Magical Riverside Devon Long-house

Magical Riverside Devon Long-house


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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
3 Bathrooms

About our home

This unique Devon longhouse built in 1750 is as close as you can get to a river in an un-moated property! It is right beside the River Avon in South Devon, a little upstream from the family surfing beaches of Bantham and Bigbury on Sea; which are only 10/15 minutes away. The house combines characteristics of an ancient property, such as an open fire, natural spring water, and window seats with contemporary comforts of a recently refurbished property. There are Victorian terraced gardens with a rill and pond, and a garden with river frontage where you can fish for salmon and trout. The property has 7 acres of traditional English woodland that is full of bluebells and wild garlic in the spring. We have recently spotted an adult male deer, pheasants, squirrels, peregrine falcons, bats, kingfishers and herons from the house. Otters have also been seen in this part of the river.
• Riverside fruit garden – please pick our strawberries, raspberries, tayberries and currants.
• Wild garlic and bluebell woods, Groat’s Woods and Huggaby Copse, in the spring.
• Library of cookbooks.
• A perfect writer's or artist's retreat and also geared up for kids
• Things to do: Walk, swim, fish, run (beautiful riverside running tracks along old railway line), visit local beaches, write, paint, relax in garden by pond, cook and entertain in the outside dining area, riverside bbq.
• Surrounded by excellent organic food shops, delis and restaurants.
• Natural filtered spring water.

during our trip we will be looking for swaps in:
Queensland: December 2011
Sydney: January 2012
New Zealand: Feb - April 2012
Fiji: April/May 2012
Hawaii: May 2012
California: June - July 2012
Vancouver: July - August 2012

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More about us

  1. We are doing a Round the World Trip with our 3 children from Sep 2011 to August 2012.

  2. I'm a food writer ( and my husband is a Head master.

  3. Welcome to Sleepy Hollow - in a nice way!

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
Riverford Field Kitchen, Oyster Shack, Tangerine Tree
Cool bars
Art Deco Bar at Burgh Island Hotel
Cozy cafés
Beach cafe: Venus Cafe, Bigbury on Sea, The Winking Prawn, North Sands, Salcombe
Retail therapy
Market towns of Totnes, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and Salcombe
Bit of culture
Dartington Hall: music, art, beautiful gardens and Medieval Great Hall
Walks in the park
Walk from the house along the river to Avon Mill. Stunning South West Coastal Footpath to next beach..and next...
Spot of exercise
Surfing, swimming, walking, golf, kayaking, fishing...watching others do those things!
Day tripping
Sharpham Vineyard, Dartington Hall, Blackpool Sands, coastal footpath westwards to Wonwell Beach.

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