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Appletree Cottage

Higher Brimley near Bovey Tracey, Devon (Ref. 967194)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "This cottage is outstanding the owners have provided every thing you need even down to dishwasher tablets."

    The cottage is spotlessly clean and is furnished to a high standard,the king size bed is very comfortable and there are plenty of wardrobes for your clothes.The gardens are beautiful with plenty of different places to sit and have a glass of wine and chill out.The owners gave us a welcome call to make sure everything was ok and they also left us a bottle of wine and chocolates that made a nice start to our holiday. The narrow lane and parking are a problem if you have a big car like we have but with Care we managed, I would definitely recommend this cottage and hopefully we will go back. Many thanks David & Hilary

    Thank you for the kind feedback. We're very happy to know you had a great time in Appletree. We've extended our parking area to make turning easier. However, while we can do a lot of things to help make a stay as enjoyable as possible, widening the lane is unfortunately beyond us! The joys of a lovely Devon thatched cottage in a quiet hamlet come with their own set of challenges! We very much hope you'll return and look forward to the occasion. Best wishes, David and Hilary. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Appletree Cottage."

    We arrived to a lovely welcome package. The cottage was cosy and comfortable. The garden is beautiful and we enjoyed sitting in many sunny spots throughout the week! The communication with the owners was brilliant. Thanks for a great stay.

    Thank you very much for the lovely feedback. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay and the sun shine followed you around the garden! We hope you'll come again soon. David and Hilary Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anna-roseMay 2022

  • "Thank you very much for the use of this lovely cottage."

    The owners are excellent communicators and very much cared that our holiday was comfortable. They made us feel welcome with a gift of Prosecco & milk in the fridge. There were clear instructions for everything, in fact we have stayed in many holiday houses but this was the easiest and most user friendly set up we've encountered. The cottage was clean and very well kitted out, the kitchen was easy to use with good quality appliances & cooking equipment. The garden was so very pretty, as one might expect of a rural Devon thatched long house, with roses round the door and lots of little spaces in the garden to capture the sun! The property is so peaceful and we really did feel at home...we were sorry to leave but we hope to return next year. Thank you once again to Hilary & David, who are lovely people, conscientious, & checked we were OK after our late arrival. :-) PS. Recycling the rubbish is always a tricky subject in an area one doesn't know! We recommend sussing it out sooner rather than later & don't leave it till the last minute like we did...with the usual head-scratching!!

    Thank you for this lovely feedback. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay and if only we could simplify the recycling we would! We'd love for you to return. David and Hilary Property Owner

    Reviewed by JoanneMay 2022

  • "Peaceful, characterful cottage with an idyllic garden."

    Comfortable, clean and well equipped. Nice pub in next village. Easy access to Dartmoor. Just wish we could have stayed longer.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback. We're very pleased you enjoyed your break and hope you can return for a longer stay next time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MichaelApr 2022

  • "A hidden gem."

    Beautifully maintained traditional Devon thatched cottage with every amenity. Tucked away with stunning gardens so convenient for Dartmoor and lovely village of Bovey Tracey. Coast not too far either. Attentive owner and very well equipped moderm kitchen. Lovely welcome basket and imacculately clean. You have everything you need for a carefree stay away from it all. I would definitely recommend it. Thank you.

    Thank you for this lovely feedback. We're so pleased you had a carefree stay in Appletree and will pass on your kind comments about the garden and the cottage to Amanda and her gardening team, and to Jo, our housekeeper. We look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MargaretApr 2022

  • "The cottage is picture postcard perfect, more than adequately equipped and set in beautiful gardens in a beautiful part of Devon."

    There are walks from the doorstep, Dartmoor with the coast a short drive away and numerous attractions. We were torn between exploring the area and wanting to stay at the cottage which offers comfort and is the perfect place to completely relax. The owners clearly take great pride in the cottage and, as well as arriving to a complimentary bottle of prosecco and chocolates from them we received a phone call checking we had arrived okay and had everything we needed. Anyone who stays there will fall in love with this idyllic cottage and gardens. It is superb.

    Reviewed by SallySep 2021

  • "The cottage is lovely - we really felt at home."

    The garden is beautiful. We enjoyed sitting in all the seating areas!

    Reviewed by JenniferAug 2021

  • "We have stayed in many lovely UK cottages but Appletree was the most immediately welcoming and homely."

    If anything, the pictures on the website don't do justice to how spacious and comfortable this cottage is. Fabulous!

    Reviewed by DrewAug 2021

  • "Excellent information given by Sykes on cottage & also by the owners on facilities in the cottage & around the area."

    It was obvious the cottage was well cared for .Every aspect was taken into consideration. We were extremely pleased and would be happy to use Sykes again & return to this cottage !

    Reviewed by LuchianaAug 2021

  • "Superb picture box cottage."

    Everything we wanted and more!

    Reviewed by NigelJun 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, with amazing garden."

    Peaceful setting. Well located for Dartmoor and coast, though narrow lanes not for the faint hearted!

    Reviewed by AdrianJun 2021

  • "Wonderful property, always wanted to stay in a thatched cottage."

    So well appointed though the access needed some effort, we nailed it! Spectacular gardens, perfect location for us near to Bovey Tracey. Very well supported with contact to the owners, 100% clean throughout and Covid secure. Chocolate box presentation and a wonderful welcome - Prosecco and flowers. Super relaxing and we would definitely return. A week of relaxation after a terrible year of lockdown, comfortable and every amenity there for us! Thank you so much Hilary and Dave. x

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2021

  • "House and garden lovely in an ideal, but remote setting."

    Has everything you need for that quiet holiday in the country. It is close to Dartmoor and coast for those days out. Excellent spot.

    Reviewed by JanetMay 2021

  • "We had a really relaxing week in a beautiful cottage, the only downside unfortunately was the British weather!"

    After the driest April on record the weather decided to play Mr Nasty for our holiday and we had every type of weather imaginable, apart from warm sunshine! It did mean we couldn’t take advantage of the cottage’s beautiful garden but it didn’t really deter us from getting out and about and enjoying the warmth of the cottage on our return.

    Reviewed by HilaryMay 2021

  • "The neighbours hedge bulges out into the approach to the parking space at the rear of the property, making it extremely difficult to reach ."

    Reviewed by GeoffreyApr 2021

  • "By far the best equipped cottage we have ever rented and was spotlessly clean."

    Owners were really helpful both before and during our stay. The cottage felt like a home rather than a holiday let.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2020

  • "Ideal base for a week exploring Devon and after a day sightseeing it felt like you were coming home such was the delight of Appletree Cottage."

    Everything you could possibly need was provided for; it was a pretty much perfect place to stay.

    Reviewed by DeanAug 2020

  • "What a lovely, comfortable cottage."

    We felt very welcome and very much at home there.

    Reviewed by CeliaAug 2020

  • "The cottage is great but bthe access to parking is very tight and not suitable for any large vehicle"

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2020

  • "This was our second visit to Appletree and it did not disappoint."

    The cottage was spotlessly clean, in fact the owners and their housekeeper had gone above and beyond to make the place safe for our visit. At the same time the cottage was cosy and comfortable and we did not want for anything. The Gardens are spectacular and with plenty of garden furniture provided they made a lovely place to relax in.

    Reviewed by JanetJul 2020

  • "Great place to stop"

    Reviewed by JimDec 2019

  • "We had a lovely week in this beautiful thatched cottage on the edge of Dartmoor and within striking distance of many attractions."

    The cottage is equipped with everything you could wish for, and wonderfully cosy and characterful. Our only regret is that we weren't there in the summer to make the most of the garden, but hopefully we will be back again!

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2019

  • "A quintessential English cottage with a peaceful location just a few minutes from the heart of Dartmoor."

    We couldn't have wished for better!

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2019

  • "What a lovely cottage even left us a bottle of prossecco which I thought was a ..."

    What a lovely cottage even left us a bottle of prossecco which I thought was a nice bit of an adventure driving to cottage and not really sutible for older people stairs very steep but still very nice

    Reviewed by PhilipAug 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage owners very helpful"

    Reviewed by EdwardJul 2019

  • "Appletree Cottage is extremely well maintained and very comfortable."

    The two bedrooms are of a good size, well presented with plenty of storage and the beds comfortable. Those are the only two rooms upstairs and the staircase is a little on the steep side as one may expect in a cottage of this age. Downstairs is spacious with a beautiful lounge area with window seats in the bay overlooking countryside. There is a large well equipped kitchen where we ate and it would be a real challenge to find anything to be critical of, it was really lovely. When we stayed in early June 2019 the garden was even more beautiful than shown in the photographs and anyone interested in flower gardens will love it. However there are plenty of steps and the paths are narrow. Parking/turning is tight with a big car. We were really happy there and had a brilliant holiday. Thanks.

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2019

  • "Lovely thatched cottage, one of the best we have stayed in."

    The facilities and equipment were excellent - just like home from home.

    Reviewed by MalcolmMay 2019

  • "A really lovely country cottage with a beautiful garden in a very peaceful setting."

    The cottage was warm, cosy and very well equipped. We wanted for nothing, a real home from home.

    Reviewed by JanetApr 2019

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  • Ground Floor: Lounge
  • Snug/Reading Room
  • Kitchen/Diner
  • Bathroom with bath, shower and washbasin
  • Separate WC with washbasin
  • Store with separate WC and washbasin
  • First Floor: Bedroom 1 with king-size bed
  • Bedroom 2 with double bed.
  • Night storage, and underfloor heating with wood burning stoves
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • TV/DVD, Wi-Fi
  • Bed linen and towels included free of charge
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Terraced garden with lawn and furniture
  • Regret no pets
  • No smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: The door on the woodburners will need to be closed at all times when in use
  • Note: Drops in garden, therefore property not suitable for young children
  • Note: The garden includes steps and the property is therefore not suitable for people with limited mobility.

The property

Picture perfect Appletree Cottage is a semi-detached, thatched cottage set within the Dartmoor National Park, nestled beneath Haytor in the very pretty and peaceful hamlet of Higher Brimley.

From the rose filled cottage garden with its thatched summerhouse and apple trees, are outstanding far-reaching views towards Bovey Tracey and the Teign Valley.

Inside, the cottage is filled with character and period features, including thick cob walls, original leaded windows, beamed ceilings and stone fireplaces housing two woodburning stoves.

Perfect for a romantic getaway or a break with friends.

Views over the garden from the window seats in the lounge are just lovely, and, in the very well equipped kitchen there is a large farmhouse table for enjoying meals together.

Also on the ground floor is a cosy snug, and the bathroom and on the first floor are two comfortable double bedrooms, one of which has a king-size bed.

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About the location


Newton Abbott 6.5 miles; Teigmouth 10 miles; Exeter 15 miles

Nestled in the valley of the River Bovey is this stunning little town known as "The Gateway to the Moor". Bovey Tracey got its name from the meandering river that flows through it, with 'Tracey' representing the family that were the lords of the manor after the Norman Conquest. It has a great history with heavy involvement in the English Civil War which resulted in the name of the town's pub "The Cromwell Arms" which serves real ale and good food. The history of the town can be discovered in the Heritage Centre, with the Dartmoor National Park Authority also nearby. Bovey Tracey offers a selection of shops and cafés along with the stunning Mill Marsh Park and the Dartmoor Whisky Distillery which offers guided tours. The town comes just outside of the Dartmoor National Park which provides seemingly endless walking and cycling paths along with incredible scenery. The market town of Newton Abbot sits nearby, offering a fantastic day out with charming buildings and a good range of amenities. The beautiful city of Exeter is also within driving distance, and if a day at the seaside is what you're after then take a trip to Teignmouth.

Region Information

Note: BBQs are not permitted due to the thatched roof. Short breaks are not available.
Due to the changes in level in the terraced garden, this cottage is not suitable for young children or those with limited mobility.
Parking at the rear of the property is accessed via a narrow lane.
Reduced rent for smaller groups up to 2 people - available all year. Note: For any holiday starting between 16th September and 27th May, a heating supplement of £35.00 will be added to the cost of your holiday.