A Stunning Holiday Cottage Full of 16th Century Tradition

Dating from the 16th Century, Barnacle Cottage,previously a pottery barn, offers guests a real taste of traditional Devon living updated with contemporary design and modern amenities.

The ground floor is spacious and open plan with natural stone flooring throughout and offers a comfortable and cosy living area with two sofas and a separate dining area, a fitted and well kitted out kitchen with dishwasher and full cooking facilities.

A turning wooden staircase leads up to two bedrooms and a bathroom with views over the front and side. The beds are sumptuously comfortable with a king size in the master and two singles in the smaller bedroom. One bed is stored underneath and when they are both made up they do take up the width of the room.

The living space is a perfect size for a family with 2 children or three adults. There is a foldaway travel cot if required for a little one.

The beach themed bathroom has a bath with an electric shower overhead, but please be aware of height restriction due to a sloping eave. A compromise which may not suit everyone!

Whilst enjoying the beautifully peaceful grounds and views bordered by woodland, it is impossible not to convene with nature in the early morning sunrise!

Peace at last with no other house as far as the eye can see and only the birdsong for company!

Sitting on the edge of a coastal village the cottage is surrounded by rolling Devonshire countryside but is perfectly placed to explore all the best that South Devon offers. There is private off road parking adjacent to the cottage and a rear garden with a wow factor set on several terraces with wooden garden furniture, a swing seat, parasols and shady trees. A gas or coal BBQ facilitates alfresco dining.

In keeping with the needs of the modern world, there is WIFI, satellite flatscreen TVs, iPod docks, stereo player, DVDs, board games and lots of books!

Catering Self-catered
Accommodates 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1

The picturesque village of Galmpton, a mile from a Blue Flag beach, centres round the Marina, a friendly pub/restaurant, a general store and a great butcher shop, where locally sourced produce is plentiful.

A good choice of supermarkets are a short drive as are many other shopping and browsing opportunities, including in the historic fishing port of Brixham (3 miles), the famously quirky town of Totnes (6 miles) with fabulous eateries, tea shops, markets and interesting independent shops.

Brixham Harbour


Dartmouth (via car ferry) is the beacon of the area with its Royal naval history, markets and award-winning restaurants such as The Seahorse and Rockfish.

Greenway House

The famous Agatha Christie Greenway House and Gardens lies within 2 miles of the cottage and is one of the National Trust's most popular sites. The scenery there on the banks of the River Dart is truly spiritual and inspired many of her novels.

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Dartington Hall

Dartington Hall on the outskirts of Totnes dates from 10 Century and offers culture, walks in the glorious grounds, and a darling little independent cinema, The Barn.

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Films showing at the Barn Cinema

The Sharpham Vineyard

Take a tour and taste their wine and cheese in a magical spot, overlooking the ever present River Dart.

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And then there is glorious Dartmoor with its very special scenery, walks and abundance of villages, pubs and restaurants.

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I have been lucky in my life to become well travelled since childhood which gave me permanent itchy feet, but now fairly settled here in Devon for the past nine years with one son, two dogs and a cat.

I feel as if I am on permanent vacation here in glorious South Devon and never tire of the fabulous beaches and scenery, coastal paths and walks in the surrounding Dart Valley and along the coast.

I am truly blessed to be living in such a glorious place. More importantly it is the celebration of food and produce that I am really passionate about. Yes, whilst living in London you can have a delivery of organic vegetables but here it is just right here on your door step, Sorry veggies, but I drive past the herd of cows daily that I know I am going to find in my own butchers in a matter of weeks and I drive through the countryside where passionate organic farmers battle with the changing climate to bring us the real thing to our plates. Some even have tried the rat race themselves and come home to where it matters.

The minute I saw the property and location of the cottages for the first time, I was in love. Coming down for a weekend from busy, stressed out London to house hunt, I saw the two gorgeous cottages and never looked back. Went back to London and immediately put in an offer and a few months later was here. I only saw the one property! Mad? Yes, but I have no regrets.

Phyllis Norman