Settling in the Torbay countryside, Higher Yalberton Farm is a stunning collection of renovated barns that have been newly converted and refurbished.

Offering three contemporary holiday homes in an idyllic setting on the edge of the South Hams, the farm is just four minutes drive from Stoke Gabriel and the River Dart, and although you’ll feel away-from-it-all, Torbay’s towns and beaches are in fact just a few minutes’ drive from the front door.

 

 

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Each barn features a beautifully styled interior with tasteful furnishings and original features, along with their individual outside spaces including parking, EV chargers and hot tubs.

For couples in search of a romantic hideaway there’s The Dairy which is a fabulous one-bedroom property with a log burner, and for families looking to enjoy a rural retreat with plenty of space for all, there’s a choice between the three-bedroom Linhay and the four-bedroom Granary.

A picturesque meadow is available for all guests to enjoy, and here you’ll find wild flowers and lush vegetation, with soon to be installed fire pits so you can enjoy warm summer evenings either toasting marshmallows or sipping on hot chocolate as the sun sets.

 

Adventure on your doorstep

Wonderfully positioned to enjoy all that the area is famous for, the small riverside villages of Aish and Tuckenhay are within a few minutes’ drive away. Here you’ll discover the famous Maltsters Arms which sits right on the Harbourne River and was once owned by TV Chef Keith Floyd, as well as the rustic 17th Century Watermans Arms. Both are brilliant places for an alfresco lunch or traditional pub food. The sought-after market town of Totnes lies 11 minutes’ drive away and is well-known for its independent boutiques, local crafts and fabulous food scene, with Dartington Hall nestling on its outskirts and boasting beautiful gardens and fabulous woodland walks.

Closer to home is Stoke Gabriel, one of the area’s quaintest and prettiest villages, which is just 4 minutes’ drive or (for the more energetic) 40 minutes’ walk. This small yet stunning village has narrow winding streets and a handful of traditional pubs. A creek on the Dart lies at the bottom of a hill and here you’ll find a seasonal cafe as well as the perfect place for crabbing with the kids.

The fishing town of Brixham is 15 minutes’ drive away and is well worth visiting if you’re fond of incredible sea views and a charming coastal atmosphere. Berry Head Nature Reserve with its Guardhouse Café makes for an intriguing day out for all the family, and you’ll have the most incredible views from the lighthouse on the headland, over the whole of the bay. Torbay’s vibrant seaside towns of Paignton and Torquay, both with their wonderful beaches, lovely promenades and attractions like Paignton Zoo, Cockington and Torre Abbey are within 15 minutes’ drive.

Where to eat out

The fabulous location of these holiday cottages means you’ll be spoilt for choice for eating out options. These are some of our favourite restaurants, pubs and cafes in the area:

Circa at Sandridge Barton (4 minutes’ drive)

An award-winning vineyard just down the road from your holiday home, this fabulous estate is located on the east bank of the River Dart, just south of Stoke Gabriel. Their on-site restaurant Circa is located inside the farm’s old stone milking parlour, and here you’ll discover a menu that’s all about showcasing the best produce from the estate and local area. In their own words: ‘Enjoy some wonderful food paired with a lovely glass of wine, grown only a stone’s throw away. It doesn’t get much better than that.’

The River Shack (4 minutes’ drive)

Right on the river, the seasonal River Shack is something of an icon in the area, so if you’re planning a visit during the busier school holiday months, it’s best to book a table in advance. A truly delightful menu of locally produced dishes is served in a thoroughly relaxed atmosphere with tables both outside and in. The café is very dog and child friendly too so, ticks in all the boxes across the board.

The Church House Inn (10 minutes’ drive)

Set in the village of Marldon, this award-winning gastro pub is somewhere rather special, and during the winter months, lunch around their roaring log fire is the perfect pastime. The pub has a fine dining edge, with the locally sourced ingredients coming together in stunningly presented and delicious-tasting meals, but you’ll also find pub classics and a traditional Sunday roast on offer.

The Manor (10 minutes’ drive)

A traditional village pub with a local following, this is a great place for a snack and drinks in the sunshine, or a casual family meal indoors. The menu includes their superb stone-baked pizzas, along with delicious curries, burgers, fish & chips, and lots more.

Coppa Dolla Inn (23 minutes’ drive)

Located in the centre of the tranquil village of Broadhempston, this independent family run pub and restaurant is a must-visit for a unique dining experience. Their signature pies are served in an earthenware bowl and half is filled with one their delicious fillings topped with short crust pastry, while the other half with creamy cauliflower cheese. The pies are brought to your table on a wooden board and served with either a side dish of mixed vegetables or a freshly baked baguette & butter. Dine in a traditional country pub atmosphere with open log fires, rustic furnishing and a large beer garden located in stunning surroundings – bliss!

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