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The Clock House

Ivybridge, Devon (Ref. 976251)



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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "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 RichardApr 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 DonaldApr 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 VictoriaApr 2022

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

    Reviewed by CliveMar 2022

  • "Beautiful property and very welcoming hosts."

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

    Reviewed by RichardMar 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 DebraDec 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 PeterDec 2021

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

    Reviewed by MaxNov 2021

  • "No complaints !"

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

    Reviewed by RuthOct 2021

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

    Would recommend.

    Reviewed by StephanieSep 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 LyndaJul 2021

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

    Very helpful owners, particularly Lorna who was fabulous.

    Reviewed by SueJun 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 ChrisMay 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 LouiseSep 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 PeterSep 2020

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

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 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 AlbertNov 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 CathySep 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 JanetAug 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 KeithMay 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 CathyApr 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 DawnFeb 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 CathyOct 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 KarenSep 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 LaurenceAug 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 AlisonJun 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 StuartMay 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 CharlesApr 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 CathyApr 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 EmmaApr 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 FreyaApr 2018

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  • 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
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, 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


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.

Region Information

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
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