Fri 4th May to 11th May 2018
A mile from Aveton Gifford, 300 yards down a tree-lined track off a lane, three very special places to stay within handsome former farm buildings: an airy converted barn (L248), a barn converted into a gallery (L191) overlooking meadows and a remarkable Grade II listed former music room (L249). A large, pretty, enclosed suntrap courtyard is shared with the friendly owners. Just outside the courtyard, a lawned walled garden (also enclosed) with camellias, fig and walnut trees, leading to another garden with pond (unfenced) and 6 grassy acres with big wildlife pond (fenced), vast lawn for picnics and croquet, picnic table, benches (terrific long views) and big trees to sit under, inviting you to rest, read or just enjoy the silence and let your mind wander (children should be supervised). Heating by biomass boiler using wood from local, sustainable woodland. Spring water. Arrival after 4pm. A peaceful, curative oasis, good for ‘taking it easy’.The Barn is ‘upside down’ and converted with enormous flair. Upstairs, a huge, high, stylishly furnished open-plan living/dining/kitchen (35' x 18') with beamed ceiling to the apex, wood floor (rugs), French windows (balustrade) overlooking the courtyard, original watercolours, woodburner, TV/DVD, iPod dock, and dining/well-equipped kitchen area (dishwasher, microwave, electric oven/induction hob, larder fridge, coffee maker). Downstairs (stairgates, tiled floors/rugs): hall; two bedrooms with doors to courtyard - a double (6' bed or twin) with en suite bathroom (suite, shower over bath), and a big L-shaped double (6' bed) with en suite shower-room (suite, power-shower). Utility area (washing machine, freezer). Warm and welcoming all year.
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.
Two ground floor bedrooms with doors to courtyard: 1 x super king double (can convert to twin) with en suite bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and basin, 1 x super king double with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin. Utility area. First floor open plan living space with seating area with wood burning stove, dining area and kitchen and doors to balustrade.
AVETON GIFFORD Kingsbridge 4 miles, Ivybridge 7.5 miles, Salcombe 8.5 miles Aveton Gifford is a small rural village at the head of the estuary of the River Avon in the South Hams area of the South Devon AONB. It comes with a village shop and a pub/restaurant on the outskirts. Nearby you can visit the charming market town of Kingsbridge which benefits from a range of amenities. Similarly, Ivybridge offers a choice of places to shop, eat and drink as well as providing easy access to the Dartmoor National Park which is a haven for lovers of walking and cycling. For a day by the sea, head to the ever-popular coastal resort of Salcombe.
This property offers the following short breaks: