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A large comfortable house with hot tubs and great rural views; a real rustic gem

Totnes, UK
  • House2583 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms10
  • Sleeps19
  • Bathrooms10
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

House in Ashprington, Nr. Totnes, South Devon - Peaceful rural location, great walks right from your door, hot tub, tennis court, woodburner

This house is ideally designed for large groups of family and friends with ample accommodation, wonderful communal spaces, lovely views and two fabulous cedar hot tubs.

You will be able to enjoy lovely meals either inside around the huge kitchen table or outside on the large terraced area in front of the property where you can relax on sun loungers and have a BBQ whilst enjoying the beautiful views of the river valley. After a busy day relaxing why not try out the lovely hot tubs, perfect on a starry night - and a fantastic experience whatever the weather!

The comfortable sitting room has 7 sofas, a sky package that includes sports and films and a large wood burner. Plus there is a large games room so that even when the sun isn't shining you will have plenty to do in this lovely house.

The Shippon is conveniently located within walking distance of the vibrant town of Totnes with its bustling high street and great markets. And just a short stroll in the other direction along the River Dart will bring you to the acclaimed Sharpham vineyard, where you can sample some lovely English wines and cheeses or choose from a fabulous menu in the al fresco cafe.


Jo Cooke

Member Since 2013
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Mar 27, 2018
About Jo Cooke

My name is Jo and my parents have lived in this area for over 40 years, first farming and making cheese then in 1990 converting - what used to be their milking parlour for their herd of beautiful Jersey cows, into this fabulous 10 bedroom house which has been popular with guests ever since. I now endeavour to create a happy, easy-going atmosphere and try to make your holiday special.

Jo Cooke purchased this House in 1965

Why Jo Cooke chose Ashprington

This property is always clean with lots of space for a big group to either be together or retreat into their own space (with all bedrooms having their own bathrooms). The wow factor is simple; when you drive down the drive the valley opens up into some of the loveliest river valley views Devon has to offer. This is a very peaceful spot, there is no traffic noise, no pylons and just the sounds of the countryside that welcome you when you arrive and continue for the duration of your stay. A great, affordable place to get away from it all. The bedrooms are bright and comfortable and all bathrooms are simple and clean.

What makes this House unique

People keep coming back because of the views, the facilities, the indoor and outdoor space, the fact its so close to the lovely town of Totnes yet in a unique peaceful valley. Plus it has modern, clean and comfortable accommodation.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
      • Bedroom 10
        1 double, This is a double room with room for a cot
      • Bedroom 1
        1 baby crib, this is twin room that converts to a Kingsize
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double
      • Bedroom 4
        1 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 9
        1 double, This is a twin room
      • Bedroom 6
        1 double, 1 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 7
        1 double, This is a twin room
      • Bedroom 8
        1 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 5
        1 double
      • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 18 adults or 19 including children (10 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 4 double bedrooms, all ensuite. 1 double bedroom with a single bed, with bathroom immediately opposite. 3 twin bedrooms, all with their own bathroom. (1 twin bedroom can be converted to a superking should this suit your group better) ensuite. 2 single bedrooms, both ensuite. One has the option of having a pull out mattress made up but this is only really suitable for children.


      • 10 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 10
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 9
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 6
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 7
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 8
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 5
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Each bedroom has its own private bathroom. 8 bathrooms are ensuite. Then there are two bedrooms that have private bathrooms just opposite or along the corridor. All bathrooms have showers, there is one wet room and six bedrooms with baths.

      Location Type

        • Rural


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Farm Holidays
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Spa
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Catering available


                    • Parking
                      For 8-10 cars
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                      A rural wifi service is included - not particularly fast I'm afraid and can be unreliable but its all we can get!
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      All beds are made up with white cotton linen duvet covers and sheets. There is a mixture of microfibre and feather duvet and pillows to enable flexibility for your groups preferences.
                    • Living Room
                      Large flat screen TV, DVD, wifi, full sky package
                    • Heating
                      All electric infra red heaters.
                    • Telephone
                    • Towels Provided
                      From Feb 2017 a set of two towels will be included for all new bookings, guests will need to provide their own beach towels.
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      A tumble dryer and drying rail is in the laundry
                    • Washing Machine
                      A automatic washing machine
                    • Wood Stove
                      Yes, a fire is provided on arrival in the winter, after that you will need to buy logs locally.


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishwasher
                          domestic dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          One 1 metre chest freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          A very well equipped kitchen with two fan ovens, dishwasher, fridges, 1 metre chest freezer, microwave, electric mixers, everything you would need to cook for 19/20 people.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Lots of pots, pans, platters and serving dishes, oven proof dishes, roasting tins and much more
                        • Oven
                          2 x built in fan ovens
                        • Pantry Items
                          pepper, salt, oil and some spices
                        • Refrigerator
                          One large larder fridge and 2 under counter fridges
                        • Stove
                          Gas hobs x 5
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              There are two big tables, together they normally seat 16/18 but can seat 20 if configured differently.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 20 people


                                • DVD Player
                                • Game Room
                                  A table tennis table and fun sized pool table
                                • Games
                                  A small selection of games including scrabble and cards is provided
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Pool Table
                                  A small fun sized pool table in the games room
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                  The is a blue tooth stereo
                                • Television


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      There is a large concrete terrace in front of the Shippon with a big table and benches for alfresco dining, plus a number of other chairs and loungers to relax on.
                                    • Golf
                                      10 miles Dartmouth Golf and Country Club
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      There are a number of companies that run guided canoe safaris in the River Dart which are great fun, plus there are places to hire a bunch of kayaks to explore the river by yourselves!
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      There are two coal webber bbq's available form April to October, charcoal is not provided
                                    • Tennis
                                      The house has a hard tennis court available exclusively for your use. Whilst it is not match quality its great for a knock about whilst you are staying at the house.


                                        • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          The property has very limited wheelchair accessibility. There are a number of downstairs bedrooms and bathrooms and the living area downstairs is on the level with no steps and only a small step across a door thresh-hold to enter the property. There is a gravelled area which is not terribly suitable for wheelchairs however you can drive up very close to the front door therefore not needing to cross much gravel.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              We have installed two beautiful Cedar hot tubs on the yard in front of the house, these are fitted with child locks and will be a fantastic place to enjoy the view from. Electricity is extra.


                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • bay/sound
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • library
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • theme parks

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Outside: A large flat grass area in the field in front of the property with wonderful views, two beautiful wooden hot tubs, a hard tennis court for your exclusive use, a children's play area including a 10ft TP trampoline, swings and a slide. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble drier and iron Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is included, towels can be provided at extra cost of £4 per person/set. Towels will also be included for all new bookings from Feb 2017, although guests will be asked to bring their own beach towels. Other: Games room including table tennis table, pool table and TV

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                  1 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews


                                                                  Jeff & Jacqui E.

                                                                  Property was well presented in a stunning location with unforgettable views across the fields to the river Dart, the property was well equipped with 2 Hot Tubs that were in use every day from 6.30am 'till dusk, trampoline, swings, swimming pool, tennis court as well as all the indoor games such as Pool and Table Tennis, apart from that there were walks around into Ashprington and Totnes or wherever you wanted to go.

                                                                  The accommodation was well planned out and suited our family of six couples including grandparents and plus nine grandchildren, with two newly born!

                                                                  There were adequate cooking facilities and utensils, with a double oven and two grilles and a lounge that was hardly used as there was so much else to see and do in the surrounding area including our favourite places, Dartmouth and Dartmoor.

                                                                  All in all a most popular choice for every one of our family, an unforgettable holiday...we'll be back!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back again in the future!


                                                                  Totnes, UK

                                                                  Special interest holidays: Walking, cycling (located 5 minutes cycle from the national cycle network route), painting, yoga Coast/Beach: 30 minutes drive to nearest beach Blackpool sands, Dartmouth Travel: Nearest train station is Totnes Distances: Totnes, 3 miles Further Details: Supermarket delivery available

                                                                  Rates & Availability

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                                                                  Booking Notes: Deposit required at time of booking, balance required 6 weeks before your booking commences. Please note that ELECTRICITY IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE PRICE. We can provide a very accurate estimate of electricity costs for your stay based on previous years. Please also note that the hot tubs are electric (costing approximately £5 per day to run) and you have the choice to either have one or two running during your stay, or none! Changeover Day: Friday

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                                                                  For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

                                                                  Property # 8119278