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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

South Coombe Country Cottages are a gem of a place for a family friendly getaway in Devon. Nestled in 15 acres, the holiday cottages are set on the south side of a wooded valley surrounded by orchards and fields. The stunning countryside views are unforgettable from this idyllic cottage complex. The five properties are all superbly child friendly as well as being dog friendly (excluding Orchard Cottage) and all share access to the indoor swimming pool complex, with a heated 10m pool, a Finnish sauna and a large indoor games room.  A new tumble room has been recently created for the toddlers and under-fives. There is lots of outdoor space for children to run off their boundless energy including a field for ball games and an orchard play area with climbing frame, swings and slide; while parents can gently unwind. Situated centrally in Devon’s rural heartland, South Coombe is the perfect holiday retreat for families with lots to see and do and easy access to Devon’s moorlands, beaches and attractions.

The Away with the Kids review

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. At that time it was a 250 acre farm. South Coombe holiday cottages are contemporary renovations of former barns dating back to the 18th century. The cottages each have their own style and charm but have all been renovated and converted to high standards and well equipped to provide every home from home comfort.  The cottages sleep from 2 to 6 people with interiors that are luxurious and very stylish whilst also being practical.

The owners Jonquil & Chris moved to South Coombe (from Yorkshire) in 2005 and live full time in the thatched farmhouse. At that time there were only four cottages. Since then they have improved the existing cottages every year, as well as completely renovating a derelict cottage (the ducks used to live in it) - now known as Orchard Cottage.  Jonquil & Chris moved to the sunnier climes of Devon as a lifestyle change, with the intention to stay for five years. The fact that they are now in their thirteenth year speaks volumes for South Coombe and is also obvious from the many happy reviews form their guests that they love what they do.

There are free range chickens and the owners two friendly Weimeraners - Tilly & Maddie. All are big hits with the children. Besides feeding the ducks, families can pack a picnic and go for wander around the grounds with its own woodland and a walk down to a stream.

Indoor Facilities

The sport and leisure facilities at South Coombe have been especially created for familes looking for a relaxing holiday, but also for those wanting a little more activity. It also makes South Coombe an attractive all year round destination as parents can rest assured that even when the weather turns there is plently to do on site away from the holiday cottages. 

Indoor Swimming Pool

Understandably popular, the indoor swimming pool is at a constant temperature of 30 degrees celcius, making swimming a relaxing experience, just the thing for de-stressing. The pool is 10m long and 5m wide and is open all year round.The water is at a constant depth of 1.2 metres and is Ideal for parents with small children. There is also a changing room and shower. For safety, access can only be obtained through a security system and is available to use from xam to ypm. Overlooking the pool is the Finnish sauna, completely clad in specially treated timber and with a smoked glass door. 

Games Room

The games room, overlooks the terrace, is a large airy room with a high vaulted ceiling. It houses a full size pool table, a table tennis table and a table soccer game. All are free of charge. Test your skills with a frenetic game of bar football or take a cue and stepup to the table for a game of pool. Table tennis can be good fun, where you can improve on your footwork and racquet movement providing the opportunity for a vigorous workout.

Tumble Room

Specifically designed for the under 5's, where children can feel safe and secure. This is the perfect place to encourage imaginative minds to discover fantasy and fun. Soft building blocks make perfect hideaways, stimulating games, exercise and creative play. 

Location

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. Families really are spoilt for choice with so many major attractions in the region, from Crealy Adventure Park and Quince Honey Farm, to Exmoor Zoo and Devon Model Railway Center. 

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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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