Zeal Monachorum near Crediton, Devon (Ref. 16585)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

Crediton 9.3 miles. A semi-detached converted stone barn, originally built more than 200 years ago and standing in a rural position on the owners' non-working farm near the tiny village of Zeal Monachorum, near Crediton in mid Devon. This stunning Crediton cottage is presented to a high standard, and has fabulous views of the Devon countryside around the farm, where there are ponies, sheep, chickens and a well-stocked fishing lake. The open plan tiled living area combines character features and luxurious furnishings, creating a cosy warm atmosphere ideal for relaxing and dining. The first floor of this Devon cottage has a double and a twin bedroom, plus bathroom, making it ideal for two couples or a family. Guests are welcome to visit the ponies, relax by the lake with a book, spot birds by the stream or take advantage of the fully-stocked fishing lake. This cottage near Crediton is set in a rural area of Devon known as Ruby Country and offers many walks and cycle routes along waymarked paths, including the well-known Tarka Trail which uses old railway tracks. The cathedral city of Exeter is a half hour drive from this Crediton cottage where there is plenty of shopping, a renowned university, theatre, and historic quayside area now offering bijou shops and cafes. A stay in this Crediton cottage will provide ample opportunity for relaxation and interesting places to discover. Note: This property is next to Ref 16299 and together they sleep 9 people.


Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request). Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Ground floor basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.


Electric central heating. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Off road parking for 2 cars. Paddock with orchard and stream. Use of stocked fishing lake (rod licence required). Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop and pub 1 mile. Note: Due to lake and stream, children must be supervised at all times. Note: The owner is a fully qualified Swedish Massage Therapist and Aromatherapist and can offer luxury facials and body massage treatments on site.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “really nice cottage”
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    • “Beautiful location stunning scenery loved the cottage owners were more than welcoming but never over bearing inside the accommodation was immaculate probably the best we have ever stayed in.wife fell in love with the horses will definitely be going back.many thanks to Dave and Jovan”

    Jon J, November 2014

    • “Outstanding”
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    • “A group of four spent a week at this location. From the moment we arrived the owners were friendly and very helpful. The property was spotless and nicely decorated with everything you need for a stay. The beds are amazing to sleep in. The location is perfect to explore Devon as it's fairly central so easy to branch off to different places. The fishing lake is one of the best places we have ever fished. We literally caught one after another and all were good sizes. We will definitely be staying again and can not recommend this highly enough.”

    Stuart T, September 2014

    • “superb cottage in lovely countryside & a wonderful break for bot”
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    • “the cottage was absolutely immaculate & well equipped. the owners david & jovan along with their son jaxson were a lovely family & very friendly & helpful. the lake fishing was fantastic, so many good size fish it was an anglers dream.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Worcester, December 2013

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    • “Friendly owners could not do enough for you, a lovely place to chill out for the week with no worries. Very well appointed property in a quiet rural location. Very comfortable beds, lovely grounds, can't wait to go back!”

    Mr O'halloran, Chatham, September 2015

    • “The cottage provided a wonderful 'away from it all' break, it was so peaceful and quiet. The owners were very nice and helpful.”

    Mrs Wright, Rushden, September 2015

    • “The cottage was excellent and the hosts most welcoming. The farm itself is lovely; very tranquil and quiet. We had a lovely time, thank you.”

    Mrs Ellis, Coventry, August 2015

    • “The property is amazing and in a fantastic location. The owners could not have been more welcoming and we had an amazing time. The kids loved visiting the horses and were allowed to feed them and I would definitely recommend this break to any of my friends or family.”

    Mr Maratos, Andover, April 2015

    • “We loved our time at Lakeside. Our hosts were welcoming and took real care of us. The barn conversion is done beautifully and it was hard to tear ourselves away from the stunning views of the countryside and the peace and tranquillity of the setting. An absolute gem!”

    Mrs Roberts, Henley-on-Thames, April 2015

    • “Peaceful & quiet with beautiful countryside all around. The fishing lake was superb. It was a fantastic barn conversion - overall probably the best holiday accommodation we have ever stopped in. The location makes it ideal to travel North or South Devon.”

    Mr Causier, Birmingham, March 2015

    • “The cottage was delightful with modern decor and everything was immaculate. We had no hesitation in using items out of the cupboards without having to wash them first and the sheets and towels were snowy white. We had full control of the heating, such an important feature when the weather is so changeable . The views are wonderful and a delight to wake up to. Owners are on hand if needed and they are really nice and welcoming.”

    Mrs West, Blackwood, November 2014

    • “An exceptionally well finished and clean cottage in a great location. Very friendly owners who have put a lot of effort into making the cottage somewhere comfortable to stay. We stayed in late October and the electric radiators kept the place nice and warm.”

    Mr Watkins, Reading, October 2014

    • “A lovely quiet spot with superb views and good fishing.”

    Mrs Eyers, Westerham, October 2014

    • “The owners could not do enough to make our stay enjoyable. The cottage is set in beautiful countryside with a well stocked fishing lake. Cottage was immaculate and comfy. Definitely one to be recommended for a peaceful and relaxing break.”

    Mrs Davis, Hornchurch, September 2014

    • “Cottage was immaculate. Lovely quiet location. Warm welcome from the owner. Fresh eggs and milk supplied on arrival day.”

    Mrs Wilson, Prestatyn, August 2014

    • “A perfect sized property and layout for our family of 3. Beautiful location and views.”

    Mr Hammond, Ashford, July 2014

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About the location


Exeter 8.5 miles.

A busy market town 8.5 miles north west of the cathedral city of Exeter, and situated in an area of Devon known as “Red Devon” so called because of the distinctive red soil which is of prime agricultural quality, and excellent for growing swedes. This is a rural area of Devon which is tranquil, unspoilt and where ruby cattle are seen grazing amongst the rolling green meadows. There are many scattered villages with welcoming inns, well stocked farm shops and friendly locals. Crediton has a wide range of shops selling gifts and groceries, a fabulous farmers’ market, modern leisure centre and plenty of family friendly pubs. Crediton is less than 10 miles from Dartmoor National Park which provides excellent walking and horse riding opportunities and a half hour drive from the beautiful city of Exeter where there are theatres, stunning cathedral, shopping malls, and historic quay with waterfront cafes, antique shops and bars.

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