- Property code: APPLE
- Changeover day: Saturday
- 2 or more bathrooms
- Access statement available
- Near beach
- Central heating
- Parking (see description for details)
- Garden or outside space
- Nearby pub or restaurant
- Real fire
- Tumble dryer
- Washing machine
Kingston is a charming South Hams village, very much off-the-beaten-track, with a good pub, a church, lots of pretty thatched cottages and is just over a mile from the River Erme’s beautiful wooded estuary and, at low tide, miles of good sandy beach at Wonwell and across the estuary at Meadowsfoot Beach and Mothecombe. Apple Barn is tucked in the centre of the village, a large, detached and very comfortable family home, with an acre of spacious gardens. This is an ideal family base with a ground floor bedroom and bathroom, which may be suitable for those with walking disabilities. Doorstep walks to the beach, a pub around the corner, a large garden to play in and superb walking on the nearby coastal path - something for everyone.
Ground floor: Spacious, attractive and most comfortable sitting room with wood block floor, generous sofas, chairs, TV with DVD/video player, CD player, table for games or extra dining, a fireplace inset with a wood burner and flanked by bookshelves. French door to a paved patio area and the garden. Well equipped kitchen with Aga with double oven and twin hobs, electric oven with ceramic hob, pine dresser, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, stripped pine floor and large dining table to seat 9. Utility room with sink, washing machine, tumble dryer, extra freezer and door to courtyard. Downstairs bedroom with twin 3ft beds, pine furniture and stripped floor with rugs. Adjacent bathroom with bath, electric shower over, basin and WC. Stairs to landing and 4 bedrooms. Large master bedroom with 5ft wrought iron bedstead and large windows with garden views. Adjoining cot room with mirrored wardrobes and en-suite shower room with large shower enclosure, basin and WC. Bunk bedroom with full size 3ft bunks. Single bedroom with 3ft iron bedstead. Double bedroom with 5ft king size bed, fitted cupboards and hand basin. Family bathroom with bath, electric shower over, basin and WC. Please note: this property offers a low/mid season discount to smaller parties of up to 6 guests.
Large enclosed gardens extend around two sides of the house with mature shrubs, trees and sloping lawns. A paved patio area is provided with garden furniture, a greenhouse and a rockery.
Private driveway leads to a parking bay for 3 cars opposite the gate to the gardens.
- Included: Bed linen (not towels), WiFi, cot, high chair, basket of logs, central heating (oil) and electricity.
Towels may be hired from an independent local company, please enquire for details.
- Pets: One small-medium size dog welcome - to be kept downstairs Pet Charge: £30.00 per pet per week.
- Telephone: For incoming and outgoing local calls. Mobile reception mixed.
- Local Facilities: Beach 1 mile. Pub 5 minutes walk. Shop and pub at St Ann’s Chapel 1.5 miles. Modbury 3.5 miles.
Lovely large house, we were 2 familys and had plenty of room
A lovely home from home very comfortable with a beautiful large garden. There were one or two chips on glasses and crockery. I broke 2 champagne flutes and replaced them with 4
A lovely house and garden which we all enjoyed
We met the housekeeper who came to clean the cottage on the last day, she couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. Things we really liked about the cottage: quiet and peaceful, plentiful hot water and three showers!! (great for coming in off the beach), proper curtains that actually made the bedrooms dark, really comfortable bed, also great to have a large freezer (we managed to get a Tesco delivery the day we got there that lasted us the whole week, as we were able to freeze bread and milk etc). Also have to give a special mention to the cake that awaited us when we arrived, which somewhat compensated us for two days of rain after the longest hottest summer I can remember!
Really enjoyed the stay and garden. One improvement would be to clear our unnecessary odds and ends from the one store cupboard to allow our groceries to be stacked not balanced on top of each other. Little work surfaces because of the nik-naks which gave a cottage/ old fashioned feel that many would like but made food prep more difficult. Pub was really good and the food smelt great.
We very much enjoyed our stay and plan on being back to Apple Barn next year.
Apple Barn accommodation was just what we wanted, and the general level of equipment excellent. Local services of caretaker prompt when needed. Really good walking area... weather mixed but did not hinder us. A thoroughly enjoyable Christmas holiday
We stayed in Apple Barn as an extended family party of 4 adults and 3 children, and thoroughly enjoyed our week in South Hams. The house is absolutely lovely- so much better than the average holiday let- it feels like a home, tastefully decorated and superbly equipped. The house is spacious and the well-kept garden is huge. Access to the amazing beaches and lush countryside is easy, and the village is pretty, quiet and welcoming. We would love to return and would recommend Apple Barn highly, and without reservation.
The Dolphin Inn
(Less than a mile)
A classic village pub in the heart of the village, popular with the locals and walkers on the South West Coast Path. Here you will find a short menu of well cooked, quality pub favourites and local ales and ciders, all served by friendly staff.
The Dolphin Inn Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (T: 01548 810314)
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We loved this pub, a few mins walk from Apple Barn, friendly staff, nice food and lots of character
Friendly staff and good food. Ample portions
Lovely ploughman's lunch in the beer garden. So much cheese we were able to take it home and make sandwiches for 2 people for our journey home the next day!
We visited this lovely pub/restaurant last week whilst staying at Wildgoose Barn and Creamery. It had a lovely hospitable atmosphere and the food was excellent and very generous portions! Service was excellent and we would highly recommend it.
Lovely food and very friendly staff.
The Journeys End Inn
A good combination of friendly village local and destination food pub with plenty of space including a large beer garden for summer and cosy open fires in winter. The chef draws on his travels to create high quality British and Thai cuisine along with tempting deserts and healthy kid’s options.
The Journeys End Inn Ringmore, Kingsbridge TQ7 4HL (T: 01548 810205)
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A lovely pub and they made us and our dogs very welcome. The food is excellent.
Walk from car park is very steep for those with mobility issues. Even worse returning in the dark , no street lights. Not being locals we were unaware that the road went around in a loop! Food good.
We always enjoy a visit to the Journey's End. Excellent, well kept real ale, and, if we liked cider, would probably add a similar comment about that. Good food, using excellent local seasonal ingredients. The menu caters for a wide range of tastes and ages. Dogs welcome. Problem is booking a table, especially for a large family.
This delightful quintessentially 'olde world' country pub would make a good destination for lunch after a morning down at Ayrmer Cove. There's a link between the pub and the play of the same name written in 1928 by the writer RC Sherriff. Have a stroll around the impossibly pretty village of Ringmore and don't leave without visiting the 13th century church of All Hallows, where there's a magnificent and rare medieval wall painting.
Fabulous country pub excellent food, service and ale a wonderful experience chef here is exceptional
It looks so beautiful from the pictures, well it could be, under electric box cupboard and the dining room windowsill the cobwebs where that big we had clean them away. The bedroom with 3/4 bed was only big enough to house the bed no room either side. The armchair in the living room wasn't good to sit in it had collapsed & every time you sat in it you fell through it. Towels didn't smell fresh had to wash them before we could use them.
Our favourite pub, ever, in the world (and we've been around a bit!) We return again and again and again! The noodle dishes are amazing; I always promise myself I'll try something different but still keep gorging on noodles! Very excited to actually be staying in Ringmore this time round (usually we are in Bigbury on Sea) so plan lots of meals here! The beer battered cod was great too and nearly defeated a ravenous young chap - no mean feat! The building itself is brilliant with lots of little rooms and a great atmosphere. When we were there last they were setting up a pizza oven in the garden...can't wait to go back and try it! Yum yum!
A worthy sister restaurant to the Beach House and White House in the South Hams, the School House opened in 2017 to rave reviews from some seriously hard to please food critics. In a fabulous location just a few minutes’ walk from Mothercombe Beach, the restaurant has lovely views and plenty of outdoor seating to soak up the sunshine. The perfect place to enjoy a cold beer or a cocktail whilst you browse the menu full of delicious things to share along with fish, meat and seafood all cooked to perfection.
The School House Mothecombe, Devon, PL8 1lB (T. 01752 830552)
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Lovely location and a great place for a drink after walking up the beach. Sadly no gf available & other food a little pricey but I can imagine early evening the place would come alive with the range of cocktails on offer and in that setting.
The Pickwick Inn
A 16th century inn with a large alfresco terrace and seasonal, predominantly Italian menus using locally sourced ingredients. Inside there is lots of seating and a warm and friendly atmosphere.
The Pickwick Inn, St Anns Chapel, Bigbury TQ7 4HQ (T: 01548 810310)
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You really need to book as it is always busy. Food was good and the staff were brilliant, nothing was too much trouble. We also ordered take away pizzas one night, we had a long wait for them, but they were delicious, well worth the wait. I would definitely recommend the Pickwick Inn.
We found the Pickwick Inn disappointing. We had booked the cottage on the understanding that it was within walking distance of a pub where we could all eat, and, as one of the family has Coeliac disease, we checked in advance that there would be gluten free options on offer - we did this by looking at their website & Tripadvisor reviews, which all suggested there would be a good choice for us all. However, on the first & only time we visited, we were told they could only do a GF pizza, which was half the size of the non GF ones - they weren't prepared to offer any other dish on the menu, despite the fact that many (eg steak & gammon) are naturally GF or could be easily adapted. Anyone who has a specific dietary need knows how important it is to feel welcome & looked after when eating out, & we got the strong impression that the Pickwick Inn just couldn't be bothered. For that reason we would not stay again at this location, which is a shame, as the cottage was lovely.
Went there for lunch on a quite a busy Sunday . There was confusion over the tables available as we were told that we may have to move even though there was no reserved sign on the table we were sitting at . We didn’t think this was very welcoming. and the food served was only average
Great service and great food! Try the pizza it is superb
We had a lovely Sunday roast here & it’s a nice pub ... not the cleanest (window frames etc) & this let it down. Food was great
We would have eaten here on arrival night but after waiting for an hour were told that they could not serve us, they appeared to be fairly disorganised.
Had a fabulous dinner here during our stay in Bigbury-on -Sea. All six of us really enjoyed our food, even my picky daughter. Worth visiting just for the chips. Really friendly staff and great service.
Nice place, friendly. Pizzas are very good.
We had a lovely meal here after recommendation from another pub who couldn't accommodate us for dinner. Great food and friendly staff who made us feel very welcome
We were not at all impressed with the meal which we had here. We did not consider returning.
Used this pub for a meal whilst on holiday. The food was absolutely beautiful. The pizza I had was as good as the ones I was served italy! Nice ambience, very relaxed, and the best thing was that they were dog friendly. They have a lovely big area for those with pets. So refreshing, as most holiday accommodations won't allow to leave your dog home, even for short periods and that can be restrictive if it's too warm to leave your dog in the car. Just wish this pub was my local!
Have visited every year since it re opened as an Italian, for the pizza which is our boy's favourite!! Sadly found that the food on the last visit was dissappointing....pizzas very greasy/oily.The service was rather lacklustre and laid back even though we were the only customers. When we mentioned this we were met with some indifference; we won't be returning this year. This was at lunchtime so maybe evening service is better?
Great value and good pizzas. We were surprised to find an Italian themed pub in the middle of nowhere but it works!
Venus Café - Bigbury
Welcoming and friendly, this branch of the Venus Café has lots of delicious options for children and adults alike. Homemade Devon burgers, breakfast baps, cakes, coffee’s and ice creams are available either to eat on the terrace or take away.
The Venus Café Warren Road, Bigbury-on-Sea TQ7 4AZ (T: 01548 810141)
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Great coffee with good view.
Good little café next to the beach.
A welcome cafe to serve the beach. We enjoyed the coffee and the cheesey chips.
The best coffee we had all holiday!
Reliably great food though very busy at peak times so go early! Also love the Venus at the Dartington Centre.
Great burgers! Right by the beach. Busy in the summer but I guess that's a good sign!!
Discovery Surf School
Based at Bigbury-on-Sea and Challaborough Bay, Discovery Surf is a fun, friendly and professional environment where the team always have a smile and a word of encouragement to go with their expert tuition. Providing the opportunity to quite literally interact with South Devon’s primary asset - the environment - they offer lessons, courses and equipment hire, as well as Stand Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking.
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Enjoy £10 off any booking of 4 people or more with your Toad Hall Cottages Discount Card
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Excellent lesson in tough conditions on a windy down a Bigbury, really clear instruction, great place to srat and get in to surfing
Had a great lesson with Discovery Surf. Two hours on the Sedgewell side of Bigbury Beach. All equipment provided, the guys really knew their stuff and we were on our feet in no time. Such a buzz, definitely recommend trying it out if you've not surfed before or want to build up your confidence in the sea.
Bigbury Golf Club
A friendly cliff top golf course close to Kingsbridge, Bigbury Golf Club is a links course with spectacular views of the South Devon coast. It is an 18-hole course where you can play as an individual or as part of a group. It’s 6,035 yards for men, 5,544 for ladies and par is 70 and 73 respectively. There’s a clubhouse with a restaurant and bar, but remember that dress should be smart/casual at all times, and in the clubhouse they ask that you don’t wear golf shoes, hats, untailored shorts, general beach wear, collarless tee shirts and non-golf sportswear like tracksuits and rugby shirts. The club offers rates for groups of 6-14 and society golf days for numbers over 14. Green fees are seasonal and depend on the time of day that you’re visiting so keep an eye on the website for full details.
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Enjoy 25% off 18 holes with your Toad Hall Cottages Discount Card
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Good course to play. Very hilly on the front 9. Don't forget the VIP card for the discount. You can book tee times on their website. Take plenty of balls if it's windy. ????
Friendly and a lovely course, with great views. Tricky in any wind!
Bantham Surfing Academy
Operating from the car park at postcard perfect surfer’s paradise Bantham Beach, Bantham Surfing Academy is run by experienced SurfingGB qualified instructors who offer tuition and coaching for all levels, including beginners, as well as supervised surfing sessions and a Kids Club. In addition to surfing lessons, the team offer Stand Up Paddle Boarding lessons, hire and tours around Burgh Island and the River Avon, and lifeguard and surf instructor tuition and qualifications.
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Enjoy 10% off group surf lesson or SUP lesson for 4 people or more. Booking code ‘TOADHALLSURFER’
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Really friendly, relaxed helpful people with good equipment.
My granddaughter had expert tuition and was so thrilled to be able to stand on her board. She was well looked after (5yrs)
The Voyage Spa
Indulge in a spot of pampering at The Voyage Spa in Thurlestone's iconic hotel. Having recently gone under a complete refurbishment, this beautiful spa combines luxurious modern facilities with a boutique touches to celebrate the regions nautical past. There are three beauty rooms offering a range of treatments as well as a pool, sauna, hydrotherapy pool, fitness studio, steam room and a laconium.
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Thurlestone Golf Club
On the coast with spectacular views of the sea, Thurlestone Golf Club can be seen from the beach and is fortunate enough to be on a beautiful section of the South West Coast Path. The 18-hole course is a mix of links and cliff top terrain and aims to cater to all ages and abilities with a variety of tees. All visitors are welcome and will be pleased to know that there are two bars on site as well as a separate dining room. Green fees vary according to the season but start at £36 per person in the low season. As with most golf courses, there is a dress code so golf shoes must be worn and denim isn’t allowed, but a full list or restrictions are listed on their main website.
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Beautiful golf course. Very welcoming staff
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Nice beach and great walks that lead to it, very few people around in August! Limited parking so you are better off walking there.
Glorious beach at the mouth of the Erme. Narrow lanes and very limited parking. No toilets, cafes etc - wonderful! Turning circle for cars just before the beach but expect to have to reverse back up the access lane to allow cars that are leaving to go back. A nightmare on Bank Holidays - parking almost impossible and expect to have to negotiate very tight spaces.
Lovely beach but bit of a trek for little ones
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A beautiful little cove and fun for dogs and children.
You can walk to this secluded cove from the cottage. Probably about 20 mins away, depending on your pace. Plenty of blackberries to eat/collect on route when in season! No facilities at the cove but beautifully unspoilt.
Really beautiful secluded beach - great for the dog too!
A lovely beach at the end of a beautiful valley. Absolutely perfect for dogs and never busy.
Parked in the NT car park at Ringmore and took the 15 min walk down to the beach. Saw a beautiful sunset and had the place to ourselves. Bliss
What a fantastic place. So quiet - we had the whole beach to ourselves a lot of the time. Our dogs loved it.
A lovely quiet cove, with excellent rock pools at low tide. No sand but the kids enjoy it as an alternative to the massive sandy beaches at Bigbury and Bantham.
stunning little beach, very quiet and great for snorkelling
Beautiful cove. Very quiet with lots of bird life.
Well worth the walk with beautiful views of Burgh island from the coast path. We were the only ones there on a very sunny day in April. Perfect.
Simply stunning and well worth the steep (ish) walk down from the National Trust car park at Ringmore. When there - it's hard to imagine the horrors of today's modern world.
Gorgeous beach for an evening swim and barbecue. So peaceful and beautiful
One of South Devon’s quieter beaches, Mothecombe is a large and unspoiled, privately owned stretch of sand that’s open every day, all year round. Having won an award from the Marine Conservation Society for its clean sea and sand, you can be assured that relaxing here and pottering about in the water is going to be a happy, healthy and pleasant experience for all in this sheltered corner of Devon. For those wanting to try out water sports, Mothecombe offers the ideal conditions for windsurfing, kayaking, body boarding and generally enjoying the water, particularly for beginners as it’s a comparatively gentle environment in which to give it a go. Given its pristine nature, it will probably come as no surprise that dogs are not allowed on the beach in high season, so keep an eye out for signs for more information, but best to steer clear with furry friends from May to September. There is a car park from which you can access the beach down a narrow path, so it’s not ideal for wheelchair users, but is otherwise conveniently close by. There’s also a tea house in the car park for drinks and snacks and there are toilets nearby as well, so pending the tides you can spend a good day here enjoying the natural scenery and all the fun that it brings with it, whether that’s for the whole family, on a romantic afternoon in the summer sun, or simply enjoying the peace and quiet of this less populated park of the coastline.
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Lovely beach but cafe was being renovated and we were gasping for a cuppa
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Lovely, & just a short walk from Bigbury on Sea car park. It also has a fantastic chip shop that does gluten free fish & chips!
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A lovely beach. £6.50 to park for the day - it's a private estate - but a shame that the owners aren't prepared to put some of the money towards improvements to the toilets - one small sink in each of the men's & women's toilets with a malfunctioning tap is not enough for a beach full of people, children & dogs!
Lovely beach for gentle surfing with ice creams, coffee, snacks and pizzas close to the car park.
Glorious especially at low tide.
Best beach in the South Hams.
Can get busy with surfers, but a beautiful place with a wide sandy beach. Lots of room for everyone.
Beautiful beach. Nightmare of a road (especially in high season) to get to it. Worth it though when you get there.
A short walk (less than a mile) from Thurlestone, this is a stunning beach. Lots of shallow water with sand underfoot, truly amazing.
Fantastic sandy beach and so big. My dog loved running around and jumping into the water. Plenty of space for all.