Studio Cottage, Devon


Traditional charm meets creative style at this 2-bed coastal cottage near Dartmouth (sleeps 4)

2 Bedrooms

4 Bathrooms

Child friendly

Close to a beach

Dog friendly

Eco conscious


Private garden

Walk to a pub

Walk to a shop



Space & setting.

In the heart of a pretty clifftop village on the spectacular S Devon coast, this 2-bed cottage has been many things across the centuries: a barn, a boat workshop, a home, and at one point an artist’s studio. Now owned by a writer, it’s easy to see why this unique retreat sparks the creative imagination. Upon entering, you’re instantly wowed by a glorious open-plan living space, stripped back to the rafters with 2 sets of French doors bringing a sea view right in. Skylights drench the room in sunshine, and the fresh, natural palette, textured linens and sheepskin accents strike that perfect balance between calm and cosy.

As for the location, even Kirsty and Phil couldn’t have done better. Everything you could possibly want from a S Devon escape is on the doorstep, from brilliant local pubs and maritime towns to clifftop walks and secret coves. Best of all, Blackpool Sands – one of Devon’s most beautiful beaches – is an easy stroll away.

Getting here: drive, or train to Totnes then taxi (25 mins)

“I’ve loved S Devon my whole life, and long dreamed of a place there to escape to and write. A few years ago – during one of my regular property app scrolls – I spotted a perfect cottage, but it just wasn’t the right time to take the plunge so, sadly, I had to let it sell to someone else. Three years later, the planets aligned for me to buy, and I started the search for a cottage that could match ‘the one that got away’. Imagine my surprise when I spotted a familiar listing: incredibly, the cottage was back on the market, and from the minute I walked through the door I knew it was meant to be. It needed a fair bit of love, but I brought it back to life with the help of my brilliant mum. I hope that the cottage is as restful, joyful, and inspiring for my guests as it is for me.” Owner, Philippa

My Kip favourites

She loves
“Sitting at the kitchen table – the sunniest spot in the cottage, and my favourite place to write. I throw open the French doors to watch the sun rise over the sea, or sip a coffee after a morning swim down at the beach.”

We love
The original artwork by local artists, including an abstract seascape by Belinda Reynell, and the quirky ceramic dodos taking flight across the wall by Mark Haillay.


You may not love
The next-door neighbours have a right of access across the courtyard. Parking is a 3-min walk away.

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  • "A beautiful cottage in a perfect location! The village has a great little shop (with freshly baked items in the morning), a great restaurant and pub, but best of all, is in walking distance to a great beach at Blackpool Sands via a beautiful little coastal walk. Location is also perfect for exploring Dartmouth, Totnes and Kingsbridge. The cottage is beautifully decorated and very well equipped. The kitchen has everything you could possibly need, there is a great selection of books and games and a sea view from the kitchen table! The beds are incredibly comfy with great quality linens, plus the towels are super fluffy! We slept so well here."

    Jodi, Aug 2021


“Green electricity and locally made furnishings keep our carbon footprint low, and furniture is sustainably made, upcycled, or second-hand where possible. We supply vegan toiletries for guests (with biodegradable packaging) and compostable coffee pods.”


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  • There’s no better start to the day than a swim at Blackpool Sands, followed by coffee and a breakfast roll from the Venus Beach Café.
  • For a day of true beachy seclusion, keep following the path from Blackpool Sands to Landcombe Cove: a ‘secret’ beach only accessible on foot or by boat.
  • The Green Dragon is a cracking local, with a fantastic beer garden, live music nights, great food, roaring fires in the colder months, even its own gin. Or walk to Radius 7, a chic bar/restaurant specialising in local produce (all sourced within a 7-mile radius of the village).
  • The cottage is right on the South West Coastal Path, meaning spectacular walks right from the front door. Head to the maritime town of Dartmouth via country lanes and woodland, with non-stop stunning clifftop vistas. Bring your swimmers for a dip at Sugary Cove along the way.
  • Take a ferry from Dartmouth to Greenway, Agatha Christie’s summer home on the banks of the river Dart. Then ring the bell on the Greenway quay to call a water taxi to take you across to pretty Dittisham for a pint in the Ferry Boat Inn.
  • Back in Dartmouth, Andria is S Devon’s hottest new restaurant, recently awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
  • Learn to surf at Bantham Beach. The unusual topography means that experienced surfers can catch the larger waves at the mouth of the river Avon, while beginners can cut their teeth on the gentle surf that rolls in like clockwork across the sand.
  • Visit Burgh Island with its famous Art Deco hotel, beloved by The Beatles. At low tide the island can be reached on foot, but at high tide you’ll need to catch Devon’s most eccentric mode of public transport: a Sea Tractor. The island’s pub is a 13thC smugglers haunt.
  • Wine lovers can wander deep into Blackpool Valley straight from the cottage, for a private wine tasting at the rather magical Michael Sutton’s Wine Cellar.


  • A traditional cottage in the heart of Stoke Fleming
  • Open-plan living space on the upper floor; bedrooms and bathrooms on the lower floor
  • Double bedroom with ensuite shower room
  • Super king or twin second bedroom
  • Family bathroom with shower/tub; toiletries provided
  • Travel cot and highchair to borrow
  • Well-equipped kitchen including a Nespresso coffee machine and washing machine
  • Basic supplies and a welcome hamper. A ‘full fridge’ service is available on request
  • Dining table
  • Cosy living area with a woodburner, smart TV (with Amazon Firestick) and a curated library
  • Workspace — Herman Miller sit-stand desk, ergonomic chair, 4k monitor and state-of-the-art webcam
  • Board games plus a few toys for kids
  • Courtyard garden with bistro table
  • Super-fast broadband (200 mb/s) and excellent phone reception
  • Well-behaved dogs welcome (extra cost)
  • Walk to shops, pubs and a restaurant
  • Walk to Blackpool Sands (15 mins)
  • Parking for 1 car, a 3-minute walk away. Additional free parking in the village
  • Local caretaker
  • Booking conditions: generally a 3-night min stay, but a 7-night min stay during July and August, with Saturday changeovers
  • Remember to pack: beach towels and walking boots

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30% deposit, with the balance due 7 days prior to stay.
Cancellations permitted 8+ days prior to stay, with deposit refunded minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 7 days of stay.


The cottage has a car parking permit for one car at the local Stoke Lodge Hotel, just a 3-minute walk from the cottage. Additional free parking is available in the village.

Yes but please note that pets are not allowed in bedrooms or on furniture, and a small surcharge of £30 applies. Do also note that our courtyard is not fully “secure”, and dogs should be supervised at all times when outside. We recommend Dartmouth Canine Care for any dog-walking or dog-sitting that you might need while you’re staying.

Yes, absolutely. There’s super-fast broadband (at over 200 megabits per second), as well as 2 state-of-the art workspace set-ups in different parts of the cottage. All you need to do is bring your laptop.

Yes. The cottage is suitable for a family of up to 4 plus an infant. A travel cot can be provided on request and the second bedroom can be set up as a twin room.

Please note that the cottage has quite steep internal stairs and does not have stair gates, so small children should be supervised at all times.

Due to the period nature of the property we regret that the cottage is not currently suitable for guests with additional physical access needs.

The nearest airport is in Exeter, about an hour’s drive away. Car rental services are available at the airport. The nearest train station is in Totnes, about a 30-minute drive away. Taxis are available from Totnes station. Once in Stoke Fleming, you can walk to the beach, shops and pubs.

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