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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "We had an absolutely lovely stay, Lovely and quiet."

    The wildlife in the garden were awesome, owls, rabbits, foxes etc. The property itself very comfortable and relaxing. The owners very nice people.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Oct 2023

  • "2nd stay at this wonderful bungalow it’s quite & easy access to Dartmoor."

    A hint for the en-suite use the trouser hangers & hang the blanket in the doorway this makes a perfect door!

    Reviewed by Xanthe5.0Sep 2023

  • "Quiet location."

    Local village shop has closed down so nearest Supermarket is in Okehampton, although the Shell Garage as you come off the A30 does have a small Waitrose. Very comfortable with the exception of the bedroom/en suite. Extractor fan to shower not powerful enough to extract steam when showering, needs door between bedroom and bathroom. The filter on the shower tray was blocked with hair so water came over the tray on to the floor so we had to clean it out and was then ok. As mentioned by previous guests, a curtain or frosted glass should be on a ground floor bathroom for privacy in this day and age and also to block out the early morning light for those who have trouble sleeping if not completely dark!

    Reviewed by Deborah4.1Sep 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable place to stay."

    Plenty of room to relax, thoroughly enjoyable. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by Sandra4.4May 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at “Woodlands”, the property is very spacious & secluded, & ideally suited if you want a really “peacefully quiet” location."

    It’s location means that you will need to drive at least one hour to any of Devon's main attractions, or into Cornwall, though Dartmoor is very close. The property itself was clean, though not spotless, it is comfortable, though one of the wicker chairs in the conservatory was badly split on the arms & was therefore uncomfortable. I would also mention that the bedroom next to the main bathroom had a very firm mattress, the other two beds had softer more comfortable mattresses. The cottage was well equipped, though the dining table really needs to be replaced with something more in keeping with the other furnishings. A lack of a few other things would be a definite improvement, such as: an extra larger frying pan, a serrated edge bread knife, a potato masher, some oven gloves, a mixing bowl, & a fruit bowl. Also there were no pillow protectors in two of the bedrooms, & one bed did not have a mattress protector. The main bathroom had a glass fronted cabinet on the opposite wall to the sink, which was below a window with a sill, but for the men that need to wet shave, there was no mirror above the sink. Also, the en-suite walk-in shower did not drain very well, & if not monitored closely, can fill up the shower tray & spill over onto the floor, there was no window blind, & in my opinion, there should be a privacy door to the en-suite. One of the most important things that we found strange (we have rented several cottages over the years) was the lack of a written welcome, which could/should include instructions for how to turn on the hot water & heating (it was quit cold the week were there, but I did manage to work it out), also, there were no instructions on where to put black rubbish bags, which were supplied. Important point to note is that because of the cottages location, mobile phone service is very poor or non existent, we could not get a signal all week with O2, but the wifi worked all the time, but was a bit slow. The welcome pack of milk, scones, clotted cream, strawberry jam & butter was much appreciated, & the fresh flowers was a nice touch too.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and we are pleased to hear that you appreciated the thoughtful welcoming touches at this peaceful property, as many other guests have done. It is useful to know about the few maintenance points you mention: and of course mattresses are a matter of personal preference. Rural locations might not offer the network coverage and wifi speed which you might experience in a city but the Reservations team are always able to answer any queries you might have regarding this prior to booking if this is a deciding factor. The handy map at the foot of the listing makes it easy to decide if this is the right location for your needs. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ronald4.1May 2023

  • "Whilst we appreciated the Easter buns,milk and butter that was left for us we felt that the cottage lacked a book of information regarding the working of the bungalow and local attractions."

    We would also note that there was a scarcity of toilet paper (requiring a trip out after we arrived) one dishwasher tablet and no black bags for the rubbish/ dirty linen. The onsuite toilet/ shower needs a window blind or obscure glass to give some privacy and perhaps a door. Bit of a shame as the bungalow was very comfortable and warm and just needed a bit more care and attention.

    Thank you for your review: and it is good to hear that you enjoyed the welcome at Woodlands. With self-catering properties while a starter amount of essentials such as toilet roll and dishwasher tablets might be provided the expectation is that guests will purchase their own supplies thereafter. The owners are aware of your feedback: due to the exceptionally secluded location the ensuite window was left with clear glass. It's reassuring that you found the property comfortable and warm, otherwise. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael Edward3.8Apr 2023

  • "We had a good week in this spacious, countryside bungalow."

    We wanted somewhere with a good kitchen and a wood burner. There is a lack of some basic kitchen equipment but when we approached the owner a tea pot and casserole dish were provided. The wood burner was efficient but the lack of fire tongs made the use of it somewhat challenging. The dining room table is rather small but was easy to move into the conservatory which is a lovely space. As there were just two of us, the seating worked fine and would be good for four but with only 2 pairs of chairs in the conservatory and lounge seating for 5 people we can’t see how it is suitable for 6. The sofas are very comfortable and the reclining features were appreciated. Others have mentioned the poor Wi-Fi so we were prepared for that but with neither of us having a mobile signal either, we felt vulnerable. We wouldn’t have booked this had we known. The bathrooms are excellent but the en-suite ( actually to the main bedroom) is completely open to the room which rendered it unusable to us. The other two rooms have double beds ( blinds not curtains) so with no twin room this might limit the possibilities for families with young children. The location is peaceful and the garden is a haven for birds. Regular visits from squirrels and rabbits, pheasants, a fox and a couple of deer were lovely. The nearest village is 2 miles away and has a good pub but you need to drive as the lane is narrow with high banks in places, as is typical of course.

    Reviewed by Victoria4.1Apr 2023

  • "Absolutly fantastic week in woodlands,peace and quiet was what we wanted and thats what we got."

    Clean and comfortable everything you needed was there,the nearby town had all we needed ,places to go we had so many options was fantastic,perhaps more information needed in cottage of the places that were available would help but be definetly rebooking ,owner was a lovely person who we had a cuppa with and nice chat THANKS FOR HAVING US

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a very peaceful, warm and quiet stay."

    Woodlands is spacious and there were only two of us. Six people or families would not get under each other's feet. Bathrooms, kitchen and living room are nicely, newly decorated and all other rooms are fine. The conservatory is quite a feature, and the garden is big too! Internet access is a little more than limited as the property is in a very secluded area. The kitchen is well equipped with just about all one needs. We would just make the point that bedroom linens were not of particularly good quality, but we did not pay an absolute fortune for our off season week. However a little TLC is needed and the property could have been cleaned more thoroughly prior to our arrival. Apart from all this, it is well situated for access to Dartmoor National Park, the main towns and, Cornwall. The welcome pack was thoughtful and very welcome.

    Reviewed by Graham3.4Feb 2023

  • "A large detached bungalow set within acres of its own grounds."

    The property is completely private and noise free. The property is very spacious and warm (we went in February). It is a short drive from Okehampton. Walking south from the property there are some great walks that take in views of the hills of Dartmoor and Exmoor. The property would be great for families with young children as there is so much space to play and explore, just be wary of the steep sided stream that runs through the garden. We met the owner briefly who is friendly and helpful and leaves you to your own privacy.

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Feb 2023

  • "On arrival the lights had tripped, the owner came straight away and sorted showed us where the fuse box was(the property has lots of rooms!"

    ) the beds were very comfy property very clean with lovely fresh towels and bedding.good sized modern kitchen (possibly needed a roasting dish with a lid as an extra )with a huge utility area The bungalow was set in the quietest possible place no sound or light pollution at all very restful (not much contact with the outside world either) ..very restful break! highly recommended,will be back!

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Feb 2023

  • "Many thanks for our stay in your lovely property."

    So spacious and well equipped and in such stunning peaceful gardens. We highly recommend and hope to return next year.

    Thank you for you lovely comments. So glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Oct 2022

  • "Perfect! Quiet peaceful location to get away from the hectic world."

    Can’t wait to go back.

    Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Xanthe5.0Oct 2022

  • "A lovely, comfortable, warm and clean property with excellent kitchen, bathrooms and the 1 bed we used was very comfy."

    Very nice welcome pack, thank you. We had an issue with the Wi-Fi when we arrived which was quickly dealt with however due to the remote location of the property the Wi-Fi is very slow. Midway through our week the Sky TV stopped working and unfortunately, despite the owner trying to get an engineer to fix the problem this did not happen until the last afternoon. Thanks to PJ (owner) and Sandy for their support and help during the week. Thanks for the loan of the casserole PJ.

    Reviewed by David4.4Oct 2022

  • "Everthing was clean, neat and tidy."

    The property offers lots of room and is comfortable. Easy to find and well located to access Dartmoor, and the North Cornwall and Devon coasts. We enjoyed the stay.

    Reviewed by Thomas4.4Sep 2022

  • "A Homely & Restful place to stay."

    Could not fault or even ask for more. Wonderful garden and area. Will book again in the future. Owners are very nice people. Great time was had by all of us Thankyou. KA

    Thank you for your lovely feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Woodlands, a real retreat, so peaceful and relaxing, would highly recommend the accommodation."

    It was so lovely to meet the host PJ and share a few drinks. Will definitely go back again sometime in the future. The accommodation was excellent, particularly loved sitting in the Conservatory after a day out exploring the area

    Thank you for your feedback. It was lovely to meet you too. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Aug 2022

  • ""Incredible bungalow in amazing location"."

    The bungalow is well equipped with all new kitchen appliances and accessories. Good size bedrooms with big wardrobes and very comfy beds. Beautiful new bathrooms. Very clean and well looked after! There is amazing, huge garden too. It is certainly quiet, peaceful and relaxing place. The unexpected welcome pack was delicious bonus - thank YOU very much. We really enjoyed every single minute spent over there and would definitely come back. Thank you.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, so glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jolanta5.0Aug 2022

  • "The bungalow was very spacious and well-presented throughout, and the view of the garden from the conservatory was lovely."

    . As we were the first guests to the property it was so nice to have brand new utensils and kitchen appliances. The welcome pack we received was an unexpected bonus. The cottage was so quiet and peaceful which is just what we wanted. It was a welcome haven at the end of the day. The location is good for visiting National Trust properties, the north Cornwall coast and Dartmoor. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we would certainly stay there again if we revisited the area

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments. So glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul1.3Jul 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Conservatory
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer, washing machine, and dishwasher
  • TV with FreeSat
  • Wifi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample, private, off-road parking
  • Multilevel garden with lawn, patio, wooded area, furniture and stream
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: Children must be supervised at all times due to the stream in the garden
  • Note: There are steps and paving areas in and around the property, please take care.

The property

Woodlands, a single-storey bungalow set on a working farm in Northlew, Devon is the perfect base from which to enjoy the many attractions this wonderful county has to offer.

The location is superb, with a stunning garden for you to enjoy and a private setting so you can relax in style, as well as a spacious interior ideal for families, couples or friends.

Inside, the kitchen is a stylish space, with an electric oven, an induction hob, and a sage green kitchen where you can rustle up delicious dinners for your group.

From here, the sitting room, which has a toasty woodburning stove, is a great spot to while away the hours by the fire, while the nearby dining room offers somewhere to catch up on the day’s adventures with a glass of wine.

Take advantage of the ample seating in the conservatory, perfect for when you want to admire the pretty garden from inside.

Outside will really steal the show; the large, well-maintained garden is a lovely outdoor space with a lawn, a patio with furniture and lush plants, and it is perfect for chilling out in, whether that be a glass of wine, your morning coffee, or lawn games with the children, and you may even spot deer during your trip!

Back inside, the bathroom has all the amenities you could ever need, with a bath, a shower over, and a towel rail that keeps your towels warm.

When sleep calls, take your pick from three bedrooms; the first bedroom is a king room with a wardrobe, the second bedroom is generously furnished with a double bed and an en-suite shower room for extra privacy, while the third bedroom has a double bed and plenty of room to store your possessions.

Explore your surroundings and pop into Northlew to stock up on your essentials at the shop, or enjoy a refreshing drink at the local pub.

Hatherleigh is a quaint town home to a number of attractions, including the War Horse Valley Country Farm Park and the Meeth Quarry Nature Reserve.

Visitors can also enjoy a number of activities in the town, such as hiking, fishing, and horseback riding.

Within easy reach is the town of Okehampton, with its charming castle, awe-inspiring viaduct, and ancient stone circle, there's plenty to see and do in this lovely town.

If that's not enough, you can also enjoy stunning views from Higher Tor or go for a peaceful walk along the River Okement.

Further afield, you can explore Darmoor National Park for a wealth of walking and cycling opportunities, or head to the coast for a day at the beach.

Woodlands is an idyllic escape, any time of year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Hatherleigh 5 miles; Dartmoor National Park 12 miles.

Northlew is a Devon village on the edge of Dartmoor. It has an attractive main square surrounded by traditional buildings, some of them thatched; just off the square are a pub, useful community shop and Post Office. The village is 5 miles west of the ancient town of Hatherleigh, consisting of cob and thatch cottages situated in the heart of rural Devon. Hatherleigh lies in the Torridge Valley just seven miles from the edge of the Dartmoor National Park, and is a wonderful central location for the coast to coast long distance trail, which includes the popular Tarka Trail. The town itself offers a varied selection of interesting craft shops, country inns and cafes. Within driving distance are Okehampton Castle, the beautiful RHS Rosemoor Gardens at Torrington, and even to the dramatic surfing beaches around Bude. Hatherleigh’s central position makes it an ideal location from which to explore this area of Devon.