The Georgian house and farm buildings in a fold of countryside at Gitcombe make a private village full of things to discover. You’ll track down your house’s private terrace first, then spot the glass house of the heated indoor pool, before finding the outdoor one and the jacuzzi sunk into the patio next to it. Play tennis, stroll the extensive lawns, hike 14 acres of countryside.
The houses vary in size but not in their bright, homely comfort, with open plan lounge/kitchens where the chefs can work while conversation, or snores, flow out from the nearby sofas. Dinners can be candlelit affairs in grand dining rooms or laid out on the kitchen island for grazing during breaks in the conversation.
There’s a soft playroom and outdoor adventure playground and paddle boarding with seals and waterbirds on Bow Creek, canoeing down to The Anchor Stone Cafe at Dittisham for lunch, taking the ferry down to Dartmouth, or just wandering the fields listening out for deer, owls and bats before heading home to curl up by the fire.