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Ground Floor

Kitchen / Dining Hall Lounge Bathroom Double Bedroom




(Ref. 975795)

Chagford, Devon Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent accommodation with the Moors right on your doorstep."

    Clean, warm and comfortable with fantastic views. Would highly recommend this annex.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Mar 2024

  • "We enjoyed staying at Kestorway Cottage."

    It was very cosy, clean, and had a great view from the cottage, along with a wood burner and everything we needed. Pauline and Jim were very helpful and kind. We enjoyed the long walk around. The cottage is situated at the top, and as soon as we stepped out, we had a good view and a three-hour walking path right outside. We will consider coming back again to stay there.

    Thank you for your kind review. It was lovely to meet you both and so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us - hope to see you both (and Charlie the cat!) again in future. Kind regards - Pauline and Jim Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hossean4.7Mar 2024

  • "Perfect place for a get away retreat."

    . Amazing location with fantastic scenic walks from the property.. Very warm and comfortable with lovely views.. The hosts were welcoming kind and considerate.. A wonderful stay would definately return..

    It was lovely to meet you Catherine and so pleased you were able to enjoy your stay at Kestorway and its peaceful surroundings. It is certainly a very special place and we are delighted to share it with those who appreciate its location and tranquil setting. It would be a pleasure to see you again. Pauline and Jim Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Feb 2024

  • "Beautiful place in a lovely and quiet location."

    Very friendly and welcoming hosts who couldnt do enough for us! The property was very clean and welcoming with lovely log burner with plenty of logs The most amazing views from every window which we spent a lot of time looking out of! :) Well appointed little annex - perfect for a quiet and beautiful getaway!

    Thank you for your lovely review and kind comments which are very much appreciated. It was a real pleasure to meet you both and do hope you had a restful and relaxing holiday at Kestorway. Should you wish to return at any time you can be assured of a very warm welcome - we were very happy to host such delightful and respectful guests. Pauline and Jim Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Feb 2024

  • "Kestorway is beautiful, set in an idyllic moor land with amazing views, the property owners are wonderful and could not do enough for us, unfortunately I was poorly whilst there but the owners were fantastic and made sure we had everything we needed."

    The only thing I would suggest to improve is the wifi and tv, the tv is tiny and the wifi didn't allow complete streaming on my lap top/iPad, unfortunately the weather was crazy why we was there so had to stay in so a bigger tv etc would have been beneficial, but this should not put you off as everything else was perfect. thank you for having us and we will definitely return in there summer :) xx

    Thank you of your feedback - such a shame you were unwell whilst on holiday and also that the weather was particularly wild and stormy. We have taken note of your comments with regard to the TV and wifi and hope this didn’t impact too much on the enjoyment of your holiday - however the details for Kestorway state very clearly - ' living room with great views, wood burning stove, small TV/DVD' (this is also evident in the photos). Also the issue with wifi is the result of our remote moorland location and is out of our control although this service is currently being improved by the installation of fibre broadband. Hope you are now fully recovered and feeling much better and should you return to Dartmoor then hopefully the weather will be kinder and you will have a much more positive experience. Pauline and Jim Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sonia4.4Dec 2023

  • "Perfect remote getaway up on the moor with the kindest of hosts"

    Thank you for your complimentary review. It was lovely to meet you both and pleased you were able to enjoy walking out on the Moor (even thought was December!) - you would be most welcome to return to Kestorway at any time. With kind regards - Pauline and Jim Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laurie5.0Dec 2023

  • "Such a beautiful area and could not fault the cottage."

    Clean, well equipped and the added touch of flowers, chocolate and delicious local milk just made it all very special. Jim and Pauline were lovely, very welcoming and knowledgeable of the area. The dogs absolutely loved the well enclosed garden. Will definitely return Di & Dave

    We are pleased you enjoyed your stay at this special place. It was good to meet you both and your lovely dogs and we look forward to seeing you all again, hopefully with better weather next time! Best wishes, P&J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diaane5.0Oct 2023

  • "Pauline & jim were perfect hosts and nothing was too mutch trouble."

    Large enclosed garden with gated access straight onto the Moor was ideal for our 3 dogs.the cottage was very comfortable with everything to hand.lovely location and would come again.terence j.

    Thank you for your lovely review which is very much appreciated. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Kestorway and it was a pleasure to meet all five of you - we look forward to welcoming you all again in the future. Pauline and Jim Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Oct 2023

  • "We have just returned from a glorious week in this peaceful cottage on the very edge of Dartmoor and what a wonderful area it is to explore."

    Pauline and Jim are super hosts and nothing was too much trouble for them including providing garden chairs so we could enjoy the views with a G & T at the end of a tiring day. Many thanks, David, Celia and Molly.

    Thank you for your lovely comments - it was our pleasure to share this special place with you all and you obviously really appreciated the rare opportunity to have direct access from the garden gate to 365 square miles of open moorland so rich in unique flora & fauna, pre-historic and industrial archaeology with endless photogenic landscapes. We look forward to seeing you all again in the future. Pauline and Jim Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "Wow..."

    ...fabulous hidden gem we will be returning...dogs loved it and such a beautiful quiet place to just simply relax and unwind, such peace of mind knowing garden fully secure for our 3 dogs too. Beautiful location, beautiful place and so much on your doorstep to explore and further afield should you so wish to the coast which we enjoyed on two days of our stay. Pauline and Jim with all their wonderful animals were so incredibly kind and welcoming, we felt so at home and nothing was too much for them. We loved our little extras on arrival which was so appreciated and wished we could have enjoyed a bit longer there, perhaps next time. Cannot fault in anyway, really is a truly beautiful and idyllic place to stay - thank you xx

    It was so lovely to host you both and your dogs. It is a real pleasure to share this special place with folks who appreciate the peaceful location, the direct access to the open moor and our simple philosophy of treating people the way we would like to be treated ourselves. We look forward to seeing you all again, hopefully with better weather next time! Pauline, Jim and the menagerie ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jul 2023

  • "A beautiful place to unwind and enjoy some peace."

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jun 2023

  • "Wonderful rural and peaceful location, right on the edge of Dartmoor."

    You step out of your gate right onto the moor. Nearby Chagford is a quintessential English village, with all you need. Pauline and Jim are delightful hosts, very knowledgeable and helpful. The television is all right but we would suggest a larger one would be better.

    Thank you for your comments - we do like to ensure our guests have a restful and positive experience and the moorland location of Kestorway is perfect for active walkers and those who want to explore the area. With regards to the television, the details for Kestorway state very clearly, ' living room with great views, wood burning stove, small TV/DVD' (this is also evident in the photos). We do hope the size of the television did not spoil your holiday and you were able to enjoy the location and beautiful sunny weather. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert4.7May 2023

  • "Thank you for a wonderful week in this magnificent location."

    Kestorway was everything we'd hoped for - and more. We had a fantastic time, as did our two pups!

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful accommodation in a beautiful and peaceful part of Dartmoor."

    Lovely hosts, Pauline and Jim. Lovely village of Chagford close by. Would recommend the Three Crowns pub. All in all a very enjoyable holiday…

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Apr 2023

  • "Much appreciated, with friendly helpful owners."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Apr 2023

  • "The feeling of being able to walk directly out onto Moor in such a tranquil location was a truly magical experience."

    The weather was not kind to us, but in spite of this, the cottage was always extremely warm and cosy. The views from the rooms are lovely and even in adverse weather you can enjoy wonderful scenery whilst being comfortable in front of the logburner. It is definitely a place to recharge and there are very few places quite like it. Pauline and Jim are caring and attentive hosts and it is easy to see why many guests keep coming back.

    Thank you for your very kind comments. It was lovely to meet you both and Codie - so sorry the weather was extremely wet and windy. We are looking forward to hosting you again when the weather is better and you are able to take full advantage of staying at Kestorway and exploring the surrounding moorland. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely peaceful location."

    Fantastic views. Lovely owners who were so helpful. We can’t wait to come back.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Oct 2022

  • "Had a fabulous week at Kestorway, its location on Dartmoor is truly unique."

    The owners, who live next door, are relaxed and friendly with great local knowledge and advice on suitable walks, pubs and places to visit. The accommodation is well designed to take in the wonderful views across the valley and is very comfortable and clean, with the bonus of a wood burning stove, logs and kindling and good sized, secure garden.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2022

  • "Having just returned from Kestorway I’m already wishing I could go back."

    I’ve always been happy to be home after holiday but not this time! The cottage is so romantic, extremely well equipped, comfortable, clean and the perfect location right on top of the moor. A must stay for anyone looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and be at one with nature. My dogs were also in their element being able to walk out of the door straight onto the moor with all the exciting smells of other animals around. We saw cattle, sheep, horses and many types of birds on our rambling adventures together. There are endless stunning walks exploring stone circles, wild swimming in the salmon weir, afternoon tea, and the nearby quaint town of Chagford which has everything you would need to cater in self accommodation as well as an outdoor swimming pool. The hosts Pauline and Jim are absolutely lovely, so accommodating and full of information about the local area. They were very kind to my 11 year old son who has special needs and normally too shy to talk to new people but described them as “the nicest people you could ever meet and the world is a better place with them in it.”

    Reviewed by Sian5.0Aug 2022

  • "The property and its location were perfect."

    A place where you can recharge. The property was great and had everything you need and more and the garden is perfect for our dogs. I would highly recommend Kestor Way to anyone who want to be away from it all.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2022

  • "Sorry about the delay in giving feedback."

    This was a wonderful holiday. The property is lovely and the location right on the edge of the moor is sublime. The hosts were friendly and helpful. Can't criticise a thing.

    Reviewed by Kane5.0May 2022

  • "The owners have gone that extra mile to ensure guests have a great stay,we give them top marks and praise for this holiday home."

    A get away from it all holiday with all the benefits....

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2022

  • "If you need a tonic from the stresses and strains of daily life this light filled accommodation on the edge of the moor is the place for you, I couldn’t fault it."

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Apr 2022

  • "We were given a warm and friendly welcome by Pauline and Jim, with a bonus of fresh flowers and chocolates."

    They accomplished the perfect balance of a reassuring presence should we need advice, while discreetly respecting our privacy. The cottage was very warm, comfortable and cosy, with ample fuel for the very efficient wood burner. We had superb views over the North Teign valley from our windows. It was a superb base for some great and varied walks, on the moor and in the Teign valley. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Kestorway as a holiday base.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Feb 2022

  • "There is no category that I wouldn’t give top marks, literally have nothing but really good things to say about the cottage and especially about Pauline and Jim."

    Such a lovely couple who couldn’t do any more for their guests , so welcoming and nice from beginning of holiday to the end.

    Reviewed by Belinda5.0Dec 2021

  • "It was a beautiful place to stay with our own little gate straight onto the moor."

    It was warm and cozy and can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Nov 2021

  • "Wonderful, warm, inviting."

    A lovely accommodation and lovely owners, Jim and Pauline are the sort of people you hope are going to be there to look after you. Nothing could have made our stay any better……the location is fantastic, the views tremendous. I would recommend this holiday accommodation to everyone 100%. Sincere thanks to Jim and Pauline

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Nov 2021

  • "Had a wonderful time at Kestorway."

    Owners very welcoming. Accommodation very comfortable. Perfect spot for peace and quiet and direct access to a beautiful part of Dartmoor. New conservatory an added bonus with access to a lovely sunny garden. We hope to be back for another stay.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jun 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Kestorway - a real little gem."

    We and our dog were made so welcome. Jim and Pauline were there to help us whenever we needed it but otherwise we had total privacy. Walks literally out of the garden gate straight onto the moor. The cottage has everything we needed and the addition of the conservatory was a bonus we took great advantage of, sitting late into the night listening to the owl in the valley. Thank you for a great stay - we will definitely be returning to Kestorway!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jun 2021

  • "Area is stunning, the owners are respectful of privacy and helpful in any needs and information, going that extra mile."

    I would come back in an instant. My service dog was welcomed with open arms, literally.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2021

  • "Pauline and Jim were very helpful but respectful of privacy."

    Reviewed by Kate5.0May 2021

  • "Being able to walk from the door of the cottage onto the moor."

    The garden was magical with wonderful views across the valley . A fabulous week !!

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Oct 2020

  • "This cottage is in a lovely setting right on the edge of the moor and above the Upper Teign valley with spectacular views."

    We appreciated the use of the very spacious garden from which you can walk straight out on to Chagford Common and further on to the high moor. Owners Pauline and Jim were very helpful hosts providing local detail. We would definitely go again to explore more of this beautiful area.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Aug 2020

  • "Location of Kestorway is beautiful with access to Dartmoor on your doorstep."

    The lanes leading to the property are very narrow and challenging.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Aug 2020

  • "The location, accommodation and hosts were superb."

    A very lovely quiet place to stay away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Two downsides from my point of view which has nothing really to do with the venue and hosts, 1. very narrow roads which could do with regular trimming as my car sustained minor scratches either side from the hedges 2. Advertised as dog friendly. The accommodation is, but once out on the moors, they must be kept on a lead at all times, which is no break for our Labrador who loves his exercise to be vigorous. I do understand why though, but this must be stated for dog owners wishing to stay on Dartmoor. All in all, a very enjoyable stay with Pauline and Jim Thankyou

    Thank you very much for your feedback, we're really pleased to hear you loved Kestorway and had such a good holiday. There is however an inaccuracy in your review which we'd like to clarify for the benefit of other pet owners as it isn't correct to say that pets must be kept on a lead at all times. Within Dartmoor National Park there are 365 square miles of open access wilderness. For the protection of wildlife and farm animals all national parks require dogs to be kept on leads or under close control. Dog owners who do not have reliable recall and 'walk to heel control' will need to keep their dogs on a lead around livestock or wildlife. Owners of well trained dogs can enjoy the open access Dartmoor National Park provides without the need to use a lead. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Jul 2020

  • "The views from the cottage are far better than the pictures on the website suggest, it was stunning."

    The kitchen is tiny, but surprisingly well equipped and the accommodation comfortable and cosy, the hosts welcoming and helpful but also left us to our own devices. A great location (whatever the weather!) for exploring Dartmoor. Looking forward to returning in the future.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Oct 2019

  • "We had the most pleasant and relaxing week at Kestorway, the finishing touches made all the difference, Bone China, lovely soft towels, lovely bedding and very comfortable bed, The added extras left were a lovely treat, eggs, flowers, chocolates, milk etc."

    .. We went out walking every day and the walks and views were just stunning, also lovely sunsets out of the lounge window were stunning, I would highly recommend Kestorway for a quiet relaxing stay, but if you want a corner shop and all local facilities on your doorstep this may not be for you as the nearest shop is 3 miles away

    Reviewed by Suzy5.0Jun 2019

  • "It was my second time in Kestorway ."

    .. and I will come a third time, that's for sure ... Jim and Pauline are so friendly, the cottage is wonderful equipped in a wonderful area, I love it!

    Reviewed by Heike5.0Jun 2019

  • "If you want or need to get away from it all, this is the place for you!"

    Right on the edge of the moors with fantastic views. The twisting lane up from Chagford is a bit of a challenge but taken with care its not a problem. The accomadation is spotless clean nicely laid out and perfect for two. Large windows give a lot of light and great views. Great walks right on your doorstep. Do try the fantastic pubs in town!

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Jun 2019

  • "Everything was wonderful - the light, airy, beautifully equipped accommodation, the setting, the birdsong, the peace and tranquility, and the VIEWS!"

    Jim and Pauline are lovely people, along with their dog, cats, and rescued chickens (which lay gorgeous eggs). The locality is awash with neolithic stone circles, stone rows, hut circles, etc which we found fascinating. Chagford's marvellous, a place of real character, with probably the finest church we've ever seen. Anyone wanting to 'get away from it all', and not fazed by very narrow winding lanes, will surely love it here! Roger Wyld.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0May 2019

  • "We have stayed at Kestor several times and each time we have had a lovely holiday."

    Pauline and Jim are always helpful and we look forward to our next visit in such a special place.

    Reviewed by Ron5.0May 2019

  • "Very comfortable cottage and we were made to feel very welcome."

    We will be going back. Best cottage so far for taking a dog.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2019

  • "Fantastic place to stay, with walks right on the doorstep!"

    The owners were exceptionally helpful and made me feel extremely comfortable! Will definitely be going back, as it was extremely safe for my anxious dog, we both had a blast!

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Apr 2019

  • "The ownersare extremely friendly and very helpful if your for a relaxing holiday in a rurual setting you wont get better than this, they are the most dog friendly place ive ever been which helped both me and my dog to be settled and feel as comfortable as we do at home."

    Reviewed by Jodie4.7Mar 2019

  • "Walking straight onto the moor."

    Reviewed by N5.0Sep 2018

  • "An absolutely idyllic location, peace, birdsong, starry skies."

    A wonderful variety of walks starting outside the garden gate which opens out onto the moor. Shops, pubs and cafes in Chagford very dog friendly. Friendly helpful owners placed chocolates, fresh flowers and fresh eggs in the property for our arrival. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2018

  • "I love this location due to the fact that you can walk onto the moor from the garden gate."

    It's ideal for anyone wanting quiet, walking and relaxing and to be able to take the dogs . It's not for anyone who wants a fish and chip shop or ice cream van on their doorstep, or a large TV. Chagford is lovely but expensive. I am returning next year.

    Reviewed by Anita4.7Apr 2018

  • "Kestorway is by far the best property on your books for walking on Dartmoor straight from the garden gate."

    It is like a home from home with an exceedingly warm welcome from the owners who share my love of dogs and Dartmoor. The accommodation is well equipped and very comfortable. The perfect retreat to recharge your batteries.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Apr 2018

  • "Very comfortable accommodation in a beautiful spot on Dartmoor."

    Pauline and Jim on hand to be helpful if needed, but never intrusive. We would definitely happily go back.

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Mar 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Hall for coats/boots; living room with great views, wood burning stove, small TV/DVD and door to garden which surrounds the whole house; fitted kitchen/dining room (washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric cooker) with garden views; double bedroom with pretty views; shower-room (suite)
  • Family and friends welcome to camp on site (extra), by arrangement.
  • Central heating, electric panel heaters with wood burning stove (started pack provided)
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, TV with DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot available on request, Off road parking for two cars
  • Up to three well-behaved dogs welcome (first pet is fee, the second and third at a charge of £25 per pet), Sorry no smoking
  • Note: This property has a private water supply which is tested regularly
  • Note: This property is approached over 70 yards of rough drive
  • Note: Domestic pets, as well as free ranging farm animals and wildlife are present in the immediate surrounding areas of Kestorway - we therefore politely request that dogs must be under effective close control at all times.

The property

Kestorway is three miles from Chagford and is situated on the side of the wooded Teign Gorge on the Moor itself (just below Kestor Rock).

Built in 1923 as a guest house, tea rooms and sweetshop, the house has an interesting history, serving at various times as a writer’s retreat with connections to Agatha Christie, film makers, the satirist Peter Cook and was for a period used as a hunting and fishing lodge.

The annex is adjoined to the main house and is very light and airy and completely self-contained with its own entrance and parking space along with a turning area.

The property is approached via 70 yards of gravel track and to access the annex there are three wide steps and a lawn to walk across which leads to your front door.

The views from the property are spectacular and because of its location it is possible to walk straight onto the Moor making it the ideal property for those who love walking and who have a wish to explore surrounding Neolithic and Bronze Age settlement.

Inside is warm and inviting; relax in comfy chairs and take in the scenery whilst listening to the gentle crackle of the wood burning stove.

The fitted kitchen has everything you'll need and a dining area with garden views.

From here step out into the comfortably furnished sunroom overlooking the garden and those glorious views to the West.

The pretty double bedroom also enjoys super views and is a lovely space to retire to at the end of a day's walking.

The well kept garden surrounds the whole house, and family and friends are welcome to camp on site, by arrangement (extra).

A fantastic place for walkers or for simply wandering Dartmoor's valleys and tors to soak up the spectacular views and peace.

The open moor starts at the front gate, so you can leave your car, don your walking boots and head out.

The popular town of Chagford is nearby, here there are interesting little shops and a selection of good food pubs for a hearty lunch.

A little further afield the historic cathedral city of Exeter, has plenty of amenities and lots to see and do.

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: Domestic pets, as well as free ranging farm animals and wildlife are present in the immediate surrounding areas of Kestorway - we therefore politely request that dogs must be under effective close control at all times.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter