Old Forge Cottage is such a charming gem, tucked away in this walker's paradise.
Your private and secluded patio-area is the perfect spot to relax with a good book.
The master bedroom is home to this exceptionally inviting king-size bed.
Even the kitchen has a top of the range wood-burning stove.
What a lovely spot to retreat to after an action-packed day of adventure.
The comfortable sitting-room also has a wood-burner, which is perfect for those cosy nights in.
If dining al fresco isn't your thing, this dining-area is perfect for serving up a feast.
The kitchen/dining-room is such a lovely open plan area.
The sitting-room leads through to bedroom 1 and the ground floor shower-room.
Bedroom 1 is on a raised platform. This single bed is the perfect retreat for that member of the party seeking total peace. Through the white door is the ground floor shower-room.
Ground floor shower-room with shower cubicle, WC and wash-basin.
The master bedroom (Bedroom 2) leads through to a lovely en-suite.
En-suite to bedroom 2.
Bedroom 3 can be configured as two twin beds, or a king-size double, if preferred.
The second shower-room is on the first floor.
Park up and be prepared to be welcomed by this very pretty sight.
Lovely touches to be found in and around the grounds.
To the left of Old Forge Cottage is the main house and home to the amazing waterwheel. Such a pretty sight when in full motion.
Welcome to Old Forge Cottage.
The grounds and scenery in this beautiful spot are bursting with colour and life.

Old Forge Cottage

4184

4.7 miles NE of Ivybridge / Sleeps 5 + cot

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Pack Horse (½ mile)

A traditional Devon pub with the benefit of having a tea room. Located in the centre of the village, good food is available and there's a walled garden for sunny days.

Nearest beach

Wonwell Sands Beach (9 ½ miles)

On the east bank of the river Erme, this beach joins up with the beach next door, Mothecombe, at low tide. A sandy beach, there are lovely views over the estuary and dogs are welcome year round.

Nearest walk

The Puffing Billy Track (4 ¾ miles)

There is an old tramway track across the south of Dartmoor which climbs to 1,500 feet to give wonderful panoramic views down the south Devon coast. Originally used by the clay mining industry trams, this route forms part of the Two Moors Way, which runs from Ivybridge in the south to Lynmouth in the north.

Nearest town

Ivybridge (4 ½ miles)

Perfectly poised between Dartmoor National Park and the South Hams, Ivybridge makes a fantastic base for an exploration of Devon. Excellent walking, cycling, horse riding and rock climbing is right on the doorstep, and if you jump in the car, the fabulous beaches of the south Devon coast are just a short drive away. For horticulture fans, Lukesland Gardens, with 24 acres of woodlands, shrubs and wild flowers set into a valley with a cascading brook running through it, is less than two miles from Ivybridge.

Also nearby

Bantham (11 miles)

Bantham Beach is set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has numerous awards tucked under its sandy belt. Overlooking Bigbury Bay and Burgh Island, you can take the famous sea tractor and head to the island or sit and enjoy the views from the shore. A great surfing beach, the huge swathes of sand and sea allow plenty of space for everyone. Well-provisioned and life guarded in the summer, Bantham is a fantastic family-friendly beach.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2008

Privately owned beach open to the public. A truly beautiful beach. Wide sands, surfing and wind-surfing, rock pools and a delightfully gentle introduction to the South West Coast Path with views over Burgh Island. No dogs allowed during the summer months. Charge made for car parking.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2008

Great family fun beach

Lovely beach with little coves to hide away in, rock pools and lovely clean sandcastle sand; wide enough for kite buggies, best surfing beach on the south coast along with Bigbury on Sea beach opposite. Burgh Island out to sea with its restored evocative 1930's hotel clinging to the edge was the inspiration for Enid Blyton's Kirrin Island as well as a number of Agatha Christie novels! Dogs allowed on the beach Oct- April and then along the far right hand side (west) during the remainder of the year. Beach balls and skimboards etc plus coffees and teas available from the post office cafe back in the village- great estuary view while sipping away on the deck out back. Lunch or supper in the Sloop pub- best to pre book in season

Greenway (12 miles)

Agatha Christie's holiday home nestles on a crook of the River Dart in a beautiful woodland garden that is home to such horticultural treasures as Monterey pines, eucalyptus, China roses, myrtle and Turkey oaks. For a magical experience that's also kind to the environment, travel there by boat. 'Green ways' ferries leave from Dartmouth, Brixham and Torquay. Following a major restoration project, The National Trust has re-opened the house to the public, where quirky collections of memorabillia offer a glimpse into the private life of the well-loved crime writer. For house opening times and an events list, please visit the Web site.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pitty August 2019

Well worth a visit

The setting exquisite. Such lovely views. A walk to the boathouse a must. Trails for the children excellent.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Dr Brown July 2014

The journey to the house by way of the National Trust ferry was enjoyable as was the walk back to Dartmouth along the Dart Valley Trail and ferry (higher or lower will do, the former is cheaper). Unfortunately the house itself was a little disappointing with an over cluttered interior that did not really tell any particular story. There were bits and pieces of interest but overall it seemed as though everything from different times and sources was put in that could be which detracted. The entry to the house is timed but we still felt that it was over-crowded and NT should consider making the house visits guided only. The walled gardens were good with a beautifully restored peach house providing a highlight.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2013

Well worth a visit to this house, an effort to get there as you can't go by car unless you pre-book. It was a nice ride there in the boat but you would need good weather. Lovely spring flowers in the grounds. Cafe/restaurant disappointing as there were no main meal available.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Viv Chandler May 2012

Enjoyed by All

A lovely house in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the River Dart. Good to see the interiors haven't been messed around with and still look as if Agatha and her family have just popped out for a minute. I can see why she loved it so much and the gardens are a delight. Thoroughly enjoyed by all - including a 22 year old male! Well worth a visit but, if arriving by car, don't forget to pre-book a parking space.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Quigg November 2011

A lovely boat ride from Dartmouth, but overall the house was disappointing. A hotch potch interior and hard to believe it was inhabited up until 2004. All furniture pre-dates the turn of the last century. The children did enjoy completing their quiz sheets 'can you find' and I can really recommend the pasties in the coffee takeaway shop (not the main cafe).


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2010

An inspirational place!

This beautiful house set in wonderful surrounding is well worth a visit. It is easy to see why Agatha Christie loved this place and penned a number of her novels here. The surrounding woodlands with views of the River Dart are superb. You can take a ferry from Dartmouth to get to Greenway but we chose to take the foot ferry from Dittisham (another charming little place). I would highly recommend a visit to this lovely area.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2009

Visiting Greenway is a lovely way to spend the day, they also have occasional events so it is worth having a look before you go to see if any take your fancy. If you like gardens, I would recommend visiting Greenway as I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

November 2008

'The Loveliest Place in the World'

Agatha Christie was right to call this the 'loveliest place in the world'. Arriving by ferry is really the best way to see it. A stroll in the pretty woodland gardens followed by some delicious homemade food in the Barn Cafe, rounded off with the return trip on the ferry makes for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

The Turtley Corn Mill (1 ¼ miles)

Completely renovated in 2005, The Turtley Corn Mill is now a peaceful place to read, relax, eat and drink. With a light and airy atmosphere and a daily menu change that features local produce this is a great spot to soak in the idyllic setting of Avonwick.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2008

A completely re-furbished grinding mill. Run by enthusiastic young staff. Very good food. Booking essential at week-ends.

- Peter Reynolds

Bigbury Golf Club (10 miles)

18 fun holes with spectacular views over the coast and out to Burgh Island. Visitors are made welcome and bookings can be made at the pro shop.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Enjoy the Views

Stunning location for a course - never mind how the golf goes, you can just stand back and take in the view!

South Brent Winter Floodlit Carnival (¼ mile)

Taking place on the last Saturday in November each year, this procession is one of the largest in South Devon with larger floats of over 100ft long joining from Bridgewater and Somerset.

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