- Property code: STANC
- Changeover day: Friday
- Central heating
- Parking (see description for details)
- Ground floor accommodation
- Garden or outside space
- Swimming pool
- Short breaks available
- Tumble dryer
- Washing machine
Stancombe Cottage is nestled in the glorious countryside of the South Hams a ten minute drive from Kingsbridge. This stunning property is completely detached and private with four bedrooms, a beautiful glass roofed lounge looking over the fields, a kitchen diner with snug and log burner and a sunny terrace to unwind and enjoy an al fresco meal, morning coffee or just a moments peace. If that isn’t enough for you then Stancombe Manor 100 metres away provides use of an indoor heated swimming pool with sauna, tennis courts, outdoor play area and games room. This fabulous property has all the ingredients for a fun filled family holiday, a perfect retreat for friends to reunite or couples to have a romantic break.
Stancombe Cottage is nestled in the countryside above the pretty village of Sherford, if you can tear yourself away from this idyllic retreat and all its amenities you will find the bustling market town of Kingsbridge a short drive away, with shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs and a cinema. The villages of Chillington and Stokenham are also close by, both offering good pubs. Chillington has a village shop and there is a well stocked farm shop with café just past Stokenham. The huge expanse of beach at Torcross is four miles away, from here meander along the scenic coast road to the historic town of Dartmouth a thirty minute drive away which has many amenities to entertain all ages. The South West Coast Path is within easy reach and many countryside walks can be accessed directly from the property.
Front door leads into hallway, doors into Downstairs WC and Utility room, washing machine and drier, sink. Door from hallway into living space log burner (dual sided through to dining), LCD TV, DVD/bluray player, 4 seater sofa, kitchen/diner dining table and seating for 8, breakfast bar with 3 stools, large oven, ceramic hob, undercounter fridge and undercounter freezer, , dishwasher, ipod dock. Door through to sun room with 6 seater sofa, freesat TV, doors onto terrace, door through to master suite, 5ft bed, en suite wet room, doors to patio. From main hall stairs to first floor, family bathroom, large bath, shower cubicle, WC and hand basin, double bedroom, 5 ft bed, en suite shower room, bedroom 3, zip link twin/double, (PLEASE ADVISE IF YOU REQUIRE AS A TWIN OR DOUBLE AT TIME OF BOOKING). Bedroom 4 Single bed and childrens bunk beds.
Terrace with wooden table and seating for 8, further 2 chairs and small table, sloping garden and washing line, views over surrounding countryside. Use of pool, tennis courts, adventure play equipment and games room. Sauna £1 for 25 minutes.
Ample for 3-4 cars, narrow entrance from Stancombe Manor onto drive.
- Included: Bed linen and towels (Guests to bring own pool/beach towels), electricity, heating. Travel cot, high chair and stairgate available on request.
- No telephone, mobile reception varies depending on network.
- Please be aware supermarket delivery vehicles can only deliver to the courtyard not to the property itself
- Local facilities: Pub and village shop with bakery (Frogmore) 1 mile. Beach: Slapton Sands 4.5miles. Garage with good selection of food and other items and leisure shop in East Charleton 3 miles. Nearest towns: Kingsbridge 4.5miles or Dartmouth 12.5 miles
We loved our stay at the cottage. Excellent facilities. Lots of space. We loved spending time at the games and snooker room. The location is beautiful and we enjoyed some amazing local walks. Would highly recommend and consider staying again if returning to the area. Thank you
Very much, thank you.
We had a wonderful time and apart from the above problems thoroughly enjoyed our time in the house and the facilities on the site.Hope Cove had everything needed for a seaside holiday from 9+ Years to grandparents in their 70's.! Loved the indoor pool and snooker table. The site was very well maintained by the caretaker. Hope to return.
Great location, gorgeous cottage which is well equipped for a family. Stunning views and great that there’s facilities ie- pool, park on site.
Our 3rd holiday in a row to this area but the first time to this beautiful house-we will be back again! We have had a lovely peaceful holiday. Our Easter Egg hunt in the garden was lovely luckily the weather was fine. We had a day trip to Dartmoor stopping at Two Bridges for a nice walk, Tavistock and then the Standing Stones, visited the Sea Life Centre in Plymouth which is fab as is the fish and chips at Rockfish. We can't fault our holiday.
We celebrated a glorious Christmas here! There was a fully decorated tree and crackers! Fabulous and so well appointed. We went on some fabulous walks too! In all a fantastic time!
The Bear and Blacksmith
What an absolute gem this is! We stayed in Kingsbridge for 2 weeks and ate here about 8 times. Wonderful food, lovely staff and the beer is excellent too. We are going to ring ahead next time we stay in the area and block book a table for every night!!
Hospitality and food was excellent. Great Sunday lunch and good seafood. Dog friendly with a lovely atmosphere.
Lovely food and great service. Ate here several times during our holiday and would happily recommend.
The Globe Inn
A tastefully renovated village inn surrounded by beautiful countryside with a traditional restaurant and cosy bar both with open fires, and tranquil outdoor seating area with lovely views. Menus include well-cooked pub favourites along with daily specials, and regular barbeques are available for larger parties.
The Globe Inn Frogmore, Kingsbridge TQ7 2NR (T: 01548 531351)
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Excellent food especially the steaks . Great atmosphere and lovely pub.
We had a lovely meal for four here. Excellent steaks, good wine and friendly staff. Also dog friendly which was a bonus.
Friendly and helpful staff. We had a very nice meal here. Two young children with us and we were in an area to one side of the main bar, so it was not crowded and we were not rushed. A good selection on the menu. would definitey go back again.
Lovely pub and lovely landlords!! Three of us ate here over three nights and each meal was delicious and cooked to perfection. Would definitely recommed.
Food here we find is pretty good,nice clean well kept pub nice place. However don't get on the wrong side of the canadian landlady by asking to move tables.????...Fawlty Towers comes to mind.
Springfield Farm Shop
A friendly farm shop, tea room and butchers set in the heart of the South Hams between the villages of East Charleton and Frogmore. Buy some local meat and vegetables to create something delicious back at your holiday cottage,or take a break in the tea room and enjoy the beautiful view of the Frogmore estuary.
Springfield Farm Shop East Charleton, Kingsbridge TQ7 2AR (T: 01548 531523)
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We had a most wonderful cream tea - beautifully presented and all homemade. All staff were very friendly and helpful both in the tea room and in the farm shop (even though it was the end of a very hot day)
The Tradesman's Arms
A warm and friendly traditional thatched pub in the heart of Stokenham with a cosy bar popular with the locals, and separate restaurant. Enjoy sandwiches and bar snacks in the bar, or lunch and dinner in the restaurant where the award winning chef creates seasonal menus using fresh local produce.
The Tradesman’s Arms Stokenham, Kingsbridge TQ7 2SZ (T: 01548 580996)
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Excellent food, friendly staff
Had a meal in the evening here on the day we arrived as it was close by and after the drive down was just the tonic. Nice atmosphere and great service. Food was good too!
We visited The Tradesmans arms many times during our stay at Stokely Barton,and what a great pub it is.Kath and her team make you feel so welcome, and provide just the right atmosphere that you want whenever you visit.
Visited for dinner. Food was delicious , staff were friendly and service was excellent. Made us very welcome. Will definitely return.
We went there about 3 times although only once to eat. Lovely pub and the Sunday lunch was very good indeed. Nice thing was they offer a small portion for Sunday lunch and as neither of us are huge eaters it was much appreciated and more than adequate at a very reasonable price. Very good atmosphere and very welcoming
Lovely pub atmosphere, and the food was outstanding! Make sure you book as people were turned away for lack of tables when we were there.
Very accommodating for our large party Excellent lunch.
We tried this pub on Sunday evening but the welcome was not very welcome and we only went there once. Food was OK but there was better in other pubs in the area.
An excellent pub we have used several times as a refreshment break mid-walk. Their sandwiches are very reasonably priced and delicious. Staff always friendly when we've visited and would recommend.
Have visited this pub for past two years and the food and service have always been excellent. High class and friendly establishment.
Church House Inn
This dog-friendly countryside pub offers a large restaurant and delightful beer garden. New to the culinary agenda is the Josper oven, an indoor barbecue grill which runs solely on charcoal and gives a delicious flavour to food. The menu features steaks, seafood, Sunday roasts and daily specials. You’ll also find a selection of local ales, ciders and local soft drinks. Open daily for drinks and from Weds-Sun for lunch, dinner and cream teas.
Church House Inn Stokenham, Kingsbridge TQ7 2SZ (T: 01548 580253)
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recently refurbished to a very high standard. Excellent food
Lovely family meal here, very tasty. Great professional service. Dog friendly. Would definitely eat here again.
EXCELLENT FRIENDLY SERVICE AND GREAT FOOD IN A GOOD LOCATION AND SURROUNDINGS.
Excellent food. Sunday lunch was presented very well & served quickly. Evening food was just as good, with a fairly big menu.
Friendly, helpful staff, lovely food
We ate at this great pub several times and the welcome was very warm and the food and service was great.
Good food, nice setting.
Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre
As the self proclaimed ‘home of horse riding in the South Hams’, Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre offers horse riding lessons to everyone, whether they’re beginners or seasoned riders. Friendly and professional, they have an indoor school and an outdoor school so you can organise lessons whatever the weather, and you can borrow hats when you’re visiting as well if you don’t have your own. You can opt for private or group lessons, and there are toilets and changing facilities on site as well as plenty of parking. The school is two miles inland from Slapton Sands, so you can also combine your lesson with a trip to the historic D-Day training site and a wander along the beach if you fancy it!
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Start Bay Inn always the only place visited for food,still as good as ever.
Alex and Emily are wonderfully helpful instructors and the horses excellent schoolmasters. I have had several lessons over the years from them and the standard is consistent. I have learnt loads and will return for more
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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Enjoy 10% off in the Brewhouse shop with your Toad Hall Cottages Discount Card (excludes Brewery Tours and Brew Days)
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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Enjoy 10% discount on Ready 2 Ride sessions with your Toad Hall Cottages Discount Card
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Fantastic early morning session with Crispin - got us two oldies up on our feet paddling around the Kingsbridge estuary - what a fabulous way to start the day. Five star - would like to do it again.
Very enjoyable - will definitely do it again. Crispin was very helpful.
Thank you Crispin for a fab family lesson introducing us and our 3 girls to paddle boarding
Harbour House Art Gallery
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Great Place for Great Art with an ever changing selection of exhibitions. It seems to be the beating heart of Kingsbridge.
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 Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum, located on Fore Street in the original 17th century Grammar School, contains something for all the family, whatever the weather. Visitors can discover the story of Kingsbridge and the South Hams and explore the original schoolroom, the Victorian Kitchen, the Farm Gallery and much more.
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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!!
A long stretch of beach with spectacular views of the sea stretching into the distance, Slapton Sands is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and for good reason. Adjacent to Slapton Ley, a freshwater lake that’s home to an abundance of wildlife and one of the many reasons people come to visit the area, the beach has a history of welcoming families in the summer for long days in the sunshine, building sandcastles, surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. It’s amazing to believe that this peaceful corner of South Devon has its place in military history as in 1943 the beach was taken over by allied forces to use as a rehearsal area for the D-Day landings. However, live ammunition and poor visibility ended in the deaths of more than 700 servicemen, so today there is a stone monument in place for Operation Tiger, as it was called, as well as a Sherman Tank at nearby Torcross. On a more current note, there is a beachside café at Slapton Sands for teas, coffees and other light bites, and there are also toilets nearby. The beach has disabled access, and also allows dogs throughout the year, so it really is fun for everyone and very easy to get to. There is parking nearby and in the summer months from May to September there is lifeguard cover. Last, but not least, a small collection of pubs reside in Torcross for those who are feeling peckish after a long day in the fresh air, or if you have been for a nice walk along the sand!
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If you love the sound of the waves on pebbles this has to be one of the best beaches in the world !
A totally unspoilt stretch of beach with wild flowers and wonderfully coloured rocks. We were lucky to be staying on a stones throw away and spent a few happy hours there with our dog watching the locals beach fishing in the evenings - bliss!
Lovely walking -
Lovely walk for wild flowers, bird watching sea views
Clean beach.No plastic.
This is certainly a lovely beach and so little rubbish.
Really interesting area and good walks along the coast and by the Ley. Generous provision of toilets and parking and a number of places to eat. Would particularly recommend The Start Bay Inn, The Boathouse and Seabreeze Cafe at Torcross. Also very handy that there is a bus should you want to walk one way and get a bus back. Very beautiful and peaceful.
Beautiful beach right across from our Cottage
Wonderful nature reserve with well signposted walks.
Beautiful stretch of shingle beach - dogs allowed all year. Not many facilities - we went to the Strete end of the beach as there is a great little coffee hut there - great coffee and friendly staff.
Clapton Sands is beautiful. The rocks are the most beautiful colours, wild flowers abound on the beach, the views in either direction are stunning and it is rarely over crowded.One of the most wonderful areas in the U.K.
Great place for a walk along the beach and had some great events for children at Easter. Great fish and chips in the pub at the end on Torcross
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I love Beesands . The only sad thing is even more people have found out about it, 10 years since my last visit. Sadly the sea has removed the road handy for parking and is gradually eroding the cliff edges. Not as quiet as it used to be but the attractions of two nice eating places have probably increased the footfall.
It’s a new look on the outside but the food very much of the same high quality at the Britannia in Beesands. The new ‘shack’ doesn’t really do it justice with a completely renovated contemporary dining room in keeping with the seaside location and beach hut vibe with excellent views of the bay. There seems to be loads more space too and the higher ceiling gives light to the treats being served from the kitchen. Dave and the team in the kitchen maintain their high standards of food preparation and making dishes that look and taste fantastic, the front of house team are equally as attentive making a great relaxed dining experience. I would have no hesitation in recommending breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Britannia so come back if you have been before and see the changes or give it a go if you never have been. ????????
I've been coming to Beesands since I was 2 years old (61 now!). Not every year since adulthood but still can't stay away. Its an ideal location for those who want to get away from it all. Its close enough to Kingsbridge and within easy reach of Dartmouth , Salcombe and Brixham. The locals are very friendly and will always be up for a chat. Its almost tempting to keep this little coastal secret to myself!
Bit scary driving down to the beach due to the narrow road but worth it when you got there. Had fish and chips and ate them on the tables that were provided while looking out to sea.
Had a wonderful meal in the beach cafe .
We've been coming to this general area for over 20 years now and have stayed in many of the surrounding villages . This was the first time we'd stayed in Beesands - but we had walked through it on our coastal walks on many, many occasions. We both loved the peaceful charm of the place - secluded , tranquil and away from it all . But unlike Hallsands (next village along) , it does have two places where you can eat ( The cricket Inn and the Britannia0)and they are both very good . The beach is great - shingle - but really uncrowded in June . ( We were lucky with the weather) and on a clear,sunny day - it is quite magical. ( What a shame the water is so freezing cold !!) This stretch of coastline is stunning - and even if you do no other walks - walk over to Hallsands and read about the old village that was washed away in January 1917 - or just drink in the stunning views . I love this part of Devon and it never fails to take my breath away when you stand on the coast path near the lighthouse and look back across Start Bay to Hallsands , Beesands , Torr Cross , and over towards Dartmouth. Wonderful.
Beautiful stoney beach with views of Start Point Lighthouse. Tasty fish and chips available, popular pub and public toilets.
Lovely place, good food and very dog friendly :-)
Britannia Fish - Great fish - always fresh and lovely family run business. A must for anyone who likes eating good fish!
Ideal for quiet and peaceful holiday with two good restaurants both of which are dog friendly.
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Gorgeous beach, but be careful if you have a dog that likes to run as our Border Collie got very sore paws on the pebbles.
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!
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Best reached by direct boat access but easy enough walk from ferry or mill bay car park. Our favourite beach.