7 unusual holiday lets to try in Devon this summer
PUBLISHED: 13:44 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:54 03 August 2018
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From a hot tub Land Rover to a Romany caravan, Claire Saul picks out 7 Devon holiday lets that make hot topics for conversation
Sea Sentry at Shaldon in south Devon was constructed during World War Two to house two soldiers guarding the nearby cliffs and coastal defences and the building even used to feature a rooftop searchlight. After a period of post-war neglect, it became a studio for artists before being transformed into the two storey, luxury self-catering home it is today presenting, as the Unique Home Stays description has it, ‘possibly the most beautiful bombproof build in Britain.’
The property also featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces earlier this year. Sleeping two, Sea Sentry also offers the optional extra of a delicious meal prepared by a dedicated chef.
From £995 for a four-night, midweek stay.
An entire castle might be beyond the budget for a secluded stay for two, but a castle tower? That is a different matter. National Trust property The Watch Tower at Compton Castle near Paignton is a three storey building built into the curtain wall of this fortified medieval masterpiece, which is recognisable from the film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility.
Step back through the centuries as you walk through the large wooden door and climb the narrow winding staircase. Peer through the windows and look out for messengers on horseback or approaching foe – or maybe just visitors heading for elevenses in the castle tea room.
Sleeping two, the property is available from a peak time price of £485 for a two-night stay.
The window sizes at Anderton House located in the rolling green landscape at Goodleigh in North Devon represent the opposite end of the spectrum. This Landmark property, one of only a handful dating from the 1970s to be awarded Grade II status, was an architectural experiment by Peter Aldington of Aldington & Craig, one of Britain’s most influential architectural practices of post-war domestic housing.
Designed for his friends the Anderton family, it embraced the brief for valley views with its sliding walls of toughened glass which give the illusion of being outside, whilst residents remain firmly inside amongst the evocative 70s interior and furnishings.
Anderton House sleeps five and can be booked for 3 nights at a high summer price of £1,398.
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Sea view is something of an understatement for National Trust property Mill Cottage at Wembury.
The three-bedroom mill house conversion perches on the rocks to one side of Wembury Beach, offering uninterrupted views to the horizon from its nautical inspired interior.
With all the mod cons in the kitchen but with no signal for a mobile phone and an erratic television reception this is the perfect opportunity to re-engage with life away from modern tech, not least because the South West Coast Path runs right past your door, tempting you with miles of hearty coastal walks.
High season prices run from £1,013 for a two-night stay. nationaltrustholidays.org.uk
Evoke the spirit of life on the road with the brightly coloured Romany Caravan situated in five acres of grounds at Bush Meadows, north east of Bude. For all its outward appearance of tradition, the one-bed interior offers a few distinctly modern touches such as a television and wi-fi and has a separate bathroom which is supplied with towels and robes.
A day cabin alongside provides plenty of space to relax and admire the wildlife in the surrounding meadow and woodland. Although there is no kitchen, guests are treated to a hearty breakfast by the hosts, included in the price of £68 per night.
Book though Airbnb. All stated prices represent guide prices for high season lets.
Sustainability is the watch word at Loveland Farm near Hartland in North Devon and this thought for the years to come is neatly symbolised by its five futuristic looking geodesic domes, which range in size to accommodate parties from two to six people. Each has its own kitchen area and private shower and toilet facilities.
The four-acre field of the former working farm hosts beach huts which provide additional facilities. It also hosts two water buffalo who like to while away their days in the local stream! Homegrown goodies are included in the optional welcome hamper of local produce offered at £40. Dogs welcome.
Peak season price for a two-night minimum stay for four is £460.
Where to start with the Bluebird Penthouse in the rural village of High Bickington? Renovated from an abandoned, burnt out wreck, this 1950s Bluebird caravan has a vintage interior and features a wine cellar secreted under the floor tiles and wall art created by the proprietor’s wife which nattily converts into a fold down table.
If these alone aren’t hot topics of conversation, then outdoors certainly will be. The hot tub has been created using the chassis of a vintage Land Rover.
This adult-only venue affords panoramic views of the Taw Valley and can be booked for £150 per night during the summer. Sleeps two.