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4 Star Gorgeous Romantic Cottage for two Near Beaches and Coastal Walks In South



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
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."

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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.

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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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11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews


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: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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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Great Yarmouth Norfolk

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: Jul 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 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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Wind Chimes Hayloft

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jeannette; Thank You very much for your lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your second visit to Windchimes, and look forward to seeing you again in the future. Because we are constantly looking to add additional touches to our cosy little cottage, a new ladder radiator is being installed in the shower room, with plans for a new carpet in the lounge, ready for the 2015 season All the best and thanks again Jacquie at Windchimes Hayloft
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West Haddon

Great Location but very small

  • 2 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your candid review. Windchimes Hayloft, is converted from an original hayloft. It has beams, and low headroom in the romantic mezzanine bedroom,which is accessed by a steep open tread staircase, so is indeed not suited to those with mobility problems. But it is not musty! The shower room does not have a window, but has a fan, activated by the switch for the overhead lights, to keep it well ventilated. The cottage has an insulated roof, floor and walls to keep it warm and cosy. In hot weather to avoid getting over warm, one needs to open the windows as the cottage is south facing. The cottage is extremely quirky and filled with extra touches. It is located adjacent to our home, as indicated, and the garden is shared with us, so those wanting more privacy may prefer a cottage with it's own garden, which we appreciate. Our cute cottage is very tiny. This is reflected in the price. Everything in it is of good quality. We welcome our guests with a bottle of bubbly and home made cake. Quietly situated, the cottage is within walking distance of the town, harbour and local beaches. Torquay is built on seven hills, so sensible shoes for getting around on foot is a good option. The cottage is very much suited to walkers, and those wanting a quiet break. We very much welcome the candid comments - it helps people to make an informed decision about whether Windchimes Hayloft is for them. We've had many many lovely comments about the cottage, and several people booking return trips, and are truly not offended by the remarks. The age of those visiting the cottage ranges from 18 to 70 - indicating how fitness levels have changed for the better, which is brilliant. We clearly indicate in the property information, that the cottage is located, Gite style, next to our home. Windchimes Hayloft is an upmarket, quirky character cottage, offered at a reasonable price, to reflect its tiny size. We will review the property information, to make sure that this is clear to our guests - almost all of whom, have loved and appreciated it, with many wishing to return. Thanks again for your comments. We urge readers to look at other reviews we have received from our many delightful and happy guests.
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west midlands


  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Carol; Thank You for your lovely review. I'm so very pleased that you both enjoyed your stay at Windchimes Hayloft. It was a pleasure to help you get the best from your stay, and we hope to see you both again in the future. Many Kind Regards and thanks again for choosing Windchimes.
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A splendid stay

  • 2 of 5

A really excellnt holiday stay, we both thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thanks to Jacquie and Kevin for making us so welcome.

Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Derek; We are delighted that you and Maureen enjoyed your stay with us. Was the two star rating an error? Hope very much to see you back again at Windchimes in the future. All the best and thanks again. Best Wishes both. Jacquie xx
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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

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 20 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Kents Pub at 300 Metres Nearest Ferry : Torquay Harbour at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Torquay Golf Club at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Torquay Train Station at 1 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 10 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Several at the Harbourside and Wellswood at 300 Metres Nearest Beach : Meadfoot Beach, Torre Abbey Sands at 0.5 Miles 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.


Rental rates

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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

Additional pricing information

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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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.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • town


  • caves
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • 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.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...


  • Self-catering

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.

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