With the half term ‘hols’ only weeks away, now’s the time to book your West Country cottage holiday.
We’ve got some fabulous autumn deals to tempt you with, all from glorious locations throughout the South West.
Whether you’re looking for a place by the sea, a harbour view, a riverside retreat or a hillside hamlet, Toad Hall Cottages is here to help you discover the perfect setting for your holiday this ‘fall’.
The colours of autumn are indeed spectacular; the trees vibrant with red and amber hues, the rolling umber fields fresh from the farmer’s plough, the sun-bright mornings glinting off the dew; all around us nature is busy preparing for the coming of winter.
“And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft,
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.” – ‘To Autumn’ by John Keats
With the nights drawing in, it’s time to put on that extra layer and gather in the kindling. If the thought of having a glass of red wine with your feet up by a roaring fire fills you with joy, you’ll be pleased to know that many of our holiday cottages have traditional wood burners all swept and ready for you to hunker down in front of on a chilly, starlit night.
Our endless countryside and coastal walks, from clifftop to green lane, offer both you and your family the most invigorating way to explore the region and take in its natural beauty. Historic market towns and charming coastal fishing villages help characterise this unique part of the British Isles along with its dramatic coastline, ancient woodland and rugged moor.
Whether you’re looking to arrange a romantic couple’s retreat, a gathering of old friends, a family get-together, or a solo escape, Toad Hall Cottages can help. Why not visit our website, tailor-make your ideal half term break and take advantage of our tempting autumn offers.
Mr Toad’s Autumnal Suggestions…
9 Mayflower Court is a contemporary second floor apartment with wonderful views of Dartmouth harbour. Lovingly refurbished to include a brand new kitchen, newly decorated living room, hallway and bedrooms, and stylish new furniture throughout, it is situated just a few steps from the waterfront in the historic port of Dartmouth and just a short stroll from the array of restaurants, boutiques, shops, cafes and the The Flavel theatre. There are plenty of cobbled narrow streets, long flights of winding steps and intriguing medieval buildings. The apartments are situated on the river embankment which offers a pleasant and relaxing promenade to stroll along, taking in the sights of the busy estuary, perhaps choosing one of the varied boat trips that depart from the water’s edge.
“Amazing place. I will be visiting again” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Situated in the heart of the charming village of Dittisham and enjoying extensive views across the village and the Dart estuary, Dower House is a gorgeous 18th Century cottage, originally a farmhouse, providing extremely comfortable and attractive accommodation in this very desirable location. The property has the great advantage of a private drive with ample parking, a secluded sloping orchard garden and most rooms benefit from the beautiful scenery, not least the spacious terrace that extends across the riverside of the house; a wonderful spot for breakfast on a sunny morning or a drink in the evening to enjoy the view and watch the busy life of the river. This is a superb house, cosy for a single family and big enough for two families holidaying together.
“Fifth visit to the Dower House says it all. Excellent property, well maintained, standards are high” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Lowena Cottage really is a delightful cottage, tastefully refurbished for 2017, and perched on the hillside with lovely views from its sunny decking of the wooded valley and upper Looe river. Here, you can sit and soak up the sun, safe from the noise and bustle of Looe whilst enjoying a quiet read or an al fresco meal as you watch the sun sink behind the hills. The town itself, with its vibrant shops, cafes and restaurants, sandy beach and famous Banjo Pier, is only ten minutes walk, and the quintessential Cornish fishing village of Polperro is just a short drive away.
“Love this cottage so much. Perfectly placed and all the amenities you need. We will definitely be booking again for next year!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Scissor Beam Barn is a fabulously well-appointed lofty barn conversion surrounded by picturesque and peaceful South Devon countryside, conveniently based for exploring the superb selection of South Hams beaches, together with the coastline at Noss Mayo and also Wembury, only three miles away. In addition, the location is ideally set for an excursion to the rugged delights of Dartmoor National Park. This chic reverse level property offers luxurious and flexible accommodation for the discerning family. The property has been tastefully transformed and the interior belies a superb balance of modernisation combined with charm and original character, reflected in its vaulted ceiling and exposed scissor beams.
“Scissor Beam is a fabulous holiday barn, everything you need is there […] It is set in a rural area and a little off the beaten path, but if you want plenty of space and a great comfortable place to stay, this is for you” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Barn Dipperty is a truly charming reverse level attached property, tucked away in the heart of the South Hams in the village of Loddiswell which is surrounded by rolling countryside. Many beautiful walks lead from the doorstep, one of the most notable being the old Great Western Railway’s Primrose Line (closed in 1963) that follows the River Avon. It is also within a short drive of the many beaches of the South Hams and the wilds of Dartmoor. Recently refurbished, the barn is surprisingly spacious with high ceilings, exposed stonework and stylishly furnished throughout.
“We had a great time. The cottage is really lovely, good standard of furnishings, well equipped, comfy beds and spacious rooms. It’s very peaceful, just the sounds of the birds singing in the morning. Local pub does good food and were very friendly” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
8 Thurlestone Rock is a welcoming ground floor apartment set in a fantastic location, right next to the lovely Thurlestone Sands beach, in an exclusive development which has an outdoor swimming pool and spectacular sea views. Thurlestone village, only a mile away, has a village Post Office and shop, a great village inn, tennis courts, and a golf course. What’s more, the South West Coastal Path passes right outside the apartment and meanders along the coastline offering some truly breathtaking views.
“We would like to say a big thank you for letting out your lovely property. We had an amazing family holiday and we were very sad to leave! We would definitely stay at 8 Thurlstone Rock again and would highly recommend it to others” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐