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Large Stunning Family House With Lake And Sea Views - Torcross Village - Devon

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House near, Kingsbridge, South Devon, Devon, England - Unique - Loft- New England Style House Unparalleled Sea Views


Bayfeld is a unique house - Sitting in a 1 acre garden and woodland plot at the end of a private (shared) drive our vast wooden front deck provides unparalleled and uninterrupted views over Lake, Sea and Village.

Bright, stunning, white open plan interiors with exposed roof beams and designer furniture and fittings - the house is airy - open and provides huge space for relaxing, dining with friends or just being with family.

Our private garden surrounds the house with lawn, BBQ and garden furniture at the rear to soak up the late afternoon sun. A short walk up through our private woodland leads to a raised viewing clearing ideal for sundowners, kids camp etc (again with breathtaking views) Parking at the side of the house is ample - easily for 5 cars (we have had many more!) and the bespoke wet room by the front door provides an ideal place for sandy beach gear, wet suits, wellies and raincoats.

This house is unique for its style, space and open aspect. Light floods in from all sides. Theres no country cottage chintz or old faded spendour - this house is funky,modern, comfortable and as much like a New York Loft or California beach house as it is Devon dwelling. We love it and regard it very much as our 'other' home not a holiday home so its a place you simply won't want to leave.

The house offers 4 large double rooms, 2 en-suite with a third family bathroom for use by the other two bedrooms. All rooms have double patio doors with access directly onto the ground floor decking and gardens. The house is surrounded by beach pebbles and wild grasses as part of the planting in keeping with its location.

The house has WiFi available throughout and TV upstairs and downstairs. There is Telephone available to use free for local calls but non local, international or calls to mobiles will be charged back. THERE IS STRONG MOBILE SIGNAL THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE

The house is reversed in as much as the main and huge open plan living and dining area is upstairs to take advantage of the incredible views. The upstairs also meets the garden as the land rises behind the house.

The bedrooms, wet room, utility room, boiler / plant room and bathrooms are all downstairs although there is an additional toilet upstairs.

Bathroom and kitchen fittings are all of deluxe standard. The Utility room boasts a sink, washing machine and tumble dryer. There is also a wet room and a drying rack in the boiler room for additional drying.

The house has full central heating, electricity and gas cooker. All doors can be locked without the need for keys on departure (the front door requires key entry).

There is a charcoal BBQ for use in the garden.

There is a log burner stove in the main living room and logs are available for use from the woodshed.

PLEASE NOTE that the house is a no smoking house - as there are more than sufficient outside spaces for the odd tab!

Rubbish is bagged and placed weekly at the end of the drive for collection. Devon is the no 1 county for recycling so relevant bags will be available. please recycle.


A short walk gets you to one of several pubs and the nearest beach which stretches for over 3 miles. At the beach you can pick up the coast path and walk along the stunning cliffs and beaches all the way to Salcombe if you have the legs for it and beyond (in fact you could walk all the way to Minehead but thats about 200 miles!!!).......Or you could just stop at the beach for a well earned coffee . full English breakfast or high tea at the Sea Breeze cafe or a few yards further on - the unique Start Bay Inn - with its thatched roof and stupidly large and delicious plates of fish and chips!

Within easy and short driving distance is the stunning beach of Blackpool Sands with its superb beach cafe , Restaurant and shop. This is a private beach so you have to pay to enter and park but it's worth it.

A little further gets you - via one of the most scenic drives in England - to the historic naval town of Dartmouth (with pubs, shops, the castle, hotels, fishing trips, fish and chips, pasties and so much more).

Continuing on from Dartmouth theres the riverside gem of the village if Dittisham nestled on the banks of the river Dart - an ideal place for pub lunch or cafe stop, a stroll and a spot of shore scrambling and crabbing for the kids.

Turning left out of the House towards Kingsbridge you could take the back roads to East Prawle - with its lighthouse at Prawle Point (it's actually England's southern most point ) and the famous Pigs Nose pub - haunt of holiday makers, locals and the odd rock band (who have been known to play in the adjacent village hall). Why not stop en-route and check out the deserted fishing village at Hallsands - Spooky!

If you don't turn off to East Prawl but instead keep going straight you will head towards Kingsbridge - an ancient town again with fantastic local shops, pubs and restaurants.

The Crabshell pub sits on the waterfront and offers all day dining including Pizzas and is a buzzing meeting point for locals and holiday makers. Its also the HQ for the local Paddleboard SUP so if you would like to have a lesson - try your hand at paddleboarding or rent some paddleboards - then this is a good place to start.

Salcombe - now the jewel of the South Hams and indeed all of England in terms of shoreside Real Estate this is a yachties paradise with the shops, boutiques and pubs to match and of course boats - lots of them! If you fancy renting a boat for the day or joining a mackeral fishing trip - then this is a good place to head for. There are plenty of car parks so you can walk into this tiny town with its winding narrow streets and browse and saunter and eat and drink.

In the same general direction are Bantham, Thurlstone, Bigbury and Burr Island - famous for its legendary house parties in the 20's for the likes of Nowell Coward and his band of merry men. Bantham is a huge - sweeping sandy beach and the main centre for Surfing in the area. This is a great destination with kids if you want a total Devon beach day! There's surf hire and lessons available from the beach. Thurlestone is another stunning sandy beach in the same area and has the added attraction for some of boasting a great links golf course. An added gem is the beach shack - a small un-presupposing wooden shack overlooking the beach that serves one of the best seafood platters in Devon.

If cycling is your thing - there are few places that can match the scenery (and the gradients ) that this coast road has to offer (please be careful as the roads can be quite dangerous with narrow sections and blind corners) Torcross is essentially situated slap bang in the middle of everything the South Hams has to offer so come and see for yourself. Enjoy!

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Mandy Katz
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About Mandy Katz

Hello - we are the Katz Family

We have been coming to Devon and specifically the South Hams since forever and have fallen hopelessly in love with this unspoilt, beautiful corner of England.

We spend our time on the stunning beaches at Bantham, South Milton, Torcross (just a 4 minute walk from the house) and many others and the River Dart - paddle-boarding, canoeing, surfing, swimming and fishing.

We meet our friends at many of the historic local pubs enjoying a pint and real fish and chips - the way its supposed to be!

Then of course there's the doing nothing time - sitting on our huge deck looking out at the breathtaking 180 degree views of the sea and the lake right in front of the house.

Once you've been here - your hooked forever and you'll just keep coming back.

Mandy Katz purchased this house in 2010

Why Mandy Katz chose Torcross

THis house is perfect as it sits in the centre of all the South Hams has to offer. Its on the main route between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth yet set in its own private grounds with views over the whole of Salton Sands and the Lake (Slapton Ley)

You can walk, cycle or drive to beaches, pubs, shops.

The locals are friendly and welcoming and the area is famous for its long and rich history.

What makes this house unique

Very few houses have a view like this one and the open space to entertain and enjoy being with friends and family.

Everything is on the door step or nearby and the beach and seafront being less than 5 minutes walk make it a sensational place to stay.


Torcross House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Master bathroom - bath, wet room shower, floor to ceiling cupboards, toilets, washbasin, Ensuite 2 - wet room shower, toilet, washbasin. Family bathroom with bath, toilet and washbasin. Upstairs Toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom 1 - Superking double bed - ensuite bathroom, chest of drawers and cupboards, Bedroom 2 - Kind double bed ensuite bathroom, chest of drawers, Bedroom 3 - Kingsize with chest of drawers and single bed Bedroom 4 King double - chest of drawers
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: All bedrooms are on the ground floor with direct access to the ground level decking and garden. All bedrooms have painted wooden floors and wooden slatted wall coverings with hand woven, woollen, ethnic rugs. The Master bedroom is bright and airy with colourful art on the walls - There are Bedside tables with lights. Large Chest of Drawers, Superking double bed, duvet and 4 plump pillows. The room has views to the village and sea beyond. There is an en-suite bathroom - bedside tables and bedside lights with light switches to the whole room by the bed. It is a very comfortable and large room. Bedroom 2 - another beautiful room (we call it the yellow room) with bright art, colourful bedspread, wardrobe, driftwood mirror and ensuite shower room. Bedroom 3 is our kids room - so there's an extra single bed as well as the double - chest of drawers and Flat Screen TV Bedroom 4 has a king double bed with bright painted furniture, chest of drawers and bedside lights. Outside: The gardens are beautifully landscaped and deliberately designed to blend with their coastal surroundings. The ground floor is surrounded with a 'beach' made up with large pebbles and wooden decks. The rear garden is a combination of lawns, wild grasses and flower beds leading onto a private woodland which rises steeply up to a clearing from where the entire Slapton Bay can be seen. A great place for sundowners! The garden wraps itself around the house in a continuous flow and there is a BBQ and seating in the rear garden. Upstairs - directly off the main living room is a very large wooden deck with incredible coastal, lake and village views. The sun is there early and stays until mid afternoon when it simply moves to the rear. On the deck there's 4 comfortable wooden outdoor armchairs and coffee table and also a large outdoor dining table and chairs (seats 8-10) Utility Room: Siemens washing machine. tumble dryer, sink, airing cupboard Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Egyptian cotton towels and linen included. Property is fully cleaned and beds made up prior to arrival. for 2+week bookings cleaner will visit after 1 week. and change sheets & towels - Beach towels not included. Other: Very large deck with 4 outdoor armchairs and coffee table and outdoor dining table and chairs - stunning views


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Large Stunning Family House With Lake And Sea Views - Torcross Village - Devon
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Wonderfull house , perfect location , very comfortable .

  • 5 of 5

Baring in mind that we had bad weather , the house was bright , airy and homely .

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Wunderschönes Ferienhaus in toller Lage mit herrlicher Aussicht!

  • 5 of 5

Wir waren im Oktober eine Woche mit Oma und unseren Kindern (5 und 10 Jahre alt) im Bayfield Haus und wir haben uns alle super wohl gefühlt. Das Haus ist total gemütlich und sehr schön eingerichtet. Es fehlte an nichts. Der Blick zum Wasser ist fantastisch. Je nach Wetterlage ist der Ausblick immer wieder anders und schön anzuschauen. Torcross bietet einen schönen Strand zum spazieren gehen und ist für Ausflüge sehr gut gelegen. Das Highlight für die Kinder waren die Kletterfelsen am Strand und der verwunschene Garten am Haus. Es gibt direkt im Ort das gemütliche Cafe Sea Breeze (beste Scones und auch leckere kleine Gerichte) und ein paar Restaurants (10 Minuten Fußweg vom Haus). Mandy hat uns per Mail mit vielen hilfreichen Informationen versorgt. Ankunft und Abreise waren total unkompliziert (wir sind spät abends angekommen). Vielen Dank dafür! Es war ein toller Urlaub und wir kommen gerne wieder!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Our expectations were just blown away...

  • 5 of 5

The house was fantastic the views were stunning and the pictures just don't do it justice.

Such a peaceful spot and an idillic location we had a wonderful time

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Excellent House, Stunning Location

  • 5 of 5

Arriving at your holiday destination does not always fulfil your impressions correctly but at Bayfield House it is everything the brochure says and more. For ourselves after self catering for more than 25 years in the south hams this was perfect. Lots of space for everyone and in impeccable order. Everything needed within walking distance from farm shop, cafe, pub and beach, no need to take the car out. Many thanks to Mark, Mandy and their housekeeper. We will see you again soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Excellent home with amazing views.

  • 5 of 5

We would highly recommend Bayfield. Great house, views and location. First time to The South Hams and we loved it. Thank you Mandy for all the restaurant recommendations and sharing your fab home.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Superb House and Location

  • 5 of 5

This property is fabulous.The house and its furnishings, views and gardens are a delight. Our stay included three generations, comfortable and enjoyable, with generous rooms, ample and high quality equipment. The local farm shop is very close by and had wonderful produce. It's a short, easy walk to Torcross and the beach. You're close to so many places to visit and lovely Kingsbridge for fun shopping, not that you will want to leave the house. We loved Bayfield and if you want a stay that is memorable stay here.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Car: recommended


The local beach at Slapton Sands is a 5 minute walk from the house. From here the coast path can also be picked up and a walk across the cliffs or round the headland leads to Beesands, Hallsands and beyond.

The main surf beaches at Bantham is a 15 minute drive (no dogs in summer)

The sandy beaches at blackpool sands are just 10 minutes by car (no dogs in summer)


We are 20 miles from Totnes railway station (about 40 minutes with traffic) - main line to Plymouth, Exeter, London and beyond.

Nearest airports are Exeter (45 miles), Plymouth City Airport (32 miles) Bristol Airport (104 miles)

Car is pretty essential down here - although we are on the bus route between Dartmouth and Salcombe.

Torcross is a 4 hours drive from London (average traffic), 2 hours from Bristol.


Torcross Village, pubs and beach - 1 mile

Kingsbridge - 6.4 miles

Salcombe - 12 Miles

Dartmouth - 9 Miles

Bantham - 12miles

Newquay - 75 miles

Dartmoor - 30 Miles

Further Details:

The South Hams is an area crammed full of great pubs - seaside fish shacks, fine dining restaurants, cafe's for cream teas, beaches ( a full listing of all local hostelries etc is available in the house when you arrive)

The local pub on the beach - The Start Bay Inn is a real thatched roof destination pub with fantastic fish and chips and sea food.

There is a local village store for papers, sweets, ice creams and the Stokely Barton farm shop which is less than a 5 minute walk is where you can buy fabulous meat from the resident butchers -all your grocery needs and they also serve hot meals (it's the nearest latte should you need it!).

For larger shopping expeditions there's a Morrisons and a Tesco in Kingsbridge and a Sainsbury's, M&S and Lidl in Dartmouth plus plenty of artisan butchers and bakers and banks.

Ashby's Easy store in the nearby village of East Charleton sells everything (and we mean everything!). It is also the nearest petrol station (about 5 miles) and it also boasts a fully stocked outdoor clothing, camping and equipment business for your hunting, shooting, fishing, kayaking , etc.

The Crabshell in Kingsbridge is a great pub on the estuary - they serve great food and it also the home of the local SUP Paddleboard school and hire where you can try your hand on the estuary which is a great way to start.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $663.48

Booking Notes:
Booking deposit of 33% with booking. Security deposit of £500 with balance refundable on return of keys and no damage. Balance due 8 weeks prior to holiday start date. Rental rates are 75% of weekly rate for 2-3 nights, 80% for 4 nights, 90% for 5 nights. Tariffs are set by the rate band that the 1st nights stay fall within.

Changeover Day:
Friday is changeover day for week and weekend bookings. Departure by 10.00am
Check in after 3pm. Short breaks may be available out of season by email request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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