L248 - The Barn
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
A mile from Aveton Gifford, 300 yards down a tree-lined track off a lane, three very special places to stay within handsome former farm buildings: an airy converted barn (L248), a barn converted into a gallery (L191) overlooking meadows and a remarkable Grade II listed former music room (L249). A large, pretty, enclosed suntrap courtyard with fountain, flowers and flowering shrubs is shared with the friendly owners. Just outside the courtyard, a lawned walled garden (also enclosed) with camellias, fig and walnut trees, leading to another captivating garden with pond (unfenced) and 6 grassy acres with big wildlife pond (fenced), benches (terrific long views) and big trees to sit under, inviting you to rest, read or just enjoy the silence and let your mind wander (children should be supervised). Spring water. Arrival after 4pm. A peaceful, curative oasis, good for 'taking it easy'.The Barn - of scissor-truss construction and converted with enormous flair - is 'upside down'. Upstairs, a huge, high, stylishly and comfortably furnished open-plan living/dining/fitted kitchen (35' x 18') with beamed ceiling to the apex, polished wood floor (rugs), French windows (balustrade) overlooking the courtyard, woodburner, TV/DVD, MP3/iPod; stairs (stairgate) divide the living area from the dining/well-equipped kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, cooker with induction hob, larder fridge). Downstairs (French-feel tiled floors/rugs): hall; two bedrooms, both with doors to courtyard – a double (6' bed or twin) with en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower), and a big L-shaped double (6' bed) with en suite shower-room (suite, power-shower). Utility area (washer-drier, freezer). Warm and welcoming all year.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 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|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden|
|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 4.5 star.
Arrival after 4pm.
The West Country region
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.
Aveton Gifford: old village (pub, PO/shop) beside the river Avon where it becomes tidal. Within 5 or 6 miles are several villages (Bigbury, Bantham, Thurlestone) on an excellent and varied stretch of coast: sandy beaches, coves, cliffs, golf courses, the Avon estuary (fishing, birds), pretty thatched-cottage village centres. Kingsbridge, 4 miles.
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