Peacefully hidden down hedgerow lanes about 2 miles from Aveton Gifford, a detached, Grade II listed stone-built cottage. With 15th cent. origins and later in Lord Nelson's family, it’s now a smart and spacious home with all the benefits of modern insulation and underfloor heating, charmingly combined with big oak beams, slate/oak floors and stylish furnishings. Behind, a pretty, enclosed garden with tiered lawned area (picnic bench), games barn (table tennis, table football) and covered arch (5'2" beam) to sunny, sheltered Mediterranean-style courtyard, with lavender and rosemary and a small deck (table/chairs). From the gravelled drive, 3 steps up to front door to hall (space for coats/boots). Huge open-plan length-of-house living/dining/kitchen with lime-washed walls, partially vaulted ceiling and apex beams: at one end, sofas/chairs comfortably seating 5, woodburner, study area (desk) and stable doors to garden; at the other, superb dining/kitchen area (dishwasher, microwave, large larder fridge, electric range-style cooker) with freestanding oak units, island with breakfast bar (stools for 3) and utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, fridge-freezer, freezer, additional fridge). Small glazed doors (5' lintel) open to courtyard from kitchen and utility room. Also on the ground floor, three bedrooms (beds with footboards) - a double (5' bed), a twin, and a family room with bunks and single day bed. Bathroom (suite with roll-top bath plus hand-shower) and smart limestone-tiled shower-room (wet-room suite). Open tread oak stairs up to first-floor and impressive living room (woodburner, TV/DVD), light and airy with high apex beams, big comfy sofas seating 8 and, at one end, a double bed (curtains for privacy). Professional catering and ready meals available. Spring water. Best for maximum of 7 adults; sleeps 9, including babies. A peaceful, rural spot, just a few minutes’ drive from south Devon’s stunning coastline and a selection of lovely beaches and villages.
Bigbury-on-Sea: village (seasonal café) with south Devon’s biggest sandy beaches (The Venus Café, Takeaway and Surf School, seasonal beach shop), stretching to Burgh Island (The Pilchard pub; famous art deco hotel - you can walk to it at low tide, go by long-legged tractor at high; setting of Agatha Christie novels). Good windsurfing; fine cliffs for walking and sea-bird watching. Golf, 1 mile. Nearest shop, 3 miles. Kingsbridge, 10 miles; Salcombe, 15.
Three ground floor bedrooms: 1 x king size double, 1 x twin, 1 x family room with bunks and single day bed. Bathroom with roll top bath, hand shower, WC, basin. Shower room with shower, WC, basin. Ground floor open plan sitting room with seating area for 5 with wood burning stove, kitchen, study area and dining area. First floor sitting room with wood burning stove, seating for 8 and king-size bed behind curtains.
BIGBURY-ON-SEA Modbury 6 miles; Plymouth 12 miles. Bigbury-on-Sea is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is ideal for family holidays. Dusted with sand and lapped by shallow waters, the beach offers safe fun for groups particularly if you’ve got children in tow. In addition, Bigbury-on-Sea beach is dotted with rock pools, so there’s plenty of entertainment for budding marine biologists. There’s also a wide and varied selection of watersports available to visitors who prefer their holidays to feature a little adrenaline rush. Windsurfing and kite-surfing are popular here, with hire facilities located right on the beach. To give you some peace of mind, there are lifeguards present at Bigbury-on-Sea beach during May to September and the beach also has a first-aid room. You can even take the dog onto the beach, although they are restricted to certain areas during the summer. Bigbury’s most famous landmark is Burgh Island, which overlooks the beach itself. The island is accessible at low tide, when the waters reveal a causeway that links it to the beach. However, when the tide is in you can still reach the island by hitching a ride on the popular and unique ‘sea tractor’. Burgh Island boasts an award-winning hotel, elegant and rather genteel, it’s an ideal romantic retreat for couples. Explore the South Devon coast with its fabulous sandy beaches and its breathtakingly beautiful coastal path or simply take time to visit some of the charming estuary towns and villages dotted throughout the area, such as Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. The city of Plymouth and the wild open spaces of Dartmoor are also both close at hand.
This property offers the following short breaks: