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‘Annacombe’: Peace and tranquillity, converted coachhouse for Coast and Dartmoor

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Imaginative conversion, 3 Bedrms+Cot, 2 Bathrms - Enclosed Garden, Family Friendly, Stylish Kitchen, Log Fire, Full CH, Parking, WiFi, 10 min stroll to 13th C Village Pub

*** SPECIAL OFFER - SCHOOL HOLS w/b 22nd JULY £875 (was £1095), SEPT: w/b 2nd £755, 23rd £595, 30th £495, HALF TERM (21 Oct) £595 (all + site Service Fee) *** ‘Annacombe’ is a spacious and imaginative coachhouse conversion perfect for a child friendly escape for family, for friends or a romantic bolt hole for two. The cottage is set in the grounds of a large country house in the beautiful countryside of the South Hams near south Devon’s historic and buzzily-alternative town of Totnes. Lying not far from the river Dart, and between the sailing centres of Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Salcombe and the rugged wilderness of Dartmoor, it is an ideal base for exploring this unspoiled region with its excellent beaches, landscape and charming towns and villages. A whole array of inviting pubs and restaurants will tempt a break from self-catering, and the attractions nearby - sporting, cultural and fun - provide lots to do for children and adults alike. Walk down to the friendly Church House Inn for a drink and a meal. Go into Totnes for excellent butchers, deli’s and cheese shop, Norman castle, art and craft gifts or a river cruise or steam train ride.

The centre of the house is dominated by an impressive, double-height, south facing living room with its gallery, open roof beams, natural stone fireplace, bookshelves, pottery and rugs. It has both a living and a dining area. The modern fitted kitchen/breakfast room with its oak floor and spectacular granite worksurfaces is well equipped with dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, induction hob and double-oven together with a breakfast table. The utility room houses the washing machine, tumble dryer, and boiler. On the other side of the living room is a ground floor double bedroom, which like the living room and kitchen, overlooks the large cobbled courtyard belonging to the house. The en-suite bathroom has a bath with thermostatic shower, WC and washbasin.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms, one at either end of the living room gallery. One has twin beds and the other a double bed. Next door to the double bedroom is the second bathroom with a bath with thermostatic shower, WC and washbasin.

Outside, the cottage looks south on to the original cobbled, stable courtyard and, through two arches in the courtyard wall, into the enclosed lawned garden. There's outside furniture to use in either, and the garden is planted with shrubs with climbers growing up against the wall.

The cottage is more than 200m up drives from the nearest lanes. As well as ample parking in the courtyard, there is a further space in the central area of the drive.

On a clear night the stars and the Milky Way are magnificent.

More Details

Owner
Gavan and Anne Sellers
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2017

About Gavan and Anne Sellers

As a child we came on holiday to this part of Devon and I have been in love with it ever since. Then, as now, it was the wildness and romance of the coast and Dartmoor, the beaches, the rivers and the tors. As an adult, you also fall for the fresh food in the pubs and excellent restaurants, the beautiful landscape and historic towns, and the variety of the cultural scene …. and, as a parent, the endless possibilities for entertaining and stretching the children from simple pleasures on the beach, paddling in streams or crabbing in Dittisham, to big days out.

Work is elsewhere now, but we still come here for our family holidays.

Gavan and Anne Sellers purchased this cottage in 1985

Why Gavan and Anne Sellers chose South Hams

This was the first house I looked at when I moved to Devon to work. I then spent six weeks looking all over the area for a better one. In terms of character it was the most appealing, with the wonderful feel of the living space, courtyard and garden. In terms of location it is ideal, just outside the most interesting town in the area, Totnes, only a few minutes from the A38 for Plymouth, Exeter and beyond, close to a village with a great pub, and central for both the coast and Dartmoor, plus a main-line station. It stood head and shoulders above all the others I’d seen …. so I bought it.

What makes this cottage unique

Fabulous location for a holiday full of variety, and a haven of peace to retreat to when you are done for the day. Oh, and don’t forget the starry skies.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Very considerate - thank you for leaving the cottage so tidy. G
Nov 2016
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Amenities

Totnes Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet , WC with washbasin
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , plus Washbasin (stand-up Shower thermostatically controlled)
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , plus Washbasin (stand-up Shower thermostatically controlled)
  • Downstairs bathroom (en-suite) - bath, with thermostatically controlled shower above, WC and washbasin. Downstairs bathroom - WC and washbasin Upstairs bathroom (next to double) - bath, with thermostatically controlled shower above, WC and washbasin
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Upstairs Double - 1 double
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 queen
    Upstairs Twin - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: All bedrooms are south facing:- Downstairs double bedroom - 5 ft (1.5m) bed and en-suite bathroom Upstairs double bedroom - 4ft 6in (1.35m) bed with adjacent bathroom Upstairs twin bedoom - 2 single beds and a large cot (can be dismantled and moved to another bedroom)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: *** SPECIAL OFFER – SCH HOLS w/b 22 JULY £875 (was £1095), w/b 2 SEP £755 (all + site Service Fee) *** ***BOOK NOW*** 07957 888 168 / gavan.sellers@annacombe.co.uk OUTSIDE: The cottage is more than 200m up drives from the nearest lanes. It looks south on to the original cobbled, stable courtyard and, through two arches in the courtyard wall on the far side, into the enclosed garden. There's outside furniture to use in either, and the garden is planted with shrubs and climbers growing up against the wall. In addition to being able to park in the courtyard, there is a further space in the central area of the drive. On a clear night the stars and the Milky Way are magnificent. Utility Room: 1 1/2 sinks Washing machine Tumble dryer Central heating boiler The GALLERY overlooking the living room has a large desk . and more books! We can provide bed linen & bath towels @ £9.50 per head

Reviews

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‘Annacombe’: Peace and tranquillity, converted coachhouse for Coast and Dartmoor
average rating of 4.4 based on 7 reviews
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Lovely property in a secluded spot not far from Totnes.

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Loved the open plan aspect to this house and which gives you lots of options in the way you can use it, dining in the large room, kitchen or outside and you can open out into the courtyard and enjoy the the country air and evening warmth with a G&T. The sleeping arrangements worked well for us with almost a separate annex bedroom and ensuite downstairs was ideal for my daughter and her partner and little girl. We explored South Devon but it was essential to have a car though ,the narrow lanes are a challenge as it is easy to lose your bearings. We had a problem with the fridge but Gavan tried his best to sort out the problem but that was the only blip on a lovely holiday.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Quiet country life

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful three bedroom property away from all noise with nearby neighbours approximately five minutes drive from Totnes Devon.

Comfortable three toilet .two bathroomed property with good wifi connection.

The kitchen is well proportioned and has excellent facilities and is comfortable and welcoming.

Ideal for elderly people with mobility problems having its main bedroom on the bottom floor.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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4

Relaxation in rural Devon!

  • 4 of 5

Stayed between 13th - 20th May 2017, 5 adults and a 3 month old baby.

A lovely rural retreat, very convenient for Totnes and for exploring Devon and Dartmoor.

Large comfortable lounge, well equipped kitchen and very comfortable bedrooms.

Light and airy family bathroom, downstairs en-suite could do with a refurbish.

Quiet, private location, part of a Victorian house/estate.

Access 'interesting' as via typical Devon roads, but little traffic so not too much of a problem.

Local pub, Chuch House Inn, in Harberton very welcoming with good food and service.

We all loved our week here!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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4

Nice rural setting

  • 4 of 5

Part of a tiny settlement at Tristford House. Unique interior. 5min drive to Totnes. 20min drive to Paignton/Torquay

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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5

Beautiful barn conversion in a peaceful and scerine setting.

  • 5 of 5

The owner was very helpful and accommodating. The accommodation is a spacious 3 double bedroom barn conversion built within a quiet country estate. The kitchen is practical with breakfast area and there is a separate dining table in the main living area that also houses comfy chairs and lovely large open fire for cosy winter evenings. The accommodation is very clean and well maintained and styled in keeping with the building type. Access to the 2 upper bedrooms is via a substantial wooden mezzanine landing that fits beautifully with the rest of the exposed wooden beams. The property is suitable for a couple who appreciate space or a family gathering. The 'Arty' town of Totnes is just over a couple of miles away down traditional Devon roads and has a Morrisons supermarket. Totnes has its own charm, community feel, nice tea shops and readily available parking. The accommodation is sited such the coast, and Dartmoor, as well as Haldon Forest (mountain biking, walking routes and segway experience) are all accessible and if city shopping is necessary then Exeter is not too far. Torquay has a zoo and there is a real quad bike experience 20 mins East at Devon Leisure.

We would return Anytime!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Exeter (34), Bristol (95), London LHR (184)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Church House Inn, Harberton (10 minute stroll)
Nearest Ferry
24 Miles
Plymouth-Roscoff (24), Eurotunnel (262)
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Dartmouth, Dainton
Nearest Train
2.5 Miles
Totnes Station
Nearest Motorway
4.4 Miles
A38 Devon Expressway / M5 Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Church House Inn, Harberton (10 minute stroll)
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Plymouth Dry Ski Slope !!
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Goodrington (9), Blackpool Sands, Gara Rock (19)
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Easy access to miles of South Devon coast and beaches from Torbay to the east to Noss Mayo in the West – all within 20 to 45 minutes drive. And, for a change, there are the rivers either in the South Hams or up on Dartmoor for a picnic and a swim (season permitting!) in a river pool.

Travel:

Use of a car highly recommended.

Motorway: A38 (M5 extension), Marley Head (<10 mins) or Dart Bridge junctions

Train Station: Totnes (2 miles/3km)

Airports: Exeter (35 mins), Bristol (1hr 45 mins), London Heathrow (3 hrs)

Distances:

Church House Inn, Harberton - 10 mins walk

Totnes - 10 minutes drive

Dartington - 10 minutes drive

Dartmouth - 25 minutes drive

Further Details:

Great butchers, delis and cheese shop (as well as supermarket) in Totnes

Pannier Markets - Friday & Saturday

Elizabethan Charity and Craft market - Tuesday mornings in summer

Things to do:

Riding/Pony Trekking … Golf … Angling … Canadian Canoe Trips … Sailing … all nearby

Relaxing in the garden, on the beach or in front of a log fire doing nothing.

Wandering down to the local pub which dates from medieval times.

Walking - locally, along the Dart, on Dartmoor, along the coastal footpath.

Totnes - Elizabethan houses, Norman castle, cream teas, second hand bookshops, cheese shop, museums, etc

Dartington - Dartington Hall gardens, High Cross House, Cider Press Centre (craft shops ++)

Cruises on Dart estuary from Totnes/Dartmouth - combine with:-

Steam Railways:- Paignton & Dartmouth Railway - Paignton/Kingswear

South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh/Totnes

Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary, Buckfastleigh

Woodlands Leisure Park,- (for exhausting children), near Dartmouth

Pennywell Farm,- animals and family entertainment, Buckfastleigh

National Trust and English Heritage - country houses and castles

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Rates & Availability

Totnes Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
July-Aug HIGH
Jul 29 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,538
 
 
Aug Bank Hol.
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,409
 
 
Sep 1
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
$972
 
 
Sep 2
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
$817
 
 
Sep 3 & 4
Sep 16 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
$766
 
 
Oct 1 & 2
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 13 2017
7 night minimum stay
$637
 
 
Oct 3
Oct 14 2017 - Oct 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
$637
 
 
Oct Half Term
Oct 21 2017 - Oct 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
$766
 
 
Oct - Dec
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
$103
$489
 
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 4 2018
7 night minimum stay
$1,191
 
 
January
Jan 5 2018 - Feb 9 2018
3 night minimum stay
$103
$489
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Pricing & Booking Notes:

*** SPECIAL OFFER - SCHOOL HOLS w/b 22nd JULY £875 (was £1095), SEPT: w/b 2nd £755, 23rd £595, 30th £495, HALF TERM (21 Oct) £595 (all + site Service Fee) ***

High Season Changeover Day:
From the Easter Holiday to October half-term the changeover day is Saturday. Over the winter season we can be flexible.
Standard changeovers: Arrival from 3pm, Departure by 10am.

Low Season - 3 night breaks (when avail. excl.half terms) from £210 / £225 + £60 / £65 extra night, flexible start days

Many guests bring their own bed linen (for 2 king size and 2 single duvets), bath towels and tea towels with them, but we can provide them if you wish at a price of £9.50 per head.

Central heating, if needed, is charged for at cost based on oil usage (hot water is inclusive).

Clients are advised to take out suitable insurance covering Holiday Cancellation, Personal Liability and Personal Possessions.

All information E&OE

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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