- Property code: AVONB
- Changeover day: Friday
- 2 or more bathrooms
- Central heating
- Parking (see description for details)
- Discount for small parties
- Ground floor accommodation
- Garden or outside space
- Washing machine
Tucked deep in a wooded valley close to the River Avon in the tiny hamlet of Curtisknowle, hidden in the very heart of the South Hams. Converted from the original linhay and stables, Avon Barn provides an ideal base within easy reach of the many sandy South Coast beaches, the boating havens of Salcombe and Dartmouth, the fascinating market town of Totnes famed for its promotion of ethical products and of course the beauty of the Dartmoor National Park, all within a short driving distance. So you can be shopping in Plymouth in no time, picnicking on Dartmoor, swimming at Bantham beach or exploring the historic towns of Totnes and Dartmouth all within half an hour!
Step up from the patio to tiled entrance hall. Steps down to living room with lounge area, two sofas and smart TV with DVD, (NB log burner for decorative purposes ONLY, not for guest use) dining area with dining table to seat 6, kitchen dresser filled with books and games. Kitchen with electric double oven and ceramic hob, microwave, two fridges each with freezer compartment, dishwasher and washing machine. Off the entrance hall way is a downstairs Shower room with shower cubicle, basin and WC, leading to Bedroom 1: Twin bedroom with two 3ft single beds, wardrobe and bedside drawers. En suite bathroom with bath, pedestal basin and WC. First floor: Bedroom 2: Master bedroom with 5ft four poster bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, flat screen TV. Bedroom 3: Twin bedroom with two 3ft single beds, hanging rail and chest of drawers. Family bathroom with bath and shower cubicle, basin, and WC.
Paved courtyard garden surrounded by established shrubs, with garden furniture and charcoal barbecue, perfect for al fresco dining.
Parking for up to two cars on private driveway.
- Included: Bed linen and towels (not beach towels) Wifi, electricity and central heating.
- Beach: Lots of sandy beaches from 8 miles Shop: California Cross 2 miles Pub: California Cross 2 miles, Moreleigh 2 miles Towns: Totnes 7 miles, Kingsbridge 8 miles
- Smoking: No smoking is permitted.
- Telephone: No telephone, mobile reception good. Wifi available.
Yes, we did enjoy our stay. Lovely quiet location and friendly neighbours.
Yes very nice and very quiet!
The New Inn - Morleigh
With an interesting history dating back to the17th Century, The New Inn is a good place to stop for simple yet high quality food and a good selection of quality wines and real ales. Famous locally for its delicious steaks and homemade puddings, there are lots of cosy corners to sit with a pint or chat to the locals.
The New Inn Back Rd, Moreleigh, Totnes TQ9 7JH (T: 01548 821326)
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We had dinner at the New Inn on our first night staying at nearby Preston House Cottage. We prebooked a table as when we had been before it was very busy. We had a lovely table in the dining area past the bar which only has 4 tables and a lovely roaring fire. We were able to take our dog in this area too. The food was lovely and portions huge! There didn’t appear to be a highchair (we weren’t offered one for our toddler), but I had a portable booster seat in the car. The other issue was no baby changing facilities so we had to change him either on the floor in the toilets or on the toilet seat (very hard with a wriggling toddler). My husband went to change him at one point (as we share this responsibility) and the men’s toilets are outside so it was really cold. Couldn’t fault the atmosphere, food or staff though.
California Country Inn
An award winning traditional country pub popular for its good food, lively bar and pretty beer garden. Enjoy the bar menu for traditional pub favourites, the restaurant for a la carte, or Sunday Roasts with a choice of meats and excellent veggie option.
California Country Inn California Cross, Modbury PL21 0SG (T: 01548 821449)
Enjoy 10% off drinks from 5-7pm , and 10% off food in the restaurant (excluding Saturday evening and Sunday lunch) with your Toad Hall Cottages Discount Card
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Lovely pub and restaurant, staff are very friendly and atmosphere is chilled. Couldn't rate them more.
Wow! what a lovely reasonable priced place to have an evening meal. We stayed at Colmer Estate just down the road so well within walking distance. The food was great quality, smaller portions for adults with small appetite and childrens selection too. As a family of four we always found something to eat and staff very friendly and happy to accommodate and cleaniliness was very good. Overall I would give 5 stars and would recommend to book (day or two before we found ok) as gets busy due to popularity.
South Devon Chilli Farm & Café
A ten acre site dedicated to farming chillies of all shapes, sizes and heat! Lots to do here including tours of the farm, chilli tastings, kids play area and a bright and airy café with beautiful views. Chilli beer, savoury cream teas with chilli jam and chocolate chilli con carne are specialities using chillies grown on the farm, alongside more traditional offerings.
South Devon Chilli Farm & Café Wigford Cross, Loddiswell TQ7 4DX (T: 01548 550782)
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We popped to the Chilli Farm twice during our more recent stay in Devon (Feb 2019). It was the wrong time of year to see much going on at the farm or make use of the playground (too wet), but we enjoyed lovely coffee made by friendly staff and picked up a few chilli-related treats in the shop. We were able to take our dog in the cafe area too and there were some toys for our toddler to play with.
Excellent place , interesting talk given at 12 o’clock which is free. We had a lovely cream tea and feel this place is worthy of a visit.
We visited twice during our weeks stay and I have to say, the cream teas were delicious! Staff very friendly, chilli chocolate a must and such beautiful chilli plants everywhere, we got some amazing photos!
Fabulous place to see all kinds of chillies growing, and a chance to take home some hot goodies! We've visited at different times in the year, and there is always something different to see (and activities for younger children, such as crafts).
Well worth a visit and ideal for a chilli themed breakfast - staff are helpful and provide expert advice in respect of chilli growing. Lots of produce to buy too - home grown Padron Peppers were available to buy and were perfect!
An excellent small venue - with everything chilli and everything you wanted to know about chillis - with a good little café and very friendly staff. Lots of 'gifts' to buy or things with which to spoil oneself. Easy to find and with plenty of parking.
The Old Inn
This conveniently placed country pub, originally built in the 14th century and today offering good quality locally sourced food is a great place to stop off and enjoy lunch, dinner or a traditional Devon cream tea. Ample parking, friendly staff and a large garden add to the appeal.
The Old Inn Halwell TQ9 7JA (T: 01803 712329)
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Absolutely lovely pub, owners & food was excellent, and Sadie was adorable, would highly recommend and would certainly return, thank you Lisa, Matt & Holly from Manchester
Very friendly staff and a very good meal.
The Maltsters Arms, Harbertonford
Rough and ready. Didn’t fancy eating their.
great pub with tasty food and good service in pretty village.
Friendly and helpful pub with good beer and basic food Curry night was good value for money
For a unique beer tasting experience, take a tour with Salcombe Brewery Co. at their Kingsbridge Brewhouse with incredible views over the Devon hills towards the Salcombe estuary. Try the range of beers on offer and meet the brewers who make them with tours taking place every Thursday 15.00 - 17.00. Tickets £10pp, book online or buy in store. The Brewery Shop is open Monday – Friday 10.00 - 16.00 and Saturday 10.00 – 14.00.
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Wrangaton Golf Club
Founded in 1895, Wrangaton Golf Club is situated on the southern slopes of Dartmoor between Ivybridge and South Brent. Today the nine hole course continues to be a rugged and raw experiences, underlined by the natural beauty of the area - the rich Devonshire countryside and the coastline and the sea 10 miles away. It is a test of any golfer’s ability, and it is said that you never play the same hole twice. Warm and welcoming, visitors are invited to attend with green fees starting at £22.50 for 18-holes. Feel free to pop into the clubhouse afterwards to have a snack, drink or perhaps a traditional Sunday lunch to round off your day.
Woodlands Family Theme Park
If you’re looking for a wonderful family day out in Devon that is suitable for all ages a trip to Woodlands Family Theme Park should be top of your list. As one of Devon’s largest family attractions there is something to entertain the whole family from little ones to grandparents.
With the biggest indoor play centre in the South West full of slides, play areas, soft play, climbing adventures and ball pools, whatever the weather there is plenty to do! Don’t miss Woodlands’ Farm with 5 barns full of wild, exotic and cute animals. With 11 Play zones full of rides, attractions, and a falconry centre with daily displays there is something for everyone in this 100-acre Family Park.
There are seasonal opening times with a range of ticket options so check the website for the latest information.
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My daughter and granddaughter really enjoyed this park and was amazed how big it was and how many attractions it had.
Don't expect Alton Towers- but if you want a great place to spend the day and keep the kids entertained, then this is the best there is in South Devon. I'd say better for 7-13s than anything over....
No matter what the weather is you'll have a day of fun. Only downside is that if your 7 year old is a bit tall for their age they will be charged an adult ticket price
Brilliant day out for all ages.
I like Woodlands because it is entertaining whatever the weather
Simply Soulful Yoga
Simply Soulful Yoga run by Donna McCheyne offers holistic treatments, yoga classes, workshops and retreats in Salcombe & Kingsbridge. Seasonal yoga classes include Stand up Paddleboard Yoga and Beach Yoga, and treatments are available in her Kingsbridge based treatment room or your holiday cottage. Donna is a qualified Yoga Teacher (FRYOG), SUP instructor and Holistic Therapist.
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Triocean Surf Shop
When in South Devon get out onto the water – or at least, that seems to be the unwritten mantra. So what you will need is the right equipment and for that you need to go to Triocean Surf Shop. South Devon's largest surf and water-sports shop located just two miles from Bantham Beach, well known as one of the premier surf spots in Devon and where, as we have mentioned, you will find some excellent tutors to get you riding waves like a pro. This is the place to buy wetsuits, surfboards, surfboard shapers, kayaks, body boards and paddle boards. See you on the water!
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Great place to hire equipment, they even provide soft racks if you don't have one
Bought a wetsuit from here for the summer and the guys were so helpful. Price matched a website I'd seen the suit on and gave me loads of good advice about the local beaches. Bantham is great but mind the rip!
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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
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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.
Between Dartmouth and Slapton, Blackpool Sands is a beautiful shingle bay on the South West Coast Path, surrounded by evergreens and pine trees. It really is a treasure of a beach to visit while you’re in the area. Award-winning, the privately owned, blue flag beach boasts a sense of being in the Mediterranean on a good day in the summer, although a good jumper never goes amiss in this part of the world! You will no doubt not be surprised to hear that it is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, however it also boasts ample facilities and things to do. There are showers, toilets and disabled facilities, as well as paddle board, kayak and wetsuit hire available for those wishing to earn their visit to The Venus Beach Café, where light bites and refreshments are served. The Venus Shop also sells all the bits and pieces you might want for fun and games on the beach if you have forgotten them or are in need of extra buckets and spades. The water at Blackpool Sands is known for being clean and clear and tested by the Environment Agency, and lifeguards are on hand in the summer (July to September) so there’s every reason to pop in for a dip. However, dogs are not allowed on the beach in the high season (12th March to 30th October) so keep the walking for the cooler months. There is parking available at the beach with seasonal charges, and you can find out more information on those from the Blackpool Sands information line on 01803 771800. This beach is easy to get to and quite literally fun and games for the whole family, as well as a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year to take in the view!
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Parking charge between £3 - £8 depending on time of year, Also food good but e.g. Hawaiian Prawns (£9) consisted of 5 prawns. Not good value for money.
Lovely beach, not sandy but the stones are okay. Good food, beverages, coast guards, Nice view and not so cowded
Lovely clean beach in super location along coastal road. Great place to visit.
Beautiful clean beach with excellent facilities.Clean toilets lovely cafe and shop.Lifeguard on the beach.No dogs allowed.Plenty of parking.We enjoyed rock pooling at the far end of the beach.The owner does a great job.You can also visit Blackpool Sands garden but we did not have time.Also a juggler was there on the day we went great fun for everyone.
Beautiful location but shame it a shingle beach and not sandy. Also very disappointed with the £8 fee to park the car .
Perfect venue for a sunny day! Secluded beach which is clean and tidy, with a cafe, snack bar and shop, beach equipment hire too
The cost of the parking steep
Our family 's favourite beach
Stunning beach, and you can get takeaway cream tea from the cafe to have on the beach!!
Leas Foot Sands
A small sandy beach belonging to Thurlestone Golf Club, those who have been on regular Devon weekend breaks and holidays will have seen this beach change somewhat in recent years thanks to storm damage, but the evolving landscape merely adds to its charm. A 200-metre walk down a paved path from the golf club and its car park and you find yourself heading down a gentle slope onto the sand, with the option of enjoying the beach in its own right or walking along the coast in either direction towards Bantham or South Milton Sands. Dogs are allowed here at any time, which of course adds to the appeal for walkers, and if you fancy stopping somewhere for lunch then Thurlestone village nearby is home to a charming pub that’s cryptically named The Village Inn, which is suitable for the whole family and wonderfully cosy in the winter months. Alternatively head to the Beachhouse café at South Milton for lunches and evenings meals with a view of the sunset, or cups of tea and brownies from the Gastrobus at Bantham. It is one of the area’s quieter beaches, often acting as a place to wander past rather than one to spend the whole day on, but given its easy access and the proximity of the car park, and the golf club, it’s a delightful little spot in which to while away the afternoon.
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Great quiet beach with wonderful coastal walk alongside gold course round to Bantham. Parked free in field adjacent to golf club, although we understand they will be charging for parking soon. Only downside was that the public toilets were closed - we went October 2018.
This is possibly the best beach in the whole of England
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!