|Minimum Stay||2 - 21 nights|
Situated in the heart of rolling Devon countryside, the privately owned Ashcombe country estate nestles in a peaceful valley close to the sandy beaches of Dawlish and Torquay. Enjoy walking on the estate’s hills and woodlands, swim in the heated indoor swimming pool, or relax in the sauna at Woodhouse Farm while children play in the indoor and outdoor playgrounds. The owners have made a great effort to ensure that the cottages are both comfortable and practical while the location could not be better for a wide range of Devon attractions.It might be a family holiday or big reunion, a special celebration, a fun business get-together, a group trip, or a relaxing weekend to recharge your batteries; whatever the reason the facilities are designed to be perfect for winter and summer holidays and the secrets of the Ashcombe cottages’ appeal are presentation, comfort and convenience. The cottages are maintained to very high standards. All have leather sofas, flatscreen digital TVs and very comfortable mattresses - the owners consider a good night’s sleep the most important thing! The cottages either have Italian tiled floors or wooden floors, and some still retain many original features including oak beamed ceilings. The properties cater for almost any party size, sleeping from 4 to 28 people and are all rated either 4 or 5 stars. Ashcombe’s larger cottages provide great value for money for visitors sharing with their friends and families. For meals, an in-house chef can be booked to come and do the hard work (arranged direct with the owner). The heated indoor swimming pool (1 mile away) is perfect for any rainy days and keep the children happy. Cider Barn sleeping 16 and Nut Tree Farm sleeping 28, which are both 5 star rated, also have outdoor swimming pools for the summer. For those wishing to enjoy a more adrenaline-charged holiday, the brilliant Ashcombe outdoor activity centre (at extra cost) offers quad bike safaris, clay pigeon shooting, archery, paintballing and more and is located just under a mile down the lane and is available for those 14 years and over. At the end of the day the Ashcombe Village Club provides cheap beer and a cheerful atmosphere.Both Dartmoor National Park and the historic city of Exeter are only 20 minutes’ drive away while the famous South Devon Coast, with wonderful sandy beaches, is barely 3 miles. Exeter and Newton Abbot Racecourses, several golf courses, loads of family theme parks, zoos, sailing and fishing are all within easy reach, not to mention the many excellent pubs and restaurants that Devon is famous for. The wild beauty of Dartmoor is 20 minutes away with its abundance of wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Numerous National Trust properties are close by including Agatha Christie’s Greenway. Steam trains travel from Kingswear to Paignton and Totnes to Buckfastleigh. Visit historic Dartmouth with bustling boat harbour, castle, contemporary art galleries and boutiques. Salcombe with its beaches, sailing and water sports is also easily accessible, as well as Blackpool Sands, Slapton and picturesque Dittisham with its annual crab catching competition.
I cannot fault the location. It is perfect for exploring southern Devon and surrounded by stunning scenery with plenty of scope for walks of any length and wonderful coast lines. The set up at Ashcombe is also great. If you are staying in one of the cottages up on the hill, then you will have access to the indoor pool, sauna, pool table, children's playroom, and outdoor playground just a few yards from where you are staying. This is a great bonus. We stayed in Madeline cottage and while it proved a great place for us to stay I felt it was slightly oversold. The cottage felt tired particularly one of the bathrooms. The doors of the shower cubicle were hard to open and in danger of slipping out of the fitting. Indeed, on the last day, my wife opened the shower door before getting in and the door slipped out of its fitting, fell, and shattered into thousands of pieces. Thankfully, my wife got away with a couple of minor cuts and nothing more but had one of our children been in the bathroom at the same time, it could have been a different story. The bathroom was scheduled to be replaced but I feel the cottage should not have been rented out with a bathroom in this condition.
My second issue was the wifi but I'm not sure much can be done about it due to the location. The wifi kept on dropping in and out and was very unreliable. This is not a huge issue itself but worth knowing before you go.
I feel this could be a wonderful cottage to rent if the maintenance issues are resolved. The owners promised that the bathroom was scheduled to be replaced in the new year so that will make a big difference to our rating.
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