Per weekfrom 600.00 to 1090.00 GBP
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.
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.
Jonquil Cottage was originally a hayloft before being transformed into a cosy and romantic bolthole that’s perfect for a couple with a baby and/or toddler. The ground floor is an open plan living space, with a sofa, TV and DVD player, 4-seater dining table and well equipped fitted kitchen. Families can also spill outside to a garden area. On the first floor, Jonquil has two pretty bedrooms tucked under the eaves – one double which leads through to a single room with space for a cot. The bathroom/wc is also on the first floor. Free Wi Fi is available and 1 dog is permitted. Besides being a cottage for self-catering, Jonquil is available on a B&B basis, with continental or cooked breakfast served in the farmhouse.
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.
Check-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 30%
Balance: 42 days prior to arrival
Check-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 30%
Balance: 42 days prior to arrival
***As from 5th January 2018, South Coombe is under new ownership. We are the Clarke family (Simon, Clare, Joshua 8 years and Jayden 5 years) and we are delighted to be the lucky new managers of South Coombe!
We will continue all the good work that the previous owners (Jonquil and Chris) did with the added benefit of having young children ourselves, so we can look at things with a parental eye! Our young boys have settled into their new country life very quickly, they love the extra animals we now own (11 ducks, 8 chickens) and also they have really enjoyed the wonderful facilities here (the indoor pool is such a good way to get rid of some of their surplus energy when the weather is bad)! We live in the farmhouse on site and are more than happy for children of guests to accompany our own children on the twice daily chicken and duck feeding! ***
South Coombe is a traffic free site. The cottages are grouped around our thatched Devon longhouse in the middle of our 15 acre site.
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 rag doll cats, Barney and George, as well as a gerbil, guinea pigs and soon we will be getting a puppy! All are big hits with the children.
We love the peace and quiet, tranquility and the general relaxation afforded by the location and the facilities (particularly the sauna). We also love the feeling of well being by being surrounded by animals and our friendly guests!
Our own children love south Coombe for the same reason as children of guests, namely the space to run around, the indoor 30 degree heated pool, the many tame and friendly animals and the many nearby attractions!
One double and one single room (access to single room is through double room) + cot
Exeter airport is 40 mins drive away and Bristol airport is 1hr 20 mins away.
Mini market and pub are a mile away.
Indoor heated pool with keypad security entry, 1.2 metres depth throughout, entry steps to pool, electronic safety cover when not in use.
Tumble room for under 5's
Babysitting can be provided.
This child friendly cottage has travel cots, highchairs, baby baths, baby bouncer, steriliser, potty, stair gates, plastic crockery and cutlery.
This child friendly cottage has kids books and a selection of toys.
Table tennis, pool and football table room.
Internet shopping can be arranged along with bread and pastries delivery.
This child friendly cottage has a play area with swing, climbing frame and slide.
Spa therapist can be arranged.
Stairgates can be provided
Large enclosed grounds with play area and pond which is fenced.
Wi-Fi is provided.
Dogs are accepted
Resident hens and ducks.
Golf course 25 minutes drive away.
Multiple cots and highchairs can be provided.
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A lovely holiday house in a superb setting. The cottage was well equipped and had everything we needed, could do with a pint glass or two though! The complex meant we kept our little girl entertained without leaving the site which is good as everything is a fair drive away. Local pubs food exceptional though! A lovely stay.
We had a lovely 3 days stay and enjoyed the local pub. Comfy beds and a real home from home. Simon was very friendly and helpful.
Can't recommend this location highly enough. Jonquil and Chris treated us all like family for the duration of our stay. Our eldest daughter (2.5 yrs old) was treated to the delights of feeding ducks and chickens every day with plenty of running around space to explore. The play area and onsite swimming pool was thoroughly utilised during our stay. The hosts went above and beyond and very kindly included a whole array of baby equipment when they realised we had an infant with us. Would love to return with family and friends in the future.