Bigbury-on-Sea Cabin Rental Photos and Description
A charming 'Beach House' style two bedroom log cabin with decking & garden area
Set in a quiet valley, 1 mile from Bantham beach , one of only five log cabins at the site, Toad Hall is beautifully presented and equipped. It sleeps 4 in a double and twin bedrooms (TV/DVD in twin room), and has a shower room, kitchen area with oven and induction hob, washer/dryer, microwave and fridge/freezer, and a sitting/dining area with satellite TV/DVD, PS3, I-Pod/phone/pad dock and a selection of books, DVD's and games. There are electric wall-panel heaters in all rooms. Mobile phone signal is poor but there is a landline for guests to use if necessary. There is also now Wi-Fi internet access (but you don't have to tell your kids as it is all hidden away from view).
Outside is a small lawned and fenced area with picnic table. To the front of the cabin there is an enclosed decking area with table/chairs and parasol. There is also an external Butler sink for washing sandy/muddy shoes and wetsuits.
The cabins share a communal grass area, bordered by a stream running along the bottom of the valley. Toad Hall has 2 allocated parking spaces. Dogs are allowed (2 max.)
Buckland Park is situated on the road to Bantham and separated from Bigbury on Sea and Burgh Island by the beautiful Avon estuary. There is a seasonal foot ferry from Bantham to the Bigbury side.
It is possible to walk from the cabin to Bantham, either across the fields and public footpaths to West Buckland and down a quiet road to the village, or by walking up the drive, along the Bantham road for about 100 yds, turn right and join a public track which runs along the side of the River Avon to Bantham. The only steep bit is the driveway to the road, which is about a 5 minute walk.
There is a large car park at Bantham beach which is privately run by the Evans Estates. They charge £5 a day for parking but a weekly ticket is £20 and 2 weeks is £30. This is a lovely beach for children, surfers and kite surfers. There are lifeguards May - September. Dogs are allowed on the Ham, a large area of grass and scrub behind the dunes, and also on the beach at the western end - at low tide this is a large area of sand. They are not allowed on the main beach in summer.
Beach facilities are limited to public toilets however there is a mobile caterer in the grassy area behind the dunes during the Summer months that does a great selection of hot and cold food and drinks. You can walk to the village for the shop/cafe and pub. Evening BBQs are allowed on the beach.
Bantham Beach is great for snorkelling and rock-pooling as well as being one of the foremost surf beaches in the UK.
The valley that Toad Halls sits in has a huge amount of wildlife with a large variety of birds including Buzzards, plus rabbits, squirrels, weasels, shrews, moles, owls, badgers and so forth (all seen from the property). Deer also sometimes cross the fields in the valley. In addition, the small farm at the top of the lane has Alpacas (Llamas), chickens and pigs (piglets).
During our recent visit in August 2012 there was a Spotted Woodpecker on the decking post plus we also found a Glow Worm in the garden (first I have ever seen!). Best of all, I spend 10 minutes kayaking off Bantham beach with a pair of Dolphins that came to within 20 feet of my kayak and with the water clear enough that I watched them swimming under the boat... exceptionally exciting!!
Due to the sloping site and steps to the cabin it may not be suitable for the disabled.
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- non smoking only
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets considered
Guestbook comments from the owner
What first struck me about Toad Hall was the remote location at the bottom of a small vally, ideally located a mile from the beach, and when your caught up in the hustle and busel of modern life finding somewhere to fully relax and enjoy the peace and quiet is hard.
Caravan holidays offer some home comforts but you are all clusterd together and hiding for privacy behind net curtains, Toad Hall looked like a perfect retreat and something diffrernt to the norm.
Toad Hall upon arrival was evrything I wanted it to be, the setting is beautiful and the Cabin is like something we would all dream of owning ourselves with lots of space for the kids to play without having to worry about what they might get up to.
It wasent just the outside of the cabin and the setting which fitted the bill but also the decor and facilities the Cabin provided, it is obvious that the owners have gone to great lengths to provide a true home from home experience with decor from NEXT and local Art on the walls it looked like soemthing from Ideal Home magaine.
The Beach is a little to far to walk it laden with kids stuff but a weekly carpark ticket can be purchased for £20 which made a great saving, the area itself is a place of astounding natural beauty and I fully reccomed an early walk along the esturay to the beach, if your a keen fisherman it's a great spot, or take the kids crabbing they will love it.
The Large Tesco in Kingsbridge a 15 minute car journey away will have you well stocked for the week and allthough a small town has a a number of beautiful shops and makes a nice change from the Beach mid week, Torquay is a good 45 minute drive and I thougrhally reccomed Kents Caverns, be sure to drive down the coast road to Slapton Sands you wont regret it.
All in All a remarkable find and very glad I made it too, Toad Hall see you next year !