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Pond Cottage

(Ref. 1053181)

Lower Cator near Widecombe-In-The-Moor, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely cottage with everything we needed and a great sized garden for the dogs."

    A beautiful location with great walks close by.

    Thank you so much for the feedback, we hope to see you and the dogs again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0May 2024

  • "This was my second three-week stay at Pond Cottage and I just didn't want to leave!"

    In the heart of Dartmoor with fabulous walking from the door, Pond Cottage is ideally located. The owners clearly love their home and supply it with all that one could need. They are responsive, caring and made me feel welcome on both of my stays there. Pond Cottage is very comfortable and provides all one could want for a fantastic vacation on Dartmoor. I hope to be back!

    Susan, thank you so much for the feedback and once again for taking so much care of the cottage. We hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2024

  • "Perfect in every way ."

    The standard of the property and everything in it cannot be faulted - it’s clearly much loved by the owners . Without doubt the most comfortable cottage we have stayed in - the setting is fabulous and sets you up for a relaxing holiday.

    Thank you so much for the lovely feedback, we’re glad that you loved Pond as much as we do. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2024

  • "What a fantastic cottage!"

    We had a wonderful week staying in Pond Cottage. It was, without a doubt, the most comfortable and best-equipped holiday cottage we have stayed in and a great base to explore Dartmoor. Lots of space and games/ books and well equipped kitchen to keep you occupied if the weather stops you from getting out. Owners very helpful. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

    Reviewed by Velvet5.0Apr 2024

  • "A wonderful property with everything you could possibly need and lovely owners."

    I can see why it’s always booked up!

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jan 2024

  • "This is a good cottage and we had an enjoyable stay."

    Thank you. The pictures in the brochure don't do the listing any favours. The cottage was much nicer that I expected.

    Thank you for the feedback, we’re glad you had a nice stay. Very much appreciate your comments on the photos, we have been gradually adding new touches to the cottage and the pictures in the listing perhaps need updating- we’ll get on to that. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter3.4Sep 2023

  • "What a lovely property, everything you could need for a great stay."

    Off the beaten path but easy access to the whole of Dartmoor and a short hop to Widdecombe in the moor. An under counter freezer so you can stock up before arrival. A nice dog proof garden and you’ll have more sheep and cattle passing the front door than cars. If you are there on a clear night do take the chance to look at the stars. If you are considering this property then it ticks a lot of boxes for you, then look no further book it. A lovely property that is obviously cared for and loved by its owners. Book it

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "Property perfect, location wonderful."

    The welcome food package was a delight. Couldn't fault the holiday. Would happily return

    Reviewed by Ken4.7Jun 2023

  • "An amazing holiday that was perfect in every way."

    Pond Cottage is the perfect location if you want to travel and explore the area. We even spent 2 days travelling to South Devon and then North Devon beaches for comparison. The rest of the time we explored the local Dartmoor area which was vast. In 7 days we still have lots more to do and would not hesitate to return back. Pond Cottage had such a welcoming feel just like a home away from home. The cottage is exactly as per description plus more. The attention to detail was outstanding and they have thought of everything for a weeks stay. We will return and highly recommend. Thank you so much

    Reviewed by Damon5.0Jun 2023

  • "A lovely cottage, well positioned within Dartmoor for those who love walking and outdoor life, being off the beaten track somewhat."

    Extremely well equipped and comfortable. Loads of pubs nearby for evening meals. One of our best ever holidays.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2023

  • "We loved staying at Pond Cottage."

    We really liked the furniture and how well considered the furnishings were. We have stayed in lots of different cottages in Dartmoor and this was one of the nicest. The kitchen was great to use and really spacious. We also loved hearing the owls calling every night and popping out onto the landing to check for stars.

    Thank you for your kind words, I am so pleased you liked the cottage, it is our escape too so it is just how we love it and it is always nice to hear that other people love it too! I hope we can welcome you back one day! Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Apr 2023

  • "It is clear this is a well loved property by the owner."

    The neighbour introduced himself, let us know he’d be of help should be ever need it, and he gave us a little welcome basket. The property was clean and well maintained. The shower in the en-suite was lovely, well needed after a muddy day waking! We really enjoyed our stay.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, we do love our cottage and we are so lucky to have great neighbours. We are really glad you loved it too! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Imogen5.0Apr 2023

  • "Excellent all round, very comfortable and well looked after by the owners."

    It's not often that a cottage exceeds expectation but Pond Cottage certainly did. Great location as well, very central for exploring all of Dartmoor... would not hesitate to book again if planning to visit Dartmoor in the future....

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay, and liked the cottage so much. We would love to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Really well equipped and comfortable. Ideal for exploring Dartmoor. Great for dogs with a stone floor entrance hallway with underfloor heating and access to a nice enclosed garden. We.would thoroughly recommend.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, We would be very happy to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Feb 2023

  • "I had a marvelous three weeks at Pond Cottage located in the middle of Dartmoor National Park."

    The location was perfect and I was able to do some walks right from the door of the cottage. The converted farm building is a delight with some original features but fully modernized with everything you could want for a really comfortable vacation. The owner was responsive and the neighbors lovely. Can't recommend it highly enough :)

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2022

  • "Stunningly gorgeous, very comfortable and very well equipped cottage."

    Fantastic location for walking. Friendly and helpful owners. We had an amazing time and didn’t want to leave.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage was really comfortable and clean, with lot's of added extras, so much thought had gone into the holiday experience."

    Reviewed by Mairead5.0Sep 2021

  • "Pond Cottage is absolutely beautiful."

    It has been kept to the highest standard. The cottage was very well equipped and we received a lovely welcome package. We were more remote than expected but soon adjusted to this but if you want a quiet spot in which to enjoy Dartmoor, Pond Cottage is perfect. The local pubs both served delicious food.

    Reviewed by Bernadette4.7Jul 2021

  • "Very smartly appointed, stylish and comfortable cottage deep in Dartmoor."

    Everything in decor, furnishings and equipment new or in excellent condition. The welcome pack was delightful, comprising eggs, milk, bread, butter etc., all locally sourced. Easy to walk from the cottage to Widdecombe (45 mins) where a typical English village awaits with at least 2 excellent restaurants/pubs. Lots of other walks in the near neighbourhood if you want something more upwards and strenuous.

    Reviewed by Fraser5.0Jul 2021

  • "A beautifully appointed cottage with everything you could possibly need."

    Well thought out, cosy, comfortable and very quiet. The welcome basket of bread, milk etc, was very welcome and all local produce. Unfortunately, we couldn't make the most of the large garden due to the weather behaving!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2021

  • "We wanted to thank you both for having us - we had a fantastic time in Dartmoor, and your cottage really made it for us."

    It is perfectly located for walkers and so comfortable and beautifully decorated. We loved it. The extra touches really make a cottage stay, the garden herbs, some cheese in the fridge but also the cookbooks and candles available for use.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2021

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  • Reverse-level
  • Two ground-floor bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with roll-top bath, hand-held shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • First-floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove and electric underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack of logs inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car to the side of cottage on gravel
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn, patio and seating
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Two well behaved medium size pets welcome
  • Shop and pub 2.4 miles
  • Sorry, no children under the age of 5yrs allowed

The property

Widecombe-in-the-Moor 2.4 miles.

Alongside a quiet country lane, with local traffic (an occasional tractor, sheep, cattle and ponies) is this beautiful reverse-level stone barn conversion, Pond Cottage.

The cottage is a great choice for your next rural retreat to Devon, resting in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park almost 2.5 miles from the centre of the historic village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

Be welcomed into the ground floor of the property, stepping atop slate floors and admiring the original character beams throughout, to find two ground-floor bedrooms; to the left is the twin room featuring remnants of the buildings former use in the form of three troughs built into the walls.

To the other side of the property and up a few steps is the delightful double bedroom featuring a lovely en-suite shower room, perfect for a couple.

Travel up the wooden open tread staircase and up to the bright and spacious open-plan living room, enjoying a dramatic scissor-beam ceiling and a wonderful woodburning stove.

The layout combines contemporary with classic, with a beautifully understated fitted kitchen complete with a sleek breakfast bar, a long old-fashioned farmhouse table and chairs with bench seating, and an inviting seating area to draw you in to curl up on the sofa before the fire to watch a film on the TV.

Relax out in the idyllic garden offering plenty of space, with a patio area and seating to host alfresco dining on summer evenings, perfect for appreciating this stunning location.

Just down the road from Pond Cottage is the fabulous chocolate-box village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, a famous and historic village known for the Widecombe Fair and the legend of Old Uncle Tom Cobley, also home to an excellent array of amenities including a general village store, an ancient pub, The Old Inn, several cafés and a gorgeous medieval church.

The local area is a prime location for walking with numerous walks encompassing the property, with lots of routes and trails following the many watercourses and tributaries of the River Dart.

Watch out for wildlife on your travels with Dartmoor being home to a diverse array of creatures, including otters, badgers, red foxes, deer and falcons to name just a few, sure to satisfy any nature lover!

Enjoy a unique day out with Dartmoor Llama Walks and make a new furry friend whilst rambling through breath-taking scenery, or head to River Dart Country Park to try out some fun outdoor activities like their bike trails, canoeing, kayaking, zip wires, adventure playground, and water zorbs!

Visit Princetown to go to the Dartmoor Prison Museum offering a fascinating look at various aspects to past prison life, with the National Park Visitor Centre also resting in Princetown too.

Make special memories with your nearest and dearest in the Dartmoor National Park at Pond Cottage.

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

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About the location


Bovey Tracey 7.4 miles; Newton Abbot 11.6 miles; Torquay 19.1 miles.

Widecombe is tucked away in a Dartmoor valley with the spectacular moorland and tors rising up on all sides, making it a perfect location for walkers, mountain bikers, riders or those that love dramatic landscapes. The village is made up of a pretty mixture of granite built houses and a lovely old church which is known as the cathedral of the moor. There are a couple of good food pubs, a café for indulgent cream teas and shops. Widecombe famously hosts Widecombe Fair every September, where you can see displays of livestock, local produce, vintage farm machinery and even a bale tossing competition. Further afield is Bovey Tracey – home to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and worthy of a visit. Dartmoor National Park has the greatest number of archaeological remains in Europe and there are Neolithic tombs, mystical stone circles and abandoned medieval farmsteads to explore. Conan Doyle was inspired to write his classic novel The Hound of the Baskervilles and it is easy to imagine Sherlock Holmes wandering the wild moorland terrain, along with the wild and beautiful Dartmoor ponies.

Note: No children under the age of 5yrs allowed