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Brilliant Country Location Near Coastal Path Free Ferry from South Sands to Town



Updated: 04-Oct-2016
Luxury Cottage in Soar,Nr Salcombe,Cottage overlooks it's own field and large pond full of wildlife.Spectacular night sky

The cottage is part of a 16C Devon Longhouse, set in it's own garden with plenty of off road parking. A fifteen minute walk away from Soar Mill Cove and the Coastal Path. Sitting peacefully amongst farmland with lovely views towards the south. The pretty garden is totally secluded. A few minutes down the road is South Sands Beach where quests are welcome to free trips on the ferry into Salcombe Town.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We are Tim and Tricia Tucker and moved to Salcombe in 1986. We have owned and run the South Sands Ferry for over 25 years, alongside welcoming guests to our holiday cottage to whom we offer free use of the ferry during their stay. We are always pleased to meet new visitors and are happy to share our extensive local knowledge.

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10 Reviews

based on 10 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our week in your farmhouse very much. Your cottage is charming, comfortable, wonderfully equipped, and with a delightful outlook. It more than met expectations. We were blessed with lovely weather and enjoyed visiting much of the beautiful countryside in the area, including the views from your ferry. We shall not hesitate to recommend to others. Thank you too for your warm welcome – not to mention the delicious cake!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the weather was kind! We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and hope that you will stay with us again in the near future.
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Perfect Holiday Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We arrived on Boxing day and spent a week in this beautiful traditional cottage. We could not have chosen a better place to stay and can highly recommend it. The location is just perfect to enjoy walking and exploring the stunning countryside, coast and beaches of South Hams a lot of which is on the door step. The cottage was spotlessly clean and tidy and is set in a very peaceful, beautiful and tranquil setting with a very well kept garden around it, which was beautiful even in winter. It is only a short drive to all the towns and villages and there are lots of great pubs and restaurants to chose from in the area. We particularly enjoyed the Church Inn at Churchstow who do a superb carvery on certain days. We enjoyed the local beach just down the lane and also Bantham Bay, Hope Cove, bIgbury on Sea and Thurlestone. Blackpool sands and Slapton Ley is also worth a visit.

The heavy rain we had at times didn't spoil our trip as the cottage was really warm and cosy and a great place to relax.

The owners were extremely helpful prior to and during our trip and we were very grateful for the delicious mince pies, nuts and tangerines left for us on our arrival which was very festive. Thank you very much Tricia & Tim we hope to be back soon. Jackie, Steve and Hannah

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jackie, Steve and Hannah, Thank you very much for the lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your New Year break and managed to do so much despite the odd monsoon!!! Hopefully we will see you again in the summer when the Ferry is up and running. Best wishes and once again Happy New Year! Tricia and Tim
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Cottages, Coves and Clifftops

  • 5 of 5

Having read some very positive reviews on Owners Direct, we were not disappointed to find that Higher Soar Farmhouse was a perfect choice for our family holiday. The accommodation had plenty of room, heaps of character, was meticulously clean and everything we needed was provided. Outside there was a pretty private garden and the owners allowed us use of their field with a beautiful wild pond.

We enjoyed many family days out to the local beaches, including the popular Bigbury-on-Sea with a walk (or sea tractor at high tide) to Burgh Island across the causeway (great fast food cafe), to the dramatic rock arch in the bay at Thurlestone and a quieter evening visit to the fishing harbour at Hope Cove. An early morning walk to Soar Mill Cove, including spotting buzzards, kestrels and peregrines, was a real treat.

For something different, we also enjoyed the inland estuaries at Kingsbridge with its child-friendly restaurant serving great pizzas at the Crabshell Inn and also the causeway and nature reserve at Aveton Gifford (great play park in the village centre). Further East, we enjoyed a pleasant sheltered walk down to Start Point lighthouse and the atmospheric ruins of the deserted village at Hallsands. We would also recommend visiting the pebbly beach and lagoon at Slapton Ley and broad seafood menu at the Start Bay Inn in Torcross.

Salcombe was the place to experience the real ‘boating’ feel especial arriving by the owner’s ferry from South Sands. The more choppy return was immensely enjoyed by our son who could have stayed on the boat all day!

The rugged beauty of Dartmoor was an easy hour’s drive, where we enjoyed the waterfall at Lydford Gorge and the wonderful panoramic view of the moors from the church at Brentor.

But our favourite place became Bolberry Down with its fantastic views along the coastline and finding lizards in the gorse. We had a superb meal on our last night at the Port Light Hotel with excellent service from the staff and a great wooden play park for the children.

In short, the farmhouse was the perfect base for a range of family activities in the South Hams, the owners were very welcoming and helpful, and we would happily return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a really great review. No wonder I had difficulty finding you in!!! We are so pleased that the Cottage lived up to expectations and especially pleased that you enjoyed the bird-life that abounds round here. We will look forward to welcoming you back at any time. Tricia and Tim
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Just wonderful !!

  • 5 of 5

Can't really but into words how amazing this places is , the cottage is very clean with plenty of storage and all the things you need , all rooms are very good size with lots of space and very peaceful , lovely views from all rooms. Lots to do , amazing walks with fantastic views , lots of beautiful beaches , sailing , cycling ,windsurfing , ferry rides and more eg all on your door step !!! We had the best week ever and really didn't want to come home and that's with bad weather ! we will be definitely be coming back if Tricia and Tim have us , ( who were very friendly and helpful) can't wait to come back , feel jealous of Tricia and Tim who live in such a wonderful part of the country . Angela ,Gerry ,Todd and Abigail a big thank you x

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Angela, Gerry, Todd and Abigail. Thank you so much for such a wonderful review! We were worried that the weather might have spoilt you holiday somewhat, so are very glad to hear that was not the case! We will certainly look forward to seeing you back again and yes, we do feel incredibly lucky to actually live here and it is lovely to share it with people who are so appreciative. Hope to see you next year when the weather must be better....Tricia and Tim
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Fantastic Holiday Home

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a brilliant week at Higher Soar Farmhouse. Tim & Tricia made us so welcome and nothing was too much trouble. The cottage was extremely clean and comfortable. Thoroughly enjoyed the trips on Tim's ferry from South Sands to Salcombe. We will definitely be returning in 2016.

Vicki, Andy & Isobel

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased that you had a good holiday and enjoyed the ferry. Look forward to seeing you next year! Tricia and Tim
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Great cottage - a nature lovers delight!

  • 5 of 5

Our family (of just 3) had a fantastic weeks holiday in this great, clean cottage in what for us was a fantastic location close to lovely countryside, stunning walks and beautiful coastline. Loved everything including the owners (Tricia & Tim) who were always on hand next door, the chocolate cake on arrival, the garden and field with large pond with all its wildlife (including The Fantastic Mr Fox), the nest-cam from the barn following the progress of the swallow chicks, the stars and silence at night, the great 30-40 minute walk to Overbecks (NT) and the fantastic South Sands beach, the double kayaks (which our 6 year old son loved with his Dad), the great 15 minute ferry ride to Salcombe with Captain Tim & friendly crew to enjoy the crabbing at Victoria Quay or to sit with an ice cream or pint and watch the many boats exploring the waters, or to shop, or to grab great steak from the butcher, or local cheese from a deli, or seafood from the fishmongers for a lovely dinner in the evening. We explored all the coastal area including Soar Mill Cove (great evening walk from the cottage to enjoy the beach to yourself), Hope Cove (had a nice meal at the busy Hope & Anchor pub) & the stunning coastal walk to Bolt Head, Bigbury on Sea, East Prawle (more stunning coastal walks), Kingsbridge (had a lovely stone baked pizza at The Crabshell Inn overlooking the sunny estuary) and Dartmouth for more boats. We had good weather and the only negative was that we had to come home! If you love the coast & countryside & walking & nature you will love it here. We are sure to return.

Karl & Jo Bottrill

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

For its idyllic and peaceful setting, with coastal paths, sandy coves, on its doorstep yet within a stones throw of Salcombe and all that it offers.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 30 Miles Nearest Barpub : Royal Oak at 1.5 Miles Nearest Ferry : South Sands Ferry (free) at 1.5 Miles Nearest Golf : Thurlestone at 6 Miles Nearest Train : Totness at 25 Miles Nearest Motorway : A 38/M5 at 28 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Port Light at 2 Miles Nearest Ski : Plymouth at 25 Miles Nearest Beach : Soar Mill Cove at 3 Kilometres Car: necessary


After a 15 minute walk down to Soar Mill Cove you will find a beautiful, unspoilt sandy beach with rockpools a plenty. A 25 minute walk will bring you to South Sands Beach, famous for its unique Sea Tractor and Ferry that takes you into Salcombe town centre every half hour. Guests enjoy unlimited free rides on this Ferry (owned by us)! The Blue Flag beach has two luxury hotels, a beach cafe and watersports facilities. Salcombe and the South Hams area boast many more excellent beaches.


By Rail: Totnes staion has regular fast train links to London Paddington,

By Air:Exeter City Airport is approximately 1 hours drive. There is a grass landing strip nearby at Bolt Head. By Road: from the M5/A303 the A38 Devon Expressway takes you to within half an hour of the cottage. By Sea: the nearest port is Plymouth (a 45 minute drive away) which is serviced by Brittany Ferries from the Continent. A car is recommended.


Approximate distances: Malborough 1.6 miles, Salcombe 3 miles, Kingsbridge 5 miles, Plymouth 24 miles, Exeter 30 miles.

Further Details:

In Malborough Village the local store sells a wide range of groceries, freshly baked bread, wine, etc. Salcombe has a range of excellent shops, including a butcher, fishmonger and many clothes shops. Locally caught Crab and Lobster are available to buy from the fishermen in Island Street. For larger supermarkets the nearby town of Kingsbridge has a new Tescos and Morrisons as well as a very attractive High Street with Boots, Smiths, Costas etc and a range of interesting local shops Delis. Kingsbridge also has a Leisure Centre and weekly outdoor markets.

There are many lovely places to eat out in the vicinity of Salcombe, whether you fancy a full english breakfast overlooking the water at the Winking Prawn, a Devonshire cream tea at the South Sands Hotel or a meal at one of the town's numerous restaurants. Should you just wish to have a drink there are many good local pubs.

Salcombe is a well known centre for sailing and other watersports, from waterskiing lessons to Mackerel fishing trips and Estuary cruises. A few miles away at Bantham and Bigbury are two of England's foremost surfing beaches, both with surf schools and equipment hire available. There really is something for everyone on the water.

For walkers the area really is idyllic. From the cottage, footpaths connect you to the National Trust Coastal Path which in turn leads to the NT Overbecks House and Botanical Garden, home of a world famous Magnolia. In the other direction Hope Cove and onwards. A little further afield is Dartmoor National Park complete with Tors and ponies.

The area is well known for its bird life, the cottage was even graced with a flypast from two Bustards (part of the reintroduced birds from Sailsbury Plain).

The cottage is a firm favourite for Astronomers, with no other houses between us and France. The clarity of the night sky with no light pollution, has to be seen to be believed.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
21 Oct 2016 - 27 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
28 Oct 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
30 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
6 Jan 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A £100 deposit is required at the time of booking, full payment due two weeks before arrival. Holiday insurance is recommended. If you would like to discuss any aspect of your booking please feel free to telephone Tricia on 01548 561035.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday, with some flexibility during the low season, minimum number of nights also negotiable during this time.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 04-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


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


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining Area


  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • resort
  • rural
  • village


  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Heater and large towel rail
  • Bathroom with bath/shower. Basin and WC, heater and large heated towel rail.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with 5' double bed, TV with integral DVD. Bedroom 2 with 3' twin beds. Both bedrooms with beautiful countryside views. All beds with luxury 'toppers'.


  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The cottage is centrally heated, with internet access, a full sized cot is available on request. Unfortunately we are unable to accept dogs. Outside: The cottage has its own private entrance via a honeysuckle clad porch and is set in a pretty, secluded garden. Garden furniture and a barbecue are provided. From the garden there is access to the owners 4 acre field with its well established large pond which attracts many species of birds and wildfowl. Guests are welcome to walk in the field and use the picnic table by the pond. There is off road private parking for 2 cars/boat. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels provided. Please bring own beach towels! The cottage is cleaned weekly.

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