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Refurbished, Spacious, Stylish, Well Equipped Family Holiday Cottage - Sleeps 12

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Spacious 5 bed, 3 bath, 2 reception roomed cottage in beautiful countryside near the stunning coast of South Devon.

Newly refurbished Oak is one of the cottages that make up Buckland Court - it is a deceptively large holiday home constructed from original farm buildings using local skills and materials. It sleeps up to 12 in 5 bedrooms (2 king, 1 linkable twin + sprung chair bed, 1 twin, 1 double with single bunk over) with 3 newly refurbished bath/shower rooms + basins in two bedrooms, 2 receptions (one with pool/table tennis table), a large very well equipped kitchen/diner, parking and beautiful communal garden.

The cottage is situated in the rolling countryside of the beautiful South Hams area of South Devon just 10 minutes drive from the stunning Devon coast. Oak offers newly refurbished (2015) stylish, comfortable self catering accommodation for up to 12 people and is an ideal venue for family or friends to get together, with plenty of room to spread out and relax - whatever you want to do. The living space is generous and made up of an L shaped lounge with ample comfortable seating, table and chairs for card/board games and a TV area with flat screen free view TV, and Playstation 3. A second reception area has comfortable seating, a smart TV, Ipod dock and a 6 foot games table for snooker and table tennis. The kitchen is newly refurbished and offers a large modern, fully equipped kitchen with everything you need including a dining area that will seat up to 14. The house is centrally heated with radiators in all rooms and comes with free wifi/internet access. Outside there is teak outdoor furniture. There is parking for 2 cars in the courtyard and overflow parking behind the nearby stable block. The lush communal gardens, accessible from the adjacent courtyard, amount to 1. 5 acres and include brick BBQ, picnic tables, areas for playing games, childrens playhouse and swings, ponds/water features and a wealth of wildlife all surrounded by lovely countryside. The caretaker Simon also breeds barn owls and is happy to show these to visitors, they are proving quite an attraction! Oak Cottage is perfectly situated to make the most of the beautiful South Hams countryside and stunning South Devon coast and beaches. There are walks to suit everyone along the coastal path or inland through woods, fields and of course the Dartmoor National Park is not far away. The towns of Dartmouth, Totnes, Kingsbridge and Salcombe are within easy reach. There are lovely pubs, restaurants, galleries and shops galore. River trips, steam train outings, water sports, sailing, golf, tennis, fishing, crabbing, horse riding - and if you have any energy left there are several child friendly activity parks in the area! The cottage also comes with 25% reduction in fees for the Dartmouth Golf and Country Club - 10 minutes away.

Unfortunately Oak Cottage is not suitable for STAG or HEN parties or groups of school leavers due to the close proximity of other holiday cottages.

More Details

Jude Ferrao
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

About Jude Ferrao

My sister and I are the owners of Oak Cottage. We are from London, have four boys and two girls between us and family and friends all over the country. We wanted to find a place we could all get together for great family holidays.

We bought in a beautiful area with lots to offer so that extended family and friends could get together whenever we wanted in a comfortable, well equipped house that was everything we wanted from our 'home from home'.

We have had 16 years of brilliant times at Oak Cottage with loads of wonderful memories. We use it a little less now the kids are older (we now tend to come for shorter breaks with family/friends and my sister has actually moved to Devon) which is why we are renting it out.

We want it to be well used and enjoyed as it should be - which seems to be the case judging by the reviews!

Jude Ferrao purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Jude Ferrao chose South Hams

Living in London we really wanted somewhere to get away to that was completely different from our everyday surroundings and that we could set up exactly the way we wanted.

We had holidayed in this part of the country and loved it - the South Hams area of Devon has beautiful unspoilt English countryside with narrow lanes, high hedges, green fields, quaint villages and you are never far from the stunning coastline and beaches that we love.

There are fabulous views, good walking, lovely beaches, golf courses (we are keen golfers), numerous other activities, good pubs and restaurants. Something for everyone whatever the time of year and all in a lovely 'away from it all' setting!

We loved this house because of the space and flexibility it offered - 5 bedrooms but also loads of living and entertaining space - it never feels full even with 12 of us there!

What makes this cottage unique

Oak Cottage is in a quiet rural setting with other converted cottages. The cottage is very spacious and well equipped and the beautiful 1.5 acre communal garden is there to be enjoyed by everyone complete with brick built BBQ and picnic tables.

The games area at the cottage is very popular and there is plenty of other space to spread out and relax. The large kitchen with table and seating for 14 is the hub of the house.

We have a great on-site caretaker, Simon, who will help you settle in - he is a font of local knowledge and only too pleased to help and advise. He also breeds Barn Owls and these prove a very popular attraction, the children in particular love to feed them!

While you do need a car you are never far from stunning beaches, fabulous walking, golf, shops, pubs and restaurants and there are plenty of other activities on offer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Oak Cottage at Buckland Court is a great place for a large group of people wishing to explore the beautiful South Hams area of Devon. We were a group made up of three totally outnumbered mums and eight children, who ranged in age from 6 to 14 years. There was plenty to keep them all occupied at the cottage, from exploring the very large garden to playing pool or racing cars on the PlayStation. The cottage is extremely well equipped and very comfortable. The coast is just a few minutes drive away along beautiful country roads. There are stunning beaches to visit, which can be reached if walking along the costal path. However, the cottage is also very close to Dartmouth, Kingsbridge, Totnes and Salcombe, where you will find some lovely shops and restaurants. From these towns you may take many different boat trips either along the coast or up the estuaries. We hired two small motor boats in Dittisham and explored the River Dart. The holiday was great fun and we all had a wonderful time. Hopefully, we will be able to arrange a friends reunion at Oak Cottage again sometime in the future. There is still so much of South Devon to explore!
May 2017
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Slapton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Family bathroom + shower bath and thermostatic power shower
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , En suite to Master bedroom, shower cubicle with power shower
    Shower room 2 - toilet , shower , Quadrant shower cubicle with thermostatic shower
  • Newly refurbished en suite shower room with Master Bedroom with power shower, basin, wc.. tiled floor. Newly refurbished large Family bathroom with power shower over shower bath, basin, wc, tiled floor. Newly refurbished shower/cloakroom with thermostatic shower, basin, wc, tiled floor.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Bedroom with en suite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 5 foot bed with wash hand basin
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Twin room
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Double bed with single bunk over it. Limited hanging space
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Linkable beds can be twin or superking, with wash basin
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master Bedroom, overlooks courtyard, Kingsize bed, fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers, en suite shower room. Bedroom 2: Overlooks courtyard, Kingsize bed, fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers, wash basin Bedroom 3: Overlooks courtyard, Linkable twin/superking beds, fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers, properly sprung chair bed, under bed storage, wash basin Bedroom 4: Twin beds, fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers, under bed storage, velux window Bedroom 5: Double bed with single bunk over, chest of drawers, under bed storage, limited hanging, velux window.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • nude beach
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outside: There is seating and teak table immediately outside the front door of the cottage in the courtyard. Lovely lush 1.5 acre communal garden (access across adjacent courtyard) with games area, playhouse and swings and lots of places to relax and enjoy the rolling countryside on view. Complete with brick built bbqs and picnic tables. Ponds/water features - (unfenced so small children must be supervised). Ducks, chickens and rescue barn owls are kept on site. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: All bedlinen/duvets/towels/welcome pack provided (please bring beach towels). Property is cleaned before visit and after each week stayed by arrangement. All fuel and electricity included. Highchair/booster seat provided. Cot on request.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Refurbished, Spacious, Stylish, Well Equipped Family Holiday Cottage - Sleeps 12
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 28 reviews


  • 5 of 5

spacious , comfortable and well thought out

great garden

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great cottage for a large family holiday

  • 4 of 5

Ideally situated to explore the many attractions in the area but be prepared to negotiate narrow country lanes.

Situated within a small complex of holiday homes surrounded by beautiful grounds. An attractive, well equiped, large comfortable cottage which suited our family of twelve aged 2 to 70years old.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review Ann, we are delighted that you had a lovely week in Devon and that you really enjoyed the cottage and all it had to offer - I know you said the children loved the gardens, ducks etc. and that you spend a lot of time exploring local Devon. We hope you and the family will visit again sometime. With kind regards, Jude.
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Stunning. Cant wait to return in the summer months

  • 5 of 5

Late Christmas family gathering. What a lovely cottage and location to enjoy a winters weekend. Beautifully prepared and spotless throughout. This lovely home invites your family and friends to enjoy it, to entertain and to cook and spend time together. The beatiful local area, rolling lawns, ponds and BBQ area are certainly calling us back for a summer visit.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Glenn for your lovely review - we are delighted you discovered us for your family get together and loved and made great use of the cottage. It is a great part of the world to get away to whatever time of year - hope to see you and the family again soon. Best wishes, Jude.
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Excellent property for a large family group.

  • 5 of 5

Spacious, clean, very well equipped, super new kitchen, warm and cosy, modern bathrooms. Handy having Simon nearby for any questions and local advice. Location ideal for easy access to many beaches in this lovely part of South Devon. We were a party of 8 including two little children and a dog and this property was just what we wanted for our October week away.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you David for your comments - the refurbishment of the house in 2015 has really been appreciated by all our guests since then and I am glad the space and facilities worked well for your 3 generations. As you rightly point out it is a huge bonus for us and our guests to have Simon (the caretaker) on hand as he is an expert in everything to do with the local area. We do hope we can welcome you and the family back again sometime. With kind regards, Jude.
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Oak Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We arrived early at the cottage but as it had already been prepared we were quickly given entry and were delighted with all first impressions.With 3 families travelling from 3 different areas it was great to have immediate access and be able to sort bedrooms, get unpacked and get the holiday started. The week progressed from there; the garden was great for the kids to run and let off steam after their journeys, the well equipped kitchen proved an immediate hit with the ladies (I know this sounds a bit sexist but it was a hit) and the bedroom provision for ten of us, 6 agults and 4 children was more than adequate.

With glorious weather all week this was a great start and the week progressed from here and my birthday celebration (on the Thursday), the original purpose for the week, was very memorable for all the right reasons.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Paul, thank you very much for your review - we are always delighted when our guests have had a lovely week staying at Oak Cottage - sounds like it ticked all the boxes for you and the family birthday celebrations were enjoyed by all. You were lovely, appreciative guests and we hope you will come and stay again sometime. With kind regards, Jude.
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Brilliant accommodation.

  • 5 of 5

The accommodation was brilliant. All you could need for 12 people. A newly fitted modern kitchen with all the equipment you could need. Games room far bigger than it looks on the photos. Grounds are brilliant, very relaxing place to make a great holiday. Close to Saxton and the beach. Recommended for a large group or family with plenty of space so you are not on top of each other. Thank you for a great stay in a wonderful place.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Ruth for writing a lovely review for Oak Cottage - we are delighted that you and the family had a great holiday in this beautiful part of Devon and really appreciated the space and facilities that we provide for our visitors at the cottage. We look forward to welcoming you back again sometime. With best wishes, Jude.
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Exeter Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
4.5 Miles
Dartmouth Golf and Country Club
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.25 Miles
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Slapton Sands
Car: necessary


Lots of lovely beaches a short drive away. The closest is 3 mile long Slapton Sands under 10 mins away. 5 mins further towards Dartmouth is Blackpool Sands - a popular Blue Flag beach with restaurant/shop/showers/changing facilities. Travelling past Kingsbridge about 20 mins away are Thurlestone, Bantham and Bigbury (30 mins) and Burgh Island. If you prefer more remote beaches travel about 20 mins to Start Point and walk down coastal path to Mattiscombe and Lannicombe. South Hall Sands and Beesands are 20 mins. Beautiful Mill Bay at East Portlemouth opposite Salcombe which can be reached by foot ferry. Great walking through countryside and woods, along cliffs with fabulous views of the stunning coastline or along beaches at low tide. Walks suitable for children and experienced hikers.


The cottage is in a rural setting down typical Devon narrow country lanes and a car is essential.

We are about 1 hour 50 by car from Bristol, about 55 mins from the end of the M5 (Exeter) and 45 minutes from Plymouth which is the nearest ferry port.

The nearest mainline station is at Totnes - 20 minutes drive from the cottage with trains direct from London Paddington and other parts of the country.

The nearest international airport is at Exeter with a larger one at Bristol.


The nearest village is Slapton - 1.25 miles away

Torcross, Strete, East Allington, Chillington, Kingsbridge - 10/15 mins drive.

Dartmouth and Dittisham - 20 mins.

Closest supermarket, high street, swimming pool - Kingsbridge 15 mins

Totnes 15 mins

East Portlemouth and Salcombe about 25 mins.

Closest beaches 10 mins - many others within 20/30 mins.

Nearest golf club - 15 mins, most others within 30 mins.

The South West Coastal path - 15 minutes away.

Dartmoor National Park - 30 mins.

Further Details:

Great pubs and restaurants in the area at Slapton, Torcross, Strete, Beesands, Chillington, Stokenham, Dartmouth, Hope Cove, Salcombe, Totnes.

Dartmouth for boat trips out to sea or up the River Dart, shops, restaurants, galleries etc. Also Dartmouth castle has been guarding the town since 1300's.

Lovely walks from Dartmouth and also Kingswear opposite bank of Dart.

Steam train from Kingswear to Totnes.

Dittisham for crabbing and good pub and cafe. Also get to Agatha Christie's estate Greenway by ferry from here (or boat from Dartmouth)

Kingsbridge has nearest Tesco and Morrisons with high street shops, post office, cinema, swimming pool, leisure centre, tennis courts. River boat to Salcombe at high tide.

Totnes, supermarket, leisure centre - lots of eclectic/interesting shops and cafes. Totnes castle 12 century. Steam train trips from here.

Dartington - a collection of gift, glass and craft shops, restaurant.

Horse Riding - Dittisham.

Nearest Adventure Park - Woodlands Adventure Park - 15 minutes drive.

Water sports including sailing at various locations around the area.


Rates & Availability

Slapton Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 15 2017 - Jul 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jul 22 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Autumn
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
October Half Term
Oct 21 2017 - Nov 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $258.72
Pet Fee $32.34

Booking Notes:
Non refundable deposit of £200 will be required at the time of booking with the balance due 60 days before the start date of your stay. If the booking is made within 60 days the full cost will be due.
A security deposit of £200 is also required when you pay the final balance for your stay. This will be refunded on satisfactory inspection of the property within 2 weeks of your departure.
Up to 2 well behaved dogs welcome by prior arrangement, £25 payable per animal per break/week.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually a Saturday but other arrangements may be possible - please ask the owner.
Short breaks start on Friday or Sat, or Monday or Tuesday.
Arrival after 3 pm and departure before 10 am but will try to be flexible - please ask.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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