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Lovely Cottages Dotted Around Our Organic Dairy Farm On The South Devon Coast - Carswell Farm Cottages - Shepherd's Cottage



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
Holiday Cottages in Holbeton, Nr. Plymouth, Devon - Beautiful, Peaceful Location Just a Few Minutes Walk from the Coast

Our 8 peaceful cottages are dotted around our working organic dairy farm, set in unspoilt countryside on the beautiful South Devon coast.

All our cottages are just a few minutes walk from the stunning coast path and some lovely remote beaches and coves, whilst the wilderness of Dartmoor is only a short drive away. The wonderful Erme estuary and Mothecombe beach, with over 130 acres of sand at low tide, is just a couple of miles away.

Explore the nearby picturesque towns of Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and Salcombe or visit the historic port of Plymouth. Why not visit out of season and cosy down by a roaring log fire, or come and see the lambs in spring? We are open all year and offer a Friday or Monday changeover day – so come for a week or a short break at any time of year!

We put fresh local organic milk in each cottage for guests on arrival. Carswell is also the birthplace of the Well Hung Meat Company so our visitors can taste award winning local organic lamb and beef.

All the cottages are extremely well equipped with digital widescreen TVs, DVDs, washing machines, dishwashers etc and all have private gardens with patio table and BBQ. Children of all ages are very welcome and we provide toys, games and books to make them feel at home. We also have a lovely wildflower meadow with a delightful play area – complete with Alice the Tractor! Cots and high chairs available free of charge on request.

Well behaved dogs are very welcome in all the cottages except The Mews and The Beach Hut. Dogs are allowed all year round on our local beaches and also welcomed in our local pubs. Private, fenced gardens and walks straight from the front door make this a fantastic place for a holiday with your dog!

Please don't hesitate to email or call us if you have any queries and I hope we can welcome you to Carswell Farm and this special part of Devon soon.

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Details for holiday cottage Carswell Farm Cottages - Shepherd's Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms

Shepherd's Cottage is a few minutes walk from the coastal path and Wadham beach. It is ideal for families or 4 adults, with three bedrooms - one with king-sized bed and washbasin, a twin room and a room with 2 full size bunk beds. There is a bathroom upstairs and a second bathroom downstairs with shower, toilet and sink. The sitting room has a fantastic woodburning stove and logs and kindling are stacked for your use. The kitchen has a fridge/freezer, electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and is very well equipped. Garden with picnic table. The cottage backs onto our wonderful wildflower meadow and children's play area -complete with Alice the Tractor! Dogs are very welcome (extra charge).

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

The Sayers Family have lived and farmed in the area for generations, with Geoff's father buying Carswell Farm in the 1950s. The family farm was expanded in the 1960s with the purchase of Lambside Farm and Caulston Farm. So the whole farm now stretches for nearly 3 miles along the coast and the mild climate means that our cows enjoy fresh sea air and lush green grass all year round!

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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews



  • 4 of 5

Get away from it all and relax. But as soon as you feel the energy there is loads to do within half an hour by car and that is even without the most beautiful walks and fabulous beaches. There are also at least half a dozen very good eateries (mostly pubs) within the same half hour. We have only been back home 3 days and are already thinking about how and when we can get back to Carswell Farm Cottages.

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and made the most of the idyllic beaches and walks that we have on our doorstep! Hope to welcome you back soon for more mini-adventures! Katherine
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Enjoyed ourselves helped by some lovely weather for October

  • 4 of 5

The cottage (semi) was nicely laid out in a rural area. We weren't right on the cow farm as expected, but the owner offers a trip to see the cows being milked (which we didn't take up as we've done that before).

The facilities all work and make for a comfortable stay. Katherine was available and very friendly.

We did the coastal walk with the woofer and had trips to Mothercombe and to Salcombe.

Best meal out was at the Ship at Noss Mayo.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay here at Carswell Cottages! Our organic dairy farm is pretty large - stretching about 3 miles along the South Devon coast so, although all the cottages are all on the farm, the cows are constantly moved from field to field and so are not always near the cottages. It does mean though that the cottages are lovely and peaceful and have the most beautiful rural views. The local area is perfect for dogs as well, with dog friendly beaches and pubs close by. I hope we can welcome you back soon to explore the area a bit more! With best wishes, Katherine
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Beautiful property and setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 4 nights and had a fantastic break. The weather wasn't great but there is so much to do in the area that it didn't matter. Coming back from a blustery walk on the coast path to a cottage with a woodburner is lovely! We ate out a couple of times and cooked in the well-appointed kitchen the other nights. We would love to come back and explore the area again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The woodburner certainly makes the cottage so warm and cosy on a blustery winter's night - so glad you enjoyed it! And as you say, there is so much to do here in South Devon all year round. I very much hope we can welcome you back soon to Carswell Farm.
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Superb Cottage, Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Shepherd's cottage after a horrendous drive from London (due to Glastonbury traffic/road works). Upon arrival all the stresses of the journey melted away - the cottage is welcoming, beautifully furnished and decorated and absolutely spotless. The setting is gorgeous and upon waking in the morning you are greeted by the most wonderful views.

As the weather was sublime we took advantage of the lovely garden (sun loungers and barbeque are provided). If you wish to dine at the house, the kitchen is extremely well equipped and a large fridge/freezer means you can stock up on the excellent local produce.

Katherine and her team are incredibly helpful and go the extra mile to ensure your stay is comfortable and memorable. We can't wait for our next stay at Carswell.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We have lived here all our lives and still love it! The farm is set in an Area of Outstanding National Beauty and is also right on the South West Coast Path. The nearby beaches and coves are beautiful, peaceful and full of exploration potential! Even in high summer ou can often get the beaches to yourselves...

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bristol at 188 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Noss Mayo at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Plymouth at 17 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Bigbury-on-sea at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Plymouth at 17 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : M5 at 60 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Noss Mayo at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Wadham at 1 Kilometres Car: necessary


All our cottages are just a few minutes walk from the coast path and there are lots of nearby coves and beaches, including our local beach, Wadham, which is only accessible by foot!

The wonderful Erme estuary and Mothecombe beach, with over 130 acres of sand at low tide, is just a couple of miles away. Or why not visit nearby Bigbury-on-Sea, with the wonderful Burgh Island, cut off at high tide and made famous by Agatha Christie!


Plymouth is 12 miles away and has a mainline station.

Exeter airport is about a 50 minute drive away.

We are situated in a remote situation, so a car is essential to get around.


The twin villages of Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers, nestled across a picturesque creek, are just over 2 miles away, while Holbeton village is about 3 miles away. Both have lovely welcoming pubs and a local shop. Explore the nearby picturesque towns of Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and Salcombe or visit the historic port of Plymouth - just 12 miles away.

Further Details:

Riverford Organic Farm shop is at Yealmpton - just 4 miles away, and the lovely little town of Modbury (famous for being the first plastic carrier bag free town in England!) is about 4 miles away and has a fantastic selection of small independant shops - including a butchers, deli, hardware shop, antique shops and places to relax and have a coffee!

Ivybridge is aboiut 6 miles away and Plymouth is 12 miles away and all banks and shops can be found in both towns.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
October half term
21 Oct 2016 - 27 Oct 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
28 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2016
21 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year 2016/17
28 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £17 + Tax
Tax Rate 20.0%

Booking Notes:
We offer a FRIDAY and MONDAY changeover day. Please call or email to check availability. We will then hold the cottage for you for a few days to allow you to send the booking form and deposit to us. Or book online at our website - www.carswellcottages.com

Please see our website for full booking information and online booking if preferred.

Changeover Day:
We changeover on Fridays or Mondays, allowing you the flexibility to stay for 3, 4, 7, 10, 11 or 14 days - or even longer!

Notes on prices:
The above prices are for guidance only - please see our website for full details of rental prices. Changeover days are Friday or Monday with short breaks available all year (except Christmas).

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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Internet


  • pets considered

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural


  • churches
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3


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Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: All our cottages welcome children of all ages, and we can supply cots, Dreamtubes and highchairs. Dogs are very welcome in Corner Cottage, Shepherd's Cottage, Spring Cottage, Lambside House and The Lodge. There is an extra charge of £20 per dog. All the cottages are centrally heated and have wood burners. There is free WiFi in all the cottages. Outside: All the cottages have their own private gardens, with patio tables, chairs and a BBQ. Wonderful views over the countryside and Spring Cottage has views out to sea.

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