Like discovering hidden treasure, we thought, as we drove down the mile long, private drive. Eventually we turned a corner, saw the sea and then ahead of us a delightful barn conversion. According to the owners it was originally the piggery, but you'd never know. How they have transformed the place. Everything is new this year, after a total re-furb...everything, floor to ceiling, and in between.
We've been coming to Devon and the South Hams for years, but Little Stadbury stands out head and shoulders above the rest. We were greeted with home made scones and cream (well it is Devon!), with parking right out front and they take dogs - bonus - and there's free tea and coffee (with a posh machine) and there was milk in the fridge. In fact we hadn't been here long when I said to my wife, some of the stuff in here is better than we've got at home, so the pressure is one me now to upgrade a few tired old things at home (should have kept my mouth shut!)
So, where to start - the downstairs is all open plan, apart from the shower room (!) but everything in the kitchen area is brand spanking new, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, crockery, cutlery, kitchen units, table, chairs - its amazing (must have cost a fortune, so get in quick before the rates go up. We've paid double for places half as good).
Sofas are big and comfy - we were a party of three but they could easily take 5. and the TV has its own Sky+ box!
Upstairs there are 2 large bedrooms - and again everything is brand new, and quite posh - we had a nose and the bedding was M&S (and yes soft, smooth, cool cotton), and the wardrobes M&S (as was all the kitchen stuff), as were the massive towels in the bathroom - on heated towel rails - divine!
The immediate surroundings are beautiful and super quite (Stadbury is a hamlet of about 7 houses), but you can walk out of the front door, up the drive and onto the Avon Estuary walk which is a signposted public footpath, all the way to Bantham - where there is one of world best beaches (in my humble opinion) and a really popular surf/kite-surf spot, with lifeguards. Its also home to The Sloop Pub (if its high season ring up and book ahead, but you have to try the fish and chips!) but we explored all over the area, and really liked Aveton Gifford, 1.5 miles away (try the Fishermans Rest pub) and Modbury 4 miles away (great for a window-shop). In the other direction is Kingsbridge which has everything you'll need, from a Tesco, a Morrisons and a Boots and Costas, to more eclectic shops, and a bit further, the world famous Salcombe. If you've never been, go, if you have been, you'll be going again! Parking is a pain, but be patient and try the towns car parks, otherwise park and ride.
Opposite Little Stadbury teh owners have a massive field that visitors can use, where our dog went bananas (and had his morning and evening leg stretches - dog owners will know!), and we played frisbee, and our son played footy with the owners son, (it helped that they were both the same age) and it was all rather heavenly.
We had a couple of outings further afield on rainy days - Plymouth has an amazing Aquarium - in fact its our National Marine Aquarium - and Dartmouth was great fun wandering around the old streets, and for us grown ups some really nice arty shops.
All in all we fell in love with Little Stadbury - didnt really want to write a review as we wanted to keep it to ourselves, but I'd give this place 6 stars if I could.
Like I said earlier, book now before the prices go up!