Just spent a week away with our two children and Saffi our Weimaraner! We stayed in Rose Cottage and was greeted by homemade lemon cake and flowers, lovely touch! Jade greeted us and explained the ins and outs and made us feel really welcome. The cottage was a comfortable and cosy 2 bedroomed cottage. Log fires downstairs which were a lovely treat even though there are plenty of storage/panel heaters in each room should you need them but we enjoyed having a roaring fire even though at night it wasn't that cold. Well equipped kitchen and lovely hot water for showers etc. Handmade eco friendly soap and cleaners left for you to use, which were lovely as they are trying to keep everything clean and safe for their beautiful valley, we even bought some and took it home.
The valley is idyllic and set in a rural position along a long narrow typically Devon road, we loved it but it is out of the way so there's no nipping to a shop on foot. Not that you need to there are plenty of villages a short drive away.
Our two children loved to play in the brook and explore the woodland on site. They were even invited to help feed the chickens and ducks which they loved! We had a mini tour of their poly tunnels as well where they grow their vegetables. We also saw their sheep on the hillside.
Highly recommended to get away from it all and get back to nature. We didn't miss our phones or televisions at all instead we had bbqs, played and fished in the brook, explored and walked in the woods and visited lots of beaches a short drive away. What more could you want, we will be going back!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rediscover what life is all about as you relax and unwind in one of our five comfy Watermill Cottages in the tranquil coastal Gara Valley, below the hamlet of Hansel, Slapton, Nr Dartmouth in the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in south Devon. Our dog-friendly, fun-friendly historic old stone cottages offer comfy space in unique buildings plus your own private garden or patio with bbq & outdoor furniture, perfect for getting away from it all... And a rural, coastal retreat for eco-friendly breaks too. Plenty to experience of a self-sufficienctish life - we generate electricity from a water turbine using the former mill leat, grow our own meat, eggs and veg, and press our own apples for juice & cider on a smallholding on 20 secret acres near the sea. We raise ducks, hens, sheep, sometimes cows and pigs. We offer meat and surplus eggs and veg to our guests and welcome help with feeding the animals. Each cottage is tastefully converted from the former mill building, barns & workers' cottages round the old mill-house, built in the 1750s. Thick stone walls, beams, and logburners make each cottage individual in decor offering you spacious, comfortable accommodation, a modern fitted kitchen (with own washing machine, microwave, electric oven or range, kettle, toaster, fridge-freezer), bathrooms with baths and showers. Walks from your cottage door and beyond on green lanes, a 24 hour wildlife channel right outside your window. Great birdwatching and star-gazing - no ight pollution. Woods, meadows, private gardens, shared lawns, undisturbed water meadows & a shallow stream to enjoy - a haven of peace and tranquility almost untouched by the modern world. Holidays like they used to be ... Space to relax and explore... We welcome free-range kids and well-behaved dogs. ... more less