Activity & Leisure
2 nights - mostly start on Fri or Sat
3 nights - must start on Fri
4 nights - must start on Mon
5 nights - 22nd or 29th Dec 2012 only.
Set in the heart of rolling Devon countryside, the privately owned Ashcombe country estate nestles in a quiet, beautiful valley filled with things to do and a short drive from the sandy beaches of Dawlish and Torquay. Enjoy walking around 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. Both The Cider Barn, a mile away and sleeping 16, and Nut Tree Farm, sleeping 28, have their own outdoor swimming pools for the summer.The cottages are both comfortable and practical, with a wide range of Devon attractions right on the doorstep. All are maintained to very high standards with leather sofas, superfast Wi-Fi, flatscreen Smart TVs and very comfortable beds. Many retain original features, including oak beamed ceilings, and all have either Italian-tiled or wooden floors.Sleeping from 4 to 22 people, and rated either 4 or 5 stars, the cottages can accommodate almost any party size, and an in-house chef (arranged direct with the owner) can be booked to take care of the catering.The brilliant Ashcombe Adventure Centre for outdoor activities, is just under a mile down the lane. Available at extra cost for those 14 years and over, it offers quad bike safaris, clay pigeon shooting, archery, paintballing and more. Also located on the estate is ’A Touch of the Wild’, a camp-based forest activity club. Children can take part in bush-craft courses and activities ranging from camp fire cooking and toasting marshmallows to bug hunting and learning woodland skills - a day with the experienced staff will ensure youngsters come away with a new found love of the great outdoors. The Ashcombe Village Club opens on various evenings providing cheap beer in a cheerful atmosphere, event evenings, traditional summer fêtes and shows. Guests at Ashcombe can also enjoy foraged and wild walks that take place every Tuesday and last for around two hours. You can discover the simple pleasure of foraging from the abundance of wild foods in the Devon countryside, and also experience the perfect evening out dining under canopies in the Ashcombe Woodland at the Woodland Kitchen, open on Friday and Saturday evenings.Both Dartmoor National Park and the historic city of Exeter are only a 20-minute 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. Walk in the wild beauty of Dartmoor with its abundance of wildlife and dramatic landscapes, or visit the numerous nearby National Trust properties including Agatha Christie’s house, 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 and brilliant Regatta Week and Air Show. Salcombe with its beaches, sailing and water sports is also easily accessible, as well as Blackpool Sands, Slapton and picturesque Dittisham. Slightly further afield, East Cornwall and the Eden Project are within an hour’s drive. Other activities of interest include Backwater Adventures to explore Devon’s rivers and countryside with professional guidance and supervision, or Rock Solid Coasteering to explore the Jurassic coastline.All in all Ashcombe is an excellent base from which to explore, experience and enjoy ‘The Cream of Devon’. All big supermarkets deliver direct to your cottage. Main shops 3 miles.
The Cider Barn is accessed via a long, steep, winding, uphill drive through the original apple orchard. The building and garden both overlook the scenic Ashcombe Valley and all the way to the south Devon coast. The property benefits from total privacy and is ideal for groups and extended families, and has its own exclusive use of a heated outdoor swimming pool. 1 mile from Woodhouse Farm.Ground Floor:Living room: With wood burner, Smart TV, DVD player, bluetooth speakers and oak floor leading to…Dining room: With oak table seating 16.Kitchen: With 2 electric ovens, 2 electric hobs, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and Italian-tiled floor..Utility/boot room: With washer/dryer.Bedroom 1: With double bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toiletBedroom 2: With double bed, Freeview TV and en-suite toilet.Bedroom 3: With twin beds.Bathroom: With bath, shower and toilet.First Floor:Bedroom 4: With double bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.Bedroom 5: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.Bedroom 6: With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.Bedroom 7: With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.Bedroom 8: With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and superfast Wi-Fi ncluded. Initial logs for wood burner included. Cot and highchair. Payphone (shared, in foyer of heated swimming pool). Enclosed garden with garden furniture, enclosed patio and gas barbecue. Outdoor heated swimming pool (private, 16ft 6in x 8ft 6in) open April-October. Parking. No smoking.
ADDITIONAL FACILITIES (at Woodhouse Farm)* Indoor heated swimming pool with changing rooms (available all year) 10am–7pm.* Pool table.* Lounge with 42" plama TV and superfast Wi-Fi avail for early arrivals.* Small indoor children’s playroom with seating.* Sauna (for 4).* Courtyard with terraced lawns.* Sun terrace with furniture (adjacent to pool).* Enclosed orchard with seating.* Extended car park.* Enclosed children’s playground with swings and slides.* Village club with licensed bar at Ashcombe, weekly events - 1 mile from Woodhouse Farm.* In-house chef and food box (by arrangement) .* Massage therapist (by arrangement).ASHCOMBE ADVENTURE CENTRE - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND (for guests age 14 years and above)* Quad biking (woodland safaris)* Clay pigeon shooting* Archery* Paintball over streams and ravines* Licensed bar and restaurant* Conference roomsA TOUCH OF THE WILD* Children, family and adult outdoor events* Spoon carving courses* Canoe and bush-craft trips* Wild Tots toddler groupFORAGED AND WILD ESTATE WALKS* 2 hour guided foraging walks every Tues at 10amWOODLAND KITCHEN* Outdoor restaurant open Friday & Saturday evenings
English Country Cottages is the trading name of Awaze Vacation Rentals Ltd.
Registered Office: Sunway House, Raglan Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 2LW.
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