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A luxury cottage with a log burner in Devon is a very cosy prospect, and one I was ready to embrace as we navigated the country lanes towards Loddiswell.
Located in South Devon near Kingsbridge, Loddiswell has a tightly knit community who made us feel so welcome during our stay.
Classic Cottages has been operating since 1977, initially starting in Cornwall before expanding into other parts of Britain. The cottages they list are exclusive to them, and I assume would have to meet a certain criteria for quality as the website listing contains a short description from the property manager on why they selected it.
The Cottage can be found down a narrow residential street from the heart of the village and comes with its own parking space. From the outside you can see it’s brimming with charm and character with a thatched roof and climber that was just beginning to flower.
Thatched Cottage in Devon: The Garden
The garden is beautifully maintained with narrow pathways to the side of the property amongst colourful plants and bushes. The grass was peppered with petals from the white blossom tree, and beneath it was an inviting bench basking in the spring sunshine.
Towards the rear of the garden is an outdoor fire pit and seating area, we didn’t use it, but I love the idea of finishing a hot summer’s day with a lazy evening in the garden toasting marshmallows. Even though it was surrounded by other properties it was quiet and felt quite private thanks to the thriving plant life and elevated position.
Luxury Devon Cottage: The Kitchen and Dining Area
When you step into the property from the front door you have a porch area which leads onto the kitchen and dining room. The interior is beautifully furnished throughout and flowed well with a luxurious blue, gold and white palette. I was impressed by how functional and comfortable it was for a property from the late 17th/early 18th century, void of any noticeable draughts or creeks with a modern heating system and all the essential appliances to wash, dry or iron your clothes neatly tucked away in cupboards.
The kitchen appliances and cutlery were of a high quality, we were so impressed by the cleanliness and overall presentation, including some welcome treats including juice, wine, snacks and milk of our choosing in the fridge.
Thatched Cottage in Devon: The Living Room
The living room has a large fireplace and wood burner, fortunately we weren’t overly reliant on it for warmth thanks to the heating system and milder spring weather but I can just imagine a cosy winter night with rain beading down the window, a cup of tea and the fire crackling away – bliss…
Luxury Devon Cottage: The Bedrooms
There are two bedrooms in The Cottage accessed by opposite ends of the property. I loved the little detail above the doors calling each half of the cottage “East Wing” and “West Wing”, perhaps in times gone by it was two separate dwellings, either way I love the idea of being a ‘Lord of the
Manor Cottage’ for a few days with a wing to retire to.
From the living area up a wide stone spiralled staircase in the main bedroom with a plush bed, dressing table and plenty of wardrobe space. There were more luxury little extras in the form of thick towels and underfloor heating for the ensuite shower room.
The other bedroom contains two single beds and is accessed through a door from the kitchen area and up a set of stairs. The bed was of a superior quality, it was one of the most comfortable I’ve ever slept in.
The check-in and check-out process was simple, information could be viewed by logging in to their website and updates were sent via text, including some helpful local tips of places to eat and things to do.
Places to eat near The Cottage in Devon
Even though The Cottage has a fully equipped kitchen to whip up something yourself, it was nice to try some of the local restaurants here too.
The Exeter Inn in Modbury is an excellent spot for a homestyle Sunday roast with a great selection of vegetables, cauliflower cheese and Yorkshire pudding – this was a great tip from our contact for The Cottage.
Maha-Bharat is an Indian Restaurant in Kingsbridge around 10 minutes away by car from Loddiswell – I thought the service was superb.
Another excellent tip from our contact, the Valley View Cafe, just down the road for a quality breakfast, I’m so glad we didn’t miss this place. There’s also a lovely outdoor seating area and shop next door selling local produce.
Places to visit near The Cottage in Devon
The view across Salcombe’s blue waters dotted with sail boats was such a relaxing sight to savour from a bench upon the hillside. Salcombe is in fact one of the most expensive places to purchase a seaside property in Britain, and it’s easy to see what attracts people here with its pretty town centre and secluded sandy beached within touching distance.
The Round Robin tour by the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company was another wonderful tip from our property contact. The tour included a bus ride from Paignton to Totnes, a river boat down to Dartmouth, a short ferry ride across to Kingswear and steam train journey back to Paignton – it was the highlight of my Devon trip.
Cockington Village is a beautiful place to stroll around with gardens, lakes and thatched cottages, one of which has a pretty tea garden for a slice of cake or scone.
I wouldn’t hesitate to return to The Cottage in Devon from Classic Cottages, the level of quality and comfort made it a real home from home and the friendly local community made it all the more memorable.
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