Bang in the heart of The Dart Valley with the best of scenery, beaches, medieval towns, historic interest and sublime food and wine, this cottage offers a peaceful location with quick access to Dartmouth, Totnes, Torquay, Brixham and Dartmoor.
Dating from the 16th Century, Barnacle Cottage offers visitors a real taste of traditional Devon living with full modern amenities.
There are two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs and the spacious ground floor is open plan with dining, living and kitchen area (with dishwasher).
Sitting on the edge of a coastal village it is surrounded by peaceful beauty, and is perfectly placed to explore all the best of South Devon, There is off road parking beside the cottage and whilst enjoying the beautiful peaceful grounds, bordered by woodland, it is impossible not to convene with nature and the birds in the early morning sunrise! Not another house as far as the eye can see!
However, don't panic, there is WIFI, plasma screen TV, iPod dock and mobile signals to keep you grounded in this century!
The master bedroom has a super comfy king size bed and TV while the smaller bedroom has a high quality single bed with another stored underneath that pulls out to the same height. The bathroom has a bath with an electric shower overhead, although there is height restriction due to sloping eave.
The village of Galmpton, a mile from the Blue Flag Broadsands beach, centres around the River Dart Marina, a friendly pub/restaurant, a general store and butcher shop, sourced from the local area.
Supermarkets are a short drive as are many other shopping and browsing opportunities, including the fishing port of Brixham (about 3 miles), the famously quirky town of Totnes (6 miles) with fabulous eateries, tea shops and interesting and independent shops and markets. Dartmouth (via car ferry) is the beacon of the area with it's naval history and award winning seafood restaurants and markets.
The famous Agatha Christie Greenway House and Gardens lies within 2 miles of the cottage and is one of the National Trust's most popular sites. The scenery there on the banks of the River Dart is truly spiritual and inspired many of her mysteries.
Speaking of spiritual, you can spend a day at The Sharpham Vineyard and taste their own wine and cheese in a magical spot, overlooking the ever present River Dart.
And while we are it let's not forget Dartmoor for stunning scenery. All these as well as boat trips, walking and exploring the many coastal paths are just some of the popular activities in this area of outstanding natural beauty that is South Devon. So I ask you? Is one week really enough...?
You will find me right next door in the attached cottage armed with a promise not to bother you, but a bigger promise to be here to welcome you, help settle you in and assist in any way I can to make your stay here memorable.
Down to business: The rates for the cottage are very seasonal and often vary by the week so it has been quite a challenge to key in a daily rate. To get a day rate I have simply divided the weekly rate by 7. However, when you wish to stay less than 7 nights, the rate will be slightly higher than the day rate multiplied by your number of nights to incorporate the upfront costs which remain the same whether it is for 3 or 7 nights. So please be aware if you are wishing to book a short break that I will need to quote for that separately. During the high season, June - September, short breaks only available depending on availability on a last minute basis.
Full use of the large and multi-levelled garden with swing seat, BBQs, tables and chairs.
Other Things to Note
One or two pets by prior arrangement.
Guests are very welcome to bring their dog. However, there are rules; dogs are restricted to the downstairs area and are not allowed on sofas. Please do not leave pets alone in the cottage.
We spent a week at the cottage. The roads are very narrow for us "Americans" we found out that you can get a 5 day Jubilee pass that covers the steam train, boats and ferry's around Dartmouth. This was a great way to see the area and the train is about a 15 min walk away.
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What can I say, Barnacle Cottage is stunning, the view out of every window and the front door are breath taking. And lying on the couches watching tv was bliss. I felt so comfortable in the house it was like being in a home away from home. Phyllis is the perfect host...even greeting us with Devonshire Tea....everything was perfection!!
The cottage was everything we expected and more: beautiful setting, cute and cozy, Welcome Cream Tea waiting fro us, friendly and helpful host, lots to do and see and the most wonderful scent of flowers everywhere.
Thank you Phyllis, we enjoyed meeting you and staying at your cottage.
Elizabeth, Jim & Veronica
A lovely cottage in a great location. Phyllis was really helpful and friendly too and we felt very welcome. Great garden for the dog too.
We stayed in Phyllis' adorable little cottage for a week in April. Despite the biting cold and rain we had a lovely time. The cottage is full of charm and in beautiful surroundings. The garden out the back is beautiful and brilliant to hang out in when the weather is good. Inside the cottage is really cosy and warm and equipped with everything you might need and more. The beds are super comfy and ideal for lengthy lie-ins.
Phyllis is a very good and accommodating host. Quick and clear communication and very helpful with any requests we had. There was also a lot of really useful info about activities, both for sunny and rainy days. All in all a very nice stay was had by all.
Well travelled, with permanent itchy feet, but now fairly settled here in Devon for the past nine years with one son, two dogs and a cat.
Am on permanent vacation here in glorious South Devon. I never tire of the fabulous beaches and scenery, coastal paths and walks in the surrounding Dart Valley.
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.