About ½ mile from the centre of Shaldon, an ancient, Grade II listed, cob and thatch, semi-detached farmhouse. Originally, its occupants farmed all the land adjoining, but now it sits on a quiet residential road on a steep hill. At the front, a fairly large, enclosed walled garden with a partially hidden den and patio with table/chairs; at the back, an enclosed garden with large patio (table/chairs), steps down to a lawn. Hall with parquet flooring; depth-of-house living/dining room with beam and inglenook ('living flame' gas fire), TV/DVD, DVDs and variety of artefacts/furniture from the owners' travels; smart kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, fridge-freezer, cooker with gas hob) with polished granite worktops, butler sink and Chinese slate floor; utility area with Belfast sink, washing machine; door to back garden. Downstairs loo (washbasin). Upstairs, three bedrooms – a double (6' bed), a twin, and a room with two sets of bunks; bathroom (suite) and shower-room (suite). A lovely old family house.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1)|
|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 3 star.
Torbay and the Red Cliffs: Napoleon declared Torquay “beau” when he saw it from the sea (true, he was a prisoner and there wasn't much of it then), and certainly it could be in the south of France when, in the sunshine, you look down from most of its seven hills on the expensive boats in its harbour/marina, windsurfers and water-skiers skimming its bay, and palm trees, very well-kept public lawns and flower beds and posh-looking hotels lining its seafront behind a sandy beach. People play bowls in white clothes. The exotic impression fades in its streets, but name a likely resort facility, sport or amusement and you can bet Torquay will have it, as well as some fine houses on its hills.
The three towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham surround a very beautiful bay and make up the West Country's largest resort. Paignton, less glamorous-looking than Torquay, has red cliffs and sand and an excellent zoo. Brixham is the fishing port, with still attractive harbour and tiers of coloured houses around it. There are several sandy beaches, and boat trips across the bay and round Berry Head (lighthouse) to Dartmouth.
North of Torquay is a mainly cliff-coast to the boat-filled mouth of the long, broad river Teign estuary (Teignmouth). Above Teignmouth, its good golf course has wonderful views both inland to Dartmoor and out to sea. The best route to Exeter and places east is via it and the A380 – not the coast road which is mainly ribbon-developed, slow and dull. The most beautiful route of all is by the mainline railway (Brunel designed) which for much of the way between Newton Abbot and Exeter hugs the shore.
Shaldon: large pretty village at the mouth of the river Teign estuary: shops, 'green', sandy beach with boats. Bridge connects it with Teignmouth (golf). Yachts, windsurfing, boats for hire (fishing trips), birdwatching and pubs on the estuary. Small zoo. Coast path to Torquay, 5 miles. Inland, good-pub villages in farming valleys.