Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
beside a scarcely-used lane on a valley-side a mile from Aveton Gifford, a barn excellently converted into a single-storey detached cottage on a 20 acre farm (sheep) near the welcoming owners' house and another cottage. Own good-sized, enclosed suntrap courtyard with pond (fish, little waterfalls), barbecue, table/chairs, backed by a wildflower bank. You are welcome on the farm (stationary vintage tractor to play on and fun fishing in a well stocked pond). Salmon/trout fishing on the river Dart, by arrangement. Glazed door to light open-plan living ('living flame' electric fire, TV/DVD/video)/dining/fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave). Passage, off which two bedrooms – a pretty twin (linkable to 6' double, TV) with en suite bathroom (suite), and a double (washbasin, TV/video), both with glazed door to the courtyard. Shower-room (suite). Spring water. Payphone at the owners' house. Suitable for wheelchair users (Accessibility Scheme Category II). A light, bright cottage, well-equipped and much praised.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|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 3 star.
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.