about ¾ mile from the centre/waterfront of Salcombe, high on the cliffs above South Sands (cove beach), with spectacular views over the estuary to East Portlemouth, out to sea (dolphins sometimes), and along the coast to Gara Rock and Prawle Point, a beautifully positioned, south-facing, L-shaped, detached, split-level house (c1990), the last house at the end of a private lane, only woodland beyond. Peaceful; top class. Double garage.
Lilleby is set in nearly 2 acres of landscaped garden (barbecue) with mature trees, gravel paths winding down through terraces to woodlands (pines and hardwood) and then a gate where you join a footpath down to South Sands.
The house is in the most excellent condition, everything high quality. The front door leads to a wide tiled hall with high vaulted ceiling and French windows to a large balcony with wonderful views. The elegant, 30', beautifully furnished drawing room decorated mainly in creams, yellows and blues with hardwood floor and marble fireplace ('coal effect' Jetmaster gas fire), sumptuous curtains and light streaming in from all angles, TV/Sky/DVD, door to balcony. Good-sized twin bedroom on this floor (front garden view). Next door, a lobby with loo (washbasin). On the other side of the hall is the dining room with table seating 12, which leads to Amdega conservatory (TV) with time-wasting views. Painted white, with hardwood floor, cane furniture, the conservatory opens via an archway into the beautifully fitted kitchen with hand-painted cupboards and Corian work surfaces, hardwood floor, pine table/chairs, dishwasher, microwave, larder fridge, double oven/ceramic hob, TV. Door to garage (fridge-freezer).
Stairs down to four bedrooms (all with door to lower balcony) – the super master double with 5' bed, fitted cupboards, large en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower and separate double power-shower, two washbasins); a double with en suite partly-panelled shower-room (suite with power-shower and double shower tray); a twin; and another double; large bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). Utility room with washing machine and tumble drier. Outside there is an annexe which consists of one large bedroom/snug with twin beds; shower (suite) - less luxurious, but ideal for teenagers. Arrival after 4pm. Damages Deposit £500. The quality of everything at Lilleby is 'five star', the view is exceptional. It's a fantastic property and we are delighted it is with us.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||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||6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Cots (1)|
|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 5 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.
Salcombe: one of the most beautifully sited small towns in Britain, at the mouth of the Kingsbridge estuary, a yacht haven with creeks, sandy bays. Waterside pubs, nice shops. Boats to hire, fishing, superb Nat. Trust cliff walks/gardens; museum, tennis, outdoor swimming pool (in summer); pedestrian ferry to East Portlemouth (lovely beaches, The Venus Café and Takeaway). Thurlestone and Bigbury (golf), 6 and 8 miles.