- Property code: AUTONC
- Changeover day: Friday
- Designated parking
- 2 or more bathrooms
- Discount for small parties
- Nearby pub or restaurant
- Short Breaks available
- Central heating
- Garden or outside space
- Washing machine
Auton Court is a magnificent stone farmhouse set in 3 acres of glorious private grounds. The property nestles in a peaceful valley, just a few minutes’ drive from Kingsbridge with the popular seaside destinations of Salcombe, Hope Cove and Thurlestone all within 5 miles. The house exudes an ambience of relaxation and welcome with comfortable entertaining spaces, a cosy woodburner, a sunny patio overlooking a fully enclosed garden and grounds, large bedrooms with plenty of bathrooms and ample parking. A lovely welcome pack of local goodies and thoughtful touches all combine to ensure that this beautifully presented and well-equipped property is a perfect venue for a large family or friends looking for something a bit special.
And if you need any more persuasion to book this lovely hideaway, catering services may be available at the property by negotiation with the very helpful owner.
Entrance to hall leading to large farmhouse kitchen with flagstones, oil fired AGA, gas hobs, electric double oven/grill, fridge, dishwasher, double Belfast sink, microwave and dining table to seat 10. French windows to patio and garden. Utility room off hall with large fridge, chest freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, drinks fridge and large dog crate. Comfortable lounge with sofa and armchairs surrounding a log burner, with TV, DVD player. Hall with double height ceiling and exposed beams with additional dining table to seat 6 and oak stairs to first floor. Bedroom 4 on ground floor with 4ft 6 double bed. TV, DVD player and adjoining cloakroom with sink and WC.
Galleried landing leading to all rooms. Master bedroom with 5ft king bed and 3ft single bed. TV, DVD player and en suite bathroom with roll top bath, handheld shower, basin and WC. Bedroom 2 with 6ft superking bed (2 x 3ft zip link beds) - can be made up as a twin room on request. TV, DVD player, door to rear parking space and en suite shower room with shower cubicle, basin and WC. Bedroom 3 with 6ft superking bed (2 x 3ft zip link beds) - can be made up as a twin room on request. TV and DVD player. Family shower room with shower cubicle, basin and WC.
Please specify at time of booking how you wish the bed configuration in bedrooms 2 and 3 to be set up.
Fully enclosed 3 acres of grounds (including garden and paddock) with great views. Large patio with dining table and chairs with parasol, rattan garden furniture, picnic benches, teak sun loungers, chiminea and large gas barbecue.
Please Note: A fenced off paddock at the front of the house contains a deep pond. Children should be warned and accompanied at all times when in the vicinity.
Ample parking on large private driveway.
Included: Bed linen and towels. Electricity and underfloor heating. Travel cot, 2 x high chairs and stair gate.
Telephone: Mobile reception good. Wi-Fi.
Pets: Yes. Two well behaved dogs welcome. (£25.00 per pet per week).
Local facilities: Numerous beaches within 10-15 minute drive. Kingsbridge with all facilities 1.5 miles. Salcombe 4.5 miles. Thurlestone 4 miles. Hope Cove 4 miles. Dartmouth 13 miles. Totnes 14 miles.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Auton Court. An unexpected bonus was that our grandchildren were able to feed the horses. The barn is set in a beautiful location and full of character.
Ring O' Bells
(Less than a mile)
A convenient place to stop and enjoy the views over the Salcombe Estuary from the large rear sun terrace. Inside there is a cosy lounge bar and family friendly restaurant serving an extensive menu of traditional pub favourites, along with daily specials and Sunday carvery.
Ring o Bells West Alvington, Kingsbridge TQ7 3PG (T: 01548 857227)
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Popped in here for a pint whilst staying nearby. Traditional pub with a nice sunny spot on the decking with a great view.
Lovely food and very nice friendly staff we were made to feel very welcome, even took part in the weekly quiz.
Very friendly staff, lovely food - we enjoyed the weekly pub quiz.
The Crabshell Inn
This is a great spot to enjoy a meal or drink of two if you’re in the area, with plenty of outdoor seating taking full advantage of the glorious views over the estuary. The acclaimed menu is made up of gourmet pizzas, burgers, seafood and lots more including kids options; and the bar has a great atmosphere in the evenings with live music most Fridays.
The Crabshell Inn The Quay, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (T: 01548 852345)
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Love this place. Great spot on the estuary, good selection of local ales and decent food too.
Loved the pizzas and watching paddle boarders go by.
Lovely food and great atmosphere
Lovely food and staff were very nice and helpful would go again.
We had a fantastic meal here during a paddle boarding weekend and we were definitely not disappointed. The scallops were cooked to perfection. The place has a great atmosphere as well as great food. We booked in advance which was probably a good idea as it was very busy.
Great place. We only stopped for coffee and take out from the Deli but worth a visit. Staff were very friendly and it's very dog friendly.
Fab food and friendly staff
The Creeks End
Centrally located this is a good choice for lunch, coffee or a cream tea while shopping in Kingsbridge or for a few drinks in the evening. Sit outside in the summer or enjoy the friendly bar inside, and choose from an extensive menu including children’s options.
The Creeks End Inn Squares Quay, Kingsbridge TQ7 1HZ (T: 01548 853434)
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Friendly pub, good selection of pub grub and reasonably priced. Ended up having a few family meals here whilst spending a week in Kingsbridge
popped in for a carvery, really good value and nice food. Very welcoming
Love this place, friendly and good beer/food Sorry we missed Easter music nights
A perfect location close to our property.Friendly staff providing a 1st class service-both food and drink very good
Had Sunday lunch here. Staff very friendly & helpful & food was excellent.
Good food and drinks in a friendly atmosphere
The Seven Stars
A popular all-rounder in the heart of Kingsbridge serving coffee and cakes, bar snacks, light lunches and evening meals in contemporary surroundings. The menu is modern British with an emphasis on high quality, fresh local ingredients. Plenty of parking and outdoor seating.
The Seven Stars Mill Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1ED (T: 01548 852331)
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Best pub food in Kingsbridge and very friendly.... good outside sitting area
Nice pub. Food was ok. Friendly staff and reasonable prices
we are very disapponted in The Seven Stars. The service was appalling, very long waiting time. We understand that during holiday season one has to wait long but this was due to the attitude of the waitress. We visited this attraction two times and after the second time we decided never to go there again. I ordered a grilled plaice and the fish was just not cooked. I told the waitress that I wanted the fish very well done and she snapped at me that the fish was well done. I couldn't eat it and sent it back. I still had to pay seventeen pounds for an uncooked fish and the the plate was taken away I mentioned this to the waiter. He just hummed and walked away without even apologizing. They were just not interested. Although the first time we ate there was not terible and the starter was good food I would certainly not recommend this attraction. The toilet was filthy as well.
Either at their pop ups across the South Hams or from their stylish HQ in Kingsbridge, Wild Artichoke never fails to deliver delicious, unusual food in an informal family style setting. Plates of food are shared between groups on large tables, the wine and conversation flows and nobody goes home hungry. Check their website for dates and how to book, also available to cater special events at your holiday cottage.
Wild Artichoke Unit 1, Centurion Works, Lower Union Road, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1EF
If the weather’s right, Stand Up Paddleboarding is a wonderful way to really embrace the beautiful environment in the South Hams. Based in Kingsbridge Waterborn SUP offers lessons, board hire and a genuinely enthusiastic introduction to the variation on surfing whether you’re a pro or a beginner. They supply high quality equipment and tuition, whilst benefiting from a pretty spectacular learning environment. They have all the equipment ready to hire, so just turn up with a big smile on your face ready to go!
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Thank you Crispin for a fab family lesson introducing us and our 3 girls to paddle boarding
Very enjoyable - will definitely do it again. Crispin was very helpful.
South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Walks and Trails
We have said it before and we will say it again, the reason South Devon attracts so many visitors and captures their hearts is because it really is a phenomenally beautiful part of the world, and as such is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in many areas. So walking is a great pleasure when you’re on holiday here, especially as there are over 40 routes in the AONB itself, ranging in length from two to 12 miles. They are a wonderful opportunity to explore the wildlife, archaeology and history of South Devon, as well as the views and scenery along the way.
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Walked the South West Coastal path from Plymouth to Hope Cove - fantastic!
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Have been on several tours with Singing Paddles and have always enjoyed them. Really good fun and feels like you had a good workout by the end!
Harbour House Art Gallery
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A decent enough café, with reasonable coffee and a pleasant ambience, alongside a local art gallery with (when we visited) an eclectic mix of art and artifacts. And if you're into yoga, my guess is that any type of yoga you can imagine is available here. If the weather's nice, the rear courtyard garden is quite pleasant, too.
The Art Café
On Fore Street in Kingsbridge, The Art Café is one of those joyous places where children and adults can enjoy visiting thanks to good coffee, good cake, toasted sandwiches and tea cakes alongside a welcoming, peaceful environment. Here you can paint ceramics to your heart’s content. Open from 10am-5pm daily, they offer pottery parties and takeaway ceramic painting if you want to take the experience home to your South Devon holiday cottage. Prices vary according to what you paint and staff are wonderfully helpful. It’s the perfect place to visit on a rainy day with the kids (they happen occasionally), or for a little peace and quiet after a long day outdoors.
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Great place for kids and adults on a rainy day
Really good place to visit (especially if weather isnt great) that'll keep kids happy for a few hours. Be warned that whatever you make will need firing in the kiln, so will be a day or two until picking it back up usually!
Accessed either by boat, via a 10-minute walk through the woods from parking at Mill Bay, or a stroll from the Salcombe to East Portlemouth Ferry, Sunny Cove is a sandy beach which, as you might expect, catches the sun throughout the day, weather pending. It’s on the East Portlemouth side of the Salcombe Estuary opposite North Sands beach and Fort Charles, the ruined fortification that was originally constructed during the reign of Henry VIII to defend the Kingsbridge Estuary against French and Spanish Pirates. It’s a relatively gentle spot for swimming and ideal for picnics, lazy summer afternoons, and reaching on kayaks and paddle boards from other nearby beaches as well as being the perfect spot for building sandcastles. That said, the tide can come in quite quickly so make sure you don’t get caught out and be careful of the swell when bringing boats into the beach. Head there for the day in the summer or as a stop off en route to the café at Gara Rock or a longer walk along the coast path towards Prawle Point. Dogs are welcome all year round but keep in mind that there aren’t any facilities in the immediate vicinity (it would be a 10-15-minute walk along wooded footpaths) so take your sandwiches with you!
North Sands, Salcombe
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Superb safe and stunningly picturesque
Gorgeous, just stunning! Brilliant beach, fabulous cafe (Winking Prawn) and good priced car park! Love, love, love it!!
South Milton Sands
A long stretch of sand broken only by the South Milton Ley freshwater reed bed, South Milton Sands is a dramatic beach that’s exposed to the elements, making it something of a chameleon throughout the year. Rugged in its beauty, there’s nothing quite like watching the sun set at this beach behind an iconic rock archway in the water; it really is spectacular, particularly if you do so over dinner in the summer months from The Beach Café, a small but perfectly formed restaurant and café that’s perched just above the sand. If you want a table inside then you really do have to book this one, but if the weather is fine then eating outside is a joy. The beach is sandy and popular on windy days with kite surfers and windsurfers, but in calmer weather is perfect for a summer swim. Dogs are welcome at South Milton throughout the year, there’s a National Trust car park by the beach which costs from £5 for the day, £3 after 4pm or is free for National Trust members. There are also toilets nearby. It’s also worth knowing that in the summer months lifeguards are in situ from 6th July until 8th September, keeping everyone safe in the sun, sea and sand. When the weather is less conducive to sitting and admiring the view, South Milton is perfectly placed for a stroll along the coast path either towards Hope Cove and around towards Salcombe if you fancy making a day of it, or in the opposite direction you can walk towards Bantham and Bigbury on Sea. It’s a wonderful place to explore and watch Devon’s wildlife in all its glory.
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Fantastic sandy beach for everything, rock pools, building sandcastles body boarding.
Fabulous dog friendly beach with amazing views
A glorious beach! Dog friendly, sandy, rock pools at the far end. Parking handy, spectacular views - the stone arch beats Durdle Door in my mind..... Delightful. Loved it.
Amazin beach - especially when the tide goes out and all the rock pools come out to play!!! Shame about the coarse 'sand', but that can't be helped; just get some shingle shoes. If you want sand go to North Sands or Bantham!
Leas Foot Sands
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A very nice beach with quite a lot of sand at times. So easy to access, even managed to get both (octogenarian) parents to it and my mother in the sea for a paddle!
This is possibly the best beach in the whole of England