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Devon's status as 'The English Riviera' is well earned and is testimony to the popularity of this holiday destination, which attracts thousands of visitors every year who come to enjoy its special charms.

The county is blessed with two coastlines which are dotted with picturesque fishing ports and mile after mile of clean sandy beaches. The interior consists of a striking contrast of dramatic moorland that includes the Dartmoor National Park and a patchwork of green leafy lanes that criss-cross the region.

Dartmoor actually has two national parks as well as five areas of outstanding natural beauty, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Geopark and Biosphere Reserve. It's also famous as the location for Conan Doyle's 'Hound of the Baskervilles'. It has 368 square miles of windswept, dramatic and uncrowded moors to enjoy!

The English Riviera; Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, are a magnet for those looking for a seaside holiday with lots of attractions and activities for all ages. It also has a rich maritime history, plenty of sporting events and water sports activities.

South Devon is characterised by gentle rolling hills and a lovely coastline, offering easy walks, country pubs and great restaurants, while the northern coast has superb surfing beaches. Exmoor in north Devon is perfect for moorland walks, mountain biking and has wonderful natural beauty.

The many facets of Devon provide visitors with a wide choice of holiday options and lots of top quality visitor attractions and days out, such as the Dartmouth Steam Railway and The National Marine Aquarium; too many to mention here.

Of note is Woolacombe Beach, one of the jewels in Devon's crown with three miles of golden sand of Blue Flag status and the Tarka Trail; its 30 miles forms a figure-of-eight and follows the path the brave otter takes in Henry Williamson's beloved novel.

If you fancy walking on the wild side why not take a trip to one of Devon's many animal attractions? The zoo at Paignton offers an array of exotic creatures and makes for a wonderful day out, while the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is also very popular with families.

Devon offers a wealth of holiday opportunities so if you're ready for a break take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Devon.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

Leisure facilities available all year
Indoor heated swimming pool/toddlers’ pool (open all year)
All weather hard tennis court
Approach golf
Snooker lounge
Pool table and table tennis
Badminton, skittles, short mat bowls and basketball
Squash court
Children’s outdoor play equipment
91/2 acre landscaped grounds
On-site information centre
Bike and kayak hire (available locally)

Set in a superb countryside location, off quiet single track country lanes in the heart of South Devon, the properties at Higher Poulston are ideal for all age groups including couples, friends and families. It provides a quiet rural base, yet within driving distance of the many splendid beaches and interesting towns that the area has to offer.
Featuring a fantastic leisure complex, with exclusive shared use for all guests staying here on holiday, the facilities are open all year around and offer something for all ages and abilities. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and a separate shallow heated toddlers pool. The badminton and squash courts are purpose built to a very high specification. In addition there is a snooker room, table tennis, skittles and short mat bowls. In the grounds surrounding the cottages, there are large open lawn areas to play and picnic, some BBQ areas, a tennis court and approach golf.
The cottages at Higher Poulston are made up of a cluster of lovely stone barn conversions of varying sizes(, the spacious period Farmhouse, which is fantastic for a large family and the newest addition, Wisteria House(ref 25998), a contemporary barn conversion with a stunning interior, accommodating up to 20 guests.
All the properties are comfortably furnished with leather sofas, pine or oak furniture, well equipped kitchens and modern bathrooms, making this a holiday to enjoy and remember.
The friendly owners live on site and are happy to help. Many visitors find themselves revisiting Higher Poulston year after year. This is a very family friendly holiday complex; the ideal place for mums and dads to relax in, children to have fun, and grandparents to join in too.
Set within its own 9½ acres of private land, tucked away along a quiet country lane and close to a working dairy farm. Away from the farm there are many interesting places to explore. There is a little tourist information room on site and in here you will find plenty of ideas for days out and about . For your local shopping, the little village of Harbertonford, 1 mile, has a small village shop, a pub and post office. Also, the village of Morleigh, 1 mile, has a pub serving food. The ancient town of Totnes, just 3 miles away, has a truly unique atmosphere, with a range of quirky independent shops and bistros and is a vibrant and interesting place to visit, especially on Fridays when the market comes to town.
The South Devon coastline is close at hand, has many beautiful beaches and coves, scenic walks and pretty villages including Blackpool Sands and Slapton. Enjoy a day out in the riverside marine town of Dartmouth and take a cruise along the river to Totnes or the ferry across to Kingswear, and the quaint fishing town of Brixham, then ride on the steam train to Paignton or Buckfastleigh. Within easy reach are the English Riviera resorts of Paignton and Torquay, the boating and sailing centre of Salcombe on the estuary and the historic town of Dartmouth, nestling on the banks of the River Dart. Woodlands Fun Park is a great tourist attraction and fun day out for families, as is Dartmoor National Park, with its hundreds of acres of wild rugged moorland, both about 4 miles away.
Close to Dartmouth you can play golf on an 18-hole championship course (Higher Poulston visitors receive a discount at Dartmouth golf and country club). Bike and kayak hire are available locally.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

Electricity log effect woodburner in living room included. NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers. Shared garden and furniture. Shared barbecue.

All properties: Electric cooker. Shared internet office with broadband (ref 25998 has its own wi-fi). Shared 9½-acre grounds. Children’s play area. Parking. Heated indoor swimming pool (12.4m x 6.7m, depth 1m to 1.35m) open all year. Toddlers’ pool (depth 0.85m). Shared leisure complex with pool table, toddlers’ play area, table tennis and indoor ball games room. Tennis court. No pets allowed from mid June to mid September, at all other times dogs must be kept on a lead within the grounds of the complex. No smoking.

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£196-£440
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Shared under cover swimming pool (open May-Sept)

This 400 year old cottage is set in an idyllic hamlet, surrounded by the owner’s 8 acres of pastureland, woods and a babbling brook. This cosy country retreat makes for a perfect romantic hideaway, or holidaying with a young family. Enjoy the tranquillity of country walks, farm animals and rural views. With shared use of an indoor swimming pool and table tennis, this picturesque cottage has cosy interiors and private patio overlooking the brook, making this a perfect spot to enjoy a quiet evening as the sun goes down. This property, within easy access of the A38, is centrally located to explore the wonderful countryside, both coastal and moorland, to visit the numerous local tourist attractions, or to venture further afield to either Exeter for an afternoon shopping in the lively city centre, or 11/2 hours’ drive down to the middle of Cornwall to visit the famous Eden Project. Local attractions include the butterfly farm, otter sanctuary, Dartington Cider Press, the Hedgehog Hospital, Paignton Zoo, Buckfast steam railway, Pennywell Fair, Quaywest Water Park, South Devon railway - all making for family days out. Shop 1/2 mile, pub 1/4 mile. NB. Properties 18943 and 23335 can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests for remainder of 2013.These 400 year old stone barns are set in an idyllic hamlet, surrounded by the owner’s 8 acres of pastureland, woods and a babbling brook. This cosy country retreat makes for a perfect romantic hideaway, or holidaying with a young family. Enjoy the tranquillity of country walks, farm animals and rural views. With shared use of an indoor swimming pool and table tennis, these picturesque cottages have cosy interiors and private patios overlooking the brook, making this a perfect spot to enjoy a quiet evening as the sun goes down. These properties, within easy access of the A38, are centrally located to explore the wonderful countryside, both coastal and moorland, to visit the numerous local tourist attractions, or to venture further afield to either Exeter for an afternoon shopping in the lively city centre, or 11/2 hours drive down to the middle of Cornwall to visit the famous Eden Project. Local attractions include the butterfly farm, otter sanctuary, Dartington Cider Press, the Hedgehog Hospital, Paignton Zoo, Buckfast steam railway, Pennywell Fair, Quaywest Water Park, South Devon railway - all making for family days out. Shop 1/2 mile, pub 1/4 mile.
NB. Properties 18943 and 23335 can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests.

Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Narrow wrought iron, spiral stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with beams, 1 twin.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Small patio area with heater and furniture. Shared use of 8-acres of farmland. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared use of indoor swimming pool (12m x 4.5m, depth 0.9m - 1.5m), open 8am-7pm, May-September. Shared table tennis. No smoking. NB: There is a stream in the farmland.

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£244-£643
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Wheatsheaf Cottage Ref: E2210

The pretty stone cottages at Northway are set in 5 acres of grounds within half a mile of the dramatic coastal footpath above Peppercombe’s National Trust shingle beach and within 5 miles of the glorious sandy beach at Westward Ho! Most of the cottages open off a delightful flower filled courtyard, whilst some look out towards the sea. All of the cottages are well furnished and equipped and some have their own garden. Visitors enjoy use of a superb leisure complex housing an indoor heated swimming pool and spa with full changing and shower facilities (open 9:00am-7:30pm), a fitness area and games room with table football (coin-operated), pool table, table tennis and toddlers play area. For children, there is a well-equipped adventure play area and an area for ball games, and they will surely enjoy stroking the tame rabbits and goats. Christmas decorations, a real tree and champagne are supplied for Christmas bookings. This is a wonderful walking area, both on the coast and along the nearby Tarka Trail. From the lane, a rough track (not suitable for toddlers or the infirm) leads down to the coastal path from where there are magnificent views across Bideford Bay towards Clovelly and the beaches of Devon’s northern coastline. There is plenty to see and do nearby – The Big Sheep and Milky Way, the new Atlantic Village, and the picture postcard village of Clovelly (6 miles) are just some of the attractions. Bude’s superb sandy beach and resort amenities are within a half hour drive. Golf, fishing and riding are available locally and the Tamar Lakes offer sailing and wind surfing. Nearest pub serving food in Horns Cross, 0.25 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (four poster), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with vaulted ceiling and beams, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil CH and elec inc. Additional cot. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture.

All properties: Bed linen and towels inc. Cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. Wi-fi. BBQ. Parking. Shared games room with pool table, table tennis and coin operated table football. Swimming pool, fitness area, children’s play area and 5 acres of grounds. Welcome pack.

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£668-£1587
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Devoncourt combines the freedom of self catering with the best of hotel life, daily maid service, excellent leisure, restaurant and bar facilities, comfortably furnished rooms with a well equipped kitchenette for home cooking and tea and coffee facilities replenished daily. It stands in 4 acres of mature sub-tropical gardens in prime position overlooking sea and sand, 500 yards away. Devoncourt Suite (ref 14901) is located in an annexe to the side of the main hotel with the entrance to the first floor accommodation via a doorway from the main car park. Properties 28726 and 28728 enjoy sea views. Residents have unlimited use of the sauna and steam room, indoor pool heated to 89 deg F all year, with trimnasium and an outdoor heated pool (no towels provided) as well as an all weather tennis court, putting, croquet and a golf driving range (deposit required for any equipment, avail 1st May to 30th Sep, 7am-9pm). Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult in pools. A small charge is made for use of the solarium and snooker room. Adding to the fun are quiz nights, keep fit, massage therapy, and regular entertainment in the Sun Lounge. Exmouth, Devon’s oldest seaside resort, has a busy little harbour to the west and high red cliffs with coastal paths to the east. Close by there are afternoon river cruises on the Exe Estuary with views of Starcross, Powderham Castle, Topsham, Lympstone and the wildlife of Exe Estuary or a visit to ‘World of Country Life’. Devoncourt has a special arrangement with Sidmouth’s 18 hole golf course. Shop, ½ mile, pub and restaurant on site.

Stairs or lift to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric heaters included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Parking (2 cars).

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared laundry with coin-operated washing machines and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. 4-acre shared gardens with sitting-out area and furniture. Heated indoor swimming pool (10.5m x 4.5m, depth 1m to 2m) and outdoor swimming pool (11m x 4.5m, depth 1m to 2m), open May-September. Far-infrared sauna. Steam room. Trimnasium. Croquet. Tennis court. No smoking.

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£366-£1222
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

"Devon’s best kept secret... Just inland from some of Devon’s loveliest and most natural beaches lies the village of Tuckenhay set along Bow Creek on the River Dart...."

In a setting of stunning natural beauty, Tuckenhay Mill is the centrepiece of a cluster of country homes and cottages with superb leisure facilities including two indoor and one outdoor pools, making it ideal for a family holiday for all ages.
The Mill which once produced some of the finest paper in the land, nestles in the green and shady Bow Creek, a languid inlet of the River Dart where private yachts have replaced the old tall-masted ships and barges. Around the mill are all the buildings which once went to make up a small bustling village port. These listed buildings have been sympathetically restored and converted to a delightful range of holiday properties to suit larger family parties. Awards have been won for the conversion of buildings and the conservation of the area. With so much to do, many holidaymakers return year after year.




South Devon awaits you
Tuckenhay is only a 20-minute drive from the superb Blue Flag beach at Blackpool Sands and about 30 minutes from a surfing beach at Bantham, as well as some of the best natural beaches to be found anywhere in the UK.
There is also extensive access to the coastal footpath for walking and the wilderness that is Dartmoor for walking, climbing and riding.
This is a mecca for ramblers, bird-watchers, swimmers, surfers, horse riders, golfers and those interested in fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing.
In addition, there are many historic NT houses to visit including Agatha Christies’s Greenway as well as a local vineyard (with award-winning wines) at Sharpham.
Tuckenhay is only 5 miles inland from Dartmouth and 3 from the market town of Totnes. Village shop 3½ miles. Riverside inn and restaurant within walking distance.



A superb choice of cottages
Each of the cottages has been individually styled to offer comfortable and spacious accommodation. Great care has been taken to retain the feel of the original buildings and extensive use has been made of traditional materials. Most have garden, terrace or patio. Individual cottage details are shown on the following pages.
Many cottages have more than one bathroom and some have an en-suite bathroom to every bedroom. Kitchens are comprehensively equipped: most have dishwashers and all have microwave cookers.
Couples and honeymooners will feel snug and comfortable in the small cottages: Mill Leat, Mill Stream and Mill Spring. Families can spread out in Papermaker’s or Turbine Cottages, while Mill Lodge, Edgecombe Barn and Tuckenhay Mill House will sleep larger parties in comfort. Of course, combinations of cottages can accommodate bigger gatherings of family or friends.

This beautifully appointed, characterful two-storey cottage commands scenic valley views from most rooms. Large kitchen/dining room. Splendid sitting-room with large open stone fireplace. Large bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Steep staircase (with low ceiling) to first floor: Large double bedroom with separate area for cot. Two twin bedrooms (one with 2 ft 6 in beds). Small enclosed open terrace over the old mill leat.

  • Open fire – initial fuel included October-May
  • Electricity, NSH, hot water, panel/convector heaters and use of swimming pools £114 per week or £57 for short breaks
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed terrace with
    furniture

  • Bed linen included
  • High chairs and additional travel cots available by arrangement (one high chair, one cot in all cottages unless otherwise stated)
  • Modern flatscreen TVs
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Wi-fi internet access (badminton/games hall)
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared use of grounds
  • Shared barbecue area
  • Ample parking for cars and boats
  • Two pints of milk on arrival
  • No smoking (cottages and all facilities)
  • NB: Stream in mill grounds
    ADDITIONAL FACILITIES:
  • Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer by £1 slot meter
  • Extensive indoor and outdoor sporting facilities including 60-ft outdoor swimming pool (8 am to 8 pm, 1 May to 1 October) and all-weather tennis court
  • Superb indoor leisure complex with two heated swimming pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and drench shower (Roman Pool open daily 8.30 am to 8.30 pm – Wednesdays to 9 pm – for all ages, under adult supervision. Waterfall Pool open daily 8.30 am to 6.30 pm for adults and children over 10 accompanied by a swimming adult)
    FACILITIES FOR SMALL CHILDREN:
  • Outdoor - small children’s play areas with swings, climbing frames, slides, Wendy house and football field. Indoor - a huge play area with slides, puzzles, pool table, table football, snooker and table tennis
  • Extra travel cots and high chairs provided
  • Mother and baby changing facility with walk-in shower/wet room (indoor pool). Roman pool with shallow learning bay.
    DOGS WELCOME:
  • One well-behaved dog is welcome in all cottages (except Mill Leat) (Dogs go free 2 November - 13 December).

THE TUCKENHAY POOLS
Tuckenhay is renowned for its spectacular award winning indoor pools with glass mosaics and hand-painted silk murals, they combine exotic decoration with the most modern dehumidification and purification equipment and full changing facilities.
ROMAN POOL
This dramatic Roman style 32ft pool (4ft 6in deep) has a safe children’s bay reached by separate steps. Completing the experience are sauna and steam room (£1 by slot meter), a refreshing cool drench shower fed from the underground spring and a separate Jacuzzi with hydro jets.
Open daily from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm. Children must be supervised.
WATERFALL POOL
This award winning pool is sculptured in a curved shape over 40ft long (4ft 6in deep), and bounded in part by a natural grotto rock face of tumbling water. It incorporates the ultimate in water movement technology: floor and wall massage jets, water volcanoes, water cannons and swim jets. There are two Jacuzzis - one in the pool - sauna and steam room (£1 by slot meter) and hot and cold spring-fed showers.
Separate mother and baby changing facilities with walk-in shower/wet room. Open daily from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm. Adults and children over ten with a swimming adult.
The extra charge for use of pools and heating, detailed in the cottage descriptions is all inclusive in the final balance.
HEATED OUTDOOR POOL - with heated hot tub with sauna and drench shower
This 60ft pool (3ft - 6ft 6in deep) has landscaped riverside sunbathing terrace and sloping lawn to stream. Open daily 8am to 8pm (1 May–1 Oct). Children must be supervised.

LOTS MORE TO DO AT TUCKENHAY MILL

  • Tennis court - a full sized all-weather court. Please bring your own racquets and balls: tennis shoes, not trainers, please
  • Gymnasium - fully equipped with Polaris stations and Aerodyne bikes
  • Badminton court - outdoor court. Please bring your own racquets and shuttlecocks
  • Sports hall - with indoor badminton court and young children’s play area
  • Snooker room - full-sized period table (experienced players only) with additional small snooker table and pool table
  • Second snooker room (open between 9am and 4pm) - with ¾-sized slate table (experienced players only) with pool table and children’s mini-table. Note Papermaker’s Cottage and Turbine Cottage have their own table.
  • Short mat bowls
  • Croquet lawn
  • Hot tub - with sauna on sunbathing deck (1 May to 20 September)
  • 20 acres of grounds with almost 1 mile of pathways (for dog walking) through meadows, dells and woodland; barbecue area, children’s play area and picnic spots.
  • Use of greens and 18-hole championship course (25% discount) at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club

IN SYMPATHY WITH THE ENVIRONMENT
Tuckenhay Mill has led the way with most of the pools being heated by ground source heat pumps. Awards have been given for energy saving as well as pool design and conversion of buildings. 2008 saw the extension of the
20 acres of stunning natural landscape opening up nearly a mile of footpaths through dells, meadows and woodlands along with a natural waterfall. This is the place to enjoy a personal ‘Spring or Autumn Watch’ with swallows in the log store, buzzards on the adjacent hillside, owls in the woods and ducks and swans down on Bow Creek. Strolls can be taken with the dog and picnics enjoyed on a bench by the river. Children can stroke the goats and even collect eggs for breakfast from the hens (when laying)!

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£409-£1669
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Barton Court comprises five 13th-century properties (four of which are featured here with refs HJQ, HJR, HJS & HJJJ) which have been tastefully converted to offer accommodation of a very good standard, and there is a wedding licence for the site (please contact the owner for details). Fronted by lawns, terraces and flower borders, these holiday cottages enjoy the use of 5 acres of lawns, orchards and a wood, and are arranged around an attractive central courtyard and garden. Barton Court is a short walk from the village of Buckland Brewer with a 13th-century inn, community shop and traditional butcher’s shop. Sandy beaches at Westward Ho! and Instow are within 5 miles and the dramatic North Devon Coast and the Tarka Trail (cycle and footpath) are both nearby, with riding, fishing, outdoor activities, sailing and other watersports available locally. The Atlantic Village shopping outlet, Dartington Crystal, Torrington 1646 and Rosemoor RHS gardens are all within a short drive. Shop 4½ miles, pub/restaurant ¼ mile.

Set next to Bramble Cottage (HJR), this very comfortable cottage features exposed beams downstairs and vaulted ceilings upstairs, and has its own garden. Entrance hall. Two steps down to beamed living room with wood-burning stove, large rug on polished wood floor and patio door to garden. Well-equipped fitted kitchen with dining area, quarry tiles and patio door to patio and garden. Utility with stable door to garden. Cloakroom and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, additional single bed (for +1), vaulted, beamed ceiling and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower. Twin bedroom with additional single bed (for +1), TV and rugs on polished wood floor. Two steps up to twin bedroom with additional single bed (for +1). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – fuel available locally
  • Further Freeview TV
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden with patio and furniture

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Double glazing
  • Wi-fi on site, available on request
  • Shared 5-acre grounds
  • Gas or charcoal barbecue
  • Parking
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (32ft x 14ft, depth 4ft) and spa suite (hydrotherapy pool, sauna, air-conditioned gym, treatment room) open 7am-9pm daily
  • Wide range of complementary and holistic therapies available
  • Friday to Friday

Note: All four cottages (HJQ, HJR, HJS & HJJJ) are in close proximity of each other and may be booked together to sleep up to 14+7 people

WAS
NOW
£494-£1483
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Leisure facilities available all year
Indoor heated swimming pool/toddlers’ pool (open all year)
All weather hard tennis court
Approach golf
Snooker lounge
Pool table and table tennis
Badminton, skittles, short mat bowls and basketball
Squash court
Children’s outdoor play equipment
91/2 acre landscaped grounds
On-site information centre
Bike and kayak hire (available locally)

Set in a superb countryside location, off quiet single track country lanes in the heart of South Devon, the properties at Higher Poulston are ideal for all age groups including couples, friends and families. It provides a quiet rural base, yet within driving distance of the many splendid beaches and interesting towns that the area has to offer.
Featuring a fantastic leisure complex, with exclusive shared use for all guests staying here on holiday, the facilities are open all year around and offer something for all ages and abilities. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and a separate shallow heated toddlers pool. The badminton and squash courts are purpose built to a very high specification. In addition there is a snooker room, table tennis, skittles and short mat bowls. In the grounds surrounding the cottages, there are large open lawn areas to play and picnic, some BBQ areas, a tennis court and approach golf.
The cottages at Higher Poulston are made up of a cluster of lovely stone barn conversions of varying sizes(, the spacious period Farmhouse, which is fantastic for a large family and the newest addition, Wisteria House(ref 25998), a contemporary barn conversion with a stunning interior, accommodating up to 20 guests.
All the properties are comfortably furnished with leather sofas, pine or oak furniture, well equipped kitchens and modern bathrooms, making this a holiday to enjoy and remember.
The friendly owners live on site and are happy to help. Many visitors find themselves revisiting Higher Poulston year after year. This is a very family friendly holiday complex; the ideal place for mums and dads to relax in, children to have fun, and grandparents to join in too.
Set within its own 9½ acres of private land, tucked away along a quiet country lane and close to a working dairy farm. Away from the farm there are many interesting places to explore. There is a little tourist information room on site and in here you will find plenty of ideas for days out and about . For your local shopping, the little village of Harbertonford, 1 mile, has a small village shop, a pub and post office. Also, the village of Morleigh, 1 mile, has a pub serving food. The ancient town of Totnes, just 3 miles away, has a truly unique atmosphere, with a range of quirky independent shops and bistros and is a vibrant and interesting place to visit, especially on Fridays when the market comes to town.
The South Devon coastline is close at hand, has many beautiful beaches and coves, scenic walks and pretty villages including Blackpool Sands and Slapton. Enjoy a day out in the riverside marine town of Dartmouth and take a cruise along the river to Totnes or the ferry across to Kingswear, and the quaint fishing town of Brixham, then ride on the steam train to Paignton or Buckfastleigh. Within easy reach are the English Riviera resorts of Paignton and Torquay, the boating and sailing centre of Salcombe on the estuary and the historic town of Dartmouth, nestling on the banks of the River Dart. Woodlands Fun Park is a great tourist attraction and fun day out for families, as is Dartmoor National Park, with its hundreds of acres of wild rugged moorland, both about 4 miles away.
Close to Dartmouth you can play golf on an 18-hole championship course (Higher Poulston visitors receive a discount at Dartmouth golf and country club). Bike and kayak hire are available locally.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers. Dishwasher. Shared garden and furniture. Shared barbecue.

All properties: Electric cooker. Shared internet office with broadband (ref 25998 has its own wi-fi). Shared 9½-acre grounds. Children’s play area. Parking. Heated indoor swimming pool (12.4m x 6.7m, depth 1m to 1.35m) open all year. Toddlers’ pool (depth 0.85m). Shared leisure complex with pool table, toddlers’ play area, table tennis and indoor ball games room. Tennis court. No pets allowed from mid June to mid September, at all other times dogs must be kept on a lead within the grounds of the complex. No smoking.

WAS
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£280-£752
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

"Deep in Tarka the Otter country where the river glides beneath the trees and time stands still..."

Orford Mill lies alongside the River Torridge in a beautiful wooded valley, nestled below the historic town of Torrington. With its air of peace and tranquillity, abundant wildflowers and river life, it became the setting for Henry Williamson’s magical story of Tarka the Otter. Indeed, the mill wheel in which Tarka hid from the hound Deadlock was at Orford Mill. This superb location makes a wonderful holiday base, especially for families, with sandy beaches on the North Devon coast only 10 miles away.
The complex consists of a Grade II listed water mill and manor house, now converted into nine delightful cottages, all equipped to Visit Britain ‘4 Star’ standard. Most overlook the charming ornamental courtyard with its ponds and flowerbeds. Riverside is detached and overlooks the river. All cottages retain character features such as exposed beams and stonework, and each is furnished in an individual style to a very high standard. Guests can enjoy an indoor heated swimming pool, with lovely river views, as well as an all-weather tennis court, games room and fenced outdoor children’s play area. There is an on-site cafe with wi-fi (open 9am-9pm). In addition, fishing rights are available on 200 yards of river (bring own licence, or avail locally at cost). All the waterways are safely fenced.
The countryside around Orford Mill is dotted with sleepy villages nestled among the hills, while extensive woodlands, traversed by many footpaths, offer the chance to experience the area’s natural beauty at close quarters. Adjacent to the grounds are the renowned RHS gardens at Rosemoor, and other local attractions include Dartington Crystal, offering a factory tour and visitor centre. Great Torrington is only a mile away with good shopping and amenities, and there is golf at nearby Hartland. Orford Mill adjoins Torrington Common which extends to 365 acres, incorporating 20 miles of footpaths. The common is a haven for wildlife. The ‘Big Sheep’ and ‘Milky Way’ theme parks are each less than 10 miles away.
The River Torridge runs downstream to the ancient port of Bideford, still with a working quay offering boat trips out to Lundy Island. Just around the corner is the attractive little town of Appledore with its colourful houses and narrow streets. To either side lies Devon’s most spectacular stretch of coastal scenery – a chain of magnificent cliffs and rocky promontories, interspersed here and there by long flat sandy beaches, where the Atlantic breakers roll in to create ideal surfing conditions. There are splendid beaches at Instow and Westward Ho!, the latter bordered by the Royal North Devon Golf Club, and the Northam Nature Reserve. Further west is the supremely picturesque Clovelly, whose narrow, cobbled main street descends at a dizzying gradient to the little harbour below. To the south, the cathedral city of Exeter can be reached via a delightful drive through lush river valleys.
Orford Mill offers very attractive accommodation set in 3 acres of beautiful gardens with streams, waterfalls and the water wheel which is still operational. Excellent as a touring base, it makes a good choice for a holiday whatever the weather. Shop ½ mile.

This is a two-storey cottage with lovely views over the river. Living/dining room with electric woodburner. Well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • DVD

  • Electricity, full oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included
  • Cot, travel cot and high chair by arrangement
  • TV with digital terrestrial channels
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi (in on-site café, open 9am - 9pm)
  • Shared grounds with sitting-out area and furniture
  • Gas barbecues for hire by arrangement
  • Ample parking
  • Shared games room with pool table, games machines
  • Shared outside area with table tennis
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (12ft x 33ft) with changing and shower facilities
  • Shared hard all weather tennis court (bring own equipment, and tennis shoes – no trainers)
  • Professional tennis ball machine with wide speed variation from 12-80 mph for hire (over 16s only)
  • On-site river fishing (bring own licence, or available locally at cost)
  • Children’s play area with swings and playhouse
  • Heidi’s Hideaway (playroom for toddlers and young children)
  • Adventure fort
  • No smoking
  • NB: Securely fenced river on-site
  • Main TV in each cottage is linked (via colour video.audio camera) to its own individual bird box, providing live images on TV

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£256-£1014
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

These attractive holiday barn conversions are tucked away in the quiet hamlet of Blagdon and situated just under 2 miles to the nearest beach, ideally located for a family holiday, not just in the summer but all year round. The properties have been renovated to a very good standard, with shared use of sauna and outdoor heated swimming pool. Blagdon House Country Cottages (ref 28149 and 28151) can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests.
There are many tourist attractions close by including Agatha Christie’s summer home, Babbacombe’s model village and the award winning Paignton Zoo. The Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway runs along the coast to Kingswear, opposite Dartmouth. Take a ferry across to visit Dartmouth with its array of shops and restaurants, take a walk around the castle and enjoy one of the tea shops for a Devon cream tea. Away from the coast there are plenty of places to visit, including the picturesque town of Totnes with some fine 16th-century buildings, and once a week there is a popular market. No trip would be complete without a visit to Dartmoor to climb one of the Tors or just take in the beauty and travel across the moor to Tavistock, where you can enjoy some dramatic scenery. There are many NT properties and plenty of swimming, sailing and angling. Torquay has a lot to offer, such as the Living Coasts, where the penguins wander freely, and the theatre which has shows all year round. Visit the yachting marina and a selection of fine gardens, in addition to Kent’s Cavern where the remains of some of Britain’s very earliest inhabitants were found. Discover the castles, abbeys, wildlife parks, steam trains and model railways, all within easy reach with many open throughout the year. Stoke Gabriel is only 3 miles away, located on the River Dart, whilst Dartingtion is nearby, known for its crystal. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. First floor:
2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard and furniture. Shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared outdoor solar heated swimming pool (approx 10.5m x 5.5m, depth 1.2m) open 10am to 6pm every day, May-September weather permitting. Shared sauna (coin meter). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced stream, 8 yards.

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£362-£1003
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

"Outstanding variety...situated in beautiful rolling Devon countryside and offering easy access to the many beaches of South and East Devon and the untamed beauty of Dartmoor. With a heated indoor swimming pool and quality recreational facilities, Newhouse Barton has it all"

Whether seeking an active family holiday or a relaxing weekend to recharge the batteries, Newhouse Barton is the perfect location from which to explore the South Hams, the Dart Estuary and Dartmoor. Located midway between Totnes and Newton Abbott, this collection of sympathetically and carefully restored barns and farm cottages enjoy a superb range of on-site facilities including a Roman-style heated indoor swimming pool (no additional charge), a traffic-free and child-friendly setting with young children’s play area and a furnished games room with pool table, table tennis, table football and toys for younger guests. Nearby there is a range of quality restaurants and pubs serving an excellent range of food to suit all tastes and budgets. The surrounding area offers a beguiling mix of attractions to suit all tastes and ages. The seaside towns and villages from chic Salcombe to Torquay on the ‘English Riviera’, with its palm trees and sub-tropical plants, emanate a Mediterranean feel. Totnes is a 10-minute drive away, with a medieval castle and a thriving arts and crafts scene. Teignmouth is a traditional Victorian seaside resort with a nature reserve at Dawlish Warren, a hotspot for bird watching. Exeter has a world famous cathedral, quays and a shopping centre. For the more active, there’s surfing at Bigbury or visit Haldon Forest, with its cycle and nature trails and Go Ape! For the children, Torbay is easily reached, with Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts.
The wild beauty of Dartmoor is 20 minutes away with its abundance of wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Numerous National Trust properties are close by including Agatha Christie’s Greenway. Steam trains travel from Kingswear to Paignton and Totnes to Buckfastleigh. Visit historic Dartmouth with bustling boat harbour, castle, contemporary art galleries and boutiques. Salcombe with its beaches, sailing and watersports is also easily accessible, as well as Blackpool Sands, Slapton and picturesque Dittisham with its annual crab catching competition. Slightly further afield, East Cornwall and the Eden Project are within an hour’s drive, and the East Devon coast is easily accessible with its unique fishing port at Beer and beaches at Sidmouth and Branscombe. Local shops 1½ miles.

The end one of a row, this spacious barn conversion overlooks the courtyard. Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove in red brick fireplace and French doors to courtyard. Well-equipped pine farmhouse-style kitchen with slate floor. First floor: Two bedrooms, one double with 5ft pine bed with flatscreen Freeview TV, one twin bedroom with TV, each with en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity and NSH included
  • Travel cot
  • Freeview
  • Two additional TVs
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Stereo/CD
  • Washing machine
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi broadband
  • Payphone
  • Children’s puzzles and games
  • Courtyard with wooden patio furniture and sun shade
  • Barbecue
  • Friday to Friday

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (38ft x 16ft, with changing and shower facilities, open all year round 9am - 8pm)
  • Shared games room with table tennis, pool table and table football
  • Young children’s play area with climbing frame
  • No smoking

WAS
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£324-£1241
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Just 4 miles from the coast
Outstanding views over North Devon countryside
Perfect location for walkers and a haven for nature lovers
Close to beaches and many local attractions
Indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub
Sauna
Gym
Games room and separate snooker room (at cost) with full sized table
9 hole pitch and putt
One and a half acre well stocked coarse fishing lake. Carp up to 20lb
Bar and restaurant (open Apr-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas and New Year)

Set near the breathtakingly beautiful North Devon Coast, this friendly, family run complex is peacefully located within 10 acres of grounds with outstanding views over the glorious Devon countryside. Moorhead Farm is the perfect holiday choice for family, friends and couples at any time of year. The complex comprises of 17 properties, 10 apartments for families accommodating between 3 and 6 people set together in the grounds, 6 apartments for couples set in a barn conversion attached to the main complex, and a separate cottage also attached to the main complex. The complex has fantastic on-site facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool (open all year), sauna and hot tub area, a well-equipped gym, games room and separate snooker room. Outside there is a 1½-acre, well-stocked fishing lake, with carp weighing as much as 20lb, in stunning surroundings, and a 9-hole pitch and putt course. In the evening there is a delightful fully licensed bar and restaurant to enjoy and give a relaxing end to the day (open Apr-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas & New Year). There is plenty to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather.
Only 4 miles from the coast, this stunning location is perfect to explore the dramatic North Cornwall and Devon coastline. There is the Hartland Peninsula, the pretty town of Bideford with a good range of facilities, and a trip to Lundy Island can be organised from the quayside. Westward Ho! has a long stretch of sand and good surf. Both walkers and cyclists will enjoy the nearby Tarka Trail and it is the perfect touring base to explore the delights of both North Devon and North Cornwall. Coastal walks, and for family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure Parks are a must. Garden lovers will enjoy RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill and Tapeley Park, and there are many pretty fishing villages nearby including Clovelly, Instow and Appledore. The popular Cornish resort of Bude has fantastic beaches renowned for excellent surfing whilst the vibrant town centre has a vast array of good restaurants and bars. Tennis, horse riding, mountain boarding and surfing are all on offer locally and for a great day out, why not visit the famous Eden Project. Shop 1 mile.

Hawfinch is a Barn Apartment
Situated in a barn conversion, Hawfinch is a cosy and charming apartment in a quiet part of the complex, but within easy access to all facilities. These apartments adjoin open fields and overlook the countryside. They are particularly designed for couples in mind.
Hawfinch is a ground floor apartment: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating included. electricity compact cooker. No children under 10 years.

All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Coin-operated laundry room on site. Wi-fi (in small room in main building). Payphone (in reception). Shared 10-acres of natural, landscaped grounds. Ample parking. Indoor heated swimming pool, open 8am-10.30pm, all year. Hot tub. Games room with pool table, children’s table tennis table, dart board and separate snooker room. NB: Lake and pond in grounds.

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£195-£499
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

"Character farm cottages in glorious countryside above an unspoilt hidden valley...with all-weather leisure facilities"

Robin Hill Farm is set in 14 acres of beautiful rolling countryside in the North Devon biosphere. The six properties, converted from stone farm barns and buildings, are centred around the old cobbled farmyard. The location offers a peaceful and secluded setting away from the daily hustle and bustle, yet it is only 3 miles to shops, entertainment and the beach. Inside the holiday cottages are well furnished and provide a relaxing haven after a long day sightseeing, walking, cycling or on the beach. The heated indoor swimming pool room includes a hot tub and a stunning conservatory attached. From the conservatory and decking area guests can enjoy the beautiful views over the valley towards Exmoor, whilst drying off or enjoy a coffee or glass of wine no matter what the weather. There is a very well equipped games room for all ages and for big and little kids video games can be enjoyed on a 60in plasma screen.
Outside the grounds have been landscaped to create two play areas, one with ball games, the other with playhouse and climbing frame. A communal patio means that adults can relax whilst watching their children play. Guests can enjoy the farm’s 14 acres of land and woodland walk which are host to a variety of wildlife and wild flowers with lovely views of Jennetts Reservoir. Nearby there is plenty to keep visitors busy. Many quaint villages await discovery - the photogenic ‘chocolate box’ village of Clovelly being of particular note. Appledore offers all the olde worlde charm of a fishing village, famous for its arts, crafts and maritime heritage. Beach lovers will delight in the wide sandy beaches, the nearest being Westward Ho!. Walkers can enjoy the spectacular scenery of the coastal path, while the Tarka Trail traces the steps of Henry Williamson’s Tarka the Otter and provides miles of traffic-free cycling (and walking) - bikes can be stored securely or hired locally. Award-winning farm parks, The Milky Way and The Big Sheep, will fascinate the younger ones. Gardens within 30 minutes’ drive include RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill and Tapeley Park. Several local pubs nearby, with the nearest in Littleham village serving real ale and home cooked food. Shops 3 miles, pub 1½ miles.

This charming cottage has its own south-facing secluded patio and garden. Open-plan, cosy, beamed living room with electric woodburner and fully fitted kitchen/dining area. Entrance hall. Bunk bedroom. First floor: Two bedrooms; one double (5ft bed) and one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electric woodburner included

  • Electric thermostatically controlled rads (living room and halls), convector and panel heaters (other rooms), electricity, bed linen and towels (not for swimming use) included
  • Cot and high chair by arrangement
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee machine
  • Wi-fi
  • Own garden and patio with furniture
  • Shared patio area
  • Use of 14-acre grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Cycle storage
  • Delivery service from local take-away restaurants and supermarkets
  • Guide book and local information pack

OUTSTANDING ADDITIONAL FACILITIES (OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND)

  • Superb indoor heated swimming pool with conservatory and decking area. Open daily all year round from 8am–9pm
  • Spa hot tub
  • Games room with 60in plasma TV, Nintendo Wii, table tennis, electric air hockey, small snooker/pool table, table football, Wendy house, tot rocker, baby swing and play tunnel. Open daily
  • Children’s outdoor play area with climbing frame and slide
  • Separate ball games area with goal post and swingball
    LEARN TO SWIM at Robin Farm Cottages
  • Tuition for babies, children and adults from ASA qualified and fully insured instructors. One to one tuition available.

WAS
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£433-£1345
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