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Stunning Barn Conversion & East Wing of South Allington Home, Tennis & Beaches - The Laurels

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Free Wifi



The Laurels

The Laurels is the east wing of South Allington House and comprises 5 bedrooms, sleeping up to 12 people.

Downstairs the large double-aspect kitchen diner is fitted with modern light oak units, complete with electric range cooker, and has a seating area, with a large farmhouse table, overlooking the gardens. The kitchen also has large fridge freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher and microwave.

The lounge is a large sunny double-aspect room overlooking the gardens of the main house, and is furnished with modern large leather settees, together with TV with Freeview and DVD player.

Upstairs we have two bright and airy double-aspect master bedrooms - one double en-suite (and room for a cot) and one double, with additional bunk beds. A small double room shares the bathroom with one of the master bedrooms. The remaining two bedrooms (one en-suite) can be furnished with either twin single beds or double beds, as required. A large shower room is also located upstairs. Free wifi.

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About the property


South Allington House, in the hamlet of Chivelstone, is a Grade II Georgian manor house, set in four acres of beautiful grounds, between Start Point and Prawle Point, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Nestled in a picturesque secluded valley minutes from the beach, the magnificent Georgian house offers bed and breakfast en-suite rooms, and self-catering barn conversions, within vast grounds. There is ample parking and guests are free to use the grounds, including croquet, tennis court and coarse fishing. Devon cream teas with homemade scones and jam are served on the lawn in the summer. Dogs are allowed by prior arangement at a charge of £ 25 per dog .

Barbara Baker
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Barbara Baker

Barbara and Edward Baker have owned South Allington House since 1983 and since then they have worked hard to created the gardens and self-catering properties.

Edward works on the farming side and Barbara runs the house and self-catering units. They are keen gardeners and do all the gardening themselves, with the help of family members. Visitors to the area enjoy wonderful traditional cream teas, with home-cooked scones and homemade jam.

Barbara Baker purchased this house in 1980

Why Barbara Baker chose Kingsbridge

Edward was born in South Allington and bought the house and grounds when they were all in a very bad state. Over the years the family has created the lovely barn conversions, the house and grounds available today.

As working farmers they are fully immersed in this coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and work together with the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. There is a wealth of wildlife and birdlife available to see in the area, and even in the grounds. The South Hams is a beautiful part of Devon surrounded by coast and beaches. South Allington is situated in a beautiful tranquil valley and has easy access to the coastal path.

What makes this house unique

South Allington is a tiny South Hams hamlet which is very peaceful and tranquil. There is a tennis court and croquet is available on the front lawn. The units have been renovated to a very high standard with all home comforts. Bedding and towels are provided, you just have to bring your food! There are many local attractions to keep a family happy and many good restaurants within a 20 minute drive.

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Booking Notes:
If unit is available please contact us to book. Confirmation of booking requires a cheque of half the amount with the balance payable a month before arrival. A separate security deposit of £100 is required to cover losses, damage and/or additional cleaning charges, if the property is left in an unsatisfactory condition. Obviously if the property is left as found, your £100 will be returned in full.
Short-term lets out of season are available.

Changeover Day:
The Coach House and Coachman's Lodge changeover days are Saturday and The Laurels is Friday. Arrival after 3pm and departing by 10am please

Notes on prices:
Short-term lets out of holiday season are also available. We also offer price reductions for out of season stays for fewer guests than the capacity of the self-caterings. Please contact us for further details.


Accommodation and facilities for The Laurelsin Kingsbridge in Chivelstone

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Golf ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: All units are fully equipped with with everything you should need - bedding and towels are included, so just bring yourselves and your food! Outside: Each unit has outside space with garden furniture and barbecue. There is a tennis court, croquet lawn and small lake for coarse fishing.


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The Laurels
average rating of 4.25 based on 4 reviews

Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

This is just about the perfect place for a short getaway. Wonderfully organised house, excellent location & picturesque (and very spacious) grounds. The owners were very helpful, warm and welcoming and that even includes Poppy the Golden Retriever! A truly amazing place to stay and we were only sad that it couldn't last just a little bit longer.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear you enjoyed your stay and that Poppy made some new friends !
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Good value for a group booking

  • 4 of 5

We had a long weekend booked for a group of 12 and The Laurels was perfect. The property could benefit from some updating in decor upstairs but by and large it was still pretty good.

I'd have loved it if the owners could suggest walks from the property but as it is we found our own way and enjoyed nearby walks at Gara Rock.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Laurels just right

  • 4 of 5

The Laurels was just right for our large family of 11 plus our Cairn terrier. We were accommodated easily and the grounds were ideal for evening walks for the adults and play for the children.

It is a bit remote and you can easily get lost down the small lanes but it is well placed for visits to the local beaches.

No phone signal and wifi not great but hey ho you are on holiday after all.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Family weekend

  • 4 of 5

This was the perfect place for us to unwind and relax. For us it was a weekend of 4 generations together, a chance to talk, walk, eat and have fun together.

The accommodation was just right for the 10 of us (plus 2 dogs). comfortable large bedrooms, fantastic kitchen/diner and plenty of seating space to relax together in the lounge.

The surrounding area was lovely and had the weather been better we would have spent more time walking.

Highly recommend the Laurels.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: January 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
South Pool
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
50 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
South Pool
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles


Being in the South Hams we are surrounded by beaches, both sandy and shingle. Lannacombe is a 30 minute walk from South Allington, and there are other beautiful sandy beaches at East Portlemouth, which is roughly 10 minutes drive away. Sailing, surfing, fishing, boating, diving and all watersports are catered for within an hour's drive. There is easy access to the coastal path.


Both Exeter and Plymouth Airports are an hour away and the nearest Train station is Totnes, half an hour away. It is recommended to have a car but we have had guests walking the coastal path.


East Prawle is 3 miles away with a pub, The Pigs Nose, and a shop. Frogmore and Chillington are 4 miles away and each has a post office and pub. Kingsbridge is a market town 7 miles away, with the closest bank, and Dartmouth is 9 miles away. From Dartmouth you can take a steam train or river boat trip.

Further Details:

There are many local restaurants within 15 minutes drive. Kingsbridge has two supermarkets, Morrisons and Tesco. Dartmouth has a Marks and Spencer Food, Co-Op, Sainsburys and Lidl. The nearest bank is in Kingsbridge- Nat West, HSBC, Lloyds TSB and Barclays.