Devon LivingIssue #05
Coastal Escapes August 2018
Our choice of cosy getaways in Devon.
This month, our selection of wonderful seaside stays takes us to Noss Mayo, Blackdown Hills and Southleigh.
Point Cottage, Noss Mayo
Point Cottage is nestled in the highly sought after village of Noss Mayo and, situated in a prime position overlooking the Yealm Estuary, affords stunning water views from every room. Extensively refurbished, this comfortable and elegant home is tastefully presented in a fresh, contemporary style with an open plan living space and beautiful bay windows overlooking the water.
Perfect for families and groups of friends, the cottage sleeps up to eight guests and provides a picturesque base from which to explore this beautiful part of Devon. Enjoy a luxurious bath as you watch boats slowly making their way up and down the river after a day of exploring; head downstairs for drinks in the lounge before cooking up a storm in the kitchen or, to save the washing up, venture out to local eateries such as The Ship Inn for an atmospheric evening and good food. Finish the day by sinking into the sumptuous pillows of your spacious bed and wake up to the sea breeze stirring you from your slumber via the double doors and estuary beyond.
The picturesque village of Noss Mayo is surrounded by countryside and is a pleasure to explore. Here you’ll find colourful cottages and winding streets, waterside pubs serving great local seafood and yachts bobbing on the water. The sheltered creek is also ideal for kayaking, paddle boarding and many more water based activities, if you’re feeling adventurous!
Orchard Bedroom, Honiton
Nestled in the picturesque Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’ll find Twistgates Farm. Guests can exchange the pressures of modern living for a gentler pace of life, with peaceful countryside, good walking and a rich source of locally produced foods all on hand.
As a guest here, many of Devon, Dorset and Somersets’ best attractions are right on your doorstep, including World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast, as well as multiple National Trust estates, gardens, and historic cities like Exeter, which provide exceptional retail opportunities and an insight into centuries of local history.
In addition to three charming self-catering cottages and the spacious, airy Apple Loft (a romantic bolthole just for two), Twistgates Farm offers the perfect solution if grandparents, family or friends wish to join you on holiday but want a little space to call their own. The Orchard Bedroom is a ground level, standalone guest suite with twin beds, shower room, TV and facilities to make a hot drink and, to give you total flexibility, it can be hired on a nightly basis in conjunction with any holiday.
Thatched, Southleigh near Sidmouth
Set in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Thatched boasts stunning views over 52 acres of rolling Devon countryside, with woodlands, orchards, pastures and streams for you and your family to explore, including your four legged friends. The dog friendly cottage provides doggy hampers on arrival to welcome your pooch and make them feel just as pampered as you.
Thatched combines exposed beams and brickwork with contemporary décor – all three bedrooms have en-suite facilities, the beds have crisp Egyptian cotton and fluffy white towels await you in the modern bath/shower rooms. All of this, not to mention the cool slate flooring in summer and underfloor heating and woodburners in winter that ensure year-round comfort.
The sitting room has big squashy sofas and the oak and granite kitchen is fully equipped with a range cooker, large fridge and gorgeous views over the stunning valley. Enjoy an al-fresco glass of wine on a summer’s day and fire up the gas barbeque for a delicious lunch outdoors. Then challenge your family to a match of table tennis in the games room or take a dip in the outdoor heated pool.
The property is close to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, South West Coast Path and beaches and restaurants at Beer, Lyme Regis and Sidmouth, making it an ideal base from which to explore everything that our beautiful county has to offer.