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Barnacle Cottage, on the edge of the village of Galmpton, nestles in the heart of the Dart Valley (within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and a few miles from Brixham harbour. The village centres around a marina by the Creek, a general store Post Office shop and butcher where 'locally sourced' produce comes as standard. Half a mile's stroll to the pub and restaurant, the location is perfectly placed to explore all that South Devon has on offer and has plenty within a short drive, but allows relaxation in a quiet and rural village life. It lies only a mile from the coast with sandy beaches and little coves to discover. The cottage caters comfortably for up to 4 with a double and a smaller bedroom. The open plan ground floor incorporates a comfortable lounging area with 2 sofas, dining table and a well equipped kitchen. With underfloor heating the natural stone floor to the ground floor open plan area becomes a cosy hangout in the cooler months. There is a front stable door and to the side off road parking. With no houses in sight and country views from every room the cottage boasts a very traditional atmosphere with original beams, open stone walls, turning wooden staircase etc. To the rear stone steps lead up to a breathtaking woodland garden spanning three levels with stunning views and plenty of shade with areas to BBQ, sunbathe or dine alfresco. Wifi, satellite TV, books and DVDs will help entertain. The immediate area offers a wealth of activities including stunning coastal walks, beautiful beaches and river cruises. Try a passenger ferry ride over the Dart to Dittisham for a drink at The Ferry Boat Inn. The Greenway House & Gardens on the banks of the River Dart run by National Trust is easily accessed from the village. Once Agatha Christie's summer home, the house has been lovingly restored to its former glory and is newly opened to the public. It offers a glorious day with enchanting views, a cafe and a shop to browse. See the National Trust website for more information and to pre-book car parking etc.
Brixham and Dartmouth: Nearby Brixham offers much in the way of a quaint and working fishing town with an abundance of nautical activities such as boat trips, sailing and fishing. Choose from many good restaurants where locally caught fish is always on the menu. The historic town of Dartmouth can be reached via passenger or car ferry and offers great award winning restaurants, markets, music festivals in May and a Regatta in August. The medieval historic town of Totnes has an abundance of independent shops, markets, tea rooms and riverside restaurants. From here the wonderful South Hams beaches are easily accessible as is Dartmoor National Park. Steam railway trips and Paington Zoo are among the wealth of childrens' activities. Charter local skipper Pete for your own day or half day out on the River Dart, with catering and optional tuition. See more detail on the boat charters at www.dartcharters.co.uk.
Light and airy beamed bedrooms with lovely rural views. Second TV/video in master bedroom. Electric blankets on all beds. Single bedroom looks out over the front with views over fields and horses. 1 storage bed pulls out easily with legs to match height but when both beds are out takes the width of the room meaning access only possible from the foot ends of the beds.. Possibly best suited for children rather than 2 grown ups!
Travel cot available in storage cupboard....moreless
In Barnacle Cottage there is a newly installed electric shower over the bath. However, unfortunately due to height restriction of sloping eave it is not possible for an adult to completely stand upright under the shower, but shower head detaches and can be used manually, so to speak!...moreless
I am on on hand next door to welcome you on arrival. The large garden is shared with myself and two friendly dogs. Guests have private garden area with table, chairs, loungers, BBQ and swing seat. Peaceful and lovely views across the countryside. Please note there is washing machine available for your use in separate utility room at the other end of the property. There is an extensive information pack in the cottage as well as maps and information on all the local tourist attractions, recommendations for restaurants, outings etc. Just ask if you wish to book some babysitting in advance with local reliable babysitters. Dog walking or sitting can be booked in advance if you would like a day to yourselves. Highly recommended meat and vegetable boxes available for Friday deliveries from nearby Riverford Organic Farm. Please ask me for further information about ordering. The Farm also offer a variety of childrens activities/tours as well as shops and a very well reviewed restaurant....moreless
April/May 2015 Apr 17 - May 21, 2015 3 night min stay
Spring Bank Hol May 22 - May 28, 2015 7 night min stay
June/July 2015 May 29 - Jul 16, 2015 7 night min stay
High Summer 2015 Jul 17 - Aug 27, 2015 7 night min stay
September Aug 28 - Sep 24, 2015 4 night min stay
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The picturesque village of Galmpton is 3 m from historiic Brixham and 1.7m to Greenway, once Summer home to Agatha Christie and now run by the National Trust, set on the banks of the River Dart with breathtaking views it offers a lovely outing with extensive grounds and restaurant.. From Greenway a few mins walk to the river Dart where a passenger ferry crosses to the heavenly village of Dittisham with its quirky riverside Ferry Boat Inn. The ferry runs all year and for the return journey a large bell summons the ferry - great fun for the children as is the crabbing off the small pier. 6 miles to the ancient town of Totnes with its many interesting shops, tearooms and riverside restaurants. From Totnes a trip to the grounds of nearby 10th C. Dartington Hall and the Sharpham vineyard is a must. Ferry boat trips, steam railways and Paington Zoo are all closeby. Coastal paths and the historic town of Dartmouth via car ferry 5m. From Brixham Berry Head cliff top walks, sea views & restaurant
National Park Dartmoor is within easy access and it is a real joy to get to know and very popular with all who visit South Devon.
Churston Golf Course is just over a mile away and looks out towards a beautiful scene of sea and bays.
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: Been lucky in my life to become well travelled since childhood which gave me permanent itchy feet, but now fairly settled here in Devon for the past nine years with one son, two dogs and a cat.
I feel as if I am on permanent vacation here in glorious South Devon and never tire of the fabulous beaches and scenery, coastal paths and walks in the surrounding Dart Valley and along the coast
I am truly blessed to be living in such a glorious place. More importantly it is the celebration of food and produce that I am really passionate about. Yes, whilst living in London you can have a delivery of organic vegetables but here it is just right here on your door step, Sorry veggies, but I drive past the herd of cows daily that I know I am going to find in my own butchers in a matter of weeks and I drive through the countryside where passionate organic farmers battle with the changing climate to bring us the real thing to our plates. Some even have tried the rat race themselves and come home to where it matters.
Why the Owner Chose Torquay: The minute I saw the property and location of the cottages for the first time, I was in love. Coming down for a weekend from busy, stressed out London to house hunt, I saw the two gorgeous cottages and never looked back. Went back to London and immediately put in an offer and a few months later was here. I only saw the one property! Mad? Yes, but I have no regrets.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: I think visitors enjoy all the benefits I saw in this lovely, serene area directly surrounding the property. The peacefulness, the night sky full of stars, just the feeling that you are alone and without interference from others. The 'silence' is sensational, just the bird song. I love it!