South Allington House, in the hamlet of Chivelstone, is a Grade II Georgian manor house, set in four acres of beautiful grounds, between Start Point and Prawle Point, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Nestled in a picturesque secluded valley minutes from the beach, the magnificent Georgian house offers bed and breakfast en-suite rooms, and self-catering barn conversions, within vast grounds. There is ample parking and guests are free to use the grounds, including croquet, tennis court and coarse fishing. Devon cream teas with homemade scones and jam are served on the lawn in the summer. Dogs are allowed by prior arangement at a charge of £ 25 per dog .
The Laurels is the east wing of South Allington House and comprises 5 bedrooms, sleeping up to 12 people.
Downstairs the large double-aspect kitchen diner is fitted with modern light oak units, complete with electric range cooker, and has a seating area, with a large farmhouse table, overlooking the gardens. The kitchen also has large fridge freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher and microwave.
The lounge is a large sunny double-aspect room overlooking the gardens of the main house, and is furnished with modern large leather settees, together with TV with Freeview and DVD player.
Upstairs we have two bright and airy double-aspect master bedrooms - one double en-suite (and room for a cot) and one double, with additional bunk beds. A small double room shares the bathroom with one of the master bedrooms. The remaining two bedrooms (one en-suite) can be furnished with either twin single beds or double beds, as required. A large shower room is also located upstairs. Free wifi.
Barbara and Edward Baker have owned South Allington House since 1983 and since then they have worked hard to created the gardens and self-catering properties.
Edward works on the farming side and Barbara runs the house and self-catering units. They are keen gardeners and do all the gardening themselves, with the help of family members. Visitors to the area enjoy wonderful traditional cream teas, with home-cooked scones and homemade jam.
Barbara Baker purchased this house in 1980
Edward was born in South Allington and bought the house and grounds when they were all in a very bad state. Over the years the family has created the lovely barn conversions, the house and grounds available today.
As working farmers they are fully immersed in this coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and work together with the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. There is a wealth of wildlife and birdlife available to see in the area, and even in the grounds. The South Hams is a beautiful part of Devon surrounded by coast and beaches. South Allington is situated in a beautiful tranquil valley and has easy access to the coastal path.
South Allington is a tiny South Hams hamlet which is very peaceful and tranquil. There is a tennis court and croquet is available on the front lawn. The units have been renovated to a very high standard with all home comforts. Bedding and towels are provided, you just have to bring your food! There are many local attractions to keep a family happy and many good restaurants within a 20 minute drive.
This was the perfect place for us to unwind and relax. For us it was a weekend of 4 generations together, a chance to talk, walk, eat and have fun together.
The accommodation was just right for the 10 of us (plus 2 dogs). comfortable large bedrooms, fantastic kitchen/diner and plenty of seating space to relax together in the lounge.
The surrounding area was lovely and had the weather been better we would have spent more time walking.
Highly recommend the Laurels.
Being in the South Hams we are surrounded by beaches, both sandy and shingle. Lannacombe is a 30 minute walk from South Allington, and there are other beautiful sandy beaches at East Portlemouth, which is roughly 10 minutes drive away. Sailing, surfing, fishing, boating, diving and all watersports are catered for within an hour's drive. There is easy access to the coastal path.
Both Exeter and Plymouth Airports are an hour away and the nearest Train station is Totnes, half an hour away. It is recommended to have a car but we have had guests walking the coastal path.
East Prawle is 3 miles away with a pub, The Pigs Nose, and a shop. Frogmore and Chillington are 4 miles away and each has a post office and pub. Kingsbridge is a market town 7 miles away, with the closest bank, and Dartmouth is 9 miles away. From Dartmouth you can take a steam train or river boat trip.
There are many local restaurants within 15 minutes drive. Kingsbridge has two supermarkets, Morrisons and Tesco. Dartmouth has a Marks and Spencer Food, Co-Op, Sainsburys and Lidl. The nearest bank is in Kingsbridge- Nat West, HSBC, Lloyds TSB and Barclays.