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Barcroft Manor

Everything you need to get the most out of your stay

Arrival

Where We Are

  • Barcroft Manor
    Gitcombe House Country Cottages
    Cornworthy
    Totnes
    Devon
    TQ9 7HH
  • Please note Barcroft Manor is known locally as Gitcombe House. Please use this name for any deliveries/services during your stay.

Check-in & Check-out

Check-in 4pm
Check-out 9:30am
Check-out for Sundays 10pm
Main contact Emma Banks – 07597 398127

Getting To Us

Directions

Travelling from Exeter:

  1. Continue on the A38 following signs to Plymouth
  2. 23 miles beyond Exeter, leave dual carriageway at Buckfastleigh, signed Dartmouth and Kingsbridge
  3. As you turn left onto the A384 zero your speedo trip meter. It is 10.9 miles from here to Barcroft Manor.
  4. The numbers in ( ) act as way points along route.
  5. Follow signs for Totnes (last petrol station before Barcroft is here)
  6. As you reach Totnes town, turn right at traffic lights (5.4) onto the Kingsbridge Road the A381.
  7.  Follow up hill and go straight over next set of traffic lights
  8. Turn left (6.3) into lanes signed Ashprington, Tuckenhay and Cornworthy.
  9. Turn right (8.1) at blue sign ‘unsuitable heavy vehicles’, also signed Bow Bridge, Tuckenhay and Cornworthy.
  10. Downhill and over small bridge, the Waterman’s Arms pub is in front of you, keep the river to your left.
  11. Through Tuckenhay Vilage, following signs to Cornworthy and Ditisham. You pass another pub, the Maltsters Arms, on your left.
  12. Turn sharp right at top of steep hill (10.1) signed Dartmouth and Tideford.
  13. The entrance to Barcroft Manor is on the right (10.9), look out for our stone pilars (engraved Gitcombe House) either side of the entrance. Follow the driveway downhill for a quarter of a mile until you come to a Georgian house (Barcroft Manor) and the cottages. Mind the speed bump right at the end of the drive!

Check in time is 4pm onwards. If you arrive early, we suggest you stop of at one of the creek side pubs at Tuckenhay or maybe go into Totnes or Dartmouth, if you need to stock up.

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Best postcode to use for sat-nav TQ9 7HH
Nearest train station Totnes (18 minute drive)
Nearest airport Exeter (55 minute drive)
Taxis Brutus Cabs – 07979615349

 

Cooking & Dining

Chef & Catering Services

  • Dineindulge
    A unique & truly special private chef experience brought direct to you. Combining a personal chef hire service with restaurant quality cuisine, Dineindulge is designed to be affordable, accessible & simple to book for anyone
    www.dineindulge.co.uk/kateandtoms
  • Côte at Home
    Get bistro-quality food delivered to your door. From starters, mains and desserts, to picnics, breakfasts and barbecue favourites – the professional chefs at Côte at Home can freshly prepare a wide range of dishes, which you can simply serve up, or pop in the oven or microwave to heat. That means less time spent prepping and cooking, and more time enjoying your holiday!
  • Elaine Day’s Entertaining Food
    With over 20 years of experience, Elaine Day and her team can rustle up a feast for any size of party. Specialities include designer cakes, large corporate events and summer party food.
    www.entertainingfood.com | 07850 416908
  • Post Nosh Creative Cuisine
    Another excellent catering service for weddings and corporate events.
    www.posh-nosh.co.uk | 01392 444877 | info@posh-nosh.co.uk
  • The property owners recommend certain caterers in the local area. To view this list please click here.

Great Places to Eat & Drink

Pubs

  • The Maltsters Arms
    A lovely pub with friendly staff. Sitting on Bow Creek, the pub offers some stunning views of the Devonshire riverscape. Good seafood on offer, as well as some well-kept West Country real ales. Children and dogs are welcome.
    Tuckenhay, Totnes, Devon TQ9 7EH (4 minute drive)
    www.the-maltsters.co.uk | 01803 732350
  • The Waterman’s Arms
    A wonderful 17th century creekside inn. Cosy log fires in the winter, seating on the river in the summer. Traditional pub food cookeed very well, with Devonshire Palmers Ales on tap and some New World wines to choose from
    Bow Bridge, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 7EG (6 minute drive)
    www.thewatermansarms.net | 01803 732214
  • The Steam Packet Inn
    Chic gastropub on the banks of the River Dart and a 5 minute walk away from Totnes, The Steam Packet serves some excellent food and drink. Squashy armchairs inside, wooden terrace seats outside. Good selection of ales and extensive wine list. Perfect pub whatever the weather.
    St Peters Quay, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5EW (22 minute drive)
    www.steampacketinn.co.uk | 01803 863880
  • The Royal Castle Hotel
    Lively bar/pub with a touch of class, featuring a good range of wines. There’s two bars, The Harbour Bar and The Galleon Bar, with the latter serving tasty traditional home-made pub food.
    11 The Quay, Dartmouth TQ6 9PS (18 minute drive)
    www.royalcastle.co.uk | 01803 833033
  • The Floating Bridge Inn
    Quaint pub with lots of character. Serving traditional pub grub and hosting a good selection of real ales from around the area.
    Coombe Road, Dartmouth, TQ6 9PQ (20 minute drive)
    www.thefloatingbridge.co.uk | 01803 832354
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Restaurants

  • Anchorstone Café
    Enjoy tasty seafood dishes and coffees with splendid views of the River Dart.
    Manor Street, Dittisham, Dartmouth, TQ6 0EX (10 minute drive)
    www.anchorstonecafe.co.uk | 01803 722 365
  • The Oyster Shack
    You’d be forgiven for thinking The Oyster Shack was a small café somewhere in the Caribbean. Lots of tasty seafood treats on offer, including some exceptional freshly caught crab.
    Stakes Hill, Kingsbridge TQ7 4BE (26 minute drive)
    www.oystershack.co.uk | 01548 810876
  • The Seahorse Seafood Restaurant
    An amazing family-friendly restaurant which has some excellent sea and shellfish on offer. Winner of the Top Restaurant in the UK at the Observer Food Monthly Awards.
    Staverton, 5 South Embankment, Dartmouth, TQ6 9BH (19 minute drive)
    www.seahorserestaurant.co.uk | 01803 835147
  • Cafe Mumbai
    Wonderful Indian food made from fresh local ingredients.
    100 High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5SN (14 minute drive)
    www.cafe-mumbai.co.uk | 01803 866171
  • The Elephant
    If you fancy a splurge, then travel to The Elephant, a two star Michelin restaurant that serves some stunning cuisine. Head chef Simon Hulstone is one of the UK’s best chefs, having been the UK’s representative at the Bocuse d’Or final and having also been awarded a Roux Scholarship. The menu is seasonal and is comprised of the best fresh, local ingredients. We advise you book a table well in advance as this restaurant is tremendously popular.
    3-4 Beacon Hill, Torquay, Devon TQ1 2BH (45 minute drive)
    www.elephantrestaurant.co.uk | 01803 200044
  • Willow Vegetarian Restaurant
    Cute restaurant full of charm offering a wide array of veggie food hand-prepared fresh.
    87 High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5LW (15 minute drive)
    www.facebook.com | 01803 862605
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Takeaways

  • Rockfish Seafood & Chips
    An award winning restaurant serving some of the best fish and chips we think you’ll ever have.
    8 South Embankment, Dartmouth, TQ6 9BH (19 minute drive)
    www.therockfish.co.uk | 01803 832800
  • Rumour Kitchen & Bar
    We are passionate about maintaining and improving upon our standards, continuing to please both our drinkers and our diners with local beverages and fresh, home-made seasonal food; as well as our renowned friendly, relaxed service. All our staff, from managers to kitchen porters work tirelessly and enthusiastically towards a common goal: for our customers to enjoy a memorable meal with us.
    30 High St, Totnes TQ9 5RY (18 minute drive)
    www.rumourtotnes.com | 01803864682

Shopping for Food

Convenience Stores

  • Blackawton Stores
    Vicarage Rd, Blackawton, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7AY (11 minute drive)
  • Co-op
    Dartmouth TQ6 9BH (15 minute drive)
  • Premier Totnes Store
    39 Fore St, Totnes TQ9 5HN (15 minute drive)
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Supermarkets

  • Sainsbury’s
    Nelson Road, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9AH (14 minute drive)
  • M&S Simply Food
    Mayors Court Mayors Avenue, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9NF (18 minute drive)
  • Morrisons
    Coronation Rd, Totnes TQ9 5GN (15 minute drive)
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Butchers

Wine Merchant

  • The Totnes Wine Co.
    36 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5RY (23 minute drive)
    www.totneswine.com | 01803 866357
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Greengrocers

  • Riverford Farm Shop
    38 High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5RY (23 minute drive)
    www.bensfarmshop.co.uk | 01803 863959
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Bakery & Delicatessen

  • Smith Street Delicatessen
    Smith St, Dartmouth TQ6 9QR (18 minute drive)
    01803833616
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Farmers Market

  • Dartmouth Farmers Market
    Held on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:30am – 3:30pm
    The Old Market, Victoria Rd, Dartmouth TQ6 9SE (18 minute drive)
    www.coastalkitchendevon.com | 07869450695

 

Things to Do

Indoor

Outdoor

  • Golf
    Blackawton, near Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7DE
    www.dgcc.co.uk | 01803 712686
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On the Water

  • Discovery Surf School
    Lower Council Carpark at Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon, TQ7 4AS
    www.discoverysurf.com | 07813 639622
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Walking & Cycling

Pampering

  • Glo Pamper
    For pampering in the comfort of your property. A range of treatments available from a local therapist including massage, pedicure, manicure, etc. To book please use the contact details below and quote ‘kate & toms’. Guests are advised to book well in advance.
    www.glo-pamper.co.uk | 020 7096 0385

For more recommendations on planning your stay please click here! 

Top Places to Visit

Historic Buildings

Stately Homes & Gardens

  • National Trust – Coleton Fishacre
    Brownstone Rd, Kingswear, Dartmouth TQ6 0EQ
    www.nationaltrust.org.uk | 01803842382

Places to See

  • South Devon Beaches
    South Devon is home to some of the UK’s best beaches, with 22 miles of sandy coastline and 20 different beaches to choose from. One of the best is Blackpool Sands, about a 20 minute drive from Barcroft Manor, where there’s a stunning white sand beach and a nice beach café and shop. If you fancy travelling a bit further to Torquay then there are an abundance of idyllic bays, such as Torre Abbey Sands and the sandy-shale beaches around the red-clay Babbacombe Beach – a place where the locals go to escape the throngs of tourists.
  • Tourquay
    Torquay – or the ‘English Riviera’ as it’s fondly known as – is a paradise town of palm trees, steep hills, and plentiful beaches. Weather permitting, you can enjoy a leisurely walk along the pier and promenade, ice cream in hand, and wander up the magnificent Royal Terrace Gardens, where stunning views of the harbour await. Or you can do a spot of retail therapy and visit one of Torquay’s many independent and chain shops.
  • Datmouth
    Dartmouth is a little quieter and smaller than Torquay, but it is still just as pleasant. The town is fast becoming a fashionable destination, with lots of boutique shops and quality eateries popping up in the last few years. However glamorous Dartmouth is becoming, the fishing industry still beats on here, and you can sit idly by watching the boats come in and deliver fresh fish to the restaurants lining the water’s edge. Culinary highlights include Seahorse (Tel: 01803 835147) and Rockfish (Tel: 01803 832800). To burn off your fish lunch, be sure to walk up to the gigantic Britannia Naval College, a stunning building which overlooks the town.
  • Totnes
    Totnes prides itself on being different. Since 2006, the town has made every effort to wean itself from a dependence of peak oil, climate destruction and economic instability. As a result, it has its own local currency – the ‘Totnes Pound’ – and makes every attempt at creating a strong localised community. There are lots of lovely shops here, and almost all are independent; you will find antique books, bespoke furniture, fine art, handmade shoes and market goods. Eateries are excellent, too, with Riverford Field Kitchen (Tel: 01803 762074) coming up trumps and Willow (Tel: 01803 862605) serving the best vegetarian food around.

Events & Festivals

Top Things to Do for Children

Indoor

  • iBounce Trampoline Park
    33 Marsh Green Rd W, Marsh Barton, Exeter EX2 8PN
    www.i-bounce.co.uk | 01392537333

Outdoor

  • Woodlands Family Theme Park
    Woodlands Leisure Park A3122, Totnes TQ9 7DQ
    www.woodlandspark.com | 01803712598

 

Useful Information

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

  • Sleeps up to 19 adults and 2 children
  • 10 bedrooms
  • 3 en-suite, 1 family bathroom, 2 shower rooms

 

  • BARCROFT MANOR
  • Sleeps up to 13
  • 6 bedrooms
  • 1 en-suite, 1 family bathroom, 1 shower room
Bedrooms Sleeps Beds Features
Bedroom 1 2 Super King En-suite
Bedroom 2 3 Super King or Twin + Single
Bedroom 3 2 Super King or Twin
Bedroom 4 2 Super King
Bedroom 5 2 King
Bedroom 6 3 Twin Ground floor
  • GARDEN HOUSE
  • Sleeps up to 6 adults and 2 children
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 en-suite, 1 shower room
  • Available at an additional fee
Bedrooms Sleeps Beds Features
Bedroom 1 2 Super King En-suite
Bedroom 2 2 Double En-suite
Bedroom 3 2 Twin
Bedroom 4 2 Cabin bunks Suitable for children only
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Cooking and Dining

  • Manor dining table seats 14 guests comfortably, kitchen table seats 8 guests comfortably
  • Garden House dining table seats 8 guests comfortably
  • Aga, electric oven and electric hob in Manor
  • Electric oven and hob in Garden House
  • American style fridge freezer in both properties
  • Dishwasher in both properties
  • Microwave & toaster in both properties
  • Cafetiere in Manor
  • Nespresso machine in Garden House – pods not provided
  • Coal BBQ at each property – coal not provided
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Children Welcome

  • Games for children
  • 2 wooden cots available in the Manor – linen not provided
  • 2 travel cots available in the Garden House – linen not provided
  • 2 high chairs available per property
  • Stair gate available per property
  • Adventure playground – please note that this is a shared facility
  • Outdoor swimming pool is fenced
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Accessibility Barcroft Manor

  • 1 Ground floor bedroom available
  • Ground floor shower room, 1 small step into shower
  • Ground floor WC
  • Ground floor is accessible for wheelchairs
  • Step free access into property
  • Step free access throughout ground floor
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Accessibility Garden House

  • All bedrooms located on lower floors
  • Ground floor WC
  • 5 Steps into property
  • Step access throughout ground floor
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Inside

  • TV in lounge at each property, TV in Snug in Manor
  • Freeview
  • Blu-Ray DVD Player in Manor
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bose sound system in Manor
  • Board games
  • Selection of books
  • Open fireplace in both properties – logs provided
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Outside

  • Views over the estate
  • Enclosed front and rear gardens to each property
  • Outside tables and chairs on terrace at both properties, seating 12 at Manor, seating 8 at Garden House
  • Secret sun deck and private path to indoor pool at Garden House
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Shared Estate Facilities

  • Heated indoor swimming pool (open 8am-8pm all year)
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool (open 10am-8pm from late May until early September)
  • Sauna and steam room
  • Hot Tub
  • All weather tennis court with basketball net
  • Games room
  • Children’s soft play room
  • Adventure playground
  • Sun bathing terrace
  • Boules court
  • 14 acres of gardens
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House Restrictions

  • Sorry, not suitable for hen or stag parties
  • Sorry, not suitable for pets
  • Sorry, no fireworks
  • Strict noise policy in place
  • Additional day guests permitted by pre-authorisation only – please note that a fee may be applicable
  • There are other properties located on the estate which may be let separately during your stay, each property has it’s own private access and gardens
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What’s Included

  • Arrival gift
  • Linen, towels and essentials
  • Use of washing machine & tumble dryer
  • Hairdryers in all bedrooms
  • Please bring your own pool and hot tub towels
  • Additional housekeeping available at additional fee
  • Two EV Chargers – available at an additional fee

 

Swimming Pool Use

  • We hope you’ll enjoy using the swimming pool. We want to make sure it is as safe as possible for everyone, so we ask all guests to ensure that the following guidelines are respected. These guidelines are designed to meet basic health and safety regulations, so ensure that all members of your party have read the rules regarding the use of the pool.
  • Please Note: This is a shared facility
  1. Swimming costumes are obligatory and you will need to bring your own towels unless otherwise stated.
  2. You must shower before entering the swimming pool to remove any skin oils, make-up, hair products etc.
  3. Outdoor shoes and coats must be taken off around the pool area.
  4. No alcohol or smoking is allowed in the swimming pool.
  5. Do not bring any form of glass into the pool area.
  6. Do not bring in any electrical equipment into the swimming pool area where you could be in contact with water.
  7. Children must be supervised in and around the swimming pool and must not use it without an adult present.
  8. For outdoor pools, please keep noise levels to an acceptable level – please be mindful that there are neighbouring properties in close proximity.
  9. It is safer and more enjoyable to use the pool with another person. We advise against using the pool alone without a member of your group knowing of your whereabouts.
  10. Please note you must not use the swimming pool if you are suffering from an infectious disease or you have an open wound or sore that cannot be covered by a waterproof plaster.
  11. You must not use the swimming pool within 48 hours of suffering any stomach illness.

 

Noise Policy

  • The house is set in private grounds but we do have neighbours whose needs we respect – and who are used to enjoying a peaceful, tranquil environment in this lovely location. We therefore ask all our guests to show consideration to the environment and our neighbours in all matters, and especially with regard to noise.To help ensure everyone’s holiday goes well, we ask you to respect the following noise rules:
  1. After 9pm and before 9am please use the terraces and gardens around the house as quiet areas.
  2. Please do not take radios, CD players or other sources of music outside the house.
  3. Please do not turn up music within the property to provide music outside.
  4. Please limit any loud music playing inside the house so it cannot be heard outside.
  5. Please show consideration for our neighbours in the early morning and late evening.
  6. If you are having any deliveries or ordering taxis please ensure they have clear directions.
  • The vast majority of our guests will of course behave with great consideration to our neighbours and would never intend to offend but observing our noise policy will remove any potential for the harmonious environment to be disturbed.

Hot Tub Use

  • We hope you’ll enjoy using the hot tub. We want to make sure it is as safe as possible for everyone, so we ask all guests to ensure that the following guidelines are respected. These guidelines are designed to meet basic health and safety regulations, so ensure that all members of your party have read the rules regarding the use of the hot tub.
  1. Swimming costumes are obligatory and you will need to bring your own towels unless otherwise stated as included
  2. You must shower before entering the hot tub to remove any skin oils, make-up, hair products etc. This is vital to ensure a clean and healthy hot tub. If this rule is abused the hot tub may need to be closed for several days so that the water can be thoroughly refreshed.
  3. Outdoor shoes and coats must be taken off around the hot tub area.
  4. No alcohol or smoking is allowed in the hot tub.
  5. Do not bring any form of glass into the hot tub area.
  6. Do not bring in any electrical equipment into the hot tub area where you could be in contact with water.
  7. Do not over-occupy the hot tub as this will lead to water spillage and will cause the hot tub to stop working. This is because the filter needs to be covered with water to work.
  8. Children must be supervised in and around the hot tub and must not use it without an adult present. Some children can overheat; please seek medical advice if this occurs.
  9. Please keep noise levels to an acceptable level. The hot tub is a place of peace and relaxation – be mindful that there are neighbouring properties in close proximity.
  10. It is safer and more enjoyable to use the hot tub with another person. We advise against using the hot tub alone without a member of your group knowing of your whereabouts.
  11. On leaving the hot tub please switch off all jets and lights and make sure that the hot tub is sealed with the cover provided.
  12. Please note you must not use the hot tub if you are suffering from an infectious disease or you have an open wound or sore that cannot be covered by a waterproof plaster.
  13. You must not use the hot tub within 48 hours of suffering any stomach illness.
  14. Certain medical conditions can be affected by the hot tub, particularly those involving extremes of temperature. You are advised to consult your doctor if you are pregnant, or suffer from any of the following: heart disease; circulatory problems; high or low blood pressure; diabetes; or any other condition that affects your body’s ability to react to heat.
  15. Prevent taking any medication which may affect your circulation or your ability to react to heat.

 

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