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South Allington House

South Allington House Chivelstone, Kingsbridge TQ7 2NB England
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Come and enjoy the tranquility and beautiful setting of South Allington House for the perfect rural getaway. Nestled in a picturesque secluded valley minutes from the beach, the magnificent Georgian house offers bed and breakfast en-suite rooms, and self-catering barn conversions, within vast grounds. There is ample parking and you are free to use the grounds, including croquet, tennis court and coarse fishing. Devon cream teas with homemade scones and jam are served on the lawn in the summer.
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Melissa wrote a review Jul 2020
London, United Kingdom110 contributions51 helpful votes
V well set up campsite. Good management of facilities for COVID - bathrooms/showers frequently cleaned and always tidy. Outlook v attractive - surrounded by fields with sheep and cows. Internet connection poor in some areas of the site but in many ways this made us chill out. Dartmouth and Salcombe both about 30mins away. Narrow lanes to get to the campsite - this ensured it was peaceful.

Would definitely recommend.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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mamabisagenius wrote a review Sept 2022
47 contributions56 helpful votes
Very comfortable, clean and well kitted out for a large group.
Managed to sit 13 of us round the kitchen table for breakfast with enough crockery etc for everyone.
Comfortable beds and classy bedding/towels too.
Grounds are beautiful and Tesco delivered to back door- bonus!!!
Word of warning - satnav not best way from A38- too many narrow lanes, we went back via Kingsbridge which was much better....
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frances W wrote a review Jun 2012
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom83 contributions49 helpful votes
We stayed at South Allington House in the Coach house the accomodation was spotless and very well equipped. The cooker was very clean so did not mind doing cooking. It is a place where you get a peaceful nights sleep after a long day exploring. The grounds are really lovely and you can walk wherever you want to, it is a wonderful place to relax and read or just enjoy the view especially by the lake. You can also fish the lake which pleased my husband. Cream teas or cake and tea are served in the afternoon and are very good. The hosts are very helpful and friendly. Lovely small beach a mile away called Lannacombe, also easy to get to Salcombe and Dartmouth as well. Fantastic little bakery in Frogmore, great for supplies.
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Date of stay: May 2012
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ali-loungepants wrote a review Sept 2021
Hereford, United Kingdom41 contributions30 helpful votes
After being couped up for the last 18 months, (thanks covid!), I decided this looked like the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, and enjoy some outdoor living for a few days. I under estimated Devons winding, narrow country lanes! Be prepared to meet large farming vehicles too! So if you’re not a particularly brave driver, this place isn’t for you. It’s quite a way from Kingsbridge town centre, so be prepared to travel. But I will say, the beautiful surroundings kind of make the distance worth it.
It’s very quiet, and the site really is very pretty. It has everything going for it. Sadly, the shower blocks really let it down. They’re dark and dingy, and look grubby. The men’s especially. I strongly suggest flip flops or sliders to be worn. I also found it very strange, that no one came to check or greet us. Upon arrival, there is a sign on the door of the Manor House, “campers go to the kitchen door”, this was the first of many “signs”. For a small site, it lacked the personal touch, and wasn’t very welcoming. Perhaps if we stayed in the manor house it’s self, we would have actually met the owner! Also, if you’ve never been to Devon before, make sure you do your homework first, as there is no information available at the site to tell you where anything is. We enjoyed our break, but for me, had I have known about the shower block, it would have been a deal breaker.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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WeasB wrote a review Jun 2012
Bristol, United Kingdom166 contributions104 helpful votes
My wife booked this by chance while looking for somewhere within easy range of Overbecks (fascinating National Trust property with an absorbing and unusual museum, and a tropical garden with great views).

The B and B is in a magnificent Victorian house, with a sweeping drive and five lovely bedrooms - other parts of the house and outbuildings are now given over to self-catering. We stayed in Room 2 - four-poster bed, very spacious, lovely views, good-sized ensuite, There was also a large comfortable lounge for guests downstairs.

Breakfast was excellent, and served by the genial owner (Edward) who tipped us off about some local sites of interest - South Hallsands (about five miles away) was fascinating both for the New England-style architecture and the story of the Lost Village. Slapton Sands were interesting too, and we had a lovely walk going westwards from Start Point.
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Date of stay: June 2012
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Room Tip: I'd recommend our room (Room 2) but they all looked excellent.
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Jooles54 wrote a review Sept 2011
Algarve3 contributions3 helpful votes
Our family had booked 'The Laurels' and 'the Coach House' for a surprise party for my parents 60th anniversary. Edward and Barbara were marvellous, even though at times we were fairly loud as for two days there were 22 of us!
Each of the accomodations were wonderful,exceptionally clean and kitted out with everything we needed and all to the highest standard.
The gardens and surroundings were beautiful and very well maintained.
Lannacombe beach is close by, though parking is limited and the lane down to it is very narrow. Well worth the trip though!
All in all, it couldnt have been better, and would recommended South Allington to anyone looking for a break away from it all.
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Date of stay: September 2011
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PjameS1993 wrote a review Aug 2013
4 contributions12 helpful votes
After following signs for cream teas, we were welcomed by an imposing house and lovely grounds. Hopeful, we went inside to order cream teas which is where the disappointment began. There were no signs to where we ordered. We saw what looked like a kitchen and had to knock the door and walk through to a dingy kitchen - where a young lady was folding washing on the surfaces. Once finally ordered we went to sit in the lovely gardens and were greeted by a swarm of wasps and warned by other guests it was to get worse and were advised to sit inside. We walked through an old smelly sitting room to a drab breakfast room where we sat. The cream teas were served on a tray, with plates and cups piled up for us to serve ourselves. The 'clotted' cream was more like pouring cream and the tea was weak. Scones were ok, if a little small. Think the place needs a lot of TLC and something to draw the customers in. Real shame.
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Date of stay: August 2013
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Response from barneyKingsbridge, Owner at South Allington House
Responded 8 Apr 2014
Dear PjameS1993 Thank you for your review, although we are obviously disappointed in your comments. We would like to take a minute to address your points below, and hopefully assure you that we are always working on how we could improve. Regarding the lack of signs, most visitors arrive and ring the bell (that is signed) on our large front door, or, alternatively, enter the front door and make their way to the kitchen. That kitchen is our private family kitchen, and is a large farmhouse kitchen that is of the utmost cleanliness, and where we undertake the vast majority of the work for our business. As for the sitting room, it is an 'old room' (being in a Grade II listed building) but it is not 'smelly' - we pride ourselves on our cleanliness and hygiene standards. The 'drab' breakfast room is in fact our popular dining room, which is bright and airy, with very large windows and period antique furniture. The clotted cream we use is Langage Farm clotted cream, which can possibly vary a little in consistency, but never fails to deliver on taste. Our jam is homemade and plentiful and we have received many compliments. If you found your tea too weak for your taste, if you had mentioned it at the time, we would have happily rectified the issue for you. Sadly, wasps are a part of the British summer, and, although we always put many wasp catchers out in our grounds, it is impossible to avoid them altogether. The house has undergone renovations during the winter to keep it up-to-date and, due to the size of the place, there is a constant rolling schedule of work undertaken.
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tracyallen wrote a review Oct 2010
Romsey, United Kingdom23 contributions20 helpful votes
Stayed at South Allington House for 2 nights, the accommodation has been refurbished beautifully and the proeprty was very clean. This is a great place to stay for some long walks with an amazing little beach at Lannacombe. Well worth a trip into Kingsbridge to the Famers Market, where you can look round all the lovely shops in the town also. Thoroughly enjoyed this short break and would definitely recommend South Allington House.
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Date of stay: October 2010
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ND4321 wrote a review Jun 2009
Herts, UK51 contributions159 helpful votes
I've been visiting South Allington House since the early 1990s and it is one of my favourite destinations - certainly my favourite B&B. There are also some self-catering facilities that look rather good.

The rooms are spotlessly clean, breakfast is lovely, Barbara & Edward and their staff are so nice. Sometimes if busy you may share a table at breakfast with other guests.

The house is amazingly tranquil with a pretty garden and nice grounds. Kingsbridge is the nearest town, Salcombe with its beaches isn’t far, and there are plenty of interesting places to visit in all weathers nearby. It’s great for walking and exploring south Devon.

Only four stars for the location? I tried hard to find fault. I don’t like or particularly trust five star reviews across the board. The lanes leading to South Allington are tiny – be prepared to squeeze through some gaps and do some reversing into passing bays; it’s also a few minutes’ drive to the nearest place to get evening food. Just a contrast to the built-up suburbia I’m used to. I wondered if the rooms were 4 or 5 stars but just thinking about them made me want to go back, so must be 5 stars.

Worth a visit just for the cream tea even if you’re not staying!
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Date of stay: May 2009
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Mark L wrote a review Jun 2019
Motril, Spain1,038 contribution561 helpful votes
This is a nice little (or actually quite grand) place. A friendly reception and spotlessly clean and comfortable room. The location is also fabulous, set in some stunning countryside and with grounds in which you can relax in the sunshine.

The room was very dated, though. I don't actually think this is a problem but the wallpaper in Room 4 does need some attention. And it would be good to have all the information for the room in one place rather than lots of little notices about hot water, WiFi password etc. stuck up all over the place.

That all said, I would have no hesitation in returning.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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mamabisagenius wrote a tip Sept 2022
47 contributions56 helpful votes
"Follow signposts not satnav "
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Lois G wrote a tip Oct 2015
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"All rooms are very comfortable"
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tazzy068 wrote a tip Sept 2014
Exeter, United Kingdom11 contributions8 helpful votes
"did not stay in hotel, only camped."
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Lois G wrote a tip Apr 2014
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"All rooms are well appointed and comfortable. I phoned up South Allington House when I was planning the trip to organise which room would be suitable for the different families coming and they couldn't have been more helpful in their advice."
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Llew6019 wrote a tip Sept 2013
London, United Kingdom3 contributions3 helpful votes
"Try camping"
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Frequently Asked Questions about South Allington House
Which popular attractions are close to South Allington House?
Nearby attractions include Salcombe Distilling Company (3.2 miles), Salcombe to Bolt Head Walk (3.9 miles), and Start Point Lighthouse (2.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at South Allington House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at South Allington House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at South Allington House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to South Allington House?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Braai Guy, Twenty Seven, and Crab Shed Salcombe.
Are there any historical sites close to South Allington House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Overbecks Garden (4.0 miles), Kingsbridge Quay (4.8 miles), and Exercise Tiger Memorial (3.0 miles).