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Country Cottage Surrounded By Farmland With Beautiful Views Across South Devon

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Cottage in Modbury, South Devon, England - Absolute Peace and Tranquility Situated Near The South Devon Coast And Dartmoor

Welcome to Hidden Valley Holidays....!

Surrounded by its own 62 acres of farmland, orchards and vineyards, Vineyard Cottage is situated in the tranquil Witchcoombe Valley, close to the picturesque market town of Modbury. The sandy beaches of Bantham, Bigbury-on-Sea and Thurlestone are less than 5 miles away, and the nearby natural harbours of Salcombe and the River Yealm offer sheltered waters for sailing and other watersports. Surfing at Bigbury and Bantham is excellent. Coombe Farm has 2 properties available to let; Coombe Farmhouse for up to 12 guests and Vineyard Cottage, a one-bedroom house for 2 guests. During the peak summer holiday season, (mid-July to early September) Vineyard Cottage is only available for rent with Coombe Farmhouse, to ensure privacy for guests who spend much of their time outside in the Courtyard and in the pool. However, for the remainder of the year when guests tend to spend more of their time indoors, Vineyard Cottage is available separately. The property has a south facing aspect, forming part of a sunny and sheltered courtyard overlooking a small stream in the valley below. Vineyard Cottage is a perfect summer holiday location and is also ideal for autumn, winter and spring breaks, with a log fire and cosy accommodation. The location is truly rural, offering complete peace and serenity. The Cottage is not suitable for wheelchair users due to stair access to the bedroom and bathroom. The Farm includes a series of small pastures at the bottom of the valley, through which 2 shallow, clear trout streams run - fun for children to play in, with some adult supervision - the fields are home to a small flock of friendly Grey Faced Dartmoor sheep and a few young Devon Ruby Red and Galloway cows. Behind the barns, up the hillside, we have planted a 150-tree cider apple orchard - all traditional West Country varieties - and 2 vineyards - the first, 6500 Pinot Noir grape vines; the second, 3500 Bacchus vines). The apples and grapes will become commercially productive in 3-4 years' time.

About Us

Lance Whitehead
Calancombe, Off Marridge Cross
PL21 0TU Modbury
The property is let jointly by Lance Whitehead and Caroline Whitehead as private unincorporated private business. We are not VAT registered

Lance Whitehead
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, German, Arabic
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 August, 2018

About Lance Whitehead

We live close to Coombe Farm, in the original farmhouse, just along the valley and we have busy careers that take us away overseas for much of the time, but we love to return to the tranquillity and beauty of Coombe Farm in South Devon where we can recharge and relax. We really enjoy the rural environment at Coombe Farm - great wildlife, cliff top and moorland walking, sailing and fly fishing...

Lance Whitehead purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Lance Whitehead chose Modbury

Coombe Farm is located in a beautiful hidden valley in the South Hams district of South Devon equidistant between the Coast and Dartmoor - both less than 30 minutes away.

The place offers real peace and tranquillity; the only sounds are the birds and the occasional calling of our Grey Faced Dartmoor sheep and friendly Red Devon cows, and the trickle of a small trout stream running along the valley - no noise from cars or aircraft - it is almost like England 70 years ago. Abundant wildlife and wild flowers are great for nature lovers

The House is surrounded by its own 62 acres of arable land - a 6500 vine Pinot Noir vineyard, a 3500 vine Bacchus vineyard and a cider apple orchard have been planted in recent years.

What makes this cottage unique

We spend most of our time here enjoying the privacy, peace and beauty of the valley within which the house is situated, looking after our farm.

The property is a perfect blend of old and new - converted about 5 years ago and Vine Cottage was fully refurbished in 2014 for the 2015 season.

We love the tranquillity of the valley and the views across the Devon countryside. We enjoy the many activities locally - clay pigeon shooting on our land, fishing, canoeing, sailing and surfing - all can be arranged for our guests.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Modbury around the Modbury

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Bright modern bathroom will bath, shower, large basin. WC and bidet. heated towel rail and cupboard
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One spacious bedroom with king-sized double bed and fitted wardrobes
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The accommodation has been finished to a very high standard during a full refurbishment in 2014. Newly decorated, new floor tiles, carpets, kitchen equipment etc Outside: Vine Cottage is situated in a 62 acre farm with vineyards, orchards and pasture for cows, sheep and chickens. Guest are free to roam the farm and collect fresh eggs. There is plenty of room for parking. The Cottage has a stone terrace with views across and along a beautiful valley. A wrought iron table and 4 chairs are provided and a Weber barbeque Utility Room: Located under the stairs, the Utility Room is equipped with a washer/drier, vacuum cleaner and cleaning materials and the central heating boiler. Additional kitchen utensils and trays are also stored here Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The Cottage is provided with clean bed linen and bath towels and hand towels. The property is cleaned immediately before guests' arrival and on a weekly basis thereafter


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Country Cottage Surrounded By Farmland With Beautiful Views Across South Devon
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Out of the way perfection

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect little gem hidden in a beautiful location. The property has everything that you need and sitting outside on the terrace is a great spot. The owners when contacted were very quick to respond and helpful. If you are looking for a well organised cottage for 2 in a visually stunning valley then this is the place.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. We greatly appreciate your feedback and hope you will come to stay again soon....! Best wishes, Lance & Caroline Whitehead
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  • 5 of 5

We spent two wonderful weeks at this special cottage which was situated in stunning surroundings and being very well equipped with high quality kitchenware, bedding and towels. Although you do need a car, most places were very close by ie Salcombe, Dartmouth, Dartmouth, Totnes, Kingsbridge and Modbury to name but a few. We were made to feel very welcome by Lance the owner and wish him and Caroline every success with their Vineyard. We can not wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks to Heather and Steven for your review. We greatly appreciate your comments and thank you for coming to stay. The visit was helped by lovely weather during what has been a mixed summer. I'm glad that you liked Vine Cottage and its proximity to many lovely places to visit in South Devon. We hope to see you here again...!
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  • 5 of 5

This beautiful cottage is "everything it says on the tin" at a very competitive price

High standard decor, furniture & equipment, in a fabulous location, just right for that get away from it all break. Lovely for cosy nights in after busy days out! Especially delightful bedroom, lounge & bathroom.

Very substantial welcome pack and every possible thoughtful item provided and instant action on 2 minor issues we raised.

Definitely want to return and glad that we found this idyllic spot.

One suggestion to help others would be a few local interest leaflets and some local information' also instruction leaflets for all kitchen equipment, TV & heating.

Thank you Lance for excellent communications and help before, during and after our visit, I am sure we will see you again.


  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Phil and Lyn Many thanks for your review and for being 'model guests' - It was great to see you in Devon. As this is a newly prepared property we will strive to maintain the standard. Coombe Farm, of which Vine Cottage is a part, was nominated by the Sunday Times as one of the Top 50 Places to Stay in 2015. The Cottage is great for couples looking for somewhere to get away for a few days - A car is essential, though to make the best of what the local area has to offer but many guests do spend much of their time relaxing in the tranquil setting, overlooking a stream and lake. We will gather some local area information and will put the instruction leaflets in a folder for future guests....! Best wishes Lance Whitehead
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Ship Inn or California Cross
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Hart Hotel
Nearest Beach
6 Miles


The South Devon Coast is about 5-6 miles away and offers wonderful cliff-top walks. Bantham and Bigury are the most popular beaches with excellent surfing but there are plenty of other, less crowded beaches to explore too. Salcombe Harbour and the River Yealm are beautiful natural harbours - great to explore in kayaks or dinghies. Dartmouth is about 15 miles away and well worth a visit too.


Vineyard Cottage is easy to reach via the A38 (5-6 minutes' drive from the Cottage) which links to the M5 and the A30/A303. The nearest airport is Exeter, about 35 miles away and easily accessible via the A38. Plymouth is the closest commercial harbour with cross-channel ferry services - 15 miles away. A car is essential for a stay at Vineyard Cottage.


The closest small town is Modbury, just over a mile away. Kingsbridge (7 miles) offers a good selection of shops, restaurants, cinema etc. Ivybridge (4 miles) also has a good range of small shops and supermarkets. Plymouth is the closest city (15 miles) and Exeter is about 30 miles away.

Further Details:

Vine Cottage is located between Dartmoor and the South Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so convenient for those wishing to explore the area.

There is a wide range of sports activities available in the local area close to Coombe Farm, including sailing, surfing, sea kayaking, canoeing, sea angling, fly fishing, walking, riding, shooting, etc. We will be pleased to help you to find the right activity to suit your needs.

Sightseeing around South Hams and across Dartmoor is spectacular, from the coastal cliff walks along the old customs and excise paths, built in the 1800s to catch smugglers and to repel invaders, to rambling across Dartmoor's many marked routes. The area is scattered with picturesque towns, villages and harbours - Dartmouth, Salcombe, Totnes, Exeter, Plymouth all have plenty to see and do. There are local steam railways, boat trips, nature trails and zoos.

Our website provides links to a wide range of sporting and leisure activities and tourist destinations.

Modbury, less than 2 miles away, offers a range of small local shops, a baker, a butcher, post office, delicatessen restaurants, galleries, cafes and a small but well-stocked Co-Op supermarket. The closest garage is at California Cross, 2 miles distance. Further afield, Kingsbridge is another delightful town with a wider range of local shops, cafes, a cinema, restaurants and larger supermarkets. Plymouth, 16 miles away, offers the full range of facilities expected of a small city.

There are many village and country pubs to visit for good food and drink - Please take a look at our website for more details and our favourites....!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage around the Modbury,

Rental Basis:
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4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Vineyard Cottage is available from Early September to mid-July. A 25% deposit is required to reserve the property with the balance 4 weeks before the rental begins. A refundable £200 security deposit is payable with the balance and is returned within 2 weeks of departure

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Friday

Notes on prices:
Property pricing is based on a 7-day stay and for short-stay visits, with a minimum of 3 nights' stay are at a reduced rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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