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Luxury holiday apartment 2 heated pools tennis court lake victorian gardens

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 5 + cot 2 large bedrooms stunning views to lake and 28 acea of gardens

The Lawns, No. 5 Colmer House

Located deep in the heart of the South Hams, you will find The Lawns, No.5 Colmer House. An English Tourist Board 5-star rated luxury holiday apartment, and part of the Colmer Estate, it is set in 28 acres of private grounds, with an extensive range of year round indoor and outdoor leisure facilities.

Colmer House is an 18th Century Georgian building, sympathetically renovated and restored to its former glory in the mid-1990s and converted into a number of privately owned luxury apartments. The Lawns has very recently been refurbished to the highest standards offering comfort and practicality.

The Lawns is the centre right apartment at the front of the Manor House, with a south facing aspect and wonderful views from its windows across the grounds to the lake. The lounge doors lead directly to a large paved patio, surrounded by a balustrade wall which looks out over the immaculate lawns. The patio is private, sheltered and is furnished with a table, chairs and gas barbecue.

A private entrance leads directly to a spacious open-plan lounge and dining area with fitted kitchen. Tastefully decorated, the lounge features a cream 3 piece leather suite, brown leather dining chairs and table, TV, video and DVD player. The kitchen is fully equipped with electric cooker, microwave, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine/tumble-drier.

Stairs lead to a large open landing, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. Brightly furnished throughout , the master bedroom has a large double bed, generous wardrobes and a comfortable arm-chair to relax in. The large second bedroom has 2 single beds and the bathroom features a bath, power-shower, toilet and hand basin, all equipped to a very high standard.

The apartment has wireless broadband internet for those of you that bring your laptops with you.

We regret, The Lawns is a non-smoking property and no pets are permitted.

The Colmer Estate

The excellent facilities of the Colmer estate are all free of charge and exclusively for the use of the Colmer Guests. These include swimming pools, a tennis court, fishing lake, fitness suite, croquet lawn and boules.

The outdoor kidney-shaped swimming pool is heated from the May Spring Bank Holiday through the summer months, and the Indoor pool is heated all the year round. The fitness suite is equipped with rowing, walking and cycling machines, a sit up frame and a bench press with weights.

28 acres of private grounds include a mixture of grass lawns, woodland, wild flower meadows, a walled garden equipped with children’s play equipment and boules pitch. Coarse fishing is available on the private lake, which is stocked with large Carp and Golden Rudd. You can always find plenty of walks to try, or a secluded spot where you can picnic, quietly read or just doze. The estate is home to a variety of wildlife - badgers, foxes, rabbits, deer, and game birds such as woodcocks and pheasants. And of course the moorhens and resident mallards on the lake!

Discounted temporary membership is available at the nearby Dartmouth Golf and County Club on Green Fees and all their leisure facilities. Other courses in the area include Bigbury - Thurstone and Wrangton. Horse riding is also available nearby.

It is superbly positioned for ease of access to Kingsbridge, Salcombe,Dartmouth,Totnes and Plymouth, and is surrounded by picturesque villages and unspoilt country side. Dartmoor and Torbay are also within easy reach. The nearest beaches are at Bigbury, Bantham, Thurlestone and Hope Cove. The coast is perfect for sailing, windsurfing, body boarding and other water sports, while also providing safe sandy beaches for families

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Mrs Lorraine Stubberfield
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
14 July, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just wanted to let you know once again we have had a wonderful New Year but this year staying in The Lawns it was perfect this must be our 10 visit but our first to The Lawns. We had wonderful weather cold of course but dry managed to get out and about to the beaches well wrapped up but so good to get out and about we never tire of coming to either Gamekeepers hide or The Lawns is just what you need after a busy Christmas a little time for us to spend time with our children.

Both Toby and Melanie as usual live in the indoor pool as its always set at a high temp also managed as the weather was dry to makes use of the new family size table tennis table and tennis courts.

Went to the California Cross for New Years Day as they have a special day for customers on New Years Day we went to Kingsbridge our favourite sea side town for fireworks on New Years Eve the kids love the late night again it was dry and such a wonderful magical night.

We are back again staying in Gamekeepers hide for SBH week and hope to be able to catch up and see you again. Thank you again Lorraine see you in 2017 nothing would or could have improved our stay
Dec 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Ivybridge in North Huish

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:30 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , With flat screen tv
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • Travel cot available and high chaire available
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Luxury holiday apartment 2 heated pools tennis court lake victorian gardens
average rating of 4.923077 based on 15 reviews

Relaxing holiday in beauiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in the Lawns with our two teenage boys. The apartment was clean, modern and very comfortable. It has a great patio and BBQ area where we could sit and relax. The indoor and outdoor pools are great and we used them every day. The large grounds are well kept, peaceful and impressive. The Colmer Estate is centrally located and ideal for visiting all parts of the beautiful South Hams. We would highly recommend the Lawns and would definitely will be coming back!

Thanks for a lovely holiday

Kerry Trigg and family


  • Review Submitted: 13-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kerry Steve and boys, We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday and special family time in The Lawns it is a good size property with good size bedrooms that always a bonus for teenagers. The estate is such a special little gem and the location is as you say beautiful. This makes it all worth it when families do share with us their memories of their holiday we do look forward to seeing you all again it was a pleasure to have you and your family staying with us we would welcome you all back in the near future. With kind regards Lorraine and Barry
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We had a great time

  • 5 of 5

Lovely property in a very nice location . Ideal place for national trust members. Indoor pool , tennis , table tennis , books , dvds, games will keep you busy in the evening. Clean and bright property , all household items are provided . Owners communication were exceptional and went extra mile to accommodate you. Shop , petrol station and great pub just walking distance which is a big plus .

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nataliya its always so refreshing to know that our guest's have enjoyed their stay in The Lawns and the stunning South Hams and what wonderful weather too had always a bonus it is such a beautiful part of the country and the estate is as you say just beautiful quiet and peaceful. We work hard to make sure all our guest's enjoy their quality time away and the apartment The Lawns is a hidden gem for all times of the year. Thank you and hope to see you again in the future. Regards and thanks Lorraine and Barry
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  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a holiday in Devin, then you should consider this apartment in the South Hams area (near Ivybridge). With one double and twin beds, this luxury apartment is set within the Colmer Estate. In addition, the complex has heated indoor AND outdoor pools (a real bonus bearing in mind you don't get the latter overseas!) to cater for all weather! We enjoyed all the facilities during the heat wave in June 2018. Highly recommended for couples and families.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful location. Perfect hideaway for those willing to make their own fun whilst on the estate.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely arrival. The location is fabulous it looks very grand. Property comes with its own parking space which is just below the steps of the entrance.

Scones were left for us and on opening the fridge. It contained a small milk, jam, clotted cream and a bottle of wine.

The house has lovely views of the garden. The patio area gets a lot of sun especially compared to the apartments at the rear of the property. We had plenty of room for a family of 4. There are a couple of toys upstairs for the children and a lovely selection of books for all ages. Not that anything got used as we were spoilt for choice as to where to go for the day. Although the children would have been more than happy playing in the pools all day. They also made friends with other children staying either side of us. The grounds are safe enough for them all to go exploring together as long as they can be trusted not to go near any water.

We went during half term and I think every property on the estate was full. You wouldn't have thought it though. At times we had the both pools to ourselves. Both of which are heated. The indoor pool is especially warm. Without getting the shivers when leaving the water. Great when the weather is cooler outside.

There is a small well-stocked spar within walking distance and a pub, which serves some lovely meals. One evening we decided to have a barbecue. On return from the shop we forgot to buy charcoal. On opening the barbecue it contained an instant barbecue. We couldn't believe our luck. We even found matches at the property too. On our trips out we came across plenty of supermarkets. I think tesco extra was the nearest about a 20min drive. I would recommend a trip to Plymouth Aquarium and slightly further away Quines Honey Farm.

The Lawns is a perfect hideaway for those who are willing to make their own fun. The property gets very warm with the sun. Even with all windows open at night there is complete silence outside, once all the small birds settle down. The windows also have lovely wooden shutters which do a great job at keeping insects out at night.

We would definitely consider returning for another visit. Lorraine was lovely and was very accommodating. My daughter decided to hide my phone on checking out. On returning home I contacted Lorraine and she arranged return. She even sent us some tablecloth drawings for the children.

The house had plenty of maps,leaflets and a file containing an interesting read about the estate.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Claire and Andrew, Gosh thank you for your informative review on your holiday with your young girls. Guest's often leave items behind its so hard packing up when the last thing you want is to leave. Sounds like you all had such wonderful time staying in The Lawns and on this beautiful natural private estate with such good weather your girls must have loved going from one pool to the other. It was not a problem sending back your phone it often happens it just takes a few days at times to organise the return so pleased it arrived safe and within just a couple of day you must have missed it so much we rely on them so much these days and I know your daughter had lots of images of her holiday on their. You managed to get so much into your week but also good that you had a couple of days just staying on the estate it was very hot some days and with two pools and an enclosed patio no better place to be just relaxing. We would welcome you and your family back in the near future always good to see guest's returning that is what often happens guest's find us and then return. Thank you Claire for your honest review it is truly kind of you. With kind regards Lorraine and Barry
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The accommodation and the location fantastic not all the facilities were as advertised.

  • 5 of 5

The Lawns appartments was all you could have wanted for comfort very light bright and comfortable.The only disappoint for us was the fishing lake was not suitable for fishing as it was covered in weed.and although the weather was fantastic the pool was not open.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great location ... everything we wanted to visit was within 30 minutes. Patio area was a real sun trap. Peaceful and beautiful surroundings and lovely to have an indoor pool (which i used every day).

  • Review Submitted: 12-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nicky and John thank you both so much for taking the time to give us your review of your holiday it was a truly a pleasure to have you both as our guest's so pleased you had just what you wished for peace @ quiet and what a bonus sun shine the patio is a real sun trap with no one other looking you. We look forward to seeing you both again in the Autumn. Kindest regards and many thanks for being such a pleasurable guest's Barry and Lorraine
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Our favourites places

We thought we should list a few of our favourites places, just give you an idea where to start. There is so much to do, sometimes you're just spoilt for choice. But we think you can't go wrong with these ideas.

The beach at Bigbury

Check tides in the local directory and plan your outing to fit in with high/low tides. When the tide is high there is still a lot of sand, but as it ebbs there are many exciting rockpools and vast expanses of superb sand. You also get to come back from Burgh Island on the sea tractor!

The beach at Mill Bay

Opposite Salcombe, via East Portlemouth. There is a National Trust carpark, a good beach shop, and for the energetic a 30 minute walk across the fields takes you to the Gara Rock Hotel, where the views are stunning and the refreshments well worthwhile. Clowns entertain on Sunday afternoons and if you walk back via the coast (45 minutes) you won’t be disappointed. Alternatively have lunch at the Millbrook Inn South Pool then catch the little ferry over to Salcombe for a browse. Don’t miss the local pubs, chocolate factory and museum beneath the Tourist Information Centre in Salcombe.

The beach at South Sands

Next to Salcombe. Park at the hotel or at the National Trust carpark at Sharpitor Gardens where there is a superb picnic spot with a fantastic view, gardens reminiscent of the Mediterranean, and an interesting museum where children will spend some time doing the quiz and looking for Fred the friendly ghost in the children’s area through the secret door. You could hire canoes etc at south Sands or catch the ferry boat to Salcombe, walking back along the coast lane – once again stunning views.

The Round Robin trip

By boat, ferry, steam train and open-top double decker bus. You can pick this up at Totnes or Dartmouth – we find Totnew more convenient. You can take all day over this, stopping off en route, or nip around in about two hours. There is also a steam train from Buckfastleigh to Totnes with a vintage bus connection.

Morwhellham Quay

Combined with Buckfast Abbey (of Francis Drake fame) or Cotehele, a National Trust property suitable for dreaming swashbuckling youngsters.

The Aquarium in Plymouth

Not to be missed – ideal for a rainy day – very new and allegedly the best in the country. Close to the Mayflower Experience in the picturesque Barbican.

Dartmouth Castle

For young buccaneers. You can park up there or if you are more energetic you could park the car in the National Trust carpark at Stoke, walk along the coastal path or track (shorter/easier at 25 minutes), visit the castle then take the ferry into Dartmouth.

The Visitor’s Centre at Princetown

Followed by a trip over Dartmoor (beautiful place) and antique shopping in Ashburton or white water rafting and other adventures at the Dart Country Park.

Mackerel fishing

From Dartmouth, Plymouth or Salcombe - that’s if you like cooking mackerel, as they are inclined to catch rather a lot!

Woodlands Theme Park and Pennywell

are perfect whole days out for children, but personally we would do our very best to avoid Trago Mills (with or without children) unless you have greater stamina than us and are all shopaholics who like ferreting for a good bargain, even when on holiday!!

Just a few more...

We love to visit Coleton Fishacre (NT), the Dartington Arts Centre, the Reel Cinema in Kingsbridge, the Eden Project together with Lanhydrock (about one hour drive, but leave early to there by 10 am, otherwise arrive at 2pm) – and of course all the fantastic coastline walks.

Finally, pamper your tastebuds

You should not be disappointed if you eat at the Ship at Ugborough, the New Inn at Moreleigh, the old Church House at Harbertonfor, the Tower Inn at Slapton, the Port Light twixt Soar Mill and Hope Coves, Pig Finca in Kingsbridge, the Ship and Dolphin at Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo – and last but by far the least, the Oyster Shack at Easton, on the way to Bigbury – or you could just eat in as Jasmine Chinese Restaurant in Kingsbridge offer a free delivery service too, which can save the day if all else fails. But no doubt you will find favourites of your own – the opportunities appear to be endless. Alternatively you could just go fishing, put your feet up, play the odd game of tennis, take a dip in the pool, read a good book, listen to the birds or some light music and relax in the garden.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Ivybridge, South Devon

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer Holidays
14 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
1 Sep 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Autumn
8 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
15 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Late Autumn
29 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
20 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
22 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

-Prices Include: Electricity, Heating, Bedding, Towels cleaning products welcome pack full use of unlimited broadband and our superb facilities and V.A.T

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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