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Phillimores | Luxury Self-Catering | Kingsbridge, South Devon


Woodleigh, Kingsbridge, Devon, UK

Set within the calm serenity of sunny South Devon, Phillimores is an intriguing blend of traditional and stylish. This luxury 17th century cottage is idyllically cosseted in a wooded valley, not far from Kingsbridge and the coast, in the much-adored South Hams AONB. This intriguing cottage's enigma lies in its traditional warm Devonshire welcome and cool Scandi interiorscape.


This irresistible self-catering cottage in Kingsbridge is set down a quiet country lane with just a handful of other Devon dwellings nestled within a picturesque valley, a short stroll from the River Avon. While winter days will be most welcomed curled up next to the open fire, summer days enjoyed at the seaside will be provide hours of family fun. For local inspiration, day trips to foodie destination Noss Mayo, sailing Mecca Salcombe and the golden dunes of Bantham and Hope Cove should be high on the holiday itinerary.


Phillimores' olde worlde exterior betrays the spacious living areas within, where mod cons sit seamlessly alongside age-old comforts such as the cream Rayburn and glowing woodburner. Light-filled and cosy, spacious yet intimate, there is plenty of space for everyone to settle in or find a peaceful corner to revel in some well-deserved downtime. When the day’s adventures start to catch, three exquisitely-designed bedrooms reside on the first floor, reached via a choice of two staircases at either end of the cottage.


The steeply tiered back garden boasts breathtaking views across the valley and provides the perfect spot for lounging with magazines or a sundown G&T when the children have gone to bed. Meanwhile, the front garden is filled with fruit trees and cries out for games of hide-and-seek. With behemothic granite tors soaring high above the wild and dramatic moorland landscape, nearby Dartmoor is an ancient and compelling landscape providing a stark contrast to the cheery lines of beach huts and sand for which South Devon and the South Hams is most famed.  

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
    From £995 per week, £695 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are two first floor double bedrooms, each with a super king-size bed, and one first floor bunk room (with a trundle bed) that´s perfect for children. The family bathroom with overhead shower is also on the first floor, with a further ground floor shower room.
  • HousekeepingExtra housekeeping can be provided on prior request (at additional cost)
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabies and children over four years old are welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for up to three cars at the top of the rear garden, and space for unloading one car to the front of the house. Phillimores has a woodburner as well as underfloor heating beneath the stone floors. Please note that due to the unique stair design, unfortunately it is not possible to fix a stair gate. The cottage is well-equipped with a Rayburn, large fridge freezer, dishwasher and microwave, plus a washing machine and dryer concealed within the ground floor wet room.
  • Homestay includesWelcome hamper, Smart TVs, Blu-ray DVD player, Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso coffee machine, two cafetieres and an Italian espresso maker, WiFi internet, charcoal barbecue, linen and towels, logs and kindling to get you startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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Right at the top of the Kingsbridge Estuary in coastal South Devon, this picturesque old town is the perfect spot for a tranquil river break. An upmarket tourist hub and a favourite for boaty types.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Located in Woodleigh Glen, not far from Kingsbridge and also close to Salcombe, Plymouth, Dartmoor, Bigbury and Wembury in Devon's South Hams.
  • By Car The property is around three and a half hours from London.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Totnes which is around 30 minutes away; there are regular trains to Totnes from London Paddington with a journey time of approximately three hours.
  • By Air The nearest airport is Exeter (50 minutes away).

From the owner

“Our children love exploring the local area; whether that be the adjacent fields, walking along the local stream in their wellies or building a dam in the River Avon...the wonder of the local landscape is fascinating for children of all ages.”

From the owner

Phillimores was built during the 17th century, originally as two separate homes. Retaining its olde-worlde charm within a picturesque setting, the cottage is about 800 yards from the River Avon where a fabulous walk can be accessed down the hill next to a former GW railway station that has long since become a family home.

Right in the heart of the South Hams, the attraction of the location for ourselves is the ability to easily access all of the interesting coastal destinations within 15-30 minutes. Whether that be Bigbury-On-Sea to the west, Salcombe to the south or Dartmouth to the east, to name just a few. Not to mention the spectacular Dartmoor National Park nearby to the north.

Recent owners of the cottage include Wilfred Phillimore, son of a famous genealogist and nephew of RP Phillimore, the famous Victorian water-colourist whose works were exhibited at the Royal Academy. 

The cottage itself is surprisingly spacious and airy considering its age and character, a benefit for those that appreciate period charm, yet are taller in stature! 

The Beeson Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Kingsbridge with an insider’s perspective.

Bantham Beach
To Do

Bantham Beach

A large, flat sandy beach, Bantham ticks multiple boxes. Ideal for surfing, rock pooling and simply lathering on the sun cream and sunbathing, let yourself unwind to the soundtrack of lapping waves and happy laughter.

The Crabshell Inn, Kingsbridge
To Eat

The Crabshell Inn, Kingsbridge

The waterside Crabshell Inn benefits from a south-facing aspect and glorious estuary views that can be enjoyed from seating inside and out. They serve the best thin crust pizza in the South West and also have lots of speciality dishes!

Kingsbridge Market
To Do

Kingsbridge Market

The market days contribute to the vibrancy and appeal of Kingsbridge and offer everything from clothing to crafts to plants. If you´d like to pop along, the market is held every Tuesday, 9.30am through to 4.30pm.

Singing Paddles
To Do

Singing Paddles

Singing Paddles has evolved over 25 years of canoeing and coaching all over the world. Take to the river or the sea and try your hand at paddling! Aimed at all generations, it is fun, social, challenging, inspiring... and addictive!

Guest Testimonials

We’ve had a lovely week away in this very tranquil cottage. Thank you for the wonderful welcome hamper full of tasty treats!

We were so very excited to arrive, the house is immediately welcoming, cosy and homely. The decoration is stunning to create the 5* impression, yet retain the character of a 17th century home. Thank you.

A wonderful, peaceful stay in this beautiful home. Hearing owls on our first evening set the trend as we then heard them every night. Having good walking straight from the house is always a plus for us and as well as the cosiness of the cottage. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

We loved it so much that we ended up staying an extra night. We wanted to get away and do nothing and this beautiful cottage allowed us to do just that. Salcombe is a must! After a walk, hit the shops and then end your day in the gin distillery. We don´t want to leave, it feels like home!

As soon as we walked in it looked amazing. I went straight to the kitchen and garden and fell in love with it. We stayed for the half term and there was so much to do nearby. I would love to stay here again. My favourite part was the garden as it had so much space to run around in. My whole family loved their stay here, so thank you.

Thank you for arranging an incredible stay! Our family thoroughly enjoyed this home and have created many memories here and in this part of the country. Our sincere thanks for a wonderful experience, we certainly plan on coming back or booking another home with Unique Homestays.

We thought the property was fantastic - both in terms of its style and decor and its picturesque setting. We had a wonderful, relaxing break and fell in love with Phillimores and the surrounding area.


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