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Crabadon Manor and Lily Pond Cottage sit within two hundred and forty acres of grounds, nicely tucked away in a wooded valley in the picturesque South Hams area of Devon. Perfect for family gatherings and milestone celebrations, the impressive manor house sleeps eight guests in four bedrooms (or ten with the use of chaise longues), plus an additional four guests in Lily Pond Cottage set within the grounds.
Formerly a summer retreat for the monks of Buckfast Abbey, this magnificent manor house dates as far back as the 13th Century and is the perfect choice for those who put country-style living above and beyond modern gadgetry. It's a place where you can all step off the tread mill and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Take time for long leisurely breakfasts in the big farmhouse kitchen or garden; cycling the flower filled country lanes discovering the beauty of the South Hams along the way; put on your wellingtons and enjoy the day exploring the glorious countryside that surrounds; or launching your boat, canoe or kayak from Dittisham for a splash around on the water. There is a television and land phone line but no WiFi and little phone signal to interrupt your time together (although WiFi is available for use along with leisure facilities including a fabulous swimming pool by arrangement at the nearby neighbours up the lane).
Crabadon Manor is perfectly placed for exploring the South Hams and many attractions of Devon, and is within easy reach of the historic market town of Totnes with main line train station and a good array of shops and eateries; the beautiful port of Dartmouth with a good choice of boutiques; with the Dartmouth Steam Railway across the river via ferry; the bustling riverside town of Kingsbridge and Salcombe, a sailing haven.
Whilst the pretty villages and attractive market towns have strong appeal, many visit the area for its warmer climate, beautiful beaches, fantastic sailing and glorious countryside providing miles of fabulous walking along the South Devon Coastal Path. The rugged natural beauty of Dartmoor National Park is just eight miles from Crabadon Manor and provides lots of opportunities for outdoor adventures including walking and horse riding. There are also numerous National Trust properties and gardens to visit in the area including Greenway, the home of Agatha Christie. Paignton Zoo and Woodlands Park are sure to be holiday highlights with the younger party members, as are the glorious beaches of Goodrington Sands, Bantham and Bigbury Bay - just a few of the many beaches that pepper the coastline.
Whether you are looking for a large house to catch up with friends, celebrate a special occasion or simply spend time with the family, Crabadon Manor with its refreshingly simplistic historic charm is an excellent choice in a very special part of South Devon.
John Vaughan (Manager) joined Independent Cottages in December 2017
Crabadon Manor House - Accommodation comprises:
Outside: Guests of Crabadon Manor and Lily Pond Cottage have plenty of space for relaxing / playing outside and alfresco dining when the sun shines (which is often the case in the South Hams with its own micro climate!). The natural garden has lots of interest graced with fruit trees, a magnificent wisteria which blooms in the summer months, shared wooded area and unfenced lily pond (children must be supervised). Outdoor furniture provided along with a BBQ. Ample off-road parking.
Lily Pond Cottage is a cosy detached one bedroom retreat sleeping up to four sitting in the grounds of Crabadon Manor, tucked away behind the lily pond (as the name suggests!).
Additional information: Well behaved dogs are welcome by prior arrangement. No smoking. Electricity is produced by a generator in both the cottage and main house and included in the price, along with oil fired central heating in both, bed linen and towels (please bring beach towels). Water spring feeds the property. Shops / supermarkets for provisions can be found in nearby Dartmouth and Totnes but there is a local shop / garage just two miles from the house for forgotten items (hop on your bike!).
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