South Devon (UK)


Discover the highlights of South Devon from our award-winning barns on the edge of Dartmoor National Park

28/07/2023 - 04/08/2023, Available: BOOK NOW

04/08/2023 - 11/08/2023, Available: BOOK NOW

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Early Booking Discount applies until 31/01/2023!

Single Parent Holiday in South Devon

Discover the highlights of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on this fully-organised group holiday for single parents and their children: Pretty coastal villages, endless sandy and pebbly beaches, rolling hills, and heather clad moorlands, wild ponies, and medieval sites – the area is not only beautiful, there is also an abundance of things to do here for families with kids of all ages. Book now and join us for a fun-packed week!

The farmhouse:

Our award-winning accommodation The Cottages at Blackadon Farm is one of Devon’s most sustainable businesses with solar panels, a spring water supply, locally and ethically sourced linens, furniture and fittings, and electric car chargers. It’s even been named the South West’s best self-catering accommodation by South West Tourism Excellence Awards! We have rented the two largest barns, with five newly renovated ensuite bedrooms each, as well as a large well-stocked and modern kitchen and large dining and sitting areas with flat screen TVs each.

Located on the southern boundary of Dartmoor National Park, the farm enjoys panoramic views across the moor and the South Hams, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 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 also a den 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, two resident miniature donkeys who help cut the grass, and two sprockerpoos!

Our Programme:

Your SPoH host will help you make the most of your stay in South Devon by organising scenic family walks, a day at the beach, a farm trip, a visit of  Dartmoor National Park and much more. For more information go to Our Programme.

Our Prices:

Adults are £550, first children £490, and second & third children £245 each. Prices include accommodation in your own ensuite bedroom, breakfast essentials, and the services of your Single Parents on Holiday host. For more details on what is included, please go to Prices & Dates and for more details on other aspects of this holiday, click on the drop down menu/tabs, fill in our contact form, email us or simply call us on 0333 370 3701.

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Your Programme:

Your SPoH host will offer to organise a number of excursions for our single parent families. Below is an outline of activities suggested for your week of stay. Your host will adapt the programme to the needs and preferences of the group and the ages of the kids booked:

  • 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
  • local family walk: 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 for pub lunch, climb Haytor and Bonehill Rocks, sample cream tea at a farm shop in Ullacombe and visit the marble museum.
  • Plymouth Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the UK with over 4,000 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. The choice is yours!

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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 farmhouse 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  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 less than 10-minutes away 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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"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 (0-15)Availability
28/07/202304/08/2023£550£490£245 (50% discount)Available, BOOK NOW
04/08/202311/08/2023£550£490£245 (50% discount)Available, BOOK NOW

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

Please note that on this holiday second, third and fourth children under 16 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 – all with ensuite bathroom
  • welcome drinks
  • breakfast essentials
  • fully equipped kitchens incl. dishwashers and Nespresso machines
  • gas central heating
  • south facing courtyard, guest lawn, BBQ area, heated barn with table tennis, 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

As most of our single parent families will arrive by car from the UK, we will not be organising airport or train transfers for this holiday. Naturally, should you require help with booking a transfer from a local airport or train station, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to assist! The nearest train stations are Ivybridge and Totnes.


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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