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Dairy Cottage

(Ref. 975862)

Chagford, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "1. We were quite alarmed to find the owners toiletries and medication in the double bedroom sink cabinet and most of the lights didn't work?"

    ?.2. The downstairs couch had numerous stains on it.3. There was no welcome pack at all in this cottage. 4. And the lights in the living room were not bright enough. perhaps the owners need to put in tall standard lamps at the telly end so there guests could read there books instead of watching the telly.5. sykes need to inform there customers that the car park is a good walk to get there up very steep hills and there is NO Parking on the street.

    Reviewed by Steve2.8Apr 2024

  • "Absolutely fantastic cottage in a wonderful location."

    One of the best equipped and comfortable cottages we have stayed in, beautifully appointed.

    Reviewed by Velvet5.0Oct 2023

  • "It was our second stay in Dairy Cottage, which is spacious and very well equipped and maintained."

    We love being in the heart of the town with the secluded spot tucked back off the road and find it a perfect base for exploring the moor. There are plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants within a few hundred yards, too.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Sep 2023

  • "The house was well appointed and I loved all the quirky personal touches."

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2023

  • "Fabulous property well equipped and in a great location."

    Well stocked with toilet rolls bin liners etc, which not all are. TV package is fab, oven is amazing, bathroom unique, all fixtures and furnishings are very high quality. Courtyard is lovely. House needs to be maintained as well as the gardener looks after the garden. We stayed here 5 years ago and can clearly see noticeable wear and tear, ie ice machine not working, good quality utensils but all needed cleaned before use. Needs a deep clean and reboot for the next 5 years to keep up the high standards. Would come back with pleasure.

    Reviewed by Steve4.4May 2023

  • "A perfect stay so much so we have already booked again for 2024"

    Reviewed by Lin5.0May 2023

  • "On the whole we loved the property, which was spacious, comfortable and very well provided with everything you might need for a week."

    Modern and classic furniture mixed well, lovely courtyard garden attended to by a gardener on a weekly basis. The mattresses for the truckle bed in the second bedroom are rock hard, even children might find it difficult to sleep, as an adult I found it impossible. The caretaker was friendly and efficient at supplying rinse aid when the dishwasher ran out. We have already booked for next year!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.8May 2023

  • "We had a lovely time in Dairy Cottage Chagford."

    The cottage is very comfortable, well equipped and makes a perfect base for exploring Dartmoor and surrounding areas. Only have one minor point to make as previously made before by another reviewer the Kettle needs replacing as it clicks off too soon. Will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Sep 2022

  • "We loved the cottage and would stay there again."

    I had an issue contacting the caretaker, phoning twice on the morning before the day of our arrival and leaving a message but did not get a reply. I had to phone Sykes main office on the morning of our arrival. A few hours later, the caretaker did phone back but the communication was very poor and not reassuring. There are a few electrical issues that the owner should be aware of: 1. The kettle has a fault whereby it turns off well before the water reaches boiling point. One has to wait a few sconds and then flick the switch again. It takes about 4-5 attempts to get it to boil. I suggest it is replaced. 2. The light/dimmer switch for bank of spot lights above the sink area is faulty and these lights cannot be turned on. A replacement switch is required. 3. The lamp on the LHS between the dresser and TV wall does not work. I suspect the ring may have tripped, but did not investigate any further. This means that corner of the room remains very dark.

    Thank you for providing your feedback which we have taken to the owner and who has confirmed that they have replaced the kettle, the dimmer switches have been replaced and they will investigate the lamp situation. We hope to welcome you back to Dairy Cottage very soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Sep 2022

  • "Overall the cottage was amazing - very well equipped, comfortable and had everything we needed for our stay."

    The master bedroom and en-suite were amazing, very luxurious. Parking was a bit of an issue when unloading and loading the car up as it was a trek to the spaces available. We were quite surprised at the close proximity of the neighbour's outside space and at times her washing in our faces. We appreciated having the Netflix account.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Aug 2022

  • "This is a superb property, one of the best I ever stayed in."

    It's quiet (there is another house between this one and the road; access is through a passage). Someone went to a lot of trouble and expense making it so lovely. The living room and main bedroom are surprisingly large. The garden area is very pleasant (though the photo on the webpage doesn't do it justice). I think the best thing was the shower in the main bedroom, it was magnificent -- pipes and handles and knobs galore (and seemed new, designed to be an Edwardian thowback I suppose). I only have three complaints. First, the bed in the smaller bedroom had a rock-hard mattress: OK for children but my daughter (in her mid-twenties) ended up sleeping on the living room sofa. Second, the kettle in the kitchen didn't work right, switched itself off when the water in it was nowhere near boiling. We had to run it three or four times in succession to make it hot enough to make tea. And third, one of the light switches in the living room didn't work (the one controlling the recess lights over the kitchen countertop.) But everything else was great: the Aga worked fine, the tv was fantastic, the water pressure was excellent. I have no other complaints at all, really excellent.

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a fabulous little town with great walking all around."

    Local pubs good for food - would espescially recommend the pies at The Globe. Cottage could have done with the usual 'welcome' folder/instructions on how to work things and could have been a bit cleaner - though we did have an apology for this saying their usual cleaner was off

    Reviewed by Cathy4.7Jul 2022

  • "From the moment we walked through the door, Diary Cottage felt like home."

    Everything you could need is there, warm, cosy but lovely modern touches. The Aga and Roll Top Bath were superb to use, the bath was loved by our children. We arrived with our 3 yr old and 10 month old, again the house was very well equipped for youngsters and the lovely caretaker had set it all up ahead of our arrival. We had a slight issue with the boiler on day 1, the caretaker arrived within minutes of me phoning her and sorted it straight away. Parking was fine as stated in previous reviews, we found spaces just down the street every day and only once used the main car park which is a short stroll through the beautiful churchyard. The pictures do not do this beautiful cottage justice. We couldn’t fault it, was extremely sad to leave! Looking forward to visiting again soon.

    Reviewed by Ashley5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with all mod cons."

    Aga is a great addition and keeps you warm once on. Location is great especially with bakers, deli and pubs all on doorstep. It is located in a village which means parking isn’t on doorstep but plenty of spaces available if you don’t mind a short walk. In conclusion a gorgeous cottage and village highly recommend

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Oct 2021

  • "Loved the aga and the kitchen was well equipped."

    The Ensuite in the master bedroom was fantastic. The ground floor suffered a little from the lack of natural light but the weather was good so we were able to get out and about.

    Reviewed by Nicholas4.7Sep 2021

  • "Lovely home"

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Sep 2021

  • "The fact that the cottage was in the town so could walk to the local shops without having to use the car."

    The cottage was very comfortable and the sunny courtyard was a bonus.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Sep 2021

  • "Unfortunately the spare room single bed mattresses are terribly uncomfortable for adults, they really should be changed, otherwise the cottage is lovely."

    I was a bit surprised to see a bicycle in the alley way, and another small garden inside the alleyway, which I didn't expect, otherwise the cottage is lovely.

    Thank you for your review and we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Dairy Cottage. Comfort and mattresses are of course a personal preference. However the owners will investigate further with a view to replacing the mattresses if required. To clarify, the courtyard is not shared: it is divided into three. One section is fenced off. The other two sections are divided by a step up. The neighbour has the first section which you walk through to access the property. Dairy Cottage has the larger section of the courtyard. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth Anne3.1Aug 2021

  • "Cottage was fantastic-comfortable and luxurious!"

    Great location. Lots to see and do in surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Aug 2021

  • "Parking Nightmare, there are no designated parking spaces anywhere near the property which means a difficult 'loading/unloading' exercise on a very busy narrow road and a daily hunt for a relatively safe (but not legal) parking spot."

    This is followed by a trek back to the property which is no fun in the rain.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and we are sorry to hear that the Dartmoor weather wasn't on your side. There are plenty of marked bays on the road between the school and Bretteville Close. Further up the road into the centre of town you will find many 2 hour bays (free of charge) or the car park (charges apply) where you can park all day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terence3.4Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely and really well equipped."

    We absolutely adored the courtyard garden with it’s beautiful planting and we had fun getting used to using an Aga in the kitchen. The fixtures and fittings in the cottage are exceptional. I only had one slight niggle and this was the mattresses in children’s bedroom. Both girls mentioned that they could feel the bed springs but it didn’t detract from the holiday. The location of the cottage is perfect for popping to one of the super shops in Chagford. Chagford itself is a very pretty village with every amenity you could wish for on your doorstep. Most shops are independent and artisan (2 bakeries, farm shop, cheese shop, wine, local crafts to name a few). Everything you need is here. There are a number of pubs and cafes serving great food. We particularly enjoyed the food at The Chagford Inn. There are lots of incredible local walks and thankfully the weather was kind to us - we had lots of sunshine. Thank you Dairy Cottage we had a great time!!

    Reviewed by Kate4.4May 2021

  • "There were many plusses to this cottage, the photos show these and they are accurate."

    I will however concentrate on points that may be of interest to people making future bookings so that they may be taken into consideration. apart from the parking, everything else below could be corrected by the owners. The internet speed is terrible, lots of dropout everyday. I tested it regularly and on a good day for a short period it would be 11 megabytes per second, with and upload of 0.2. It's BT Internet. I thought that this was a consequence of being in a rural area, until we had various meals in the four pubs in the village which are 250 metres away and what took 45 minutes to one hour to download in the cottage, such as a guided walk and map for the area, took 1.5 seconds in the pubs. The cottage has a very old BT router. I strongly suggest that this is replaced with a smarthub and suscribe to a better connection speed. I would happily pay the extra £5 per week on top of the current price. It has a very large, lovely smart TV. That's where it ends. There are very few channels on terrestrial TV, with great gaps between say channel 5 and then the next is channel 31 and the next 57. It's because there is no Freeview on the TV. They state that Netflix, iPlayer, ITV Hub, Amazon Prime Video are available. That is true. However you can't access them for more than 4-5 seconds at a time as the buffering is absolutely terrible and was so everyday. Often none of these were available as they would not open. We tried watching a film or a programme so many times, but instead watched only a tiny clip, followed by minutes of the buffering sign and then a notice 'Whoops sorry something has happened, please try later'. The cause is the apalling download speed / broadband width and the constant dropout. The bathroom in the main bedroom is modern and very impressive, until you use the shower. It is an open shower and despite experimenting with the shower, taking the flow down to the lowest possible setting, the outflow in the floor could not cope. Water soon made its way across the floor. We stopped using it and used the tiny, but effective shower in the second bathroom. The kitchen is nice, except for the electric Aga which takes a long time to heat up, then you cannot control the heat. Makes cooking difficult, especially as there is only one ring for cooking and one ring to keep food warm. It looks nice and cottage-like, but is a real nuisance and a disappointment. Please replace this with a modern cooker, with 3/4 cooking rings, an oven that you can control and even set timings. With the big black oven door, once closed you cannot see anything.

    We really appreciate feedback and do our best to improve based on it. We do wish you had raised the broadband issues with us whilst you were staying. We had it checked out immediately and there was a fault with BT. We do pay for BT superfast broadband and ordinarily we get a download speed of around 60 mps and upload of about 15 mps. The cottage was redeveloped as our home and is done with things we love and in our style. We love the Aga and miss it when we are away..... it can be an acquired taste, but once you have got used to it, you never want to cook on anything else. The upstairs shower we have used ourselves many times without any problems. It is a Drummonds teardrop shower, and the room has been designed to drain through a channel. I have asked the builder to check the drain. I understand our home might not be to everybody's taste. We think it is a little piece of luxurious wonder in a magical setting. I do know, however, that a wet week on Dartmoor can be tough. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maureen4.1May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location"

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Apr 2021

  • "Some really great things about this cottage."

    Lovely large comfortable sofa, the best we have had. Likewise large TV and Netflix worked for us, which was a real bonus. Very well equipped and a lot of thought has gone into the decor, especially the bathroom, which was victorian grandeur with some modern touches. As others have observed, parking is a bit of an issue but managed to park within 10 - 100 yards of cottage. There are a couple of lovely walks from the door, including to Castle Drogo. Have to agree with another reviewer that one thing that let things down somewhat was the standard of cleanliness. We found quite a few hairs in bedroom/bathroom plus dried on food in microwave and aga and a couple of other issues - this could be easily rectified. But overall we had a great stay.

    Reviewed by Lorenzo3.1Sep 2020

  • "Unfortunately first impressions were flattened By the Neighbours dumped old carpet in courtyard, not the best image walking in."

    Also images make it look like a detached property when it is not and you can hear all of what the neighbours do while in master bedroom. Netflix would not work - we believe due to internet Master bed too soft for our liking and gave us bad backs. Presentation of the house was wonderful. Beautiful big bath! Lots of items to make you feel at home.

    Reviewed by Rea3.8Aug 2020

  • "Really lovely cottage, very comfortable, warm and social atmosphere to be in, we enjoyed that very much."

    A few things that we felt that could be improved... beds were not very comfortable, 3 of us had aching backs in the morning. Fridge was not very clean - smear marks all over. Too many personal effects left in the cottage which made us feel like we were imposing a little. A bbq would have been a nice choice for tea in the evenings.

    Reviewed by David4.4Jul 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage and very high spec."

    We had all we needed and more and were sad to leave!

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Mar 2020

  • "The cottage had everything we could wish for."

    The kitchen was so well equipped. The decor was wonderful. Everything was homely and inviting.The facilities were all high quality. Couldn't fault anything.

    Reviewed by Sian4.4Jan 2020

  • "We loved everything about this cottage, the high spec decor, attention to detail, cleanliness and location was just PERFECT!"

    , We didn't want to leave - Cant wait to come back to the friendly village of Chagford very soon. :-) The Three Crowns pub was our favourite, fantastic food and very cosy and romantic.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Nov 2019

  • "The cottage is amazing, met all expectations and included all the essential necessities."

    Definitely worth a stay.

    Reviewed by Jaime5.0Sep 2019

  • "We love Chagford and Dairy Cottage is a fabulous bolt hole in a favourite place."

    We would love to visit again.

    Reviewed by Amanda4.7Sep 2019

  • "A wonderful cottage!"

    We travelled as a young family and it had everything in terms of facilities. My eldest son was very impressed with the TV! The master bedroom is very glamorous! The only downside to Chagford is the lack of parking - a little bit frustrating - but out weighed by everything else.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2019

  • "As expected parking a little bit problematic."

    However super res and aga a gem. Gotta watch those Devon lanes though. Really loved our experience and would return tomorrow.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2019

  • "We had a wonderful time in Chagford, blessed with great weather, but we were a little disappointed with Dairy Cottage."

    The bedroom and bathroom facilities are not really adequate for for 4 x adults and we believe this should be reflected in the property details.

    Reviewed by David3.4Jul 2019

  • "We loved the cottage although working the aga was a trial."

    We found that live tv was only available through iPlayer etc as there was no signal. we did at least have access to Netflix and Amazon Prime. Parking was also quite difficult as it was kerbside and not too close at times. There was a pay car park at the top of the village. The Spar and the bakery were handy and the pubs served good food.

    Reviewed by Anne3.8Jun 2019

  • "Great cottage, only slight complaint was that a lot of cupboard space was used up by the owners."

    Reviewed by Steven4.7May 2019

  • "Dairy Cottage has the feel and comfort of a really loved home."

    Absolutely everything is first class, we felt honoured to be enjoying a weeks holiday here.

    Reviewed by Mrs Angela5.0Mar 2019

  • "Outstanding accommodation and great service from Sykes"

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Feb 2019

  • "Wow, what a fantastic cottage made our stay in Chagford that little bit extra special you couldn't want for more."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2018

  • "Lovely cottage - very high spec and in good location."

    Only downside is there is no parking with cottage so pot luck if you can find somewhere close. Shame we couldn't use courtyard garden as weather not great. Would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2018

  • "Dairy Cottage is gorgeous."

    Beautifully appointed, quality, comfort and class. Very cosy and peaceful. We loved it so much we have already booked for next year!

    Reviewed by Rowena5.0Aug 2018

  • "Perfect location, just a short stroll from the centre of lovely Chagford which had everything you could need."

    Beautiful house and garden will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Jul 2018

  • "The cottage that we stayed in was amazing, if anything we didn't think the pictures did it justice."

    We had been slightly apprehensive as there was no picture from the outside . The property set in the courtyard was beautiful and really should be included to show its full charm. The property is of a very high specification, everyone made us feel so welcome within the village too .

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Jun 2018

  • "We were very impressed with Dairy Cottage."

    It was immediately obvious that alot of thought and care had gone into the restoration. All of the fixtures and fittings were superb. We would recomend this property to anyone.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0May 2018

  • "A brilliant week in Chagford, excellent restaurants and pubs."

    Very relaxing time, quiet location but very central. Fabulous decor in the cottage and lovely courtyard garden. Highly recommended, sorry we did not book two weeks

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0May 2018

  • "This is one of the best holiday lets we have ever rented and we are in our 80’s, and have rented all over the world."

    All the equipment is of the highest standard ,it is extremely comfortable with many thoughtful touches.The design of the building is outstanding ,with amazing lighting and beautiful painting and ornaments everywhere.We really thought as if we were staying in a house built by extremely talented interiors designers. The same applied to the pretty courtyard. It was a true pleasure to stay in Dairy Cottage.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Apr 2018

  • "The Dairy Cottage offers fantastic accommodation with top quality facilities."

    The ensuite bathroom in the master bedroom is amazing. Although the property is positioned just off the main road into Chagford village, it is very quiet. Parking is not possible directly outside the property but there are convenient parking spaces available within a very short walking distance. Chagford boasts a great selection of pubs serving reasonably priced meals and has a lovely park for young children. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Dairy Cottage and would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Lianne4.7Mar 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king size double with en suite bathroom with bath, shower, WC and basin, 1 x twin (truckle) with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin
  • Ground floor WC with basin
  • Open plan living space with seating area, dining area and kitchen.
  • Underfloor heating and central heating
  • Dishwasher, combi-microwave, fridge-freezer, electric Aga, washer-dryer, smart TV, iPod dock, WiFi, phone
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot available on request
  • Parking is on a busy road or nearby car park
  • Courtyard garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 5 mins walk

The property

Dairy Cottage is perfectly situated within the popular little Dartmoor town of Chagford, tucked away off the main street, yet just 300 yards from the wonderful selection of independent shops and welcoming pubs and cafes around the iconic town square.

Together with its stylishly designed interior, it provides a stunning base for enjoying the amenities and local walks without the need for a car.

From the street, open the door into the enclosed cobbled courtyard which forms a lovely sun trap where you can sit and enjoy a drink or a meal around the table.

French windows take you into the generous open plan living space, a happy combination of traditional beams and modern comfort, with its original artwork, well designed kitchen area and smart TV and iPod dock for entertainment.

At the end of a busy day on Dartmoor, head up the oak stairs to bed in the two comfortable bedrooms, both with smart en suite.

If you feel like eating out, the town provides a surprisingly large range of welcoming pubs serving good food, and there are many more cosy inns to combine with long walks on riverbanks and across picturesque moorland.

Chagford’s shops are fascinating, full of tempting treats to browse and take home.

For those looking for activity, there are town tennis courts, a children’s play park and a fabulous seasonal lido which is famous for its fresh water.

Footpaths radiate in all directions from the town.

For the bright lights, Exeter is within an easy drive.

Dairy Cottage is a welcoming destination with much to discover.

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

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About the location


Okehampton 12 miles; Exeter 21 miles.

A picturesque town at the northern point of Dartmoor National Park in Devon. Chagford, one of the five Stannary towns of Dartmoor, is small in size but is packed with amenities and things to do. There is a wide range of shops as well as four pubs. Chagford also has more active facilities such as public tennis court and an open-air swimming pool to enjoy at your leisure. It is a town of great history, home to the Three Crowns Hotel which dates back to the 1200's. Chagford is well known for its culture, hosting film, literary and music festivals in the town as well as an annual running race, known as Two Hills Race. Just over 21 miles away is the bustling, beautiful city of Exeter for a different kind of break, definitely worth a visit. The charming, attractive town of Okehampton sits just 12 miles away.

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

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas