Nestled high across the road from gorgeous Anstey Cove in Torquay
Apartment • Torbay United Kingdom
5 Car spaces
Exchange types accepted
Listed August 2021
On offer is a 2 bedroom garden flat which sleeps 5 which is at the bottom of our 4 bedroom house (I am thinking of listing our house but we have just moved and with young 3 children and quite a bit of work needed, it's not quite up to an exchange). The flat is usually let out on airbnb and has all the facilities you usually associate with a property let on that site. The apartment has it own personal entrance, and an enclosed courtyard. You can also access the large hilly garden at the back with a seating area, pond and bbq. There is also parking for 5 cars at the back of the house.
The apartment has a large, airy entrance which leads off to the two bedrooms, one with a king size bed and the other with two large single beds. The spacious bathrooom is at the end of the corridor. The entrance also leads to the kitchen which in turn leads to the living room (with sofa bed) which have patio doors which face the front of the house. A cozy dining nook leads off the living room. Outside the front of the house, there are more gardens to enjoy.
We are located quite centrally in a green leafy neighbourhood in Torquay, close to town, various beaches and good public transport and is, as advertised, just across the road from.anstey cove which is perfect for a dip and a coffee.
The 2 bedroom garden flat is situated below our main house. It has been refurbished in the summer of 2021 and is a large 2 bedroom apartment with private garden and patio. We live above the property and if around, will be on hand to point you in the direction of local sights and sounds.
Bedroom 1 has a king size bed with wardrobe and drawers. Bedroom 2 has twin beds (that can be joined if needed) and wardrobe and drawers. There is also a spacious bathroom with bath and overhead shower. The kitchen has everything you need with a fridge/freezer, cooker and oven and microwave. The is also a washing machine and heated clothes airer. If needed (and we are around) you are welcome to use our dryer upstairs.
The living room is bright and airy and has patio doors leading to the large front garden. This has a tv, sofa, cuddle chair in a cosy reading nook and an armchair. The sofa is a sofa bed offering sleeping arrangements for a fifth person (well 6 if they are small children). Just off the living room is a dining nook.
The house is surrounded by gardens galore (there are about 5 sections), there are 2 front gardens, courtyard, middle garden and the top garden which our children call the secret garden as it is hidden away. You are welcome to use all the gardens and share with us but one of the front gardens and the courtyard will be for your exclusive use.
At the end of garden is parking for 5 cars. Alternatively, there is plentiful street parking at the front of the house.
The house is stiutated up a hill and not suitable for people with mobility issues. There are stairs and steps from the parking area to the flat and also from street level up to the flat itself. This does have the upside of some good views across the horizon but comes with the downside of steps.
Children of any age are welcome including the under and over 2s. However, due to the steps, access to the property is not suitable for buggys (unless you are prepared to haul the buggy up stairs). Mind you, if you leave your car (and buggy) at street level, and carried your child up, that wouldn't be an issue. The flat itself is on one level so once inside, access for young children is fine.
I have 3 young children myself (with the youngest being 5) and they have no problem running up and down the stairs.
The property is usually rented out on airbnb but I thought I'd try it out on PLU and see what interest there is. We might in time, list our 4 bedroom house too, but at the moment as we have not long moved in and have 3 young children, it is a bit of a bomb site and not suitable for public consumption!
As the flat is rented out during the summer months, we'd ideally like to steer clear of stays during the summer holidays and other school holidays. However, for the right exchange (for a long week or two break) we would consider it.
We do have a hot tub (one of those rigid foam types) that can be used by prior agreement.
We have 2 cats which if it's a simultaneous exchange, would ask that they be fed. Happy for you to bring a well-behaved dog.
Garden / yard
Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace
Sport and leisure
Good public transport
Suitable for infants under 2
Suitable for children ages 2-12
The flat is situated in Wellswood, one of the more desirable neighbourhoods in Torquay with green leafy views from most directions. We have nice, friendly neighbours on either side of us.
The property is situated on a main road but is set back high above (we are 2 double decker buses above the road) and far back from the road (there is a large front garden and path in front) so whilst you are the thick of things, most people walking past would not even know the flat is above them.
Over the road is a path leading to Anstey Cove, which according to The Beach Guide is "a peaceful, shingle beach located on the coast path between Torquay and Babbacombe. Limestone cliffs, interesting rock formations and views across Lyme Bay to the Dorset coast.
There is a shop and cafe on the beach, which is set among wooded hills" The shop rents SUPs and kayaks if you are feeling adventurous. The south west coastal path also runs past the cove.
There are numerous other local beaches nearby with Babbacome, Oddicombe (with its famous furnicular railway leading to the beach) and Meadfoot being within 15 - 30 minute walking distance. Other beaches further afield include Maidencombe Beach and the umpteen beaches in the beautiful South Hams.
Local sights include Kents Caverns, Torquay Harbour and the quaint thatched cottages at Cockington. Further afield, you have Paignton with its geopark, harbour and of course sandy beaches. There is also a zoo and water park. Brixham forms the third of the trio of three towns that forms Torbay wth Torquay and Paignton being the other two. Brixham offers chocolate box scenes of the seaside, Berry Head Nature Reserve and beaches too numerous to name as well as a lovely saltwater pool.
As a popular holiday desination, there are activities galore near and far including fishing and various boat trips, lots of walks in wooded and coastal paths, Alpine Ski Club, Woodlands Theme Park, River Dart Country Park, Pennywell and Occombe Farms, Becky and Canonteign Falls, Babbacombe Model Village, Dartmoor with its 101 walks and the steam railway. You can also follow the Agatha Christie Mile retracing places associated with this famous author.
Getting to my home
The main train stations are just over a mile away at Torquay and Torre respectively and offer services to Exeter, London and beyond. They also take you down the other direction to Cornwall.
Most people travelling to Devon will use the M5 and then the A380 which has been greatly improved with the recent arrival of the bypass.
The nearest airport is at Exeter which is about 40 minutes away or else there is Bristol, which depending on traffic, is about 1 1/2 hours away.
There is a bus stop right outside the house which takes you into the town centre and Paignton. In the other direction, it takes you to Dawlish Warren.
Local shops in Babbacombe are a 10 minute walk away with a plethora of restaurants, a couple of convenience stores and a park with a playground. You can also walk to Wellswood in 10 minutes with another set of shops. The walk to Torquay town centre takes about 20 minutes. It may be best to take the bus back though as its an uphill walk back home.
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