Two miles from Aveton Gifford, at the end of a long private drive and on the side of a very pretty, organically farmed valley is Fern Cottage, a picture-book detached stone cottage with an ivy clad façade, where roses around the door greet you on arrival.
There are numerous footpaths criss-crossing the surrounding countryside, which is some of the prettiest in South Devon.
The cottage stands very privately on its own and has an enclosed garden with raised patio, enjoying long views over the surrounding farmland.
Inside, the cottage is traditional and unpretentious.
The cosy lounge has an open fireplace with wood burning stove and glazed doors which open onto the garden.
The kitchen has an oil-fired Aga, ideal for keeping out the chill on those crisp frosty mornings.
Upstairs are two pretty bedrooms – a double and a room with two single beds; both with rural views.
Nearby, are many sandy beaches, including Bigbury on Sea where you can cross the water by sea tractor to explore Burgh Island and its elegant art deco hotel, or at the small market town of Kingsbridge, which has excellent shops and restaurants you can try your hand at one of the watersports on offer, including sailing and paddleboarding.
The popular towns of Salcombe and Dartmouth are both just a short drive away.
About the location
Salcombe 5 miles; Dartmouth 12 miles; Totnes 13 miles; Plymouth 20 miles.
The busy little town of Kingsbridge lies at the head of a marine estuary in the attractive South Hams area of south Devon. During the summer season there are river excursions to Salcombe to see the abundant wildlife in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which also forms part of the South Devon Heritage Coast. Visitors can take a walk along the Kingsbridge Quay, wander through the narrow alleys off Fore Street or visit the Shambles, an Elizabethan market arcade. Around the South Hams area there are picturesque ports, such as Dartmouth and Salcombe, together with sandy beaches at Blackpool Sands near Stoke Fleming and the two sandy beaches at Thurlestone. There are a host of small attractive villages in South Hams offering interesting pubs, local farm produce shops and pretty rows of cottages, plus further afield the waterfront city of Plymouth is a vibrant centre housing the National Marine Aquarium, historic Barbican Quay and plenty of night life, including theatres, restaurants and bars.
Note: This property has a spring water supply which is tested regularly.