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Q&C and travel partner Further Afield introduce Tony and Gordon, owners of Kaywana Hall in Devon, the perfect property for holiday-makers wanting that extra touch of class this summer. We take a dip in their seasonal pool, visit the local village and take a ferry trip to Dartmouth for the day with the boys.
We are heading down to Devon for the latest in Further Afield’s travel picks for your perfect summer getaway. Kaywana Hall is an amazing modern home, with a contemporary design and floor to ceiling glass windows. It includes a superb seasonal pool, and proves quite the contrast to a traditional English B&B escape.
Standing in 12 acres of its own woodland, the house has just four rooms, all of which feel more like suites, so any visit to Kaywana means you're guaranteed a top-notch quality and luxurious break.
It's also close to the nearby village and a selection of quaint English pubs, plus it's short trip by ferry to Dartmouth for that day trip adventure.
Owners Tony and Gordon talk us through how they’ve created their utopian woodland dream and why it's the perfect escape for Q&C readers.
Tony and Gordon
Property: Kaywana Hall, Kingswear, Devon
Type of Property: B&B
Price: From £165 per room per night. Two night min stay
FA: Were you always country boys or did you have to make a leap from city life?
We’ve always loved the countryside, but we moved to Devon from London in 2005. Gordon began work as a GP in Torquay – where he worked for number of years before switching to work as a locum – and Tony had a retail related business before selling up to focus on the B&B.
FA: How did you end up running your business?
Tony has a catering background so we were looking for a property that would lend itself to being turned into a small hotel or B&B. After an extensive renovation of the house – with its fascinating “butterfly” roof - Kaywana Hall opened in 2009 with one room, then in 2011 we added two more and a final room in 2016.
FA: Tell us a bit about the country pursuits that are on offer either through you or through providers in the immediate area that you work with.
Country pursuits on our doorstep include kayaking, sailing and horse riding. At nearby nature reserve Slapton Ley there’s a wide programme of events including Wild Food Foraging, Seashore Adventure, and Survive in the Wild. For something different head to Brixham Fish Market where you can take a fascinating early morning tour of the market, before visiting one of the town’s fab eateries to try the fish!
FA: What’s your favorite walk and are you a dog friendly place to stay?
We love the walk from our village round the coast to Coleton Fishacre, home of the D'Oyly Carte Family and run by the National Trust. The house is stunning and the gardens beautiful, sloping down to the rocky coves below.
FA: Do you have a favorite pub or restaurant nearby?
Our favourite restaurant is The Seahorse in Dartmouth run by well known chef Mitch Tonks. It’s a really easy trip from Kaywana Hall too - a 15 minute walk to the ferry to Dartmouth which takes three minutes to reach the restaurant.
FA: If you’re looking for a bit of culture where do you head to?
For culture Plymouth has two excellent theatres which often have pre-West End shows, but with the countryside and everything it offers and Dartmouth just down the road, it’s not something you need to do often.
FA: What’s the best thing about running your business?
For us it has been about meeting some great people from all over the world, some of whom have become friends, and we’ve visited previous guests as far afield as New Zealand.
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