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Gorgeous Cosy Cottage for two Near Beaches and Coastal Walks In South Devon

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Free Wifi


About the property

Cottage in Torquay, South Devon, England - Peaceful Location, Fifteen Minutes Walk To Beach, Lots Of Attractions Close By

Windchimes Hayloft is a gorgeous and romantically cosy cottage for two, converted in style from a former hayloft. The cute little cottage is located next to the owners' home, and is set in pretty communal gardens. It features: romantic mezzanine bedroom with low headroom, accessed by a steep open tread staircase. Shower room with complimentary towels and dressing gowns. Well equipped kitchen space. Cosy lounge with range of films on DVD; Ipod DOC; TV; Digital Radio, books and chess set. Views of the the pretty gardens. The sound of the birds give a feeling of being in the countryside. The sea is a stroll away. Here's a flavour of what guests say: "Thank You so much for the brilliant stay at Windchimes. Charming and cosy little cottage, wish we could have stayed for longer! Torquay is an ideal holiday spot with endless places to visit, but it wouldn't have been the same without retiring back to Windchimes afterwards. Lovely hosts and treats. Couldn't have asked for more." You can find out more on our website: www.windchimeshayloft.com

More Details

Jacquie and Kevin Mitchell
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
18 March, 2018

About Jacquie and Kevin Mitchell

Hi; We are keen gardeners and live next door. We also enjoy walking, music, Yoga, reading and cooking. Kevin is a Physics Teacher, Musician, and Yoga Instructor. and I work in freelance communications from home, and am a garden designer. We are very friendly a little eccentric, and can often be seen pottering about or relaxing in the garden, which is shared with Windchimes. We love meeting new people and are always happy to chat, or respect your privacy as you wish. We look forward to welcoming you to our little bit of heaven.

Why Jacquie and Kevin Mitchell chose Torquay

Windchimes was converted from a former hayloft. We love the fact that Windchimes offers a slice of history married with modern and stylish design. It's really well located for visiting lots of attractions nearby, yet you wouldn't know it as the cottage is tucked away in pretty communal gardens, shared with us the owners - who live next door. Windchimes Hayloft is also in a fab position for walking the South West Coast path, and for visitors to the Geopark.

What makes this cottage unique

Visitors often gasp with delight when they see Windchimes in the flesh. A character little cottage built of stone, it has a truly romantic, cosy interior with a pretty attractive mezzanine bedroom. It's in walking distance of beaches, restaurants and attractions yet quietly located in leafy upmarket part of Torquay.

A well deserved cup of tea / coffee is yours on arrival.

Ask us about anything that makes your holiday more perfect - information on horse riding, cycling, restaurants coastal or Dartmoor walks - in fact anything that we can help you with, we will. We have been known to help organise a surprise honeymoon at Windchimes for newly weds.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Vic and Zena

Thank You for a relaxing and comfortable stay in a homely little haven - well designed and equipped with everything we needed for our stay. Thanks for the goodies. Was a lovely friendly welcome. All the extras made it so special. Fantastic to stay in a place full of character! The cottage is in a brilliant location close to all amenities, and in walking distance of Torquay town and Babbacombe. Will highly recommend Windchimes and come back soon!!

Suzy and Rob

A very charming, cosy cottage, ideal to explore Torquay from. A lovely place to celebrate our first anniversary.

Hannah and Steve

Thank You so much for the brilliant stay at Windchimes. Charming and cosy little cottage, wish we could have stayed for longer! Torquay is an ideal holiday spot with endless places to visit, but it wouldn't have been the same without retiring back to Windchimes afterwards. Lovely hosts and treats. Couldn't have asked for more.
Nov 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Torquay in South Hams District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • A Maximum of two adults - no children or people under 21
  • Do not invite others to the cottage or gardens
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room with WC, sink and towel radiator. Complimentary toiletries
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Pretty mezzanine bedroom with double bed romantically situated in the eaves. Really good quality linen. Listen out for the owls at night! Bedside tables and lamps. Small Tallboy type wardrobe.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Sorry no pets, babies or children. No smoking. Please note that the cottage is for two people only -i:e those named on booking form. No other visitors are permitted to the cottage or the grounds. Ideal cottage for Honeymooners and those who want a relaxing break, with good access to restaurants & cafes, beaches and attractions. The cottage is situated adjacent to the owners' home. The thick, well insulated walls and double glazed windows makes it ideal for a break at any time of year. Great free WIFI Outside: Windchimes Hayloft is located within pretty south facing communal gardens which are shared with the owners. There is a pagoda area next to the hayloft for your use only, with a patio table and two chairs. Two steamer chairs are also available for you to relax in, where you can read a book, enjoy a glass of wine, or simply soak up the sun. Free WIFI. Plenty of free parking on road. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided. Property cleaned weekly. Once a fortnight if your stay is two weeks or more.


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Gorgeous Cosy Cottage for two Near Beaches and Coastal Walks In South Devon
average rating of 4.25 based on 17 reviews

A great base to see Torquay and the surrounding area from

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for the first week of November.

We saw Jacquie mostly and she was very friendly and helpful. We had homemade cakes on arrival and also fresh milk for our tea. The location is ideal for the harbour and local sightseeing and is an ideal base for two.

The only thing we would have preferred would be a more conventional oven.

Overall though a lovely cosy place to stay.

Thank you very much.

Victoria and Mick

  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Victoria and Mick; Thank You so much for your review. We very much enjoyed meeting you both and are delighted that you found cosy, characterful Windchimes Hayloft a good base to stay. Thank you for your comments regarding our combination oven. Guests tend to enjoy eating out at a range of nearby cafes and restaurants which cater for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. We have known guests who have made a full roast dinner using the combination microwave in the hayloft too. Thanks again for your comments - we're really pleased you enjoyed your stay - you were lovely guests and we would love to welcome you back in the future. All the best. Jacquie xx
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Cosy home from home

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful holiday, with gorgeous quiet accommodation. Great location, on a bus route, near to the harbour. Totally home from with with lovely hosts in Jacquie and Kevin. Cannot recommend highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Diane; Thank You so much for your kind comments. You were truly a pleasure to host, and we really enjoyed meeting you. We would not hesitate to have you book with us again. All the best with your plans for the future, and thanks again for choosing Windchimes Hayloft for your stay in Torquay. Jacquie
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Great little gem.

  • 5 of 5

The accommodation was exactly what we were looking for. Had all amenities and perfect size for two. Easy walking to the centre (little hill) and pubs and shops very close.

Owners were super nice and gave good suggestions.

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You so much for your kind review. You were lovely guests and we were pleased to meet you both. I'm really glad that Windchimes Hayloft suited you so well. It really is a very good base for walking, sightseeing, and having a relaxing time. Thanks again and all the best.
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Cute place to stay, bit to close the owners house

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Windchimes, it is small but compact and ideal for a base to travel around the area. There were a few cobwebs that really should have been cleaned but that didn't spoil our stay. The owners were friendly but I felt a bit uncomfortable with them being so close.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sarah; Thank You so much for your review. It was a pleasure to meet you both. Windchimes is very tiny and cosy, and like you say is a great base for exploring Torquay, South Devon, and all the lovely coastal paths. Windchimes Hayloft is right next to our home - as shown in the photos, and shares our garden so won't suit those looking for more seclusion and privacy. It is very popular with visitors from Europe who are familiar with, and like Gite style accommodation, as well as visitors from the USA, Australia and Canada. Sitting in the garden, country style, Windchimes is a character cottage, converted from a former hayloft, so the beams do attract cobwebs - even after cleaning. This is often the case with older, period buildings. Thanks again for your review. It was great to meet you both, and are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. All the best. Jacquie and Kevin xx
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perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is very pleasant and we enjoyed the beautiful garden. The hosts are friendly and thoughtful and the location is perfect. Great stay!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Roxanne; Thank you so much fir your review. We enjoyed meeting you both and hope to see you again. Thanks again for choosing Windchimes Hayloft. A la prochaine xx
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Cosy cottage with lovely gardens

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely week in Devon at the Windchimes cottage the location was excellent. The cottage was cosy with a comfy bed and good shower facilities. The service from the owners was excellent from the original booking and enquiry through to the warm welcome and looking after us during our stay. We would recommend the cottage to those so long as they are able to manage stairs and hills etc. We especially enjoyed our visits to Brixham via the ferry, Canonteign Falls for tranquility and peace, Kents Cavern caves a short walk away and Torquay harbour to eat and relax in the evening. We look forward to spending another week in this part of the country some time as there were many other places we would like to visit.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You very much for your review. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Windchimes Hayloft. All the Best and hope to see you again.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
The Kents Pub
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Kilometres
Torquay Harbour
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Torquay Golf Club
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Torquay Train Station
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Several at the Harbourside and Wellswood
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Meadfoot Beach, Torre Abbey Sands
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Great for walkers and those wanting easy access to the boat marina, or visiting the geopark. Also excellent Writer's / Artist's inspirational retreat. NB Yoga lovers: private tuition available - enquire when making your booking. Great base for honeymooners, or for actors performing at the Princess Theatre, which is within walking distance of the cottage.


Torre Abbey Sands are about a twenty minute walk away. In the other direction, also about twenty minutes walk away - and more quietly located - is Meadfoot Beach. Cafes and restaurants can be found nearby both. Babbacome, Watcombe, Maidencombe Beaches are a very short drive away. Other beaches within a short drive are Preston, Goodrington. Blackpool Sands, Slapton, and Beesands are within an hour's drive. All gorgeous.


Exeter Airport is 18 miles away. Bristol Airport, two hours. Nearest train station is Torquay. This is a five minute drive away. The use of a car is not essential as there are lots of attractions nearby, and within reach of train stations or bus. However if you wish to explore Dartmoor, a car is recommended although it is accessible by country bus.


Torquay Town is a short walk away. Paignton, Brixham, Shaldon and Teignmouth a short drive or bus ride. Exeter is 45 minutes by car or 50 minutes by train or bus. Totnes is a 20 minute drive. Dartmouth about 40 minutes drive, as is Dartmoor.

There are lots of attractions nearby including:- Kent's Cavern; Bygones; Babbacombe Model Village; Living Coasts; Paignton Zoo; Dartmoor; Greenaway - the home of Agatha Christie; Torquay Museum; Boat trips; The Princess Theatre, etc.

Further Details:

The restaurant quarter is a short walk away, as is the harbour. Winebars, and pubs are also a short walk away. Wellswood shops offers a well stocked Co- Op, wineshop, grocers, pharmacy, newsagents, pub, café, bakery, hairdressers and beauty salons. Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsburys and Asda are all a short drive away.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

The changeover times are 4pm on arrival and 10am on departure.

Changeover Day:

Normally Saturday for weekly bookings but this is flexible.. Any day arrival for short breaks. Arrival from 4pm. Departure time 10am

Please note that no other guests are permitted on the premises or garden. Thank You

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.