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Ludgate Cottage

(Ref. 975875)

Haytor Vale, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (36)
  • well (23)
  • comfortable (19)
  • location (18)
  • equipped (17)
  • clean (15)

48 Customer Reviews

  • "There was a lack of instructions, particularly the TV which had none."

    The settees are awful. I know they are fairly new but the quality is dreadful. We had to sit on cushions because the settees sag so much, and getting up was difficult. Also not all of the oven works. However, the new walk in shower is brilliant. The beds are very comfortable and there is plenty of crockery etc. Cake and milk are there on arrival. The cottage is on the edge of Dartmoor which is magnificent.

    Reviewed by Anne3.8Jun 2024

  • "Excellent property for walking on Dartmoor straight from the door."

    Plenty of kitchen equipment to meet cooking needs and for health reasons I cook a lot on holiday. Good base for many other parts of Dartmoor and the coast. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Jun 2024

  • "Well equipped, clean and comfortable cottage."

    Sitting in the shadow of Haytor there is some wonderful local walking right on the doorstep. Our third but hopefully not our last stay at Ludgate.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2024

  • "A comfortable spacious character 2 bedroom cottage in a beautiful peaceful location in the Dartmoor National Park…."

    Almost next to Haytor. The cottage was very clean and well equipped. We spent a very relaxing week there and found so many places to explore nearby. Becky Falls and Bovey Stacey are just a couple of miles down the road. The Moorland Hotel is a very short walk from the cottage and has a nice Brasserie and restaurant if you don’t want to drive far in the evening. A great holiday location.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Sep 2023

  • "This holiday cottage has everything you need for a comfortable and relaxing stay but its biggest feature is the location."

    A beautiful view over the valley and the sea on one side of the property and Dartmoor on the doorstep on the other side. There is easy access to many Devon attractions and Bovey Tracey has three supermarkets and a range of interesting shops to explore. We loved being able to go out for a walk on the moor after dinner in the evening. The kitchen is extremely well equipped and I really enjoyed cooking on the induction hob and having a choice of ovens. We stayed for two weeks and the bed change and clean mid way was really appreciated. Thank you! Although the weather wasn't great we had a fabulous holiday and made the most of the facilities in the cottage and the beautiful surrounding Devon countryside.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2023

  • "A comfortable and very well equipped cottage in an ideal position."

    The upside down nature of the cottage resulted in the bedrooms remaining cool even in the hottest days. Easy walking to an excellent pub (Rock Inn) where we had a great Sunday lunch and the Moorland hotel for evening meals. Easy walks (I am 85) from the cottage to Haytor, Saddle Tor , Haytor Quarry (a beautiful peaceful place with the ponds especially early in the morning) and the fascinating tramway. Also idea for visits to Dartmoor villages, river walks, Buckfast Abbey, Buckland Abbey, Castle Drago and the wonderful garden at The Garden House. I thank the owner for the delicious Bakewell Tart and for milk, condiments etc. We had a great week at Ludgate Cottage.

    Reviewed by J5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

    Reviewed by Laura5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely property in a wonderful location."

    Sofas are tired, had to use cushions to make comfortable. Induction cooker works but it takes some getting use to. Other than those, we will be back sometime in the future.

    Thanks for your feedback. The sofas were replaced 3 years ago, so they are not considered 'tired' - glad you found them comfortable though. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard3.4Mar 2023

  • "The cottage was very well equipped and comfortable."

    The useful information folder was welcome, lots of cottages seem not to bother with this anymore but it’s a real help. With children we tend to eat in, and the lovely big kitchen made this an easy option. Also nice to have a full size freezer. Plenty of crockery and cutlery.The children loved the beds and sofas, they were very also very comfortable. The cottage is also well situated in a beautiful location up on Dartmoor but within easy access to nearby towns and coast, so lots of options for different outings. It is very rural so you need to drive with care , we had lots of encounters with ponies , cows and sheep on and off the roads. This added to the children’s pleasure! Lots of games ,DVDs, books available in cottage for wet days are a nice touch. Wi-Fi worked very well. We would certainly consider a return visit and would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Oct 2022

  • "OK, since you insist on feedback!"

    We obviously like this place as this was our third stay, so, keep my feedback in perspective. However, the TV was quite annoying in that so many Sky channels are displayed but none of them were available. The channel choice is very limited. Of course, one doesn't go on holiday to watch TV but.. this is 2022 and it would be good to have some choice when you do. (Oh.. new trays might be an idea?) Everything else was great thanks. SW.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Oct 2022

  • "The cottage was clean, well equipped and sited on the moor near the very popular Haytor walk and visitors centre - near to Widecombe for pubs, cafe and provisions (all recommended)."

    Ideal position for walking or getting to Dartmoor tourist sites as well as being close to towns such as Bovey Tracey and Newton Abbot.

    Reviewed by Terry John4.7Oct 2022

  • "Lovely clean and tidy cottage within the Dartmoor National Park."

    Nice open feel to the upstairs lounge, kitchen spacious and well equipped. Were 4 of us, 2 adults and 2 young children and it was a perfect size. Cottage was spotless when we arrived. Beds were comfortable and everyone slept like a log. Can walk right on to the moor. Becky Falls and Bovey Tracey open air pool 10 mins away. Lots of fabulous beaches within a leisurely 45-50 mins drive. Suited us to be based away from the beach areas with a nice journey back to the moor. Would recommend Ludgate Cottage to anyone. Would happily return and hope to do so

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Aug 2022

  • "Great holiday yet again."

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2022

  • "The glasses seem to be reduced in number, also the cups."

    Otherwise it is well equipped. The caretaker is very helpful and quick to respond. (There was a problem with the cooker). We had another lovely holiday. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Anne4.4May 2022

  • "Third time we have stayed here."

    It won't be the last. The cottage is clean, well equipped and well located - absolutely ideal in every way.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2022

  • "This is a beautiful property that is comfortable and well-equipped."

    We had a fabulous week and really enjoyed being able to walk over the moor directly from the property.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Apr 2022

  • "Nothing is perfect, that's why I never give full stars."

    Only issue found was knifes for eating had all been blunted. Had to buy some to cut food.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you found the knives in the kitchen to be blunt. We have not had any comment from previous guests about this so are assured this will not be a continued issue. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard3.8Mar 2022

  • "We had a fantastic week in this clean, cosy peaceful cottage."

    The situation is perfect, you can walk straight from the house onto the moor for miles in every direction, and it is within easy reach of great pubs and cafes, would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Feb 2022

  • "Spent christmas at ludgate which had some decorations and a little something for our family which was very much appreciated, such a cozy well equipped cottage to explore Dartmoor."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2021

  • "Very well equipped and comfortable cottage in an interesting setting on the edge of the moor."

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Nov 2021

  • "Ludgate Cottage is an an excellent location."

    Paths onto the moor and up to Haytor Rocks from the garden gate. The house is warm and comfortable with a well equiped kitchen. Communication with the owner is very good. This is an ideal location to explore Dartmoor and South Devon from and I would highly recommend staying here

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Sep 2021

  • "Met expectations from our previous stays."

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2021

  • "Wonderful owner, decent neighbour & a fantastic cottage."

    This was the perfect location for us. Very comfortable bed & bedding. We'd lover to stay again.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage and a great opportunity to get out on the moors every day."

    One thing that impressed us was the attention to detail and the little things that show extra thought, like the cake waiting for us, and the fact that the kitchen was really well kitted out. We're definitely thinking of booking again.

    Reviewed by Guy5.0Aug 2021

  • "What a lovely cottage!"

    Perfect base to walk Dartmoor, comfortable and cool in the hot weather with a garden to rest in. Would like to book again.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Jul 2021

  • "This cottage offered everything you needed for a comfortable relaxing holiday."

    It was clean and well equipped. Well situated to explore Dartmoor. We particularly enjoyed the local walking - plenty of Tors to climb!

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jun 2021

  • "The location of the cottage was brilliant for a walking holiday on Dartmoor"

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7May 2021

  • "Dishwasher tablets were not provided, they usually are."

    Very pleased that the milk and cake have been re- instated. Thanks.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Apr 2021

  • "Having stayed at the cottage three times previously, we knew what to expect, and this was met."

    . With a new person responsible for preparing the cottage pre-arrival, it was as immaculate as ever. The welcome cake and milk were very welcome.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2020

  • "Perfect location for walking on The Moors and cottage well equipped , clean and very cosy and welcoming."

    Second visit in two years at different times of the year would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2019

  • "What a wonderful place to stay for a holiday on the moor."

    Clean,cosy, comfortable. A well laid out holiday cottage, good sized bedrooms, great well-equipped kitchen and an airy and well lit sitting room. The owners have taken time and care in making this an ideal place to base a getaway from busyness and stress. Everything worked and was easy to use with good instructions. It was great to leave the car safely parked and just cross over the road and onto the moor for a stroll up to Haytor rocks and beyond. On the Sunday we went up to Widecombe church where we received a warm welcome and then back to the cottage for lunch followed by a walk over to the medieval village at Hound Tor. A good place for an excellent meal after a walk near Widecombe is the Ruddlestone Inn, where the atmosphere and food is excellent. We would have loved to stay for a further week if it had been possible. Long may Ludgate Cottage continue to be a lovely place to come to for future visitors and their families.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Oct 2019

  • "Great holiday, good efficient service from helpful holidays."

    Cottage was clean, well fitted out and in a great location. Definitely worth another visit.

    Reviewed by Dennis5.0Sep 2019

  • "The description of private garden is misleading!"

    ! It is a shared drive with a small piece of lawn and a picnic bench.

    The website correctly photographs and describes: South-facing grassed area (picnic bench) opposite for your use. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clair4.1Sep 2019

  • "The customer service from Sykes was outstanding and Ludgate Cottage was very special to us due to the perfect location."

    Thank you so much. Linda and Drew

    Reviewed by Drew5.0Jun 2019

  • "Really nice cottage."

    Disappointed to find we were holidaying next to two building sites, subsequent noise and workers vans and other vehicles parking in our 'private' garden. We should have been made aware of this. Apart from this we enjoyed this area of the moors. If and when we return will probably find another cottage.

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Jun 2019

  • "Ludgate Cottage was very clean and comfortable."

    The bed and the linen was a high standard. Extremely well equipped kitchen with modern appliances. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday despite the weather. Lovely walks from the cottage so no need to use the car too much. We were so glad we were able to use the heating as it was very cold for June. The only constructive comment would be that it would be helpful to have a grab handle to assist getting in and out of the shower.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jun 2019

  • "Walks across the Moors are great, saw the cuckoo and lots of other birds, butterflies and moths."

    All across the road from the cottage. Many other attractions within driving distance. I wouldn't say the house was suitable for very young children or older unfit people, because of the stairs leading to the living quarters (it's upside down). But it did have the most comfy bed, I have ever slept in!

    Reviewed by Anya5.0May 2019

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at Ludgate Cottage."

    The cottage is well appointed and is clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2019

  • "We've been staying here for 10 years."

    Disappointed there wasn't even a pint of milk this year. Name of caretaker and contact number was incorrect. Dishwasher covered the crockery in a film we couldn't remove so couldn't use it. New settees are even worse than the old ones. You are nearly on the floor. I finally found the details for the property manager but she couldn't get the dw repaired in time. Also there are no details as to the recycling arrangements. The cottage is very clean and well equipped but things need checking up on.

    Reviewed by Anne4.7May 2019

  • "Cottage was perfect for the two of us."

    Very well equipped kitchen with a lovely range cooker. The cottage was spotlessly clean and the beds were comfy with lovely crisp white bedding. After a very stressful few months we needed a relaxing quiet break and that's exactly what we got at Ludgate Cottage. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Sep 2018

  • "This was our second visit to this cottage and it felt like home from home."

    A well fitted out cottage in a beautiful location. The moor is literally on your doorstep so walks, wildlife and wonderful scenery are all around you. It's location provides easy access to the all the local Devon tourist attractions as well as a fine place to just relax and chill out.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2018

  • "We loved this cottage."

    The beds were extremely comfortable, and there was a good-sized, well-equipped kitchen and dining area, which included everything we needed. But the star of the show was the location. It's directly across the road from Dartmoor, particularly beautiful in August as it's covered in heather and gorse, and very close to Hay Tor. Friendly Dartmoor ponies even come to the cottage gate!

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Aug 2018

  • "Fantastic cottage, perfect for our family, great location, close to moors and coast."

    Would recommend and hope to return.

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage is well appointed and comfortable but the best thing about it is the location."

    A few steps and you’re onto open moorland - Haytor, ancient tramway and the beautiful disused quarry on the door step. Lovely for an evening walk!

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Jun 2018

  • "Superb location - walks right from the door."

    Good hotel and pub nearby - both served excellent food. Shower needs a shower curtain rather than the shield that is in place which is not great for tall people!!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2018

  • "Fabulously located cottage, wonderfully equipped, we loved it."

    Great British family holiday

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0May 2018

  • "The house was excellent and included everything we expected."

    The location was wonderful and even the weather was exceptional!

    Reviewed by S5.0May 2018

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  • Two downstairs bedrooms: 1 x king size double, 1 x twin
  • Downstairs bathroom with walk-in shower, WC, basin
  • Hall
  • Upstairs sitting room
  • Kitchen with dining area.
  • Central heating with electric fires
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, washer-dryer, dishwasher, TV with DVD and Freesat, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request, Off road parking for two cars
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property.

The property

Below the striking Dartmoor landmark of Haytor is this semi-detached cottage, close to the small village of Haytor Vale.

With amazing views as far as the sea, this is a wonderful place for walking, cycling and touring the magnificent scenery.

Head up the steps to the front door and through the hall you will find two downstairs oak-floored bedrooms with a bathroom.

The big airy sitting room with characterful beams is upstairs for those absorbing views, together with a kitchen fitted in oak and black granite with a dining area.

The grassy garden opposite the cottage faces south and has a picnic table for alfresco meals, and you can store bikes in a garage.

The focal point of this friendly cottage is clearly the surrounding moorland which is perfect for enjoying the great outdoors and gazing at the panoramic views.

Welcoming little towns and villages like Bovey Tracey and Widecombe-in-the-Moor have plenty of eateries and places of interest to explore.

Ludgate Cottage is a fine place for discovering Dartmoor and Devon’s countryside.

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

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About the location


Exeter 21.2 miles; Plymouth 31.5 miles

Haytor Vale is a very pretty hamlet of white cottages beside the old coaching inn, The Rock, on Dartmoor's southeastern edge just one mile from the market town of Bovey Tracey.

Note: Sorry, no Short Breaks