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Gitcombe Retreat

Child friendly large group accommodation, Devon

About Gitcombe Retreat

Gitcombe Retreat is a real treasure and offers both stunning accommodation and wonderful facilities for a luxury large group holiday in Devon. With private hot tub and shared indoor and outdoor pools and play areas, spa facilities, and 14 acres of gorgeous grounds to picnic in and explore it’s no wonder visitors return to the estate year on year. The house has been designed with real attention to detail, with underfloor heating, sumptuous textiles and designer kitchen appliances, yet manages to be truly child-friendly with lots of baby and toddler equipment available as standard, as well as considered thought to meet the needs of all levels of mobility. The Gitcombe Estate is the perfect rural getaway, in a tranquil English country setting, but is only 20 minutes from beautiful Blackpool Sands beach, and the bustling towns of Dartmouth and Totnes. There are stunning views to enjoy, over the grounds and surrounding hills, to Dartmoor National Park.

The Barn

Stylish and chic, Gitcombe Retreat has a beautiful spacious open-plan living area and stunning kitchen. Underfloor heating, a log-burner, wrap around oak balcony, and private gardens with BBQ and hot tub give the Retreat a truly luxurious feel.  The house has been built with a traditional oak frame design, fully glazed on two sides giving spectacular far reaching views across the rolling countryside.

The 4 beautiful bedrooms (3 ensuite, 1 with private bathroom) all have access to the outside spaces and come with crisp white linen, oak floors and calm muted decor. Throughout the house you’ll find loads of home comforts such as a Sonos sound system, DVD player, Digital flatscreen TV with Freeview box, Wifi and Ipod connectivity.

Babies and toddlers aren’t forgotten either,  with stair gates, 'pop up' travel cots, highchairs and children's tableware available. Bed guards and booster seats can be provided on request.

Food & Drink

The kitchen is excellently equipped for eating indoors or al fresco. Food deliveries can be booked from supermarkets and local shops and producers, or for some real luxury Gitcombe can recommend private chefs to cook for you in your cottage.

Away from the estate you’ll find pubs within walking distance, as well as an array of eateries including vegan cafes, seafood restaurants, fine dining restaurants, and of course tea rooms for a traditional Devon cream tea.


Top of the list has to be relaxing in the private hot tub and admiring the stunning views, but if you can drag yourself away there’s loads to do on the estate. Whether you want to continue the relaxation in the sauna, or challenge your children to a game of tennis, there’s something for everyone. As well as the shared indoor and outdoor swimming pools (both heated) you’ll find a boules court, table football, indoor soft play area and a beautiful hand-carved wooden adventure playground to explore. The estate grounds are a haven for animals and wildflowers.

Further afield you’ll be spoilt for choice with beaches, coastal towns, walks, boutique shops, surf schools, sailing schools adventure parks, gardens, historic houses and more.

Being close to the sea and Devons waterways there are plenty of aquatic adventures; have a party on The Picnic Boat along the river Dart (don’t forget your waterproofs), catch crabs on Dittisham Bay - pick up your crabbing lines from the toy store on the estate before heading out. Plan a day-trip to Blackpool Sands - a beautiful beach with great Vegan cafe and paddle board hire.

Equine enthusiasts will love Cheston Farm for pony rides, riding lessons and moor and beach riding, and older children and adults will enjoy the high ropes at Go Ape in Haldon Forest.

Kids and Parents

Aside from the array of baby and toddler equipment available there are lots of little extras to make your stay relaxing and fun. Little ones will love the rocking toys, adventure play area, soft-play and wooden swings (they’re big enough for adults too!). There’s no need to pack buckets and spades - they are all available at Gitcombe, along with bodyboards, crabbing lines, and windbreaks.

For some peaceful pampering book a beauty treatment in the comfort of your cottage, or book a babysitter & treat yourselves to a child-free meal out. For family evenings out there are pubs within walking distance - take a baby sling for countryside ambles to one right from your cottage door - and arrange a lift back if it gets dark!

The Owners: Peter & Emma

“We moved here in October 2013 and are delighted to be living in such a beautiful part of the world. We live on site and take great pleasure in welcoming guests to Gitcombe to enjoy a memorable stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you to Gitcombe for a relaxing, unforgettable holiday whether it be for a luxury family holiday or a special away from it all boutique bolthole!”

Idyllic, calm and super stylish self-catering barn with great private and shared on-site facilities, close to beautiful rolling hills and fabulous beaches.

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