The palm trees sway in the ocean breeze. The infinity pool water’s illuminated in the balmy night air. There’s a buzz around the outside bar, lit by fairy lights, and laughter peals from the hot tub. From the deck, there’s a bird’s-eye view of the azure waters and the lights that glint around the bay.
No, you’re not in the Med. This is Torquay. But it’s a nice mistake to make. Lincombe Villa sits high above the Devon coast, a spectacular Victorian villa looking, with only minimal squinting, like an Italianate villa. Perfect for families or hens, Lincombe Villa transports you to a better place, without having to fly.
The interior detail is delicious. There’s a bespoke kitchen for cooking the day’s catch from the Brixham fish market, and high ceilings and ornate cornicing create an aura of grand living. But you’ll love the French windows the most. They’re the gateway to the memories you’ll make diving into the pool and steaming in the hot tub.
You could travel to Sanremo, Cannes or Kefalonia and not find an outdoor entertainment area as fine as this. Embedded within tropical planting, and with patio heaters to mimic the Mediterranean night air all year round, it’s a palm-fringed party playground par excellence.
Sitting pretty within the dark-stained deck, the seven-metre pool comes heated to 28 degrees, with an infinity effect as you stare out across the bay. Don’t towel off yet, just load your glasses and hang loose in the hot tub. When you’re done, grab a beer from the bar and take in the views across the bay.
Fancy a wander? There’s nearly an acre to explore of tropical planting and terraces, with secret areas seemingly built for iTunes and books. Look further and find the gate out to Hesketh Road and on to the blue-flagged Meadfoot Beach.
Welcome to an age of grandeur. Lincombe Villa is a listed Victorian property from a time when homes brimmed with period detail and striking classic architectural features, such as sash windows, granite fireplaces and cornicing.
Beneath the light, bright stairwell is the expansive lobby. Off this is the large lounge, uber-grand with its high ceiling, glinting chandelier and perfect period detail. Get together here for DVDs on the 52-inch TV, for cards and games, or just to chill to the sounds from the SONOS system.
Lincombe Villa perfectly blends the integrity of Victorian style with the requirements of modern living. It’s all highly Instagrammable. Good news, then, that wifi whistles around the walls at 35mb.
The lounge links with double doors to the diner, perfect for pre-dinner drinks, and French windows offer easy escape to the terraces and outdoor entertainment area.
Eat, drink and be many around the two dining tables, seating 18. Cater for everyone in the bespoke kitchen with large Falcon cooker, two electric ovens and five-burner gas hob. The American-style fridge-freezer stands ready to deliver chilled drinks and the doors need never close to the pool and the briny seaside air.
If you’d prefer to be out there, soaking up the sun or breaking the waters, just let us know. We can offer fine food for a one-off special occasion or even a fully catered break. From five-course meals to canapes to bangers-burgers-and-beers barbies, we’ve got it covered.
Eating out? It’s just an appetite-sharpening stroll to great harbourside pubs and restaurants. Watering holes worth the walk include The Tavern and Kent’s Tavern. Try the Michelin-starred Elephant Restaurant for a tantalising tasting menu and innovative wine list or The Orange Tree for seasonally changing West-Country fare.
Head to No. 7 Fish Bistro for salmon baked with mild Moroccan spices or lobster and crab fresh from the harbour. Le Bistrot Pierre offers great-value French cooking, seasonal menus and sensational views of the bay. And the Cary Arms, right on the Riviera, serves up superb Devon beef, Lyme Bay lobster and line-caught seafood.
Classically furnished bedrooms here are high-ceiling, corniced gems with sea or garden views. Sleep with the windows ajar to the sound of the sea and the call of the gulls.
Bedroom one is a double with en-suite, while bedroom two is perfect for parents, sleeping three in a double and single. Bedroom three is a similar arrangement, with an en-suite, and bedroom four is a double with shower and separate WC.
Bedroom five is another double with en-suite, while six gives you two singles with a shower and washbasin. Downstairs, there’s the option of extra accommodation in bedroom seven, sleeping three next to the downstairs bathroom in a double and single, and a sofa bed in the lounge is good for two more.