The Retreat is a luxurious coach house, part of eight other stylish and luxurious character cottages within the exclusive Gitcombe Country Cottages Estate near Dartmouth. Recently listed in The Times' 50 Best Cottages for Summer feature, Gitcombe's cottages each boast tasteful Scandinavian Country-chic influenced interiors and luxurious touches granite topped kitchens plus a scenic and tranquil setting nestling in their own private valley in the heart of Devon's sought-after South Hams region.

As the pretty Gitcombe Estate appears through the dense trees that border its long drive, its clear you've arrived somewhere very special. The setting, in its own private valley, is both magical and instantly relaxing with beautiful rural views stretching as far as the eye can see. The cottages themselves are stylish, luxurious and sophisiticated with a Scandinavian country-chic feel to the interiors.

The location is pretty special too being less than five miles from the yachting town of Dartmouth and roughly the beautiful bay at Blackpool Sands. The eight stylish cottages sleeping from 2 to 8 boast luxurious bathrooms and designer kitchens and share facilities that could rival a five star hotel with an elegant pool house complete with indoor heated pool, Klafs sauna and steam rooms, outdoor sundeck with hot tub, outdoor pool, tennis courts and pre-bookable beauty treatments. Gitcombe is as enchanting for kids as it is for their parents thanks to the carved wooden playground, indoor soft play room and opportunity to play spot the moo cow accross the valley whilst splashing about in the outdoor hot tub!

View other Gitcombe Cottages here: Sleep 4, Sleep 6, Sleep 8.

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Gitcombe Country Cottages

Meavy Barn

  • £739.00 - £2500.00 per week
  • Sleeps 4 in 2 Bedrooms

The Coach House

  • £890.00 - £2709.00 per week
  • Sleeps 4 in 2 Bedrooms

Yennadon Barn

  • £739.00 - £2471.00 per week
  • Sleeps 4 in 2 Bedrooms


  • £739.00 - £2574.00 per week
  • Sleeps 5 in 3 Bedrooms


  • £739.00 - £2780.00 per week
  • Sleeps 6 in 3 Bedrooms


  • £739.00 - £2780.00 per week
  • Sleeps 6 in 3 Bedrooms

Garden House

  • £984.00 - £3532.00 per week
  • Sleeps 8 in 4 Bedrooms

Gitcombe Retreat

  • £1929.00 - £5832.00 per week
  • Sleeps 8 in 4 Bedrooms

Gitcombe House

  • £1915.00 - £5999.00 per week
  • Sleeps 13 in 5 Bedrooms
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The Owner / Manager

Peter O'Brien

Member since Oct 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
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  • Availability Updated:15 hours 22 minutes


Late Availability Discount

Bookings made within 30 days of travelling discounted by 10%


  • Fantastic location; delightful hosts who could not be more helpful; luxuriously appointed property, decorated and finished to the highest quality. Couldn't ask for more.Review dated 12/06/2014

  • Our daughter is just learning to walk and the open plan layout of Hayloft was absolutely ideal for herReview dated 22/07/2013

  • We stayed in the Hayloft. In retrospect, with a crawling baby/close to walking, a cottage that was not open plan would be more suitable! That said, the accomodation was lovely and no complaints. The location is stunning. So, when I say below I would book the property again, I mean I would book one of the properties at Gitcombe!Review dated 12/07/2011

  • The Hayloft was stunning and would be great for a couple or couple plus baby, but wasn't ideal for a toddler.Review dated 18/05/2011

  • Idyllic location and very easy with a young child.Review dated 06/05/2011

  • We had an absolutely amazing holiday with Jack. Gitcombe was so gorgeous and relaxing that we didn't even notice that we weren't on a beach in an exotic sun drenched location (which is where we would have been before Jack came along...)Review dated 06/08/2010

  • We've just returned from our 1st family holiday with out 6 month old daughter. We stayed in the Hayloft & it was just perfect for our needs. We loved the contemporary decor & the open plan living space meant Seren was so happy as mum & dad was in view all week! The fact that the Hayloft is set aside from the other cottages meant that we didn't have to worry if we made any noise. As it were, I think we were all so relaxed, Seren slept better than she ever has. The facilities were great, we made use of the swimming pool everyday & Seren loved playing in the soft play area. We also managed to get a game of tennis in. Although the cottages were fully occupied we had sole use of the pool every day, it was fab!Gitcombe feels remote, yet it's just a short drive from Dartmouth & Totnes, with loads of things to do. We could have easily have filled another week. Seren enjoyed her first paddle at Blackpool Sands during the fabulous Indian summer we were blessed with! A truly lovely place, which we would recommend to anybody wanting a relaxing break. We hope to return, and soon!Review dated 05/10/2011

  • We had an absolutely amazing holiday with Jack. Gitcombe was so gorgeous and relaxing that we didn't even notice that we weren't on a beach in an exotic sun drenched location (which is where we would have been before Jack came along...) Outstanding!Review dated 11/08/2010

  • Overall Rating: ExcellentReview dated 02/08/2010

  • The Hayloft is a lovely place to relax and unwind. Beautiful surroundings and plenty of things to do. Harry loved the swings and the pool and mummy and daddy loved the pool and places to eat! Will be back. Happy days!!Review dated 23/04/2010

  • Thank you for a wonderful stay in the Hayloft. A beautiful location with everything we needed!  Jessica loved the ball pool and swimming pool.  Highly recommend lunch at the New AngelReview dated 20/11/2009

  • We are not ready to go home, in fact, my daughter wants to live here! You have thought of everything and with real style... Perfect combination of facilities for us and the baby monitor works from the tennis courts!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • “The Hayloft exceeded our expectations – lovely accommodation in a lovely setting. The area is great for a young family, with plenty of things to do”Review dated 03/11/2009

  • “What a beautiful place, we all had a wonderful time, especially Ella, who loved her first holiday! Beach at East Portlemouth absolutely gorgeousReview dated 03/11/2009

  • “We were very happy here. Ideal location for Stella’s first holiday. Recommend The Cove in Dartmouth for glorious beauty treatments”. Review dated 03/11/2009

  • A fantastic location, beautiful accommodation and superb facilities. Not even the torrential rain and gales could spoil our stay! Thank you for a lovely breakReview dated 03/11/2009

  • Excellent accommodation in stunning surroundings. A great base for exploring South Devon. 5 star rating!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • We have stayed at Gitcombe on two occasions, and both times we have found it a lovely place to stay. Comfortable beds and a truly stunning location, and the afternoon session in the indoor pool ensured our son was out like a light every night!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Considering the remote nature of this destination, a welcome pack would be much appreciated - this was a comment that was made time and time again in their visitors book.Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Fantastic stay in the Hayloft. Loved it. Charlie’s first holiday (10 weeks)! Will come againReview dated 03/11/2009

Fast Facts

Accomodates 8 adults + 3 infants, 4 doubles (one can be 2 singles) 3 en suite bathrooms, 1 family bath room.

Airport under 2 hours drive

Bristol Airport is 1hr 44 mins drive away.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Beautiful Blackpool Sands beach 20 minutes away, privately owned with mother and baby facilities, and the award winning child friendly Venus Café serving organic food

Any Pool

Gitcombe has both indoor and outdoor (May - Mid Sept) swimming pools. The indoor pool has Roman style wide steps steps - ideal for sitting and splashing. There's aslo a heated outdoor whirlpool that little ones can use with supervision.

Indoor Play Area

Soft play room with ball pool

Private Chef

Private chef services available by pre-arrangement


List of trusted baby sitters available. CRB checked baby sitters also available.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Cots, highchairs, socket covers and plastic crockery are provided on request. Stairgates can be provided.

Indoor Toys

Selection of traditional children’s board games in each cottage. Tennis racquets, tennis balls, buckets, spades, crabbing nets and lines available to use on help yourself basis in wooden shed

Games Room

Pool table and outdoor boules rink

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Delicious ready meals available for delivery to your cottage. Two waterside pubs within a 10 minute drive, or 45 minute walk (each way).

Outdoor Toys

brilliant hand carved wooden playground includes a train, pirate ship and infant, child & garden chair swing, tennis court, basket ball post and net

Visiting Spa Therapist

Treatments via a visiting beauty and massage therapist can be pre-booked.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are provided.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Private gardens with far reaching views, outside dining, exclusive use of this private hot tub and barbecue area.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi is provided.

Friendly Animals

cows and sheep in surrounding fields and lots of natural wildlife. Resident pooch Tango enjoys playing with children and fetching balls and sticks


Several golf courses within a short drive.

Tennis Court(s)

All weather tennis courts and basketball post.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Up to 2x cots and highchairs can be provided.

Fireplace / Wood Burner

Log burning stove in the lounge.