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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic situation a dream for any wildlife fan however no binoculars supplied and nothing in description suggesting you bring some!"

    Many comments about approach lanes - access is poor no passing places ! The pool whilst a great bonus used twice only it was hardly warm and as such very unpleasant . Very disappointed to find the property was very close to the owners 5 metres to left and another lodge 10 metres to the right . 4 owners vehicles parking all around the dedicated parking space and coming and going evening anf early morning . We would not return despite its amazing position just not a relaxing comfortable situation.

    Reviewed by Linzy2.8Apr 2024

  • "This is a really lovely property."

    The owner was so helpful and it was clean and warm. A great location and good internet. We really enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Oct 2023

  • "Picked Bearscombe for a late break in Devon, on arrival found the property invitingly warm the thoughtful owners having put the heating on, also provided tea, milk & biscuits most welcome."

    Property as described clean all amenities provided, lovely quiet location grounds great for our dog with walks from the doorstep. Would recommend to anyone & will hopefully be back next year. Thank you owners, apologies for not seeing you before we left appears your doorbell is not working. Regards Paul.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Oct 2023

  • "Our Labrador Barnato, rated it highly, great field to run in, also nice and quite, lane a bit narrow for a brand new car, but only meet 1 car during our stay."

    Hedges could do with a cut down the lane. Cottage nice size, well kept, only thing we would like, is a bedroom TV, and a hover to clean the carpet/floors, lighting for us could be better, other wise a great stay.

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Oct 2023

  • "Lovely, comfortable and clean accommodation and very helpful and friendly owners."

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "The hospitality was faultless."

    The hosts were very helpful and prompt with their assistance. The accommodation was beautiful, very clean and well maintained, and we have never before encountered any holiday accommodation that provided tea, coffee, sugar, fresh milk and a bottle of wine upon welcome. The grounds were well maintained and dog friendly and there was so much wildlife around it was a joy to behold. We'd highly recommend Bearscombe and would definitely visit again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Candice5.0Aug 2023

  • "Bearscombe is a modern, attractive, comfortable, welcoming property."

    One of the hosts welcomed us as we arrived and was very friendly. There is a balcony with a wonderful view across a small wooded valley with a stream rushing through it. Note that it is approached by narrow (single car) lanes with very few passing places and steep inclines. This makes it secluded but also requires drivers to proceed slowly and with caution. Thank you to the hosts for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2023

  • "This property is nestled in a beautiful location with views down the grounds to a lake, stream and pretty walk, which the owners let you use."

    It is ideally located for exploring South Hams, although you have to navigate very narrow lanes around the property. The property is built on a hill and while it is all on one floor the lounge end looks out onto a 1st floor balcony,which has great views. There is a disused swimming pool underneath. The area next to it was shabby with a rotary washing line next to the table and chairs. Next door is the owners house and the other side is a holiday log cabin not shown in Sykes description. The area around the property is steep, the pictures show sitting out areas but they are on the drive or behind a newly built fence around the front door, facing the owners drive. (not shown on pictures). The property itself was well equipped, very clean, but apart from the lounge quite dark and in need of some updating.

    Reviewed by David2.8Jul 2023

  • "You cannot fault this beautiful place."

    Piece, quite, relaxing, comfie. Large open area if you don't want to venture out. Thank you both so much. Xx Lisa, Di and hollie

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage in a fantastic setting."

    Short walk to fields n ponds great 4 dogs fantastic hosts Graham and Teresa.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great stay here."

    Lovely peaceful rural setting. Well situated for all the main attractions but to be honest we spent most of our time here spoilt by the excellent weather, the peacefulness and the grounds. The dog had the best time ever. The cottage is well equipped with everything you need and the Juliet balcony is a great feature overlooking the gardens down to the stream. The owners are extremely helpful and friendly. We highly recommend a stay here if you like a “out of the way” from it all holiday. Oh and the vineyard opposite!

    Reviewed by Kim5.0May 2023

  • "What a fabulous location."

    The grounds are lovely and spacious, great for dogs and little children to walk around. The property itself is clean and tidy, and great for couples and young families. The weather wasn't great but that didn't stop us visiting the many beaches and train trips in the area. The recommendation, from the owner, to visit South Milton was great for both our little boy and our dog. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0May 2023

  • "If you want a relaxing away from it all break, this is it !"

    Lovely accommodation , spotless, . Well equipped . The owners have thought of everything . We had a problem with the tv on the day we arrived ,i phoned the number provided ,and it was sorted out straight away . The grounds are lovely, ,a large lake , grass areas ,wooded area where wild garlic and blue bells are starting to flower . . All you can hear are birds. Wild deer visit , I was fortunate to see an otter cross from the stream to the lake early one morning while taking the dogs out . Although the cottage is fairly remote , approached by narrow lanes ,it is within easy reach of beautiful sandy beaches (20-25 mins )….. try Bigbury ,and walk across the cause way when the tide is out, to Burgh island . Totness is nice if you like browsing around shops . For food try the Ring feeder …. Home cooked food . Beef and pork produced on their own farm ,very quirky lovely cakes . Also a farm shop on sight for fresh produce . Also The California inn , traditional pub . Lovely food . For something a bit further afield . The oyster shack . Sea food and fresh fish .

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2023

  • "Well maintained,we enjoyed our holiday."

    Peaceful back to nature watching the wild life.The narrow roads were no problem as everyone gets use to them didn't cause us any headaches.The owners are friendly and approachable and asked us if we need anything but we didn't everything was provided

    Reviewed by Malcom5.0Oct 2022

  • "Thank you we had very peaceful stay absolutely serenity, unfortunately my dog ..."

    Thank you we had very peaceful stay absolutely serenity, unfortunately my dog sprained his leg so we couldn’t get out on the walks in the beautiful area, thank you mark and Bronson

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Oct 2022

  • "A very enjoyable holiday with lovely grounds for our dogs to run around in."

    The accommodation was fully equipped ,very comfortable, and the owner was very nice.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2022

  • "Bearscombe is situated in a lovely quiet location."

    Most of the time all you hear is the sound of the birds during the day and the dark night sky provides a great view of the stars on a clear night. The owners were most helpful and even installed an outdoor power socket to enable us to charge our electric car.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    My two basset hounds and I thoroughly enjoyed our weekend break away from the hustle and bustle of our world. Everything we needed was provided for us - even the dog bowl! Will deffo be back Thank you so much

    Reviewed by Felicity5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great stay."

    Nice owners, but you may not see them at all. Big private garden, very quiet, smart small touches. Very clean and just lovely. One of the best places we've been. 20 minutes drive to fantastic beach. Beautiful villages (Salcombe, Totnes). You got a vinery just down the road that you can visit. We definitely comming back.

    Reviewed by Jaroslaw5.0Jul 2022

  • "We were impressed with the cleanliness of the cottage firstly and the owners were most helpful."

    The narrow road caused us no problem at all. We would thoroughly recommend this property and in fact have already done so. We will be hopefully re visiting as some time in the future.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jul 2022

  • "A great cottage in a very peaceful location"

    Reviewed by Mr4.7May 2022

  • "The one bit of advice I would give to any prospective booker, is that when approaching the property, from either side, for the last mile and a half or so, be extremely aware of your surroundings and make sure you know exactly where your last area to pull in was."

    There are absolutely no passing places for the last 2 miles and you need to rely on farm entrances and the such and they are very few and far between. Having said that, once at the property, it is a lovely off grid out of the way place, very quiet and peaceful. There were only 2 of us, but the property accommodates 4 quite comfortably, with more than enough crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils and very clean and tidy. There is a wonderful enclosed field area where you can walk your dogs safely. We had our 2 dogs with us. A great Dane and a Chocolate Labrador and they ran themselves ragged. There is a stream that they can play around in, but the large pond is a bit to green with algae, so probably best to avoid that. There is a picnic bench down by the pond which was very pleasant on the few warm dry days we had to sit out and have a drink. Phone reception for those reliant on it is sketchy at the best. Not a bad thing as far as we were concerned, but if you need to make or receive a call, probably need to wait till you leave the property. Wi-Fi was fine for us, so email is always an option if desperate. Only a minor observation, but a few board games or such would have been welcome. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and were fortunate to meet nothing on any of the roads.

    Hi There, We have now got Airband WiFi at both of our properties so our WiFi speed and reliability is now markedly better and offers over 20mbps. It will be worth noting that the issues with lack of signal can be alleviated by the use of WiFi calling. Kind regards, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary4.4Oct 2021

  • "Should point out the lane to the cottage was not the best, it was a case of fingers crossed you didn't meet another vehicle, but still had an enjoyable holiday."

    Reviewed by Rob3.8Sep 2021

  • "The property was beautifully situated and both scenic and tranquil."

    The owners have provided absolutely everything you need to self cater from cookware to utensils. The only surprise was the absence of a dishwasher. As a previous reviewer mentioned, the access road in is very narrow with alot of overgrowth either side. That said, in one week, we only encountered two other motorists. Without such a rural approach, the tranquility and seclusion, which is a big part of the appeal, would be lost though. The property around the accommodation includes a small lake, meandering meadow and stream, all of which is available for guests to enjoy. We all look forward to returning to Bearscombe in the future!

    Reviewed by Donna4.7Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful, tranquil location."

    The owners have clearly put so much thoughtfulness and consideration into all the things provided. We loved our stay and would happily go back. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Lotti5.0Jul 2021

  • "The barn was lovely."

    The feel of the whole place was airy and everything felt new and fresh. so quiet and peaceful. The double bed was unfortunately very uncomfortable - so much so that my husband slept in the other room on a single bed! The gardens were lovely and great for a quick walk for a dog. However... I'm afraid the location of this place meant travelling down a 1 mile lane - 12ft hedges/solid walls, road only 6 foot wide, single track with limited passing places and lots of blind bends. Honestly we dreaded leaving and dreaded coming back! I realise the locals are used to this and lots of delivery vans and utility vehicles use these lanes but for us it was just a massive distraction when trying to enjoy our holiday. NOT the fault of the owners but an important factor.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Jun 2021

  • "Absolutely idyllic From the moment we arrived it looked and felt like we were in a foreign holiday villa."

    Although as some have suggested it is down a narrow track this never caused an issue and we like being out of the way. It's a very pretty area to walk around and the vast grounds we had all to ourself left us feeling very lucky, almost spoilt. There is a stream with small waterfalls running the whole length of the lower field with a large pond so in the mornings we got to have a hot drink watching the fish or the deer, during the day the kids loves finding newts, tadpoles and lizards and it's a great spot in the evening to have a bottle of wine, enjoy the sun and the tranquility, I think even the dog will get the holiday blues when we leave. There is a nice seating area by the accommodation which is a nice sun trap in the evening with a few cows just over the fence and bat's late on. The owners are incredibly friendly yet unobtrusive, we were left a greatly appreciated bottle of fizz, some mik and biscuits. The accommodation is all on one floor but doesn't feel small, the kitchen had all we needed, the bedrooms were clean and comfy as you would expect and the juliet balcony off of the living room was a fantastic addition, you really barely have to leave the accommodation. As we were visiting family it was a great base as every beach and town seems to be within 20-25 minute drive, and the lanes really aren't that bad at all except a vast number of holiday makers feel they need an 8 foot wide 4x4 and struggle to deal with the passing places. However even at a busy time we had no issues getting to Salcombe, Kingsbridge, south Milton, Thurlstone, and bigbury all under half an hour. It may also be handy to know, tesco can deliver here, there's a petrol station within ten min drive, and most of the beaches have dog friendly areas. The anchorage pub in Ugborough was a nice place and there's still not much point in joining the 30 thousand other people that cram into the one tiny street in overhyped Salcombe, unless you have a boat or your going to enjoy the view from the ferry Inn its a lot of hassle for very little gain. Aside from that we really can't Gush and recccomend Bearscombe enough, time for one last drink by the pond methinks.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2021

  • "Beautiful house in beautiful setting."

    Very clean and comfortable. Excellent facilities. We would have found it more relaxing if dogs were allowed more freedom but we coped. We would return for the peace.

    Reviewed by Sylvia4.7Apr 2021

  • "Beautiful peaceful location ."

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2021

  • "It was a very warm, comfortable and clean cottage in a lovely peaceful location, and we had a wonderful holiday."

    We would suggest the owners consider purchasing some cookware which can be used in the microwave (pyrex bowls?). Fortunately we took our own as we've encountered this before with cottages. It would also have been nice if the owners had contacted us early on in our holiday just to say hello and is everything OK? We had no contact at all from them, although we had contact numbers if there had been a problem. The cottage would be improved if there was a walk-in shower but the shower over the bath was fine and there was plenty of hot water. All in all, a big thumbs up from us but with some suggestions for improvement.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Apr 2021

  • "A fantastic well equipped and beautifully maintained cottage and a secluded and tranquil location, perfectly placed to visit the beach and enjoy the lovely South Devon coast and countryside."

    The owners were lovely and helpful and couldn’t do anymore to help.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Jul 2020

  • "We have just returned from a very enjoyable week away at Bearscombe."

    The property is remote, which suited us, and does involve driving through very narrow lanes to reach it, but it is worth the effort, as the location is so peaceful. Very well equipped barn conversion with two lovely outside seating areas. Beautiful beaches are within 30 minutes drive, as are Kingsbridge, Salcombe and Dartmouth. We would definitely return at some future stage

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2020

  • "The directions to the property are not nearly descriptive enough."

    Given the hidden nature of the property, they should include much more detail, including distances, roads crossed, names of crossroads and checks such as "past Witchcombe Barn on your right". Without these, we spent nearly an hour trying to find the right road and had no idea how far along it to go. A real time waster which would cost nothing to improve. Otherwise all OK.

    Reviewed by Timothy J5.0Sep 2019

  • "We had a lovely week at Bearscombe, set in peaceful countryside, the narrow lanes were not a problem, we didn't meet any traffic going on our travels."

    A good base for exploring South Devon. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2019

  • "Fantastic property in lovely location."

    Just need to address a couple of things to improve it. Very minor issues for us. Toilet seat won't stay up, need a airer to put clothes out when raining and no dvd remote.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Aug 2019

  • "Bearscombe is an absolute Gem In such a beautiful setting."

    Really quiet and tranquil location and only a short drive to The stunning beach at Bigbury-on-Sea. We also found some easy walks around Modbury and some decent pubs. The accommodation itself was really comfortable with a large fully equipped kitchen and lounge with sky tv and a balcony for star gazing. No light pollution here. We had such a warm welcome. Thank you so much. we will definitely be coming back

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and in a quiet area."

    It was close to a variety of interesting places to visit.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely quiet spot - lots of wildlife."

    Little bit tricky on the narrow lanes, but we hardly met any traffic. Comfortable, well equipped accommodation and lovely owners.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jun 2019

  • "Well equipped and comfortable cottage, we enjoyed our stay."

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jun 2019

  • "A very nice cottage and we greatly enjoyed our stay."

    We would recomend this to anyone who wants a quiet location in the countryside. To access the cottage you do have to drive for 1 mile down a very narrow lane with few passing points.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2019

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  • All on one level with stairless access
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower and basin
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast table
  • Utility
  • Living/dining area.
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Enclosed patio area provides both a lovely spot for your morning coffee and a gated area for your dog
  • Shared use of the swimming pool with one other holiday let between the hours of 11am-5pm, towels for the pool are not provided
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: We have now got Airband WiFi at both of our properties so our WiFi speed and reliability is now markedly better and offers over 20mbps, lack of signal can be alleviated by the use of WiFi calling
  • Please note: Guests are to bring their own towels for use if using the swimming pool.

The property

Bearscombe offers refreshing and modern accommodation amidst the wonderful and idyllic countryside of South Devon. Friends and family seeking magnificent scenery, plentiful outdoor opportunities and attractive towns should look no further than this holiday home. Enter into a bright and airy kitchen, lined with neutral units hosting a useful range of appliances. A charming breakfast table provides a lovely spot for your morning coffee. The two bedrooms are close at hand, one king-size and one twin, both dressed tastefully with the twin room looking out towards the beckoning valley. A spacious living/dining room complete this accommodation in style, hosting a dining table and plenty of seating for all. A superb Juliet balcony looks across the luscious countryside and river valley surrounding this wonderful property. Refresh yourself in the large indoor heated swimming pool that is available for Shared use between 11am and 5pm.

Towels for the pool will not be provided. Choose from a paved area at the front and a gravelled area below to the rear to chill out in the warmer weather. In addition, you have the option to explore the field below the property that stretches down the valley to a river and multiple ponds, the ideal area for short walks or to let your dog's exercise. Close by Modbury boasts all you may need in terms of essentials with its quaint Shopping Highstreet, various fantastic Pubs and well-priced Takeaways. Also within a short driving distance is Dartmoor National Park where rugged breath-taking walks are around every corner. Failing that we are perfectly suited for those searching for Beaches, Coast and Surf. With the world-famous Bigbury On Sea just a 25-minute drive away. It must be said that being situated nearby to the South Devon AONB will give you every chance to get out and explore the great outdoors, offering a multitude of excellent opportunities no matter your tastes. The A38 or Devon Expressway is a 10-minute drive from our door and allows you quick and easy access most of the county's outstanding attractions. However, we always ask all visitors to please remember to drive slowly and carefully on the narrow lanes leading to the property. Why not book in today and secure Bearscombe as a rural countryside retreat for your perfect Devon holiday? Note: This property can be booked with Ref: 1101271, together sleeping up to 7 people.

This will also allow private use of the swimming pool.

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About the location


Plymouth 12 miles.

The small and delightful Georgian market town of Modbury rests in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the western side of Devon’s glorious South Hams district. Modbury offers a range of shops, cosy pubs and good quality restaurants. Surrounded by unspoilt rolling fields and bordered by a stunning coastline, this is a place for those who enjoy great opportunities for walking, cycling, sailing, surfing and sea bathing. Explore the matchless South Devon coast with its fabulous sandy beaches (some of them dog friendly all year round) and its breathtakingly beautiful coastal path. Or simply take time to visit some of the charming estuary towns and villages dotted throughout the area, such as Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. The city of Plymouth and the wild open spaces of Dartmoor and also close at hand. A brilliant holiday location at any time of the year.

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