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Nothing beats gathering your nearest and dearest together for a holiday. These five South Devon holiday homes – all of which have wonderful open-plan living spaces for cooking, dining and relaxing together – are just perfect for families and friends who love being in each other’s company.

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1. Higher Hill Barn

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Higher Hill Barn, Sherford, Nr Kingsbridge

Sherford, near Kingsbridge

Sleeps 10

This spacious five-bedroom barn conversion, in the picturesque hamlet of Sherford, has a fantastic first-floor living area, which incorporates the sitting room, kitchen and lounge. This space boasts enticing features like a high vaulted ceiling with original beams, woodburning stove and Juliet balcony.

Higher Hill BarnBeautiful vaulted, open plan living area

There are two large sofas and two comfortable armchairs, a 48″ smart TV with Sky, DVD player and surround sound system. In the dining area, you’ll find a large oak table with seating and space for 10 or more. Tri-folding doors lead out to a pleasant upper terrace.

Perfect for sociable gatherings, Higher Hill Barn is available from £821.

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2. Quayside

Dining_LowresA stunning balcony/dining area has incredible views


Sleeps 10

In a highly sought-after central location by Salcombe’s beautiful waterfront, Quayside is a stunning five-bedroom property with truly breathtaking views.

The open-plan living space has been beautifully realised right down to its light oak flooring. There is a large, glazed internal balcony in the dining area, creating an unforgettable backdrop for your meals. There’s also a wonderful kitchen, with granite work surfaces and an array of fantastic appliances like a five-ring gas hob, double Neff ovens, Neff dishwasher, wine cooler, and Siemens American-style fridge-freezer.

quaysideA delightful open plan and spacious living area is perfect for entertaining, relaxing or simply enjoying the wonderful views

The comfortable living area has two double sofas and two armchairs, a Smart TV and a contemporary gel fire.

Find out more about this inspiring Salcombe waterside holiday home here.

3. Woodwell

Woodwell WeSpacious living accommodation, perfect for a special family holiday or an extended family break


Sleeps 8

A magnificent holiday home inside and out, Woodwell has been designed by local, award-winning architects to create the ultimate waterside accommodation. There are four stunning boutique bedrooms on the ground floor, and on the first floor you’ll find Woodwell’s fantastic open-plan living area.

Woodwell WDelightful light and sunny sitting area with estuary and sea views

The large windows and high vaulted ceilings with skylights in this elegant, spacious area create a wonderfully bright and sunny feel. The sociable sitting area has two large sofas in addition to the comfortable, cushioned window seating and a large, flat-screen TV with DVD/Blu-ray player, full Sky HD package and movie library. You can also stream music from Spotify with the Sonos digital music system.

There’s an extendable dining table to seat eight comfortably, and another cushioned window seat for enjoying the views.

Woodwell WSuperb dining area seating eight comfortably

In short, this unique holiday home is not to be missed.

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4. Moult Hill Barn

Moult Hill Barn Web VLong wooden dining table seating twelve guests comfortably


Sleeps 12

In a peaceful rural location, just 10 minutes walk from South Sands and the passenger ferry to Salcombe, Moult Hill Barn is a beautifully presented holiday home with six en suite bedrooms and a fabulous open-plan living area for social groups.

Moult Hill Barn Web Large, light and sunny open-plan living accommodation

With parking for up to six cars, this stunning property is perfectly set up for groups whose members like the freedom to do their own thing, but still love spending time together – whether that’s preparing and sharing meals, settling down in front of the TV or just enjoying a chat. If that’s not enough, there’s an additional living space on the mezzanine level too!

There’s space for all 12 guests around the substantial oak table, and the kitchen is superbly designed and appointed to make self-catering a pleasure. Highlights include granite work surfaces, a central island, a five-zone induction hob, double Neff ovens, two dishwashers, a wine fridge, two Bosch fridge/freezers and a walk-in larder – ideal for gathering your whole flock for a feast to remember!

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5. Kirkdale

kirkdaleKirkdale, Thurlestone


Sleeps 11

Just a few minutes walk from Thurlestone Sands, Kirkdale is a stunning, contemporary detached house which can accommodate up to 12 guests. There are six attractively furnished bedrooms over two floors, including three en-suite rooms with spectacular views from their Juliet balconies.

The homely yet wonderfully spacious living space includes a formal dining area, where there is a large oak table which can seat up to 12 comfortably.

kirkdale2010Large formal dining area adjacent to the kitchen with sliding glass doors to front terrace

The sitting area has two large leather sofas, two leather armchairs, a feature fireplace, widescreen television, DVD player and CD/radio/iPod unit, and the kitchen is simply exquisite: there are Silestone worktops and wide range of Neff appliances including:

  • a large gas range with six-ring hob
  • double electric oven and grill
  • integrated microwave
  • dishwasher
  • fridge
  • large American-style fridge/freezer with ice-maker and filtered water dispenser.

As you can see, this homely, yet substantial holiday home is perfect for special occasions, from Christmas to birthdays and anniversaries.

KirkdaleKirkdale is an ideal house for a Christmas break!

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Sea N Shore CoasteeringNeed inspiration for things to do on your South Devon break? Read our blog, ‘5 great group activities in South Devon’.