Cottage in Torquay, South Devon, England - Peaceful Location, Fifteen Minutes Walk To Beach, Lots Of Attractions Close By
Windchimes Hayloft is a four star rated gorgeous and romantically cosy cottage for two, converted in style from a former hayloft. The cottage is located adjacent to the owners' home, and is set in pretty communal gardens. It features: a romantic mezzanine bedroom, accessed by an 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. Lots of lovely unexpected touches. Flowers, wine and home made muffins to welcome you. 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."
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
Hi; We are keen gardeners and live next door. We also enjoy walking, music, Yoga, reading and cooking. Kevin is a Physics Teacher and I work in Communications. We are very friendly a little eccentric, and can often be seen pottering about 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.
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.
4.2 based on 11 holidaymaker reviews
The cottage is very pleasant and we enjoyed the beautiful garden. The hosts are friendly and thoughtful and the location is perfect. Great stay!
Cosy cottage with lovely gardens
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.
Wind Chimes Hayloft
This is a great place for two just a short distance from Torquay. Its equipped with everything you will need for self catering and is owned by a lovely, helpful and friendly couple. Many thanks for a great stay.
Great Location but very small
Windchimes is described as small and small it is! We were both really surprised at the lack of headroom in the bedroom, I am 5'2" and I could barely stand up, finding that I even had to lay on the bed to get dressed. The stairs are described as open tread and steep and not suitable for the less mobile which is accurate. However, being a fit able-bodied couple we found them extremely daunting, especially if you need to take a trip to the loo downstairs in the middle of the night! The cottage did smell quite musty but I think this may be because it seems to be built partially underground or against an outside wall. We also found that the property was located very close to the owners own home so we did not find sitting in their beautiful garden very relaxing. On the plus side Jacquie and Kevin were very welcoming, attentive hosts and Jacquie bakes a mean cake - GBBO look out!
Torquay town is within easy walking distance (wear flat or sensible shoes - my heels stayed in the car) and we had some amazing meals in some amazing restuarants. On our first night we ate at The Rockfish Fish & Chip Restaurant on the harbour front, it is fantastic and they cater for ceoliacs, we had a lovely Italian at Bianco's on Torwood Street and Yim Sung, also on Torwood Street served us the best chinese we have ever tasted - they also cater for coeliacs! We went to the Hole in the Wall, the oldest pub in Torquay for Sunday lunch and, again we were not disappointed!
If you enjoy walking there are plenty of coastal walks, our favourite being to Babbacombe where we had a fabulous lunch looking over the bay at The Cary Arms - not cheap but worth it!
To sum it all up, we had a wonderful break in sunny Torquay. We were disappointed with the cottage, but if you don't mind crouching down in bedroom it is perfectly situated and adequate for a short break. Oh, and beware of those stairs fit or otherwise! Also, as I said before the owners were great hosts and I hope that they don't take this review as being too negative as we both had a wonderful time.
The Hayloft and gardens are lovely. The muffins and wine were a thoughtful treat on our arrival. The owners are very friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed our stay.
Lots of places to visit in walking distance, we never used our car while we were there.
A splendid stay
A really excellnt holiday stay, we both thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thanks to Jacquie and Kevin for making us so welcome.
From the Owner
“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 only with us the owners - who live next door.”
Activity and Interests
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.
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.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
Sept, Oct 2016
3 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Nov, Dec 2016
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas / New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
The changeover times are 4pm on arrival and 10am on departure.
Normally Saturday for weekly bookings but this is flexible.. Any day arrival for short breaks. Arrival from 4pm. Departure time 10am
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Visitors often gasp with delight when they see Windchimes in the flesh. A character 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. There's a welcome bottle of wine and home made muffins. 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.”
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Oven ...
- Pantry Items
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- non smoking only
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- live theatre
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- pier fishing
- bay fishing
- water skiing
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room with WC, sink and towel radiator. Complimentary toiletries
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1
- 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.
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Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- 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.