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 Gallery is an ‘upside down’ cottage, exceptionally well converted by an award-winning architect, with private enclosed garden (table/chairs) at the back, opening to meadow, with the shared grounds and fields beyond for enjoying birdsong and stars. Two steps up to front door. Inside, designed for simplicity and tranquillity, focusing on long, rural views and original paintings. On the first floor (top stairgate), wonderful living room with the views, woodburner, TV/DVD and iPod dock. Roomy kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric oven/induction hob); big glazed doors to steps down to garden. On the ground floor, two bedrooms looking to the courtyard - a double (6' bed) with en suite shower-room (suite), and a double (5' bed or 2'6" twin) with en suite bathroom (suite, shower over bath). Bright and airy in the summer or cosy as a winter retreat, with wonderful walks from the door and beaches within easy reach.
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 downstairs bedrooms: 1 x super king double with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin, 1 x king size double (converts to 2’6” twin) with en suite bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and basin. First floor sitting room with wood burning stove. Kitchen with dining area.
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: