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West Henstill House

(Ref. 976089)

Sandford, Devon, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "This was not our first choice for our holiday but with only a week to go before our break was due it was a property with similar facilities to our original choice."

    The layout was great for a three generations family but we couldn’t use one of the kids rooms as it was invaded with flies each day. Getting to the cottage was a challenge for my daughter’s car. Narrow roads expected in Devon, but the pot holes/ craters are a dam disgrace. Her car was left in the garage, too concerned to use until we went home. The long road to the cottage was a game of dodge and our 4x4 was a god send but certainly suffered.the area is lovely but won’t wish to return to this particular cottage

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Mar 2024

  • "This property has to be one of the best in rural Devon for up to 8 people."

    Very spacious lounges with a fully equipped kitchen. one of the bedrooms only suitable for one adult or two children. Unfortunately windows could not be opened in two of the bedrooms. The outside was perfect. The house is situated over 2 miles from Sandford village via narrow single track roads with limited passing spots which were full of pot-holes. During our one week stay we had to back up on five occasions, once over a quarter of a mile to let two very large tractors and trailers through. on other occasions three cars backed up for us. I would not recommend to inexperienced/nervous drivers or to owners of sports/electric cars..

    Reviewed by Malcolm4.7Sep 2023

  • "This is a fantastic isolated retreat."

    Great country walk's, ideal for large families with well behaved dog's. The cottage has all anyone would need for a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Sep 2023

  • "Very quiet and very peaceful my family and myself had a wonderful visit"

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful house, so peaceful."

    Only minor question mark, with my four year old grandson, was no dryer. And next door’s tummy rub little dog- nearly took him home. Would we stay again- absolutely, yes please!!!

    Reviewed by Roald5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had great week at the cottage, it was very clean and we had a very comfortable week living there, it's well equipped with everything you should need, apart from a tumble drier, but we were very lucky with the weather so hung out all the washing on the line in the garden."

    The garden is lovely, very quiet and relaxing, I sat out a few times in the sun. The location is extreamly rural, the cottage is accessible via multiple lanes, one of which is very narrow indeed,infact the branches in one scraped down the side of our new car on both sides but when you leave the cottage, if you get used to turning right after the first lane then it is much wider and far more car friendly.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely property in the middle of nowhere great views all around but could do ..."

    Lovely property in the middle of nowhere great views all around but could do with slight redecorating as it is a little dated ie needs new carpets and lick of paint but overall a very nice and comfortable stay would definitely recommend, it provided us with everything we needed

    Thank you very much for your feedback and constructive observations, which we will consider carefully. We were very pleased to hear that you had a good time. Jecks family. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bradley3.8Jul 2023

  • "A comfortable, relaxing, well equipped cottage."

    Didn't want to leave! A wonderful stay, would highly recommend!

    Thanks very much for your kind comments. We were delighted to hear you had a good time. Jecks family. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Justine5.0May 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage in a tranquil location."

    The cottage was fully equipped and met all our requirements. Plan to return again

    Thank you very much for the kind comments. We were pleased to hear that you and the family had a good time and hope to welcome you back in the future. Regards Jecks family. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely house in rural location."

    Very peaceful, great views and wonderful sunrises. Very clean and comfortable. Had a wonderful stay

    Dear Tracy, thank you very much for the feedback and kind comments. We were delighted to hear that you had a good time and hope that we might welcome you back in the future. Jecks family. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a really enjoyable week at the cottage."

    The location was so peaceful and picturesque. Everything was provided including a thoughtful welcome pack of essentials! We would definitely like to come back again as a week was not enough. Photos and description was accurate. Instructions to the cottage were really helpful. The garden was fully enclosed allowing our dog ample space to run around and explore. We would highly recommend it.

    Thank you very much for this helpful feedback and your kind comments. We were delighted to hear that you had such a good time and hope that we can welcome you back in the future. Regards Jecks family. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fozia5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful house, very comfortable, relaxing and very well equipped with everything we needed."

    Idyllic, quiet and peaceful surroundings - just the sounds of birds.

    Thank you very much for this positive feedback and we were delighted to hear that you had such a pleasant stay. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Jecks family. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jun 2022

  • "A very lovely cottage/farm house , very peaceful, the lanes were a challenge (knowing which one to take) but we succeeded, Disappointed with the internet (but hope it’s fixed for the next family."

    , otherwise very pleased .

    Thank you for your feedback, we can confirm the wifi is back up and running. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7Jun 2022

  • "What a beautiful cottage, stocked with everything you could imagine in the kitchen accessory-wise including a really generous gift of a bottle of Prosecco in the fridge."

    Our only issue was that we couldn’t stay for longer!!

    Thanks very much Tanya. We hope to welcome you back in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tanya4.7May 2022

  • "Lovely Location, stunning views from every window."

    Birdsong, cows in the buttercup meadow. Very well equipped cottage. Would come again.

    Thanks Alison. Glad to hear you had such a good time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2022

  • "Drive very uneven"

    Thanks for the feedback Dale. We subsequently spoke to Devon County Council and they have patched the access lane. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dale5.0Apr 2022

  • "Very well equipped and clean property."

    Lovely stay with relaxing evenings in front of the fire. Would definitely return and recommend.

    Thanks for the feedback Carly and we were delighted to hear you had such a good time. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carly5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage is absolutely fabulous, very well equipped, lovely furnishings and very clean."

    The cottage had so much character but with a modern twist. WiFi and phone signal is not great. The only downside would be how isolated it is, roads are very small leading to the cottage but you definitely get the peace and quiet. All in all a very comfortable, clean, homely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jun 2021

  • "A superb cottage with outstanding views of the Devon countryside."

    Fantastic, facilities throughout.

    Reviewed by Franco4.7Jun 2021

  • "Lovely house but quite remote."

    We thought we could walk to the pub but it was quite hilly and either on muddy paths( it had deluged for our first couple of days) or on narrow lanes with no footpath. We made up for this by lunching out a lot!! Kitchen extremely well equipped other than no lidded large casserole.. yes I’m being picky. But it did have both hand mixer and separate blender!! Dog and grandchildren fascinated by young cattle in adjoining field....me fascinated to find owned by Michael Jecks the novelists family.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2021

  • "The owners had done everything possible to make us comfortable, things we hadn’t thought of bringing (tea bags, bin bags, dishwasher tabs etc)."

    Really nice cottage in a lovely setting. I’d happily stay at the location again

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely well equipped home."

    Very warm and cosy for the October weather and plenty of space for a family get together. It could just do with some drying facilities - a tumble drier would have been great - especially as we had young Children in our party. Otherwise a super cottage in a beautiful - if remote location.

    Reviewed by Stirling3.8Oct 2019

  • "On arrival the cottage had not been cleaned."

    we were warned by caretaker a few days earlier that cleaners were new company and not that reliable and may still be there when we got there. However when we arrived the gardener who was there (and very friendly) told us that cleaners had not arrived! she went off and spoke to the caretaker who apologised profusely and said they would pay for a meal for us all all as way of recompense. I have still to claim this. The gardener and her daughter ended up cleaning the house (to high standard) and caretaker came next day to apologise and to give us another bottle of prosecco. After that hiccup all fine, beautiful setting, very spacious, showers good, beds comfy, well equipped kitchen etc. The only slight quibbles we would have would be 1) lack of tea towels (although this had been set out in the information, I missed it) and 2) no tumble drier.,

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2019

  • "Comfortable cottage and very well equipped with cot and high chair as requested, games and decent beds."

    We would have used the garden more if weather had been better, but a good base for touring central and south Devon. Instructions for all equipment very well presented in a file with another of guidance on all other facilities you might need.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Aug 2019

  • "It would be good to specify the number of car parking spaces."

    The baby gate was a good idea to keep dogs in the kitchen. Wasn't sure where the washing drier pole went. The Lamb Inn has gone down hill a lot. Best pub we visited was the Red Lion in Shobrooke.

    Reviewed by Janice4.4Aug 2019

  • "Had a great week made extra special by the fabulous weather."

    Four generations staying together the house was big enough to still find a quiet spot if you wanted. Comfy beds, stunning views, lovely log burner and so very peaceful! We will be back!

    Reviewed by Louise4.4May 2019

  • "An ancient property but with all home comforts."

    A place isolated enough that we could experience real isolation but still within an hour of Dartmoor and exmoor.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Apr 2019

  • "West Henstill house was a lovely cottage in an idyllic location, so peaceful and just what we needed for a relaxing Christmas break."

    Could not fault the property at all. Had everything you needed for a family holiday. The log burner was just the best way to spend family time together and playing games, we all just sat around it. We would for sure recommend this cottage to anyone that is looking for something bigger that would accommodate two families, plenty of space of you require some quiet time.

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Dec 2018

  • "The only negative thing, was the baby equipment, ie high chair and cot."

    High chair was broken and flimsy and we had to wash cover before we could use it. **Owner response**. Thank you very much for bringing this to our attention and as a result the items were replaced the moment we were informed of your comment. Thank you also for your kind words in the visitors’ book and we hope to welcome you back to West Henstill House again in the future.

    Reviewed by Shirley3.8Jun 2018

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king size double with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin, 1 x double, 2 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC, basin
  • Ground floor kitchen with dining area and doors to garden
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Hall
  • Ground floor WC with basin.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone incoming calls only only, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for three cars
  • Enclosed garden with barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Note: Dogs are permitted in the kitchen only
  • Note: The gardener may attend during your stay to cut the grass and weed the flower beds
  • Note: This property will only sleep a maximum of 8 people including babies

The property

This thatched detached house is located in countryside 2½ miles from Sandford.

Dating from the 16th century and Grade II listed, it is a beautiful retreat for relaxation and enjoying the lovely rural surroundings.

From the moment you step inside, you will be struck by the history and charm of original features such as panelling, knobbly walls, beams and low doorways.

The kitchen is in good country style with a table for dining and glass doors which can be opened to the garden.

The sitting room is snug and cosy with its wood burning stove in an ancient inglenook.

Head on upstairs to find four bedrooms, all comfortable places to rest.

The sunny patio is ideal for alfresco supper with its lighting, furniture and barbecue, or head up steps to sunbathe on the enclosed lawn.

At the front, the children can run wild and play football in the field.

This is excellent country for the great outdoors, with a path for walking and cycling to the town of Crediton and Dartmoor and the coast at Exmouth within easy reach.

For city lights, head to Exeter where you can admire the cathedral, shop to your heart's’ content and eat like kings.

West Henstill House is a peaceful hideaway for enjoying beautiful countryside and Devon’s delights.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Crediton 1.5 miles; Exeter 8 miles; Dartmoor National Park 11 miles miles; Exmouth 20 miles.

A pretty little village (PO/shop, church, two pubs- one excellent and award-winning) in the beautiful and rich red-soil farmland of mid-Devon. Cycle/foot path (1.5 miles) to Crediton though the wildflower Millennium Green.

Note: No Stag/Hen or similar
Note: Dogs are permitted in the kitchen only
Note: This property will only sleep a maximum of 8 people including babies