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The Old Laundry

(Ref. 1005277)

North Tawton, Devon Show on map

4.8

Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely lovely well equipped property in a quiet and relaxing location."

    There are plenty of walks across the 400 acres estate all directly from the front door. If you are looking for a peaceful break that is away from it all and wish connect with nature this is definitely the place to stay. The extra bonuses are the welcoming peacocks and guinea fowl who regularly like to greet you. The lemon drizzle cake was a welcome gesture from our friendly hosts. We will be back for another visit,

    Reviewed by Kim4.7Feb 2024

  • "We loved our time at The Parlour, we will be going back."

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Jan 2024

  • "Excellent"

    Reviewed by Nigel4.4Oct 2023

  • "Myself, husband and dog had a relaxing time at the Old Laundry and the owner had provided very good facilities which made our stay very enjoyable."

    Reviewed by Winifred5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is the 4th cottage we have stayed in via the Sykes website and, in our opinion, not the best."

    The photos of the interior of the property shown on Sykes website were obviously taken some time ago as they do not match the current décor. All the other properties we have stayed at there has always been a welcome pack which is very much appreciated, in particular a pint of milk in the fridge as after a very long journey a cup of tea is most welcome. At this property we were greeted by the owner who welcomed us with some ginger flap jacks which was a nice gesture but there was no milk. We would have brought our own had we known but a 10 hour journey in very hot weather made us decide not to as we sincerely thought there would at least be 1 pint of milk in the fridge. This property is very off the beaten track so no shops within walking distance. Fortunately we asked the owner where the nearest shop was to get some milk and she kindly went back to her own property to pour some milk in a jug for us. After a very welcome cup of tea we went to wash up the mugs and discovered there was no washing up liquid. Under the sink was a dirty sponge which had seen better days and a damp cloth which had clearly been used that day and just hung over a pot to dry which we felt was not very hygienic. There was nothing much else. Therefore the next day we drove to the nearest Tesco in Crediton to buy washing up liquid, sponges to wash up with, some kitchen roll (which is very useful) and, might we add, we also bought some tea-towels as the two that had been left were not very absorbent and, again, had seen better days. As stated above, this is the 4th cottage we have rented from Sykes and this is the first one that we have had to go out and buy cleaning materials. How on earth was we supposed to wash crockery up without washing up liquid. Cleaning materials are something that have always been provided in other properties we have stayed in and if the Old Laundry is not going to supply these essential items then it should at least say so. The sofa in the lounge area is extremely uncomfortable and after sightseeing all day is not ideal to sit and relax. The bedroom we slept in was quite cosy and the bed was very comfortable. The shower in the bathroom was very good but has obviously been leaking after constant use so could do with some maintenance. Overall, we would not describe this property as excellent as stated on Sykes website but “good” as we feel that it needs a little bit of maintenance and some homely touches which are not expensive but would make everybody’s stay much more comfortable and relaxing. It is in a lovely quiet setting with no noise other than from the wildlife which you would expect on a working farm.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on your stay at The Old Laundry. We have taken the time to note and address all of the points you have raised to ensure future guests have the best holiday possible. Milk will now be provided on arrival at the property. We have also purchased washing up liquid, new tea towels and new sponges. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the peaceful setting and hope to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shaun3.4Sep 2023

  • "A friendly welcome."

    Great location for the dogs to roam free and for humans to relax and take time to stop and stare. We really enjoyed our stay, Thank you

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful location."

    Lovely owners. Lovely cottage. Highly recommended. We will definitely come back!

    Reviewed by Bee5.0May 2023

  • "Carolyn and her husband were incredibly welcoming to what is a beautiful renovated cottage in their stunning estate."

    We had a wonderful time and will not only return first chance we get but will be recommending them to all and sundry. Thank you

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Apr 2023

  • "Just lovely and owners very helpful"

    Reviewed by Josephine5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely hosts, very helpful and friendly."

    We had a very peaceful and relaxed week at the cottage. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely property in a great location ."

    Host was very helpful .

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Feb 2023

  • "Keith, Paddy and I had a fabuolus time at the Old Laundry and loved the comfort ..."

    Keith, Paddy and I had a fabuolus time at the Old Laundry and loved the comfort and ease of chilling out and in particular the farm facilities that meant that you are reminded of how gorgeous being out town is - Thanks to Carolyn who is an excellent host and insightful for all the needs that any one staying at the old Laundry requires - Many thanks and lucky people who are staying at the Old laundry X

    Reviewed by Annabel4.7Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    Warmly welcomed by the owner and greatly appreciated the lemon drizzle cake that was waiting for us on our arrival. Ideal location for exploring North Devon with North Tawton just five minutes driving time away. Would highly recommend a visit to the Old Luandry.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely time at The Old Laundry Brilliant place."

    Reviewed by Dennis5.0Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful property in stunning surroundings."

    Would have been perfect if the garden area could have been enclosed for the dog so he didn't need to be tied to the garden bench. That said, we loved our stay and would highly recommend. Thank you

    Reviewed by Beth4.7Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely relaxing time."

    Enjoying wildlife and fresh air and nice and peacefull ..

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Jul 2022

  • "The accommodation and the location were a total delight."

    Reviewed by Marcus5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely place with a layout that suits having dogs."

    Owner was very friendly and the surrounding are beautiful.

    Reviewed by Tom5.0May 2022

  • "Just perfect."

    A beautiful location with a very warm welcome - on so many levels. My mum and I stayed in The Old Laundry, with our two dogs, in much need of some tranquility and time out from the rollercoaster of life. We cannot rate this place enough; the stunning grounds and the ambiance of a working farm that allowed us somehow feel a part of was …just perfect. Thank you to our lovely hosts (that’s not just the animals and feathered variety!)

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Apr 2022

  • "What a truely AMAZING place beautiful cottage and so friendly."

    The cake on arrival was to die for and the home grown steaks mealy In mouth. Owners so helpful and DEFINITELY heading back ASAP.

    Reviewed by D5.0Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely brilliant location."

    Was a restful week which was most needed. We will definitely be returning again. 10/10 100%. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a peaceful relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Mar 2022

  • "It was absolutely beautiful."

    My room was the small bedroom and it was very comfortable. We both loved the fab wood fire - it was so effective. Lovely location, beautifully appointed accommodation and fab hosts. Really wonderful set up.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2022

  • "Very well equipped accommodation that would benefit from more comfortable and additional seating in the lounge area."

    Single bed not comfortable. Overall the qualityaccommodation was very good, lovely location.

    Reviewed by Bernard3.4Oct 2021

  • "Only criticism is that there wasn't really enough room/ seating for the three of ..."

    Only criticism is that there wasn't really enough room/ seating for the three of us in the living room - just one double sofa

    Thank you for your feedback we will keep this in mind. If you had called us, we could have arranged to bring over a chair. Will look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mike4.7Aug 2021

  • "This is a really lovely place to stay, could do with a more comfy sofa but a real minor point."

    Reviewed by Jason4.1Jul 2021

  • "We loved the Old Laundry!"

    Beautiful setting and a perfect base for exploring Devon within easy reach of the North or South coast as well as Dartmoor National Park. Our hosts were wonderful even welcoming us with a delicious homemade cake and milk when we arrived and offering lots of suggestions for places to visit during our stay. The house itself is well equipped and comfortable and you are surrounded by beautiful views and lots of friendly animals. Thank you for a lovely stay, we hope to be back again soon!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful and quiet."

    Stunning countryside. Village has most of what you need. Chippy is very good.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Jul 2021

  • "Well equipped place, as others have said."

    Bed comfortable, but, boy! Was the bedroom hot. Would not want to be there during this hot spell. Again, as others have said, settee not exactly comfortable, also, rugs in living area could do with a clean(not just a vacuum). We did enjoy our stay, but got the impression a little bit of maintenance is needed(extractor fan casing needed refitting, exposed a few cobwebs!). Oh, and the peacock was delightful, if noisy at night!!

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback. The property does have skylights which can be opened to help cool the property. The owners would have happy to help you, should you have had any problems. The extractor fan case and the living room rug will be attended. The owner offers her apologies for the peacock who seemed to be particularly vocal during your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert3.8Jun 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful area."

    Well placed for exploring. A quiet spot. Welcoming people. A lovely cake ready for us.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Jun 2021

  • "Great place to stay with very welcoming hosts the accomadation was great and the estate had a totally relaxing vibe allowing for a totally relaxing holiday for us and our dog."

    We have already starting thinking about booking here again

    Reviewed by Shawn5.0Jun 2021

  • "The huge estate and gardens and friendly owners exceeded expectations"

    Reviewed by Cyril4.1Oct 2020

  • "The only think I would say that would make the cottage more comfortable is a better sofa."

    Reviewed by Marie4.7Oct 2020

  • "Carolyn is a fantastic host."

    Greeted with a lovely homemade cake, still warm! The Old Laundry is situated right next to the owners house and farm buildings which makes you feel very much part of the family. Everyone we met was friendly and happy to put up with our 18 month old Cocker Spaniel rushing around, even the resident Peacock. We had fantastic weather for exploring the estate and local area but pack your boots if it's going to be wet. Just one note for dog owners, the garden directly outside the cottage is not enclosed but the estate is tucked well away from the local roads. Everything you need for a week away will be found in this home from home.

    Reviewed by Gavin4.7Sep 2020

  • "Met by the friendly owner with a freshly baked cake."

    The cottage was really comfortable and in an excellent location. Free run of the estate gives you the option of short walks and to observe the wildlife. The peacock comes to see you most days. Perfect location and ideal for a quiet break on the edge of Dartmoor. Could not fault it.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2020

  • "A stylish, warm cottage in a quiet place."

    Beautiful garden and woods to take your dog .Owners made us feel very welcome, and always happy to help. They breed cattle ,and we bought some aged steak to have one night ,it was so good we brought some home with us. We would certainly recommend this cottage and hopefully return again soon.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Aug 2020

  • "Great welcoming from the owners."

    Cottage and surrounding area brilliant Recommend to everyone I’m going back in November

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2020

  • "The Old Laundry at Ashridge Court was a mid-winter, mid-week break from everyday working life for my wife and I."

    It lived up to all our expectations in every way. The Old Laundry was extremely comfortable & clean. The cottage has been lovingly restored to a high standard with a blend of traditional and modern features, equipped with everything you need for your stay. We chose to take a break in February to Ashridge Court after flights for a trip to Gibraltar were cancelled. I’m glad the flights were cancelled! We experienced every type of weather during our stay, heavy rain, hail, strong winds even a little thunder & lightning, but with a plentiful supply of logs for the wood burner brought to the door by the owner, good books, wine & cheese and the odd film we kicked back and relaxed, and the bad weather only added to the experience. We had plenty of settled weather too, and as the cottage is within a working country estate we were free to wander the extensive tracks and woods as we wished, we did so with our dog and there is plenty of wildlife to see. The owners and everyone we came across who work on the estate were completely charming, pleasant and really happy to share their knowledge of how the estate is managed and worked. The whole ethos of the estate is environmentally and wildlife friendly, keep an eye out for the Peacock. A stay at the Old Laundry would be fantastic at any time of the year, but we particularly enjoyed the mid-winter aspect of it and if you don’t mind wrapping up and getting a bit mucky then I would recommend it to anyone, we came back completely recharged and a little more in touch with our magnificent countryside. Oh, and, if you wish, you can buy some of their slow grown, grass fed beef products. We did and it is outstanding.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Feb 2020

  • "Carolyn the owner met us & made sure we had everything."

    supplied us with milk & home made cake which was lovely. It’s so well thought out everything is there to help make it a relaxing & extremely comfortable stay we chose well!! Many thanks to your skyscottages website which for me was also easy to look through & found I didn’t have to ask anybody to help me.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jan 2020

  • "We had a fantastic relaxing experience, the house was stylish and warm with comfortable beds."

    The gardens on the Estate are beautiful. Helpful and friendly owner. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Nov 2019

  • "Excellent accommodation, owner and facilities."

    Well done

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Oct 2019

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at the old laundry."

    The cottage contained all the essentials, and the owner had even provided tea, coffee, milk and homemade cake on arrival. You are well located for visiting Dartmoor, Okehampton and Exeter, and we have already recommended the cottage as an excellent place to stay to others.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2019

  • "Situated just outside North Tawton town on a working farm estate in lovely countryside we found this beautifully prepared Listed building very comfortable."

    We found it ideally placed for exploring Dartmoor, North Devon and East Cornwall. The host Caroline made us most welcome.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Oct 2019

  • "A most comfortable and well appointed property."

    May consider returning at some time.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Sep 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage set in 400 acres of farm and ancient woodland which you can investigate (respecting the fact that it's a working farm), excellent restful environment."

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2019

  • "The Old Laundry and it's facilities were excellent as was it's peaceful, rural location which is ideally central for exploring both the North and South Devon coasts and all in between."

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Aug 2019

  • "So glad myself and my friend chose here."

    The Old Laundry is exactly as pictured. Its a great spot in Mid Devon to explore north or south coasts, most drives are only just over an hour away, nearby a visit to Castle Drogo is a must. After our days out walking is was delightful to return here and sit out in sheltered Patio area and watch the sun setting. Whilst the building is situated on a working estate it is still very quiet. Watch out for the stunning Pheasant and the hilarious GuineaFowl. The owner is lovely and makes you feel very welcome as do her lovely dogs, after a week there you'll feel like you belong. It was a privilege to stay there.

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Aug 2019

  • "This is a hidden gem."

    Spacious and very comfortable with excellent facilities. Quiet and secluded with wonderful views of the countryside and an excellent spot from where to explore Devon. The owner was unobtrusive but very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2019

  • "The old laundry has undergone a crafted renovation resulting in a comfortable, spacious accommodation furnished with all you would need during your stay."

    A walled parking and patio area offer a degree of privacy and extensive rolling views of rural Devonshire. If you have an interest in flora and fauna, immediate access to open country side for walking and have an interest in the development of an old estate then this would suit. It is a working farm and can become a community hub; however, everybody we met was friendly and invested in informing us of the part they have played in bringing the estate back to life. The moors, north coast, Drogo castle and Rosemoor, RHS gardens are a short drive away so interest for all. We can highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Jul 2019

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Summary

  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with a separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Ground source heat pump, underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dryer, TV with Roku
  • WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking with EV charger point for guests to use. Secluded patio with seating
  • Two pets welcome charge for second pet
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 2.3 miles
  • Note: This property does not accept children

The property

Set on the fringes of North Tawton, The Old Laundry is a detached cottage, converted from an old laundry building on the Ashridge Court estate and working farm, a 12th century estate that spans nearly 400 acres in woodland and fields.

Although The Old Laundry has been converted with modern utilities, it has kept its historic feel with wooden panelled walls and classic décor.

It is perfect for walkers and cyclists due to the excellent surrounding area, and guests can ramble freely throughout the estate's woodlands and grounds.

Set over two floors, this cottage begins with an entrance hallway, where you can kick of your boots after a long walk about the estate grounds and hang up your coats in the cloakroom or utility room, which features a freezer, Belfast sink, washing machine and dryer, granting you extra room in the living space.

Moving through to the open-plan kitchen, dining and sitting area, you can make the evening meal using the modern electric oven and hob with your partner or friends while others can sit at the dining table, enjoying a glass of wine.

You can look forward to cosying up in the sitting area in front of the woodburning stove, with the added benefit of underfloor heating which is fantastic for those chilly winter nights.

Head up to the first floor, where you will find two good-sized bedrooms, comprising of a king-size double bed and a single room with wardrobe.

Start your day right with a hot shower in the neatly sized bathroom that also has basin and WC, and get ready for a day of exploring.

For those evenings that you would like to spend alone, you can sit out on the secluded private patio and unwind with a glass of wine.

The small village of North Tawton has several pubs and shops within the community, so you don’t have to go too further afield to have all you need.

The Ashridge Court estate is ideally positioned to explore both Cornwall and Devon, with the A30 just a 15-minute drive if you are wanting to go further afield, and to the south is the Dartmoor National Park, where a whole host of outdoor activities are available to you from walking or cycling, to horse riding or wild swimming.

In the neighbouring town of Okehampton, you can visit the largest castle in Devon and English Heritage Site, Okehampton Castle, with a riverside picnic area and beautiful woodland walks, it's great for bird lovers.

A clever blend of traditional features with a modern renovation, The Old Laundry is everything you want for an idyllic break.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location

NORTH TAWTON

Winkleigh 3 miles; Okehampton 7.5 miles.

The charming country town of North Tawton quietly rests amidst lush green fields, high hedgerows and winding lanes, just eight miles north of historic Okehampton. Nestling between the high, rugged tors of Dartmoor and the wide sandy beaches and rolling surf of the North Devon coast, this delightful town boasts picturesque thatched cottages and quaint pubs. The surrounding countryside is ideal for walking and cycling, with many pretty little villages dotted throughout the area, and several excellent coarse fishing lakes and rivers, quality golf courses, and a number of National Trust properties within easy reach. There are few better spots from which to experience the joys of beautiful Devon.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas