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The Cottage

(Ref. 976086)

Sampford Courtenay, Devon Show on map

4.8

Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at The Cottage."

    Sue, the host was very friendly and welcoming as were her two dogs Poppy and Belle. The accommodation was very clean and perfect for our needs. The listing of the cottage on the Sykes website made no mention of some of the items that were provided so we ended up bringing tea towels, bath towels, and various other bits and pieces, so in that sense the property over delivered. The location of the property down a half-mile track was difficult to travel if you do not own an SUV. my sister's car struggled and scraped the underneath of the car trying to carefuly navigate the tracks. The listing should make this clearer. The cottage furniture inside and out was tired and is perhaps overdue replacement. The decking had loose boards and the reclining seats had rusted to breaking point. The tight wooden stairs down to the bedrooms were diificult to navigate and handrail was not present at the top. We requested a Stairway gate as our dog is not used to stairs but one was not provided/fitted. Our dog would have fallen down the stairs trying to follow us at bedtime so this was a big worry for us. The pool was excellent, warm and larger than we expected. Wer think with a few tweaks to the driveway lane to the cottage and to the furniture and stairs this would be 5 stars.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.1Jun 2024

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you could need."

    Reviewed by Howard5.0Jun 2024

  • "Well where do I start?"

    We didn't have the best of weather, but the cottage, the farm and Jon, Sue and family more than made up for it. We spent a wonderful week, walking the family farm dogs, Belle and Poppy, enjoyed the 6 farm cats making visits, my granddaughter was thrilled to be allowed to groom the horses, and we were just made to feel really welcome. Oh and I nearly forgot to mention the lovely indoor pool, perfect for our rainy days, and the generous welcome pack from Jon and Sue. We'd like to say a huge thank you to the whole family and hope to return again.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0May 2024

  • "We have just returned from a two week stay at The Cottage."

    Sue and Jon were perfect hosts, being on hand if we needed them but also allowing us to really enjoy the peace and quiet that this location brings. We were able to totally relax which was just what we needed. The surrounding countryside provides numerous walks - both moorland, woods and rivers. Highly recommended is The Tors Inn at Belstone after a walk. We definitely plan to return to the Cottage - a wonderful holiday home.

    Reviewed by Ginny5.0May 2024

  • "Fantastic cottage, just fantastic - thank you!"

    Reviewed by Orla4.7Apr 2024

  • "We can’t wait to come back!"

    We had THE best week for our Easter break. We had shocking weather but that didn’t matter. The pool is fabulous and kept the boys entertained for hours. The cottage is beautiful and it felt very homely. The bed was a dream, like sleeping in a cloud! The farm is perfectly located and easy reach for all attractions and very easy to find. The most polite lovely young man Tom showed my boys around the farm and the horses etc. Belle and poppy are totally amazing and we even had tears that the holiday had come to an end and Belle wouldn’t be waiting on the step for them in the morning! Cannot recommend enough. Thank you!!

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Apr 2024

  • "We wanted a holiday with good facilities and in a remote location."

    The Cottage more than ticked all the boxes. The icing on our cake was the exceptionally good weather we enjoyed during our week here. Relaxing and enjoying the cottage and farm was a holiday in itself, but the central location of Sampford Courtenay and nearby Okehampton, make it ideal to access many of Devon and Cornwall’s attractions. Belle the dog was lovely, as were Sue and Jon.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Sep 2023

  • "Had a lovely holiday in The Cottage."

    It was very clean and comfortable. It had all the kitchen equipment you would need to produce any kind of meal. It’s situated in a perfect position to explore both north and south Devon. We didn’t have very dry weather but the decking area is perfect for family Bar B Qs. Bell the farmers dog is gorgeous. Very friendly and visited us all the time. The long drive down to the cottage can be a problem if someone is coming up at the same time. There isn’t anywhere to pull in so practice your reversing. I would definitely recommend this holiday home to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Sally4.7Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was situated within a farm, which was peaceful and tranquil, the owners were very accommodating, helpful and very pleasant."

    The cottage was full equipped from the kitchen to games for all to play. Loved the swimming pool. I would highly recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Aug 2023

  • "6 adults all family members stayed for a get together, fantastic time, peaceful and tranquil just what busy working folk need, jon and sue on hand if we needed them or had a question, the cottage was central to any area we wanted to travel to, brilliant time wished i had booked for two weeks."

    absolute bonus was the very friendly dog and cats as well as the horses. truey a lovely holiday

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2023

  • "A delight Really rural John , Sue and the kids are so nice."

    Working so hard to make the farm work. If you enjoy the country side and appriciate how hard these guys work , then it's for you . The deacon family will return. If you get to read this guys We hope all is well .

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2023

  • "We had a great stay and absolutely loved having the pool every day!"

    We would definitely reccomend to anyone :). Lovely cottage, really pretty and well equiped and even though the owners lived on the farm we very rarely saw them at all and when we did they were really friendly :) thank you

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0May 2023

  • "We had a fantastic holiday really enjoyed the remote location and scenic views, ..."

    We had a fantastic holiday really enjoyed the remote location and scenic views, the pool was really good, the walks around the farm were amazing and we will definitely

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0May 2023

  • "Very comfortable cottage in nice situation."

    A few ‘end of season’ issues for example bulbs gone in lounge and broken shower handle. The heating was a bit random in that some rads worked whilst others didn’t - especially downstairs. The wood burner however was excellent and to be able to buy logs direct from the owners was a plus. Being a working farm we didn’t want to trouble the owners with minor issues and on the whole a good stay. Especially loved seeing the farm cats and Belle the dog. Although we had booked to take a dog sadly our Lily had to be put to sleep before her holiday, (she was 14yrs) so we were happy to invite the farm pets in. Would recommend this cottage though a 4x4 (we have a Land Rover) is preferable due to the rough lane down to the farm. The pool was not ideal for a November stay being that it is located a short distance from the cottage with a cold shed in which to dress - this is not made clear in the details. Not to end on a negative though, the kitchen is extremely well equipped both in cooking utensils and crockery which made the self catering aspect very easy. On the whole I would recommend The Cottage for a good R&R break.

    Thank you for your feedback, we have passed your comments to the owner who will look into having those minor points addressed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon3.8Nov 2022

  • "Wonderful property."

    Couldn’t fault a thing. The house itself was very cosy and well laid out. The Kids enjoyed the pool regularly and the dog had the time of his life! Being able to bring him was bonus enough but the driveway/garden area for the cottage to be so well secured was perfect to be able to let him out when needed! Location provide ability to get to wherever you like, north Devon coast (we went to westward ho!) in 40 mins or so and in 10 mins you can visit Belstone, a lovely village accessing great walks on Dartmoor National park. Post code only gets you so far so read the owners directions before hand and you’ll be fine. Will recommend this place to anyone.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Oct 2022

  • "A beautiful home in a tranquil location - we had a great time being in the midst of the countryside yet it is also close to beaches and many fun things to do with the kids outside of this."

    Our hosts couldn’t have been more friendly but also very discrete - none of our family time was disturbed but they were on hand for any questions. It really is a cosy retreat away from city life.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Aug 2022

  • "Everything we expected from a farm cottage."

    Peaceful, comfortable, and each room with en-suite bathroom. Lovely cats to come visiting and very friendly, a lovely funny young dog and fab horses. Within reach of many nice places and the lovely beaches of north Cornwall. Friendly and helpful owners Sue, Jon and family were all so lovely. Very good access to land around the farm within reason - we asked first. Lovely swimming pool to cool off in after a hot day. Lots of wildlife. Relaxing rural retreat with everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very warm welcome & chat with Jon when I arrived, provided all info & stated thier door was always open if I needed anything or just to call."

    Although the cottage is on an arable farm with the owners house below the cottage, which you walk past to access the lovely indoor pool, I rarely saw or heard them, the majority of the time the only sound was the birds I wanted a peaceful retreat & that was exactly what I had, I wasn't disturb in any way. It was 6days before I saw Sue as she rode past the top garden with a very cheerie & friendly salute. Both Jon & Sue couldn't have been nicer & although very happy to chat with their guests they are equally happy to leave you alone. The Cottage is very well equipped, maintained & homely. The large terrace with its immaculately clean gas bbq & lounge chairs along with table & chairs is the perfect place to relax & with no obstruction it catches the sun all day. The cottage had everything I needed including washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, all towels etc etc & most importantly after a long drive, tea, coffee, sugar & milk. The open WiFi reached all parts of the house & for those days when the weather isnt favourable there is an abundance of books, videos & some games both in the cottage & the utility area. Sky TV is provided with the opportunity to sign into your Netflixs account etc I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the cottage not only for summer months but out of season as well, it would make a very cosy & comfortable winter holiday home & one I very much hope to return too. Thank you Jon & Sue for a perfect stay.

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0May 2022

  • "The Cottage had everything we could need."

    Tea, coffee, sugar, and fresh flowers for our arrival was kind and thoughtful. Towels and toilet roll, another thoughtful touch. Kitchen is more than well-equipped for cooking and baking. Use of the owners pool and a small summer house for changing purposes, was fantastic. The peace and tranquillity was beautiful. I was lucky enough to see deer, and the friendly farm cats and dog who came to see us each day. The owners are welcoming and respectful of privacy. This truly is a gem in the countryside and we would be extremely happy to return.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0May 2022

  • "Such a delightful place to stay."

    My thirteen-year-old grandson commented that it must be a wonderful place to grown up. I have to agree. If it's 'getting away from it all' that you're looking for, then look no further. I've just recommended it to my friend in Switzerland, who often comes over for hideaway holidays. The facilities are excellent and of course, the heated indoor pool is the jewel in the crown. Sitting out on the sun terrace, all you can hear are the birds. Also, plenty of local small businesses worth a visit for cider and ice cream, plus a very welcoming pub in the village serving super food.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Apr 2022

  • "The property was fully up to expectations, although clearly subject to Covid-19 conditions necessitating minor changes."

    There was a warm welcome from the hosts ( and their pets). The standards of accommodation were high throughout and any reported faults or problems were quickly dealt with. It should be clearly borne in mind that this is a working farm and care must be taken when moving around the site. The half mile long driveway was a bit rough unless driving a 4x4.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "We had a lovely stay at the cottage, it was very well equipped and comfortable , a very lovely cottage which could not be faulted."

    The only disappointing thing was the swimming pool, it was perfect for young children but not deep enough for adults.

    5.0Oct 2019

  • "We had a lovely week at the cottage."

    It was spacious and well equipped. The owners and their family were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Nicholas4.7Oct 2019

  • "The location is idyllic, very peaceful."

    The owners live nearby and are very friendly and at the same time allow their guests their privacy.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was cosy and would go back."

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2019

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a private and exceptionally quiet and peaceful location."

    Everything was very clean and the accommodation was perfect for our family of four - 1 adult and 3 teenagers. We are big home cooks and the cottage was amazingly equipped with everything we needed to cook all our meals in the cottage. We visited Lydford Gorge (amazing), Becky Falls and went riding on the moors from Cholwell Riding Stables. We were also able to visit Okehampton Show which was perfect for our farm/horse mad teenager. We wanted to have a cottage with its own pool and it did not disappoint - lovely and warm and much used by us all. I think it should be made clear that the swimming pool is not attached to the cottage but in a separate building. It should also say that the pool cover needs to be taken off and on - if the children had been little - like they used to be - I would have struggled to do this. I'm not complaining !! The pool was lovely but I was relieved they were old enough to help. The cottage had a lovely welcome package which was very much appreciated after a long drive. Thank you for having us, we loved it.

    Reviewed by Caren5.0Aug 2019

  • "Very comfortable cottage with lots of pots and pans, great crockery and cutlery."

    Swimming pool perfect temperature. Lovely countryside and an excellent location to explore Dartmoor. Bluebells near Meldon Quarry exceptional at the end of April when we visited.

    Reviewed by Rob4.1Apr 2019

  • "A fantastic cottage - very well equipped and a lovely home-from-home for the week."

    It was an extremely peaceful and enjoyable stay! Highly recommend :)

    Reviewed by Charlotte4.4Oct 2018

  • "A very nice cottage, the drive is long and a little rough, but well worth it for the views of Dartmoor from the patio, The pool is in a barn across the yard but is warm, and a great swim in late October, Beds are great, lounge large, kitchen has everything you could need,champagne and pint glasses!"

    An hour from Port Isac, an hour from Croyd, an hour from Beer, so very central!! Great star viewing as it is full dark!! at night. Great bird life from Wrens-Buzzards. A great break away from the bustle of modern life.

    Reviewed by Mick5.0Oct 2018

  • "The information about an enclosed terrace garden is a bit misleading."

    With two dogs, we had thought it would be a bit more than the terrace from the living area for them to use.

    Reviewed by Louise4.4Oct 2018

  • "Totally relaxing and very peaceful."

    Cottage was very comfortable and clean. A very informative booklet, great walks with lots of nature including deer. The swimming pool was a great added bonus.

    Reviewed by Pru5.0Sep 2018

  • "Fab peaceful cottage with lovely verandah and relaxing pool."

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0Aug 2018

  • "Absolutely fantastic property , beautiful location , great local walking and loads to do and see in the area"

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jun 2018

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Summary

  • Over two floors
  • Three ground floor bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double (6' zip-linked, 6'6" long bed) with en suite bathroom, 1 x double with en suite bathroom, 1x twin with en suite shower-room
  • First floor open-plan living area with sitting area, with wood burning stove, French windows to decked terrace, kitchen and dining area
  • First floor WC and basin
  • External laundry/utility room.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for four cars
  • Enclosed terrace garden with indoor pool
  • Gas BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Note: Pets are not allowed in the bedrooms
  • Note: This property is approached over ½ mile rough hardcore farm track
  • Note: Indoor heated swimming pool is available from 9am to 7pm and at other times by arrangement
  • Note: Paddocks and a covered yard are available for horses, by arrangement
  • Note: Disposable BBQ's are not allowed

The property

1¼ miles from Sampford Courtenay, one of prettiest villages in mid-Devon, with its own indoor swimming pool, is this gorgeous thatched, cottage.

Named simply 'The Cottage', this beautiful chocolate box home has been renovated with great care and attention.

Inside the lofty, beamed, open-plan living space has a wood burning stove and French windows to a huge decked terrace - just right for sunbathing or outdoor meals.

On the ground floor are three bedrooms, all with en suite facilities – the master double with a huge bed that demands long lie-ins and easy starts, a second double and a twin.

From the terrace are glorious, panoramic views to Dartmoor over the owners' 205 wooded acres.

Nearby is the popular village inn, a traditional country pub serving excellent food.

Maybe fish for your catch of the day in a local river, or head to the open slopes of Dartmoor for great walking.

The bustling town of Okehampton has all you need for your holiday provisions, restaurants, a cinema and leisure centre.

Centrally located for exploring Devon, The Cottage is a peaceful base in lovely countryside.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location

SAMPFORD COURTENAY

Okehampton 2.5 miles.

Midway between Sampford Courtenay, a sleepy but picturesque Devon village, and Okehampton, a thriving community known as ‘the gateway to the moor’. The whole area is a country lover’s dream. The high tors of northern Dartmoor dominate the scenery and provide a splendid backdrop to Okehampton nestling in a valley where tumbling moorland rivers join before heading to the sea. For miles around, the area is famous for its country pubs that between them provide welcome rest after a day exploring the paths, cycle ways and stunning countryside. On a clear day the view from the top of High Willhays (the highest point south of the Pennines) will take your breath away. Country pursuits and crafts are a way of life and a trip to the Dartmoor Visitor Centre and country museum in Okehampton are musts. Look also at the pretty moorland villages of Chagford, Belstone and Sticklepath to savour a way of life that’s becoming increasingly rare.

Note: The indoor heated swimming pool, sole use from 9am to 7pm and at other times by arrangement.

Note: Pets are not allowed in the bedrooms.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season