About the property
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- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
The Barn is in a secluded Devon valley with swimming pool and gorgeous garden
Set in the South Hams, an area of outstanding natural beauty, Fingals Barn is in a truly romantic valley setting among lush gardens.
The indoor swimming pool is heated and surrounded by exotic plants and has a door to a sauna. You are welcome to wander in the luscious and colourful gardens, play croquet on the lawn, play tennis on the immaculate grass tennis court (only useable in the summer months of course) and use the Games room with snooker, table football and ping pong on the terrace outside.
Fingals is a mile away from Dittisham, a beautiful village sited on the edge of the River Dart. There are many popular National Trust spots right on our doorstep, including Greenway House, Agatha Christie's recently restored summer house and gardens are just across the river, Coleton Fishacre (a spectacular house and garden designed by Milne (a disciple of Lutyens) in 1925 for Rupert and Lady Dorothy D'Oyly Carte (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame). There are also many delights a short drive away including the renowned Devon beaches, the Sharpham Estate (a huge Grade 2 listed house with beautiful gardens offering courses of different kinds, tours of the vineyard, fabulous food in the Cafe and panoramic views of the river right up to Totnes). Dartington Hall and Gardens (another beautiful Grade 2 listed house with an extraordinary history offering many different courses) and Dartmoor National Park. Below ware a few of our favourite things to do locally......
Wander down to the River Dart for sailing, canoeing and ferries.
Take a trip to either Dartmouth or Totnes - for wonderful shopping and markets
Drive down to the coast for exploring, swimming and walking.
The South West Coast Path (a short drive away) is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail and the Dart Valley Trail goes right past out door and is one of the area's truly great walks. This daylong ramble follows the wooded banks of the broad and beautiful river Dart, on a route crammed with gems and jewels of human and natural history.
A stay at Fingals offers you a true break in a different time and will re-charge your batteries and re-light that twinkle in your eye.
- Response time:
- within a few days
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- May 18, 2018
About Sheila Johnston
I fell in love with this property the moment I saw it - many years ago! Being a keen tennis player there is an immaculate grass tennis court - right outside your windows! Other passions are the arts, wonderful countryside, walking with the dogs on the Coast Path or the moor, all animals (I have goats, doves and ducks) and wildlife. Gardening keeps me fit - we have lawns surrounded by mature shrubs and colour and fragrance are everywhere.
Sheila Johnston purchased this Barn in 1980
Why Sheila Johnston chose Dittisham
Fingals is just in a beautiful setting and offers our guests a quirky place to stay, gardens to relax in and a heated swimming pool in a conservatory surrounded by exotic plants - which may drop the odd leaf into the pool below! Being close to the river offers fabulous possibilities for boat trips and picnics and excursions. A huge amount of work has been carried out over the years and a retreat full of art, music and happy vibes now inhabits the valley. There is also a small amount of modern technology and you will have Wifi but still no mobile phone signal!
What makes this Barn unique
Fingals is an unusual property, remote and tucked down narrow Devon lanes, but close to Totnes, Dittisham and Dartmouth. Your own home from home on holiday, this is a glorious spot with gardens for lazy days or a swimming pool, Games Room, sauna, croquet, grass tennis also on site. If you need to venture further afield there are beaches, Dartmoor, the River Dart, the South West Coastal Path and National Trust properties to enjoy.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Lovely relaxed atmosphere, didn't want to leave
Welcoming, quirky and relaxed - gorgeous countryside and lots of pubs to choose from. 👍🍾🍾👍😀😀
What lovely guests - so pleased that they enjoyed The Barn - and that they left it super clean too. Welcome back any time.
Fingals is set in a Devon Valley with lush, colourful gardens, a grass tennis court, croquet lawn, swimming pool, sauna and gym - all of which are free to use by our guests. There is an honesty bar, open all the time, plus a restaurant which serves meals twice a week. A delightful walk of just one mile will take you past Dittisham Mill Creek and the River Dart to the pretty village of Dittisham which has two pubs (one of which houses the village shop and post office), a fantastic waterside cafe and a ferry across to Greenway, holiday home to Agatha Christie now owned by the National Trust. There are other lovely Trust properties close by - Coleton Fishacre at Kingswear, Overbecks at Salcombe, Saltram House at Plymouth and others a short drive away. The River Dart offers all kinds of possibilities for adventures - from crabbing on the village pontoon to endless boat trips, sailing lessons, paddle boarding, kayaking or just pottering. Our closest stretch of the South West Coast Path is stunning - secluded coves and rock pooling beaches, panoramic clifftop views - it can be quite strenuous but there will be a glorious cafe or pub somewhere along your route for a little libation or refreshment. There are two steam trains, a zoo, wildlife park and hundreds of acres of Dartmoor to explore. It can be very quiet here out of season when only the birds and wildlife will entertain you, but if you prefer a more lively time then come when the Dartmouth Music/Comedy/Food Festivals or Regatta are taking place. There really is something for everyone. The only thing we can't provide is a mobile phone signal but there is free wifi and landline phones in all bedrooms. If there is anything else you would like to know please call us - we'd love to help and to see you here at Fingals for a holiday.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
We prefer weekend changeover days only during the Summer School Holidays and are unable to accommodate a changeover on Christmas Day. You are very welcome to bring your well-behaved pet, please make sure that they don't climb on the furniture or are left alone in the property at any time and clean up after them. If you are unable to find the dates or prices you are looking for please call us - we can be far more flexible than the computer!