Autumn Rose Cottage in Churston Village Nr. Brixham, South Devon - Rural village Location, Parking, Near to coastal path, Pet friendly, Wi-Fi
About Wendy Gibbs
Hi. Thank you for taking an interest in Autumn Rose. My name is Abigail Gibbs. I am twenty years old and I am currently a finalist reading English Language and Literature at Oxford University. I spend some of my vacations writing here, its where I can enjoy the peace and quiet and solitude required to pen that next chapter. My first book The Dark Heroine was published in 2012 by Harper Collins after being spotted on an internet writing site, where I already had a fan base emerging. When time permitted between studies, I completed my second book in the series, aptly named 'Autumn Rose'. which was launched in January 2014. I hope to continue my writing career following my graduation later this year. Year property purchased: 2013
Wendy Gibbs purchased this Cottage in 2013
Why Wendy Gibbs chose Brixham
I am very fortunate to have grown up with my 2 brothers in this beautiful area. Growing up by the sea is a recipe for an idyllic childhood and I enjoyed rowing on the river, sailing at sea, and hiking on the moors. The reason I fell in love with this cottage in particular, it felt unspoilt and maintained a traditional cottage feel without being dark and dismal. My first viewing was in the winter and it was especially inviting and cosy and I knew immediately there was little point looking any further.. The location is convenient as I have yet to learn to drive, Brixham and the bus stop are so near to hand. I also love walking and in no time at all you can be on the South West Coastal Path, a long trek and plenty of fresh air is perfect for plotting the next storyline.
What makes this Cottage unique
In the summer I like to enjoy a glass of wine with my friends and family in the gardens of the amazing local 12th century Churston Court Inn. It is equally enjoyable in the winter in front of the huge open fire which never dies throughout the winter. The history is fascinating, it is said the Great train robber Bruce Reynolds evaded arrest whilst hiding here, plus Agatha Christie penned another of her crime novels on one of her many stopovers. The cottage is well equipped for children, so they won't be bored. I cherish memories of holidays where quality time was spent with my parents, sometimes just enjoying the simplest pleasures
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This cottage was far in excess of my expectations ! The owner has made sure that it has all the equipment needed for self catering and was presented on entry as very clean and organised. In addition to the facilities, there was ample information available for activities in the area. It is situated in an area where you could easily leave your car alone and walk, bus or steam train to wherever you want to go in the area. Communication was great and I have no hesitation in recommending this property.
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Lovely holiday. Perfect cottage and perfect location xxxx
The cottage was beautiful and had everything we could ask for. The children loved the pirate room and wanted to live there.
Location was brilliant. We went kayaking and afternoon tea and spent a lot of time on beaches at Agatha Christie holiday home x
We will be returning x
Home from home
Really great place for touring or walking about, Inn was a nice place to walk on an evening for either a meal or a drink.
Cottage was ideal and had everything you could wish for, if you felt like cooking. Took my dog who loved being able to lie outside on an evening, couldn't get out so ideal place.
Plenty of coves to explore on foot and Golf on the door step.
Lovely cottage, great location.
We rented Autumn Rose cottage mid June. It is the first time we have been to this part of Devon and absolutely loved the area. The cottage was just like a home from home. Although deceptively roomy it was very cosy and comfortable and well equipped with everything you need for your stay. The owners had thought of everything, even down to the bucket and spade and fishing net for a family day at the beach. Because of the location we didn't have to use the car once during our stay, as most places were easily within walking distance, or get on the steam train to Dartmouth or Paigton. We especially liked the walk to Brixham Harbour along part of the coastal path. The weather was a bit hit and miss, but couldn't fault the property. It had everything we needed for a perfect relaxing holiday. A bonus was seeing the swallows feeding their young in the nest in the eaves of the courtyard buildings. We wouldn't hesitate to go there again and explore more of the area.
A lovely cottage with great facilities. My four-year-old son (who's pirate mad - he LOVED the toys and loft room) says we're only allowed eight sleeps at home before we head back for another holiday! We'll be back in the future.
Cosy and Convenient
This cottage was perfect for our needs. Comfortable, well equipped and clean. Easy check in process with the lock box.
Within walking distance from the village are Churston Woods which will take you to the quiet beaches of Elberry, Churston and Fishcombe. A 5 min drive to popular beaches, traditional bucket and spade seaside sands, with rockpooling too, ideal for families.
Brixham harbour is a mile away offering boat trips, crabbing from the breakwater an outdoor sea water pool, and a replica Golden Hind. The River Dart and Dartmouth are 3 miles by car or steam train, as are the towns of Paignton & Torquay
Nearest airport Exeter 27 miles away. which easily connects to the mainline station in Exeter.
Plymouth to Roscoff ferry 28 miles away.
Nearest mainline Railway station (Paignton) 4 miles from property.
Public transport readily available from nearby the property, linking to all major destinations.
In the immediate vicinity , are for ramblers the South West Coastal Path and Berry Head Nature reserve. Or Brixham 1 mile where over 100 boats land and sell their catch at the local fish market on the quayside A viewing platform allows visitors a unique opportunity to watch the comings and goings of the fleet. The nearby town of Dartmouth offers a Paddle Steamer along the River Dart.
Torquay is 3 miles awaywith a fabulous model village and Kents caves and caverns
The fabulous local Inn within 10 mins walking distance is the 12th century Churston Court with a medieval interior serving A La Carte and a Bar menu, with pleasant beer gardens. There is also The Weary Ploughman Inn adjacent to the steam railway serving good bar food. The farm shop selling local produce is just a 10 min walk with a cafe and play area (dogs are welcome too).
Nearby the vintage bus known as the bone shaker can take you to Greenway House the former home of Agatha Christie, and perhaps return by boat or steam train.
Around Brixham quay there are numerous restaurants serving the days catch, as well as pubs and shops, creating a wonderful vibrant atmosphere in this classic English fishing port. Also of note is the Berry Head Hotel in a most stunning location with views across Torbay. Serving bar food and A La Carte, this was built as a military hospital in the Napoleaonic wars and was also the former home of Rev Lyte who wrote the well known hymn (Abide with me). Brixham has a Pirate day which takes place weekly throughout the season - Dress up, a must for family fun, or test your nerves with the Ghost Walk players- visiting infamous locations throughout the town.
A short walk to the bus stop will take you to Paignton and Torquay where connections can be made to the historic cities of Plymouth and Exeter and the Elizabethan towns of Totnes or Dartmouth with lots of individual niche shops.
Between Brixham and Torquay is the idyllic village of Cockington with its thatched cottages, apparently the most photographed village in the UK. Take a ride around the village on the horse and carriage finising at the traditional tea gardens for a cream tea.
An hours drive will take you to rugged Dartmoor, ideal for walking, picnics and letter-boxing, or maybe visit Princetown and the infamous Dartmoor Prison Museum.
Brixham provides the nearest chemist, doctors, and dentist. The town has a number of high street banks and two small supermarkets.