- Property code: SKHILL
- Changeover day: Friday
- Nearby shop
- Designated parking
- Nearby pub or restaurant
- Real fire
- Central heating
- Garden or outside space
- Washing machine
Skippers Hill Cottage, a charming, spacious detached cottage, is tucked on the side of a very peaceful valley in the tiny hamlet of Waterhead, enjoys fine country views and is a ten minute walk from the beautiful Avon estuary that meanders on to the wide expanses of the golden sands at Bantham and Bigbury on Sea, possibly the finest beaches in the South Hams. Close to the village of Aveton Gifford, with a good pub and village shop, this recently refurbished cottage with its beamed ceilings and comfortable ambience is ideal for cosy evenings around the wood burner or summer days walking the many footpaths, enjoying the wildlife of the Avon estuary or lazing on the beautiful beaches nearby. Whatever the time of year, this is an ideal holiday cottage.
Stable door into spacious living room, comfortably furnished with a rug on the polished wood floor, sofa, three chairs, TV, DVD and a wood burner housed in a low inglenook fireplace. Dining room with table to seat 6, feature fireplace (not operative), tiled floor with rug and adjacent small cloakroom with WC and hand basin. The smart and spacious kitchen is very well equipped with new fitted units, induction hob, integral eye level oven and combination microwave/grill/second oven, radio, dishwasher and farmhouse table to seat 6. An electric Aga is housed in a feature alcove (only available for use from the beginning of October to the end of March - please state at time of booking if required). Two steps up to utility area with large fridge/freezer, washing machine, storage cupboards and sink. Access from here to covered parking area and further access to path at the rear of the cottage. Upstairs: Spacious double bedroom with 5ft king size wrought iron bedstead, fitted wardrobes and country views. Handsome tiled bathroom with bath, basin, WC and large separate shower. Single bedroom with 3ft single bed. Large twin bedroomwith 3ft single beds, further put-you-up bed and fitted cupboards (there is ample room for the extra bed or it can be used in the small bedroom).
The cottage sits alongside a very quiet, little used, country lane. Across the lane is the lower garden which is gated and enclosed with a lawn, shrubs, vegetable garden and provided with garden furniture. At the rear of the cottage a path leads to railed steps (steep) and rise to an enclosed landscaped garden that enjoys attractive views and is fitted with a fine deck area provided with garden furniture.
There is a covered parking space beside the cottage (not suitable for large SUV's) and additional open parking alongside for one car.
- Included: Bed linen (no towels), WiFi, travel cot, high chair, initial supply of logs, electricity and central heating (oil).
- Pets: Maximum of two dogs only.
- Telephone: For incoming calls and outgoing local calls only.
- Local Facilities: Beaches at Bigbury on Sea, 3.5 miles and Bantham, 4.5 miles. Pub and shop in Aveton Gifford, half a mile. Restaurant (The Oyster Shack), 1 mile. Kingsbridge with all facilities, 6 miles. Salcombe 9.5 miles.
We loved the cottage and enjoyed reading about the history of the building and how it began life as three separate cottages 365 years previously. We wished the building could talk to us, what stories it could tell. The cottage was well equipped with alll the pots, pans and extras you could want and with basic condiments available plus a surprise bottle of wine and a pint of milk as a welcome gift. I think it would help people to decide if the cottage was suitable for them if it stated in the description that the back, attached garden was accessed by steep and uneven steps. My dad (79) found it very difficult to access. There is another garden across the small lane though. The 'roads' leading to the property can be viewed on the 'street view', but not everyone will be able to navigate this function and I don't think the view gives the full steepness and narrowness of the lanes around the property. The lanes to the cottage are single track and very steep and my parents stated they would not have been confident negotiating the drive to the property. My husband was driving and took it all in his stride, but it wouldn't be suitable for everyone. There are some lovely walks round and about, but I feel you take your life in your hands walking the lanes and if a vehicle comes you have to jump into the undergrowth to enable it to pass. Some of the locals drive faster then others and we were very wary of walking far from the cottage unless it was into the field at the back of the cottage, accessed by a stile. Overall, we loved the cottage and felt privileged to stay there, but I feel a cautionary note to older, or less able visitors would be helpful.
We had a wonderful holiday, access to local area very good
A lovely homely cottage close to beautiful beaches and walks. Comfortable furniture, modern bathroom and kitchen with a lovely aga. Great for families and dog friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
The description of the carport/parking should have reflected how small the spaces are i.e we would not have been able to park or manoeuvre our 4x4, and did struggle with the car we did take which is only an X1
The car port will accommodate a BMW X3 (it is regularly used for this size vehicle), but a larger vehicle such as Range Rover or Discovery would need to park in the additional open parking beside.
- The Toad Hall Team
Gorgeous cottage, in a lovely location. Hoping to visit again next year