- Property code: GWIND
- Changeover day: Friday
- Designated parking
- Short Breaks available
- May be suitable for those with mobility problems
- Garden or outside space
- Washing machine
- Near Beach
Windfalls, part of an ancient farmstead located on the edge of the pretty Kingsbridge/Salcombe estuary in South Devon was formally the hay barn with access from both the courtyard and the upper level. Set in six acres in a beautiful sheltered valley this ancient farmstead is now a small group of charming cottages that hug the side of a gentle slope that rambles down to the beautiful tidal creek of Goodshelter. Here you can wander through the apple orchard to the 800 ft private foreshore, row one of the dinghies provided round to South Pool to the pub (tides permitting!), barbecue by the old lime kiln on the foreshore and revel in the views of this dreamy stretch of water. The tiny hamlet of Goodshelter is just a mile from East Portlemouth, the lovely beaches of Millbay and Sunny Cove and from there, a ferry ride to the popular town of Salcombe. The cottages are alongside a courtyard shared with the owner’s home, overlook an orchard that slopes down to the Creek and provide very comfortable, well furnished and flexible accommodation. A Wayfarer sailing dinghy is available for use by the experienced as well as a couple of rowing dinghies, but entirely at guests' risk, (ask for details). Windfalls is an ideal spot for two and with its level access from the road may be suitable for thiose with limited mobility. Between the two cottages and attached to Windfalls, although entirely separate, is what in family parlance has become known as The Love Shack! This little nest can be let with either of the other cottages but not on its own. This delightful set of cottages can be a haven for couples, a great spot for families or indeed a wonderful place for a large family celebration, all in the most idyllic position. There is a shared laundry room accessed from the courtyard with chest freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing board. The gravelled courtyard in front of the cottages is enclosed with a five bar gate and provides ample parking. From here a pathway leads through the orchard to the creek.
“A lovely cosy cottage, wonderful trips down the river in the skiff and superb coastal walks and beaches.”
“Fantastic location, loved Mill Bay, the walks and just pottering around the garden. Our 3 year old had the time of his life. Thanks.”
Please Note: At spring high tides (which occur throughout the year) and for one hour either side of high water, it may be difficult crossing the fords on the tidal road that accesses the property. Tide Tables will be forwarded to guests with their travel directions.
From the courtyard door to tiled hallway with a large storage cupboard and a fine settle. Stairs up to the attractive open-plan living room with views to the creek across the courtyard. The sitting area has two armchairs, comfortable sofa (this converts to a 4ft 6in sofa-bed), satellite TV, telephone and circular dining table to seat 4. The kitchen area has electric hob and built-under oven, fridge with ice compartment, microwave and a breakfast bar with 4 stools. The bedroom has twin 3ft beds, a vanity unit and fitted cupboards and large double doors that open to a grassy area alongside the lane. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC.
The Love Shack
Windfalls or Apple Tree Cottage can be let combined with The Love Shack at an extra cost and availability permitting.
From the courtyard, door into tiled hallway with a wrought iron spiral staircase to the bedroom under a pitched ceiling with a 5ft double bed, large sofa, a desk and hanging wardrobe. The shower room is off the hallway with shower, basin and WC.
Windfalls has no garden, but a table and chairs have been put on top of the limekiln that overlooks the creek for guests’ use. It is a bit of a trek through the orchard, but definitely worth it.
- Included: Bed linen, towels, (guests must provide their own beach towels), WiFi, travel cot, high chair, basket of logs (for Apple Tree), heating (night storage) and electricity.
- Telephone: Provided, free UK calls only. Mobile reception mixed.
- Local Facilities: Beach 1 mile. Shops and pubs in Salcombe by passenger ferry 1 mile. Pub at South Pool 2 miles.
- Pets: Pet charge £25.00 per pet per week.
This was our 13th stay at Windfalls and despite indifferent weather conditions we enjoyed our stay as much as always. We noticed some improvements including the freshly painted walls. We particularly appreciated the new shower and replacement oven. The large freezer in the outhouse is invaluable because it means we can bring our own frozen meals with us so we don’t have to worry about shopping. Fortunately we do indeed bring everything bar the kitchen sink with us so we were not caught out by the lack of a ‘welcome’ hamper, something which has always been provided in the past. Each time we visit we seems to be challenged by the recycling system and never seem to have a complete supply of the requisite coloured disposal sacks/bags. One of the reasons we keep returning, apart from the sheer beauty and tranquility of the place, is because of the boathouse and slipway which makes kayaking so easy and enjoyable. It’s especially useful to be able to hose the craft down at the end of our visit, too. So we will definitely be back next year!
We are very sorry that the welcome hamper was not in place as normal. We have been in touch with the team regarding this and hope that you will be happy with your welcome hamper when you visit again. We hope to see you back at Goodwinds soon and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay overall. Thank you for your comments The Toad Hall Team.
- The Toad Hall Team