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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
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5
Bedrooms
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Pets
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Kipscombe Lodge Ref: HQQQ

Nestling amidst heather clad moorland of the Exmoor National Park coast, this self-contained wing of the 17th-century NT farmhouse enjoys a dramatic coastal setting. Guests are free to roam amongst the 980 acres of National Trust farmland. Coastal footpaths lead from the farm through some of the most scenic, panoramic views in the area. Exmoor National Park is on the doorstep, with a wealth of countryside delights, footpaths and moorland streams. An ideal holiday location for keen walkers and nature lovers. Fishing, horse riding, tennis, golf and surfing locally. Shop and pub 21/2 miles.

Two steps up to spacious living room with wood-burning stove. Spacious well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath-shower and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed. Single bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared sitting-out area with furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Natural water supply from spring
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£354-£973
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Scantlings Ref: 24577

Enjoying spectacular views of the River Yealm, Scantlings is a modern semi-detached holiday cottage, set in an elevated position with a lovely patio verandah. The picturesque village of Newton Ferrers is just a short walk, whilst on the opposite bank of the river nestles the twin village of Noss Mayo. In summer, a little ferry boat will take you across the river, allowing you to walk from Wembury along the south west coastal footpath to Plymouth or Bigbury. Scantlings is just a 20 minute drive from Plymouth and its ferry teminal to France and Spain. Shops, restaurant and pubs 600 yards.

44 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft, can be twin) with additional single, 1 bunk (3ft 4in). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Terrace and furniture. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£246-£958
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
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 superb cottage next to Papermaker’s Cottageoffers very spacious accommodation. It has its own games room with ¾-size snooker table. A large ground floor living space incorporating a very comfortably furnished sitting-room with dining area. Fitted kitchen area with built-in oven and hob, m/wave, d/washer. The living room leads to the separate games room. First floor: Two spacious twin bedrooms, each with additional bed (for +1) and en-suite bathrooms with over-bath shower (one with toilet). Separate toilet. Second floor: Large double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, NSH, hot water and use of swimming pools £140 per week or £70 for short breaks
  • Two cots
  • Two high chairs
  • DVD
  • Mini radio/CD
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small balcony
  • Garden area adjacent to stream with barbecue
  • Games room with 3/4-size snooker table, exercise bike and table tennis
  • 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
£625-£2714
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Coombe House Ref: W42221

Coombe House is a spacious, 18th-century Georgian house furnished in period furniture and with attractive décor, and has an indoor heated swimming pool, available daily from 8am to 8pm (at cost Nov-May if used). The owners live in a separate annexe to the side of the property. There are also four holiday cottages on site (refs W1382, W1400, W1497 and W1498). The gardens feature a stream, lake and pond, with wildlife including ducks, moorhens, pheasants, butterflies and dragonflies. The owner places fresh flowers in each property and guests can buy fresh herbs and vegetables from the owner (seasonal), as well as flowers, as and when available. Take an evening walk in the woods and you may catch a glimpse of a badger, fox or deer. Look out for buzzards, sparrowhawks, woodpeckers and owls. Situated in 33 acres in a sheltered south-facing valley surrounded by glorious rolling meadows and woodland in a designated AONB. Dartmoor National Park, 4 miles, beaches at Bigbury-on-Sea and Blackpool Sands. Dartmouth and Totnes are a short distance away. Shop and pub 2 miles, restaurant 4 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Sun room. Kitchen. Morning room. Snug with double sofa bed. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double (2 four poster), two with en-suite bathroom with shower over corner bath, bidet and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over whirlpool bath and toilet, 2 twin, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet. Bathroom with bidet and toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, oil, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Oil Aga (October-May). Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 33-acre grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Heated indoor swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.2m), open 8am to 8pm (pool heating £100per week 1st June-31st October, £200per week 1st November-31st May). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 2 streams and lake in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£861-£3085
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Situated on the edge of the Dartmoor Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve and within 24 acres of tranquil meadowland, Little Dunley Cottages have been carefully restored and finished to a very high standard. Pristine and tastefully furnished they enjoy pleasant views overlooking the lakes and surrounding countryside. Each of the properties has its own private outdoor secluded seating area and are ideal for family gatherings, celebrating a birthday or anniversary or for those who wish to escape and unwind on a holiday in a truly magical place. Guests can enjoy carp fishing within the grounds, as well as an indoor heated swimming pool, all-weather hard tennis court and games room. Just a few miles off the Devon Expressway, the holiday cottages are well situated for all attractions such as sandy beaches at Teignmouth, Dawlish and Sidmouth, and tourist attractions. A haven for birdwatchers, and walkers will enjoy the many stunning walks in the area. Pretty Bovey Tracey, one mile, with its numerous shops, pubs and cafes, is known as the ‘Gateway to Dartmoor’, which has one of the best known national parks, offers stunning scenery to ride, walk and fish in. There are a variety of golf clubs nearby. The locality offers a hugely varied range of walks, through woodland, along the coast or nearby on Dartmoor. Dartmoor has so much to offer from its heather-clad tors to dramatic landscapes, Dartmoor ponies, to quaint villages offering Devon cream teas. For a family day out take a trip to Crealy, or spend a day in Exeter, visit the magnificent cathedral, shops, take a look around the quay where there are little caves turned into shops, or walk the canal path and find the hidden pubs only reached by foot. Torquay offers boat trips from the harbour over to Brixham, or visit Living Coasts where penguins wander freely. Further afield visit the Eden Project or Plymouth to take in the Barbican and the Hoe, or visit the huge aquarium, another great day out. Agatha Christie’s house at Greenway is a must for fans of crime novels. There are many National Trust properties all close to Little Dunley, also visit Dart Valley Steam Train, or Buckfastleigh and see the otters. There are many sandy beaches nearby, or spend a day at Lyme Regis fossil hunting. The Jurassic Coast is spectacular and it is well worth taking a walk on the coastal path. Shop 1 mile.

This ‘upside-down’ house has been tastefully converted and furnished to a good standard. Three bedrooms; one double, one twin and one bunk. Bathroom and toilet. Shower room and toilet. Stairs to first floor: Spacious contemporary open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, vaulted ceiling with exposed roof trusses, and bespoke pine fitted kitchen.

  • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
  • Electricity, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Laundry room with washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi (£20 per booking)
  • Own patio and lawned area
  • Shared 24-acre meadows
  • Barbecue
  • Fishing by arrangement (licence required)
  • Parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (approx 30ft x 15ft, depth 4ft to 5ft, open all year) with changing facilities and coin-operated sauna
  • Games room
  • All-weather hard tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Carp ponds in meadow

Note: Vine Lodge HYK, Lake View HYL, Oaktree Cottage HNNO and Acorn Cottage HGGJ may be booked together for groups of up to 20 people.

WAS
NOW
£558-£1299
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
22
Bedrooms
11
Pets
2
The Grange Ref: HNNT

This imposing detached house, on the edge of the pretty coastal village of Mortehoe, lies in an elevated position in 2 acres of garden and has views across the cliff tops to the sea. Offering spacious living and a games room (in the sub-basement, accessed via a side door), it is ideal for large family or group gatherings. The property is set out over five separate apartments and, although unconventional, the layout functions well as one unit with ample bathrooms/shower rooms plus additional kitchen facilities if needed. Guests have plenty of space to ensure a relaxing holiday in this stunning part of the country or to celebrate a special occasion in style. The Grange is a short walk from the village with post office/newsagent, general store, delicatessen, restaurants (one renowned as one of the best fish restaurants in the south west), fish and chip shop, three pubs serving food, heritage centre and a church with a medieval history. Walk from the house on to the coastal path, local beaches and coves. Woolacombe beach, 1 mile, spans 2 miles; this impressive Blue Flag beach is ideal for surfing or walking through the sand dunes. Exmoor is a short drive with spectacular views. There are NT properties at Arlington and Knightshayes and the RHS gardens at Rosemoor, Great Torrington. Barnstaple, 12 miles, has theatre, cinema and leisure activities. Places of interest include the Museum of North Devon, Pannier Market, 14th-century St Anne’s Chapel and 18th-century Queen Anne’s Walk. Braunton is the gateway to North Devon’s surfing area. Plenty to do for all ages including many quality golf courses, Clovelly, lighthouse and quay at Hartland, the Big Sheep and Milky Way amusement parks, cycling on the Tarka Trail or crabbing at Appledore quay. Shops and pub 500 yards.

Spacious living room with wood-burning stove. Sitting room. Large dining room with open fire. Spacious well-equipped kitchen with flagstone floor. Utility. Double bedroom with wash basin. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two separate toilets. Lower ground floor: Twin bedroom. First floor: Second sitting room with kitchenette. Four double bedrooms, two with 5ft beds, one with wash basin. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and six steps up to curtained twin bedroom (for +2). Bunk bedroom (for +2 children) with wash basin. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove, open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two cots
  • High chair
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • Two DVDs
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Patio to front with sea views
  • 2-acre lawned rear garden with furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Secure cycle store
  • Games room, table tennis, table football
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Upward sloping garden

WAS
NOW
£1286-£3949
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Merlot Ref: 28895

Enjoy this unique opportunity to stay on one of Devon’s vineyards. Eastcott Vineyard was started by the owners and now produces white and rose wines, as well as internationally recognised English sparkling wines. These semi-detached holiday cottages are located in the quiet Devon countryside between Dartmoor and the North Devon coast. They are well-appointed and have all the conveniences guests would expect to make for an enjoyable holiday. Guests are invited to take an arranged tour of the vineyard and the winery. Wine is also available to purchase from the cellar door. Okehampton, the gateway to Dartmoor, is a short distance and as well as having a good selection of shops, it also gives good access onto Dartmoor to enjoy the dramatic landscape this National Park has to offer. Visit Okehampton Castle or enjoy a walk along the old railway to Meldon Reservoir, with beautiful views. There are stunning beaches at Woolacombe and Sandymouth. Enjoy a day out at Hartland and visit the lighthouse, Hartland Quay and the historic fishing village at Clovelly. The RHS gardens at Rosemoor are a delight and there are numerous NT properties to explore. Charging points are available for electric cars. Nearby activities include golf and horse riding, or hire a bike and explore the Tarka Trail. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Second living room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

Freeview TV. CD. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking. River in grounds, 100 yards.

All properties: Oil central heating included (£25per week September-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 2-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£547-£547
Shortlist
Grade 5 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.

Featuring one of the waterwheels that powered the Mill, the original workings are now landscaped into the garden. Attractive beamed living room with traditional open stone fireplace providing a true country cottage atmosphere. Open-plan kitchen/dining area with French doors leading to breakfast patio with separate enclosed garden. First floor: Double bedroom with fitted wardrobe. Two twin bedrooms, one small with 2ft 6in bed. Bathroom and toilet.

  • 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
  • Patio with furniture
  • Further enclosed garden area to front of property
  • 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
£409-£1669
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Oldfield Ref: 29807


This beautiful, spacious, detached holiday home sits peacefully within the pretty rural hamlet of Littleham, just a few miles from the glorious beaches of the North Devon Coast and only a short stroll from the traditional village pub serving excellent homemade food. Beautifully furnished throughout, the spacious living room has a cosy woodburner and double French doors which lead onto a large patio area, ideal for al fresco dining. Pretty gardens wrap around the house and give ample space for children to explore and enjoy ball games and there is the added benefit of a second living room/games room. Oldfield is the perfect holiday choice for family and friends at any time of year. Just 3 miles from the historic port and market town of Bideford, with its pastel-coloured houses alongside a tree-lined quay. Take a boat trip to the nature reserve at Lundy Island or explore many pretty fishing villages including nearby Clovelly, Instow and Appledore. This stunning area has much to offer with Heritage coastline, popular with walkers and bird-watchers and the wide golden sandy beach of Westward Ho! is a must for beach lovers and surfers, just 4 ½ miles. There are numerous NT properties in the area, as well as the RHS gardens at Rosemoor and Docton Mill. For walking and cycling, the famous Tarka Trail passes through Bideford. Golf, riding and fishing are available locally and for family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure parks are close by. Beach 4 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen with dining area. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Wet room with toilet. First floor: Second living room/games room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Two folding beds available on request (for children, for alternative sleeping).

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating (underfloor in wet room), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two Freesat TVs. DVDs and small library. Playstation 2. Stereo/CDs. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large landscaped gardens with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (2 cars). Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Games room with table tennis and table football. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£810-£2160
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

"An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
Just 2 miles distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A French Lieutenant’s Woman. Here colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester (20 miles), alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants, Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Shops ¾ mile.

Large living room with multi-fuel burner and beams. Large well-equipped kitchen with three steps down to spacious dining room with wood-burning stove, tiled floor and French doors to terrace. Large wet room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, TV, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two double bedrooms, each with TV; one with en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with wash basin; one with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Multi-fuel burner and wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • High chair
  • Six satellite TVs (two 42’’ plasma)
  • Two DVDs
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Two dishwashers
  • Large, enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Slopes in garden

  • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
  • Towel hire
  • Cot (except DQP)
  • TV
  • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (except DCCQ)
  • Fridge/freezer (except DQM & DQL)
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared payphone (games room)
  • Gardens of 9 acres with woodland and furniture
  • No smoking
  • NB: Shallow fenced pond in woodland

SUPERB INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND)
* Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m) with shower and changing facilities (open everyday 10am–10pm)
* Sauna
* Hard tennis court
* Indoor games room with TV, video, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood-burning stove
* Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books, games and videos

WAS
NOW
£1103-£2613
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

"Enjoy the ‘cream’ of Devon at one of the twelve cottages on the Ashcombe Estate..."

Situated in the heart of rolling Devon countryside, the privately owned Ashcombe country estate nestles in a peaceful valley close to the sandy beaches of Dawlish and Torquay. Enjoy walking on the estate’s hills and woodlands, swim in the heated indoor swimming pool, or relax in the sauna at Woodhouse Farm while children play in the indoor and outdoor playgrounds. The owners have made a great effort to ensure that the cottages are both comfortable and practical while the location could not be better for a wide range of Devon attractions.
It might be a family holiday or big reunion, a special celebration, a fun business get-together, a group trip, or a relaxing weekend to recharge your batteries; whatever the reason the facilities are designed to be perfect for winter and summer holidays and the secrets of the Ashcombe cottages’ appeal are presentation, comfort and convenience. The cottages are maintained to very high standards. All have leather sofas, flatscreen digital TVs and very comfortable mattresses - the owners consider a good night’s sleep the most important thing! The cottages either have Italian tiled floors or wooden floors, and some still retain many original features including oak beamed ceilings. The properties cater for almost any party size, sleeping from 4 to 28 people and are all rated either 4 or 5 stars. Ashcombe’s larger cottages provide great value for money for visitors sharing with their friends and families. For meals, an in-house chef can be booked to come and do the hard work. The heated indoor swimming pool is perfect for any rainy days and keep the children happy. Cider Barn sleeping 16 and Nut Tree Farm sleeping 28, which are both 5 star rated, also have outdoor swimming pools for the summer.
For those wishing to enjoy a more adrenaline-charged holiday, the brilliant Ashcombe outdoor activity centre (at extra cost) offers quad bike safaris, clay pigeon shooting, archery, paintballing and more and is located just under a mile down the lane and is available for those 14 years and over. At the end of the day the Ashcombe Village Club provides cheap beer and a cheerful atmosphere.
Both Dartmoor National Park and the historic city of Exeter are only 20 minutes’ drive away while the famous South Devon Coast, with wonderful sandy beaches, is barely 3 miles. Exeter and Newton Abbot Racecourses, several golf courses, loads of family theme parks, zoos, sailing and fishing are all within easy reach, not to mention the many excellent pubs and restaurants that Devon is famous for. 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 water sports 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. Take a walk along the South West Coast Path which runs along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast and offers the walker stunning views, with a bird’s eye view of many coastal features. From the coast path you can experience the drama of sheer cliff faces, take in the wonderful towns of Beer, the ‘picture postcard’ fishing village, or Budleigh Salterton. This tranquil and historic seaside town nestles on the edge of a pebble beach beneath spectacular red cliffs, made famous by literary giants such as Noel Coward, P.G. Wodehouse and Anthony Trollope. Visit Seaton with its famous trams or Sidmouth which still has a unique charm and has captivated thousands of holidaymakers. Beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, Regency history, clean beaches and friendly shops – it is all here in this lovely seaside town. All in all Ashcombe is an excellent base to explore, experience and enjoy ‘The Cream of Devon’. Main shops 3 miles.


This comfortable spacious detached cottage, 1 mile from Woodhouse Farm, has its own garden and offers magnificent views and peaceful surroundings. Two steps up to large patio and entrance. Spacious living/dining room with open fire and well-equipped kitchen leading to utility area with door to patio and garden. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Separate toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electric ‘log-effect’ fire
  • Full central heating included
  • Fan heater
  • Towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • Wi-fi
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Enclosed garden, two patios
  • Barbecue
  • Small outdoor Jacuzzi with cover (1st April-1st November)

  • Electricity included
  • Bed linen included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Hair dryer
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared payphone (in foyer of heated swimming pool)
  • Garden furniture
  • Parking
  • No smoking

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES (at Woodhouse Farm)
* Indoor heated swimming pool with changing rooms (available all year) 10am–7pm.
* Pool table.
* Lounge with TV and broadband avail for early arrivals
* Small indoor children’s playroom
* Sauna
* Sun terrace with furniture (adjacent to pool).
* Enclosed orchard with seating.
* Enclosed children’s playground with swings and slides.
*Village club with licensed bar at Ashcombe, weekly events - 1 mile from Woodhouse Farm.
ASHCOMBE ADVENTURE CENTRE - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND
* Quad biking (woodland safaris)
* Clay pigeon shooting
* Paintball over streams and ravines
* Licensed bar and restaurant
* Conference rooms

WAS
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£411-£1361
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