South Devon (UK)


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

Single parent family holidays in South Devon

This holiday is currently not available. Please check here for our current single parent holiday programme.

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 one of our fun-packed weeks in Devon!

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 been named the South West’s best self-catering accommodation by South West Tourism Excellence Awards and just won Bronze in the Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable category at the VisitEngland Awards for Exellence 2023! 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:

Included in our prices is your room with ensuite bedroom in one of our two barns, breakfast essentials, and the services of your Single Parents on Holiday host. For more information, go through our drop down menu/tabs, email us or give us a call 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.

  • 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, just outside the village of Moorhaven, enjoy 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.

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.

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

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"Ian the host went above and beyond what I would have expected. Thanks to his dedication, the holiday ran smoothly and a great time was had by all (both parents and children).
The activities were well organised and there was a variety to suit all ages, but you had the option to opt out of activities if you wished.
The farm was idyllic location for children to all play together (in our group from 4 up to 15 years) without their phones, and they all made really good friends. By the end of the week we felt like one extended family!
Asked 'what was the highlight of her week?', my daughter answered 'everything!'"

- Su & Miki (11) - single parent holiday in South Devon, August 2023
"We had a brilliant, fun, restful holiday with lovely people and lots of fun activities! I cannot recommend SPOH highly enough :)!"
- James, Marlow (8) & Clover (5) - single parent holiday in South Devon, August 2022
"Devon was an amazing location, so much to do! Our host was super and so helpful to all the parents. "
- Nicole & James (10) - single parent holiday in South Devon, August 2022
"I took my nearly 3 year old son and at times we would leave early from visits because he would need his nap, that's the only thing different about taking a toddler. But I think the nap was more for me than him!
The accommodation was perfect (I asked for a bed against the wall for co sleeping and I got what I wanted) but I still needed to keep a sharp eye on him when wondering around the place which is understandable because it is not enclosed. The accommodation was split and he liked to pop down and up all the time... I was more tired than he was! Every morning he would groom the donkeys and his favourite visit was the farm (cuddling the piglets) and the beautiful beach where he explored the rock pools looking for crab with all the other children on the holiday. Everyone was really helpful and were lovely company. We look forward to booking again next year. "

- Annabel & Jonty (2) - single parent holiday in South Devon, August 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

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.


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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.

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