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Yelfords Cottage

(Ref. 975871)

Chagford, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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51 Customer Reviews

  • "We absolutely loved the house."

    Everything was provided. Super shower and kitchen which is well equipped. Mr & Mrs Caine are excellent hosts and nothing was too much trouble. Very comfortable and homely house. Would highly recommend staying there. Jane & Russell.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Dec 2023

  • "We all loved our week at Yelfords."

    It’s a beautiful property with outstanding views. It truly was home from home. Extremely comfortable and well equipped. Another week creating memories in one of our favourite parts of the country. It was perfect for our group of 4 adults and 2 well behaved dogs. If we wanted to be very picky, it would have been nice to have been provided with a couple more tea towels. Also availability to buy more logs there instead of having to buy them when we were out would have been great. We really enjoy walking from home so a special trip was required to collect more logs as we enjoyed the log burner in the evenings. Talking of local walks, there were two of us recovering from knee and foot surgery. The immediate area and the walks into Chagford involve some unavoidable long, steep, hills. I don’t believe this was made clear on the listing and it may be too much for others who are looking forward to walking into the nearest town. We have holidayed with Sykes for many years now in the Lake District, The Peak District and in Dartmoor - this was one of the best properties we have stayed in. Thank you for making our week so special.

    Thank you for your complimentary review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and greatly appreciate you taking the trouble to leave the cottage so clean. Tea towels, we can do something about and will supply more in future. Thank you for the suggestion. The hills are a little more difficult to deal with. They make us puff too. But we will make sure it is mentioned in the listing. As to the logs, we are happy to provide a complementary basket to start the stay, but as we run a business and are sometimes called away, we can’t guarantee availability of logs. Consequently, we feel it is better to be clear, so that customers are not disappointed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anita5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage best one we have stayed at immaculate !"

    Gorgeous views and plenty todo in the surrounding area .The hosts are really nice , would definitely recommend yelfords cottage . Evelyn and Eddie Hopkins

    It is good to know that you really enjoyed the cottage. Thank you for your lovely comments Property Owner

    Reviewed by Evelyn5.0Oct 2023

  • "The road from Chagford to Yelfords is a very narrow single track road but once we got there it was worth while."

    Yelfords is an amazing place ( ‘cottage’ is an under statement!) in stunning surroundings. So quiet and peaceful and a good base to explore the area. The hosts were great and very helpful explaining how everything worked.

    Thank you for your kind response. We are pleased that you found the cottage peaceful and that you enjoyed the views. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Aug 2023

  • "Just returned from a wonderful stay at Yelford."

    Amazing property with everything you need including stunning views.

    Thank you. Very glad you and your family enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Aug 2023

  • "The property is well situated for the moors and lovely walks, however it is on a very narrow road and the run to and from the village to access the wider area is a very adventurous journey."

    We found the property to be clean and tidy, our only complaints would be the lounge furniture needs renewing and the beds were very very firm, also we found the kitchen ovens were very low down.

    Thank you for your kind comments about the cottage location and the easy access it provides to the moor. Tranquility, beautiful views and moorland locations in Dartmoor inevitably involve some single lane travel. However this is only a mile and a half of road with some 20 passing places. The sofas in the lounge are aged vintage soft leather with plenty of wool throws to make you comfortable. With a cottage as fully booked as ours, we cater for many dozens of holiday makers every year, each with a different preference for bed firmness. We have found that most people prefer medium to firm mattresses, so we have opted for this standard. Range cookers and AGAs are the norm in country cottages, and while they do not include a high-level oven, this is clearly identified in the photographs of the cottage and should come as no surprise. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alec3.1Aug 2023

  • "Very helpful and accommodating owners who were clearly available to help out if necessary but kept discretely away if not."

    A lovely cottage in a superb location with Dartmoor walks from the door. The cottage had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2023

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

    The house and surroundings are so peaceful and beautiful, with access straight onto the moors and Mariners Way footpath from the back of the owners fields. The house is beautifully decorated and clean, with absolutely everything you could need for a stay away. The garden is fully enclosed for children and dogs and if you are quiet you will get visits from the local wildlife (deer,coockoo,ducks on the pond etc) . Mr and Mrs Caine were very friendly and helpful and told us to contact them at the main farmhouse if we needed anything but gave us our privacy also. The house (in my opinion) is in the perfect spot… the middle of nowhere but close enough to drive to the local village of Chagford and within 30 mins of most locations within Dartmoor. Lots of walks nearby and also lots of activities for the more adventurous if that’s what you are looking for. We wouldn’t hesitate to return, a true hidden gem.

    Thank you for your kind review. We always enjoy having people stay who appreciate the peace, the tranquility, the views and the walks. Thank you for leaving the place clean. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kath5.0May 2023

  • "Just returned from our third stay at Yelfords, which is more of a substantial house than a cottage in an ideal peaceful location on the border of glorious Dartmoor."

    Home from home.

    Thank you David. Pleased to see you liked the extension. Look forward to your return next year Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "5 star cottage, with fantastic views and garden area."

    Owners friendly and live in the the house nearby on the large plot of land. You are not overlooked in anyway and have a private enclosed garden perfect to keep the dogs in and plenty of space for them to run around and around and around

    Thank you. We are glad that you enjoyed your holidays and we hope to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0May 2023

  • "Always a real home from home, but yet much better, as I've left the trials of home behind."

    A week away from 'real life', fantastic views, and the peace only broken by melodic bird song.

    It was lovely to see you both again and so glad you could relax. We look forward to your visit next year Property Owner

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Apr 2023

  • "Yelfords cottage is an outstanding property which had everything we could possibly need for our stay."

    Very clean and extremely comfortable, perfect location and super friendly owners who walked us around the property showing us where everything was. We would 100% visit Yelfords again in the future as this cottage is the best cottage we have stayed in, just perfect in every way.

    Thank you. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Apr 2023

  • "Very good - best place I've ever rented on Dartmoor"

    Thank you. Good to hear we are on your top list. Hope we will see you again for your long Dartmoor walks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Mar 2023

  • "A lovely, nicely decorated, furnished and equipped holiday house with stunning views and access onto Dartmoor for good walks."

    Ideal if you want to get away from it all and yet close enough to Chagford for its pubs and facilities.

    Reviewed by Martine5.0Mar 2023

  • "Yelfords is a fantastic cottage."

    Very comfortable and furnished with a lot of taste, everything works perfectly inside. The views from the side of the hill into the valley are breathtaking, and the owners are very kind and accommodating. A restful week hiking in Dartmoor and enjoying the fireplace in the evening. Thank you again for the stay ! We hope we can come back soon.

    Reviewed by Guillaume5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Yelfords Cottage."

    It’s a beautiful cottage in a lovely setting. The cottage is very spacious, with a fantastic kitchen and is generally of an extremely high standard. The owners have thought of everything needed for a comfortable and relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely week in the cottage."

    It had fantastic views and was very comfortable. Great walks from the door onto the moor. Are planning a return visit.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Sep 2022

  • "This was our 3rd visit to Yelfords."

    The location is perfect for us, very peaceful, and immediate access to lovely footpaths and bridleways. The house is extremely comfortable, very spacious both inside and out, with great kitchen and bathrooms. We hope to visit again in the future.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Yelfords."

    The house was well equipped and spotlessly clean. The views were stunning. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Kath5.0Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful house in a stunning location."

    Owners very friendly and helpful. Very comfortable and loved the easy access up to the moor for walks.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2022

  • "The owners of this property are lovely."

    It felt more like staying at a friend's house. The house itself is very nice and comfortable, and the owners respond quickly to any questions about any of the house appliances. The property is gorgeous, with beautiful views of the countryside. I've rented a number of houses in the U.K. and the U.S., and this was the best experience!

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Jul 2022

  • "Yelford Cottage is a truly wonderful place to stay with magnificent views across Dartmoor."

    If you’re looking for peace and quiet then this is the place for you and a heaven for nature lovers. I would return without hesitation. Five stars in every way.

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Jun 2022

  • "We have stayed at Yelfords several times before and love being there."

    The cottage is immaculate and has everything we need. The owners are extremely nice and happy to go above and beyond to ensure everyone has an amazing stay. The location is perfect for us - hiking, running and biking across the moors and we like the privacy of being further out of town yet close enough to Chagford to enjoy the range of amenities. Just when we thought we couldn't love Yelfords more - a new extension has been built to provide a large, master bedroom suite and a modern, spacious kitchen. Wow!! We are already looking forward to next year. Tansy and Adam Challis.

    Reviewed by Tansy5.0Jun 2022

  • "Yelfords was an absolute delight!"

    It was even more beautiful than promised! The new kitchen was loaded with new appliances, lighting, fan, microwave, etc. The new master bedroom and bath were quite large and plush. The water pressure was delightful and having four bathrooms was downright extravagant. The house was surrounded by farms and moors with a nice path to the nearby Tor. It was also very private. The two patios were lovely for sitting out to enjoy the view. The hosts were incredibly helpful, accommodating and sweet. We toured Scorhill Circle nearby and enjoyed the sheep, the moors, the brooks and stone bridges. We were looking for a place where we could tour Dartmoor and come home to a lovely cottage and this was cottage gets an A+ in my book!

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Jun 2022

  • "Perfect property and will go back next year."

    The owners were charming and very helpful.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with lovely owners who made us feel very welcome."

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Aug 2021

  • "Had a wonderful week at Yelfords."

    The owners are friendly and welcoming. Had everything we needed. Beautiful cottage, with great views and gardens. Beds lovely and comfortable. We can’t wait to return again!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a lovely relaxing holiday in this fabulous cottage, in a peaceful location with amazing views over the Devon countryside."

    The cottage is very clean, well equipped and spacious and the owners are very welcoming and helpful. Chagford is a special little town with independent shops, cafes and pubs. Dartmoor and it’s towns are very easily accessible and we visited several National Trust places nearby during our stay.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely property in a beautiful , peaceful location ."

    Marvellous walks directly out of the property Michael and Ghislaine are the kindest hosts you could wish for. Be prepared for some very narrow lanes as you leave Chagford for Yelfords.

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Jun 2021

  • "Yelfords cottage is in a perfect location to explore Dartmoor."

    We visited in late May 2021 and found the owners to be very friendly and helpful - greeting us and showing us around the lovely, well-equipped cottage - detailing the appliances and describing walks that started from our doorstep. From that point, they were unobtrusive, but fast to respond if we contacted them with any queries. After each day’s excursion, we would dine, play board games in the lounge or have barbecues in the sunlit courtyard - often watching huge buzzards soaring over the hills and woods of our scenic surroundings. We must have covered 70km+ on foot exploring the north east area of Dartmoor and it was great to return to a beautiful, light and spacious cottage with fantastic views and fascinating watercolour paintings that appear to have been painted by the owners or their family. We do not hesitate to recommend Yelfords Cottage as a wonderful place to stay and we would happily book future stays there. Christiana Royal Wootton Bassett

    Reviewed by Christiana5.0May 2021

  • "Our second visit and it won't be the last."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2021

  • "Second visit such a lovely property and great hosts."

    Perfect location Looking forward to coming back in 2022!!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Apr 2021

  • "Comfortable, spacious cottage with amazing views over Meldon and Chagford, and great base for exploring the area."

    Great to be able to walk up onto the moor in 15 minutes from the door. Very friendly and welcoming hosts.

    Reviewed by Vali5.0Dec 2020

  • "We felt really at home at Yelfords."

    It was warm, well equipped and the view across the valley was stunning. The owners were very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Debbie4.7Oct 2020

  • "This cottage is really beautiful the location is idyllic and so peaceful just what is needed in these difficult times."

    Perfect for dogs and humans too! Brilliant communication from both Sykes throughout and the hosts Highly recommended and can not wait for out next visit

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, gardens and scenery."

    Very well equipped, comfortable and nicely secluded - ideal.

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Oct 2020

  • "Second time for us at Yelfords and just as comfortable and relaxing as the first."

    Mr and Mrs Caine are welcoming and informative, the cottage was warm when we arrived and we basically spent the week going on long walks and chilling in front of the wood burning stove - perfect. The house is really comfortable and spacious with all the mod cons you could want. Covid wise the house felt very clean and I appreciated the sanitiser and app-check in at the front door. I very much hope we come back again. Thank you x

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2020

  • "Yelfords was perfect for a family holiday in every way."

    The location was stunning with wonderful views over the moor beyond from where we watched a beautiful sunrise each morning.The well equipped Cottage had everything we could possibly ask for with lots of space and cosy comfort with log burning stove and scrumptious beds and soft furnishing.We have stayed in lots of holiday cottages but this has been the best by miles.We would love to return very soon.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Aug 2020

  • "We stayed at the cottage in the first week of the summer holidays."

    The hosts were lovely, informative and accessible as they live on site, next door to the cottage. The cottage itself is beautifully presented, clean and has everything you need on site to have a complete “home away from home” experience. The quiet surroundings allowed us the break we needed as a family, inclusive of our dog. Located in the heart of Devon, the location allowed us to travel to lots of places easily and catch up with friends and family who live In nearby Plymouth. The views are breath taking and with a quick 10 minute walk we were on the open moors. This property is excellent if you are looking for a quiet, secluded family break and enjoy long walks. We would definitely return to Yelfords again in the future.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Jul 2020

  • "We have had a wonderfully peaceful week at Yelfords."

    The cottage itself is spacious and very comfortable - little touches such as lots of games and books and DVDs as well as bigger luxuries like three good size bathrooms plus of course a lovely wood-burning stove which we used most nights! The cottage is surrounded by breathtaking countryside with lots of walks from the cottage up on to the moor or through woods. It was so so quiet, we loved it. Watching the sun rise from the master bedroom across the hills was very special. Our hosts live next door (the cottage is on their grounds) and are very welcoming and helpful. The service from Sykes was very good in that I was able to amend my booking easily and the directions to the cottage were easy to navigate despite the cottage being quite remote. Just a lovely week long break, hope to return.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage, in a stunning location."

    Lovely to wake-up to the running water in the garden. Magical place to stay.

    Reviewed by Tom5.0May 2019

  • "Fantastic peaceful location and brilliant for walking straight from the door, Chagford Village just down the road has a great number of pubs with a fine choice of food to suit."

    one of the best cottages we have ever rented and sure to return in the not to distant future.

    Reviewed by Glyn4.7May 2019

  • "This cottage is always a delight!"

    This was our fourth visit and found the cottage to be as peaceful and comfortable as ever enhanced by a recent makeover. The owners are very welcoming, the gardens are splendid ,views are stunning and a bonus is the range of walks directly from the cottage. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0May 2019

  • "A lovely house."

    Clean and comfortable and well equipped. Fantastic views over the countryside. Very quiet. Reasonable sized garden not totally secure for dogs. A larger turning circle for parking would help. A great base for exploring Dartmoor. The drive from Chagford was tricky in places, but not unusual for Devon. One of the very few houses/cottages we would consider returning to.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0May 2019

  • "Very comfortable cottage in a very attractive setting."

    Everything thought of and a great base to explore Dartmoor. Had a very enjoyable week at the cottage and would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Giles4.7Apr 2019

  • "Location, cleanliness and two of the most fantastic owners who went the extra mile for us."

    Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in very peaceful location."

    We loved the peace and quiet and being able to walk to the moor from the cottage.

    Reviewed by Katharine5.0Apr 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage, well equipped in lovely tranquil location."

    Mr and Mrs Caine were very welcoming even though we arrived late in the evening, showing us around and explaining what we needed to know. Will definately be returning to Telford, with Dartmoor on your doorstep who wouldn't.

    Reviewed by Diane4.7Sep 2018

  • "It would be useful to make it clear that access to the cottage might not be suitable for people with limited mobility or those with lung disease/cancer/breathing difficulties."

    My Mum has mesothelioma and struggled a bit with the steepness but took it slowly.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Aug 2018

  • "I've stayed in many Helpful Holidays properties over the last ten years or so and in recent years I've had at least two holidays with HH each year."

    There was nothing really wrong with Yelfords Cottage and the owners were very helpful. But I felt the furnishings were quite dated and the decorations were tired. I'd also like to say that since Sykes Cottages purchased Helpful Holidays, the level of service has plummeted. Dealing with HH was always a pleasant experience. The phone was invariably picked up immediately and the people I spoke to were bright, friendly and very familiar with the properties on their books. The (Sykes Cottages) customer experience is now totally different. It has all gone "a bit corporate". I no longer get the Friends & Family discount of 5% that I used to value with HH. I've just spent six minutes waiting in a telephone queue, after ploughing through various numerical "options" on the telephone answering system, only for the phone to be picked up in a call centre somewhere and told that they couldn't really help me because of the GDPR requirements .

    Reviewed by Mike3.4Jun 2018

  • "Fantastic views, sense of space and walks from accommodation."

    Reviewed by C3.4Jun 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king size with en suite shower room with shower, WC, basin), 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath and shower, WC, basin
  • Downstairs shower room with shower, WC, basin
  • Downstairs sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Hall
  • Lobby.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, washer-dryer, dishwasher, TV with 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 barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome at a charge of £20 for the second dog, Sorry no smoking
  • Note: Maximum party size is six plus two babies

The property

This detached cottage is situated in the hills two miles from the Devon town of Chagford, in a rural spot within the 15 acre grounds of the owners' house.

Comfortable and welcoming, it is a fine cottage for families or friends to enjoy.

The porch and large hall lead through to the bright sitting room with its slate floor, wood burning stove and French windows giving splendid views to the moorland hill of Meldon and access to a little patio.

The dining room also has French windows to the patio, where you can enjoy a barbecue.

The large kitchen is well equipped, and you have a useful downstairs shower room.

Upstairs (stairgates), three bedrooms, all with wood floors (rugs) - the 2 master doubles (5' bed) with en suite shower-room (suite) and a twin.

Bathroom (bath and shower).

The garden is enclosed and sheltered by a rhododendron hedge.

From the cottage, head out on a twenty minute walk to the open moors, with its tors and ponies and sheep, and there are other lovely countryside walks from the door.

Chagford offers a choice of shops and inns, as well as a seasonal outdoor pool and tennis courts, and the cathedral city of Exeter is just 17 miles away.

Sandy beaches are a 20 mile drive.

Yelfords Cottage is well located for walking on Dartmoor and exploring Devon.

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: Maximum party size is six plus two babies

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season