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South Coombe Country Cottages

Child friendly cottage, Devon – Five Cottages with indoor Swimming Pool, Tiverton, Devon

About South Coombe Country Cottages

Relax at this small collection of cottages with excellent facilities, set in 15 acres of idyllic Devon countryside.  Set on the south side of a wooded valley South Coombe is a wonderful choice for a holiday to please all of the family - young, old, two and four legged guests will enjoy the combination of luxury accommodation, excellent facilities and beautiful surroundings. The converted barns and shepherds hut are gorgeous, and there’s plenty to explore on site including swimming pool, sauna and games rooms for toddlers and teens. South Coombe has large car-free grounds with orchards, meadows, lawns and a stream, and is close to lots of North Devon’s wonderful moorlands, beaches and attractions.

South Coombe Country Cottages is one of those places you feel joyous to have stumbled across but ideally strive to keep this holiday gem a well-kept secret. However, Away with the Kids are delighted to shout it from the rooftops at what an enchanting child and parent-friendly destination it is. You will find a beautiful, peaceful, car-free environment with everything you need for an idyllic escape. Discover the paddocks, orchard, and the gentle stream which forms the northerly border of South Coombe, where the banks form a sun trap and are ideal for an impromptu picnic. Ducks can be fed down at the pond (both duck ponds are fenced) and you’ll find paths around the grounds to explore with seats to enjoy the views! Children have their own outdoor adventure play ground with swings, slide and climbing frame set in the beautiful orchard. You have 15 acres to relish, perfect for wind down quality family time.

South Coombe Holiday Cottages

The holiday cottages are grouped around the picture perfect thatched Devon longhouse in the middle of 15 acres of grounds. The farmhouse dates back to the sixteen hundreds and was once owned by The Earl of Portsmouth. The 18th century former barns are now family holiday cottages, that sleep between two to six. Each has been renovated and converted to a high standard and each has its own style and character - all are well equipped to provide every home from home comfort. 

The Cottages

All of the cottages are beautifully converted from original farm buildings. Oak beams and wood burning stoves combine with modern kitchens and bathrooms to create exceptionally comfortable family homes. The cottages, sleeping between two to six, have their own private outdoor space, DVD players and flat screen TVs and wifi. Linens, towels and kitchen essentials are all provided.

Jonquil Cottage (sleeps 3) is a charming and characterful 2 bedroomed cottage which has been converted from the old hayloft. Perfect for couples or small families.

Drake’s Cottage (sleeps 4) is a light and airy 2 bedroomed cottage with a large open-plan sitting, dining and kitchen area with patio doors leading to the garden.

Saffi’s Cottage (sleeps 5) is a beautiful cottage with 3 bedrooms (1 downstairs with en-suite) converted from the old stables.

Tilly’s Cottage (sleeps 6) is a 3 bedroomed wheelchair friendly cottage with 1 of the en-suite bedrooms being downstairs.

Orchard Cottage (sleeps 6) is a stunning 3 bedroomed restoration of the former cart-house. Oak beams, fabulous views - a real gem.

Tike’s Cottage (sleeps 10) combines Tilly’s & Drake’s cottages to provide a large 5 bedroomed home, with beautiful beams and  wood burning stoves.

The Merino Shepherds Hut (sleeps 2) is perfect for a luxury romantic getaway with en-suite shower room and toilet, high end appliances and a smart TV. There’s also a beautiful glass roof panel above the bed for star-gazing, a private garden and hot tub.

Food & Drink

All of the cottages have excellent cooking and dining facilities, and outdoor areas for BBQs and outdoor eating. You’ll receive a cream tea on arrival and you can also have breakfast items delivered.

There is a family and dog-friendly pub in the village, just a 1 mile walk from your doorstep, as well as a local farm shop. Larger supermarkets can be found just 20 minutes away in Tiverton.

There are some wonderful pubs and restaurants within driving distance. Try award winning Michelin starred The Mason Arms for something special, or Squires in Braunton for scrummy fish and chips.

Kids & Parents

Leave the baby and toddler kit at home - cots, high chairs, bottle sterilizers, changing mats, potties, baby bouncers, baby Bumbos, baby baths, and sink steps are available free-of-charge, upon request.

Blackout blinds are standard in children’s rooms to help everyone get a good night’s sleep, and nightlights can also be provided. There is a babysitting service (all babysitters have DBS certificates) by prior arrangement.

The 10m x 5m pool is a constant depth of 1.2 metres and kept comfortably warm, so that babies and toddlers can take the plunge with parents.

Things to do on site

South Coombe offers a balance of relaxation and activity. In the pool complex you’ll find the heated pool (open all year round) and Finnish sauna, as well as a toddler tumble room with plenty of toys for the little ones and seating for supervising grown-ups. There’s also the games room with full–size pool table, a table tennis table and table football - a perfect space for older children and teens to relax in. Pack your tennis rackets -  South Coombe is a member of the local (recently refurbished) Witheridge Tennis Club, less than a mile away.

The outdoor adventure playground has swings, a slide and climbing frame. In the adjacent paddock there is a games field with football net and basketball hoop. Families will love to feed the hens and collect some eggs for breakfast. Take time to explore the 15 acres of car-free outdoor space: orchards and meadows, lawns for ball games and a gentle stream that’s a perfect location for impromptu picnics.

Out & About

The pretty village of Witheridge is just a mile away and has a village store/post office, newsagent and two pubs both serving an extensive range of food and local real ales. 

Learn about bees and honey, explore indoor and outdoor play areas, and refuel in the fab cafe at Quince Honey Farm.  Knightshayes House and Garden has play areas, buggy friendly walking tracks and miniature tram, as well as restaurant and cafe for a lovely and gentle day out.

Get active and hire bikes and explore the Tarka Trail, or head to Woolacombe beach  - an ideal place for beach games, dunes for hide and seek, and rock pools for marine life.

All the family can have a great day out at The Big Sheep, with rides, play areas, on-site brewery and gin distillery. Or try Crealy Adventure Park for rides, outdoor attractions, soft play and animal petting for younger visitors.

The Owners: Simon & Clare

“We’re very proud of the holiday experiences on offer here at our home, South Coombe – our own secluded slice of the rural Devon idyll that we love to share with our guests.We look forward to meeting you, and providing you with a cream tea on your arrival!”.

Superbly comfortable, family and pet friendly, accessible accommodation, and an excellent range of facilities that can be hard to find on small cottage complexes.

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Owner's Recommendations
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  • QuinceHoney Farm

    Honey bees, soft play and so much more.
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  • Devon Model Railway Center

    Track loads of fun
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  • Crealy Adventure Park

    Family theme park
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  • Exmoor Zoo

    The family zoo
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  • Tarka Cycling Trail

    Cycle hire for all the family
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  • Rock & Rapid Adventure Centre

    Swim, jump and climb
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  • Knightshayes Court National Trust

    Glorious gardens parkland and Impey woods
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  • The Donkey Sanctuary

    Hundreds of donkeys waiting to meet you
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  • The Mitre Inn, Witheridge

    Village pub serving local ales & home cooked food
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  • Woolacombe beach (lifeguard)

    Award winning family beach
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  • Saunton Sands dog friendly beach

    Welcomes waggy tails 365 days of the year
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  • The Mount Pleasant Inn, Nomansland

    Village pub serving good food and ale, beer garden
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