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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 5 Star rating
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Bedrooms
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Pets
2
Atlantic House Ref: HMMX

Glorious uninterrupted sea views can be admired from this breathtaking location, one of Hartland’s most stunning spots. Atlantic House is a delightful, spacious, detached property, set amidst the owner’s 17th-century farm. Lovingly converted from a former barn, it retains plenty of character with beams, stone walls and feature floors and is presented to a very high standard. The superb living/dining room takes full advantage of the views, and the sunny patio is the ideal spot to relax in and watch the waves. The property also has a large courtyard garden, ideal for al fresco dining, and the raised decked area and hot tub add the finishing touches for a holiday to remember. The magnificent rugged English Heritage coastline of Hartland and beyond runs across the farm in an AONB, offering a perfect haven for walking and bird watching. Narrow lanes from the doorstep wind down to secluded sand and shingle beaches. Berry Beach is just a 5-minute walk. Children will love the pets corner on the farm and the large playing field. The famous sandy surfing beaches of Westward Ho! and Bude are an easy drive and for family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way adventure parks are close by. There are numerous NT properties in the area, as well as the RHS gardens at Rosemoor and Docton Mill. Clovelly, with its quaint cobbled streets and picturesque harbour is a must. The village of Hartland is just 3 miles and has a good selection of village shops and pubs, all serving local produce. The historic port of Bideford, with its lively market, as well as the Lundy Island ferry and array of shops and other amenities, is just 15 miles. Golf, fishing, sailing, surfing and horse riding available locally. Shops 3 miles, pub 2 miles.

Spacious living room with wood-burning stove and two steps up to dining room with patio doors, sea views, beams and wooden floor. Two steps up to spacious, well-equipped kitchen with electric range (for cooking), beams and slate floor. Separate toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two steps down to double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. One step down to double bedroom with four-poster bed, additional single day bed (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom with additional 2ft 6in single bed (for +1 child). Bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Six TVs (one Freeview with surround sound)
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Playstation
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed landscaped courtyard and lawned area, patio with decked area with hot tub and furniture
  • 2-acres of shared grounds with children’s playing field
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Mid-week cleaning at cost
  • No smoking
  • NB: 3 steps to decked area
  • Friday to
    Friday

WAS
NOW
£964-£3114
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Harriss Park Ref: HQV

Set amidst 250 acres of rolling Devonshire countryside, this magnificent barn conversion affords views which stretch for miles. Enjoying peace and quiet, Harriss Park is approached by a private driveway, offering a beautiful rural location to stay. It is furnished, fitted and equipped to a very high standard, rooms are spacious, light and airy with vaulted ceilings and pitch pine floors. There is a large south-facing garden with patio area and barbecue which enjoys far reaching views over open countryside. Set near to a cluster of similar, carefully restored conversions, it shares the use of a wide range of facilities, such as an indoor heated swimming pool with a separate shallow heated toddlers’ pool, table tennis, skittle alley, snooker room, gym area, and badminton and squash courts, purpose-built to a very high specification. In the grounds there is a 9-hole golf course, trampolines and tennis court. The owners’ dairy farm is close by, offering families a chance to visit the animals. Set deep in the heart of the South Hams, the holiday property is just a 20-minute drive from several sandy beaches. The Dartmoor National Park is to the North, offering visitors excellent walking terrain, whilst sailing and fishing are offered in Dartmouth (8 miles), to the south. Guests can also receive a 25% discount at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club which features an 18-hole championship golf course. Conveniently situated for the whole family, attractions within 10 miles include Woodland Fun Park, Dartington Glass and Cider Press, and the zoo and steam train at Paignton. There are also many interesting towns and villages nearby – Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Dartmouth, Totnes, Torbay, Dittisham, Ashprington and Stoke Gabriel are all within driving distance. Shop, pub and restaurant in Moreleigh, 1 mile.

Ground floor: Two double bedrooms, each with TV and additional single bed (for +1), one with
5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet, and one with en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Spacious living/dining room with rugs on wooden floor and well-equipped, Shaker-style kitchen area. Master double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Vaulted ceilings throughout first floor.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
  • Towels for hire £4 per person per week
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Four TVs (Sky - sports/movie package)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden, patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (12.4m x 6.7m)
  • Shared games room with table tennis, snooker and pool table
  • Shared golf and hard tennis court
  • Shared squash and badminton courts
  • Friday to Friday

Note: Facilities shared with other holidaymakers at Higher Poulston Farm (50 yds)

WAS
NOW
£880-£2921
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2

" Between coast and country ... a collection of designer cottages enjoying the best of both worlds "

Situated in a quiet and peaceful rural location on the edge of the pretty hamlet of Tawstock, these four attractive holiday cottages (refs HYA, HYB, HYC and HYD) are only 7 miles from the nearest beach at Instow and conveniently close to all facilities at Barnstaple. The properties have been converted from a range of old stone barns presented in a fresh contemporary style. With the owners living in the original farmhouse, they form part of the traditional farm courtyard, though Park Gate is no longer a working farm. Each holiday cottage is individual in design, well equipped and comfortable, with attractive furnishing fabrics and attention to detail. Each has patio doors from the living room leading to its own decked patio and lawned garden, perfect for al fresco meals while watching the sun set.
This is an excellent location for exploring the magnificent coastline of North Devon, from the ‘Golden Coast’ with fine sandy surfing beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton, to the rugged cliffs of Hartland Point. The coastal footpath offers superb walking with wonderful views of the dramatic shoreline, while inland the wild beauty of Exmoor waits to be discovered. Bideford Bay takes in its sweep along Westward Ho!, Hartland Point and the beautiful village of Clovelly – much loved by photographers. Instow and the old ship-building port of Appledore shelter in the mouth of the Torridge Estuary, and regular boat trips to Lundy can be taken from Bideford. Casual cyclists who fancy a spin in the countryside under their own steam will appreciate the Tarka Trail, a popular flat route that is easy to manage and runs from Meeth near Okehampton; it winds its way to Braunton and can be picked up at Barnstaple, just 2 miles from the cottages. There are plenty of places to visit nearby, including a number of family attractions such as The Big Sheep, Funderzone and The Milky Way which have covered amusements for children of all ages. At Great Torrington, there are the famous and stunning RHS gardens at Rosemoor. Whilst there, it certainly worth a visit to the Dartington Crystal factory glass works (7 miles), where molten glass is expertly fashioned into unique works of art by the glass blowers. Horse riding, golf, surfing lessons and fishing can all be organised locally. The nearby town of Barnstaple offers good shops and restaurants, a weekly market and pannier market, theatre, cinema and sports facilities. Shops 2½ miles.

More suited to a larger family group, careful thought and attention to detail has gone into giving Oak a cosy ‘home from home’ atmosphere. An unusual full length window in the main sitting area gives clear views of the countryside beyond and there is a large decked patio leading down to a lawned area, where pleasant balmy evenings can be enjoyed.

Two steps to main entrance. Spacious living room with gas woodburner in central fireplace and patio doors to decked patio. Three steps up to dining room and large modern fitted kitchen with large range and breakfast area. Two bedrooms; one double wtih 24in flatscreen TV and one twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Four bedrooms, all with sloping ceilings; one double with en-suite bathroom with toilet, two twin and one bunk. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Gas woodburner included
  • Additional cot
  • Range included
  • Freezer

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden with decked patio, and furniture
  • Large shared communal lawned area
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Play area with swings
  • Tennis court
  • Games room
  • Cycle storage

WAS
NOW
£2113-£2113
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Higher Gitcombe Ref: HQQW

Higher Gitcombe is a beautifully appointed detached house of magnificent proportions, ideally suited for a family seeking a quality property for a very special holiday or family get together. Located off a quiet country lane in the heart of the South Hams rural countryside, it is close to the villages of Cornworthy and Dittisham near the wonderful riverside town of Dartmouth which is steeped in naval history. The house itself is approached via a gravel drive and is set in landscaped grounds of over
1 acre. The house is spacious with a light, bright and airy interior décor featuring original modern contemporary paintings by the owner. Each bedroom is themed and most rooms have their own
en-suite bathrooms. The master bedroom, decorated in a French style, is a large room with its own
en-suite bathroom featuring a fabulous Jacuzzi bath and a walk-in dressing room. The nautical blue bedroom has its own private bathroom and again has a large walk-in dressing room area. The hot pink double and twin bedrooms share a shower room and these two rooms can be closed off together as a family suite, whilst the loft bedroom is ideal for teenagers with its additional pull-out beds and spacious size. The living room is a wonderful room with five sets of French doors. The kitchen is extremely well-equipped to cater for a large family featuring a 4-oven oil-fired Aga and a central island. There are beech and granite worktops and a breakfast area, this is the real hub of the house and a superb kitchen for entertaining. Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

Spacious living room with open fire and French doors. Dining room with patio door. Bespoke, well-equipped kitchen with oil-fired Aga and gas/electric cooker, breakfast area and French doors. Utility. Wet room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, TV, walk-in dressing room and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Double bedroom with 6ft zip and link bed, TV, walk-in dressing room and en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet (also accessed by twin bedroom). Twin bedroom. Second floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, TV, Juliet balcony, walk-in dressing room and en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom with sloping ceiling, Velux windows and two additional pull-out beds (each for +1 child).

  • Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TVs
  • 4-oven oil Aga included
  • Two microwaves (one in utility)
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer in utility
  • American-style fridge/freezer
  • Two dishwashers (one in utility)
  • Lawned 1-acre garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Hot tub
  • Games room with ½-size snooker table and 7ft pool table
  • Ample parking
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£2800-£4200
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
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.

An attractive detached stone-built house enjoying a delightful position facing west at the entrance to Tuckenhay Mill with a pleasant rural outlook. Entrance hall with oak floor and impressive staircase. Period-style living room with open fire. Conservatory opening on to private garden and patio area with BBQ. Fully fitted kitchen with arch to dining room. Pretty single bedroom with adjacent shower room and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Two large twin bedrooms. Single bedroom. Second bathroom. Separate toilet.

  • Open fire – initial fuel included October-May
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, hot water and use of swimming pools £190 per week or £95 for short breaks
  • Two cots and high chairs
  • DVD
  • Mini radio/CD
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Conservatory
  • Small garden with patio
  • Summer garden
  • Friday to Friday

  • 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)!

WAS
NOW
£629-£2605
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
White Dove Barn Ref: 23399

Situated within a SSSI, this detached holiday barn is situated within the glorious coastline of the South Hams, close to Wembury Bay marine conservation area. This beautifully presented and spacious Grade II listed barn dates back to the 17th century. Close to the owners home, it has been carefully restored to a very high standard benefiting from all modern conveniencies. Guests can access the first floor by an oak staircase, or a second spiral staircase. It was once an integral part of Langdon Barton - the 300-acre working farm which has been in the same family for 110 years and still in use. A 15-minute walk over fields leads to Wembury beach offering rock pools, a NT cafe and safe bathing. Here you will also find the South Devon Coastal Footpath, with stunning sea views of Mewstone Island and across Plymouth Sound to the Cornish coastline and on a clear day in the distance you can see the Eddystone Lighthouse - 13 miles off shore. St Werburghs Church, standing on the headland above Wembury beach is in the most stunning location, here you can follow the coastal footpath and catch the water taxi to Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo. Mount Batten for water sports and yachting is just 5 minutes away. Langdon Barton can also offer secure boat parking. The city of Plymouth is just 7 miles and in recent years has gone through a face lift with its new shopping mall and regenerated waterfront areas. The Barbican at night is bustling with nightlife, bars, bistros, restaurants and shops. Dartmoor National Park, 15 miles. Eden Project 11/4 hour’s drive. Golf 4 miles. Shop/PO 2 miles. Pub 500 yards.

Ground floor: Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor (can also be accessed via second spiral staircase): Living/dining room/kitchen with beams, roof trusses and wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Ipod dock. Electric Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£657-£1650
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Blue Hayes Ref: HKKH

This imposing Georgian house lies literally a stone’s throw from the beach. Situated in the pretty North Devon village of Instow this impressive house, one of a pair, has unrivalled westerly views out towards the Taw and Torridge Estuary and on towards Lundy Island. Enjoy the beautiful sunsets from the garden or the impressive sitting room. The house offers itself as either an ideal family holiday location or somewhere to celebrate a special occasion. The well appointed living areas are complemented with an enclosed courtyard off the kitchen. There is a self-contained area of living and dining areas, two bedrooms, shower room, toilet and kitchen on the lower ground floor of the house making it ideal for relatives or those requiring facilities on a level setting. Out to the front of the house is a lawned area with views over the beach and towards the historic village of Appledore on the far bank. Instow is a pretty village with two shops, eateries and pubs, and all within easy walking distance. The wonderful beach with its lovely sand dunes is ideal for all ages and has its own appeal at most times of year. The town of Bideford is a short journey away with a range of facilities, and a trip to Lundy Island can be organised from the quayside. Westward Ho! (2 miles) has a long stretch of sand and good surf and there is an indoor swimming-pool at Northam (2 miles). The house is also ideally located to explore either Exmoor to the east and its surrounding attractions, or to the west there is the North Cornish/Devon coastline with its excellent walking and hidden treasures like Clovelly, Bucks Mill and Hartland Quay. The Big Sheep farm park, The Milky Way activity park, Dartington Crystal and RHS Rosemoor are other places of interest to visit. The Tarka Cycle Trail and footpath can be accessed from the village, which will ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy. Shop 500 yards, pub 200 yards.

Spacious living room. Morning room with TV. Large well-equipped kitchen with dining area, tiled floor and double doors to courtyard. Utility. Shower room with toilet. Lower ground floor: Sitting room. Kitchen with dining area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Shower room. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and sea views. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and additional single bed (alternative sleeping only). Double bedroom with 5ft bed and sea views. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with small Japanese-style bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Further bathroom with freestanding roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two travel cots
  • High chair
  • Four Freeview TVs
  • DVDs
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed lawned garden with courtyard, terrace and furniture
  • Parking (for 5 cars)
  • Secure cycle store

WAS
NOW
£3060-£3060
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Combe House Ref: 27662

Set in 7 acres of farmland with amazing gardens, in the Exmoor National Park, this spacious farmhouse has been decorated and furnished to a very good standard and enjoys uninterrupted views over the countryside. It is set on a quiet farm in outstanding countryside with lots of wildlife. There are numerous shrubs, trees and wildlife with two ponds where ducks and moorhens gather, and you may catch a glimpse of the resident kingfisher! Set in the owner’s grounds, this holiday property adjoins a small annexe and has a shared access, but offers privacy. Occasionally, red deer, foxes, badgers, resident and migrant birds can be seen. This is an ideal base from which to explore this part of Devon. Oakford village is 11/2 miles, with a public house. The towns of Dulverton, Bampton, Tiverton, Lynton and Lynmouth are a short drive. Lynton is a Victorian resort, linked to Lynmouth by a water powered cliff railway ascending 600ft. Enjoy spectacular coastal and inland walks, including the Valley of the Rocks and the steeply wooded Glen Lyn Gorge. Boat trips from the harbour afford excellent views of this rugged yet picturesque coastline. To get a good idea of the history of Bampton, the best way is to follow the ’Bampton Town Trail’, a walk which takes you around the town, and introduces you to historic sites and buildings. There are invigorating walks, horse riding and cycling across the moors and wooded valleys, or enjoy a cream tea in one of Exmoor’s beautiful villages. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 1/2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/conservatory with dining area. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double, one (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, (one 5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 7-acre landscaped natural grounds and woodland with shared sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on lead, sheep country. No smoking. NB: 6 steps and 2 ponds in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£470-£1195
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
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Mill Cottage Ref: HQQE

Mill Cottage is a detached holiday cottage with its own large, private, rear garden and is perfect for families, including those with young children, retired couples and walkers. The property is set in 100 acres of wooded and landscaped grounds, and is a haven for wildlife. The Jurassic Coast is 7 miles; the coastal path provides walkers with stunning views. From the coastal path it is possible to experience the drama of sheer cliff faces and numerous walks, taking in Sidmouth (7 miles), Budleigh Salterton (8 miles), Seaton and Lyme Regis. Paington, part of the stunning Riviera, is situated on the South Devon coastline in sheltered Torbay. The Paignton, Torquay and Brixham beaches are without a doubt the best in the bay and have a choice of restaurants, bars, ice cream kiosks, beach shops and marine activities. Other places to visit include Exeter, with its cathedral, Powderham Castle, Seaton Tramway, Beer Quarry Caves, Paignton Zoo, the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth and Escot Park. Crealy Adventure Park is a great day out for children and offers something for all ages. Westpoint, 5 miles, hosts the annual Devon County Show, an annual Holiday on Ice show, antiques and trade fairs, and occasional large concerts. For fishing enthusiasts there is plenty on offer in the local area. Try mackerel fishing in Lyme Regis, where many boats in the harbour offer one hour fishing trips, deep-sea fishing at Lyme Bay (species include conger eels, bass, pollack, skate, cod and black bream) or beach fishing at Chesil Beach. There are a number of fishing farms locally, with the nearest being 4 miles from Mill Cottage. There are numerous golf courses nearby, including Northbrook Golf Club. Horse riding can be enjoyed at Oaklands Riding School, which is set in the beautiful countryside on the edge of Exeter. For the more daring, take a flying lesson at Aviation South West Club House (4 miles). Shop and pubs 2 miles.

Beamed living room with wood-burning stove. Beamed kitchen/dining room. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional single bed over double (for +1). Two twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet. Wet room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full solid fuel central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • Shared 100-acre woodland and landscaped grounds
  • Open air playing area in grounds, 50 yards, with swing, sand pit, slide and children’s activity station
  • Table football
  • Parking (car park)
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • NB: Fenced stream in garden. Lake in grounds 200 yards

WAS
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£553-£1666
Shortlist
Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
13
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3

Excellent fishing area

This delightful, detached farmhouse is set aside the detached barn conversion within the depths of the Devon countryside. The Eastdown properties are a perfect holiday choice for an escape to the country, situated on the owner’s 80-acre working farm with livestock, and with glorious woodland walks from the properties’ doorsteps. Eastdown Granary ref: W43141 is spacious and ideal for a family gathering with an open-plan living area, and plenty of shower rooms. Eastdown Farmhouse ref: W2970 is tastefully decorated and furnished with a woodburner and a large enclosed garden. An ideal location to explore the delights of both Dartmoor and the spectacular North Devon/Cornwall coast (16 miles) with towering cliffs and long stretches of sandy beaches and hidden coves, great for surfing or exploring the many rock pools. Roadford Lake is just 8 miles and offers coarse and trout fishing, lakeside walks and water sports. Travel the South West Coast Path from Bude to Hartland Pont and pass Henna Cliff, England’s second highest sheer drop - not for the faint hearted! The market towns of Holsworthy, Launceston and Okenhampton are all within easy driving distance. Fishing, golf and riding are available locally and walkers and cyclists will be spoilt for scenic routes. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles. Both properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 27 guests.

Ground floor: Living room with single sofa bed. Dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom adjacent to separate toilet. Bathroom with bath and shower cubicle. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double, one with 2 additional singles and shower cubicle, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

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£366-£1189
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
5
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 extensive and magnificent house with its own private patio leading from the spacious kitchen/breakfast room is set in the Mill’s landscaped grounds and enjoys splendid views up the valley over a meadow bounded by a stream. The building was once the ‘fulling and tucking mill’ to the original paper mill, but it has now been tastefully converted to form a spectacular house on two levels offering generous accommodation. There are inner and outer halls, and a palatial 32-ft living room with arched stone fireplace, alcoves and exposed timbers. The fine dining room features a panelled wall (from the original ‘dye room’) and there is a separate sitting room. The enormous kitchen/breakfast room is fitted in farmhouse-style, with modern appliances – including split-level cooker, dishwasher, washing machine/tumble dryer and fridge/freezer. There is a separate utility room and walk-in larder. Cloakroom/toilet. Shower room with power shower. French doors lead from the kitchen to the patio and grounds. First floor: Master double bedroom leading on to balcony with superb valley views. Separate dressing room with additonal 2ft 6in single bed (for +1), sauna and bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet Four further bedrooms; one double with 5ft bed and three twin. Main bathroom and toilet.

  • Open fire – initial fuel included October-May
  • Electricity, oil-fired central heating, hot water and use of swimming pools £230 per week or £115 short breaks
  • Travel cot
  • Two cots
  • Two high chairs
  • DVD
  • Mini radio/CD
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Extra fridge
  • Private garden
  • Patio with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Friday to Friday

  • 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).

Note: This splendid house adjoins Mill Leat and can be booked in conjunction with it – to form superb accommodation sleeping a total of 12+1 people

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)!

WAS
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£1162-£3305
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
West Lodge Ref: 26588

West Lodge is a modern, detached holiday property in a quiet cul-de-sac just a 1-mile walk from the beach on the South Devon coastline in sheltered Torbay. It is conveniently situated for a family holiday in Paignton, part of the English Riviera and an excellent base for exploring the many treasures of both Devon and Cornwall. The property has been renovated, decorated and furnished to a very good standard, offering comfortable accommodation and enjoying sea views from most rooms with the master bedroom having stunning sea views across the bay to Torquay. Along the 22 miles of English Riviera coastline are 20 beaches, some close to the town centre. Visitor attractions include Dartmoor, Paignton Zoo, Dart Valley and South Devon Steam Railways, boat trips on the River Dart, Babbacombe Model Village, Kents Cavern and Cockington village. There are many NT properties and historic houses locally including Coleton Fishacre, Compton Castle, Bradley Manor, Torre Abbey Mansions and Gardens and Greenway House, Agatha Christie’s holiday home, which has an old-fashioned bus to take you there. For children, visit Crealy Great Adventure Park, Exeter, Woodlands Family Theme Park in Dartmouth and Haldon Forest, Exeter, where you can horse ride, cycle, walk or Go Ape and zip wire through the trees. For adult shopping and rides for children, visit Trago Family Shopping and Leisure Park near Newton Abbot. There are many local marine activities, ice cream kiosks, shops etc. Nearest shops, bars and restaurants 800 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with additional double sofa bed, 1 single. Shower room with toilet. Laminate and tiled floors throughout.

Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 10 steps and 2ft drop in garden.

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£410-£1391
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