South Devon (UK)


Stay at our award-winning barns and discover the highlights of South Devon this summer!

12/08/2022 - 19/08/2022, Fully Booked

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Single Parent Family Holidays in South Devon – August 2022

Discover the beauty and wilderness of South Devon, with its pretty beaches and coastal villages and the heather clad moorlands, pretty medieval villages, and rare wildlife of Dartmoor National Park – exhilarating places with an abundance of things to do for families. Join us on one of our single parent holidays in the south of the UK, hosted by one of our team members and enjoy a fun-packed week.


Our accommodation is part of a collection of several farm house cottages. We have rented the two largest barns, which each have 5 modern ensuite bedrooms for double, triple and quadruple occupancy, a large modern well-stocked kitchen as well as large dining and sitting areas with large screens. Located on the southern boundary of Dartmoor National Park near Ivybridge, the farm enjoys panoramic views across the moor on one side and the South Hams, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the other. It is the ideal starting point for walking the moor as well as visiting some of Devon’s most beautiful beaches and attractions. The site is an oasis of rural tranquillity, and a safe place for children to roam. There is a separate barn for the kids to unwind and play games, a lovely south facing courtyard great for relaxing, a guest lawn overlooking the countryside, a BBQ area, private woodland and two resident donkeys!

Our Programme:

Your Single Parents on Holiday host will help you make the most of your stay by organising scenic family walks, a day at the beach, a farm trip, and a visit of  Dartmoor National Park amongst other things. For more information on what we suggest for your stay, s. Our Programme.

Our Prices:

Prices include accommodation in a double, triple, or quadruple bedroom with private ensuite, breakfast essentials, and the services of your Single Parents on Holiday tour guide. Please go to Prices & Dates to find out more.

For more information on this single parent holiday in the UK, please go to the individual tabs (or drop down menu on mobile). You can also fill in our contact form, email us, or call us on 0333 370 3701. We will answer all of your questions!

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Your Programme:

Your SPoH host will offer lots of excursions for our single parent families. From experience not everyone in the group joins every trip. Below is an outline of activities suggested for your week of stay. Your host will adapt the programme based on ages of the kids booked, restrictions and  the group’s preferences:

  • Mothecombe Beach or South Milton Sands, sandy beaches perfect for rock pooling and sandcastles
  • River Dart Country Park, a 90 acre park inside Dartmoor packed with family activities, incl. high rope, mega zip wire, climbing, etc.
  • local family walks: Long Timber Woods or a walk through the South Hams taking in the views of the coast
  • Pennywell farm with its miniature donkeys and pigs, hedgehogs, ‘funky fowl’, goats, ponies, alpacas, etc.
  • inside Dartmoor: see the wild horses as you drive to Widecombe in the Moor and Haytor and stop at a lovely farm shop for coffee
  • Plymouth Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the UK with over 4,000 marine animals
  • Start Bay: Visit Start Point Lighthouse, walk the coastal paths, spot marine wildlife, or visit one of the nearby beaches and coastal towns

Alternatively, you could book an alpaca experience, a steam train ride or a Devon sea safari, visit Sparkwell Zoo, Woodlands Family Theme Park, and much more. There is lots to do in the area!

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South Devon – the coast, the South Hams and Dartmoor National Park

Our barns on the edge of Dartmoor are ideally located to explore South Devon and the national park.  From here you can discover the South Devon coastline, with its sandy expanses and stunning secluded coves, rugged cliffs, pretty coastal villages and diverse waterside market towns. You will also find some of the best beaches in the UK here, from sheltered bays to sandy stretches, no two beaches are the same and all offer hours of fun for families.

South Hams is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty stretching from the southern tip of Dartmoor National Park, to Devon’s south coast. It is a unique and diverse landscape dotted with quaint villages, nature reserves, and historic towns, such as famous Salcombe or Totnes, and a paradise for outdoor lovers.

Dartmoor National Park in the north of the South Hams is a vast moorland, and has been protected as a national park since 1951. An area of 954 km2 of heather clad moors, steep hills, and rugged tors, it is one of the last great wildernesses in the UK. The region is dotted with pretty villages, abandoned medieval farmhouses, Bronze Age stone circles and castle ruins. The landscape is best known for its wetlands and rock formations (tors), forests, rivers and roaming Dartmoor ponies. Its bottomless mires, craggy tors and thick mists have, no doubt, stirred the imagination of locals over centuries leading to colourful tales of pixies, ghosts and witchcraft, some of which are kept alive today through local tradition and folklore.

South Devon has something for everyone, from gentle walks to steep climbs, hacks over the moor on horseback and cycling, to kayaking and wild swimming. There are lots of outdoor activities and family attractions in and around the area as well as some excellent beaches within easy reach, such as Wembury, Bantham, Bigbury-on-Sea, Mothecombe, and Blackpool Sands.

The farm’s location

Our farm is located on the southern boundary of the Dartmoor national park just outside the village of Moorhaven. It enjoys unrivalled views of the unspoilt moorland on one side and the rolling South Hams countryside on the other, including views to the sea to the south in the distance. The nearest town is Ivybridge, which is a 10 minute trip by car.  The ancient town is rich in history with a medieval packhorse bridge that gives the town its name and a number of characterful pubs offering speciality ales from local brewers. It is also the starting point of the Two Moors Way – a long distance walking route to Lynmouth on the North Coast of Exmoor.

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Below is a selection of holiday reviews of our first single parent holiday in South Devon in the October half term 2021 and May half term 2022:

"I was so nervous going on holiday alone with my 3 year old for the first time. But everyone was so lovely, and everything was so well organised, we quickly settled and made friends with everyone. The trips were brilliant, especially Pennywell Farm. And the accommodation was lovely with private rooms but a large communal space to get together, eat, drink, and let the kids play. I’m looking forward to booking another trip for next year."
- Simone & Addie (3) - single parent holiday in South Devon, May half term 2022
"A fab holiday from start to finish. Sandra spoke to me on phone first as it was my first SPoH trip so I had some questions. Then when I got there it was so well thought out. Blackadon Farm was a great place in a beautiful setting. We loved that you could walk to the river and across the golf course to their clubhouse for yummy food. I was nervous as a single parent trying a holiday like this but Ruby was so welcoming and friendly. She really looked after us. She organised all our trips to various attractions as a group. She joined us on all the adventures and the chilled out evenings too. She got us chatting as a group and played board games with the kids in the evening so us mums could catch up over a glass of vino. We got on very well as a group. I'll be booking again! "
- Emma & Alissa (6) - single parent holiday in South Devon, October half term 2021
"I was hesitant about going as my son is only 2 years old, however our host was really welcoming and good with him and he had a great time mixing with the other children. The proximity of the room to the communal area gave me the chance to socialise in the evening too. We were able to join in with the daytime activities around the local area but we equally enjoyed playing in the stream and with the donkeys at the cottages. I’d definitely recommend this holiday for adults and children of all ages."
- Roberta & Emmy (2) - single parent holiday in South Devon, October half term 2021
"The holiday was really well organised and our host could not have been better. She was great company and helped us all bond together. My daughter enjoyed it very much."
- Karen & Ellie (12) - single parent holiday in South Devon, October half term 2021
Departing ReturningAdult & Child 1 16+Child 1 (0 – 15)Child 2, 3 & 4 (0-15)Availability
12/08/202219/08/2022£490£450£225 (50% discount)Fully Booked

To check if you are eligible for our loyalty or early booking discount, please go to single parent discounts.

Please note that on this holiday 2nd and 3rd children up to the age of 15 are reduced by 50%. We have double and triple rooms and one spacious quadruple room on this holiday.

Included in our price

  • double, twin, triple and quadruple rooms with ensuite bathroom
  • welcome drink
  • breakfast essentials provided
  • fully equipped kitchens incl. dishwashers and Nespresso machines
  • gas central heating
  • south facing courtyard, guest lawn, BBQ area, heated barn with table tennis, pool table, etc.
  • smart TV in the shared lounge areas – you can hook up your Netflix
  • car parking at the farmhouses
  • services of a Single Parents on Holiday host

NOT included in our price

  • any fees relating to excursions and activities, such as as car park fees, entrance fees and cost of activities
  • meals
  • transport
  • laundry facilities (coin operated washing machine and tumble dryer)
  • electric car charging facility

Most of our single parent families will arrive by car from other part of the UK. Should you wish to fly or come by train and need help with booking a transfer from Exeter airport (45 minutes) or Bristol airport (1 h 50 mins), or a nearby train station, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist!


Our Financial Protection Insurance

Single Parents on Holiday Ltd. is a company committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, and in accordance with the “The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018” all passengers booking with Single Parents on Holiday Ltd. are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation invoice. The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Single Parents on Holiday Ltd.

In the unlikely event of Insolvency of Single Parents On Holiday Ltd. please follow the steps set out on our insurance page.

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