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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "A beautiful property."

    It's chief attraction is the secluded location. A real getaway from the rat race with glorious views over Dartmoor

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2024

  • "We had a lovely week at Hedgelea, such a superb cottage with everything you need for a relaxing holiday."

    It was in a super rural countryside retreat,amazing place for long walks and places too explore. Would book again next year without a doubt!.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Oct 2023

  • "Thanks for a wonderful stay"

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2023

  • "Hedgelea is a little gem, so relaxing and welcoming."

    The elevated position provides open views of the countryside. A local woodland walk recommended by Charlotte is absolutely beautiful. In a great location for travel to an amazing beach at Saunton or to other locations such as Dartmoor and Buckfast Abbey. Thanks to Charlotte for lovely homemade biscuits. We didn’t want to leave and will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely holiday at Hedgelea - good communication from the owner, very helpful."

    Hedglea is a very comfortable, clean bungalow set in beautiful grounds. Lovely walk along quiet lane to the woods and river - our dog loved this and so quiet there for her. The lane to Hedgelea is bumpy in parts but easily manageable and we found some very nice places to visit - Eggersford Station cafe, Fingle Bridge Inn, tea rooms in Belstone, Waterside garden centre, Kings Arms in Winkleigh - great Sunday roast. All good :) - thank you.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jul 2023

  • "Hedgelea was very well equipped and comfortable."

    The views from the patio were stunning and we ate most of our meals outside, as we were blessed with wonderful weather. Lovely walk down by the river. But most of all we loved the peace and tranquility, the glorious abundance of nature, bird song and visits to the bird feeder of nuthatch, many varieties of tit, dunnock, robin, thrush etc and the little vole, occasionally glimpsed. Thank you Charlotte and family for sharing your wonderful Hedgelea with us.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jun 2023

  • "Fantastic hideaway!"

    Nothing but rolling hills and birdsong. Loved the cottage, loved the garden, loved the surroundings. Super responsive host too. Will be returning soon!

    Reviewed by Ginni5.0May 2023

  • "Set in a beautiful area, lovely and clean."

    Beds were so comfortable had to look at the label to see where they where purchased from. Had lovely walks with the dog along the River Taw, highly recommend this place can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by Selina5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely month at Hedgelea, the orginal features at the cottage helped to make it cosy and welcoming."

    It was very quiet (which we prefer) in an idyllic situation with great views. We soon got used to the narrow Devon roads and didn’t find them a problem from North Tawton, we did not venture the other way. Our dogs loved it, lots of chasing balls up and down the driveway. Thank you Andrew and Charlotte for a memorable stay.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2022

  • "If you are looking for an ‘out of the way’, authentic, characteristic cottage, in the most spectacular setting then look no further."

    I believe the property is around 100 years old and it certainly retains many of the original features. However, it also offers all of the comforts to make your stay very relaxing. We were lucky with the weather and the highlight for us was enjoying BBQ’s on the patio with the most sensational views of the nearby rolling hills. This is a very special, old, comfortable cottage, in an isolated location, offering a truly wonderful experience. Absolute bliss.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2022

  • "Stayed at cottage for 2 weeks the cottage was really beautiful absolutely love ..."

    Stayed at cottage for 2 weeks the cottage was really beautiful absolutely love it gardens was really pretty really peaceful the only thing for me was spiders webs I dont like spiders but that was the only thing and I'd recommend a drier or a washing line even the bed was really comfortable best sleep I've had in a long time would highly recommend loved it would come again

    Reviewed by Diane4.4Jul 2022

  • "Hedgelea was a perfect holiday home for us."

    It was clean, comfortable, tastefully furnished & had all we needed for a super self catering holiday. The garden was secure for our dog and the recommended walk down to the River Taw was great. The location was gorgeous, offering a “get away from it all” family break, which we really needed. We would most definitely consider booking Hedgelea again.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

  • "This is our second time to this cottage and we love it."

    If you are looking for a tranquil, peaceful week this is the place to go. The beds are SO comfortable and we just loved sitting outside. Again we were so lucky with the weather. Review: If you are looking for peace and quiet this is the place to go. It has beautiful views and all you can hear are the sheep and cows. It is isolated (which we love) but it is a drive to get anywhere. However, my husband cycled lots (which is great if you like hills!). The woods and stream a short walk away are idyllic and our dog loved playing in the water there. The garden is not dog proof as my dog repeatedly got out but it was not an issue for us. He just crawled under the gate to get back each time. There are so many lovely pubs to visit. The beach is a good hour's drive away so although they are absolutely lovely you need to allow 1 -1.30 hours depending on traffic. We love Hedgelea as it's so peaceful and a place you can truly relax in. But if you are wanting quick access to amenities then it's not the place for you as there is no quick way out. I loved it.

    Reviewed by Christina4.7May 2022

  • "Overall a lovely property in the middle of nowhere, which is perfect if you want to get away from everything but still has great wifi, which was an unexpected bonus."

    Lovely walks from the doorstep, okish location for local amenities, with most places being at least 30mins away, which was expected. Garden is not very big, but there is a small enclosed area for dogs, but not much space if the kids want to play any games. I'd echo previous comments that the road leading to the property is very poor, you can access from the north or south, luckily for us our sat-nav took us in via the south because we arrived in darkness, had we used the north entrance, I think our car would have been wrecked. We tried the north route during the day and it was awful, massive potholes that you can't avoid, at one point the bottom of our car was scraping along the road, we were fortunate to avoid any major lasting damage, but we never used that route again.

    The garden is a half acre plot as the photos depict. As previous reviews show, it is one of the glorious elements of Hedgelea; a children's play paradise. We have enclosed the front garden specifically for little children or dogs to give a secure area. There is also access to the meadow with long grass and winding pathways with plenty of trees for making camps! The half acre garden/meadow combination is very much one of the attractions of Hedgelea. There are two ways of coming into Hedgelea and if you follow the south route directions, which we have updated in your welcome pack, there are no issues with the road. The roads in Devon are, as you say, awful and we have been battling with the local council for seven years to get the northern approach to Hedgelea re-surfaced. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Oct 2021

  • "Some people might find this property too remote, but I love it!"

    I stayed here last year and wanted to go back to the peace and tranquillity again.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely stay at Hedgelea cottage."

    Enjoyed our welcome flapjack and the cottage was well equipped, clean and cosy. Beds were all very comfortable and wifi was very good (and needed as this place is remote!). Access is quite tricky but we have a low sports car and didn’t have any issues as long as you’re careful driving to the property from the main road. Absolute quiet at night apart from owl hooting and cows munching in the fields that surround the house. Had best week of sleep ever. Thank you, we will return for sure!

    Reviewed by Harriet4.1Aug 2021

  • "Hedgelea is a lovely holiday cottage, this was our second stay as a family of six."

    Such a quiet and peaceful rural location and a well-equipped property. The owners are very attentive and promptly replaced both the washing machine & DVD player when they were found to be not working on changeover day.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage is perfect to escape the stress of the last 18 months."

    It's really well equipped and very comfortable with some lovely original features. The patio and garden are excellent. The bath and shower do need attention. They fit in aesthetically, but are not practical. When having a shower you lose your balance due to the shape of the bottom of the bath and the shower curtain, again looks great, but sticks to you if you are any bigger than a size 8. Despite that we'd still go back in a heart beat. Perfect peaceful location, photos on website don't do it justice. NB: lanes to access cottage are very tight, don't take a large vehicle.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Jul 2021

  • "The setting for the cottage was perfect."

    It was very well equipped and spotlessly clean. The WiFi was excellent, it had two high speed connections, one to casting to the tv and one for general use. A lovely cake and note recommending a local woodland walk for the us was very welcoming. An excellent base to explore or just somewhere to get away from it all. Plan to return.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2021

  • "The owner was very helpful, ordering a new heat alarm for the kitchen for urgent delivery, when the battery failed on the existing one & it beeped all night."

    She was on hand for any queries & we appreciated it. The house is in an idyllic spot, surrounded by fields & woodland, but holiaymakers do need to be aware that, in good weather, the tractors are out in the fields which encircle the house & gardens & the noise of the balers in particular can be heard throughout the house.

    Reviewed by Rosemary3.8Jun 2021

  • "A very wet October half term probably wasn’t the best time to be at Hedgelea."

    Four people’s wet weather gear quickly filled available coat hooks but the house was warm, well equipped, with comfy beds and great views. The owners provided a welcome cake and lots of ideas for things to do, and were super-quick to sort out a heating issue part way through our stay. Cleanliness was exemplary. The ‘but’ comes from the very rural location and the openness of the property. I found access daunting - all routes are on very narrow, rutted, single track Devon lanes which made journeys in and out nerve wracking. I didn’t find the garden was ‘enclosed’ enough for dogs. There is stock fencing on some boundaries and a fence/gate on one side of the house, but the bank to the main road is not secure and one side of the house is completely open. My dog was able to get into the neighbouring field (luckily empty of animals) on arrival day so we had to keep her on a lead for the rest of our stay; responsible but not relaxing.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback, we spoke with the owner who says - Having spent seven years renovating Hedgelea and three years preparing the cottage each week for new guests we were so glad to hear you appreciated all our efforts inside the cottage. Regarding the enclosed garden, we will be adding a gate over the winter to make the immediate garden area fully enclosed so that dogs can be let off the lead and owners can relax. As for the Devon lanes and in particular the last half a mile or so as you approach Hedgelea, we agree whole heartedly that this stretch is in poor condition and we will continue to petition Devon Highways to improve the situation. Despite the points raised we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine4.1Oct 2020

  • "The cottage itself was great - the access was dreadful and I am very disappointed that it wasn’t mentioned in the property information."

    If the fact that two two ‘roads’ to the property were unsurfaced and very poor in condition, I wouldn’t have booked Hedgelea. The number of significant potholes have left my car bumpers damaged - a normal car cannot access these two roads without possible damage to the bumpers or underside of the car. I would like a response to this issue and to know what you are going to do to make this clear for future visitors - my email is

    Thank you for your feedback which we have spoken to the owner about and understand that they are in direct contact you regarding the points raised. On the owners instruction we have now added a note regarding the public highway condition, which remains to be out of their control, onto the website. It is very frustrating that this problem continues given the number of times we have reported this to Devon Highways. In the meantime, we continue to drive around the potholes without any damage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqueline3.1Oct 2020

  • "Cottage is absolutely lovely."

    As a family of six with two children we did struggle with some aspects such as not having enough room in the kitchen and the shower is very awkward to move around in. But overall we had a lovely stay and the setting was idyllic

    Reviewed by Kiri3.4Sep 2020

  • "Lovely secluded cottage perfect location for visiting Devon and Cornwall."

    Really comfy bed and bedding. Indulgent deep roll-top bath. Fully fitted and kitted kitchen. Quirky pantry and dining room with original Victorian stove/water heater (non-working). Loved watching the cows in the adjacent fields and sitting quietly watching the birds on the feeder. Amazing to see the Milky Way on many cloudless nights. Great cottage - a perfect haven! Thank you

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2020

  • "Hedgelea is situated in a stunning location, it is perfect for anyone wanting rest and relaxation."

    After a crazy year the peace and quiet we found there was most welcome. We enjoyed having cows in the fields next door to us, the local walking and nearby facilities including a Spar shop and pretty cafe within 3 miles, and a Waitrose and a large Coop within a half hour drive. The house itself had excellent WiFi, good TV and sound system and excellent cooking facilities including a barbecue. We stayed with our dog who loved the tranquility and the garden.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2020

  • "Excellent holiday cottage, very well equipped and a beautiful location, set in rural countryside."

    So relaxing and plenty of space for the children to run around. A fantastic area of Devon to stay in, good local pubs and north and south of the county accessible. We loved the older style features of the cottage, eg the pantry.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jul 2020

  • "The holiday cottage exceeded expectations."

    The photos do not do justice to the location or cottage; it has beautiful views with the cottage being tastefully renovated with lovely original features. For a family of 5 we found it spacious and comfortable.

    Reviewed by D5.0Jul 2020

  • "Beautiful peaceful location."

    Very relaxing comfortable property. Garden overlooking wonderful views. Owners very friendly and helpful. The only problem we had was that the all the crockery was situated in another room from the kitchen so we had to keep going backwards and forwards when cooking if we needed a extra plate ect. which made it a bit stressful sometimes the kitchen could benefit with making a bit of space but other than that it was one of the best places we’ve stayed.

    Reviewed by Lyndsey4.1Dec 2019

  • "Lovelly, private, in nature, spacious, atmospheric, cosy, wonderful cottage."

    We loved it, and were sad to leave..... Housekeeper Charlotte is very attentive and caring. Nice communication ! Now in dutch: geweldig vrij gelegen sfeervol huis op groot eigen terrein. Ligt tussen de akkers met mooi uitzicht. Van alle gemakken voorzien. Charlotte de housekeepster was erg hulpvaardig en attent, een heerlijke taart bij aankomst en fijn contact bij vragen van onze kant. Wij hebben enorm genoten en voelden ons helemaal thuis.

    Reviewed by Ed4.7Jul 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage, beautiful views."

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage and wonderful location."

    Could not have been better.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2019

  • "Ideal for dogs Lovely and secluded to get away from it all Comfortable warm ..."

    Ideal for dogs Lovely and secluded to get away from it all Comfortable warm great facilities will visit again Fab friendly owners that returned my call

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Oct 2018

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely characterful cottage, well equipped and very comfortable, especially the divine bed!"

    Very exciting garden and local walks for our little dog. So peaceful and secluded we had lots of bird and squirrel visitors during the week, as well as a couple of deer grazing in the field in front, and a lovely terrace to sit and watch from. The approaching twisting, narrow lanes took a bit of getting used to but we actually met only one car in our lane all week! Only two small issues, handshower only in the bath, and spring water had a slightly unpleasant smell, so bought large bottled water for drinking - so no problem. Overall a lovely place to stay for peace and quiet. *** Owner Response *** Thank you for leaving us some great feedback. We were concerned to hear about the water so had it re-tested immediately. Thankfully, it all came back 100% clear and safe, so our guests can continue to enjoy our local spring water. Otherwise we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in this beautiful area.

    Reviewed by Pam4.4Sep 2018

  • "We absolutely loved everything about Hedgelea."

    The position is exceptional with beautiful views across the countryside, situated along a quiet lane hardly any traffic. We enjoyed a very restful and relaxed week, inside the cottage renovated very tastefully to a high standard but with all mod cons and lots of little extras. In fact we didn't venture further than the nearby villages as we were able to walk along the lane to woods and along the river (Tarka trail) with our little dog. The wild flowers were spectacular and the only sounds were of birdsong. But the cottage is also ideally situated to explore Devon too. We would not hesitate to recommend Hedgelea and can't wait to go back!

    Reviewed by Anne5.0May 2018

  • "One of the best holiday cottage we have been to and we have been to lots."

    !! Not another house in sight down a county road. Garden and meadow very secure. Dogs and granddaughter loved the freedom of it. Very comfortable and everything in it you needed. We took our bbq and had some lovely alfresco dinners.W.F worked very well but no BBC channels but that didn't bother us lots of games and D.V.D s to play if you need them. Beautiful cottage with lovely surrounding very restful just what was needed.Dogs gave it the paws up as well. ***Owner Response*** Thank you so much for leaving us such lovely comments, we are very pleased you loved the cottage as much as we do. The TV has since been fixed and we are glad to say it now shows all the BBC channels. We hope to see you in the area again.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0May 2018

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a very beautiful and peaceful area."

    Great base for exploring the wider area. Being remote the phone signal was poor but the Wi-fi provided was good. TV can only be accessed via mobile phone unless you watch ITV only. The lanes approaching the cottage need to be driven with care and attention to the numerous lumps and bumps, not suitable for our sport low profile tyres ☹️ Everything provided at the cottage was lovely, bedding, towels etc ***Owner Response *** Thank you for taking the time to leave us some feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in our cottage. Thank you for making us aware of the TV channels, we have immediately addressed this so it is no longer an issue.

    Reviewed by Trudi4.7May 2018

  • "Hedgelea is a perfect place to explore North and South Devon and the Moors."

    The house has been very tastefully and sympathetically renovated to a high standard providing everything you need. It is rural, with the town of North Tawton approximately 15 minute drive away for provisions, but as a result extremely peaceful. We would have no hesitation in recommending Hedgelea to anyone looking to explore Devon and the Moors.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Apr 2018

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  • One level
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double (one with king size bed), 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with roll top bath, shower over bath, WC, basin
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Hall.
  • Central heating with open fire
  • Espresso machine, microwave, induction cooker, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for three cars
  • Enclosed garden with BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (not permitted in the bedrooms)
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Note: This property has a private water supply which is tested regularly
  • Note: Access to the property is via public highway (single lane) There are some potholes and ruts in places.

The property

This detached single-storey cottage is situated in Bondleigh hamlet two miles from North Tawton.

In a secluded setting with lovely views yet with easy access, it is a brilliant base for forgetting your worries and exploring Devon.

When you step indoors you will be struck by the carefully restored original features such as stripped wood floors combined with modern comfort.

From the neat slate-floored kitchen with its old fashioned pantry, and induction cooker, head through to the dining room where the original range has been preserved as a nostalgic feature.

Whilst you eat, you can admire views across countryside and the Taw Valley to the hills of Dartmoor.

The living room has the open fire you would wish for in this timeless spot, complemented by an up to date music system and TV or entertainment.

Sweet dreams end the day in the three comfortable bedrooms with little to disturb a peaceful night.

An enclosed garden surrounds the cottage, a quiet place to sit with a good book on the terrace or stretch out on the lawn.

North Tawton is a good practical town with a range of shops and pubs and a scrumptious fish and chip shop, or head into Okehampton, slightly bigger and with cinema and leisure centre.

A walk or cycle ride on the car-free Tarka Trail is a must or take your boards to the surf beaches at Saunton Sands and Bude.

With its central location, Hedgelea is a smashing cottage for a holiday to unwind.

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

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About the location


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.