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Michaelmas Cottage

Drewsteignton, Devon (Ref. 975813)

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Rating Icon/Rating/Sykes Icon/Rating/Sykes Icon/Rating/Sykes Icon/Rating/Sykes

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi
  • Mr Gillett

    “Michaelmas Cottage, Drewesteignton.”

    4th – 11th September 2020 ...

    4th – 11th September 2020 We have no complaint about the cottage itself – it is exactly as described on your website, and it is comfortable and well fitted out. However, as you will be aware, we were warned by telephone around August 21st that some potentially disruptive building work was being undertaken on the cottage next-door-but-one. After an email discussion, we agreed to accept a discount of 10% to reflect the change of circumstances, with the proviso that we could contact Helpful Holidays if the situation was not as described, or became worse. When we arrived at the property, we were surprised to see that the cottage immediately next door was covered in scaffolding in preparation for re-thatching. There was a walk-way all around the cottage overlooking the walled garden of Michaelmas Cottage. The privacy of the garden had disappeared completely. We quickly realised that this was not the building work we had been discussing with your customer care team, but a completely separate project. We therefore had had work going on both sides of Michaelmas Cottage! After several attempts and long waits on the telephone, morning eventually I contacted your company on Monday and told them about the new situation. My call had been transferred to your head office, and the gentleman I spoke to appeared to be unaware of the second lot of building work. He asked what were my expectations. It had previously been established that there was no alternative accommodation in the area, and he asked if I was seeking additional compensation. I asked if someone from Helpful Holidays could simply drive to the property (only 4 miles from your local office in Chagford) to confirm what I had told him. He said that he would speak to the owners and a local representative, and get back to me. This did not happen. The thatchers duly arrived to strip off the old thatch, and on the following day re-thatching started. Meanwhile, the three builders’ vans and the thatcher’s truck were parked about 18 inches from the kitchen and sitting room windows with constant to-ing and fro-ing. I will say that the builders acted considerately and made as little disturbance as possible, but the whole thing was a major disturbance on our privacy and enjoyment. We certainly would not have booked the cottage if we had been aware of what was going on. It is extremely disappointing that Helpful Holidays did not get back to me, or visit the property to assess the situation. I trust you will respond urgently. David Gillett

The property

This pretty, thatched cottage is tucked away on the edge of the picturesque Devon village of Drewsteignton, just 400 yards from the pub and village shop.

One of three lovely cottages hidden from the lane, it is brilliantly peaceful.

From the garden, you step into a big kitchen with dining area, and from there through an arch into a lovely cosy sitting room with electric stove.

In traditional style, two separate staircases lead you upstairs, one to two bedrooms with a bathroom, the other to two more bedrooms with shower room.

The two upstairs spaces don't connect, so are handily private for two families or couples.

The lawn garden is charming, enclosed by high walls and with loungers and table and chairs for relaxing in the sun.

This is a lovely area for walking, with footpaths criss crossing through woodland and beside the River Teign.

Enjoy drinks or a meal at the riverside inn, visit National Trust Castle Drogo, browse the interesting little shops in Chagford or head for city thrills in the cathedral city of Exeter, just 14 miles away.

Michaelmas Cottage is a peaceful place for a relaxing break or Devon walks.

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  • Four bedrooms: 2 x double, 2 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, WC and basin
  • Shower room with shower, WC and basin
  • Downstairs kitchen with dining area
  • Living room with electric stove.
  • Central heating with electric stove
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, 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 two cars
  • Enclosed garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property
  • Property sleeps six including infants

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

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About the location


Drewsteignton sits high above the River Teign as it meanders through a spectacular steep wooded Teign Gorge. It is a chocolate box village with a cluster of ancient cob and thatched cottages surrounding a square, complete with shop, ancient church, restaurant and very pretty pub.

Region Information

Note: Sorry, no short breaks
Note: Property sleeps six including infants
Note: Prior to 13th January 2020 Michaelmas Cottage had a wood burner in place. This has now been removed and replaced with an electric stove.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas
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