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Drake's Cottage

Devon, United Kingdom

Per week

from 500.00 to 1295.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Jonquil Boyes

Member since May 2012
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
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  • Availability Updated:17 hours 54 minutes

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BFB's Overview

Whatever the season, South Coombe Country Cottages, with an indoor pool and games room, make a fab choice for a family holiday or group gathering down in the Devon countryside. The traditional thatched ‘cob’ farmhouse dates back to the 1600’s and the owners have made one family suite for B&B as well as converting the outbuildings into 5 contemporary cottages for families of 3 to 10, plus babies.

South Coombe is set on the south side of a wooded valley, with 15 acres of outdoor space to fill up on fresh country air. Dogs are welcome in all but Orchard Cottage but owners should be aware of the free ranging chickens and Jemima Puddleducks waddling up from the duck ponds. A play area has a climbing frame, slide and swings or children can burn off energy playing ball games on the lawns, then flop down for a picnic in the old cider orchard. All the cottages also have their own garden or lawned area where little ones can safely play under the watchful eyes of parents as they relax and admire the views or sizzle up something for supper on the BBQ (not supplied but owners welcome to bring).

Sunny or not, the indoor pool is a highlight at South Coombe, with its vaulted, oak-beamed ceiling, loads of light pouring through big windows and French doors onto a sheltered, south-facing terrace. The 10x5m pool is a constant depth of 1.2 metres and kept comfortably warm, even for babies and toddlers to take the plunge with parents. For the under five’s there is a tumble room packed full of fun activities overlooking the pool and the most frazzled grown-ups can unwind in the heat of a Finnish sauna. Adjacent to the pool, a games room makes a great hangout for teenagers and fun family tournaments of table tennis, table football and pool.

From the beautiful conversion of the hayloft and stables, to a Scandinavian-style transformation of the original cart house, each of the five cottages has its own character but all share the same high standards of cosy, contemporary interiors. All of the cottages have open plan living spaces, designer kitchens and luxury bathrooms, as well as original features including timber beams, barn doors and log burners in Tilly’s, Drakes and Saffi’s Cottages. All of the cottages also have great views over South Coombe to the lush and leafy countryside beyond. A Devon Cream Tea on arrival makes a sweet start to any stay and the owners can also supply eggs from their free range hens, organic bread and fresh French pastries, warm and delicious from their AGA.

Accommodation overview

South Coombe comprises 2-bedroom Jonquil Cottage (3+baby), 2-bedroom Drake’s Cottage (4+baby) and 3-bedroom Saffi’s Cottage (5+baby), Tilly’s Cottage (6+baby) and Orchard Cottage (6+baby). Drakes Cottage and Tilly’s Cottage are connected by an internal hallway and can be booked as one (Tike’s Cottage) for 10+babies. A family suite (3+baby) is also available in the farmhouse for B&B.

Drake’s Cottage is a smart and spacious home from home for a family of four + baby. The ground floor is an open plan living space where children can snuggle into the sofas to watch TV and DVD’s by a woodburner, while grown-ups play Masterchef in the designer kitchen or linger over coffee at the dining table. French doors lead to an outdoor dining patio with outside furniture and a large lawned garden where little ones can play out under the watchful eyes of parents. On the first floor, one spacious double bedroom has lovely views over the duck ponds and the second bedroom has full size bunk beds with space for a cot. The luxury bathroom, with a bath and walk-in double sized shower is also on this floor. Free Wi Fi is available and 1 dog is permitted. An internal hallway between Drakes Cottage and Tilly’s cottage means the two can be booked together for groups of up to 10 people plus babies.

Location Information

South Coombe Country Cottages are surrounded by the quintessentially English countryside of rural Devon, between Exmoor and Dartmoor and 50 minutes from the North Devon coast. The pretty village of Witheridge is just one mile away, with a village store/post office, a newsagent and the traditional Mitre Inn, which is family and dog friendly and serves great home cooked food and local ales.

All the essential shops and amenities are available in Tiverton, (20 minutes’ drive), which is steeped in history and families can find out more at the award-winning museum and atmospheric Tiverton Castle. The town stands on the banks of the Grand Western Canal and ‘for people who love horses, boats, wildlife and water’, Tiverton Canal Company is a great ‘Living Heritage Attraction’, with horse drawn barge trips, rowing boats and Canadian canoes for hire, a buggy friendly tow-path nature reserve and fully licensed canalside café bar. Monster Mansion is a soft play centre in Tiverton and children from 4+ can have a ‘gripping’ time at the Wall in the Hall indoor climbing centre.

A further 20 minutes east of Tiverton, Diggerland is a must for Bob the Builder fans and has a host of rides and attractions for all ages – including the grown-ups! Also within an hour’s drive from South Coombe, on the outskirts of Exeter, Crealy Adventure Park is the South West’s number one family attraction, with over 60 theme park rides, cute and cuddly animals to meet and themed indoor play zones.

South Coombe is well placed to enjoy all of the attractions that Devon has to offer, with the closest being Quince Honey Farm, 20 minutes away in South Molton. It offers family fun and a soft play area for the young ones, along with a little education on the subject of bees!
Walkers and wildlife lovers can pull on the wellies to explore the wild scenery of Exmoor and Dartmoor, famous for its shaggy little ponies that children will love to meet at the Miniature Pony Centre. For days out by the sea, the North Devon Coast is around an hour away, including the scenic sandy surfer beaches, backed by dunes at Croyde and Saunton Sands, the dramatic craggy headland of Baggy Point and the award-winning seaside resort of Woolacombe.

Nearest medical services: Witheridge Medical Centre 5 mins; Tiverton Minor Injuries Unit, 20 mins.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 42 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 42 days prior to arrival

Rates

13 Oct - 29 Oct 2017 : £798 /week30 Oct - 22 Dec 2017 : £500 /week23 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018 : £938 /week3 Jan - 8 Feb 2018 : £500 /week9 Feb - 25 Feb 2018 : £720 /week26 Feb - 22 Mar 2018 : £500 /week23 Mar - 15 Apr 2018 : £950 /week16 Apr - 24 May 2018 : £550 /week25 May - 3 Jun 2018 : £830 /week4 Jun - 12 Jul 2018 : £750 /week13 Jul - 5 Sep 2018 : £1260 /week6 Sep - 30 Sep 2018 : £740 /week1 Oct - 11 Oct 2018 : £550 /week12 Oct - 28 Oct 2018 : £800 /week29 Oct - 22 Dec 2018 : £500 /week23 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019 : £960 /week13 Jul - 30 Aug 2019 : £1295 /week13 Oct - 29 Oct 2017 : €894.4782 /week30 Oct - 22 Dec 2017 : €560.45 /week23 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018 : €1051.404 /week3 Jan - 8 Feb 2018 : €560.45 /week9 Feb - 25 Feb 2018 : €807.048 /week26 Feb - 22 Mar 2018 : €560.45 /week23 Mar - 15 Apr 2018 : €1064.855 /week16 Apr - 24 May 2018 : €616.495 /week25 May - 3 Jun 2018 : €930.347 /week4 Jun - 12 Jul 2018 : €840.675 /week13 Jul - 5 Sep 2018 : €1412.334 /week6 Sep - 30 Sep 2018 : €829.466 /week1 Oct - 11 Oct 2018 : €616.495 /week12 Oct - 28 Oct 2018 : €896.72 /week29 Oct - 22 Dec 2018 : €560.45 /week23 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019 : €1076.064 /week13 Jul - 30 Aug 2019 : €1451.566 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 42 days prior to arrival

Who owns this place?

South Coombe is a traffic free site. The cottages are grouped around our thatched Devon longhouse in the middle of our 15 acre site.

Jonquil & Chris moved to South Coombe (from Yorkshire) in 2005 and live full time in the thatched farmhouse. At that time there were only four cottages. Since then we have improved the existing cottages every year, as well as completely renovating a derelict cottage (the ducks used to live in it) - now known as Orchard Cottage.

We moved here as a lifestyle change, intending to stay for only five years. The fact that we are now in our thirteenth year tells you we love what we do (see our TripAdvisor reviews for further proof).

The farmhouse dates back to the sixteen hundreds and was once owned by The Earl of Portsmouth. At that time it was a 250 acre farm.

South Coombe was used to house evacuees from London during the war. One lady who was evacuated here was brought back to see it by her son - a very emotional experience for her.

We do have two duck ponds on site (complete with ducks). They are both fenced. We also have chickens and our two weimeraners - Tilly & Maddie. All are big hits with the children.

Fast Facts

One double and one twin room (full sized bunk beds) + up to two cots

Airport under 2 hours drive

Exeter airport is 40 mins drive away and Bristol airport is 1hr 20 mins away.

Amenities within Walking Distance

Mini market and pub just a mile away.

Any Pool

Indoor heated pool with keypad security entry, 1.2 metres depth throughout, entry steps to pool, electronic safety cover when not in use.

Indoor Play Area

Tumble room for under 5's

Babysitting

Babysitting can be provided

Nursery Gear (additional)

Travel cots, highchairs, baby baths, baby bouncer, steriliser, potty, stair gates, plastic crockery and cutlery.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

Kids books and a selection of general toys.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Internet shopping delivery, bread and pastries delivery.

Outdoor Toys

Play area with climbing frame, swing and slide.

Visiting Spa Therapist

Spa therapist can be arranged

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are provided.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Large enclosed grounds with play area, pond which is fenced.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi is available.

Pet Friendly

Dogs are accepted

Friendly Animals

Resident hens and ducks.

Golf

Golf course 25 minutes drive away.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Multiple highchairs and cots are available.

Fireplace / Wood Burner

Log burner in the lounge


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