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The Retreat

(Ref. 990848)

Harbertonford, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage in cute little village."

    Clean and Well equipped.Perfect for a family of 4 with young kids. Plenty to do in nearby surroundings. Like visiting the Deynes Farm for coffee and cake. South Devon is beautiful with great beaches and funky villages like Ashburton and Totnes to visit. And Dartmoor is amazing for walks. We will be back, thanks for the great stay!

    Reviewed by Fenje5.0Jul 2023

  • "Smashing cottage in Harbertonford a home from home (wouldn't mind it myself) all you could need is there."

    Shop in post office and one in the garage,nearest pub two and a half miles away,which is walkable down the narrow country roads. Totnes and Dartmouth within easy reach by car both have larger supermarkets. Cottage is really nice would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jul 2022

  • "We would have liked a full length mirror somewhere!"

    Everyone enjoyed their stay

    Reviewed by Vanetta4.1Mar 2022

  • "Very nice cottage and very well equipped."

    My only slight gripe is that the courtyard garden was in constant shade, though that may have been because it was March and the sun was still low. A shame as we had such good weather. Otherwise excellent.

    Reviewed by Derek4.7Mar 2022

  • "A great house with everything you need for a lovely holiday."

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Feb 2022

  • "It was a great place to stay and we really enjoyed it."

    Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the cottage."

    It was clean and very well presented on arrival, they were even thoughtful enough to provide a pint of milk on arrival with some tea and coffee. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Aug 2021

  • "The cleanliness of the property appears to be left to the last people that are visiting, there was rubbish including a packet of tablets on the floor."

    Dog hair was found in one of the beds. The fridge is not big enough to accommodate the amount of people that can stay. Amazon prime wasn't working as stated. When using the hoover, after hoovering the whole place stunk of dogs. The cutlery and dishes were grimey and hadn't been cleaned properly - oil still on the pans, grimey feel to the cutlery and dishes had to wash before we could use them. This is a big let down especially in times of a pandemic. A professional clean should take place before and after visitors to ensure none of the above is experienced. Additionally as pets are allowed then the hoover needs to be cleaned or changed on a regular bases.

    We are sorry to see your comments and to hear that this has detracted from your stay. Our professional management company say that all was tidy and clean after the last guests and that no complaint was made until day 5 of your stay. They report that you did not share details of your complaints and did not allow them the opportunity to remedy any alleged faults. Hoover bags are supplied and we have asked that this be checked as a routine. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Milagros2.8Jul 2021

  • "This was a beautiful place to stay."

    Only half an hour from Torquay, Salcombe, Plymouth etc perfect base for exploring the local areas. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Dan5.0Jun 2021

  • "Set in a lovely village, the property has high quality furniture and utensils etc."

    Very pleasing! Only one request....when visitors unpack food, there is very little storage space, so an extra unit/shelves or somesuch under the front window would free up the worktops for food prep. But having said that it did not detract from our overall enjoyment. Thank you very much.

    Reviewed by Bernard5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, clean and cosy in just the right location for us."

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely Cottage - nice comfortable stay"

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage is lovely; you enter via the back yard and back door into a roomy kitchen/diner which lacks cupboard space."

    The lounge is very comfortable and the TV has Netflix which was an added bonus. The double bed is slightly hard and uncomfortable and the shower is slow, but overall, the cottage is very good. No visitors' book to complete which is a shame as we always enjoy reading where people have been to get some tips of where to go. The village is small with a very busy main road running through the middle of it. The shop stocked everything you could possibly need for a week's holiday. No dog walking places in the village unfortunately which meant we had to walk around the very narrow country lanes first thing each morning which wasn't so safe. Harbertonford is ideal for exporing south Devon and despite being there while storm Alex raged for 2 days we managed to visit Totnes (great for shops), Bovey Tracey (great for dog walking), Dartmouth, Salcombe, Paignton and Brixham. Overall, we had a great week and would return to the cottage.

    Reviewed by Jane4.4Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and cosy."

    I think the kitchen would benefit from a smaller table and a food cupboard as we had to keep our food in bags on the floor

    Reviewed by James4.7Jul 2020

  • "A very comfortable cottage which was of far better standard than I expected."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Feb 2020

  • "The cottage was great for our needs."

    We found the beds a little difficult to sleep in, but we are spoilt at home. Otherwise a great base to visit the Totnes and south Hams area.

    Reviewed by Jack4.4Oct 2019

  • "Although a small courtyard garden it was secure for little dog but it's decor was dull with poor furnishing."

    There was some confusion re local pub the one in the village is closed and nearest was over 2 miles away and not safe to walk to. Nice doggie walks and village post office had nice shop.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Oct 2019

  • "A lovely warm cosy cottage situated in a delightful friendly village."

    We hope to return!

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Sep 2019

  • "Cottage was lovely."

    Very comfortable and well stocked.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Aug 2019

  • "Comfortable, cosy accommodation, plus points included allocated parking, WiFi, three bedrooms family bathroom and baby facilities provided : travel cot, highchair & stair-gate - stair gate was not listed under cottage info on website but it’s something that could draw parents with young children into staying here so worth mentioning."

    Being a cottage the stairs are very steep so the gate is very much needed. - on arrival the travel cot could not be easily located - it would be helpful if it’s location was mentioned in cottage literature. -We found it difficult to obtain hot water when needed as it was often outside of the timings which had been preset and the ‘boost’ button by the hot water tank was a bit hit and miss! Maybe we were doing it wrong : perhaps more instructions could be given.

    Thank you for your feedback and valuable comments. We will be placing on the advert that there is a stair gate at the property. There are instructions on how to operate the heating and hot water in the property. If you do have any questions during your stay please don't hesitate to contact Sykes Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Juliette4.7Apr 2019

  • "On arriving at the cottage there are no signs that indicate which property it was."

    We recognised the house from the website and we were fortunate the cleaners were still there. It is not in till we got inside and read the information pack provided by the owners that tells you that the address is 2a. An update might benefit future renters. We found the kitchen to be very cluttered and we did not appreciate the knives and forks being placed upright in a basket. We had to be careful not to stab ourselves

    Thank you for your feedback. We have taken on board your comments and will be placing plaques on the property to make it clear that the property is named 'The Retreat'. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ronald3.1Mar 2019

  • "We were in Devon to celebrate my mums 76th birthday."

    She has never stayed in a cottage before so to her The Retreat felt like home from home. The Retreat was warm and cosy with extra heating as needed There was plenty of towels and bits and pieces that you always need in the kitchen available Having the parking space available was very handy too We all enjoyed ourselves and hope to return in the summer time, so thanks again

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Feb 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single, 1 x bunk room. Bathroom with bath, electric shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric fire.
  • Economy 7 central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed courtyard with garden furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome at £25 per holiday
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 mins walk and Pub 5 mins drive
  • Note: Steps into the cottage.

The property

This lovely terraced cottage is positioned in the small village of Harbertonford, a wonderful place to commence your South Devon holiday, with comfy furnishings and views looking out onto this charming village.

The cottage is suitable for families and includes a double, single and a bunk bedroom which is ideal for children.

The bathroom is upstairs, with a shower above the bath.

On the ground floor there is a nice bright kitchen with dining for six people, and a highchair should you wish to bring a little one along.

This leads to a sitting room with a feature fireplace, a four seater sofa and large chair, and a window seat where you can sit and relax.

Outdoors, there is an enclosed courtyard with tables and chairs.

Why not visit the nearby historic town of Totnes with its noteworthy buildings and monuments, beginning with the museum?

There are many shops, a market, restaurants/cafés, pubs, and lovely walks to enjoy by the river.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Totnes 3.5 miles.

Harbertonford is a working village near Totnes set on the Harbourne River on the road from Totnes to Dartmouth/Salcombe. Woollen and edge tool mills survived here until the 1950's. Today, there is a church, pub, garage and a local shops. To the north and situated on the River Dart, Totnes is a vibrant market town known for its arts and crafts, Norman motte and bailey castle and a number of fine Tudor buildings. Not too far away from the town you’ll find the Sharpham Vineyard by the River Dart and Ben's Farm Shop at Staverton. To the south are the glorious beaches of the South Hams, historic Dartmouth on the Dart estuary with its Naval College and steam railway, Salcombe the Mecca of sailing and the South West coastal path with views East to the Jurassic Coast and West beyond Plymouth to Cornwall. For the golfing enthusiast Bigbury Golf course, which overlooks the sea, is within easy reach. Dartmouth Golf Club is even closer.