About the property
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- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
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.
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- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- May 6, 2018
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 Slapton
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.
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Check-in: 3:30 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Fantastic cottage in a great location
We absolutely loved our stay here. The cottage itself was lovely - kitchen was very well equipped, pool table was a big plus and the gardens perfect for relaxing in the sun. The location was great, with several beaches within a 15-20 minute drive.
Beautiful house we had an amazing stay!
Thank you so much for such a wonderful stay. We absolutely loved every second. Perfect for the whole family - toddlers right up to Grandparents. We didn’t want for anything X
Thanks Hannah, we are delighted that you all had such a wonderful holiday at Oak Cottage, hope to see you again sometime. Jude
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Perfect half-term week for 6 adults and 5 children. All the facilities needed for the whole party, although one minor glitch - shower in master bedroom takes time for water to empty. Gets close to overflowing. That said, everything else in the property was great. Spent time in Dartmouth, did steam train ride to Paignton from Kingsweir, walked part of the SW coastal path, visited Salcombe (very pretty place), and walked and used the pubs in Slapton and Beesands. A great week enjoyed by all. Driving the roads around the immediate vicinity is a challenge - all single track with passing spaces. Met plenty of vans, lorries, tractors and Chelsea tractors.
Thank you so much for your review, we are delighted that you found the cottage provided everything you needed for your large family group over the half term week in Devon - sounds like you really made the most of getting out and about - there is so much to see and do in the area.
Thank you very much for letting me know about the shower - no one had mentioned it before so I was unaware there was a problem -we will get the plumber in this week and make sure the shower is draining well again.
We do hope we can welcome you and the family back sometime.
With best wishes, Jude
This was an ideal holiday home for families
This was one of the best equipped houses we have ever visited and we wanted for nothing it catered for everyones needs there was nothing i could fault it with.Simon the caretaker was excellent and was on hand if there was anything we needed or information on surrounding areas etc, I would not hesitate in recommending this to anyone and it is worthy of six stars. Will certainly return.
Our first 6 star review! Thank you so much Penny, for a lovely review - we try hard to get it right so love to hear that we have - great to have Simon on site too! We very much look forward to welcoming you and the family back to Oak soon. Best wishes, Jude.
Fabulous holiday enjoyed by all the family aged 3-69 yrs.
Oak Cottage is a fantastic holiday home. Very relaxed home from home feeling on arrival. This spacious house with its large garden was enjoyed by everyone, especially the garden by 4 active children. Cleaniness excellent throughout! Great fully equipped family kitchen. There are several beaches within 30 minutes drive. We would definitely recommend Woodlands Theme Park. Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Totnes are all within easy distance.
Thank you very much Denise for leaving a lovely review for Oak Cottage, we are so pleased that you loved the house and found it well equipped and spacious and we are delighted that you enjoyed the garden so much - it is a lovely tranquil spot. Do hope you will visit us again sometime. Best wishes, Jude.
Amazing family holiday!
Just got back from a family holiday with 10 of us and 2 dogs!
Leading up to the holiday I cannot fault Jude at all, she responded to my emails quickly and was happy to answer any questions I had!
When we arrived there was complimentary tea, coffee, biscuits, cava which was well needed after our journey and a lovely touch!
Everything you could possibly think of has been thought about here and the kitchen is very well equipped!
The beds are so comfy and every person in each room thought so too! Each bedroom has plenty of storage space.
Downstairs there is enough room to accommodate everyone and has enough space so that you don't feel like you're on top of each other!
The grounds are stunning and there is a small play area for children.
Simon the caretaker is there to help with anything you need and was more Than happy to show us the baby owls he has been breeding.
Whilst staying here we had lots of days out which were all no more than an hours journey away which was lovely exploring so many different places.
I would highly recommend this cottage for family getaways and it is suitable for children too!
Thank you so much Stacey for your great review, we are delighted you enjoyed your time at the cottage - we have tried to make it modern and comfortable with plenty of space and things to do for everyone. Those baby owls are amazing as well!
Devon is just such a lovely part of the country anytime of year and sounds like you got out and about and made the most of it.
We do hope we can welcome you back again sometime in the future.
With best wishes, Jude and co.
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.
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
Additional information about rental rates
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.