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High House Farm (HIGHH)


High House Farm.

Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

A few years ago, the remains of a mysterious ship were discovered just off Salcombe in Devon, along with a huge hoard of treasure. This treasure links the ship to a time, 400 years ago, when pirates from North Africa's Barbary Coast were making daring raids and people were taken from villages all along the south coast of Britain - to be sold into slavery. And so the story goes that the courtyard walls of High House Farm were built as a defence against these piratical raids! A peaceful spot now, this most interesting and unusual 17th century detached house, is steeped in history within its ancient walls and much of the original character has been retained. Beautiful and rare early 19th century ship wall drawings were discovered during the renovations, one has been carefully preserved and is a treat to discover when renting this most attractive, spacious farmhouse that has been modernised and refurbished to a high standard. 1 mile from East Portlemouth, a ferry ride across the estuary to Salcombe, High House Farm is well placed to enjoy this glorious area of the South Hams, with its breathtaking footpath views, sandy coves and the proximity to the lovely beaches of Gara Rock, Millbay, Sunny Cove and the popular sailing mecca of Salcombe. A must for large family groups, the house has a games room and a meadow with a Shepherd's hut where you can enjoy refreshment and shade whilst taking in the vista. There is a barbecue, picnic table and viewing mound to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sun go down over the sea. Just a moment - is it a mirage, or do I spy a skull and cross bones sail on the horizon....?! The house provides flexible accommodation and can be offered as a whole for large groups, or two separate cottages in low and mid season. (Interconnecting fire and sound proof doors will be unlocked for whole house bookings.)

“Excellent accommodation with magnificent walks so close. Very tastefully decorated and well kitted out. Thanks for a great stay.”

“Brilliant house for a special family celebration. Old, big, but practical, warm and cosy. We all loved the Aga room, the heart of the home for a week. Thank you for the welcome wine too and attention to detail. Fab!”

High House Farm West Wing Accommodation:

Slate floored hallway. Farmhouse dining room with slate floor, window seat, electric triple oven Aga with twin hobs, large dining table to seat up to 12, TV and two steps down into a modern well-equipped kitchen with electric hob, large fridge/freezer, combination electric and microwave oven, larder cupboard and dishwasher. Cupboard houses a washing machine and tumble dryer. Downstairs wet room with basin and WC. Spacious sitting room with large original stone open fireplace, two generous sofas and chairs, window seat, TV/DVD, radio/CD player and iPod dock. Upstairs: Bedroom 1. Spacious room with fabulous Italian wrought iron four poster bed (4ft 6in). A 3ft single bed is tucked in a corner, socket for TV and it is here that the early 19th century ship drawing is to be found. En-suite shower room with large shower enclosure, basin and WC. Bedrooms 2 and 3. Both are twin bedrooms with 3ft beds that can be zip linked, and have original 17th century stone fireplaces and each has a connecting door to an en-suite bathroom (shared with both bedrooms). TV sockets in two bedrooms. The bathroom has a fine roll top cast iron bath, large corner shower, basin and WC. Here there are double sound/fire-proof lockable doors that can divide the top floor of the house.

High House Farm East Wing Accommodation:

Modern kitchen/diner with slate floor, ceramic hob and electric oven, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher (no washing machine). The dining table seats 6 and there is a glazed door to a rear, enclosed courtyard. Two steps up to charming sitting room, with woodburner housed in the large stone fireplace, two large sofas, chairs, window seat and TV/DVD, radio/CD player and iPod dock. Door to stone turret stairs that wind up from the sitting room to Bedroom 4: a double bedroom (4ft 6in bed), large stone fireplace and window seat. En-suite shower room with large shower, basin and WC. From the kitchen further carpeted stairs rise to Bedroom 5: a double room (4ft 6in bed) with a 3ft single bed and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Both bedrooms have baby listening devices and two have TV sockets.


A private driveway leads to ample parking areas, (designated when the house is let as two units). General lawned area. Large games barn located in an adjacent farm building is provided with table tennis table with equipment, table football, small snooker table, dart board (darts not supplied), table skittles, netball goal, ride on toys and 4 adult bicycles (used at riders' risk). In front of the house are 3 gravelled courtyards surrounded by walls and provided with garden furniture, for West Wing occupants. A rear, enclosed courtyard off the kitchen of East Wing is also provided with garden furniture for East Wing occupants. Opposite the house, across the lane, is a gated mown half-acre field. A landscaped area is provided with picnic bench and a charming south facing Shepherd's hut (available from Easter to end October), fitted out with table, chairs and gas hob. From the mound there are views across fields to the sea. There is also a large sandpit, a hammock and a football goal. (The games room and meadow will be shared when the house is let as two units.)

Parking: Ample, also for boat trailers and boat storage.


Included: Bed linen (towels by arrangement at an extra cost), WiFi, 2 travel cots, 2 high chairs, stair gates for each staircase, 1 basket of logs for each fire in winter, central heating (oil) and electricity. Security Deposit: £100 each for East Wing and West Wing or £200 the whole house. Telephone: East and West Wings have telephones with a shared line and honesty boxes. Local Facilities: Beaches (sandy) at Gara Rock 0.5 mile, Mill Bay and Sunny Cove 1.5 miles. Pub, shop and seasonal cafe in East Prawle 1.5 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurants in Salcombe via passenger ferry, 1.5 miles. East Portlemouth 1 mile. Kingsbridge 9 miles.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings
Access Car advised
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 Log fire
General Central heating, TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Outdoors Private garden

The West Country region

Few areas of the UK, or even Europe, have a lure greater than the beautiful South West. From dramatic Dartmoor to the stunning coastline that never fails to leave visitors wishing they could stay just that little bit longer. While away your days in market towns and quaint villages that retain their tradition whilst now offering fine dining and excellent shopping, or leave the townships behind and head to any one of the outstanding sandy beaches that dot the coast. It's impossible not to fall in love with lazy, relaxed South West, its scenery, attractions, and it's otherworldly pace of life.


South Devon East Portlemouth

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Toad Hall Cottages (Property Manager Toad Hall Cottages)

  • 2 Years listed

Calendar last updated:22 Oct 2014

Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
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