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Excellent 5/5 12 reviews

Front view of GK lodge

Lodge | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
  • Car essential
  • Nearest beach 8km

"Game Keepers" a former hunting lodge centres around the natural beauty of the woods, valleys, flowing waters and wildlife that share this magical location with you. The property has been extensively refurbished in 2009/10 to offer you and your family 5 star bespoke countryside living in a relaxed peaceful and eco-friendly environment. We offer seatrout and salmon fishing on the river Avon as well as clay pigeon shooting and fly-fishing tuition. The lodge lies some 100m from the river which is great for swimming and relaxing in it's cool waters or by the summer house beside MacKay's pool.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach BANTHAM / BIGBURY ON SEA 8 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: EXETER 40 km, Nearest railway: TOTNES 9 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river
Further details indoors

The interiors have been refurbished to an extremely high standard, which will ensure that you and your family enjoy a relaxing and peaceful stay in complete comfort : see below and in photos:

- Professional kitchen with gas hob, oven (large selection of cookery / lifestyle books etc)

- Three (3) fabulous double bedrooms all with traditional country style beds and Vi spring mattresses

- Large comfortable lounge with log fire and 42" plasma TV , full Sky / sports / movies package, dvd player & ipod docking system

- 2 person air bath / jacuzzi

- 2 off luxurious shower units

- Large dining area ( 6 people)

- Fabulous upstairs deck / balcony area

Further details indoors:

Included: Duvets, pillows, bed linen, towels, heating (under-floor oil fired central heating downstairs with radiators/heated towel rails in all other rooms) and electricity.

Mobile reception poor - fixed BT line / SKYPE available:

- Pets Welcome

- No smoking.

- Parking: Parking for several cars on driveway.

Further details outdoors

- Secret Garden with summer house

- Outside gas bar-b-que area with professional gas bar-b-que and seating for 6 people

- Large patio and balcony

- Lawned garden with running stream

- Private river frontage with sandy beach for swimming (100m from house)

- Deck chairs available

The West Country region

Yeo Farm is located in the most southern part of Devon known as the South Hams. The South Hams is famous for its beautiful coast, unspoilt countryside, rugged moorland and award winning beaches - the South Hams has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Farm is surrounded by rolling hills, wooded river valleys, patchwork fields, picturesque villages and sandy beaches. Yeo is ideally situated for those keen on nature and wild life such as bird watching and wildlife photography. Otters, deer & kingfishers are also regularly seen so don't forget your binoculars !



There are a wide variety activities, attractions and sports in the area:

BEACHES - From sandy surf beaches to rock pools and coves, there are beaches for all tastes and pursuits.

Particularly recommended are the surf beaches of Bigbury and Bantham, with surf at one end and rock pools at the other. Also recommended are the award winning Blackpool Sands and the miles of fine pebbles at Slapton Sands. At Salcombe there are the lovely South & North Sands Beaches. Catch the ferry from Salcombe to East Portlemouth and you will be rewarded with more beautiful beaches like Sunny Cove. Bigbury and Blackpool Sands have excellent organic Venus Cafes at which to lunch or grab a coffee. From Bigbury you can go to Burgh Island and eat at the traditional Pilchard Inn.

ADVENTURE PARKS One of the largest in the South West is at Woodlands Adventure Park. This is 20 minutes drive away from the Barn and boasts enough entertainment to keep everyone amused (for a reasonable price) for the day (at least).

BOAT HIRE - For fishing, sailing or leisure can be hired from either Salcombe or Dartmouth.

BOAT TRIPS & FERRIES - run regularly from Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Salcombe across all of the estuaries.

CINEMA - a restored local cinema (the Reel) is running in Kingsbridge.

FISHING - a number of coarse fisheries, game fishing for sea trout and salmon on the River Avon or sea fishing for bass from local beaches/boats. Also short Mackerel trips run out of Salcombe and for the more adventurous, deep sea trips.

GARDE, Abbeys, Castles and Houses - abound, but most notably are the Gardens at Soultram House, the Abbey at Buckfastleigh and Castles at Totnes and Dartmouth.

GOLF - there are several local courses; of special note is the links course at Bigbury, with spectacular cliff views from the course over the Avon Estuary towards Burgh Island

NATURE RESERVES - Slapton Ley is only 20 minutes away, while the Dartmoor National Park is 20 minutes inland and caters for horse riding, canoeing and other outdoor pursuits

STEAM RAILWAYS - at Buckfastleigh along the River Dart and at Kingswear up the Dart Estuary to Paignton

Walks - there are numerous country, woodland and spectacular coastal walks along the cliff tops

There is also a rich and ancient heritage, South Hams market and coastal towns will repay a visit. The towns of Totnes, Dartmouth, Salcombe and Kingsbridge all have a unique character and are well worth exploring. Of particular note are the two towns nearest Auton Cottage; Salcombe can be reached by passenger ferry from East Portlemouth. The town is perched on the cliffs facing Bolt Head and is a world renowned centre for sailing and watersports. Kingsbridge at the top of the estuary is a vibrant market town, with a good variety of local shops, pubs and restaurants.

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Review 1-10 of 12

2 Jun 2014


"OMG totally amazing"

Outstanding holiday best UK break we have ever had. Chris the farm manager was lovely full of local knowledge and there if you need him. The house was well equipped and very clean. The setting was abs… More

26 Oct 2013


"Amazing Stay at Game Keepers"

What an amazing place to stay, we saw the reviews on Trip Advisor and this lodge certainly lives up to the reviews. Booking was easy, Charles (the owner) sends you a booking form and a handy guide to … More

24 Apr 2013


"Can't wait to visit again!"

Game Keepers is a lovely lodge in a wonderfully secluded spot but within 15-20 minutes of Kingsbridge, Salcombe and the beaches of Bantham, Hope Cove, etc. The lodge is modern throughout with some great luxuries thrown in: jacuzzi bath, two nice bathrooms, log burners, full Sky package. Our three year old loved the place and keeps asking if he can go back to "Yeo Farm" ever since we got home. He loved the trampoline in the garden, searching for fish in the stream near the house, walking along the river or through the woods and playing on the beach near Mackays pool.
Chris, the farm manager, was great and always very helpful and friendly. Its very nice to be offered free logs rather than getting charged extra. The local area has some nice food shops, including the local garden centre, chilli farm and local farm shops. It was so good we've booked again for August.

Thanks Duncan,
Looking forward to catching up for a beer and a chat when you return for 2 weeks in August,
Kind Regards
Charles Smith

28 Feb 2013


"Stunning 5 star lodge in wonderful rural setting"

Our 6 family members ages, 6,9,43,50,78,82 had a wonderful time at gamekeepers lodge. The kids and the grandparents slept upstairs in very comfortable beds whilst myself and the wife enjoyed complete… More

2 Jan 2013


"Total wind-down in a stunning location"

We booked Game Keepers for Christmas and New Year. Our adult son was joining us for Christmas and friends for New Year. It's a lovely house, well furnished and thoughtfully warm for our arrival… More

5 Dec 2012


"If you want to get away from it all; this is the place!"

The Gamekeepers cottage was a real find! It is located on a small private estate where you essentially have about 145 acres to yourself. The river Avon runs past the cottage about 200 yards away, and … More

Thanks for your feedback and so glad you loved your stay with us. Just to note that Charles is the owner and Chris is the manager.

11 Jun 2012


"Beautiful modern and atmospheric accommodation, in the most gorgeous part of Devon"

Gamekeepers is in a lovely part of Devon, a quiet green valley, on a huge estate. The children loved the gamesroom, and the wide spaces. We loved the views, and the woodburner. Our friend stayed in ne… More

28 May 2012


"A rear taste of tranquillity, total relaxation & peace of real Devon"

If you are looking to get away from it all this is the place for you.
Great Hospitality from Charles & Chris you couldnt ask for better hosts attending to your evey need.
All The Lodges are great for both couples & families the facilities inside & out were very good & moderen.
Many an evening spent by the Log Burner & in the Jacuzzi.
There are plenty of nice walks within the grounds for dog owners & walkers.
Great location for popping of on day trips to local places like Salcombe this was great for shopping.
We also liked the fact pets are welcome as Poppy enjoyed her Holiday to.

30 Oct 2011


"A cosy and luxurious bolthole by the river"

As soon as we arrived at Gamekeepers we given a warm welcome by Chris the farm manager and Charles the owner and his family. Chris showed us all the features of the lodge, including the woodburning s… More

8 Sep 2011


"A wonderful retreat in the Avon Valley"

What a find! Such a beautiful spot off the beaten track but within easy reach of all that the South Hams has to offer. A really warm welcome from the owner and the manager, Game Keepers is a lovely lodge tucked away in a sleepy hollow in the green rolling Devon countryside. Lots of wildlife and fresh air with the river Avon in the garden. Can't wait to return, thanks for a great stay.

Review 1-10 of 12

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