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Maberly | Luxury Self-Catering House | Kingsbridge, South Hams


Chillington, Kingsbridge, Devon, UK

Simple elegance reigns at this luxury self-catering house near Kingsbridge, where the freshest of air and slow cadence of life allow pure and deep relaxation near the gentle south Devon coast. Wildflower gardens, soothing interiors and no sound but birdsong to interrupt thoughts; if there was ever a home which was good for the soul, Maberly is it.


Oh, the stories this house could tell! Built in the 16th century from Devonshire granite and slate-stone quarried nearby, this Georgian Grade-II listed home has stood strong in statement and stature throughout the ages. From a tenanted estate, to thriving 178-acre farm, to family-home for 22, there is little these walls haven’t seen. Now, Maberly offers an uncomplicated self-catering escape to Kingsbridge and the South Hams where nothing matters other than cherished family mealtimes and trips to the beach.


Calm and filled with soft fabrics and mellow hues, Maberly’s master bedroom has a super king-size bed and Jack and Jill en suite with bath and shower. The first floor is also home to two more king-size bedrooms, while up the gorgeous Chinese lattice Chippendale staircase to the second floor are two super king-size zip-and-link bedrooms which share a Jack-and-Jill en suite. On the third floor, there is one double and one Goldilocks bedroom with three single beds, perfect for children’s bedtime stories.


The acre of restful gardens surrounding Maberly offers a peaceful refuge in rural south Devon. Play hide and seek with little ones in the colourful walled garden, recline on thick Moroccan fabrics on the manicured lawn and sip sweet sundowners in the evening light at the front of the house. For guests who cannot bear to stay still, the lawn is just as good for croquet and garden games as it is for afternoon naps. Nearby East Prawle has coastal trails leading to small white-sand beaches with turquoise lagoons.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 12 guests (with two or more children)
    From £2,850 per week, £2,295 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 8 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThe first floor holds three double bedrooms: one with a super king-size bed and one with a king-size bed, which both share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom featuring a bath and shower, and a final bedroom with a king-size bed and an en suite shower room. On the second floor is a further double bedroom with king-size bed and a zip-and-link bedroom (which can be set up as either a super king-size or twin), which both share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom with bath and shower. Finally on the third floor is a double bedroom and another bedroom with three single beds, each with en suite shower room. Please note, when booking the small group option of sleeping six, four large double bedrooms (three super-king and one king) will be available to guests, and two bathrooms.
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  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome on prior request.
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday and MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyBabies and children are very welcome. One travel cot and one highchair are available. Parents are advised to take care and supervise children around both the house and gardens, as the property includes some steep stairs and slopes.
  • PracticalitiesThe large family farmhouse kitchen has a double range cooker, dishwasher, fridge, small freezer and Nespresso machine. There is also a utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. When dining together as a group of more than 10 guests, it is necessary to sit at two separate tables (great for children who want to chat amongst themselves). Please note whilst pets are welcome at Maberly with prior agreement, they are only permitted in the kitchen and utility areas. Please be advised that the internet can operate at rural speed - consider it part of the charm!
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, Smart TV, Netflix, DVD player, Bluetooth speakers, iPad, WiFi, board games, garden games, beach games, Weber charcoal barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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The stylish interior scheme enhances the original features of the farmhouse
One of Maberly´s chic en suite bathrooms
A place for muddy boots in Maberly´s entrance

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Right at the top of the Kingsbridge Estuary in coastal South Devon, this picturesque old market town is the perfect spot for a tranquil break by the water. Think leafy lanes, bobbing boats and excellent seafood.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Maberly is located just six miles from pretty Kingsbridge in the South Hams, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • By Car The house is just over an hour from Exeter, or four and a half from London.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Totnes, 35 minutes or 15 miles to the north.
  • By Air Exeter Airport is an hour drive, or 45 miles from Maberly.

From the owner

“For us, this is the perfect place to spend precious, memorable times with family and friends, who describe life at Maberly as a tonic for the soul, a place where life feels good. The elegant simplicity of the farmhouse and gardens mean fresh air, a sense of space, incredible sunsets, and cosy fires.”

From the owner

We have always loved the elegant simplicity of the house and gardens and treasure what it means to everyone who spends time here: a chance to relax, to enjoy fresh air, a sense of calm and space, incredible sunsets, sunny days in summer and cosy fires in winter.

Maberly was first recorded as a property in the late 14th century in a manorial survey of Stokenham, which was received by Katherine Parr in her dowry from Henry VIII upon his death. The oldest part of the current house - what is now the dining room - was a simple 16th century dwelling. The main house that you find today is a classic early Georgian farmhouse, built in the early 1700s by the owner of the local slate quarry.

We bought Maberly in 2014 and have spent several years lovingly creating a comfortable, cosy-yet-spacious home for family and entertaining. The perfect retreat, it is also the ideal base for exploring all there is to see and do in the South Hams. We hope you enjoy it just as much as we do.

The Cornish 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.

Gin School at Salcombe Gin Distillery
To Do

Gin School at Salcombe Gin Distillery

Learn all about how gin is made, then create and name your own! A trip to the gin school is a lot of fun, especially in a group. Enjoy gin cocktails in the bar afterwards, and take away your very own-brand bottle of gin to enjoy at Maberly.

Sharpham Vineyard
To Do

Sharpham Vineyard

Visit Sharpham vineyard and dairy, where you can book a cheese or wine-tasting experience and also have a lovely walk in the valley. There´s a restaurant for a relaxed al-fresco lunch, with a drop of grape juice, of course!

The Crabshell Inn, Kingsbridge
To Eat

The Crabshell Inn, Kingsbridge

The Crabshell Inn is a very popular pub which naturally gets very busy, so booking is essential. Child-friendly and with great food, when the sun is shining it´s great spot to eat outdoors and watch the boats come by along the estuary.

Salcombe Paddleboarding
To Do

Salcombe Paddleboarding

A great opportunity to try stand up paddleboarding in the most beautiful setting, with great instructors. It doesn´t matter whether you are a seasoned pro or complete beginner, as people of all ages and abilities are welcome to have a go at this friendly centre.

Guest Testimonials

Maberly was beautifully clean and smelled wonderful on arrival! The decor is lovely and the property is so well furnished. The welcome hamper was excellent! We loved the style of the house, the space we had and the lovely, generous touches left for our use. The sheets and towels are of superb quality and everyone found their beds were so comfortable. Thank you for a restful stay!

Maberly is a beautiful old home which has been lovingly restored and furnished. We very much appreciated the interesting interior decorating and unusual objects dotted about. It was a huge pleasure to be able to spend a week here, thank you.

Thank you very much for such an amazing experience! We loved every part of this beautiful house. We would definitely love to visit again.

We had the most amazing weekend at Maberly! Lots of laughs, fun, food and chats. Gold stars all round!

We´ve had an oh-so-memorable week at Maberly. Crab sandwiches, the fly-by at Dartmouth, and the comfiest bed in the world. We had a wonderful time. Thank you!

Maberly has the best of everything. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. We really didn’t want to leave!

We enjoyed, loved and worshipped every minute here. Thank you in the name of all my family for sharing this wonderful house of yours with us!

A lovely place with gorgeous rooms. Plus a fully stocked fridge filled with goodies. We are loving it here already and we´ve only just arrived!

Maberly was the dream retreat in the South Hams! Everything we could possibly have wanted was to hand, and it was the perfect home for a family with young children to spend time together. Although close to the coast, we could barely drag ourselves away from the big, soft sofas, warm kitchen and sunny garden. We made apple sauce from the windfalls in the orchard, enjoyed long soaks in the bath and indulged in rich cream teas in the autumn sun. We can´t wait to return!

Maberly certainly surpassed all of our expectations, it was the family home that we had wanted for our weekend away. The house was beautifully presented and an exceptional welcome pack was provided upon our arrival. My daughter enjoyed playing with the dolls house and also made use of the arts and crafts equipment which were also provided. Thank you once again for allowing us to make such special memories in your beautiful home!

Maberly was idyllic. The house has a lovely, homely feel and was so very relaxing. There are so many beautiful touches which have all been carefully thought out. We loved the fabulous location, Salcombe and Hope Cove are very special and we´d love to return.

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