Chill on the balcony (or wallow in the bath), and spot otters gliding in the stream below. With a distant hill to one side and a brook to the other, this lovely modern bolthole is a peace-seeker’s dream.
Richard and Sheila created Fingals 30 years ago. Barberry Brook is one of six characterful retreats, and the closest to the conservatory-housed pool. There’s masses of old-fashioned fun to be had, with grass tennis, table tennis and croquet. Meet the other guests over snooker, round the barbecue, or in the sauna. There are DVDs to borrow, a piano to play, and a sailing school down the lane.
Catch the ferry to Dartmouth; browse the shops in Totnes; swim at Blackpool Sands, a 25-minute drive. Have lunch at the Anchorstone Café or if you fancy a night out, set off for the Ferry Boat Inn. Both are walkable and worth every step.