Serenity at Pickwell Manor, Devon
This tranquil country hideaway has been picked out by guests as the perfect place to stay if you’re a romantic couple with kids in tow. Serenity offers a little slice of luxury in the grounds of Pickwell Manor – a beautiful house standing in six acres of gardens, with rose arches and flowers, located just five minutes’ drive from the golden sands of Putsborough beach.
We think this pintsize retreat would make a great place for a couple who like to explore – and it seems to be attracting positive reviews from families and even an artist – who painted the countryside scene from the retreat’s beautiful mullion windows.
Drive down through the grounds of Pickwell Manor and enter Serenity via the west-wing entrance hall. Head up the stairs to the second floor and you’ll find this great apartment, designed with cheerful calming colours, and a mix of modern comforts and original manor features.
We like the tastefully decorated living room, with two comfy sofas and beautiful views. There’s complimentary wifi here, as well as a flat screen TV and DVD player.
Step through the living room and you’ll find yourself in a spacious modern kitchen, with a table that can seat six. There’s everything you might need here for a self catering break, including a double oven and dishwasher. The apartment also includes access to washing machines, a tumble dryer and washing lines – so consider this your home from home.
The bedroom is a peaceful affair, with a king size bed. Across from here, but in the same room, you’ll find a child’s single bed, if you’re bringing family with you, as well as a trundle bed tucked underneath, which can be brought out. This is separated from the king size bed by shelving. The living room also has a sofa bed – meaning the apartment can sleep up to five.
The light and modern bathroom contains a shower, bath and toilet, and also has beautiful views of the manor grounds. Linen and towels are included.
Outside, guests can enjoy a shared terrace, along with gardens for strolling. The sun terrace leads down to Italian Garden, surrounded by mature shrubs, flowers, and rose arches. Pickwell Manor grounds offer glorious views over the surrounding Devon countryside and along to the nearby coast, less than half a mile away.
There’s a barbecue for your use in the summertime. There’s even a tennis court on site, as well as a games room.
There’s plenty to do while you’re here. We would make a beeline for the beaches for starters – and there’s several to choose from. Sands at Putsborough, Croyde, Woolacombe and Saunton are all very popular with surfers. You can explore the rock pools at low tide, and there are good spots for beach games on a hot day. Avid walkers can pick from an array of country and cliff top walks, with Exmoor to the east and National Trust coastlines and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty all around. There are opportunities for golf, kite surfing and cycling (try the Tarke Trail) as well as horse riding nearby and paddle boarding.
If you fancy a day trip there are also lots of interesting places choose from. Manor owners recommend Lundy Island, Lynton and Lynmouth, for starters. And Clovelly, Instow and Appledore (which are pretty Devon seaside villages) and Barnstaple for good shopping. Take your pick!
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