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The Clock House

(Ref. 976251)

Ivybridge, Devon Show on map

4.8

Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

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

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57 Customer Reviews

  • "This was our third visit and we will be back again."

    The Clock House and it’s surroundings have everything we need to feel a complete getaway and so rested after our week away.

    Reviewed by Max5.0Feb 2024

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the Clock House, such a cosy and homely house and lovely gardens."

    Hopefully we'll return soon. Many thanks to Larna for making us so welcome.

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Jan 2024

  • "We're just back from another lovely week at the Clock House."

    The cosy log fire, access to the stunning 24 acre gardens, kind hosts and proximity to both the moors and the coast really set this property apart for us. Thanks again for another wonderful holiday here!

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely every thing we needed was provided, and beautiful gardens."

    Reviewed by Donald4.4Sep 2023

  • "Excellent accommodation, very comfortable and well eqquipped."

    Sleeping arrangements just suited our family. Loved the peace and tranquillity of the gardens and would revisit in the future

    Reviewed by Anthony4.4Sep 2023

  • "The Clock House @ Lukeslandis was very comfortable and well equiped property and we had a very enjoyable 2 week stay."

    The location was great for us easy access to the moors, the beaches and Plymouth. Lukesland Gardens were lovely to walk around ..........even in the rain. Our thanks to Lorna and her team a great stay.

    Thanks for this lovely review. It was a shame about the weather, but you had the right attitude! Thanks for leaving the cottage so tidy when you left. All the best, Lorna Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jul 2023

  • "Access to the property was a little stressful."

    Inside the property, it was quite dark, so quite cool. The disposal of all rubbish was a little confusing, so not at all sure we did all this correctly. Everything else was good. If it matters to anyone - it clearly showed an extra tv in one of the bedrooms, but there wasn't one there.

    Reviewed by Marilyn3.8Jun 2023

  • "A lovely cottage, very well equipped and in a stunning location."

    Key pick up and drop off well organised.

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0May 2023

  • "An excellent holiday property, very well equipped and comfortable."

    Made to feel very welcome by Lorna . The gardens and tea rooms were an added bonus to enjoy.

    Thank you for this lovely review. It was very nice to meet you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Madeline5.0Apr 2023

  • "On my own personal cottage rating scale, this property is the first I have awarded 10/10 for - aside from the bonus of my interest in clocks."

    Weather wasn't great and probably not the best time of the year, but the gardens are a real pleasure to walk around and although no kind of a gardener, the huge variety of trees is unmissable. Comfort is very subjective and I personally find that nowadays most chairs and sofas are too low down and I can struggle to get up but that's my problem......

    Delighted to have got 10/10 from you and that you appreciated the clock so much. It was very nice to meet you both. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Apr 2023

  • "Lovely host, lovely garden, lovely holiday."

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Apr 2023

  • "The Clock House is situated in a stunning 24 acre garden, and our two and four year olds had a wonderful time exploring the winding paths, splashing in the streams and hanging out in the children's Play Garden."

    With easy access to both the coast and the moors, a cosy log burner for the evenings, great facilities and kind hosts, this makes a brilliant base for enjoying all that South Devon has to offer. We have already booked to stay again!

    Thanks for this fantastic review. We look forward to welcoming you back in the autumn. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Mar 2023

  • "Excellent location & a really well furnished, well thought through holiday cottage."

    A few bits & bobs to sort out from the previous occupants such as some kitchen utensils put away without being cleaned. Overall, however, the standard of this holiday let is first class and we have no hesitation in strongly recommending it as a wonderful place to both unwind and explore all that Dartmoor and South Devon has to offer. Finally, Lorna was an exemplary host.

    Thanks for this great review. Glad you enjoyed your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Mar 2023

  • "As always Ross and his team were very happy with the facilities."

    He went a day early as being v handicapped he sometims becomes v anxious about being away from his home base. But really enjoyed his stay.

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Nov 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay at the Clock House which is very well equipped, comfortable and warm."

    It could be mentioned in the description that the way to the cottage off the main road is a very narrow road with very few passing places and no lights. Following the directions supplied by yourself these took us up past the main house but the owner preferred that we bypass the entrance with the green railings and drive up to the entrance further up the road and turn into a gateway which is directly in front of the cottage. We also had a problem with flies. The owners are aware of this but haven’t addressed the problem. We had to use fly spray each morning before we went out and on our return had many flies to clear up, one afternoon there were more than 100, not what you would expect to do on holiday.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are sorry to hear about the issue with the flies but would advise that we have certainly done our best to address this by engaging professional help and carrying out works to the property. Cluster flies can be an issue at certain times of the year and this year has been particularly problematic due to a longer and milder Autumn than usual. We are pleased to hear your positive comments, we work hard to ensure all our guests have an enjoyable stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jen4.7Nov 2022

  • "The Clock House is located in a beautiful part of Devon on the edge of Dartmoor."

    The instructions to find the house and the key were spot-on, even in the dark. The gardens are wonderful and very interesting with lots of unusual trees and shrubs to discover, even in November, and the distinct areas of the property make it a delight to explore. The cottage was very clean and the bed we requested had been made up. The owners had kindly left some cake and laid the table out for afternoon tea - a lovely touch. There was plenty of wood for the wood burner (which the dogs loved), the kitchen was well stocked with equipment and utensils and the water pressure in the showers was excellent. We enjoyed the 2 local DVDs (Devon & Dartmoor) and the jigsaw puzzles. There were multiple entry points to the cottage - the side stable door was great for getting the dogs in after a muddy walk. My only request would be a very small length of hose attached to the outside tap to hose off the dogs if necessary, although we tried to do this before we got back to the house. The owners were on hand for any issues. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend the cottage to anyone; there are plenty of great places to visit and eat - our highlights were The Ship Inn (Ugborough), The First & Last Bistro (Ermington) & Drogo Castle

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Oct 2022

  • "The clock house is a very modern barn conversion and having access to the lovely grounds of Lukesland plus access straight onto Dartmoor makes it a wonderful place for a holiday."

    Reviewed by Pat5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely property with fabulous grounds, which we were able to share as guests."

    The sole improvement for me, as a dog owner, would be a small secure area of garden for a late night comfort spot, rather than having to put the dogs on a lead and venture out into the dark! (The mobile signal is not wonderful, but that is not in the control of the home owner, admittedly.)

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great cottage, everything provided that you could need in a holiday cottage."

    Beautiful gardens and easy access to Dartmoor

    Reviewed by Shireen5.0Sep 2022

  • "The property was perfect for our needs."

    The kitchen was well equipped. The beds were incredibly comfy and the neighbours were lovely too. Near enough to town centre to grab the basics. The grounds are exceptional with lots of walks to be had. The hand book in the property gave very clear instructions. Just wish we had booked 2 weeks instead of one.

    Reviewed by Gerald5.0Aug 2022

  • "The Clockhouse is such a delightful place."

    It was amazing having the gardens to explore and we appreciated being able to hike Dartmoor from the door. Really well thought through, comfortable, spacious house with a well equipped kitchen- even a salad spinner!

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely, well-appointed cottage in really beautiful grounds - worth going for that alone, but of course, also on the edge of the very wonderful Dartmoor."

    The only drawback in a hot summer - we could not have the patio doors open, because we had dogs with us and the (otherwise understandable) 'dogs on leads only' ruling even applies to the small area immediately in front of cottage, which is not enclosed.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2022

  • "Hello We had a really lovely week in the Clockhouse, We enjoyed the house and the lovely grounds and the private access to the Moors."

    The owner was on hand, very helpful and kind; we were also given a tour of Lukesland house which we enjoyed very much. The house is really well placed for access to the beaches and the moors. The Clockhouse is a really lovely place, and was clean and comfortable for 5 of us including my mother (80) who was travelling with us.

    Reviewed by Annaliese5.0Aug 2022

  • "Had a wonderful time at this property which was located on an amazing estate with some fantastic walks both on the property and within minutes of the Moor."

    The property was clean and comfortable and had most things you'd need on a vacation. A welcome tea and biscutes on arrival and the owners (particularly Rosemary) popped by to make sure everything was OK even though it was raining! One minor issue was sorted out straight away, they couldn't have been more helpful. The property itself is very interesting and unique and has been modernised very well with three toilets, bathroom and wet room. Located in a perfect place to explore Plymouth and the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jun 2022

  • "Extremely well equipped, comfortable and quiet location."

    Wonderful gardens to walk and dogs not a problem to the owners. Highly recommend for a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Alisdair4.4May 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage in a beautiful garden."

    Had all the facilities we needed and was lovely and clean. The only downside was the creaky floorboards but it’s understandable in such an old building.

    Reviewed by Jessie4.7May 2022

  • "A lovely area that afforded us lots of trips out."

    The grounds are absolutely stunning and it was a real bonus being able to stroll through the gardens daily. The Clockhouse is very dark inside, due to its age etc and the floorboards upstairs are terribly creaky. This did have an impact on those sleeping downstairs as your sleep was disturbed every time someone turned over in bed above you. The kitchen is very well equipped which is another bonus. A nice gesture of milk and a piece of cake on our arrival. For those who love gardens this is a real treat. Owners left us to it which is what you want.

    Reviewed by Richard3.1Apr 2022

  • "We hope to return asap."

    The grounds of the Clock House were perfect for us as a family and it was a great staging post for some long walks across Dartmoor. The accommodation itself was all you could ask for, interesting, clean, lovely wood burner (lots of wood), good beds… comfy and relaxed.

    Reviewed by Donald5.0Apr 2022

  • "This is a beautiful cottage set in amazing gardens."

    There was lots of kitchen equipment including dishwasher tablets! There was soap by every sink and plenty of toilet rolls! I felt really well looked after and thought about. The beds were amazing and I slept like a log every night. I felt so calm and relaxed during the holiday and when I got home. Just perfect!

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great place to stay very restful facilities very good very clean all of y and dog loves it"

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful property and very welcoming hosts."

    The gardens are amazing and the setting is very tranquil. We all absolutely loved it.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Mar 2022

  • "The Clock House is a comfortable cottage in an amazing setting."

    We made extensive use of the most beautiful gardens even in the winter. It must be wonderful to see the grounds in the other seasons, particularly the spring. The owners were friendly and helpful and responded immediately when we had any requests.

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Dec 2021

  • "Our 2nd stay at the Clock Tower, which we enjoyed very much (2008 and 20021!"

    The kids are now all adults, but still good for the 5 of us). Great location, comfortable accommodation, superb part of the country and access to Lukesland too. Superb! Fantastic family get together for us, at Christmas.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Dec 2021

  • "Probably one of, if not, the nicest holiday cottages we have stayed in."

    Reviewed by Max5.0Nov 2021

  • "No complaints !"

    Lovely welcome , freedom for the children and lovely log fire .

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Oct 2021

  • "Good welcome by hosts, comfortable and well appointed accommodation set in lovely gardens."

    Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Stephanie4.4Sep 2021

  • "The Clock House was lovely."

    The wonderful gardens and the comfortable, well equipped house was everything we could have wanted for a peaceful week away. Cake, tea and coffee was waiting for us. We enjoyed the direct access from the grounds to walking on Dartmoor. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and not too far away from some very pretty beaches and coves (along narrow lanes). Our family including the dogs had a great time!

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Jul 2021

  • "Fantastic location with the most beautiful gardens to walk in at any time."

    Very helpful owners, particularly Lorna who was fabulous.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jun 2021

  • "The gardens were superb."

    The colours of the Azaleas and Rhododendrons were stunning and the water complemented the planting. The accommodation was excellent, very clean and comfortable. We really enjoyed our visit to Devon, in spite of the weather and will definitely return in the future.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2021

  • "The Clock House is a wonderful place."

    Everything is comfortable, the kitchen well equipped, it all feels like a real home. The gardens are truly amazing and having your own access directly on to Dartmoor is a real treat. We didn't use the car for a few days just exploring what was around us. As the garden was open for a couple of days we even had tea and cake in the tea room. Bliss! Having a downstairs bedroom with an en-suite wet room was perfect for me as I'm having mobility problems at the moment. The summer house in the garden is a super spot to observer the garden from and listen to the gentle sounds of water from the fountain below. On a sunny, warm day I can imagine no finer vantage point to view this perfection.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lots to make this cottage special- the warm welcome, the magic garden, the spacious rooms and great location next to the Moor."

    Thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2020

  • "An excellent base for exploring Dartmoor and the South Hams with the added bonus of beautiful gardens on site."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2020

  • "Such a beautiful place."

    The cottage is very well appointed and extremely comfortable. The location is brilliant not only for being able to walk around the grounds, which are absolutely stunning. But also for easy access to both the moors and the seaside. The owners John and Lorna were warm and inviting and willing to help and give local knowledge and advise. We had a great time and will hopefully be coming back.

    Reviewed by Albert5.0Nov 2019

  • "Once again it was a wonderful time for Ross who is now so at home there."

    Thanks to the kind attention of owner.

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Sep 2019

  • "Fantastic location."

    On the edge of Dartmoor, but also near the express way so very easy to get to beaches and towns locally.

    Reviewed by Janet4.4Aug 2019

  • "Everything."

    ... the cottage was perfect but what made it was the gardens, they were wonderful and yhe owner's are lovely. Even down to giving us eggs from there chickens..will be coming back next year.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0May 2019

  • "We book this cottage for our autistic son Ross and it is perfect for him in many ways."

    His bedroom has onsuite and a lovely comfortable double bed. the lounge and kitchen are v accessable for him and the patio doors give great light and access. The owners have always been v helpful and welcoming and we will be booking again soon.

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Apr 2019

  • "Very good access to lots of places to visit and beaches all within 30-60 minutes."

    The grounds were idillyic even though it was early February still lots of breathtaking views to take in. The clockhouse was warm and cosy with lots nderfloor heating, radiators and a log fire. Well equipped and plenty of crockery and cutlery. Lorna the owner left us lots of basics like tea, coffee, sugar, washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets plus more which was useful and very much appreciated. Would highly recommend if you want peace and quiet with tranquility but also a good base for sight seeing and extremely dog friendly.

    Reviewed by Dawn4.4Feb 2019

  • "We enjoyed the environment of Lukesland."

    The grounds were really beautiful and we enjoyed walking around with our dog. The cottage was welk set out for our purposes as we have a handicapped son who needs to be on one level for all his needs. It was v comfortable and it was a treat to make a real fire. He really enjoys a fire as in his own residence there is not one, Our owner was particularly welcoming and did everything she could to make us welcome.

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Oct 2018

  • "We had a fantastic week at the The Clock House."

    The property has been thoughtfully designed making it convenient and comfortable for all guests whilst maintaining the historic character of the building. The disabled facilities and level entrance were ideal for the elderly and frail member of our party. The kitchen is well equipped to handle holiday cooking and the utility room is very useful. There are plenty of games, books and DVDs for rainy days and the only thing we would have added is a Smart TV or DVD but this really did not detract from our enjoyment. The hosts have provided a vast collection of local maps and guide books making the planning of days out very easy and we were especially grateful for the information about local dog-friendly beaches.The gardens are beautiful and peaceful and it was fantastic to have the freedom to explore. Lorna is an exceptional hostess and we very much enjoyed learning of the history of the estate and getting a chance to see inside her house. Finally, we took our two classic cars with us as we were attending a show whilst in Devon and Lorna very kindly allowed us to photograph the cars outside the house. The Coach House is an ideal base from which to explore Dartmoor and the coast and we would not hesitate to book this property again.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2018

  • "The clock house exceeded all our expectations wonderful gardens to roam around, lovely property and location, very quiet yet 5 mins drive from Ivybridge town centre and it’s facilities."

    We will definitely be returning at some point in the future

    Reviewed by Laurence5.0Aug 2018

  • "Good for disabled, bathroom well kitted out with stool and non-slip mat."

    Very good shower. Nice big bath sheets. Exceedingly well equipped with loads of crockery and cutlery. Lovely to be able to use the garden when not open to the public. Not everywhere is accessible with a wheelchair or mobility scooter. Lovely place and very helpful owner.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Jun 2018

  • "We stayed at the Clock House, Lukelands Gardens, Ivybridge, Devon."

    The accommodation was exceptional, and the gardens (which we were free to walk) were wonderful, a fantastic escape from the day to day routine of working life.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0May 2018

  • "The Clock House is set in such beautiful grounds, which we were free to explore whenever we liked."

    The owner was really friendly and welcoming and we loved being part of that community for a short time. There was a lovely plate of cakes on our arrival and it was very welcome after our journey. The cottage was so well equipped and we wanted for nothing. We loved the wood-burning stove and felt very warm and comfortable. Now we are home, we miss The Clock House so much!

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Apr 2018

  • "The Palmer family and Ross and his helpers would just like to say how much they all enjoyed their time."

    Ross who is severely handicapped sees the cottage as his holiday home which is more than we would have hoped a few years ago. We w would like to book again soon. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Apr 2018

  • "Staying at Clock House is a little slice of heaven."

    The house is beautiful, perfectly clean and well equipped. Being able to wonder the grounds and see the beautiful gardens really is the icing on the cake. The owners are very friendly and approachable, but in no way obtrusive. The downstairs bedroom and bathroom are brilliant for anyone with mobility issues. Also the grounds are laid out with paths and plenty of benches making them more accessible than the average. It really is a lovely, lovely cottage and I would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Apr 2018

  • "The Clock House was very comfortable and in a stunning location."

    We enjoyed being able to explore the beautiful and tranquil gardens at Lukesland. My father has difficulty walking long distances and standing for any length of time. The groundfloor of the cottage is all on one level which made it easy for him to get from the bedroom with ensuite wet room to the living room and kitchen/dining area - the shower seat in the wet room was extremely useful for him. Lorna and John, who own Lukesland, were very welcoming and it was very helpful to be able to order a delicious ready meal for our arrival. The gardens are open to the public twice a week during the Spring and Autumn but the cottage is tucked away at one end of the estate and so we didn't feel any invasion of privacy. Ivybridge is well located for exploring the South Hams area and is on the edge of Dartmoor. It has a great farm shop (Countryman's choice) at Endsleigh garden centre with delicious cheeses, butchers and pasties and a good local pub (Trehill arms) as well as a Tesco extra, very close.

    Reviewed by Freya5.0Apr 2018

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Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor super king double (can convert to twin) with en suite wet room with shower, shower seat, basin and WC, 1 x first floor super king double (can convert to twin), 1 x first floor single, 1 x bathroom (pea shape bath, shower over and WC)
  • First floor gallery seating area
  • Ground floor sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility room
  • Ground floor WC with basin.
  • Central heating, electric panel heaters, underfloor 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 two cars
  • Barbecue
  • One well-behaved dog welcome at an additional charge
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Note: From April to mid-June and mid-October to mid-November the garden opens to the public twice weekly.

The property

Beside one other cottage and disused barns 200 yards from the Victorian house at Lukesland, with its lovely 24 acre garden, is this cottage 1½ miles on the Dartmoor side of Ivybridge.

Light and roomy with the stunning surroundings, this is wonderfully peaceful accommodation for relaxing and recharging your energy levels.

Head through the stable doors into the hall and from here you will find the cosy sitting room with lofty ceiling and traditional wood burning stove and the efficient kitchen with space for family meals.

French windows lead out to your terrace from both these rooms.

For anyone who doesn't want to climb the stairs to bed, there is a handy downstairs en suite bedroom, with the other two bedrooms peacefully upstairs.

Above the sitting room is a gallery with an optional sofa bed, comfy seating and the gently ticking clock workings after which the cottage is named.

Your little terrace is a fine place for a barbecue, or go beyond to explore the woods, lawns and pretty glades around a central stream.

For walkers, this is a perfect spot with direct access to the open moorland of Dartmoor and the Two Moors Way footpath which starts in Ivybridge, and the River Erme valley is also very beautiful.

City fans will love Plymouth, a vibrant and buzzing place with theatre, cinemas and shops aplenty.

For bucket and spade seaside fun, beaches don't come much more lovely than Mothecombe, which has starred in several movies.

The Clock House is set in a unique and beautiful garden, yet with all the delights of Dartmoor and the South Hams beyond.

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

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About the location

IVYBRIDGE

Plymouth 12 miles.

Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to South Dartmoor’, Ivybridge is set in one of the most beautiful areas of Devon and provides the perfect base from which to explore the county’s glorious coast and countryside. The town’s namesake, the Ivy Bridge, is a 13th century construction originally designed for packhorses and widened during the age of coach travel. Nowadays, it is a popular landmark on the town’s Heritage Trail, which also takes in other noteworthy historical buildings, such as a paper mill which remains Ivybridge’s major industrial employer. Some of the most architecturally pleasing sights in the town are the aqueduct, now a listed site, and the much photographed remains of a viaduct built by Brunel. This riverside town offers a great local shopping experience, with a variety of independent shops in the compact town centre making browsing a pleasure. When it’s time for a break, take your pick from the many cafés, tearooms and bakeries in the covered arcade serving delicious food and treats to help you recharge your batteries! Just on the brink of Dartmoor National Park, Ivybridge is ideally located to explore the 368 square miles of rolling hills, rugged granite outcrops and fresh, clean air. With over 450 miles of public rights of way, you’ll find enough walks to keep you busy for a year, let alone a week! If you’d like to mix it up a bit, cycling, horse-riding, climbing and kayaking opportunities abound. Nearby Wembury is the starting point for the Two Moors Way, a 201 mile coast to coast walking route which passes through Ivybridge and continues on through high moorland and deep wooded valleys, taking in some of Devon’s most unspoilt rural scenery. At 17 miles long, the Erme-Plym Trail is slightly shorter and leads in the opposite direction through some pleasant countryside, passing the pretty Hooe Lake en route. The area surrounding Ivybridge offers a fabulous variety of attractions and days out, from the stunning beaches of the South Devon coast, to the bustling city of Plymouth.

Note: From April to mid-June and mid-October to mid-November the garden opens to the public twice weekly.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas