5/6 bed, 5 bath, Sleeps 11, open plan, large ultra modern kitchen/dining/lounge
‘Seaview’ is a large and luxurious Devon holiday house, less than five minutes walk from two beautiful sandy beaches, recommended for their excellent water quality in the 2014 Good Beach Guide, and Burgh Island, a sea-tractor ride away. In a UK Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the South facing house and garden feature stunning panoramic views of Bigbury Bay, the Avon Estuary and Bigbury / Bantham beaches which are famous for surfing and every kind of watersport, with equipment available for hire on the beach. The house is only a few minutes walk away from restaurants, pub, local store and Burgh Island.
The main house and annexe have been lovingly rebuilt internally, featuring 5/6 bedrooms, five marbled bathrooms and a large open plan ground floor with ultra modern kitchen, dining area and lounge with panoramic sea views. The house has WiFi internet, Sky+HD, streamed Love Film library and projector with 7.1 surround sound. The secluded garden has a dining terrrace seating 8 and 2 BBQ's
Free welcome pack includes Devon cream tea ingredients, coffee, semi skimmed milk, sugar, kitchen rolls, butter, toilet rolls. please note: wooden cots, travel cots, high chairs, stair gates etc. can all be hired for you visit.
-------Kitchen Area (open plan with Dining area and Lounge)
* 30’ long with two eye-level Fan ovens, integrated Coffee machine, Microwave, two tray Dishwasher, Wine cooler, large American fridge- freezer and drinks/ice maker, underfloor heating, Oak flooring
*Peninsula breakfast bar seating three, LCD TV with Sky TV, Games input
* Utility room with Washing machine and Tumble dryer, Ironing board, iron
* Large Oak table with seating for 8 (+3 at Breakfast bar) with panoramic views of coast and beaches. Underfloor heating, Oak flooring.
-------Lounge Area seating 8 (+3 chairs moved from dining area)
* Two three seater white leather settees, two leather armchairs, three further chairs can be moved across from the open plan dining area. Wood burning stove, Oak Flooring throughout.
* 100” projector screen and projector, 42” Plasma TV. 7.1 Surround Sound system, Sky+ HD, Blue-ray Player, with streamed LoveFilm library, iphone/ipod music/video input.
-------Other Ground Floor
* Marbled Family bathroom with Bath/shower, toilet, underfloor heating
* Library/ Bedroom 6 with double sofa bed, desks, Wifi, 1500 books.
-------Sleeping - main house upstairs
* Master Bedroom, Super-King double bed, marbled en-suite with bidet, double shower and toilet, triple aspect, panoramic views of island/coast.
* Bedroom 2, Kingsize double bed, marbled en-suite with Double shower and toilet, Sea views.
* Bedroom 3, Twin beds which can be zipped together, toilet across corridor, estuary view, TV
* Bedroom 4, Single Bed, toilet across corridor, estuary view.
* Two large portable air conditioning units are available if required
-------Attached Annexe (separate access)
* Double Bedroom, separate Toilet with shower
* Modern Kitchen area with Fridge Freezer, Washing Machine
* Lounge / Dining area with folding table, settee and 4 chairs, 30” LCD TV
-------Garden / Parking
* Large South-facing landscaped garden with grass and gravel terraces, flowers, shrubs and amazing views of Burgh Island, beaches and coast.
* Dining terrace with table seating 8, Weber gas and charcoal BBQ
* Two teak loungers, Two reclining chairs, double teak bench, picnic table
* Raised vegetable beds with fresh herbs, vegetables and salad crops.
* Parking Area for 6 cars
* Storage with beach equipment: inflatables, body boards, fold-up portable beach BBQ, beach games, etc.
Top Traveller Review
Outstanding weekend, can't wait to returnOutstanding weekend, can't wait to return
About the Owner
Guestbook comments from the owner
Wonderful weather! The "Children" said 'when can we move in, we'll pay the deposit'. fantastic house and location. Both families really enjoyed the holiday here. We all did a Treasure Trail which all ages loved.
5 based on 4 holidaymaker reviews
Outstanding weekend, can't wait to return
I can totally recommend Seaview House for absolute comfort and amazing ocean views. We stayed at this beautiful house in Bigbury on Sea with some friends as a 50th birthday treat. We couldn't have asked for more. The owners were helpful and friendly from start of booking to end of stay.......Allan even came to pick us up in Modbury when my car broke down. On arrival both Maggie and Allan took time to show us around the house and answered the many questions we had to ask about the house and the design/decode (which they had done themselves with exquisite taste). The bedrooms are warm and so comfortable, the kitchen and bathrooms have everything you need and more. My daughter slept in the self contained annex and now wants Maggie and Allan to adopt her so she can live there. I warn you both that she is more trouble than she looks! Thank you both so much for a perfect weekend. After years of weekend breaks in various cold and crooked cottages, we don't want to go anywhere else now! See you in Feb 2015 if not before!
This house deserves 6 stars! Amazing house, lovely gardens, fabulous views. Best equipped house we have ever had. Extended family loved it and did not want to leave. Allan & Maggie have made a bit of paradise for us to share. Bigbury on sea is ideal for children a with lovely beaches, not much to do in the village, but the house more than compensates, grab a glass of wine and just enjoy the beautiful views from the garden and house.
An outstanding property in every way
This property is every bit as good as the photographs show. The L shaped kitchen dining living area is huge, modern and very well equipped and the view of the bay from the floor to ceiling windows surrounding the long dining table is so amazing that we spent most of our 4 day break there when we were not out and hardly used the excellent living area that has SKY DVD player stereo etc. Bedrooms and bathrooms are first class like the rest of the house and everything was perfectly clean and tidy. The weather was mostly sunny but very windy but enabled us to make use of the fantastic garden overlooking the bay. Allan and Maggie were very welcoming and we were delighted to receive a welcome pack including a substantial cream tea for just a 4 day visit. Bigbury on Sea is lovely and we had two very nice meals in the Cafe at the bottom of the road. A much enjoyed short stay by a family of 8 (4 couples).
We had an absolutely fantastic time at Seaview. It all started with a delicious Devon tea left as a welcome from the owners. The views from the gardens and house, especially the dining room are quite simply stunning. The house is extremely comfortable and well and thoughtfully equipped, a real home from home. We made good use of the coffee machine and after dinner the home cinema was a big hit with all. We were lucky with the weather and took advantage of one of the two garden BBQs and also visited local restaurants suggested by the owners, The Royal Oak in Bigsbury (Gastro style) and the Bay View Bistro at the bottom of the hill was good for simple but well cooked food.
Bigbury on Sea lives up to its beauty spot reputation, a trip on the sea tractor over to Burgh island and a walk to the top is an absolute must as is a pint of Pilchard in the Pilchard Inn. On return to the house sit with a cool drink and look out over your achievements !
In short we were a party of 6 with vast age ranges up to 84 and all would highly recommend a stay at Seaview!
Activity and Interests
----------------The Bigbury-on-Sea area
Bigbury on Sea, in the centre of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to Dartmoor, is a beautiful coastal village famous for its expanse of beautiful sandy beach with a causeway, flooded at high tide, leading to Burgh Island and its internationally famous Art Deco hotel. Bigbury / Bantham beaches are famous for surfing and every kind of watersport, with equipment available for hire on the beach. The extensive beaches are also ideal for children to play on with soft sand and three RNLI lifeguard stations. The village is situated on the South West Coast path and is an ideal base for walking in the beautiful countryside.
Kingsbridge is nearby and its fun to drive along the scenic road (flooded at high tide!) up the River Avon, well known for its birdlife and kayaking. Close by there are attractive cliff top and coastal walks, as well as other beaches and coves for fishing, with sailing and boating at nearby Salcombe and Dartmouth and golf at the beautiful 18 hole Bigbury course a five minute drive away.
The hotel, a few minutes walk from the house, was a former haunt of Edward and Mrs Simpson, Churchill and Agatha Christie and was recently voted the Most Romantic Hotel in Britain. It serves non-residents Dinner (black tie) (7 nights) and Sunday lunch making a wonderful location for that special celebration meal. The Pilchard Inn, a 700 year old smuggling inn, also on the island, serves local beers and food at lunchtime and Friday evenings.
At high tide access to the island is via a unique long legged ‘sea tractor’ running at half hourly intervals.
The village also has two beach restaurants, a General store and the excellent Discovery Surf and watersport school.
If the weather is poor, there is a pub/restaurant (seasonal) ten minutes walk away in Challaborough with pool tables, darts, Sports TV, arcade games, quizzes and more.
Our favourite way to spend an evening is to wander down to the local beach for a BBQ and some beach games with friends. There are two clever fold-up barbeques in the house which can cater for 8 to 10 easily. Take the house beach cricket set and ‘boules’ for games with the kids whilst dinner is cooking. Then watch the sun set over Burgh Island whilst enjoying a few glasses of wine and some fresh BBQ fish and seafood (if you can’t catch any off the beach there are two great local fishmongers selling day boat fish.)
As well as an outstanding beach holiday resort, Bigbury on Sea is also an ideal base for exploring Dartmoor and the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which extends from Dartmouth through Salcombe across the Avon, Erme and Yealm estuaries.
-------------------Our Favourite Days Out in Devon
-------Salcombe Boating and Beach picnic
Salcombe, playground of the rich and famous, is only half an hours drive away. Pick up a gastronomic picnic from one of the delis there and either hire a motorboat or take one of the many ferries from town to South Sands or East Portlemouth beaches and spend the day sunbathing, swimming in the crystal clear water or just watching the activity on the water (very busy in Regatta week). Alternatively you could wander round the interesting shops and enjoy a traditional Devon cream tea by the waterside.
----------Morwellham Quay - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Ten miles north of Plymouth is Morwellham Quay, the largest Copper mine in Victoria’s Empire. It’s a terrific day out, the absolute highlight being the train trip down into the mine itself, a heart-stopping insight into the life of a miner working by candllelight underground, 150 years ago, in tunnels prone to flooding. You can also try on Victorian costumes, see how the Copper Ore was shipped from the Quay downstream in sailing ships. Visit beautifully recreated shops, village, Blacksmiths, Coopers and the Farm and Musuem used in filming BBC’s Edwardian Farm.
-------Dartmouth History, River Cruises and Steam train
Spend a day in Dartmouth (40 minutes drive away) soaking up the atmosphere in one of the most beautiful and historic harbours in Europe. Dartmouth was the sailing point for the Crusades of 1147 and 1190,
was home of the Royal Navy from the reign of Edward III, was twice attacked during the Hundred Years' War, after which the mouth of the estuary was closed every night with a great chain. The narrow mouth of the Dart is still protected by two fortified castles, Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear Castle. During medieval times it became a major base for privateering (licensed piracy).
The pilgrim fathers rested a while in Dartmouth before setting off on their journey in the Mayflower and the Speedwell on 20 August 1620. After 300 miles they realised that the Speedwell was unseaworthy and returned to Plymouth before Mayflower then set off alone. The town has also played a part in defeating both the Spanish Armada and (rather later) Germany in WWII when it was the key launching point for the D-Day landings on Utah Beach.
The town itself has beautiful Medieval and Elizabethan architecture and is also the base for many fascinating river cruises and a steam train which runs up the coast. There are many events and festivals through the year including the Regatta, Dartmouth Music Festival, Food Festival, Open Air Shakespeare at Dartmouth Castle and much more.
-------South West Coast Path
Why not enjoy the stunning scenery and explore the famous South West Coast Path which passes through the village and runs East, crossing the River Avon on the small ferry and continuing towards Hope Cove, Bolt Tail and Salcombe and to the West across the Rivers Erme and Yealm towards Plymouth. Our favourite is to walk along the coast to the secluded and beautiful Ayrmer Cove and then inland on the old Smugglers path to the thirteenth Century Journeys End pub / restaurant at Ringmore for a great lunch or dinner cooked by the former chef at the Burgh Island Hotel.
-------South Devon Steam Railway, Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary
The historic town of Totnes is forty minutes drive from the house and from there one can take the scenic steam train along the Dart valley to Buckfastleigh, where, next to the station, you can see new Butterflies emerging in tropical surroundings and watch Otters rescued from Dartmoor and enjoy their antics at feeding time.
Its also worth visiting by car, You can board their luxury dining train, the Devonshire Pullman, for a wonderful and nostalgic experience in first class, as you enjoy a delicious meal, freshly prepared by their own chef who sources local Devon produce wherever possible. Its a 2 ½ hour trip to Totnes and back along the beautiful Dart Valley. Buckfast Abbey is nearby and worth a visit, a Benedictine Monastery founded in 1018 under the rule of King Canute.
The sight of a falcon diving down towards earth at over 100mph is one of life’s exhilarating experiences. Having a hawk stand on your fist, tearing at its food, is a rare privilege. One of Britain’s few private falconry centres, Dartmoor Hawking is in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, with some of the most dramatic scenery in the country. With 35 acres, the school has space to allow clients to see these magnificent birds flying at their best. Their four hour, private, Falconry Experience provides an exciting introduction to these birds of prey.
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29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£300|
Normal changeover day in high season is Saturday. Short break prices per night relate to; weekends 3 nights (Fri night to Sun night) or mid week 4 nights (Mon to Thurs night).We provide a 10% discount for parties of less then 6. No pets are allowed and no smoking. Party groups of four or more composed entirely of one sex or who are all under 25 cannot normally be accepted.
A deposit of 25% is required on booking and the balance due 60 days before holiday start. The security deposit of £300 is paid with the balance. Payment can be made by cheque, credit card or debit card on PayPal and by bank transfer. You may cancel up to 60 days before holiday start with no loss of deposit apart from an admin fee of £100.
- Available arrival
- Sports & Activities
- Activities Guide
- Air Conditioning
- Basic Soaps
- Broadband Access
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Parking Off Street
- Thermos Flask
- Tiled Stove
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Water Cooler
- Wireless Internet
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Mini Refrigerator
- Pantry Items
- Dining Area
- Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
- Books for Kids
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Games for Kids
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Player
- Video Library
- Low Allergen Environment
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- near the sea
- water parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
- whale watching
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- deepsea fishing
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- golf pass optional
- jet skiing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- pier fishing
- bay fishing
- surf fishing
- water skiing
- water tubing
- 2800 sq. ft.
- Downstairs Family bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Underfloor heating, marbled, heated towel rail
- Master Ensuite - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Double power shower u/floor heating, marbled, heated t/rail.
- Bedroom 2 ensuite - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Double power shower u/floor heating, marbled, heated t/rail.
- Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Underfloor heating, marbled, heated towel rail.
- Annexe bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Double Power Shower
- All five bathrooms have been built in the last three years. The four main house bathrooms have fully marbled floor and walls, and feature underfloor heating and heated towel rails. There are three double shower enclosures with power showers.
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
- Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Ensuite, Sea views
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, Ensuite, Sea views
- Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Estuary views, Beds can be zipped together.
- Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed, Sea views
- Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed, Estuary views
- Library - 2 Sofa bed/Futon, Double Sofa Bed + Single Cube chair bed.
- -------Sleeping - main house upstairs * Master Bedroom, Super King 6 foot wide double bed, marbled en suite with bidet, double power shower and toilet, triple aspect, panoramic views of island/coast. * Bedroom 2, Kingsize 5' Double bed, marbled en suite with Double power shower and toilet, Sea views. * Bedroom 3, Two single beds which can be zipped together forming Kingsize bed, toilet across corridor, Estuary view, TV * Bedroom 4, Single Bed, toilet across corridor, Estuary view. * Two large portable air conditioning units are available if required * Library/ Bedroom 6; Double sofa bed and moveable Single Cube chair bed (We have counted this as sleeping 2 in total in this room) -------Attached Annexe (separate access) * Kingsize 5' Double bed, Sea views, separate Toilet with power shower in annexe.
- Deck Chairs
- Large Cooler
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Small Cooler
- 18 garden chairs
- 3 deck chairs
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- The dining table seats 8 comfortably however there is room for a further three at the adjacent breakfast bar. The lounge area seats 8 comfortably however there is room for a further three seats which can be easily moved from the dining table as the whole area is open plan. Please note: Use of all BBQ /Beach equipment is entirely at Visitors risk. Young children need to be supervised in the garden as there are two unfenced terraces in the garden with a one metre drop down and several open steps down to the garden from the house. The elderly and infirm are likely to find the open steps and sloping terrain difficult. This is a non smoking property and pets are not allowed. We also cannot accept groups of four or more which are composed entirely of one sex or who are all under 25. There are two large portable air conditioning units which can be moved to wherever required. Please note: Wooden Cots, Travel cots, High Chairs, Stair Gates etc. can all be hired for you visit.