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Abbots Ash

Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon (Ref. 976221)

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “Christmas was everything we had hoped it would be. Beautiful part of Devon and a lovely comfortable cottage. Would highly recommend”

    Mrs Hutchings, FAREHAM, December 2018

    • “This was our fifth year of holiday inn with Helpful Holidays & we have not been disappointed. We are a family of mixed ages & Abbots Ash was good for both young & old especially with downstairs bedrooms, bathroom & a good wet room, it is well equipped & has a good laundry/utility room, loads of fridges & freezers too. Location was good & especially not far from Bantham beach which is really great for surfing & has brilliant retro van eateries on the car park along with lots of grass & picnic tables & benches, the quality of food, coffee & icecreams served from these lovely vans is excellent. The pubs in the area serve great food too especially the Oyster Shack, Dolphin & Pickwick also try Victoria Inn in Salcome. Just a small point, I think the garden at Abbots Ash would benefit from some outdoor lighting.”

    Mrs Chowdhury, BRIDGNORTH, August 2018

    • “We have recently had the most wonderful family holiday at Abbot’s Ash and would wholeheartedly recommend it. The barn itself is beautifully renovated, equipped and furnished but is also extremely practical. We were a family of ten covering three generations and it was the perfect home for a relaxing week in the countryside with close access to stunning beaches. Our four grandchildren are three and under so they loved the interior space, the secure gardens and the fact that we could spend long days by the sea. This summer, the weather was on our side and we all took full advantage of it with sea swimming and picnics on the beach every day. The kitchen and utility room were brilliantly equipped and a pleasure to use, the sofas relaxing, the beds and linen extremely comfortable. Our only (minor) criticism was that South Hams district has an unsatisfactory rubbish disposal policy which meant that our bins were already full on arrival! Happily, Sykes and the local caretaker sorted out the problem very efficiently. The games barn was opened by us - but immediately closed as there was a barn owl nesting inside. We beat a hasty retreat and left her to her brood! Thank you Sykes for another winner.”

    Mrs Roberts, East Molesey, July 2018

    • “The images and details on the website looked amazing but the cottage exceeded my expectations. It's in such a beautiful, peaceful setting and has been converted so tastefully. The interior and the gardens were far more spacious that I imagined. Every interior detail from the furniture down to the coasters, lamps and paintings on the walls are all beautifully designed. Our party was 6 adults and 3 children and the cottage fitted us perfectly. It's fully equipped with everything you could possibly need. The beaches and towns are a few miles drive away but the roads were quiet in our week from 25/05/18 - 01/06/18 which made the drives easy. I would recommend Bantham Beach for the beautiful stretch of sand and the amazing food vans. I'd recommend Hope Cove for the cosy beach and good pubs and cafes and I'd recommend Bigbury Beach for the wonderful sand and the fantastic Discovery Surf school. I had my first ever lesson and managed to stand up which I was very pleased about! We also visited Salcombe and Totnes and there are many more beautiful places to visit closely. We will definitely be returning. Thank you for a wonderful holiday!”

    Mrs Taylor, Woodford Green, May 2018

    • “This beautiful house does everything you need for a get away from life The location is tucked away in the heart of south Devon surrounded by beautiful countryside and the sounds of nature to make you feel your away from the madness of life The house is clean, homely and modern with beautiful touches to make it feel like a home and not just a house It’s well equipped and welcoming to all ages with the beach and shops not too far away Thank you yet again for providing me a lovely house to share with my family, this one particularly was dear to us as it was where we spent our last Mother’s Day with mummy last year We could remember her dearly in this house and it meant so much to my siblings, our children and grandchildren to remember her here in this peaceful place”

    Mrs Penketh King, WESTON-SUPER-MARE, April 2018

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The Property

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) 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.


1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Hall Dining Area Bathroom Double Bedroom Shower Room Twin Bedroom Family Bedroom(Single + Bunk Beds) Sitting Area Utility


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.


  • Central heating, underfloor heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, fridge-freezer, freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with freesat DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for three cars
  • Enclosed garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Note: This property has a private water supply which is tested regularly
  • Note: This property is best for maximum of 7 adults and sleeps a maximum of 9, including babies
  • Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100

Regional Information

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:

  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Note: This property is best for maximum of 7 adults and sleeps a maximum of 9 including babies.
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.