Villa Crusoe



Key Information:
  • Sleeps 13
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Short Breaks No
  • Dogs allowed Yes (£25 each per week)
  • Changeover day Saturday
  • Property Code VILLAC
  • Garden/Outside space
  • Waterside
  • Virtual Tour Available (see description page)
  • Views
  • Nearby beach
  • Secluded
  • Village location
  • Designated parking
  • Detached
  • WiFi
  • 2 or more bathrooms
  • Central heating
  • Open fire
  • Garden or outside space
  • Grounds
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Non smoking
  • Security deposit
  • Dogs permitted
  • Bathroom
  • Access statement available on request

Here’s a haven where you really can get away from it all and relax in beautiful, totally private surroundings right on the water’s edge. This fantastic Tuscan style villa of the art deco era with intriguing connections to Daniel Defoe and his famous ‘Robinson Crusoe’, hence its name, is situated on a peaceful bend of the Avon estuary giving guests not only amazing views, but also access to the water and Bantham and Bigbury’s golden sandy beaches at the mouth of the estuary. Spacious and informal accommodation evokes the mood of a less frantic age with wonderful views from most rooms, log fires in the reception rooms and a large dining room overlooking the water that can sit up to 12 people. Step outside and wander around the beautiful gardens set in 4 acres, with a stream that tumbles past the sunny rear patio on its way to the water. Set over the boathouse, with its two slipways, is a large patio area, ideal for summer barbecues and evening aperitifs, with unrivalled views up and down the estuary as it winds through the soft Devon countryside. The owners supply four kayaks for use by the guests, who may also bring their own boats on trailers up to around 20’. (Ask for details). For the more energetic, this area has wonderful coastal and estuary walks and an 18 hole golf course is located just a few minutes drive away. It is impossible to do justice to this property in a few words, but suffice to say that Villa Crusoe will provide a unique and entertaining venue in any season, which once experienced is sure to lure you back again and again.


Front door into hallway. Cloakroom with WC and handbasin. Utility room with fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. Lounge with 2 large sofas and armchairs, open fire, and views out to the water. Large kitchen/diner with open fire in dining area and table to seat 12. Archway to farmhouse style kitchen, electric Aga with four ovens, two hot plates and warming plate, large American fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, plenty of oak storage cupboards, oak island table with stools, separate pantry and large dresser. Off the kitchen is a cosy second lounge with two sofas, an open fire and TV with DVD, video and Sky. From the kitchen, stairs to the separate west wing, double bedroom overlooking the water with 4’6” double bed, children’s room with 3’ single bed and a set of 3’ bunk beds, shower room with shower cubicle and hand basin, separate WC and separate bathroom with bath and hand basin. From the main lounge, oak staircase to first floor with large master bedroom in east wing, 5’6” double bed, magnificent views and en-suite bathroom with bath (shower over), hand basin and WC. Family bathroom, adjacent to the en-suite with similar arrangement. Captain’s bedroom, fully oak panelled in ship’s cabin style with 4’6” double bed and views. Third double bedroom with 4’6” double bed, again with views. Second floor twin bedroom, with 4’6” double bed and 3’ single bed and en-suite bathroom with bath, hand basin and WC.


Large rear patio to side of villa with ornamental pond and stream running beside. Extensive sloping mature gardens with pathways surround the property with sunny lawn at the front overlooking the water and foreshore. Boathouse (not available for guests use) has two slipways giving access to the estuary at all states of tide, the quayside is accessible three hours either side of high water, with a wonderful roof dining terrace equipped with table and chairs, barbecue facilities and chimenea. Four kayaks are available for use by guests at their own risk.

Parking: Plenty of parking and room for small boats and trailer. Please note the long lane down to Villa Crusoe is rough in places and may not be suitable for low clearance cars.


  • Included: Bed linen, towels, WiFi, initial log baskets for 3 open fires, cot, high chair, central heating (oil) and electricity.
  • Security Deposit: £250.
  • Pets: Well mannered pets welcome (must be kept downstairs).
  • Telephone: With honesty box.
  • Mooring: For larger boats (up to 25’), which need to be launched  from slips at head of the estuary or Bantham -  contact Harbour Master for details.
  • Local Facilities: Beaches at Bantham and Bigbury at mouth of estuary. Superb Village Shop & Post Office in St Annes Chapel 5 minutes drive. Pubs and Golf in Bigbury 2 miles, plus The Pickwick Inn at St Annes Chapel. Kingsbridge 10 miles, or Modbury 7 miles.


South Devon

  • Whether you’re kite surfing, paddleboarding or wild swimming, South Devon provides fantastically scenic opportunities for trying out all sorts of adventure sports.

  • Relax on a South Devon Railway steam train ride up the picturesque Dart valley from Buckfastleigh to Totnes.

  • Walk the miles of stunning South West Coast Path (with your four-legged friend if staying at a pet-friendly property), stopping off in quaint villages and deserted coves.

  • Sailors love Dartmouth and Salcombe, but there are plenty of shops and pubs for the landlubbers.


  • Visit the moors and tors of the National Parks: Dartmoor dominates the heart of the county whilst Exmoor hugs the North Devon coast.

  • Devon boasts Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth, steeped in seafaring history, or for a spot of retail therapy why not visit historic Exeter.

  • You’ll feel closer to nature whilst in Devon, but if you fancy a more exotic experience, try Paignton Zoo or the National Marine Aquarium for great family days out.

  • Explore the quaint villages, miles of beaches and walk the coast path in South Devon, making sure you stop off for a cream tea en route!

Property reviews for Villa Crusoe

Rated 4.5/5 based on 5 reviews

Just returned from a wonderful holiday at Villa Crusoe. The location is simply stunning, the house welcoming and well equipped. We enjoyed every moment, thank you for sharing this gem of a place with us.

This is an idyllic location we visited the villa to celebrate as a family and we were not disappointed. The grounds are very well kept and to sit of an evening listening to the water lapping at the bottom of the garden was wonderful. As you are aware I commented upon the water supply during the stay at Villa Crusoe. The tap water is not drinkable and I really think that potential visitors should be made aware of this. We had children and elderly relatives with the party, we arrived late and we then needed to boil water to drink or go out and find bottled water. Bottles of wine were left as a welcome gift, might I suggest that you also provide a couple of bottles of water or make visitors aware that they need to provide their own. Also, there was problem with refuse collection. Although, I appreciate that this was a problem for the local area I do think that something should have been done about the refuse. We left the Villa on 27th July and there were some 30+ bags of refuse that needed collection. I did also report this problem during the stay and the issue with refuse collection was explained to me. However I was also informed that the refuse would be collected the day before we left (26th July) and it was not. I just felt for the following guests as due to the hot weather the refuse had started to become infested and was also attracting local wild life. Further, on arrival at the property the lock to the side door was broken. As we arrived at 5pm on the Saturday we were informed by the cleaning staff that this had been reported but it would probably not be dealt with until the following Monday. We had young children in the party and Mother has Alzheimer's disease and she can wander at times so this was not acceptable particularly with the water being a short walk away. Luckily, my brother owns his own building property business and he repaired the lock. However, it might be that others would not have someone with them that could repair the lock. Might I suggest that along with cleaning staff you also have a handy person to make repairs before guests arrive. Other than the above, which I hope you will take as constructive feedback, the property was lovely and felt very homely. It easily sleeps 13 and felt very spacious as we had less in the party. Plenty of room and I am sure it is a great place to stay any time of the year. I will remember the stay at Villa Crusoe fondly and with a smile on my face. I am happy for you to use my feedback and include my name on your web site. I do not however want you to forward my details or share my details with any third party. Thank you, yours faithfully Mrs Carole Hopps

The water supply has now been fitted with an Environmental Agency approved water filter, ensuring that the water is now drinkable, so there is no longer any need to bring bottled water.

Fabulous property giving peace and escape while being close to beaches and places to visit. Although we did not venture far as just perfect for adults and children alike. We hope to be back very soon. Thank you for sharing this hidden gem.

This was our second visit to Villa Crusoe and was just as we remembered it, if not better. It has to be the perfect property for us, our friends and our lab Toby. Blissfully peaceful, the river Avon ever changing just a glance away, the beautiful gardens, barbeques on the terrace and of course the stunning house itself. Thank you to your very friendly office team for all their help, booking made very easy. We'll be back!

This was our second visit to Villa Crusoe and was just as we remembered it, if not better. It has to be the perfect property for us, our friends and our lab Toby. Blissfully peaceful, the river Avon ever changing just a glance away, the beautiful gardens, barbeques on the terrace and of course the stunning house itself. Thank you to your very friendly office team for all their help, booking made very easy. We'll be back!

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