Famous American novelist Paul Gallico once lived here, dictating his works to his secretary as he walked the grounds, with the sea from Salcombe’s North Sands glinting through the trees. Maybe you too will be inspired to wax lyrical, when you experience Landmark’s elevated sense of peace.
The showstopper here is the balcony, high among the trees, stealing the scene with the full-length doors rolled back to maximise flow. Help yourself to a game of inside-out table tennis followed by a sizzling barbie and a soak in a hot tub with a view. Kick back, keep your drinks topped up and your eyes on the glittering night sky.
In a house, cottage and annex sleeping 20, the living area’s where you all come together, to enjoy a dining table for 20, sofas, open fireplace, TV and hanging pods. Rustle up a little local crab and lobster in the gorgeous kitchen, wash your sandy toes in the huge wet room and sleep deeply to the gentle sound of the sea.
There’s a seamless flow here from inside to outside. That’s helped by the full-length sliding doors from the living area. Part them to make your indoor game of table tennis outdoor and to slide out to the high terrace running the length of the house. This is where generations can gel in the clear seaside air or in the bubbling hot tub.
American novelist Paul Gallico, author of the Poseidon Adventure, once lived here, establishing the stunning gardens from which he’d dictate his books to his secretary, who lived in the cottage. You too will find inspiration in the terraced gardens, woodlands and ocean glimpsed through the trees.
The 2.3 acres make for fine hide-and-seek country, with mature gardens interlaced with paths. Grown-ups will appreciate the spectacular Arts and Craft gable with herringbone stonework, and the sense of peace that hangs in the salty Salcombe air.
The living areas here are the stars of the show, flaunting their multi-generational entertainment potential and inside-out flow. That comes care of huge slide-back doors that pave the way to the high outdoor terrace, at one with the birds among the spectacular tree canopy.
Before you rush al-fresco to soak in the hot tub, check out the interior. It’s a vast space lovingly renovated and dotted with delicious furniture and smart interior design. Exposed-brick walls, oak doors and an open-plan feel abound in a modern miracle made for spacious socialising.
Choose to hang out by the kitchen, where the sitting room comes with plenty of squishy sofas, burning logs and an HD television for family film nights. Head out to the hall to laze on the chaise longue, fire up the woodburner and break out a book, or just drift off.
At the end of the house is the entertainment space to trump all others. After dinner, move from the giant dining table to relax with a coffee by the open fire, to dangle weightlessly in the hanging pods, or burn off your pudding on the table tennis table. Then slide back those vast windows and drift into the bubbling hot tub.
Eat out, eat in. The pleasure is equal but the experience is different. Inside, the vast dining table caters for 20 and you can serve up fresh Salcombe lobster and crab from the sumptuous kitchen with two ovens, hob and combo microwave. Outside on the terrace, dinner is served high in the salty Salcombe air.
If you prefer steaks and sausages in the summer sunshine, the coal barbie stands ready. A Nespresso wraps things up nicely. When you’re done, immerse dishes in the dishwasher and bodies in the hot tub. Simmer for an hour or two until tender, then retire to chill for drinks on the deck.
Eating out? The crab is cracking around here and the atmosphere buzzing in a place awash with chandlers’ shops and yachts. Watch out for celebs as you don your deck shoes and shades and head out on the town. For good pub fare, the Victoria Inn boasts rustic décor, a giant beer garden and plenty of awards.
Down by the fish quay, the Crab Shed is a must for seafood. For that beachside vibe, try The Winking Prawn. Pick from two beach cafés, a bar and a grill. Try the homemade crab tagliatelle with garlic, chilli and lemon at The Crabshell Inn. Or go all out for Mediterranean chic at the Salcombe Harbour Hotel.
Bedrooms come with delicious linen and lashings of peace as standard. Notch the window ajar and be lulled to sleep by the wind through the trees and woken by the breakfast call of the gulls.
On the ground floor of the main house are two delectable bedrooms that share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom with separate shower and bath. Upstairs, the master comes with en-suite shower room and views of the glinting sea. Another bright and airy room features two singles and a bunk bed.
Along the landing is a bedroom with kingsize bed and there’s a bunk room at the end of the house; these bedrooms share a family shower room. Hunt out the secret annex for a haven of peace with its kingsize bedroom and en-suite shower room. Or get cosy in the cottage, sleeping up to four with shower room.
With 2 acres of woodland and large lawns to explore, Landmark offers an adventure for children of all ages. If the weather fails to impress, head indoors and take advantage of the games room for a table tennis tournament.
For the smaller members of the family we supply a cot and high chair, plus a selection of toys, books and DVDs.
The south coast of Devon has so much to offer for all ages; from Totnes Rare Breeds Farm, Woodlands Leisure Park or rock pooling at South Sands beaches.