedrooms (5' beds), both with en suite bathrooms (suites plus bath-showers). A vertical wooden ladder gives access from the living area to a galleried mezzanine/den with comfy furniture and wonderful valley views. Oak flooring and radiators throughout upper floor, and two sets of stairs to ground floor.

On ground floor level, large entrance hall and another five large bedrooms – two double (6' zip-linked beds or twin, TV) with en suite bathrooms (suites plus bath-showers); two twin bedrooms with en suite bathrooms (suites with separate showers); and in the beam-ceilinged 'roundhouse', the master double (5' bed, TV) with en suite bathroom (suite with separate shower) and French windows to front terrace. Children's den area (part of the hall) with TV/DVD/video. Loo (washbasin). Exterior door to annexe – a large family room with double bed (5'), two single beds, comfy armchairs, TV, tea/coffee making facilities and large en suite bathroom (suite).

Damages Deposit £250. Arrival after 4pm. An outstanding conversion. in a peaceful and secluded setting, a mile from Halwell and 1½ from Harbertonford (PO/shop, pub), two cottages and three superb barn conversions at Bickleigh Farm, all sharing an indoor heated swimming pool (39' x 19' x 3' to 4'6" deep, available 8am to 8pm) with toddlers' splash pool, children's play area (swings, slides, climbing frame), large trampoline and games room (pool table, table tennis, WiFi). All are on a 300 acre working mixed farm (often lambs, calves and kittens). Conservation walks with wonderful views to Torbay and Dartmoor have been laid out across the farmland and the properties are positioned to each have their own patio and barbecue area, and share large lawns and garden. Professional catering available. These are very special places to stay. The Roundhouse, a magnificent, detached house converted from a barn, has seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms with living area and kitchen in a clever 'upside-down' arrangement to make the most of the huge vaulted ceilings. Upstairs, good views over the rolling farmland, and adjacent but separate is an annexe (family bedroom with comfy chairs and bathroom) for four. To the rear, a spacious, private, slate terrace makes the most of the all-day sun. Solid teak outdoor furniture, gas and charcoal barbecues and steps up to a lawn. The adjoining grassy meadow area on one side is left to grow wild with flowers and a walnut and fruit trees, and the shared children's play area and trampoline are on the other.

Back door from patio level to full-height main hall with spectacular Carpenter Oak beamed ceiling trusses and bridged, half-level landing. Across the full length of the upper floor, set either side of the bridged landing (door to patio off half-landing), large open-plan living room (woodburner, TV/home cinema system) and enormous kitchen (gas/electric range-style cooker, dishwasher, microwave, American-style fridge-freezer with ice-maker) with unique oak and granite dining table and designer lighting, and spectacular oak roof beams and large windows creating a cathedral-like space; utility/boot room (washing machine, tumble drier, second fridge) with back door. At each end of this level are double bedrooms (5' beds), both with en suite bathrooms (suites plus bath-showers). A vertical wooden ladder gives access from the living area to a galleried mezzanine/den with comfy furniture and wonderful valley views. Oak flooring and radiators throughout upper floor, and two sets of stairs to ground floor.

On ground floor level, large entrance hall and another five large bedrooms – two double (6' zip-linked beds or twin, TV) with en suite bathrooms (suites plus bath-showers); two twin bedrooms with en suite bathrooms (suites with separate showers); and in the beam-ceilinged 'roundhouse', the master double (5' bed, TV) with en suite bathroom (suite with separate shower) and French windows to front terrace. Children's den area (part of the hall) with TV/DVD/video. Loo (washbasin). Exterior door to annexe – a large family room with double bed (5'), two single beds, comfy armchairs, TV, tea/coffee making facilities and large en suite bathroom (suite).

Damages Deposit £250. Arrival after 4pm. An outstanding conversion.

Size Sleeps up to 18, 8 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Private indoor pool, Log fire, DVD player
Pool Private indoor pool
General Central heating, TV, Video player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 8 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (5)
Other Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Please bring your own beach towels.

The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 4 star.

The West Country region

The South Hams: southernmost Devon; between the river Dart and river Tamar and south of Dartmoor, lush farmland and wooded river valleys turning to beautiful estuaries, its coast very beautiful and remarkably well preserved – sandy beaches and mighty cliffs between those estuaries, amazingly little sprawling modern ugliness. Inland too, away from main roads, it remains surprisingly peaceful.

Among special coastal places are Dartmouth; sheltered Blackpool Sands; Slapton's long curve of pebble beach and nature reserve lagoon; the cliffs about Start Point and Prawle Point, Bolt Head and Bolt Tail; East Portlemouth's beach and Salcombe's location and views; Thurlestone proving that family seaside places don't need to be brash; Bigbury's huge sands and the fun of getting to Burgh Island; waterside, oak-wood-sheltered Noss Mayo/Newton Ferrers; many others, less easy of access, are for you to discover.

Kingsbridge and Totnes, both old, attractive and small, are the towns at the area's heart; Plymouth – the West Country's biggest town, with Naval base, ferry port, theatre, cinemas, history, Hoe (great views) and Barbican (where the life is) – is on the area's edge. Dartington Hall is an arts centre (films, plays, music, dance) with lovely gardens. Pleasure cruisers ply the Kingsbridge estuary and Dart and Tamar rivers.

Dartmouth

Halwell: small village (church, good food pub, filling station for basic supplies, bus route) in wooded farmland on the A381 between Totnes (town), 7 miles, and Kingsbridge, 6. Dartmouth (town) and the sea/beach at Blackpool Sands, 7 miles. Dartmouth Golf and Country Club (indoor pool), 3 miles; also, leisure park (activities, animals). Central South Hams base.