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Coastal Farm Cottage near Salcombe. Less than a mile to beach - The Shippon: pet friendly cottage in stunning rural location

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking



The Shippon: pet friendly cottage in stunning rural location

Formerly used as a cattle barn, the Shippon is a lovely light and airy cottage with loads of character. Downstairs comprises, comfortable lounge and kitchen/dining areas. Upstairs are 2 ensuite bedrooms - Double with kingsize fourposter and ensuite shower room, twin bedroom with ensuite bathroom. Patio with picnic bench and chairs . One dog welcome. (Two dogs welcome if only occupied by a couple ) No smoking.

About the property


Beeson Farm is a non working farm located just 0.6 miles from the beach at Beesands. Beeson is a small village in the idyllic South Devon countryside, equidistant between the harbour towns of Salcombe and Dartmouth. We are surrounded by stunning coastal scenery, perfect for days on the beach, walking, crabbing, rockpooling, swimming, surfing and kayaking. The traditional fishing village of Beesands is 0.6 miles away and offers a popular pub and a wonderful seafood cafe (serving local fish and shellfish caught in the bay outside). The countryside around is dissected by beautiful estuaries, rivers, lakes and nature reserves. Beeson Farm offers 5 cottages in total (sleeping between 4-6) perfect for relaxing with friends and family. Each cottage offers comfortable living and sleeping arrangements, well equipped kitchens and their own dedicated outdoor spaces. The Trap House and Linhay have their own gardens and the Dairy, Shippon and Bull House have patios overlooking the courtyard, perfect for a glass of wine whilst planning your adventures. For families we have highchairs, travel cots, changing mats, childrens cutlery and plates, toys and books. The Dairy and Linhay offer disabled access.

We have an indoor games room, under 10's play area in the cider orchard, fenced wildlife ponds (with supervised pond dipping in the school holidays). Children are welcome to help feed the chickens and collect eggs. 2 person off season discounts and short breaks are available. Homemade cider from our orchard is available from the farmhouse, and guests are welcome to help with apple pressing in the Autumn. We offer a choice of dog welcome (in The Dairy, Shippon and Bull House) or pet and feather free (in The Linhay and Trap House) cottages.

The South Hams has many picturesque villages and interesting historic towns such as Salcombe, Dartmouth and Totnes to explore. There are National Trust properties nearby, including the home of Agatha Christie. Ideal for walking enthusiasts, the South West Coastpath is less than a kilometre away, offering walks towards Start Point Lighthouse or Slapton Sands, taking in small traditional fishing villages in either direction.

Day trips will take you further afield to attractions such as The Eden Project and National Marine Aquarium. The wild splendour of Dartmoor is within a 40 minute drive.

Beeson Farm has 5 cottages in total (sleeping up to 22), and is ideal for a family holiday, romantic retreat or as a base for exploring the glorious South Hams.

More Details

About Us

Louise Cross
Beeson Farm Holidays
beeson farm
TQ7 2HW Kingsbridge
VAT Reg NoGB260133349

Property Manager
Louise Cross
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Louise Cross

We believe we have managed to do what many people dream of doing - our own escape to the country! We escaped from the rat race of crowded suburbia, having fallen in love with Beeson Farm, an historic, disused and derelict Devon farm nestling in a wonderfully tranquil valley less than a mile from a wonderful, unspoilt beach. We are a family run business and are delighted to offer you beautifully restored cottages which have retained their character whilst providing every comfort. We have achieved AA 4 stars rating and recommendations from the Guardian, Express and Woman magazine. Our environmental efforts have resulted in being awarded a Gold Green Tourism Award.

We offer a range of quality accommodation which is child friendly, dog welcome or pet & feather free and wheelchair accessible. We look forward to welcoming you to our corner of Devon.

We can now also offer you our beautiful, fully equipped, architect designed villa in Kastellos near Rethymnon, Crete. It is most wonderfully and privately located with stunning views of the Aegean Sea and White Mountains, has 3 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms, fully equipped kitchen, lounge, entrance vestibule and a large swimming pool with roman steps. There is a very attractive pool area with BBQ and pool house which contains a kitchenette and shower room so you don't need to go into the villa when you are settled next to the pool. The villa is surrounded by extensive grounds containing trees, shrubs and pretty flower beds.

Louise Cross purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Louise Cross chose Kingsbridge

Beeson Farm is in an idyllic, peaceful, sheltered South Devon valley. Less than a mile from Beesands beach (with great pub and seafood cafe) we are an ideal base for those wishing to explore the SW coastpath, with its lovely beaches and coves. The local beaches are perfect for swimming, surfing, kayaking and fishing, or for quiet picnics. Although we are in a quiet village- all you can hear are the birds and the occasional tractor, we are not remote - the villages of Stokenham and Chillington with village shops, farm shop, great pubs, bus service and the A379 Dartmouth to Plymouth road is less than 2 miles away. The interesting historic towns of Kingsbridge (7 miles) and Dartmouth (8 miles) offer banks, supermarkets and lots of independent and boutique shops. Many wonderful NT houses and gardens are nearby including Greenway (Agatha Christie's house & garden on the banks of the river Dart). Dartmoor is within easy reach for day trips. We hope to welcome you to our delightful corner of Devon.

What makes this cottage unique

Being less than a mile from the beach at Beesands we are ideally situated for walking, spending quality family time on the beach, rockpooling, crabbing and of course swimming in the sea! Children (and adults too!) can play in our play area in the orchard and play table tennis in our games room. We have a badminton net on the lawn in the summer and offer supervised pond dipping in our fenced wildlife pond in the school holidays. There are lovely local green lane and coast path walks, bird spotting, diving, surfing, kayaking, sailing and of course, swimming.

Popular days out include steam railways, boat trips, Paignton Zoo, Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium, Dartmoor and visitor attractions like Woodlands Adventure Park and Pennywell Farm.

At night you can enjoy a superb meal of locally sourced food at one of our local pubs or enjoy a BBQ and star gazing whilst the light from the lighthouse sweeps over the farm.

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
Please check the Owners Direct online calendar and our own website ( as we also have another cottage (Bull House which sleeps 4 and is dog welcome which is not on Owners Direct), ring or email to check availability. We will then reserve your chosen cottage for you for a few days to allow you to send the booking form and deposit to us. Alternatively see our website for full booking information and online booking if preferred using cheque,BACS or Pay Pal.

Changeover Day:
All cottages changeover on Fridays. Arrival is not before 3pm ( 15.00 hrs ) and Departure is no later than 10 am ( 10.00 hrs)


Accommodation and facilities for The Shippon: pet friendly cottage in stunning rural locationin Kingsbridge in Stokenham

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure , master bedroom ensuite with shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Twin bedroom ensuite, with bath and shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , King size four poster bed, travel cot available
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • A master bedroom, with four poster bed and ensuite. There is also a twin bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Travel cots are available.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: All our cottages are child and baby friendly and are suitable for preschool and school age children, as they have stair gates at both the top and bottom of the stairs, free travel cots and high chairs, baths with bath mats, children's books games and DVD's. This is complimented by other outdoor and indoor play facilities. Dogs are welcome in the Shippon, Dairy and Bull House at an extra charge of £25 per dog pw. All cottages have central heating and either electric (coin operated) or conventional log burners, TV's, DVD players, radios, fridge/ freezers, microwaves, dishwashers, washing machines and full size cookers. There is free WiFi in all cottages. Bedlinen is provided within the price but not towels unless travelling from overseas. Towels can be hired ( POA ) There is a coin operated tumble drier available outside. The courtyard is a haven for swallows in the Summer. Outside: Two cottages (Trap House and Linhay) have private fenced gardens with patios, picnic benches, parasols and BBQ's. The Linhay also has a secluded balustraded sun deck with table, chairs and parasol overlooking the fenced wildlife pond covered with colourful water lilies. Three cottages (Dairy, Shippon and Bull House) have patios with picnic benches and chairs and face onto the characterful courtyard with ancient granite apple mill as a central feature. A real suntrap. There is a one acre cider apple orchard with free range chickens and an under ten's play area with swings, slide, wendy house, sandpit, goalposts etc. and picnic benches. A large lawned area is available for badminton in the Summer. Indoor games room with table tennis. A small separate dog exercise area with dog bin is available. Wonderful countryside views and nearby local footpaths to the coast and surrounding hills. Plenty of off lane parking for cars, boat trailers etc. Cycle storage barn.


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The Shippon: pet friendly cottage in stunning rural location
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Perfect for families

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Beeson Farm with our four year old daughter and 17 month old son. The cottage was perfect for our needs with an ensuite bathroom for the twin room. The courtyard area outside our cottage became a safe playground for our children and the other children staying in the other cottages. The play area was great to burn off some energy before bedtime or play first thing in the morning. The owners were very welcoming and knowledgeable and make lovely cider! The farm is located as a good base for exploring nearby beaches and places of interest too. We hope to book another trip if we can face the dreaded M5 again!!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are so pleased that you had a lovely holiday and that the cottage had everything you needed for your children. We hope to welcome you back to Beeson Farm again soon.
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Beautiful, idyllic cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in the Bull House. My two young children loved the play area and fed the chickens and Guinea pigs every day! The owners Veronica and Robin are so friendly and happy to help. We have had two holidays at the Bull House and will be back for our third holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased to have welcomed you back to Beeson Farm again and delighted that your family had such a lovely stay- thank you for spoiling our chickens and guinea pigs!! We look forward to welcoming you back again next year!
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Lovely farm cottage and area

  • 4 of 5

Clean and well appointed. Welcoming helpful hosts. Beautiful area - excellent local farm shop. Have no hesitation in returning and recommending to anyone else.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Hidden Gem!

  • 5 of 5

I am an honest man so I'll say it the way it is but I have a small worry that if these glorious cottages receive all the accolades they deserve, they might become so popular that there'll be no vacancies the next time that i want to visit!

I am fairly familiar with the West Country but not this little corner of it tucked away to the West of Exeter; I have never visited anywhere closer than Tavistock and Burgh Island so when a late opportunity arose for me to accompany a couple of dear friends on a break to Beeson Farm Cottages, I jumped at the opportunity - what a good decision!

The first challenge is to find the entrance to the car park - do not be misled by the narrow entry between two buildings with a low concrete post blocking the way - but once located, one immediately gets the impression of well ordered peace and quiet. Veronica and Robin, who have spent the last seventeen years tastefully restoring and modifying the various farm buildings, will probably soon find new arrivals and give them a warm and friendly welcome plus an introduction to the facilities; which, I have to say are impressively comprehensive and comfortable.

Previous on-line research will give the visitor an accurate idea of what to expect and I'd be surprised if anyone would find the facilities lacking in any way - it's that comprehensive, to the point that once unpacked, it isn't long before it starts feeling like home! There is plenty to occupy the children and many country and coastal walks to enjoy, lunches in lovely little village hostelries and more excellent restaurants than you can shake a mackerel at. Add to this river trips, steam train rides, near empty beaches, stunning views, interesting historic towns to explore, et al and you'll soon be surprised to find that it's nearly time to go home. We were lucky enough to be able to add a few days to our planned stay - it was that good, in fact probably one of the best holidays of its type for very many years. As the Big Man said - "I'll be back!"

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such a pleasure to know you had such a fantastic holiday in the Shippon cottage. We really look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Veronica & Robin
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The Start Bay Inn
Dart Steam Railway & River Boat Co
Blackpool Sands
The Art Cafe
Stokeley Farm Shop
The Cricket Inn
Paper Bird Island
Gara Rock
Dart Rock Climbing Centre
Quayside Leisure Centre
Pennywell Farm
Paignton Zoo
Britannia @ The Beach
National Marine Aquarium
Kings Kingsbridge Cinema
Riverford Field Kitchen
The South Devon Chilli Farm
Millbrook Inn
Dartmouth Castle
Mill Bay
Discovery Surf School
National Trust - Greenway
Start Point Lighthouse
The Crabshell Inn
Winking Prawn
Tradesmans Arms
Church House Inn
Bantham Beach
Cookworthy Museum
Monty Halls Great Escapes
Tower Inn
Slapton sands
Venus Cafe
Aune Valley Meat Ltd
Thurlestone Golf Club
Kingsbridge Estuary Stand Up Paddle
Woodlands Family Theme Park
Slapton Ley
Dartmoor Zoological Park
Splashdown Waterpark Quaywest
Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Dartmouth Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Less than a mile from the traditional fishing village of Beesands, your cottage is in a quiet rural location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Beeson Farm is a non working farm but we do have petting animals and chickens as well as sheep grazing in the orchard. We produce our own cider which we are more than happy for guests to try! Beesands beach is also home to an excellent pub and seafood cafe. From here you can take The South West Coastpath towards Salcombe, taking in the breathtaking views from Start Point Lighthouse, or towards Dartmouth. The light from the lighthouse can be seen sweeping over the cottages at night. You will discover a stunning coastline with many hidden coves and beaches to explore. Hallsands, Slapton Sands and Blackpool Sands, Rickham Sands and Mill Bay are all within easy reach of Beeson Farm (less than 15 mins). Further afield are Bantham and Bigbury beaches and Burgh Island - 30 to 45 minutes by car. These are popular spots with surfers.

The villages of Stokenham and Chillington are approximately 2 km distance and offer excellent pubs and a farm shop selling local produce and a cafe. The picturesque towns of Dartmouth (12 km,) Kingsbridge (11 km), Salcombe (19 km), and Totnes (25 km) all have a fantastic selection of small traditional independent shops and have very distinctive characters. The historic port of Plymouth with its famous Barbican, Hoe and harbour is an hours drive.

Further Details:

Supermarkets and banks are in Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. Plymouth and Exeter offer a huge range of shops. See our website for a more detailed description of our local and wider area e.g. large selection of NT houses and gardens, steam railways, boat trips, boat hire, National Marine Aquarium at Plymouth, Paignton Zoo, Woodlands Adventure Park, Pennywell Farm etc.

We are always happy to give guests detailed recommendations of our favourite places to go, please ask. You will find a comprehensive welcome pack in your cottage with details on the local area.