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“Perfect location for young children”
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'Foll Rise' Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon.  'The Garden Apartment' Right Ground Floor.
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'Foll Rise' Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon.  'The Garden Apartment' Right Ground Floor.
Large landscaped garden a blaze of colour from Spring to Autumn. Ideal for children to play in. Breath taking uninterrupted view of  acres of safe sandy Beach and Coastline from 'Folly Rise'.
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'Foll Rise' Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon.  'The Garden Apartment' Right Ground Floor.
Large landscaped garden a blaze of colour from Spring to Autumn. Ideal for children to play in.
Breath taking uninterrupted view of  acres of safe sandy Beach and Coastline from 'Folly Rise'.
View of Folly Rise and The Garden Apartment from National Trust property, Clematon Hill opposite.
View of Burgh Island
Pilchard Inn c1336 on Burgh Island
Apartment's Own private terrace leading out to large secure garden with path to beach just 3 mi
Living Room
Dining Area
Homemade Devonshire Cream Tea/Bottle of wine and goodie bags for children.
Seaviews from master bedroom
Garden views from twin room
Burgh Island Hotel
Acres of uncrowded, safe sandy beach.
Sun down behind Burgh Island
Looking West along the Coast
Endless beautiful sunsets and sunrises.
The Sea Tractor leaving mainland for Burgh Island with the tide coming in.
Our Guests hurrying back from the Island before the waters meet.
Early morning walk , just the two of us.
Front row seat for Burgh Island Fireworks.
Moonlight on Bigbury Bay from the Garden Apartment.
Acres of safe sandy beach just 3 mins walk through the garden at 'Folly Rise'.
Rainbow over Bigbury-on-Sea.
Thatched boathouse up the tidal Avon Estuary opposite ' Folly Rise' by Guest Stephen Entwi
Something to celebrate.  Enjoy our compimentary bottle of wine.
The evocative Avon Estuary 'Stakes Road' accessable at low tide, with its myriad wildlife.
Sedgewell Sands at low tide. Just 3 mins across from The Garden Apartment.
Guests Mark & Cheryl off to wine,dine and dance at 'Burgh Island Hotel'
Our young Guests Mark & Cheryl enjoying their romantic evening on Burgh Island.
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Condo/Apartment -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon, England

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Chris H
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect location for young children”
Reviewed 3 August 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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We had a lovely week in the Garden Apartment and Gill was a wonderful host going out of her way to provide advice and assistance including catering for our complex needs with regard to food allergies. The apartment is spacious and really close to the beach, literally a few minutes walk (even at two-yr old walking pace) yet the elevation up the steps allows for great views over the bay when enjoying a drink on the terrace in the evening. Gill has recorded some helpful videos posted on the property website so you can see the exact layout before you arrive. The facilities were all spotless and well-maintained.

The local area is beautiful. The beach is gently sloping which seems to help keep the water relatively warm and give plenty of space to play at low tide. Our boys (2.5 & 4.5) loved the ability to walk over to Burgh Island at low tide or get the sea-tractor at high. The Beach View Cafe is a very handy place to walk for a nice meal nearby. Booking is recommended. Other dining locations are a bit of a drive away.

The weather was very nice while we were there. We built up plenty of beach hours and on the few mornings it was cloudy or inclement we took the opportunity to visit some of the other local attractions. There is a good selection of zoos, aquariums and similar within an hour or so drive to entertain children. We particularly liked Paignton zoo.

We hope to return in years to come.

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Liked best: Easy access to a lovely beach
Liked least: Local driving is a bit nerve-wracking if you have a wide car!
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
12 Aug 2014
We are so pleased this delightful family enjoyed the simple pleasures a typical family beach holiday offers. There are certainly so many attractions locally for Visitors to visit, many of our guests return year after year, finding something different each time. We look forward to welcoming Cat, Chris and family in the future. We agree we are indeed blessed with the "Bay View Café and Bistro" just a 5 minutes walk away!
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51Kathryn
Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful!”
Reviewed 19 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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We had a fantastic time in Bigbury on Sea staying at the Garden Apartment. Gill was a wonderful host and was extremely helpful, offering good advice about the local area. The apartment was very clean, spacious and much closer to the beach than we expected, just a short walk down a "secret passage."

The beach was perfect for our 3 kids age 3, 5 and very close to 7! (He is watching me write this)

Thank you Gill for making our holiday so memorable.

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Liked best: Proximity to beach
Travelling group: Young Children
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Management Response
31 Jul 2014
It was a pleasure to welcome this super family with their 3 delightful children. It was a source of joy to see them off to the beach each day, with all the necessary paraphernalia, returning home to a BBQ on the terrace, ably cooked by their Father! Each morning they had their breakfast, always a healthy option both parents being in the medical profession, al fresco over looking the sea and coastline beyond. We hope to seem them again.
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JessB193
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent Apartment with Stunning Views”
Reviewed 9 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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We have just spent a wonderful week at the Garden Apartment in Bigbury-on-Sea and would recommend it to everybody looking for a great base in Devon.

We were visiting for a family wedding and Gill was a fantastic owner, helpful, patient and very accommodating with all the comings and goings of family and friends during the week. Nothing was too much trouble and everybody welcomed.

We arrived after a long drive from essex to a fantastic homemade cream tea and bottle of wine to enjoy in the beautiful garden with a spectacular view of the sea. We found the apartment well equipped for all our needs including wifi and a full gas bottle for the barbeque which was put to good use.

The apartment is within easy walking distance of the beach, Bay View café and Burgh Island. Salcombe, Totnes, Plymouth and Modbury are all short drives away. We found that the convenient location makes the apartment a great place for exploring Devon and then returning to relax in the garden with wonderful sea views.

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Liked best: Sea Views
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
19 Jun 2014
We had the pleasure of welcoming the Bride's Sister & Brother-in-Law and and also prior to the Wedding ceremony, the future Bride and Bridegroom. We were delighted to join in the excitement surrounding the wedding and to hear all the news of the Hog Roast held at the nearby farm where the friends of the Bride & Groom enjoyed a fabulous week-end camping and joining in the celebrations of the happy couple,their family and friends. A good time was had by all and will no doubt bring back many happy memories in the years to come. We wish them every happiness. Gill.
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scarsdale...
Derby
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lovely stay in Bigbury on sea”
Reviewed 1 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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Thank you Gill for letting us stay in your lovely appartment. We had a great time with our almost 5 year old grandson. He had a ball, we went on the beach every day, our grandson sporting a wetsuit that Gill kindly let him use. There is so much to do In the area, we could have stayed another week and not been bored. We loved the accommodation and the gardens. We barbecued twice and had a fish and chip supper from the local chippy van which was freshly cooked and beautiful.
We ordered a food delivery from Tesco which Gill put away for us. We thoroughly enjoyed our cream tea on arrival, thanks!
We were a little cold at the end of the day and Gill was only to happy to put the central heating on which warmed us up nicely.

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Liked best: The location, the hospitality from Gill, the peace and quiet.
Liked least: The twin tub, the electric meter.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
2 Jun 2014
It was a lovely surprise to have Jane, Husband, Daughter and super Grandson Leo return after 4 years, especially as they say they never go back to the same place twice! It was a joy to see Leo dashing off down our 'secret' path to the beach in his wet suit,complete with bucket, spade and pink fishing net. I did apologise for the colour, but he said he didn't mind! He's lucky to have such ffantastic Grandparents! It was nice that Jane's sister and family were staying at the Henley Hotel just up the road and were able to join them for a BBQ on the Apartment Terrace. Dare we hope they might come for a 3rd time - let's hope so!! Gill.
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Sheelagh...
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Unspoilt jewel, one not to missed”
Reviewed 16 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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What a truly wonderful area of England. Our hostess Gill made us feel right at home & couldn't do enough for us.
The accommodation was spacious & well appointed, & the large garden an added bonus.
The beach is a 5 min stroll away & Burgh Island on your doorstep.
Great game of golf on nearby Bigbury,
Local farm shop, meat excellent value
A fantastic week and we can't wait to come back.

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Liked best: Gill, she is wonderful
Liked least: Nothing, all was great
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
19 May 2014
What charming Guests and being keen golfers were spoilt for choice with some 4 courses nearby. We're still looking for one of John's golf balls in the garden! It was very gratifying that when leaving they enquired about vacancies in 2015, as they would love to bring their two young Grandsons on holiday here in Bigbury. We look forward to welcoming the next generation!
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Newbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 April 2014 for a stay in July 2013
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person found this review helpful

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Liked best: Personal welcome and location
Liked least: time taken to wash clothes
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
14 Apr 2014
It's given us great pleasure to see how the two super boys have grown over the past 3 years. Their pleasure in what the beach has to offer is always a joy to see. At their age they seem to delight in hours on the beach discovering the most amazing treasures - all of which they generously share with me! Their parents are amazing, showing such patience and commitment to giving them the best two weeks holiday ever.
We look forward to having the Chesters back this Summer for their 4th year.Gill.
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AWandJA
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Amazing Views and Location, Superb Host and Very Relaxing”
Reviewed 31 March 2014 for a stay in August 2013

The appartment is in an excellent location with a two minute walk down to a lovely beach. The views from the windows and garden are wonderful and make you really feel like you are on holiday. Gill provides a lovely welcome on arrival and is always very helpful throughout the stay. The beach is great for everyone with sand and rockpools and the causeway across to the island provides fun for all. The appartment is clean and snuggly. We always look forward to returning here for our holidays.

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Liked best: views and walk to beach
Liked least: Nothing comes to mind.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
8 Apr 2014
We've had the pleasure of welcoming this lovely family for the last 2 years. It's always a surprise to see how the delightful children have grown since last year. We'll see them back for their 3rd year in their usual slot in August.
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