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Ashwater near Holsworthy, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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3 Customer Reviews


    I don't know when a representative of Sykes Cottages last visited Blagdon Farm (Ashwater, Devon) in order to update the photos and details on their website, but it must be several years ago! When we got there we thought we had the wrong place as it looked like the local rubbish dump or scrap yard. The "reception" was a dilapidated shed with a sign on it asking visitors to ring the bell and wait to be given the key to the lodge. We had a look around while waiting and were a little worried to see piles of scrap in one of the fields next to the Lodges and so much undergrowth leading down to the lake, that we weren’t sure where we were going to walk our dog. When the owner finally turned up, he spent 40 minutes telling us how the lodge had recently been upgraded and redecorated. I'm not sure who by, but maybe the decorator was going for the dirty, shabby look. They certainly excelled. The bathroom was the dirtiest I have ever seen, with black mould everywhere, toothpaste in the bottom of the water glass and I'm not even going to mention the toilet in case you're eating while you read this! There was a dried piece of used chewing gum on the kitchen work top and flies buzzing around. It was late by the time we discovered all this and our young son was hungry so I cleaned what I could. Luckily I had brought our son's bedding because the sheets on his bed had mould stains on them. There were no towels even though the website said these were provided, so had to use our towels I had brought for the swimming pool. The next day we spoke to the owner and asked why there were no towels. He gave some convoluted explanation that during COVID, visitors were getting fake tan on the towels so they stopped providing them. He kept saying that he had told Sykes on numerous occasions that they didn’t provide towels any more but they hadn’t changed the website. We then went to the building that housed the swimming pool and games room that’s also advertised on Sykes’ website. The pool was full of brown stagnant water and the games room was a storage room. To say that our son was disappointed is an understatement. I usually only leave reviews if there is something positive to say, but I feel that on this occasion I need to warn others that Sykes Cottages failed miserably with their website description and I would avoid Blagdon Farm as a relaxing, comfortable, clean destination.

    Reviewed by Suzanna1.3Mar 2023

  • "Amazing break , great friendly people beautiful location and no fireworks what so ever."

    The dogs where so peaceful the whole trip it’s as if they know what was going on and the staff where helpful in all ways possible. Would recommend this place to anybody who needs a break from the city life … deffo going to be a return visit to planned for next year

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Nov 2021

  • "This is the perfect base to explore all of Devon and Cornwall."

    It is on a working farm with pigs and sheep in pens. Roaming free are geese, chickens and turkeys which is so lovely to see. The accommodation has a beautiful view over the fishing lake and has everything you need to enjoy your break. Take everything needed(food etc) as it really is rural so no local shops to stroll to. Bob the owner cannot do more to help, we had a fantastic time thanks to his knowledge of beaches shops etc. I wouldn't change a thing about this place and will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Jan 2020

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size and 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire
  • Gas central heating, electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, washing machine, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent but towels are not provided
  • Off-road parking is available
  • Enclosed decking area with furniture
  • Three well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.2 miles and pub 3.3 miles
  • Note: The property is very wheelchair friendly
  • Note: There is a lake at this property, children should be supervised

The property

Holsworthy 5.2 miles.

Kestrel is a stunning lodge based in Ashwater, Devon, on the site of a working farm, The property itself boasts two spacious bedrooms; a double and twin, with a large wet room housing a lovely shower and is very wheelchair-friendly.

Step into the open-plan living room, where you can enjoy a relaxing evening with your loved ones, while catching up with your favourite shows.

Cook up a storm in the well-equipped kitchen, while the dining area offers space for gatherings over a glass of wine, or for planning the day's events.

Use the decking area to sit out in the afternoon sun and delight in the stunning lake and country views with a refreshing beverage.

Kestrel is the ultimate choice for a countryside break to Devon.

Note: Property can be booked with Refs. 955399, 955401, 955403, 955404 and 955405, together they sleep 20 people.

Blagdon Farm Cottages

A group of charming, homely bungalows based conveniently on the Blagdon Farm Holiday Park, near the delightful village of Ashwater in Devon. All of the cottages are all ground level with spacious open plan living areas, stylish and well-equipped kitchens, ample dining furniture and TVs with built-in DVD players for you to sit back and enjoy. They come with ramps and wetrooms, making them ideal for people with limited mobility to enjoy a break in this luscious location. The bedrooms are well-presented and decorated with characterful pine decor. Each of the Blagdon Farm Cottages has its own private decking with delightful furniture and simply incredible views over the park's coarse fishing lake which you are more than welcome to use. Blagdon Farm also offers free WiFi, an indoor heated pool and a games room which will be shared with other guests. Sheep and lambs can be seen during the spring and summer on the grass outside the lodges. There is also a fishing lake which is free of charge, with it being in the south-west peninsula, the lake rarely freezes over, thus fishing can take place all year round. Bait and terminal tackle can also be purchased, with a small discount for residential guests, and a 10% discount if bait is ordered at least a week in advance. They come in an excellent rural location, near the village of Ashwater which offers your basic amenities in a pub, shop and Post Office. The popular seaside resort of Bude is within a short drive away and is an excellent place to visit, it has something for everybody. While you're in the area, take a drive towards the small market town of Holsworthy, where you will discover many tourist attractions including Holsworthy Museum, dating back to the 18th century and showcasing exhibitions on the local history of the town, World War II and many more. Drive towards the wonderful Dunsdon National Nature Reserve for plenty of open trails for walking and cycling, with a dramatic landscape to explore. Take a trip to the coastline for a variety of coastal villages offering a plethora of local sandy beaches, perfect for family day trips, before returning to your delightful holiday home for a restful evening.

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About the location


Bude 10 miles; Launceston 13.7 miles; Barnstaple 25 miles.

The ancient market town of Holsworthy lies nestled amid the rolling green hills of Tarka Country. There are many different landscapes within the region, from rugged cliffs and sandy beaches to rolling farmland and lush valleys. Holsworthy has much to offer, including a swimming pool, tennis court and splendid park with bowling green. The town centre boasts a varied selection of traditional shops, pubs and cafés, based around the market square. There is an 18-hole golf course just outside the town, while the local area is rich with opportunities for fishing, sailing, cycling and walking. The sandy beaches at Bude are within easy reach, while further afield visitors can explore the changing face of the South West Coastal Path, dramatic Exmoor and Dartmoor, and unspoilt Bodmin Moor, or simply relax in the quiet countryside that typifies North Devon.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas