This summer I finally got to have a week-long cottage holiday on the South Coast of England and it was everything I hoped it would be! We stayed in Pigwigs Place, a holiday cottage in South Devon and it took me back to when I was little and my mum and dad took myself and my brother on a cottage holiday in the New Forest.
One of the main reasons I wanted to pass my driving test was to open up the possibilities for weekend breaks and cottage holidays. I love the idea of staying in a gorgeous holiday cottage surrounded by nature or near the beach but places like that are a lot harder to get to if you can’t drive. Ok yes, I imagined myself staying on the set of the movie, The Holiday! Luckily, I passed my test just over a year ago now and last month we finally went on our first cottage holiday with my best friend and her family. Finding a holiday cottage was harder than it should have been because we began looking too late and we couldn’t find anything suitable – dog friendly and near a beach! After a couple of days searching, my best friend found Pigwigs Place, a holiday cottage in South Devon, a tiny place called Cornwood in fact and I’m so glad she did because this place is absolutely amazing! We spent a week there and it wasn’t enough; it was so peaceful and relaxing, I definitely wasn’t ready to return to the hustle and bustle of our busy Capital. If you are debating future holidays in Devon then read on for my thoughts on Pigwigs Place or if you love dogs because this post also contains photos of Alice, my best friend’s adorable Jack Russell/Chihuahua cross (I won’t take responsibility if you want a puppy after reading this…!)
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LOCATION & GETTING THERE
Pigwigs Place is in the middle of a 120 acre estate, so you may have guessed that it’s pretty much impossible to reach without a car. Driving wise though, it’s actually a pretty straight forward route and if you follow the directions the owner gives you when you book it’s not too bad – if you’re not used to driving country roads though, I’d make sure to arrive in broad daylight especially as the ‘lane’ leading up to the main building and holiday cottages is full of loose gravel and potholes.
The cosy holiday cottage is situated around 19.9 miles from Torquay, 8.1 miles from Plymouth and 29.2 miles from Exeter so serves as a great base from which to explore South Devon.
Pigwigs Place is a super spacious, homely cottage which sleeps six people with one double room and two twin rooms. It is also dog friendly. Since my best friend booked it, she verbally nabbed the double bedroom but Blaze and I arrived first so we called dibs on the children’s twin room, leaving the actual kids of the holiday with the other room. Oops #sorrynotsorry. All rooms are a really good size with enough room to spread all your stuff out for a week or the length of your stay. The kids’ room is huge with a tent canopy over the twin beds, a sofa, television and DVD player and loads of games and books. There are also two bathrooms at the property, which is great.
All the bedrooms and bathrooms are upstairs whilst downstairs is an open plan kitchen and living room. One of my favourite things about this cottage is that the living room has a log fire! There is a shed outside full of firewood and when the fire is lit, it powers all the upstairs radiators and makes the living room all toasty and warm.
This cottage has all the essentials for a lovely, relaxing, self catered holiday:
- gas cooker (oven and hob)
- television both downstairs and in the children’s bedroom
It also has super fast WiFi that may well be faster than your WiFi at home! Perfect for general browsing or streaming your favourite TV show when you are too tired to get up off the sofa (or hungover from a night of board games and drinking!).
As I mentioned Pigwigs Place is in the grounds of a peaceful, gorgeous 120 acre estate, which you can roam free in for the duration of your stay – as we were told, ignore any signs that say “private”, that isn’t meant for you!
Surrounding the cottage are various fields, some containing animals – one of my favourite things was looking out the kitchen window and seeing the field of sheep so close! There’s also loads of woodland for adventures, den building and building fires to toast marshmallows on. It’s been so long since I sat around a campfire; it took me back to the days of Brownies and Girl Guides and the summer I spent doing Camp America.
There are also a couple of swings hooked up to trees, which I loved.
Next to the cottage is a tennis court (bring your own rackets and balls if you want to play) and a large pond with a boat to retrieve wayward tennis balls!
Just outside the front door of the cottage is a enclosed courtyard, where the shed with firewood is, with patio furniture to relax on with your morning cuppa as you appreciate the great outdoors.
There are also riding stables nearby, within walking distance, if that’s your thing – in fact a public bridleway runs through the estate.
In terms of shops, there is a Tesco Extra around 15 minutes drive away, which you actually pass on your way to the cottage so can stock up on your essentials for the week – don’t forget the marshmallows to toast on your woodland fire. There is also a pub around a half hour walk away, obviously quicker if you drive. We went to the pub twice on our week long stay and the food was delicious – they even managed to cater for me as a vegan! The second time we went for their weekly Wednesday night pub quiz where we had a laugh with the locals – well the team who were just as awful as us anyway, some people take quizzes VERY seriously!
Stay here! Book it right now! I absolutely loved staying here. If you are a bit sick of city life and in need of a relaxing break, want to get back to nature or just need a good base to explore Devon from, I’ve found it for you.
I honestly cannot recommend this place enough. The hosts were super lovely and the location is excellent. I loved waking up without the sound of cars in the morning and drinking my morning cup of tea whilst looking out at the sheep in the field then spending the day exploring somewhere new before coming back and exploring the estate. My best friend’s dog, Alice loved running about in the nearby fields on her daily walks and the kids loved exploring the woodland and playing on the swings. We even saw a rabbit eating the grass in the garden a few mornings, which was lovely. To top it off, there was a meteor shower one night and we managed to see lots because there was no light pollution like in London!
It was exactly the relaxing break I needed this summer as I’d grown sick of city life. If you’re looking for somewhere to spend future holidays in Devon then I definitely recommend Pigwigs Place.
Disclaimer: We booked Pigwigs Place and paid for it using our own money because we wanted a holiday cottage near a beach and a pub (hey, we all got priorities!), dog friendly and that slept six people. All opinions in this review are my own.
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