It’s a peaceful spot, but there’s plenty to keep the children happy, including a climbing frame, swings and a trampoline. Roam the wooded paths and enjoy the flower-filled grounds of the Lower Coombe Royal estate. Some of Devon’s best beaches (Bigbury, Bantham and Thurlstone) are quarter of an hour’s drive away for swimming and picnics, but all the shops and restaurants you need are just a stroll down the hill in Kingsbridge.
It’s set up for young families thanks to a fab bunkroom, complete with toys and books for all ages. Laid-back owners Paul and Julie have three children of their own and leave all you might need for the little ones, from a baby monitor to a highchair. They welcome you with a homemade cake.
From the living area, a stable door leads to a private terrace for an evening barbecue. The owners are nearby in the main house across the estate should you need anything, yet the place feels utterly secluded.