'Annacombe' is a spacious and imaginative coachhouse conversion perfect for a child friendly escape for family, for friends or a romantic bolthole for two. The cottage is set in the grounds of a large country house in the beautiful countryside of the South Hams near south Devon's historic and buzzily-alternative town of Totnes. Lying not far from the river Dart, and between the sailing centres of Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Salcombe and the rugged wilderness of Dartmoor, it is an ideal base for exploring this unspoiled region with its excellent beaches, landscape and charming towns and villages. A whole array of inviting pubs and restaurants will tempt a break from self catering, and the attractions nearby - castles and country houses, adventure parks and children's farms, golf and riding, boating and sailing, sporting and fun - provide lots to do for children and adults alike.
The centre of the accommodation is dominated by the impressive, double-height, south facing living room with its gallery, open roof beams, natural stone fireplace, bookshelves, pottery and rugs. It is open plan with both a living and a dining area. The stylish fitted kitchen/breakfast room, with unusual granite work surfaces, is well equipped with dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, induction hob and double-oven together with a breakfast table. A utility room houses the washing machine and tumble dryer, and the oil-fired boiler. On the other side of the living room, beyond a vestibule and third WC, is a ground floor double bedroom. Like the living room and kitchen, it overlooks the large cobbled courtyard belonging to the house. The en-suite bathroom has a bath, with thermostatically controlled shower above, WC and washbasin.
Upstairs, at either end of the living room gallery are two bedrooms, one with twin beds and a cot and the other with a double bed. Next door to the double bedroom is the second bathroom also fitted with a bath and thermostatically controlled shower above, WC and washbasin.
Outside, across the courtyard, two archways in its stone wall lead to an attractive, enclosed garden lawned and bordered by shrubs and climbers growing against the wall. There is ample parking for two or more cars.
What our guests said:-
“Just to thank you for the cottage, we had a great time there many thanks. Great cottage, good quiet location enjoyed driving down the lanes. I would also like to think we will return as there is still a lot to see and do, we only scratched at the surface of the amenities the area offers.”
B F, November 2013
“My granddaughter is telling everybody what a lovely cottage they've got.”
Mrs N L, October 2013
“Thank you for your help and we very much enjoyed our stay at your cottage.”
E B, October 2013
“It is a lovely house, really sunny and homely and we really enjoyed our stay.”
S P & P R, October 2013
“Many thanks. We had a great time at the Cottage”
Mrs K P, September 2013
“The cottage was perfect for the needs of adults and young children. The family had a marvellous week at Harberton and we were able to visit some of our favourite places – in brilliant sunshine.”
Mrs J D, August 2013
“We had a great time in Devon and will certainly be leaving a favourable review for you on Google. We shall definitely be considering Yarde Cottage again next time it's holiday season.”
I S, August 2013
“We had a great week. Lovely place, very well equipped kitchen, living room and upstairs main bedroom.”
I & K F, July 2013
“We had a lovely sunny week at your wonderful cottage, and we hope to come again in the future.”
D & Y T, July 2013
“We had a fantastic time, and the cottage is superb for both accommodation and location.”
PG, June 2013
“We both wish you to know how very much we have enjoyed our stay in your charming house, neither of us wished to leave and wanted a further week in the glorious south Hams.”
AF, June 2013
“We really enjoyed our stay and the place is just fantastic. We think we may be back next year.”
MB, May 2013
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||From E to SW many beaches within 30km 15 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter (but Bristol 150km) 51 km, Nearest railway: Totnes 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
• Ground floor bedroom with ensuite bathroom
• Almost level access to ground floor
• Thermostatic showers above baths
• For babies and young children, liquidiser, stairgates and booster seat provided (+ highchair and cot).
• Room for cot in all bedrooms
|Further details outdoors|
• The Cottage is detached and located off lanes 200m up drives near main house
• Outside furniture for courtyard/garden
• You can barbeque on the mounting step in courtyard
• Electricity and hot water included
• Incoming calls and outgoing local calls included
• WiFi included
• Bed linen and towels available
• Central heating and logs charged at cost
• Smokers welcome, but in consideration for other guests and of the risks from fire, please only smoke outside - there's a porch.
• Regretfully no pets
South Devon is home to beautiful scenery and history and, as a popular destination for holidaymakers, masses to do. Dartmoor, in prehistoric times one of the most densely settled areas of Britain, is now a magnificent wilderness. The coastline, punctuated deeply by drowned river valleys is a maze of beaches, small coves and rocky shores. And in between are the lush greens of the farms, set amongst rolling fairy tale hills and dotted with villages and historic towns. And amongst these are the castles and country houses, adventure parks and golf courses, Canadian canoe trips and horse riding … and the excellent pubs and restaurants many selling the regions fresh fish, meat and produce. Here is a list of some of the National Trust and English Heritage sites and a couple of others not far over the border into Cornwall.
National Trust Houses & Gardens
Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton Greenway, Galmpton, (Agatha Christie)
Buckland Abbey, Yelverton (Sir Francis Drake's) Saltram, Plympton, Plymouth
Coleton Fishacre Garden, Coleton, Kingswear Cothele, St Dominick, N of Saltash
Overbecks Museum & Garden, Sharpitor, Salcombe Killerton House, Broadclyst, nr Exeter
English Heritage sites
Totnes Castle Berry Pomeroy Castle Dartmouth Castle
Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell Lost Gardens of Heligan, nr St Austell
Things to do:-
• Relaxing in the garden, on the beach or in front of a log fire doing nothing.
• Wandering down to the local pub which dates from medieval times.
• Walking - locally, along the Dart estuary, on Dartmoor, along the coastal footpath.
• Totnes - Elizabethan houses, Norman castle, cream teas, second hand bookshops, cheese shop, museums, etc
• Dartington - Dartington Hall gardens, High Cross House, Cider Press Centre (craft shops ++)
• Cruises on Dart estuary from Totnes/Dartmouth - combine with:-
• Steam Railways:- Paignton & Dartmouth Railway - Paignton/Kingswear
• South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh/Totnes
• Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary, Buckfastleigh
• Woodlands Leisure Park,- (for exhausting children), near Dartmouth
• Pennywell Farm,- animals and family entertainment, Buckfastleigh
Golf Riding/Pony Trekking Canadian Canoe Trips Sailing