Combine a remote, beachside location with a quirky refurbishment of a Victorian hotel (once complete with S&M dungeon), and what you get is Strawberry Water. Oozing with designer style and character, this huge party house (sleeping up to 18) has been completely gutted and decked out in the style of a Victorian Captain’s residence, using unique furnishings sourced from auctions and salvage yards. Despite its vintage décor the house is modern and luxurious, with first-class facilities (including an outdoor hot shower and covered patio), and has been built using strong ecological standards – think reclaimed oaks, ground source heating and rainwater harvesting. Being tucked away in a secluded valley has more advantages than simply being able to escape from mobile phone reception; here you’re bang on the doorstep of a wild and beautiful beach, where a waterfall pounds the sand, rocky ridges jut seaward and sheer cliffs climb skyward. Cross the border into Cornwall along the South West Coast Path and it’s an arduous 2.5-mile walk to the Bush Inn at Morwenstow, or head north along the Devon coastline towards Hartland and Clovelly. Made for large groups seeking the perfect party pad or somewhere for a multi-generational holiday, the house easily sleeps up to 18. However, a magic door (a Bond-style revolving bookcase) between the Dungeon House and the Main House, and a separate entrance into the Cottage, means the property can easily be split into three private cottages sleeping 10, 4 and 4 respectively.
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