Blackberry Cottage isa light and airy, contemporary reverse level cottage, one of several in Buckland Court which is ideally placed close to the popular and pretty village of Slapton and the stunning coast in South Devon. Also nearby there is the world famous nature reserve at Slapton Ley, a 3 mile beach and several excellent real ale pubs. Dartmouth and Kingsbridge are within 15 minutes drive, both with interesting shops, fine restaurants, boat trips, sailing and much more. Totnes, a quaint Elizabethan town is 9 miles away and Dartmoor, with wonderful walking and spectacular scenery is within easy reach. Buckland Court is well situated for a wide range of indoor and outdoor pursuits including golf. A gate from the courtyard opens out to a sweep of grass and orchard (1.5 acres) including a large pond populated by ducks. There is a built in barbecue with picnic benches where guests can relax and young people can play outdoor games and new for 2015 a children's adventure playhouse on stilts with a slide and swings and a pool table/tennis table in the laundry room for those rainy days.
The cottages are very comfortable and well furnished and set around a pretty courtyard with summer hanging baskets and benches. The kitchens are well equipped with gas hobs, cooker extractor hoods, built-under ovens, fridges and microwaves. All beds (except Blackberry) are standard size (4ft 6in doubles, 3ft singles). The bathrooms all have a shower over the bath, hand basin and WC. All cottages have central heating, a gas fire in the living area and are equipped with iron and ironing board. There is a large communal laundry room with coin operated washing machine, dryer and freezer. There is a large range of local information and in season a small incubator, who knows what you might see hatch during your stay! Water is supplied by filtered and tested borehole water.
The resident caretaker keeps a whiteboard up to date with the latest sightings of wildlife, can lend you a bat detector, a metal detector or a telescope and is conversant in German and French. He is always ready with suggestions that will help you get the most out of your holiday.
Previous guests' comments:
"Quiet, restful location. Our guide to the area, Simon, was welcoming and knowledgeable making it a memorable week's holiday." Ray and Maureen Hope.
With its lounge on the first floor, which overlooks the lower courtyard and offers a delightfully light and airy feel, this popular cottage offers an unusual aspect to holiday living. Having been substantially extended into the old corner store and refurbished throughout, the property offers a particularly high standard of accommodation with a versatile layout over two floors and can sleep 6 people with beds made up and towels provided. The attention to detail and decor, makes you feel instantly relaxed and a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday living.
On the ground floor the entrance hallway leads to a good sized twin bedroom with exposed beams, good quality pine beds, bathroom with white suite (bath, shower over, basin and WC) tiled floor, shaker style panelling and exposed beams. Upstairs to a small landing area. Light, airy and spacious lounge with comfortable seating including a beech slatted double sofa-bed, reclaimed pine furniture, flame-effect gas fire, flat screen TV, DVD player, CD, books and games. Door to an inner hallway and the extended part of the cottage. To one side is a large bright kitchen/diner with an unusual vaulted ceiling with velux roof window and remote control blind over the dining area. The kitchen area is fully equipped with cream painted units and walnut effect worktops, table to seat 6, a dishwasher and high chair. To the other side of the extension there is a superbly equipped shower room with a double size power shower, heated towel rail and tiled floors. Master bedroom with attractive King size 5ft bed and matching furniture; this room also feels light and airy due to its high vaulted ceiling and large velux roof window with remote control blind. The bedroom has a door leading to a further bedroom with full size 3ft bunk beds, which can also be accessed from the hallway.
An archway in the corner of the lower courtyard (separated by a substantial gate) opens out to a large pond populated by ducks and a sweep of grass and orchard (1.5 acres) including a built in barbecue with picnic benches where guests can relax and young people can play outdoor games as well as a new children's adventure playhouse on stilts with a slide and swings.
Parking: Car parking in the drive, not in the lower courtyard except for loading and unloading.
Slapton is a small picturesque village lying between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. The village is half a mile from Slapton Sands. The village has 2 pubs and a village store. Slapton Ley Nature Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. Slapton Sands beach was taken over in 1943 to use as a rehearsal area for the D-Day landings. It is a large shingle beach, very dog friendly and backed by a sea wall with lifeguards in the summer and a cafe. Woodlands Family Theme Park in Dartmouth 30 minutes away is a great family day out. Also in Dartmouth is Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens.