Eeyore's Cottage, once owned by Christopher Robin Milne, the son of Winnie the Pooh author A A Milne, has been beautifully restored. Found in the hamlet of Embridge, it is a 15 minute walk to the glorious beach at Blackpool Sands and a short drive from Dartmouth. Several original features have been retained in this delightful and stylish semi-detached cottage, including winding stairs with a low lintel up to the top floor. All mod-cons have been included, there is under-floor heating in the kitchen and bathrooms, a wood-burner in the sitting-area, WiFi, three bedrooms and three shower/bathrooms. The raised deck and garden behind the cottage is the ideal spot to relax, making this perfect for a family or a group of friends.
To follow on in the Winnie the Pooh theme, there is a little bridge over a stream just down the lane where children will no doubt enjoy hours of playing pooh sticks. And this is certainly not a case of 'nobody cares' as Eeyore would say. The owners have lovingly refurbished the cottage from top to bottom. Deep sofas and a roaring wood-burner to gather around on a cool evening, high-end appliances in the kitchen, contemporary shower/bathrooms, gorgeous bedding – we could go on and on. And the area itself is lovely, so quiet and peaceful with only a few neighbours, flower-filled hedges along the lane and some great walks on the doorstep. Dartmouth is justly renowned for its eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, river trips and more. Agatha Christie's old home at Greenway is well worth a trip, as are river trips to Totnes, coming back on the steam railway. Blackpool Sands is your nearest child-friendly beach, with the Venus Beach Cafe offering delicious cooked breakfasts, lunches and dinners and enjoying a good reputation locally. So you have no excuse, dig out the old children's books 'Now We Are Six' and 'The House at Pooh Corner' to read to the kids or yourselves, load up the car with buckets and spades, walking shoes and all the paraphernalia for a family holiday – you will not be disappointed.
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. Satellite TV, DVD player, iPod dock and wood-burner. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
Utility-room with washing machine and tumble-drier
Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5') and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3')
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and double wash-basins
Bedroom 3 with double bed (4'6") and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Take care with children on the steps in and to the garden, and with the low lintel on the winding stairs to the second floor. The mobile signal and WiFi reception can be intermittent and the latter is not suitable for downloading/streaming films or music.
- Regret no pets
- Travel cot, high chair and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Saturday
- Short breaks available
- Parking on road for 3 cars
- Telephone (incoming only)
- No smoking
- Pub 3 miles
- Patio furniture and barbecue
- Full electric CH (partial under-floor)
The outside of this gorgeous semi-detached cottage.
There is a grassed area as well as a slate patio on the lower terrace.
The lovely open plan living-room.
One of the three gorgeous bedrooms, this is Bedroom 3 on the top floor.
There is a large kitchen-area with all mod-cons.
A cuppa is always welcome!
There is a utility-area leading off the kitchen and out to the back door.
Bedroom 1 is furnished in soft blue and white.
The en suite shower-room for Bedroom 1.
Bedroom 3 on the top floor.
The stairs up to the top floor - watch your head on the low lintel.
The en suite shower-room for Bedroom 3.
A pretty detail in Bedroom 3.
Charming touches such as these are found throughout the cottage.
Bedroom 2 is a delightful twin room, just right for children.
A cuddly toy in the twin bedroom.
Children's books in Bedroom 2.
The family bathroom on the first floor.
E H Shepard's drawings of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh.
Pretty bits and bobs on the top floor landing.
Lovely touches on a window sill.
Gorgeous flowers in one of the bedrooms.
Beach huts in a row.
The lovely sunny garden.
The pretty terraced garden at the back of the property - take care with children on the steps up and down.
Gravel steps up to the top terrace.
Such a pretty cottage.
A stable-door leads into the porch.
Walking into the porch.
A great place for lunch.
The garden is a real sun-trap.
The barbecue is on the top terrace.
Uneven and different height steps lead from the back door to the terraced garden (take care with children).
A little stream runs alongside the lane down to the cottage.
Taken from above Dartmouth this is a view of the River Dart as it flows out to sea.
Just a third of a mile to the beach.