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The Old Parlour

Sampford Courtenay, Devon (Ref. 976105)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "A very well appointed cottage, with everything we needed."

    The extensive gardens were absolutely lovely. The owner (Andrew) was very friendly and helpful. There was a very friendly Colly dog.

    Reviewed by RobJun 2022

  • "The welcome on arrival was very friendly."

    The accommodation was of a good standard, but felt the bathroom could have been of a higher standard. The gardens were SUPERB and there were no restrictions for walking around. If there was a criticism it would be the arrival time being 3.00pm, as other places tend to be 2.00. Also the departure time being 9.00am was very early .

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2022

  • "This is a superb property with an extensive and beautiful garden."

    The owner and family also live on site but were away for most of our stay. If you are staying with your dog be aware the owner has a large, but friendly border collie (?) that runs free and sometimes also a Jack Russel is there. You never know when they will appear.Our cockerpoo is young and still learning to socialise, so our stay would have been quite stressful had the owners dog been on site all week. As long as you bear the dog matter in mind you will not regret choosing this property.

    Reviewed by GeoffreyJun 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay and found the living space and beds comfortable."

    The gardens are remarkable and we appreciated such easy access to them - the photos don’t do the property justice and really should be updated. On the downside the kitchen and particularly the bathroom are overdue for an update. There’s no way of drying clothes or bathroom towels inside if needed so there should be a tumble dryer and heated towel rail installed as basic.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are pleased you enjoyed the garden and your stay at The Old Parlour. We have provided a rotary line outside for guests to use, as well as airers placed in the property for drying clothes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarkMay 2022

  • "First class."

    Garden fantastic.

    Reviewed by BrianMay 2022

  • "What a wonderful find."

    We booked this lovely cottage with Mabel our dog in mind. Very dog friendly indeed. Acres and Acres of gardens for her to play, run, jump. The resident collie Lombok was quickly her partner in crime and they spent many happy hours together. 5 stars for facilities, just as described. We wanted for nothing. The owner Andrew greeted us on arrival and went out of his way to make our stay a great one. Totally silent just outside a small village but Okehampton just 15 minutes away for shops, cafes, bars etc. Very convenient for North Devon beaches (Saunton our favourite) and South Devon resorts such as Brixham or Dartmouth. Wi-Fi excellent and comfy sofas etc. Huge bathroom with wet room style shower. I could go on and on. Book it now

    Reviewed by GrahamMar 2022

  • "We had a wonderful relaxing week at the Old Parlour and Andrew (owner) was the perfect host."

    The property is just perfect and we'll be back again next year.

    Reviewed by AOct 2021

  • "A return visit to this cottage, for us."

    Great accommodation, very comfortable, light ,airy and spacious . Ideal for dog owners. Amazing gardens. Simply stunning. We love it here. Owner is very friendly and helpful. My only suggestion would be a bigger fridge freezer ( as current freezer is very small) which could perhaps be situated where the broom cupboard is?

    Reviewed by RachelAug 2021

  • "The cottage is amazing and has everything you could need for a home away from home."

    The quality of finish is exceptional and the small touches make it extra special. The gardens are incredible. Thank you Andrew for making our week special.

    Reviewed by AndyJul 2021

  • "The Old Parlour is a beautiful holiday home with stunning outside space."

    It has been furnished to a very high standard with comfortable sofas and beds, a kitchen with all mod-cons and a fabulous shower room. The location is perfect for exploring both the North and South coasts and ideal for Dartmoor. Even though the owners’ residence is next door, we hardly saw them but it was good to know they were close if we needed anything (which we didn’t). Andrew did inform us when there was some gardening work going on outside our property one day which we appreciated even though it didn’t affect us. This is the one of the most comfortable holiday homes we have stayed in. Based on the photos we had high expectations and we were not disappointed. I would have not hesitation in recommending it.

    Reviewed by DebraMay 2021

  • "The owners house was a little too close to the cottage ."

    Not a major problem but also does not offer total privacy . Also, because of the the owners work in the garden much of the day there was always a feeling somebody was around . Having said that the gardens were a delight and the cottage was superb .

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2021

  • "Property was excellent and finished to a good standard."

    Welcoming owner, who lives adjacent to The Milk Parlour. Gardens are an absolute joy, a bonus and a pleasure to enjoy with excellent space for dogs to roam safely. Ideal base and comfortable safe haven to explore Nth Dartmoor and local tourist attractions and beauty spots. Would definitely book here again. Have used Helpful Holidays numerous times over the past 25 - 30 years and appreciate that current times are difficult and different. However, e mail messages and text messages pinging on my mobile at 1.00am in the morning ( numerous times! ) from the middle of our week onwards reminding us how we should leave the property before we depart at 0900hrs on our last morning we found at best distasteful, distracting and annoying, especially given the stupid times they were consistently sent. Would recommend turning mobile on silent at night from middle of anyone's holidays onwards and assume this is a reflection on changes since being owned by Sykes Cottages? Might make us consider using again as never experienced this approach in all the years of previously using Helpful Holidays and never had any issues with the condition we have left properties in on departure previously.

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2020

  • "The hosts were very friendly and helpful."

    The garden was beautiful, exceeded our expectations. Easy access to most of it. The property was beautiful . Wonderful views out of the large glazed back doors. Very nice furniture. Comfortable beds. Our only problem was only one toilet which was in the lovely wet room. We did know this from the description but it did prove quite difficult with very elderly father who can spend long time in three. We had a wonderful break overall and despite weather. Millie the dog loved it.

    Reviewed by MargaretSep 2020

  • "The cottage was superb, it had everything quality furniture, bedroom was excellent, shower room was brilliant."

    As for the garden it was fantastic and as a bonus the weather was beautiful.

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2020

  • "The Old Parlour is an absolutely immaculate venue, beautifully presented ."

    In an idyllic location. The garden is stunning and the hosts very welcoming . A true gem of a property .

    Reviewed by AnnSep 2020

  • "Fantastic place for our family break in Devon."

    The house had everything we needed, our kids loved the space. Beautiful gardens and helpful and friendly hosts. We will return.

    Reviewed by MathewAug 2020

  • "This was a really special cottage the gardens and outside space are spectacular- just what we needed after months of lockdown and homeschooling!"

    Everything we needed plenty of space, kitchen well equipped, privacy, clean and very comfortable- great base for exploring Devon. Host very friendly and Would recommend to others and would return.

    Reviewed by SallyAug 2020

  • "Everything was perfect, lovely cottage and beautiful grounds."

    would recommend this holiday cottage and we have already booked for next year.

    Reviewed by BrendaJul 2020

  • "From start to finish we were made to feel that it was our home for the week."

    It was stunning being part of the glorious acres of beautiful gardens. Spot loved the freedom and we loved everything. The wet room was ideal and the bed downstairs so comfortable. Never tired of the view and perfectly relaxed. Thank you x

    Reviewed by DebAug 2019

  • "This is an amazing property set in the most beautiful of grounds, everything was as described with probably an undersell on the owners hospitality and the amazing grounds he has created around the cottage."

    Our daughter loved the gardens not just the space but the different varieties and couldn’t get enough of the fresh plums. This was also perfect for our dog who made a friend for life with the owner but also it was perfect in terms of space and how safe it was, she wasn’t on the lead once all week. We will certainly return and as someone that has stayed in numerous holiday lets this is by far the best I have stayed in and we will certainly return.

    Reviewed by JasonAug 2019

  • "The access to the owner's amazing garden was a real privilege - it was like spending a week in the garden of a stately home, but seemingly for our private use only."

    Owner very friendly, helpful and insisted we partake of his courgettes and plums!

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2019

  • "The Old Parlour was a fantastic base to explore Devon and Cornwall, it was clean, spacious and comfortable."

    Reviewed by AndyAug 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and surprisingly spacious."

    The pictures on the website didnt really show how much space there was on the upstairs gallery or how large the wetroom was. It was clean and very functional especially if you are taking a dog. The beds and settees were very comfortable. The cottage was furnished to a high standard. The gardens were amazing and it was lovely to wander through them. The owner was friendly and helpful but not intrusive. The village pub is within walkable distance and serves good food and is very dog friendly. The village of Sampford Courtenay has an interesting history . There is much to see and do in the area. We really enjoyed our holiday here.

    Reviewed by RachelAug 2019

  • "This place is simply amazing as you stay in a very modern facility surrounded by such history and fantastic gardens."

    Getting lost on roads around here can actually be fun as you discover some areas you generally cannot see from ground level anyway; however, just stay on property and “lose” yourself in the gardens. If you fancy cats, then the farm cat will certainly be to your satisfaction. The local pubs are in close proximity and offer very good food, service and spirits or beers/ales.

    Reviewed by GaryJun 2019

  • "We really enjoyed the whole experience."

    The gardens are a joy. Owners friendly and welcoming. Their cat was a regular visitor she really enjoys milk and sliced turkey.

    Reviewed by AnnaJun 2019

  • "This property is an absolute gem, set in 5 acres of landscaped gardens which are evolving."

    So peaceful, good excuse to recharge in a lovely rural part of Devon. It was appointed to an extremely high standard and has everything you'd ever need. We'll be booking again in the future.

    Reviewed by MalcolmMay 2019

  • "The cottage with surrounding gardens are amazing."

    The only thing that was slightly annoying is that work is still being done on the gardens by the owner at weekends, and occasionally this was a bit invasive of our privacy. But would definitely recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by BeverleyMay 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage, couldn't have asked for more."

    Kitchen well equipped, lounge layout very good, lovely dinning table and chairs with great views and incredibly comfortable beds. Gardens lovely and a special mention for the directions which can often be poor - these were spot in in very way from the M5 onwards - well done.

    Reviewed by NeilApr 2019

  • "Lovely property."

    The boiler had broken and we did not have enough heat. Once the owners were fully aware of the situation,they provided us with plug in heaters,which helped.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2018

  • "The day we arrived 15th Sept, the owners mother came to show us round, and said that the previous tenants had been experiencing problems during the holiday with the hot water and heating going off ."

    We had No Heating at all during the holiday!!! and the hot water was constantly tripping off , we had to go outside to the far end of the building into a barn to try and get the gas boiler to restart !! this was not very nice when in the middle of a shower !! also when it went off at night we had to get a torch to find our way to try and restart it ,we went to inform the owners mother and she did eventually get someone out , i had to show him where the boiler was etc , they didnt repair during our holiday ! We managed to find a very small electric fire and an extension lead so we could have a small amount of heat at least . This totally spoilt our holiday , i am 74 and my wife is 72 , i feel the cold badly due to medication following a heart operation some years ago ,

    Reviewed by RonaldSep 2018

  • "Property as described and surpassed expectations."

    Communication good and questions raised were answered in a timely manner. Really enjoyed our holiday and will use your site again for future bookings. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by StephenAug 2018

  • "We've stayed at many holiday cottages, but the Old Parlour is the first time we've honestly been able to say you can get lost in its garden - a wonderful discovery!"

    Reviewed by GregoryJul 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x downstairs super king double
  • Shower room with shower, WC, basin
  • 1 x upstairs gallery twin with 3' beds
  • Gallery seating area
  • Downstairs open plan living space with seating area, dining area and kitchen and doors to patio.
  • Underfloor heating
  • Microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome but £10 is payable for the second dog
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property.

The property

This detached cottage converted from an old milking parlour is situated amongst farmland in Sampford Courtenay.

With a charming garden, this is a calming cottage for a relaxing break to recharge your batteries.

Head on in to the open plan living area, all big, bright and beautiful, where you can watch TV, sit back and gaze over the garden or open the doors to the sunny patio on a fine day.

You have a handy bedroom on the ground floor, or take the stairs from the sitting area up to the gallery, a quiet area to read or play board games, then through to a twin bedroom which is made private from the sitting area below with a curtain.

All around the cottage are lovely gardens, well tended and a special place to wander and spot a wide range of plants and wildlife around the ponds and brook.

Stroll beyond to the good village inn, just ¼ mile along a lane, to enjoy an excellent menu, or the bustling town of Okehampton offers a choice of eateries as well as a cinema and leisure centre.

You can coarse fish nearby or head to Dartmoor for excellent walking or off road cycling.

With its central location, The Old Parlour is a brilliant place for soaking up the peace or touring the countryside and coast of Devon.

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

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About the location


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.

Region Information

Note: £10 payable for a second dog

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
  • Last minute