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The Dovecote

(Ref. 952648)

Hartland, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the Dovecote,it has everything you need,nice and cosy,sea views amazing from the window,lovely position."

    If you like walking, it's definitely one to go for,we had some lovely walks on the coastal path, and walk's from the door, week is not long enough.Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in an excellent location."

    Comfortable, clean and tidy. The owners were very friendly and approachable, and their finishing touches were appreciated. Phil, Claire and Amber

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Sep 2023

  • "Brilliantly situated in the heart of North Devon!"

    The pictures on the Sykes app don’t do the Dovecote justice. Stunning views over the bay are exquisite and hard to peel your eyes from! And the neighbours (the sheep) are adorable! You’re made to feel welcome by the family on the farm: A home from home.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jul 2023

  • "From the minute we arrived we met Kath who gave us a very warm welcome."

    We knew immediately that our stay was going to be a holiday to remember with fondness. We were not wrong. If there was anything we needed to know we were informed immediately. If we wanted anything we were invited to ask. We were told to treat our holiday home as though it were our home. The sincerity in this comment meant so much. The accommodation was immaculate. I don’t think we found anything that we didn’t need. It was equipped to perfection. There were so many lovely comments in the comments book and one in particular caught our eye. I’m sure many others noticed this in the book. To know what I am talking about you would have to go and have a holiday of your own to see exactly what I am talking about. This comment said everything to us about the lovely people who have opened their holiday let to us and many others. This was an outstanding place and the owners, just so lovely. I’m sure I have left other things out of this review but all I can say is thank you for making sure we had a week to remember. Would we return again? Without a doubt we would. Thank you to Kath and your family. Our holiday was one to remember with fondness. xx

    Reviewed by Theresa5.0Jun 2023

  • "A very relaxing stay at this cottage Great weather and fantastic views on a ..."

    A very relaxing stay at this cottage Great weather and fantastic views on a clear day Loved seeing the sheep and young lambs every day Lovely lemon cake on table when we arrived Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a very relaxing and happy stay at dovecote."

    It was all that we had hoped for made better by wonderful weather so we could take full advantage of the wonderful views. Seeing lambs everyday was fabulous too.

    5.0May 2023

  • "A very pleasant stay, despite the weather."

    Owner was kind, welcoming and helpful. No problems at all. Comfortable, clean and very well furnished. Great for dogs with a enclosed garden, good views out to the Atlantic. Probably the best eggs I've eaten, a welcome gift along with a lemon drizzle cake. Recommended.

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Nov 2022

  • "Home from home It’s comfortable cosy the views 2nd time here"

    Reviewed by Pat5.0Oct 2022

  • "The Dovecot is in a delightful farmyard setting with sheep bleating in the barn and in the fields and a somewhat distant sea view."

    We were very comfortable in the house and delighted with the thoughtful "survival" package of milk, lemon drizzle cake and the brownest eggs we have ever seen in our lives! The garden was ideal for our dog as it was fully enclosed and the deck could have been a real blessing had the weather been suitable. The information pack was really helpful, specially the last two pages, written by nine year old E...... Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2022

  • "Thanks for an amazing stay."

    The house was comfortable and easily accessible inside for a less mobile member of our family. The garden was flat and super safe for dogs. The views are outstanding. Excellent accommodation, location and kind hosts that made our holiday experience perfect. Extra thanks for all the sheep bonuses that have given us happy memories.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a great holiday at The Dovecote and found the cottage to be very well equipped, comfortable and the owners very helpful."

    Having said that we do think that it was over-priced as parts of the cottage were beginning to look a bit tatty in places and the cleaning could have been better.

    Reviewed by Gill4.7Jun 2022

  • "This is a lovely place to have a holiday, peaceful ,quiet, very relaxing, everything you need is here, this is a home from home."

    The owners are so friendly, kind and helpful. Perfect place to stay for exploring N Devon & Cornwall ,with plenty for a family to see and do. Very happy to stay here again.

    Reviewed by James5.0Jun 2022

  • "A lovely property in a scenic location."

    Well presented, all the comforts of home included. Homemade cake and fresh farm eggs to welcome you.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2022

  • "Excellent holiday let, home from home, everything you needed and more."

    Family were lovely and scenery was great.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2021

  • "We loved the siting of the holiday home, we felt like we were in the heart of Devon."

    Also we were made to feel very welcome by the whole family who run the let.

    Reviewed by Thomas4.1Oct 2021

  • "A place you don't want come home from"

    Reviewed by Pat5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely comfy property in excellent order and a very warm welcome."

    Highly pleased with the cleanliness of the property. Very well equipped. One of the best we have stayed in. Peaceful location with lovely views which can be enjoyed from the very nice garden furniture on the decking. We often have concerns over the dog security in the garden when booking but this garden is super secure. We had a fantastic week.

    Reviewed by Ivan Robert4.4Jul 2021

  • "The Dovecote is a lovely place to stay in North Devon."

    Everything you need is provided. The owner was extremely helpful and the locals ( Sheep, Hens and Cockerell) were very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jun 2021

  • "We self cater and there was a few utensils lacking BUT it didn’t in anyway spoil the holiday."

    The views from the cottage and the outside seating area were amazing. The pleasure of the countryside but near enough to the main road when you wanted to explore.

    Reviewed by Barbara4.7Jun 2021

  • "We had a wonderful time at The Dovecote."

    It was perfectly located with a beautiful view of the sea and the Devon coastline, with sun on the garden from sunrise to sunset. The cottage itself was much bigger than I expected and suited a family with 2 teenagers perfectly with all the facilities needed. The location was great for walking the south west coast path and near to amazing beaches for sea, sand, sun and surf! Kath and family were very helpful and friendly and ensured we had everything we needed. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Liat5.0May 2021

  • "Dovecote is a lovely comfortable cottage situated in a beautiful area."

    This cottage is very clean. It is well equipped and the beds were very comfortable. The cake, milk & eggs were a lovely gesture on arrival. Kath & her family were so friendly & helpful, thank you. We have already recommended iDovecote to family & friends.

    Reviewed by Glen5.0May 2021

  • "Cottage is exactly as described, roomy with an excellent range of equipment, warm and cosy."

    Lovely views and nearby walks - all very dog friendly for well behaved family pets. The owner is extremely accommodating, there's a nice welcome pack with fresh cake, wine and local eggs, and her parents who live opposite were very nice to us. The most impressive thing of all is that this is not on a holiday park/ complex, it's a very peaceful and relaxing cottage in a beautiful location on a working farm with views over Bideford Bay. Superb!

    Reviewed by Philip5.0May 2021

  • "Sorry I didn’t fill this in the first time I had to get straight back to work!"

    We had the most wonderful time at the Dovecote and our hosts were wonderful. We loved exploring this part of North Devon and all the beauty spots very close to our accommodation. Thank you so much Sykes Holiday Cottages

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2021

  • "Very friendly people which made an excellent stay."

    Very thoughtful arrival goodies parcel greeting as you arrive. Very enjoyable stay overall which we managed to enjoy despite the threat of Covid 19 rearing its ugly head.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Oct 2020

  • "Very comfortable and extremely clean accommodation in a beautiful location."

    The owner was very helpful and welcoming. Have already recommended it to family and friends.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Oct 2020

  • "Very nice, extremely clean and cosy cottage with a well equipped kitchen, and a very comfortable bed."

    The garden was well enclosed for our dog, and therefore safe.The owners were friendly and helpful, and the welcome pack was more than we have ever experienced before. One of the best holiday cottages we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely little cottage on working farm."

    Very warm and cosy with a well equipped kitchen. The family were extremely kind and generous, the welcome pack included wine, home made cake and eggs was a very pleasant surprise. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Nov 2019

  • "The dovecote is a beautiful cottage,well equipped and very clean."

    The owner has gone over and above to make the holiday really special.I will be booking again for next year.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Oct 2019

  • "Prefect place to relax and unwind."

    Great places to walk and in easy reach of beaches. The owners had thought about all the added little touches and the welcome pack was very much appreciated. The Dovecote exceeded are expectations. We will differently be returning in the future.

    Reviewed by Sherree4.7Aug 2019

  • "Location was good to explore, setting was lovely, you could see the sea"

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Jul 2019

  • "The Dovecote was amazing!"

    So restful looking out at the stunning views. The cottage was spotlessly clean and we wanted for nothing. The bottle of wine, the home made cake, amazing free range eggs from the chickens you see from the window were such a nice touch. The garden was secure for the dog. The beds really comfortable. A great base for walking the coast path. Some beautiful places to visit and some great pubs serving good food a short drive away. We were made to feel so welcome by Kath and family. One of the most relaxing places I have ever stayed. Felt like home and can’t wait to go back

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2019

  • "Lovely place to stay."

    Clean and tidy with everything you need for a weeks stay. Handy lane for walking the dog. Great homemade cake and some very tasty eggs in the kitchen on our arrival.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2018

  • "Lovely holiday let, comfy clean and well equipped."

    Beautiful views out to sea. Added touches make the difference, the owner had left a lemon drizzle cake (delicious!), wine, eggs and milk. We had a really enjoyable break. Definitely recommend. GJ

    Reviewed by Gaynor5.0Oct 2018

  • "Greeted by the owner and lemon drizzle cake, bottle of wine and fresh eggs as a welcoming gift."

    Perfect location to explore North Devon and Cornwall. Very quiet and picturesque location. Cottage had everything you could need for self catering. Would definitely book there again.

    Reviewed by Westley5.0Sep 2018

  • "The dovecote was a lovely exceptionally clean cottage,Jean met us as we arrived ..."

    The dovecote was a lovely exceptionally clean cottage,Jean met us as we arrived and showed us all around,the cottage was really clean ,the bed was really comfortable also the lounge suite,she left us a lovely lemon drizzle cake also a bottle of wine milk and eggs and it was made to feel really homely by the fresh flowers on the table thankyou so much,we will miss the moo moos and the chickens sleeping on the gate every night

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Sep 2018

  • "Ideally situated to tour district with lovely caring hosts introducing their animals to my grandchildren of 3."

    1/2 years and 1 year. Would recommend a visit.

    Reviewed by Jacky3.8Aug 2018

  • "Lovely location, lovely views, lovely people."

    Nice to see the cows moo-ching past. Be prepared for some typically tight West Country lanes.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, beautiful location."

    A wonderful welcome from the owners, who left us milk, eggs (from the chickens next to the cottage!) a bottle of wine and home made cake! It was great for our dog, with a circular walk around the farm well marked, including lanes, fields and woodland. It is a working farm so respect for livestock is a must, but the garden is safely enclosed. We had a really great week - plenty to see and do whatever the weather!

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Jun 2018

  • "We had a wonderful week in the cottage."

    The cottage was like home from home, very comfortable and well equipped, the views were stunning and the owners were very friendly and helpful, such nice people. We shall be returning again.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jun 2018

  • "Lovely location very comfortable people great"

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Jun 2018

  • "Absolutely Fabulous, the holiday home was well equipped, in a rural, charming setting on a working farm it was lovely to see the cows each morning and evening going for milking."

    Clare the owner made us very welcome with lots of goodies on arrival, would highly recommend this holiday home

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2018

  • "Geographically, the Dovecote is ideally located for visiting places in all directions; more importantly, perhaps, it was quiet, peaceful and tranquil - idyllic, in fact."

    Delightful. Simply delightful!

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2018

  • "A quiet and peaceful location and very friendly farming family and a surprise ..."

    A quiet and peaceful location and very friendly farming family and a surprise bottle of wine, milk, eggs and a home made lemon drizzle cake

    Reviewed by Martyn5.0Jun 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite P-shaped bath, shower over, basin and WC and veranda, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with electric fire.
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Range cooker with gas oven and gas hob, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Full height fridge freezer in the utility room
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: There are four steps to access the property, may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: There is livestock nearby, pets must be supervised at all times
  • Note: No BBQ's to be used on site.

The property

Hartland 2.1 miles.

This delightful single storey bungalow is situated on the owner’s working livestock farm in beautiful rural Devon, two miles from the bustling village of Hartland.

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this well-furnished property is ideal for couples or families looking for a rural retreat but within easy driving distance of village amenities and the coast.

Accessed via four steps, you enter the property into a hallway, perfect for leaving your muddy boots after a day of exploring.

Just off the hallway leads into the dining area where you can sit and enjoy a meal together as you look out across the countryside to the sea beyond.

An archway leads through into the well-equipped kitchen with its splendid range cooker, and the handy utility area with a washing machine and tumble dryer, ideal for rinsing through your swimming costumes after a day spent on the beach.

Relax in the comfortable leather sofas in the sitting room which also offers lovely sea views and watch a favourite film, with the warming electric fire this is a cosy space on chillier days.

There are two pleasant bedrooms with the master double boasting an en-suite, and the twin room has distant sea views.

Outside there is an enclosed lawned garden where the children can play in safety as the adults relax with a refreshing drink.

The village of Hartland is only a short drive away which offers plenty of choice if you fancy a night off from the cooking.

Take time to explore nearby Hartland Abbey or take the short drive to Hartland Point and soak up the views of the lighthouse as you walk along the coastal path; much of this area is owned by The National Trust, offering a beautiful stretch of rugged unspoilt cliffs, sheltered valleys and ancient woodlands.

Visit the charming fishing village of Clovelly overlooking the harbour, and try and spot the donkeys trundling up the hill with their packages.

Popular resorts to visit include Westward Ho!, Instow and Woolacombe.

This comfortable bungalow provides a lovely rural retreat for exploring Devon.

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About the location


Clovelly 5 miles; Bude 15 miles; Bideford 15 miles.

The bustling village of Hartland, with its nearby colourful quay and lighthouse, provides visitors with a wide selection of amenities, including an interesting craft shop, good pubs and several great places to eat. Just one mile out of the village situated within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, lies Hartland Abbey, where visitors can peruse the stunning collection of paintings and porcelain before relaxing in the Abbey's beautiful gardens. Alternatively the nearby coastal headland of Berry Head, with its dramatic cliffs and coves, offers excellent walking and nature watching opportunities. The pretty, car-free village of Clovelly lies just five miles away and is renowned for its flower-strewn cottages, steep cobbled streets, 14th century harbour and The Milky Way Adventure Park, home to Devon's biggest rollercoaster, whilst a short drive leads to another fun-packed and educational family day out at The Big Sheep, a fantastic adventure park. The unspoilt coastal resorts of Bude, Bideford and Instow are both within 15 miles making this a superb base for a varied and enjoyable holiday.

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