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A Relaxing Retreat On A Quiet Devon Lane Surrounded By Rolling Open Countryside



Updated: 01-Nov-2016
5 bedrooms, 4 bath or shower, 3 sitting rooms, amazing rural situation, wonderful views, big gardens surrounded by fields.

Southwood provides all the comfort and facilities for a relaxing holiday whether you are looking for an action packed break or retreat from the busy world. The gardens are private and fully enclosed, mostly by Devon banks. It is an ideal place from which to explore beaches, moors and the many local attractions and a wonderful place to sit and relax in the quiet country air, with lovely views over beautiful Devon countryside. A half mile away down the lane is the Tarka Trail, a gentle 180 mile long countryside walk and cycle path. With plenty of private parking, bicycle and boot storage, internet grocery deliveries, chef cooked ready meals, chef catering, pampering, beauty and holistic treatments and ceramic socials all on hand you can tailor your holiday to your specific interests. Southwood is child friendly and at the same time very well suited to older families and groups of friends.

  • Sleeps 11
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

About the Owner

Barry and Barbara Terry came with their young family to Southwood in 1978. It had taken them a couple of years of searching for a quiet, very rural but not remote holiday home in Devon for their extended family to find Southwood. Barry at that time was a London based bank manager and Barbara's Civil Service background had moved on to a wide interest in schools, education, history and religion whilst at home with the children. Thrilled to have a Devon base for as much of the year as they could manage, they settled on the edges of country life, until in 1987 they moved with their extended family to nearby Torridge House. There they threw themselves into establishing a small farm and family activities around a group of cottages. Barry leaving the bank to build pig sties and muck them out!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"A super house"

"What a find!" 

"My friend found Southwood on the Internet.

"Hey! look at this web page, it just gets better and better - I don't believe it. But it is all that it says and has all been wonderful.""

"I always wanted to stay in a house in the country! It has been wonderful"
Jan 2011
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From the Owner

We loved the quiet countryside setting of Southwood and the beautiful landscape around it. We came more and more to relish the straightforward, natural approach to life in North Devon, where people are valued and welcomed for who they are. Although off the beaten track, Southwood is not remote. It is only a couple of miles or so from Great Torrington. And I have to admit that it was the view from Great Torrington's car park, that initially drew us to this part of the country. How big decisions are made!

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Ceramic painting parties can be arranged at Southwood or in the ceramic studio in Little Torrington, clay work also available. Excellent massages and other therapies can be arranged either at Southwood or in Marina's farmhouse studio on her farm in Little Torrington. Cake decoration classes can be arranged.


23 minutes by car to Blue Flag Westward Ho!. The is a wonderful choice of beaches and fishing villages within easy reach.


Exeter is our nearest airport, it is 1 hour away by car.

Umberleigh (please ask the driver to stop for you) or Barnstaple are the nearest railway stations.


Little Torrington village and Torridge House is 3/4 of a mile. The home of Dartington Crystal and the historic Cavalier town of Great Torrington is 2.5 miles. RHS Rosemoor Gardens is one mile.

Further Details:

Lots of opportunities for coarse, sea and game fishing, wonderful walking and checking out many good eating places.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Christmas or New Year
22 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £35

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Thursday is the usual day. We are happy to be flexible whenever we can, At the present time we are only able to take bookings 6 weeks or less before arrival. I apologise that the availability calendar is not showing the correct start dates over the Easter Holidays.

one third deposit on booking, balance due 8 weeks before arrival. Payment by bank transfer, debit or credit card.

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Updated: 01-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

Southwood has remarkable gardens, not that they are fancy, but they have a very special feel to them. The house itself sits close on the little Devon lane, but the gardens behind and beside the house are private and big enough to give you special places. Inside Southwood there are lots of rooms and lots of space, with plenty of bathrooms and 3 different sitting areas, there's also good options for privacy within the house. Southwood is well placed for the Tarka Trail - just down the (steep!) lane, for the delights of Torridge House, the historic town of Great Torrington, fishing villages, beaches and moors, as well as markets and attractions of all sorts. RHS Rosemoor Gardens is a mile away, Dartington Crystal, 2 miles and a good choice of excellent nearby attractions generally.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 235 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 2 with shower, bath, wc. En-suite to bedroom 1 with shower, wc. Family bathroom. Family wc. Shower and wc off the sun room.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 11 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed, ensuite shower etc Bedroom 2 with double bed, ensuite bath & separate shower etc Bedroom 3 with king size bed. Bedroom 4 with twin beds and Bedroom 5 with a single bed plus bunk beds.


  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Southwood has night storage heating in the main rooms with in bathrooms fan heaters, heated towel rails and in main bathroom under floor heating. There is a log burning stove in the dining & sitting sun room. Guests have use of the outdoor heated summer swimming pool and other facilities at Torridge House including meeting and helping feed the animals. Outside: Large lawned gardens with garden furniture, barbecues and peaceful country views. Utility Room: washing machine, tumble dryer, coat and boot storage Cleaning / Towels / Linen : The beds are made up ready for your arrival, bath towels and kitchen towels are provided. Towels and linen are changed weekly.

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