Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
½ mile from Luton, on a 105 acre livestock farm, a house converted from a barn attached to the 18th cent. farmhouse with an integral indoor heated swimming pool (19' x 11' x 4' deep, available 9am to 9pm, 2 steps into pool room). The friendly owners are enthusiastic and proud that wildlife abounds on their land, which is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. You are welcome to walk their land and share their interest. There are Neolithic burial sites, a stream, ponds (both unfenced) and a woodland picnic and play area (climbing frame). If you're a 'twitcher', bring a camera; you might see a cirl bunting, nightjar or very rare Dartford warbler.
Inside, simple and stylish with oak floors, good fabrics and emphasis on comfort. Approached through your own enclosed garden (picnic benches, gas barbecue). One step up to front door. Downstairs, hall; large living room with woodburner, TV/DVD; fitted kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, washer-drier, fridge-freezer, microwave); double bedroom; shower-room (wet-room suite). Upstairs (stairgate), four more bedrooms – two double with en suite bathrooms (suites plus hand-showers), and two twin; two more shower-rooms (suites). All bedrooms have TV/DVD. Step down into old stables converted into games room with pool table, PlayStation, VDU/DVD and games. Professional catering and ready meals available. Spring water. There is something for everyone with this cottage - exciting sports or peace and tranquillity.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool, Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, TV, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool, 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 star.
The West Country region
Torbay and the Red Cliffs: Napoleon declared Torquay “beau” when he saw it from the sea (true, he was a prisoner and there wasn't much of it then), and certainly it could be in the south of France when, in the sunshine, you look down from most of its seven hills on the expensive boats in its harbour/marina, windsurfers and water-skiers skimming its bay, and palm trees, very well-kept public lawns and flower beds and posh-looking hotels lining its seafront behind a sandy beach. People play bowls in white clothes. The exotic impression fades in its streets, but name a likely resort facility, sport or amusement and you can bet Torquay will have it, as well as some fine houses on its hills.
The three towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham surround a very beautiful bay and make up the West Country's largest resort. Paignton, less glamorous-looking than Torquay, has red cliffs and sand and an excellent zoo. Brixham is the fishing port, with still attractive harbour and tiers of coloured houses around it. There are several sandy beaches, and boat trips across the bay and round Berry Head (lighthouse) to Dartmouth.
North of Torquay is a mainly cliff-coast to the boat-filled mouth of the long, broad river Teign estuary (Teignmouth). Above Teignmouth, its good golf course has wonderful views both inland to Dartmoor and out to sea. The best route to Exeter and places east is via it and the A380 – not the coast road which is mainly ribbon-developed, slow and dull. The most beautiful route of all is by the mainline railway (Brunel designed) which for much of the way between Newton Abbot and Exeter hugs the shore.
Luton: tiny village (excellent food pub) in lanes and farmland amid the wooded Haldon Hills. Teignmouth and Dawlish (sea/beaches), 3 miles. Heathland golf course above Teignmouth; birdwatching and pleasant pubs beside the river Teign estuary (boating). Exeter (shops, theatres, railway, airport), 10 miles. Activity centre (quad bikes, archery, paintball, fishing), 1 mile.