Cook’s Cottage Shaldon
Lovingly restored throughout, this Grade II listed cottage offers a unique way to savour the coastal charms of Shaldon.
The property’s smart neutral façade conceals an eclectic, welcoming and informal interior. Comfortably sleeping up to 4, this two bedroom cottage delights at every turn.
Decorated throughout in an understated palette of Farrow & Ball, the cottage effortlessly combines original features such as Bakelite light switches throughout and freestanding Victorian radiators – adding to the beautiful mix of nostalgia and style.
The rounded front entrance steps lead into an inviting ground floor hallway complete with old mariner’s lamp overhead. Guests can sit back and relax in the cosy living room. Fitted with original parquet flooring and benefiting from a comfortable sofa, mismatched armchairs with throws and squishy cushions, Sky digital flat screen TV with DVD player, pretty window seat, wood-stacked fireplace, handmade coffee table, magazines and cosy lighting, the room provides all the comforts of home.
The cottage is also conveniently equipped with free Wi-Fi access, an iPod player and a selection of books, DVDs and old fashioned board games.
The separate dining room is ideally suited for gatherings of up to six, where guests can entertain themselves around the rustic farmhouse table.
To the rear of the cottage, a brand new fitted kitchen offers guests the opportunity to rustle up tasty homemade meals. Featuring a ceramic sink, cooker hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher, electric kettle, fridge freezer, washer dryer, toaster and a full range of crockery and cooking equipment, everything one could need is to hand. The beautiful tile work, wooden worktops and quality interior finish encourages guests to unwind with a cup of coffee or glass of wine.
A charming stable door from the kitchen leads out to the adjoining private walled courtyard, full of coastal ambiance and complemented by a table & chairs set underneath pretty ‘fairground’ festoon lights; a place to enjoy memorable summer evenings and ambient alfresco dining. A handy side gated passage leads from the front of the property directly into the courtyard, perfect for dropping off sandy beach paraphernalia to the back door without the hassle of carrying it through the cottage.
From the entrance hall, a steep staircase – covered with original Victorian hemp runner and with a double hand rail – leads to the quirky tranquility of the first floor. Comprising two spacious bedrooms and a contemporary bathroom, the upstairs offers a practical layout to suit either couples holidaying together or parents with children.
Steeped in history as far back as the Celts, Saxons and King James 1, the pretty village of Shaldon offers the perfect setting for a fun and lively coastal break. The village is full of local life & traditional shops, offering something for everyone, and plays host for nine days each August to the Shaldon Regatta, reputed to be the oldest in the UK.
A host of village amenities are also on the doorstep including the passenger ferry crossing to Teignmouth (said to be the oldest river crossing in England). Lovely walks lead along the Ringmore riverside, Shaldon beach in the opposite direction and the striking South West Coastal Path beyond. A 9-hole golf course, small zoo and the Homeyard’s Botanical Gardens can also be enjoyed. Children will love discovering the ancient smuggler’s tunnel, the only way to access the famous Ness beach where you can enjoy BBQs on the beach looking out to the open sea. Further afield, a treasure trove of National Trust sites await, alongside the leisure pursuits of Dartmoor.
Shaldon is perfectly accessible for year-round stays, offering easy access to the vibrant delights of Torquay (20 minutes’ drive away), the historic market town of Totnes and the Exeter, Plymouth and London train service (which runs from Teignmouth Train Station).