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What a wonderful place, Little Fingerling and gardens are lovely. Startpoint beach was quiet and unspoilt, East Portlemouth gives lovely views over Salcombe with beautiful beaches and hidden coves round the costal path. It’s a lovely walk into Dartmouth too, this has been a welcome break from home.

Alice and Tom Streatham

Came to have quality family time before my brother has a serious operation. What a beautiful place, so quiet and peaceful place just what the doctor ordered. We had a brilliant time a briefly forgot our problems, we will always remember Valley Springs.

Georgina Scot-Simmonds
"We returned home last night after a very enjoyable stay in Fingerling Barn - the accommodation is very good quality, clean, spacious and well-maintained having being recently refurbished.

The setting of the barn is very tranquil, with a nearby pond containing ducks and moorhen. We enjoyed eating out on the patio and here our children enjoyed daily visits by a nearby resident's friendly Spaniel called Megan!

The owners of Fingerling Barn have provided a very useful and comprehensive guide to the local area which includes photos and descriptions of the local beaches, walks, activities etc.

One of the walks described in the house guide was a coastal walk at East Prawle and we'd recommend this walk for the fine views.

We are beginner surfers and we tried our hand at surfing at Bantham with a two hour lesson with Bantham Surfing Academy. We thought that the instructor, Dave, was excellent and very encouraging to us novices!

We also played golf at the 9 hole courses at Thurlestone Hotel and at Dartmouth. The afternoon rates during the week at Dartmouth were good value for money - £20 for the the 18 hole course and £12 for the 9 hole which includes a couple of par 5s.

All in all, we'd recommend Fingerling Barn as a holiday destination in a very attractive area of Devon."
Shaun and Kim Ise of Man
"Our stay at Fingerling Barn was wonderful. The setting in which the Barn sits is breathtaking and the accommodation is to a very high standard and everything that you required in the kitchen was there, even down to a lemon squeezer. It was great being able to sit down as a family and enjoy our meals at the huge table in the dining room, there was so much space for all of us. We were greeted by the owners on our arrival who were down doing some gardening. They were very helpful and ensured that we were ok before they left. We would recommend this holiday to everyone and wished that we had booked 2 weeks instead of 1.
Mr and Mrs Swain and family Carshalton

Terms and Conditions


Generally, we like to discuss the booking in person with you. Once confirmed, over the telephone or by email, we request that you complete our online booking form and submit it to us my email we will confirm your booking and the rental value and the amount due for payment (generally by email) we will reserve the cottage for 36 hours, or the same working day for late availability. We will send you a receipt by email when payment is received.

We do not accept credit/debit card payments and request payment by online bank transfer. You will receive written confirmation, generally by email, once the full payment has been received, and we will send you directions and discuss collection of the keys via keysafe.


To make a booking, we require a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the tariff agreed. The balance of the payment is required 6 weeks prior to arrival and no reminder will be sent. If payment is not received, this will be regarded as a cancellation and we reserve the right to re-let the cottages. If the booking is made 6 weeks or less than the arrival date, we will require full payment immediately which is non refundable.

In addition to the tariff agreed, a £100 - £250 security deposit is required. This is refunded after departure if the property is left clean and intact. This does not exempt the hirer from the full cost of replacement or making good the property and its contents.


In the event of cancellation (or non payment) by the hirer within six weeks of the date of arrival, the final balance of payment remains due for the rental of the cottage; any other monies paid previously are non refundable. We strongly advise that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

Should you need to cancel your booking, you should inform us as soon as possible.


Our cottages are ready for occupation from 4pm on the day of arrival and must be vacated by 10am on morning of departure.


Our cottages may only be occupied by those guests listed on the booking form. The maximum number of guests at Fingerling Barn is 8 + 2 + 1 baby people to include at least two responsible adults (max 8 adults + 2 children + 1 baby) and Little Fingerling 2 adults, plus a babe in arms (you will be required to bring any necessary travel cote and bedding).

Please be advised we do not accept bookings of single sex groups for hen or stag celebrations or similar occasions.


Children are very welcome at Fingerling Barn.


Well-behaved dogs and responsible dog owners are welcome by prior arrangement at an extra charge (please check our rental tariff for charge for each dog; we regret that some breeds cannot be accepted; please check before booking). Dogs must be at least one year old, and fully house trained. They must not be left alone in the holiday cottages, or the cottage surrounds, or in the grounds at anytime, nor allowed in bedrooms or on any furniture. Please ask about the maximum number of dogs per holiday cottage. Regrettably, no other pets can be accepted. All dogs must be kept on a lead in the formal garden area immediately surrounding the cottages. They may be let off the lead in the enclosed area of the cottage’s terrace or patio. These areas whilst enclosed, are not guaranteed escape proof. Please remove any dog’s mess immediately and dispose via the outside rubbish bin securely enclosed in a tied plastic bag. Pets must be kept under control at all times, for their own well being, and to avoid intrusion on the enjoyment of others, or risk to others’ safety (including that of other animals and wildlife) any guests failing to do so may be asked to leave without a refund. Thank you for your co-operation.


When leaving the cottages unattended and when you depart at the end of your holiday please lock all doors and close all windows and return the key to the keysafe. Guests undertake to leave the Cottage secure if left unoccupied during the period of let and do nothing else which might vitiate the owner’s insurance policy.

When you depart at the end of your holiday please ensure you return the key to the keysafe and leave it in the locked position, any other keys such as patio keys should remain in the lock inside of the cottage, any lose of keys replacements will be deducted from the security deposit.


For safety reasons, we have adopted a no smoking policy in the properties.


Visitors are welcome by arrangement and are not permitted to stay overnight. They must adhere to the terms and conditions of the property. We cannot accept responsibility whatsoever for their safety, well being or possessions. Guests shall be held responsible for their visitors’ actions. We request that visitors leave no later than 11pm.


The cost of fuel for heating (excluding logs for the wood burner), general lighting, hot water and for general items such as washing machines, TV’s is included in the rental however we reserve the right to deduct monies from the security deposit if an unreasonable amount of energy or energy has been used in an uneconomical way during the duration of the holiday.


Our cottages are fully cleaned prior to arrival. Beds will be made up and clean towels will be available for guests. We respectfully ask that the hirer leave the property in a similar condition at the end of their stay. Additional charges may be made for extra cleaning should the property require it or the cottage is left in an unreasonable condition.


We request that guests respect the property, its fixtures and fittings and its contents. Any breakages, damages or stains must be reported. Please refer to booking conditions detailed above.


We, under no circumstances, accept responsibility for loss or damage to the possessions of the guests, their cars (including contents), or for any personal injury. Guests use the local amenities at their own risk.


Should the terms and conditions of the cottages be in any way breached (confirmed or otherwise), the owner reserves the right to enter the cottage and/or terminate the contract without prejudice.


In the unlikely event that the cottage is unable to be rented or facilities as stated, liability is restricted to the return of monies paid only.

We reserve the right to make changes to the property, including any relevant enhancements to décor, furniture, fixtures and fittings etc. We endeavour to ensure that all changes are in keeping with the style of the property. We shall not be liable for any such alterations to the property.


‘Owners’ or ‘we’ refer to the proprietors of the cottages. ‘Guests’ refers to all persons listed on the booking form. ‘Visitors’ refers to any persons visiting guests at the cottages.

The latest copy of these terms and conditions supersedes all other published versions.

Revised December 2012
Fingerling Barn/Little Fingerling
Valley Springs
Sherford, Kingsbridge

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