' near the centre of Strete, a large detached house with gravelled forecourt and big, mainly flat, grassy enclosed garden at the back (small terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, gate to field and direct access to coastal path). Stunning, 180 degree sea views from all south-facing windows. Blackpool Sands, about 30 minute walk via lovely woods and coastal path (no roads). Inside, comfortable and spacious with original paintings and full of light. Hall, off which a lobby (loo, washbasin, good drying room), leading to dining room with fireplace (woodburner) and fridge-freezer; archway to smart, cream, well-equipped kitchen with 8-burner hob/2 double ovens, two dishwashers, tumble drier, espresso machine. Utility room (two washing machines, washer-drier, tumble drier, microwave, additional larder fridge). Sun lounge with rattan furniture and door to garden. Living room with lovely views, TV/Sky/DVD, 'living flame' gas fire; through this room to large family room with TV/DVD, sliding doors to the garden. Two staircases: one from the dining room up to first floor and two double bedrooms (one with 5' bed), both with bay windows, views and washbasins; smart bathroom (suite plus bath-shower) and second luxurious bathroom (suite with roll-top bath plus hand-shower, bidet); further stairs up to second floor and a twin bedroom (sloping ceilings), loo (washbasin) and the best view of all. The second staircase is from the family room to two more bedrooms ' a double (5' bed) with views, and a smaller double suitable for one. Bathroom (suite plus bath-shower) and kitchenette (washing machine, microwave, fridge).
Arrival after 4pm. Damages Deposit '250. A lovely house in a marvellous place for a holiday.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 5 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (3)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|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 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.
Strete: cliff-top village (pub, restaurant, PO/shop) ½ mile walk from a shingle beach. Cliff-top coast path walk to secret cove (¾ mile). Blackpool Sands (coarse sand, The Venus Café, Restaurant, Takeaway and Watersports), 1½ miles, and, a mile away, the magnificent crescent of Slapton Sands and Slapton Ley nature reserve (birdwatching, walks). Dartmouth (restaurants, cinema, river trips, steam railway), 5 miles.