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Ritson Farm   -   Family home, tranquil setting, abundant wildlife

Halwell
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Ritson Farm wraps its arms around the abundance of wildlife, with a garden that welcomes many species of birds feeding from the numerous feeders surrounding the property. With a neighbouring field of donkeys and chickens, what is there not to love? Enjoying simply stunning views of the surrounding countryside and ample space for all the family to eat al fresco, or in those chillier evenings take advantage of the family dining area and beautiful conservatory. Ritson Farm really is an amazing find for big family holidays in South Devon, it is within easy reach of Totnes and Dartmouth which in turn lends itself to exploring the English Riviera. Woodlands Leisure Park is only a five-minute drive away with the award-winning beaches of Blackpool Sands and Bantham in close proximity.

Ritson Farm has been a farm for nearly 300 years with the original farmhouse based in the nearby valley before it burnt down pre-1848. After burning down it was replaced with Ritson Barton which you can see on the way through the old farm when arriving at the property. Just after the Second World War, the new Ritson Farm was built which was latterly a dairy farm with Jersey and Guernsey cows. It now stands majestically in grounds that simply encourage you to stop, relax, unwind and make memories!

With its versatile bedrooms, cosy sitting room with access to the outside, and wonderful kitchen space there is plenty of room for everyone. With the owner having a workshop on nearby land and working as a most talented carpenter you will see many traits of his craftsmanship in the house. Indeed the window frames in the entrance hall are created from old ramps originating from the Dartmouth Lower Ferry and the kitchen island worktop has been made from a chestnut tree which had fallen locally.

A well-behaved dog is welcome. An EV charger is available for you, but please bring your own cable. We ask that make a contribution to the cost of charging your car. You'll find an 'honesty tin' in the kitchen.

Accommodation:

From the moment you enter Ritson Farm you will know that you have found the perfect retreat. The entrance hall (note the display of old keys on the wall, mounted on a piece of Oak dating back to the 14th century) leads you to the fully functional utility room, with every mod con, extra fridge space and also draws you to the family size kitchen with seating for everyone including a fully functioning gas Rayburn - the lintel above it having been reclaimed from Plymouth Dockyard! A large fridge freezer, dishwasher and electric hob are all laid out for ease of use.

The stunning conservatory leads to the glorious outside space and the downstairs double bedroom and en suite. Upstairs are four further bedrooms and two bathrooms: two of the bedrooms offer convenient sleeping arrangements, as the master bedroom offers a choice of either a king or twin beds, and a second room provides two singles which can be joined to create a super-king bed. The other two bedrooms of the four offer a comfortable kingsize bed and double bed. Please let us know how you would like the bedrooms configured when booking.

Ritson Farm is centrally heated and has a log burner for those cosy, chillier evenings indoors.

Outside:

The garden benefits from a large patio area complete with a barbecue and outdoor dining area for 10. A lovely lawn stretches the length of the house and is framed with pretty flower beds and the views stretch over the surrounding fields making this the perfect spot to sit and relax after a day at the beach.


Parking:

There is plenty of parking for 3+ cars on the drive. Ritson Farm also has a Type 2 Electric charge point that guests are welcome to use however guests will need to bring their own cable. We ask that make a contribution to the cost of charging your car. You'll find an 'honesty tin' in the kitchen.


Nearby:

Ritson Farm is a short drive from the 2 closest village pubs The Old Inn in Halwell and the New Inn in Moreleigh. Further afield are the towns of Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Totnes as well as the beaches at Blackpool Sands and Bantham


Please get in touch if you need any advice or tips on places to visit, walks (we're right on the South West Coast Path), pubs and restaurants, etc.

Towels and linen are provided, but guests need to bring their own beach towels.

 
Halwell dates back to the 9th century when King Alfred built a fortified town. Over the centuries, the village's fortunes have ebbed and flowed. Now a tranquil hamlet in a beautiful rural location, it's perfectly placed to reach the best of what the South Hams has to offer - being just 10 minutes' drive from Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Totnes.

Ritson Farm is also a perfect base to visit the superb beaches of Blackpool Sands or Bantham.

The Woodlands Leisure Park is only a 5-minute drive away.
"Friendship group holiday, everybody loved the house, home from home and so welcoming. We had a lovely week bird watching from all windows, saluting the sun from our yoga mats towards the great views from the sanctuary of the terrace.....such peace and vitality. We cooked, made friends with Rayburn joked and laughed and want to come back next year. Such a beautiful house and wonderful environment. We go home rejeuvinated and energised. Thank you Debbie and Richard. - Virginia and Peter Jue 2023

"Another lovely stay at Ritson Farm thank you! The welcome pack was much appreciated and the house was very confortable. We made great use of the new sun room."- The Monaghans/Rubins - June 2023

"This was our second stay at Ritson Farm. Walking back through the door was a joy, especially when greeted with fresh flowers, eggs and a basket of home grown fruit and vegetables. The large kitchen-diner is perfect for a big family group, although you do have to be comfortable cooking on a Rayburn. Bedrooms are very well appointed and comfortable, and the large lounge with a selection of comfy chairs and sofas is fantastic. Added this year was a garden room in place of the old conservatory and this was a lovely improvement, with views over the flower-filled garden. But my favourite thing about Ritson Farm may seem a strange choice- it’s the huge utility room off the entrance hall! Wetsuits, swimming gear, bikes and boots all go in here and with a big sink and a drying rack it’s so easy to keep any mess out of the house, making for a much more relaxing holiday." - Christine - September 2022

"Our third year in a row and we absolutely loved it! Spent most of our time at Bantham Beach in glorious weather. The rare breeds farm in Totnes which is fabulous for the kids. Thank you and see you next year!"
July 2022 - Ali, Oli, Fern, Freya and all the grand- parents

"Beautiful cottage in a great location close to Dartmouth and exploring other areas in south devon. My son loved visiting the donkeys on the nearby field and seeing the chickens most mornings." - Vicky - July 2022

"Ritson Farm is a stunning property with plenty of space for large families. We were 6 adults and 2 young grandchildren. The pretty garden is peaceful and secure with rural views. Ritson Farm is in a rural setting yet close to several beaches, Dartmouth, Totnes and Salcombe are also a short drive. Owners are close by if any questions or issues. We would definitely stay again" - Stella - June 2022

"Every comfort you could wish for, large spacious kitchen area with dining room, comfortable lounge and large conservatory to the rear. This leads onto a large covered Patio.
All bedrooms well equipped and spacious." Alan - June 2022

"Thank you for a wonderful stay in your lovely home. We had a fab family getaway. Many lazy mornings spent in the delightful garden room watching the donkeys. So much to do here and we have left some to do for next time! A real home from home and we were very sad to leave!. Thank you. I am sure we will return." The Peakes & Foley Families - April 2022

"We visited Ritson Farm in April and were blessed with wonderful weather. Tastefully furnished spacious well planned accommodation, it provided our family of grand parents, parents and four grandchildren with privacy when needed and a huge farmhouse kitchen and conservatory in which to enjoy together time. Well equipped kitchen and utility room. Five pretty bedrooms with comfortable beds and linen. Three large bathrooms, two with showers and one with bath so a choice for everyone. Handy downstairs cloakroom. We, grandparents were nicely tucked away on the ground floor with en-suite facilities. Very peaceful. Everywhere immaculately clean. Debbie added some nice little extras which were much appreciated.
Lovely waymarked countryside walks from the door. Within easy reach of the coast and pretty villages and towns. Dartmouth and Salcombe simply stunning. No time in a week to discover it all but we hope to return one day.
Fantastic views, birdsong from every window and visiting wildlife made this a truly memorable family holiday." Peter - April 2022

"Comfortable, lovely views with donkeys nearby. Peaceful, great location and very good pubs and restaurants." Martyn - April 2022

"We, two families and two grandparents traveled the breadth of England from Norfolk to Devon with some torrid traffic along the way to Ritson Farm a place we had never stayed at so there was excitement but prepared for a reality check. We need not have worried as Ritson was such a relaxing place to stay at. With four boys and six adults we never felt like we were tripping over each other. Light and airy, a garden just big enough for some games and a super kitchen-diner made for easy living and coped with the bustle of holiday life. The upstairs bedroom and bathrooms were a perfect combination for our two families whilst grandparents occupied the ground floor bedroom, the latter proving to be a relatively quiet location. I will mention three adverse points but these in no way would put us off from booking again. Firstly, the dishwasher was rubbish, we practically serviced this three times clearing spray arms etc, perhaps better quality tablets than those provided might help. Secondly the ground floor bed is a double and for us too small. Finally, the flies. Ok Ritson is surrounded by farmland so flies sort of go with the territory but what a pain. Now back to the good stuff. Ritson is far from the madding crowds which is great yet its location is super for so many locations in the South Hams whether beaches, river towns of sea resorts. Ritson is a warm, welcoming house with nice arty touches. It swallowed our tribe and coped with a full on holiday frenzy, Well done, yes right on, yes Ritson!" - David - August 2021

"Ritson Farm felt like home from the moment we arrived. The living room is so relaxing and the kitchen a beautiful place to cook and eat. Kitchen was very well equipped and the whole house felt bigger than we’d expected, down to the lovely entrance hall to the enormous utility room which was fantastic for storing bags, doing washing and keeping our bikes. Upstairs was brilliant for the extended family, one family on one side of the staircase with 2 bedrooms and bathroom and same again on the other side. The little ones loved visiting the donkeys and the walk from the door down to the river and through the fields was idyllic. Great location for beaches, pubs and local sights. Thanks Debbie for your help when our car battery died! Hope to return." - HW - August 2021

"We had a lovely family holiday at Ritson Farm It is a beautiful, well appointed, spacious house, and all the five bedrooms are a good size. The communal areas are also very comfortable and the whole house is very well maintained. It has a large utility room which was really useful when we came back from the beach. The kitchen is large with pretty blue painted units, and if you like to cook it has all the kitchen equipment that you would require. The garden is really pretty and a lovely place to spend time. There is a lovely large patio with a big table and benches, and we ate outside every evening which was lovely. My only criticism would be there were not enough comfortable garden chairs for 10 adults to “lounge” in and spend time comfortably all together. The location is great for easy access to Totnes, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge and all the beaches in that surrounding area. There were also some lovely walks across the fields directly from the house which we really enjoyed. We had a lovely week, thank you." - Jo - July 2021

"I saw the pictures of this property on the website, but held reservations because they often show the best bits and no negative points. However on arrival this property exceeded all my expectations. It is well equipped and the owners of the property were on hand without being in any way intrusive . Perfect for adults and children we had a fabulous week with our 2 sons, their wives and 3 grandchildren. The house is spacious with a good sized garden. We spent a week there in June 2021 and it certainly ranks amongst our best holiday destinations. Many thanks to owners Richard and Debbie." - Atkinson - June 2021

“This is a great property in a brilliant location for family holidays. We came with our 3yr old and 7m old and had a great time on the Steam Railway, Woodlands Theme Park, Goodrington Sands, Dartmouth, Salcombe and Totnes despite poor weather - all quick and easy to get to from the Farm. The house is really well stocked and everything is high quality (good quality cot and high chair much appreciated), with light and spacious rooms. We had a great BBQ on the patio and really enjoyed the wide variety of birds appearing just outside the kitchen window. Richard and Debbie were nearby in case we needed anything (we didn't!) We hope to come back! Thanks!” Chris - May 2021

"Covid destroyed plans for my entire family of 6 adults and two infants going to Tuscany. Glad , in the end , that it did as we found this great secluded farmhouse. Clean as could be wished for. comfortably accommodating us all. Great terrace and nice garden. Very well equipped . Only minor quibble the mattress in the second double bedroom was a bit hard, but after a good ay out it did not prevent us sleeping. Nice sitting room . A safe location if young children involved . I hope we might return -if the owners who were generally about, as it is their home on their farm, will have us!" Simon - September 2020


"We have just had a fantastic week at Ritson Farm. The house itself was beautiful with plenty of space for 10 people. The location was excellent- so close to Dartmouth, Dittisham, Salcombe and Kingsbridge . The fresh flowers, food basket and veggie box were lovely extras as were the dog treats. Thank you" Ruth - August 2020

"We stayed at Ritson farm last week. The accommodation has everything you need for a very comfortable week self catering. With one of its bedrooms downstairs it's ideal for anyone taking an older family member. The adjoining bathroom is huge with a walk in shower.
The kitchen has a massive fridge/freezer and opposite is a massive utility room with a further large fridge and under unit freezer. Hot water is plentiful and the beds very comfortable. We found the duvets hot and heavy but in fairness the weather was excessively hot. The opportunity to eat out on the covered patio and have a BBQ was particularly pleasant overlooking the beautiful garden with donkeys and their foals in the field behind. Both Debbie and Richard, who own the property and live near by, were very kind and helpful. We hope to go back." Ann Horrocks and Family - August 2020


"
It suited us perfectly: ground floor bedroom and bathroom for me (granny) - calm and quiet; one family and child on one side of the landing; the other with 9 week baby + 2 boys 3 and 6 on the other. A bathroom each - couldn't be better. Lovely terrace and garden; utterly lovely countryside. Furnishing family-oriented and comfortable. Household equipment all good" Janet Yapp and Family - 31st July 2020


"
The house is a good size and layout with everything you would need to stay as a group. Beautiful garden and great opportunity to watch the many birds coming to feed outside. Good location, secluded but not too remote and close to beaches and interesting towns. The owners were very friendly and came to help us out quickly when we called with a question. The perfect place for our staycation :)" Alison - July 2020


"What a wonderful stay we have had! To be greeted with fresh flowers and homegrown vegetables was lovely!
Beautiful outlook, lovely touches throughout especially for our puppy!
Hope Cove, Dartmouth, Eastportlemouth were all beautiful an we definitely recommend.
The bedding was slightly heavy for our summer stay but we were grateful for such lovely weather" The Savvas - July 2020


"
We created wonderful memories at Ritson Farm with 3 generations and a dog! It was very comfortable and perfect for a large family. Location was great - close enough to towns and the coast. Facilities were excellent. It had everything any family could possibly need, including a boules set for the garden and a dog kit for your four legged friend!" July 2019


"We were really impressed with this lovely house, which felt more like a home than a holiday let. It is situated in rural surroundings with far reaching views of the beautiful Devon hills with a field of donkeys at the end of the garden and chickens wondering around." Michael - June 2019


"
We loved Ritson Farm. A great space for 3 generations to stay. The farm has a real homely feel often lacking in holiday rentals. We all had lots of space to relax. Kids loved the animals you can see and hear from the house. It had all the things we needed from a well stocked kitchen to logs in the basket. Our problem with working the range was sorted asap. It is also a great location for visiting lots of places Dartmouth, Totnes, Salcombe. All in all a lovely place and we throughly enjoyed our stay. Many thanks" Carol - April 2019
Halwell dates back to the 9th century when King Alfred built a fortified town. Over the centuries, the village's fortunes have ebbed and flowed. Now a tranquil hamlet in a beautiful rural location, it's perfectly placed to reach the best of what the South Hams has to offer - being just 10 minutes' drive from Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Totnes.

Ritson Farm is also a perfect base to visit the superb beaches of Blackpool Sands or Bantham.

The Woodlands Leisure Park is only a 5-minute drive away.
 
 
 
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