Station Master's Flat

Okehampton, Devon (Ref. 934616)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

  • MiAmigoMan
    September 2016
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    “Super flat for railway buffs, walkers & cyclists”
    We stayed in the flat for a week and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only was there the interest of the railway itself, oozing nostalgia of its former Southern Railway glory, but it was also convenient to travel by car to both north and south coasts of Devon/Cornwall through lovely countryside. You quickly realise that Okehampton has become a centre for cycling and walking over and around Dartmoor, with fine nearby views of Yes Tor and other summits. Okehampton town centre (with 3 supermarkets) ...
    We stayed in the flat for a week and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only was there the interest of the railway itself, oozing nostalgia of its former Southern Railway glory, but it was also convenient to travel by car to both north and south coasts of Devon/Cornwall through lovely countryside. You quickly realise that Okehampton has become a centre for cycling and walking over and around Dartmoor, with fine nearby views of Yes Tor and other summits. Okehampton town centre (with 3 supermarkets) is a10-minute downhill walk away. The flat has everything you need: a double bedroom with an en-suite toilet, bath & shower; and the kitchen/dining/lounge area - the latter having a comfortable double sofa bed for two more people. Clean towels, sheets, cleaning materials etc were all provided. We found the flat simply decorated, but clean and tidy on our arrival. All the station staff and volunteers we dealt with were very friendly and helpful. Even Percy, the station cat was friendly too, although we didn't let him into the flat! On the main station, the Bulleid Buffet is open 10-4 weekdays and 9-6 weekends, serving all-day breakfasts, light lunches and teas/coffees. Note, anyone with mobility issues might have difficulty here as the flat is accessed by a staircase and there is no lift. On the Sunday of our stay, we exploited the benefit of the summer-only 50+ mile through rail round trip to Exeter for a £6 adult return fare, and although the 2-car diesel unit wasn't quite the Atlantic Coast Express, it didn't hang about on either the Dartmoor Railway (about 14 miles) and then Network Rail metals beyond Coleford. There was also the Dartmoor Railway's own shuttle train to Meldon Quarry, just beyond which is a fantastic viaduct over the West Okement River (now sadly downgraded to a foot & cycle path). However, should you have no interest in the railway, you would not find its presence a disturbance. If you dream that one day the Government will re-instate this line into the national rail network (as an alternative between Exeter & Plymouth, avoiding the present oft-threatened route via Dawlish sea wall) you would be well advised to stay here whilst the going is good...

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

The property

This cosy first floor flat is situated above the ticket office at Okehampton heritage railway station, a visitors’ centre, running week-end trains in Dartmoor National Park.

Situated at the end of the popular Granite Way trail and surrounded by beautiful countryside, this lovely flat will appeal to walkers and cyclists in particular, as well of course as railway enthusiasts.

The flat is accessed up an internal staircase and has a spacious open plan living area with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area, together with a double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom.

The sitting area also boasts a double sofa bed for additional sleeping facilities.

There is plenty of off road parking and safe areas to leave bicycles, plus use of the station café which serves hearty breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas, guaranteed to provide an energy boost for a good day’s cycling or walking on Dartmoor.

The station platform is available for guests to use, an ideal place to sit and reflect on days gone by when the railway was in full commercial use.

Now its claim to fame is the famous Polar Express winter service, and the 15 minute weekend train service to Meldon, a wonderful place to alight and take a walk to Meldon Reservoir, surrounded by open moorland and with breathtaking views and plenty of wildlife.

Okehampton is a 10 minute walk from the station with an historic castle, Museum of Dartmoor Life, and Victorian shopping arcade.

A short drive will take you to a variety of visitor attractions, including Dingles Steam Village and The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre and Finch Foundry.

Also nearby is Castle Drogo, a National Trust property which is dramatically situated above the River Teign.

A must in this area is a trip to discover both the north coast, where you can visit places such as Bude and Widemouth Bay, and the south coast to discover areas such as Exmouth and Teignmouth.

An interesting holiday flat, for those interested in our railway heritage.

Accommodation

All first floor. One double bedroom with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with sofa bed and electric fire.

Amenities

  • Electric night storage heaters with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Use of railway platform as outdoor covered seating area
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 mins walk.

About the location

OKEHAMPTON

Exeter 23 miles.

Okehampton is a busy market town on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park and near the highest and most dramatic areas of the moor, where Yes Tor rises to a height above 2000 feet. To the north of Okehampton are some beautiful rolling Devon hills where small farming villages nestle amidst woods and fields with plenty of gently flowing rivers. The fabulous Roadford Reservoir offers a multitude of watersport activities and fishing opportunities. Okehampton has a prominent medieval castle overlooking a wooded river valley, the Museum of Dartmoor Life (where Tourist Information can be found) and Okehampton train station, which has been restored to its 1950s glory running trains along a scenic route to Meldon the highest station in southern England. The town also has spectacular views across Dartmoor, access to fabulous walks and Simmons Park where you’ll find a children’s adventure playground. This area of Devon has plenty of farm shops and country inns serving good food where visitors can spend time relaxing and unwinding amongst unspoilt countryside.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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