|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Tucked in a quiet corner of the farm courtyard is The Old Granary, a delightful and charming cosy cottage for just two. With maple floor and beamed ceiling, the downstairs bedroom has an adjacent shower, w.c. and wetroom. Up the winding stairs is the kitchen and living area. Outside is a pretty little garden. It’s available throughout the year, and for short breaks out of season.
Lower Collaton Farm is a traditional old Devonshire farmhouse, dating back to Domesday, nestled in a peaceful secluded valley, only six miles from Dartmouth, Totnes, Kingsbridge and award winning local beaches such as Blackpool Sands. It is an ideal base for coastal and moorland walking, and for visiting the many local gardens such as Agatha Christie’s Greenway and the D’Oyley Carte’s Collaton Fishacre, (both National Trust). Food lovers will enjoy the fish at Mitch Tonks’ famous Sea Horse restaurant or the delicious organic vegetables at the Riverford Farm Field Kitchen. There are many more fine eating places to try close by which cater for all the family's requirements. Apart from the hens in the yard and ducks on the pond Rosie and James have a small flock of Shetland, Jacob and Zwartble sheep. Some are particularly friendly, and guests and their children are welcome to be introduced at closer quarters. There is a beautiful nature trail around the boundary of our ten acre farm which takes full advantage of the countryside views.
The Stables, which sleeps four, is open plan on the first floor with double and twin bedrooms plus bathroom below. The ancient beams are exposed, giving the cottage lots of character. There is an outside seating and BBQ area and a further guests area to the rear. It is available from Easter to the end of September.
Our other cottage sleeping four is The Byre, which used to be where the cows were milked. It is now a beautiful spacious cottage with a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, both en suite. The twin bedroom can be converted to a double with the zip and link mattresses. Like The Stables, the bedrooms are on the ground floor, and the spacious living area has lovely old scissor beams and an excellent view down our valley from the window.
Tucked into the opposite side of the courtyard is The Old Granary, a delightful and charming cosy cottage for just two. With maple floor and beamed ceiling, the downstairs bedroom has an adjacent wetroom. Up the winding stairs is the kitchen and living area. Outside is a pretty little garden. It’s available throughout the year, and for short breaks out of season.
"Gorgeous village, green fields, starry skies" Our village of Blackawton has just been included in the Sunday Times' top 50 best rural places to live in Britain! "It's like Ambridge without the melodrama: farms ring a village centre that has a pub, a classy restaurant, a pretty church, a primary school and a post office run by volunteers... An everyday story of (genuine) country folk".
Full details and more photos of our two cottages can be found on our comprehensive website. The link to it is below the yellow telephone at the bottom right of this page
We have known South Devon for many years, coming to Dittisham to Rosie's parents when our children were growing up.
We bought Lower Collaton Farm when James took early retirement, and converted the disused barns into holiday accommodation whilst building up a small flock of pedigree Shetland sheep.
Our current small flock of three Zwartbles and four Shetlands are always delighted to say hello to our holiday guests and their children.
James and Rosie Mussen purchased this cottage in 1996
We love seeing the bright stars at night, the hoot of the barn owl, the lack of traffic noise, the birds and the butterflies. We do not miss the traffic jams on the M25! Walks along the South West Coastal Path and also up on Dartmoor are a special treat, especially for our Irish Terrier Nualla who loves a good scamper.
We are out in real countryside but close enough to Exeter or Plymouth to enjoy theatre and opera, or museums, aquariums and country parks with our grandchildren. When the weather is good, a swim down at Blackpool Sands is the perfect tonic!
Guests are asked to pay a deposit of £100 with the balance due one month prior to the reservation.
Payment can be by cheque, internet bank transfer, or by debit card over the phone.
Friday is changeover day, and Monday also for short breaks.
Guests are welcome to arrive any time after 3.00 p.m., and are asked to vacate the cottage by 10.00 on changeover day.
Notes on prices:
Short breaks (Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday) are separately priced and details can be found on the availability page of our website. There is a weekly charge of £20 for a dog in The Stables.
We needed a long weekend away with freedom to relax and do nothing when we wanted, but with local options to fill our days; this was perfect!
The granary is tucked away in a corner of the farm, giving the feeling of seclusion without being isolated. It was warm and cosy even with just the two of us, quiet and peaceful (even with 8 chickens and plenty of local wildlife), and away from the town crowds and bustle but near enough for all local amenities and attractions.
The hosts were welcoming yet not-intrusive. Kind enough to leave eggs and milk, but allowing us our own space throughout.
We hardly noticed the other guests with the natural sound barriers of bushes and trees.
Definitely would recommend to family and friends.
We stayed in the Granary for a week.
The layout of the house is interesting. There's a double bed on the ground floor with adjacent shower room & toilet.
The bed is very small and uncomfortable if you are on the larger size though.
It's also interesting going to the loo while the other person is in bed!
You need to be very familiar with whoever you're sharing with as you can see into the bathroom when the light is on. It has a shower door as the bathroom so any noise will travel into the bedroom as well!
The upstairs kitchen / lounge / dining area is compact but fine.
Couple of things you need to be aware of:
The Granary has 2 other properties and the owner's house sharing the drive ways and garden. We were woken up on 3 days by the noise of the owner's grandchildren in the garden at 9am-ish.
The other mornings, we were woken up by the cockerel at roughly the same time. So this is not the property for you, if you like late nights and lay-ins!
The barn that is adjacent to the lounge window upstairs is rented to a couple that might turn up with their van and load or unload from the barn.
Again, not a problem, just be aware of it so it doesn't surprise you in the morning, like it did to us!
The only major downside is the lack of storage. We had already been on holiday for a week previous to this stay so had a lot of additional luggage which we had to store in the car at night & move into the house during the day.
It would be an idea to have a small outside storage shed for guest use. It could be tucked in the corner where the BBQ currently is, to help with the lack of storage.
The location is great, very central and easy to get around the area. You're 10 minutes from a large Sainsburys, open until 9pm and to Dartmouth. Definitely recommend, just bear in mind it's compact!
Turning off the main road into the farm was like entering a different world. So peaceful and quiet (except for the muted sounds of the chickens) A beautifully restored granary which seemed to have been a pig sty also in its former life - small yes - but quite adequate for two people. Everything was provided (not that we did much cooking) A few minutes drive too k us to Dartmouth which we thought was wonderful. Lovely restaurants and spectacular views. Our week went far too quickly. Thank you James and Rosie for letting us stay in your property.