The South Hams is Devon's jewel in the crown — an area of 'Outstanding Natural Beauty' that encompasses picturesque estuaries and a stunning coastline with miles of unspoilt beaches and hidden coves to a lush hinterland that extends to the wild untamed heathland of Dartmoor, there is variety for all to explore and enjoy.
From the richly wooded Dart Valley and the historic deepwater port of Dartmouth all the way to Bigbury Bay and Burgh Island, you can discover the charm of charismatic coastal villages and towns.
Buckland Court self catering holiday cottages together with Buckland House close to the village of Slapton are ideally placed for all the attractions of this beautiful corner of South Devon. The southerly location and warm Gulf Stream air ensure one of the mildest climates in the whole of Britain. The summers are long, autumns warm and winters mild, so that you can enjoy a visit at any time of the year.
The South Hams is a relatively undiscovered region of South Devon located south of Dartmoor and south west of Torquay and is of exceptional beauty and contrast — a rural patchwork of fields, woodlands, rivers, estuaries, rolling hills and moorland which surround historic towns and pretty villages. Much of the spectacular coastline and countryside has been protected, with it's sweeping beaches and private coves along the sixty miles of spectacular coastline this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is ideal for an active family holiday, walking holidays or weekend short breaks.
Buckland Court is located in a tranquil sheltered valley surrounded by delightful countryside halfway between two of the West country's most popular sailing centres of Salcombe and the river Dart and one and a half miles inland from the historic village of Slapton, with its world famous Slapton Ley nature reserve and Slapton Sands, the three-mile beach that stretches from Torcross to Strete Gate.
Buckland is only 10 minutes away from the Blue Flag beach at Blackpool Sands and about 20 minutes from a surfing beach at Bantham, as well as eleven of the best natural beaches to be found anywhere in the UK including, Slapton Sands, Beesands, Lannacombe, East Portlemouth and Bantham and five river estuaries including the Dart, Avon, Yealm, Erme and Gara.
There is easy access to the South West Coast Path for walking and the wilderness of Dartmoor for walking, climbing and riding.
The South Hams offers something for everyone; the area is a Mecca for rambling, bird-watching, swimming, surfing, horse riding, golf and those interested in fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing. Or just chill out and have fun by visiting our local Gastro pubs and restaurants.
There are many historic NT houses to visit including Agatha Christie's Greenway as well as a local vineyard (with award-winning wines) at Sharpham.
Buckland Court self catering holiday cottages and Buckland House having been developed to a high standard from an old West Country farmyard complex and are attractively situated around two pretty flower filled courtyards.
An archway opens onto delightful secluded valley gardens with waterfall and spring fed duck ponds in over one and a half acres of grounds with badminton/cricket area, plus built-in barbecues. For alfresco meals, there's a cafe table and chairs in the sunken part of the garden near the waterfall with views down the wooded valley and over the fields. In spring, it's full of snowdrops, bluebells and pink campions.
Buckland House is an large elegant Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse circa 1750 remodelled in the Regency style as a gentleman farmer's residence in 1860. Offering high quality self contained accommodation for two or more families, tastefully furnished in keeping with the property, this lovely family home offers an opportunity to enjoy a holiday in comfortable surroundings and it's own large private gardens.
For larger group accommodation consider renting two or more cottages — Buckland House plus Larches sleeps 19 and Buckland House plus Oak sleeps 26 (both Saturday changeover).
Buckland Court, Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2RE