Stapledon Lodge

East Anstey near Dulverton, Devon (Ref. 7464)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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Knapp House Cottages

A group of four wonderful holiday lodge apartments set within two wings of Knapp House on the outskirts of the village of East Anstey, four miles from the town of Dulverton, known as the gateway to Exmoor. These four purpose-built Dulverton cottages each have their own unique theme and offer quality accommodation. Guests are able to wander freely in the gardens behind the house and there are benches to relax and enjoy a picnic or a glass of bubbly. Knapp House is a beautiful example of a country house designed in the Arts and Crafts style and was built as a hunting lodge in 1907. These Dulverton cottages provide a tranquil retreat from which to explore Exmoor, one of Britain’s greenest National Parks. The National Park has a wealth of pretty villages and walks in open unspoilt countryside. There are National Trust properties and gardens locally, plus sandy beaches with good surfing available at Woolacombe and Croyde Bay. Taking a ride on the cliff railway at the picturesque villages of Lynton and Lynmouth is essential. There is excellent fishing, horse riding and shooting in the area or you may just wish to relax in a village pub with a Devon cream tea or a pint of ale.

The property

A spacious ground floor Dulverton cottage within the grounds of the superb Knapp House boasting an open plan living area with woodburning stove, perfect for snuggling in front of after a bracing walk on Exmoor. This Dulverton cottage has an immaculately-presented, well-equipped kitchen with a range cooker as part of a large barn-style living area with French doors opening onto a patio, ideal for alfresco dining. This Dulverton cottage will ensure plenty of relaxation in a wonderful area. Note: This property is in a group with Refs. 8527, 8528 and 8529 and together they can accommodate 13.


All ground floor. One king-size double bedroom with en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove and beams.


  • Eco-friendly biomass heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric range cooker with oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Shared extensive grounds with picnic tables and deckchairs
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4 miles.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Previous Reviews are Spot On!”
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    • “It’s a bit tough to find anything to add to the previous reviews as they were all absolutely right. This accommodation is lovely with everything you need and a wonderfully comfortable bed, great hosts who are there if you want them but also leave you in peace, fab location and overall pretty much top class. Couldn’t rate it high enough and hope to return in the future to enjoy the tranquility of the location. My thanks to Mike and Michelle”

    David C, Haywards Heath, United Kingdom, August 2015

    • “Excellent location, brilliant hosts - superb!”
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    • “We had high hopes for this lodge and all were exceeded. Simply walking inside, you feel at home. There can be no negatives said of anything of this accommodation. The kitchen has absolutely everything you need, there is plenty of warmth both from heating and the fireplace and the grounds are lovely. We could have easily stayed longer and would recommend this as a stay. The Devon countryside is simply stunning and the location is ideally placed between things to see. The hosts are simply lovely people who made the stay exceptional. Thank you Mr & Mrs M!”

    Jeremy L, July 2015

    • “absolutely delightful!”
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    • “We wanted / needed a break that was not too far from home (east Somerset), somewhere which was comfortable, would accept our very calm Labrador, and from where we could explore a variety of places; East Anstey, near Dulverton, and Knapp House specifically seemed to fit the bill - what a brilliant choice we made! Stapledon Lodge was exactly what we wanted - to describe it as shabby chik touches on its character but does it an enormous injustice at the same time as there's nothing shabby about this home - quiet, comfortable, very nicely appointed throughout, with the most accommodating hosts imaginable, always available but never 'in your face'. Being close, but not in any way troubled by, the owners' horses, sheep, and other signs of the 'Good Life' was an added unexpected bonus. An excellent touring base - easy access to Dunster, Porlock, Lynmouth, across to Clovelly and all points in between - this is a wonderful location. If there's a draw back, it's the lack of a good eating pub within easy walking distance, but Woods in Dulverton is very highly recommended!”

    Chris S, Somerset, United Kingdom, November 2014

    • “Wonderful lodge in quiet location with excellent hosts.”
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    • “A beautiful lodge with accommodation which was on a par with a five star hotel. Hosts provided a welcoming cream tea and the week was very enjoyable indeed.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Colesden, August 2013

    • “Great location and super accommodation.”
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    • “We had a great week at Stapledon Lodge. Accommodation very stylish and comfortable. A free supply of logs was most welcome as the weather was cool and it was good to cozy up in the evenings. The owners were very helpful and nothing too much trouble. The cream tea on arrival was a nice touch and proper loose leaf tea too! The lodge is in a great location for exploring Exmoor and with Dulverton on your doorstep it's just a short drive to the shops or to indulge in a meal at Woods, definitely our favourite bar/restaurant. I went riding at Pine Lodge stables a short distance away which was a very good experience, super horses etc. We often go to Exmoor and wouldn't hesitate to stay at Stapledon Lodge again.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Bristol, June 2013

    • “Great location, friendly owners, excellent accommodation.”
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    • “Couldn't have had a more friendly helpful welcome. The home is splendid with high ceilings and full of character and we found it very peaceful and relaxing. Location was good and central for visiting lots of places. There was nothing we didn't like about it an excellent place to stay.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Derby, May 2013

    • “Comfortable, clean, country cottage - ideal for walking and dog”
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    • “Ideal country cottage for walking - Devon was lovely and plenty to do and see. Good pub nearby in Dulverton - easy walk on nice day. Weather this year excellent - only summer we had in 2011 - which made the holiday. Lovely coastal walks. Cottage very clean and pretty well stocked.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Harrogate, December 2011

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    • “A very comfortable cottage on the ground floor with terrace and use of the grounds. In a relaxing quiet neighbourhood.”

    Mrs Westerbeek, Bladel The Netherlands, July 2015

    • “A nice relaxing week in a lovely setting. Warm and cosy. It was dog friendly and a wonderful area to visit with a variety of walks for us all.”

    Mr Cowley, Tavistock, March 2015

    • “A stylish property set in lovely countryside. Owners were friendly and helpful with information on local amenities but you do need transport as nearest shop ,pub or restaurant is approx 5 miles away. Local town of Dulverton is delightful with everything we needed. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would return.”

    Mrs Belk, Stockport, November 2014

    • “Absolutely everything. Couldn't fault it. We do hope to come back one day.”

    Mr Sneath, Worcester Park, August 2014

    • “The surroundings were peaceful, which made for a restful break. The lodge was perfectly decorated, very clean and comfortable with plenty of home comforts.The bathroom was lovely and gardens were beautiful. The owners were very friendly and helpful.”

    Mr Carter, Grays, July 2014

    • “The standard of the property is excellent and it fully deserves the 5 star rating. The owners are very friendly and welcoming, which is expressed both personally and through the welcome pack where you are made to feel at home. I have never been to a property that has a box called 'what you may be looking for may be in here'; in it were needle and cotton, tooth brushes, light bulbs etc. This to me sums up the owners and how well they look after their clients' needs. Really well thought out by the owners; we cannot fault a thing.”

    Mr Hunt, Hayfield, June 2014

    • “Very friendly, welcoming and helpful owners. Excellent accommodation set in beautiful grounds. This property is ideal if you want a quiet and relaxing holiday in an area with with very little traffic. It is located in stunning countryside with easy access to Exmoor's rugged moors and wooded combs and river valleys that can be enjoyed via the many rights of way and circular walks that vary in length and difficulty. Excellent food and beverages can be had in the quaint pubs waiting for the visitor to discover in the tucked away tiny villages.”

    Mr Burton, Coalville,, April 2014

    • “We liked the setting, the area, the scenery. Good standard of accommodation and also dog friendly.”

    Mrs Graham, Lyme Regis, March 2014

    • “5 star accommodation, friendly hosts and an excellent base for touring Exmoor.”

    Mr Saville, Truro, March 2014

    • “The property was very clean and the owners provided a cream tea for us on arrival, which was so nice of them.”

    Mrs Burley, Sutton Coldfield, December 2013

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About the location


Dulverton 4 miles; Tiverton 13 miles.

The village of East Anstey lies in the heart of beautiful unspoilt countryside, four miles from the picturesque market town of Dulverton. Known as the gateway to Exmoor, Dulverton offers the River Barle, which flows under a Grade I listed, 3000 year old stone clapper bridge. The town also boasts pretty buildings and medieval winding streets, along with a wealth of award winning restaurants and pubs, quality gift shops and tea rooms. The spectacular North Devon coast is within driving distance with the picturesque villages of Lynton and Lynmouth well worth visiting. Spend a day at the wonderful sandy beaches of Croyde Bay, Woolacombe and Saunton Sands, all of which provide fabulous opportunities for surfing. East Anstey is an ideal base to explore the magnificent rolling landscapes of Exmoor and the dramatic North Devon coastline.

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