Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Our cottage is a superb stone converted barn in the picturesque 200 year old farmstead of Higher Hendham Barns which has eight cottages. We live in Pillar Barn which is the largest cottage, and have three of the other barns to rent out for holiday lets - see details of Swallow Barn and Kingfisher Barn below. All three cottages are adjacent and with the use of a large shared courtyard, they are perfect for several families or large groups staying together. Woodpecker Barn has been furnished and equipped to provide the highest quality self catering accommodation.
All our cottages overlook our two acre field where we have a large children's playground with a large climbing frame, swings, slide, climbing ropes, trampoline, see-saw, children's picnic table with built in sand play unit, football goal and badminton net. We also have numerous chickens, three alpacas, and a large vegetable garden. We are able to provide fresh eggs and seasonal vegetables to guests. Living on-site means that we are able to meet you and to help ensure that you have everything you need for a perfect holiday.
The cottage is reverse level with a stunning open plan living area on the first floor with a large lounge area with a sofa and two armchairs, dining table for up to six, and a very well equipped kitchen with a full range of appliances - dishwasher, washing machine, condensing tumble dryer, electric hob and fan oven, microwave and fridge.
The cottage has a high vaulted ceiling with white painted beams and is very cosy in the winter but also fantastic in the summer with double doors opening out onto a private patio. This is a real sun trap and sheltered from any westerly breeze and can be used all year round for sitting outside and 'al fresco' dining on a large teak table table and chairs. From a door downstairs in the cottage is access into the shared courtyard with further seating and sun loungers.
The main bedroom has a comfortable double bed and the second large bedroom has a kingsize bed and also a single bed. We can provide a cot, high chair and stair gate for those with a baby or young children. Both bedrooms have good quality duvets, bed linen and towels, a wardrobe and drawers for clothes. The family bathroom has a combined bath and shower
Nearby Higher Hendham View Farm is a thriving working farm raising beef cattle and the surrounding fields have cattle, sheep and horses to entertain children and adults alike.
Please also look at our other cottages listed on holiday lettings:
Swallow Barn - property number 1137380
Kingfisher Barn - property number 1306049
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bantham and Thurlestone|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter 65 km, Nearest railway: Totnes 14 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
The West Country region
South Devon is blessed with a mild climate for most of the year, making the region an ideal location for holidays and short breaks at any time.
Higher Hendham Cottages are in the heart of rural South Hams in Devon - close to Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Dartmouth, and Totnes.
The location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is close to beaches, numerous watersports facilities, beautiful walks along the nearby Avon Valley, the South Coast Path for unbeatable sea views, or a little further afield to the spectacular wilds on Dartmoor.
The area has something for everyone, at any time of year and in any weather. Being in the centre of the South Hams, (just look at the map to prove the point), you are within easy reach of a huge selection of places to visit and explore.
Whether you are after an action packed activity holiday or just a relaxing laid back break from your normal life, there is an enormous choice.
The area is ideal for beaches, surfing, sailing, fishing, boat trips, golf, tennis, riding, cycling and shooting, and a huge selection of beautiful walks, several right from the doorstep.
Nearby are an excellent selection of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and a huge selection of local shops, craft centres and art galleries.
Our cottages all have a folder and guides giving detailed information of places to go and things to do, and we can give our own suggestions and recommendations if you would like help.
We suggest you also add your favourite places in our Visitors Book to help other guests and to jog your memory when you come back !
We are just 15 minutes drive from Kingsbridge and if you love the ambiance of a traditional English market town, you'll love Kingsbridge. Situated at the top of the Salcombe estuary, it is surrounded by lush, green rolling countryside, making it perennially popular for walking and boating holidays. The town attracts a lot of tourism yet manages to keep a tranquil charm and friendly atmosphere. It has a great selection of local shops including a fishmonger, butchers, bakers, and fresh vegetables as well as two reasonably sized supermarkets - Tescos and Morrissons. In the summer it is decked out with flowers and has won awards from Britain in Bloom for many years.
The town takes its name from an ancient bridge built to link two royal estates – Alvington and Chillington, and by 1219 was a market town. By the 18th Century milling was a major source of revenue for the town, and throughout the 19th Century Kingsbridge had an active coastal shipping trade, with thriving shipbuilding and tanning industries.
Things to do:
From surf shops to vineyards, there's lots to see and do in the Kingsbridge area. The estuary provides plenty of opportunities if you're a water sports enthusiast, while the town has a thriving arts and crafts community for the more laid back visitor. Coast or countryside, Kingsbridge has a choice of scenic walking and hiking routes suitable for every level of ability.
The Kingsbridge Farmers market offers you the chance to sample an amazing range of fresh vegetables, local meats and fresh fish on the first and third Saturdays of every month. For something different, try the Art Café Ceramics Studio, where you can paint your own pottery and then relax with tea and cake in comfortable surroundings – ideal for the whole family to enjoy.
If you really want to chill out completely, visit The Haven Space & Beauty Centre, where highly trained therapists offer a wide range of massages and beauty treatments. One of our family - Emma - also runs yoga classes at the Hen House and if you would like to join one of her beginners or more advanced classes we can arrange this for you.
On rainy days there is a local cinema in Fore Street in Kingsbridge - the Reel Cinema with three screens, and a visit to the Cornworthy Museum is well worthwhile to explore the local history. There is also a Leisure Centre with an indoor swimming pool and gym.
Food and drink:
There is a wide selection of restaurants offering excellent home cooked meals made from the very best of South Devon's quality local produce.
For water sports enthusiasts, stand up paddle boarding is a new and tranquil way to enjoy the water, and combined with bacon butties and tea at the Crabshell Inn, it can even be done in the winter (wetsuits are available to hire). In the summer, this a favourite spot of ours to sit outside at one of the many tables by the quayside and enjoy a drink and excellent food. Some nights they have entertainment with local folk singers and bands.
Other local towns within easy reach include:
Salcombe - This used to be a quaint fishing village popular for holidays back to Victorian times. It is now a well known sailing and boating centre known by the locals as "Chelsea on Sea" due to the prices of its houses. Even if you are not into boating, it is well worth a visit to soak up the atmosphere, see the fantastic views over the estuary, hire a day boat or go out mackerel fishing. There are a huge selection of trendy clothes shops - Jack Wills (started off in Salcombe and is now nationwide), Crew, Quba, Fat Face, White Stuff, Musto, Henri Lloyd are all represented.
Dartmouth - This town is the home of the Royal Naval College and is a popular visitor centre for river cruises, trips on the Dart Valley Steam Railway and plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Cultural interest is based on the Flavel Arts Centre with a great selection of films, plays, concerts and special events.
Totnes - Another historical market town at the top of the Dart estuary. A visit to the castle, Friday flea market and numerous arts and crafts shops are all worthwhile. The Dartington Press craft centre is also nearby.
Plymouth - Another historical naval centre, with Plymouth Hoe where Sir Francis Drake is reputed to have played bowls before setting off to fight the Spanish Arrmada. The National Marine Aquarium is one of the best in the world with a huge tank with sharks and hundreds of other exotic fish.
It is only a short drive to some of the best beaches in the south west (many of which are 'Blue Flag' beaches), including Bantham, Bigbury, Thurlestone, Milton Sands, Hope Cove, Torcross, North and South Sands (Salcombe), and Blackpool Sands. Whether you after surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, or just making sand castles and playing on a sandy beach there is a whole choice of fantastic beaches.
Other things to do:
Fantastic views and walks along the South Devon Coast Path.
The spectacular Dartmoor National Park is about 10 miles to the North, is wonderful for all grades of walking, seeing Dartmoor ponies in the rugged wild rolling hills, visiting pubs or even the famous prison at Princetown.
The Eden Project - count on a full day out to visit this famous ecological project in Cornwall about 1.5 hours drive West.
Steam railways - Dart Valley Railway (Kingswear to Paignton) and South Devon Railway (Totnes to Buckfastleigh).
Numerous National Trust and English Heritage properties and gardens.
Sporting activities (other than previously mentioned water sports) :
Golfers are spoilt for choice with excellent courses at Dartmouth, Thurlestone, and Bigbury.
Horse riding at several local stables, or if you enjoy watching horse racing rather than riding there are several local 'point-to-points' in the Spring and racing at Newton Abbott and Exeter racecourses.
Cycling on many designated cycle routes
Tennis courts in Loddiswell, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and Thurlestone
Clay pigeon shooting.
Woodlands - adventure park with both indoor and outdoor attractions.
Paignton Zoo, wildlife parks, nature reserves.
China Blue Pottery, Totnes - paint your own ceramics.
House of Marbles - amazing marble run displays, glassware, and toyshop.
....or just playing in our own field and shared courtyard with a safe children's play area.
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18 Sep 2014
"Something for everyone"
Woodpecker Barn was our base for a hugely enjoyable week for all of us, a shifting mixed bag of grandmother, parents, and two teenaged boys. While the rest of Britain was rained upon we enjoyed our little pocket of bright and sunny weather.
There is such a wealth and variety of places to walk nearby: our trips included a trip to the Blackdown Rings, in Loddiswell, to Slapton Sands, a fine breezy walk complete with dog at Bigbury Bay, and the cliff and gardens of the magnificent D'Oyly Carte family holiday home at Coleton Fishacre. On Bantham beach, the boys donned bathers and bravely – or is that foolishly? - eschewed wetsuits to do some body-boarding on a sunny windy day.
Endearingly, the sophisticated London teens melted into blissful childhood faced with the chickens who needed feeding and occasionally shepherding back into their fenced area, the faces of the camel-like Alpacas, and the adoring company of Jess the black Labrador.
More manfully, we piled into the car and did an hour's driving practice and a quick nine holes on the short course of the magnificent Dartmouth Golf Club, from where we could see the town and harbour below us, and out to sea. The 'quick' nine holes was not because we made par, or anything approaching it, but we were charmed by the informality of the place and the eccentric ninth hole (try it and you'll see what I mean). Those who are better golfers should try the magnificent championship course. Meanwhile my wife sampled the delights of Dartmouth.
My walking shoes had fallen to pieces, so a trip to nearby Kingsbridge solved that problem (everything is a lot cheaper there than in posh but delightful Salcombe). Thus equipped I explored the hills, rivers and valleys immediately around Higher Hendham barns, eventually joined by my wife – who had hitherto ploughed her own furrow - on the last day so she could share my delight at the walk over Topsham Bridge, and its delightfully zany bridge house complete with peacocks on the roof, and lazy young trout in the river below. It was hard to resist the blackberries which hung temptingly in every hedge or bank along the way.
Fresh eggs, including ones with gorgeous blue shells, were produced by owners Mike and Judy and so English breakfasts were compulsory, with bacon and sausages supplied by Aune Valley butchers just down the road.
Our final day was spent in Salcombe, in the warm sun, knowing that we had to return to London the following day. We deliberately got sunburnt to prove we had been in Devon, and failed to be tempted by all those famous branded clothes for which the place is famous.
What a shame we had to leave.
8 Sep 2014
"Idyllic setting, beautiful barn and wonderfully run"
Even 9 days wasn't enough to do all the amazing things the area has to offer - endless day trip possibilities and a great garden to keep the whole family content when staying in.
The kids loved all the animals and being able to play in the playground, giving us time to chill out and relax too.
Judy and Mike are so welcoming and accommodating, fresh eggs and scones really was lovely.
A great family get-away, beautiful scenery and lovely people - I only wish we'd gone for longer!
14 Aug 2014
"A perfect Holiday Rental in every way"
My daughter,son-in-law,9 month old twin girls and myself spent a delightful week at Woodpecker Barn.The property was beautifully appointed and met all our needs.Mike and Judy the owners, were very wel… More
23 Feb 2014
"Lovely barn conversion in South Devon"
What a wonderful , peaceful place to spend a weekend. Woodpecker Barn is beautifully fitted out and has everything you might need - but if you find you need more Jude and Mike, the owners, are nearby to help. Higher Hendham barns are set in an area of woods and rolling hills but with easy access to Kingsbridge for shopping, eating out etc. and to lovely beaches at Bantham. If you 're looking for a quiet, relaxing spot this is the place to stay.
20 Feb 2014
"A brilliant getaway from the hustle of everyday life"
A fantastic location with easy access to some many lovely places and yet you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere - so perfect for just getting away from it all. Woodpecker Barn was very cosy an… More
17 Feb 2014
"The perfect week,a quilting retreat enjoyed by six friends."
We were welcomed by Judy and Mike Lovick who looked after us extremely well and the barn was beautifully warm. A basket of goodies was waiting for us which included eggs from their own hens. The kitchen is well equipped with everything we needed .Being open plan we had plenty of space for dining and lounging in the evening.
The bedrooms downstairs are beautifully furnished and most importantly the beds extremely comfortable, with all the linen provided. Immaculate bathroom with complimentary toiletries. Lovely fluffy towels. The location is fantastic close to Kingsbridge but really in the country with lots of space and pretty gardens. We rented Kingfisher and Woodpecker and used Kingfisher for our sewing project with extra tables provided by the Lovicks and we used Woodpecker for eating and relaxing. It was a great week and we would highly recommend for similar groups but would be wonderful for families as well
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