A Brief History of Lower Grimpstonleigh, before our Accommodation there was………
Our luxury Self Catering Barns lie a few miles north of the market town of Kingsbridge nestling in peaceful valley lies Grimpstonleigh. After driving down a quaint lane off the Kingsbridge to Totnes road you will find yourself in the valley to Lower Grimpstonleigh where our superb luxury self catering Barns (Top & Cider) and Apple Cottage can be found.
The Manor of Grimpstonleigh was held by Anolth prior to 1066 and past into the ownership of Auvrai of Breton along with 22 other Lordships in Devon at the taking of the Doomsday Book.
Kevin and his son Robbie have over the past 13 years unearthed various artifacts in the 13 acres of Lower Grimpstonleigh including pottery from the stream next to stunning Cider Barn, dating back to medieval times and beyond, including a flint arrow head. The star find being, part of a riding stirrup identified by the local museum as 13th Century, discovered during the conversion and restoration of Cider Barn.
The Barns at Lower Grimpstonleigh have now been restored and converted over the past ten years to provide luxury self catering holiday accommodation to the highest standard set in the heart of South Devon near to Kingsbridge, Salcombe and Dartmouth. Our sublime self catering barns are your perfect home away from home in the countryside.
Cider Making At Grimpstonleigh
Vintage Cider and Apple Juice
There are three orchards (Top, Main & Little) at Lower Grimpstonleigh from which Kevin has been making vintage cider and apple juice for nearly 15 years supplying the needs of barn guests along with many other thirsty visitors. The apple varieties are old and varied exceeding over thirty different types of trees. We welcome our guests to help make one of Devon’s most unique ciders, we encourage our guests to come visit the orchards and help with pressing during harvest time. Now available at The Beach House South Milton….Kingsbridge Wine Room Kingsbridge….Aune Valley Farm shop…
Country Walks from Grimpstonleigh
Our luxury self catering barns are laced with superb green lanes and stunning bridle paths leading from Grimpstonleigh across over Torr Brook, eventually leading to the beautiful River Avon. The lanes and footpaths lead to Woodleigh and then down to the River Avon via the old Loddiswell Railway Station, once part of the ‘Primrose Line’ (linking Kingsbridge to South Brent). Short walks are marked on maps provided for guests in our luxury self catering barns.