About the property
- Cabin430 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
A charming 'Beach House' style two bedroom log cabin with decking & garden area
Set in a quiet valley, 1 mile from Bantham beach (voted best beach in UK and 6th best in Europe by Lonely Planet in 2015), 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 (DVD player 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.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 16, 2018
About Roger Green
Myself (Roger), my partner Jenny and our kids, Alyshia and Leon currently live in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex.
Roger Green purchased this Cabin in 2012
Why Roger Green chose Thurlestone
We had been holidaying in the area for some years and would love to have found a bolt-hole but everything was too expensive or just didn't appeal. The moment we drove down the lane into the valley and saw Toad Hall we knew it was the right place, the destiny that we had been waiting to come along. It captured our hearts from that moment and we love it more with each visit and miss it when we are not there.
What makes this Cabin unique
It has just about everything.... in the countryside with great walks yet also really close to some of the most beautiful and diverse coastline in the country (my main hobby is kayaking so it is ideally placed for that). Incredibly quiet with great starlit skies at night. Lots of wildlife. Some fabulous towns and villages close by. If you would like to discuss dates of Bookings or have any questions please ring me on 01702 478871.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A comfortable welcoming cabin, all amenities catered for. Just the sound of birdsong and wildlife, idyllic. Kick your shoes off sit back and relax. Lovely.
This little place was all you could want it to be. We will certainly be booking up again and hopefully very soon. The owners have thought of everything and were very generous indeed. Many thanks to them for providing a perfect get away.
Toad Hall at Buckland Park at Easter
I returned to Buckland Park where I'd lived for 10 years in the 1950's when my parents had the guest house there. I knew the grounds, stream and orchard. Straight away I crossed the stream and walked to the left, through the field, over the stile and up the bridle track past Worthy house to the road then turned left to follow the road back to the drive and Toad Hall. Grounded again! I did not try any of the walks to Bantham as time was short but I saw a notice on one of the field gates forbidding entry! Walking on the beach was restful and enjoyable to see families enjoying games of cricket and the surfers actively pursuing their sport. I was extremely happy with the cabin, so well equipped, clean, warm, comfortable and with many pretty touches. Plenty of space for my daughter from Washington DC, and her daughter from Bristol for us all to enjoy. The birds were a delight, I videoed and recorded songs of them as the sun peeped over the hill at dawn.( We counted four squirrels!) Now at home again in Australia I can see my recording of the fields and grounds, hear the birdsongs and feel the magic of the place. Thanks for the flowers (which I put on my In-laws grave in Thurlestone when I left), the chocolates and wine- perfect for Easter. The peace was wonderful and I could do with another stay there to get over jet lag! I'll stay again if I return to the UK in the future. Many thanks for sharing this glorious valley.
Lovely peaceful cabin
A warm and cosy cabin, very well equipped and very dog friendly. My two daughters loved the outside areas - playing in the garden, feeding the birds (and squirrels!), crossing the stream, climbing the big hill.....! (They also loved all the DVD's which they could watch in their bedroom!) Great location for local walks and for visiting other parts of South Devon - we enjoyed trips to South Milton Sands, Thurlstone, Hope Cove, Start Point, Salcombe, Dartmouth and Brixham. Thanks for a lovely stay.
Tranquil, a complete natural hideaway.
Toad Hall was a great place to stay. Everything had been thought if. We highly recommend and several doggy friends are now looking to book and stay.
We will definitely be booking another stay.
Great location to explore the area.
Thank you Roger for all the guidance and support.
Best wishes Donna, Conrad, Grace & Brae (the furbabbies)
Lovely cabin with everything you need in a great location
We had a great stay at Toad Hall. Two adults and two boys 7 and 5. Lovely, quiet, sheltered area. Cabin had everything we needed and was warm and cosy.
Bantham has a large, unspoilt sandy beach with views to Burgh Island and Bigbury on sea. It is perfect for families, surfers, body boarders, kayaking and walkers. The South West coast path is accessed from the beach with walks to secluded coves, pretty villages such as Thurlestone, Modbury and Hope Cove and the vibrant yachting town of Salcombe. Dogs are permitted on the beach year round, but in the summer season are restricted to the Ham and the western end of the beach (large area of sand at low tide). RNLI lifeguards patrol throughout the summer, and there is a surfing school based at the beach. (See following link for Magic Seaweed surf update and webcam...http://magicseaweed.com/Bantham-Surf-Report/10/ ). The only other facilities are public toilets, but the village is a few minutes walk and has a shop, cafe and an excellent pub (The Sloop Inn). The cabin is within approximately half an hours drive of Dartmouth, Plymouth and the vast, rugged expanse of Dartmoor. The nearest town is the lovely Kingsbridge which has two supermarkets, a delightful High Street, Doctor's surgery/hospital, cinema and lots of excellent restaurants, cafes, pubs and takeaways.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
30% deposit payable on booking. Rental includes extras: linen, electricity, dogs. Telephone calls will be charged at cost.