- Off road parking
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Cot available
- Highchair available
- Pub/shop < 1 mile
- Washing machine
- Broadband / WiFi
Reviews & Ratings
10 Customer Reviews
"Overall, the cottage is lovely, with high-end towels and bedding and a well equipped kitchen."
The cleanliness is questionable. Corners had visible dirt, many light fixtures had dust webs and there was food on the first pot I removed from the cupboard. The dryer had enough lint to knit a jumper. The sofa really let's this place down. I'd expect that sofa in a student house. The owner really needs to replace it. It's unacceptable in a cottage at this price level. I did inform the "caretaker" of the lack of cleanliness on the second day, and whilst my text was read, I never received a reply. The superking beds are fantastic. I do recommend this place, but the cleanliness and sofa need improvement.
"Ivy Cottage was fantastic."
Comfortable, clean and everything we could have wanted including a welcome bottle of wine, and milk in the fridge. The refuse and recycling is complicated but the system is due to be revamped in the Spring. Lovely village pub serving real ales and food. Well placed for lots of glorious beaches, too.
"Lovely cottage with great position for walking to the coast or driving short distance to Bigbury on Sea and other family beaches."
Very comfortable beds and nicely presented bedrooms, good bathrooms with powerful showers and quick running bath, well equipped kitchen and utility room (could do with some larger bins given the multiple recycling demands), nice layout for kids and garden access without worrying about them getting onto the road. WiFi was speedy and reliable too. Only shortcomings was the living room which needs some better lighting. We found it easily and unassisted entry was very straightforward and easy. Ticked lots and lots of boxes - a great stay thank you!
"Ivy Cottage is a beautiful home."
It was incredibly clean and there were plenty of extra towels. The beds were super comfortable. I loved the various window seats about the cottage. The place was perfect for us as we are an older family with teenagers so appreciated the full size beds in every room. The dining room was great for playing games after dinner. The blue antique chair in the living room was perfect for our resident video game freak. It is just a short walk to two beaches- 1.5miles to Wellwon Beach and 2miles to Westcombe beach. The caretaker is fantastic and came by to fix a shower drain the first day that was not draining properly. Only a few downsides- the living room sofas are very worn and saggy well past their use by date. The kitchen was somewhat dis-organised with cutlery simply placed in a drawer with no holder tray, and the plates were stacked in a high cabinet above the sink which was too high for me to get a plate down without dragging a chair over and climbing on it or asking my tall husband to get them down for me.
"Ivy Cottage, Kingston, is beautifully appointed with every convenience one could wish for and then some."
It has off-road, gated parking for at least two cars and a completely enclosed garden with plenty of space for play. On arrival the cottage was spotless - crisp, clean towels and sheets with comfortable beds. The electric hob failed on first use but a phone call brought the caretaker who replaced it with a brand-new one in 24 hours. The village is delightful with no shop but an excellent pub, "The Dolphin", which has both good food, fine beer and very obliging staff. It is child friendly with a play area adjacent to the garden tables. The village has a public playground with swings, slides, zip-line, climbing frames, etc. which the children visited regularly. Be prepared for the narrow Devon roads with lots of backing-up to passing places required. Apart from the village itself and the charming local beach - in the estuary, so sandy but only gentle waves, ideal for toddlers - there is little to be found, other than the magnificent scenery, less than 30 minutes drive away. Kingsbridge has Tesco, Morrisons and a Co-Op filling station.
"The bedrooms are beautifully presented and spacious."
Same applies to the bathrooms which are modern with excellent shower facilities. Practical kitchen which has stacks of equipment and a separate utility room with 2 large fridge freezers. Well tended garden over several levels although the upper level is overlooked by several properties. Looks like some hedging has been recently planted so I’m sure in time privacy will be restored. Plenty of space in lounge and dining room although as the latter is some distance from the kitchen it was a bit redundant and We found that all the eating was done at the kitchen table. My only criticism is that the lighting and configuration of the lounge and dining room could be improved. It is rather dark- nice and cosy in winter I’m sure but less so in summer. Overall a lovely cottage with plenty of inside and outside space to relax in.
"Because of the thick walls of the building it was difficult to keep it warm."
The Caretaker advised us that the Owner, whilst away on holiday, had a remote control which operated the central heating and even though we may set the temperature , the Owner could still reduce the temperature There was a ring binder with various information. There was a reference to Refuse Collection being on a Monday, but there was no local authority guide saying what was collected on which days, nor what could be put in each bin or bag, nor what bag food could be put in. There were only blue bags which had instructions on them regarding paper etc and these were in the shed and no other bags. I put plastic bottles in a blue bag but separated from the paper held blue bag
"Kingston is a great little village with a warm heart - we had a great reception from everyone we met whether in the pub, the church, on the beach or just passing in the road, and made a superb venue to spend a week with the family at Christmas."
Just a general comment about this and other holiday rents we have had from Helpful Holidays - there are never enough of the basics: drying-up cloths, washing-up materials, bin bags etc. Some simple basic instructions on how to 'get to started' and operate the TV & hi-fi etc would be helpful. We had a tech-geek with us and even he couldn't get everything to work and was baffled by why we had three remote controls.
"Such a fantastic cottage, so well equipped."
Lovely area to explore.
"Ivy cottage was a perfect cottage and base for us to visit our favourite beaches and places."
The cottage was very well equipped with Denby crockery (which I was very careful with), amazingly comfy beds and soft White Company towels. They were the things that stood out. I bought quite a few things from home in case the cottage didn't have them but I was pleasantly surprised. Tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tabs, washing tabs, tea towels, milk in fridge & bottle of wine on the table. Fantastic!!! The metal bath tub was a huge hit with our girls. We loved the fire to keep us warm and cosy in the evenings. Loved being so close to Mothecombe beach, Bigbury on sea, Salcombe (The Winking Prawn) and Noss Mayo (The Ship Inn). A very relaxing break for our family.
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- Three bedrooms: 2 x super king doubles
- 1 x twin
- Bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC, basin
- Ground floor lobby
- Sitting room with open fire
- Dining room with doors to patio
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Ground floor shower room with shower, WC, basin
- Outside utility room.
- Central heating, open fire with underfloor heating
- Microwave, fridge, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with Blu-ray, DVD, WiFi, Phone, power inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
- Cot and highchair available on request
- Off road parking for four cars
- Enclosed garden with barbecue
- Sorry, no pets and no smoking
- Pub less than 1 mile from property
- Note: This property has steep spiral stairs with a central vertical handrail and narrow treads - care is needed
- Note: Check-in time 4pm.
In the heart of Kingston is this thatched detached Grade II listed cottage.
Full of character and charm, yet with plenty of space, it is welcoming family accommodation in a pretty village.
Head up the ancient uneven steps into the entrance hall, and from here up another step into the sitting room, full of history with beams, knobbly walls and an open fire in the inglenook fireplace, all complemented by a modern smart TV and iPod dock.
An arch leads through to the dining room where you can open doors to the patio on a sunny day.
The kitchen doubles as a breakfast room in true country house style with its old pine table and stable doors to the garden.
Tread where centuries of feet have worn the steep spiral stairs when you wend your way up to bed in the three spacious bedrooms under the cosy eaves.
Outside, eat alfresco on the patio or stretch out in the sun on the lawn, and you also have a higher terrace and lawn with outdoor furniture for enjoying evening drinks and barbecues.
If you don't want to cook, stroll out to the village inn with its tempting menu.
This is great country for walking along the River Erme estuary or getting on the water at Wonwell beach for bodyboarding, kayaking and paddleboarding.
Bigbury on Sea has a huge and splendid sandy beach for surfing and you can walk across to Burgh Island at low tide.
Ivy Cottage is a wonderful place, full of history and interesting features, with great beaches and a good pub nearby.
Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.
About the location
Kingston is a very pretty Devon village, well off the beaten track in an AONB, one mile from the River Erme’s beautiful wooded estuary and sandy Wonwell beach.
Note: 5'10" lintel at bottom of stairs. Steep spiral stairs (central vertical handrail, narrow treads, care needed). Arrival after 4pm. Sorry, no short breaks