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Higher Whiddon Farm Whiddon Well

(Ref. 922472)

Ashburton near Newton Abbot, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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52 Customer Reviews

  • "I wish to confirm if the cleaning deposit will be refunded or if you were not happy with the way we left you oovely cottage?"

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jan 2024

  • "Peaceful, scenic location."

    Friendly owners and a well stocked kitchen (plenty of facilities to be able to cook well).

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Chris & Becky Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Dec 2023

  • "A fantastic cosy place to stay."

    Could not fault it

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Chris & Becky Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jordan5.0Nov 2023

  • "Everything was excellent"

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Chris & Becky Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Oct 2023

  • "Absolutely gorgeous cottage on the edge of Dartmoor."

    Very comfortable and fully equiped with everything you need for a self catering holiday. Beautiful location, quiet and peaceful with lovely countryside views plus gorgeous dogs and horses. We would certainly re-book and would definitely reccommend. Thanks to Becky and Chris for doing such an outstanding job.

    Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and all that the cottage has to offer. We look forward to hopefully seeing you again soon. Chris & Becky Property Owner

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Sep 2023

  • "Excellent cottage, well furnished and spotlessly clean."

    Very friendly owners. Well situated for exploring South Devon.

    Thank you Bill, we are very fortunate to have a central location here. Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Chris & Becky Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bill5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, beautiful views, perfect location to visit north and southern Devon,"

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Chris & Becky Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely rural position with great views."

    Lovely people and dogs as well. If only we’d had a winner! Maybe next time. Great stay.

    Thank you for your kind comments, sorry we didn't get that winner for you. It is always lovely when people enjoy meeting the horses here. Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Chris & Becky Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael & Marian5.0Jun 2023

  • "Thank you. A beautiful,comfortable clean cottage."

    Loved where it is and the horses and dogs! We look forward to coming back. Debby and Tim. 1-15 May

    Hi Debby, Thank you for your kind words, we would love to welcome you back again. This seasons foal is due from the end of April. Chris & Becky Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0May 2023

  • "Perfect, just perfect!"

    Thanks Philip and we have enjoyed seeing you back here again since then! Chris & Becky Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Apr 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage we had such a lovely few days."

    Everything we needed was there and it was so homely and comfortable. Waking up seeing the horses each day was such a treat, just sad we didn’t get to see the new foal who was due!! We’ll definitely be back there’s such a lot of beautiful places to visit we needed to stay longer. Thank you Becky and Chris xxx

    Reviewed by Maxine5.0Mar 2023

  • "Higher Whiddon Farm is a delightful place to stay."

    Chris & Becky (and their team of stable hands) couldn't be more welcoming. It was a really interesting environment and we thoroughly enjoyed watching the horses. The only disappointment was that the new foal didn't, as expected, arrive during our stay! The cottage, which has been beautifully furnished, is in a very quiet spot but with easy access to lovely countryside, towns & villages in and around Dartmoor. We definitely hope to return.

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Mar 2023

  • "My Husband and I spent a long weekend at the cottage with our little pug and we all had a wonderful stay."

    Becky & Chris were both very welcoming and made sure we had everything we needed. The attention to detail in the cottage was very high, plenty of cooking utensils etc in the kitchen, books and DVDs, even a box of games! We enjoyed some wonderful countryside walks during the day, as well as some highly recommended pub lunches! And spent some cosy nights all snuggled up by the log burner. We were all very sad to come home! Would highly recommend a stay!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jan 2023

  • "Perfect - it just could not have been any better."

    Thank you to Chris and Becky for thinking of all the fine detail and extra special thoughts that make this cottage feel like home instantly. Very much looking forward to returning as soon as possible to my beloved Ashburton, and to Whiddon Well in particular.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely ideal cottage in a stunning setting."

    The hosts were friendly, helpful and wonderful. We were made very welcome. We will certainly return in the future.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely, well equipped cottage, stunning location with really friendly hosts."

    Reviewed by Clair5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Great views from a comfortable and well equipped property!

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0May 2022

  • "Comfortable, warm and clean."

    Lovely location with lots of places of interest nearby. A lock on the bathroom door would be useful.

    Reviewed by James5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely cosy cottage and a personal touch of a Christmas tree."

    Peaceful surroundings and easy to explore Dartmoor with its tors, rivers, and woodland.. Recommend the property and we would love to return

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Dec 2021

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay."

    Beautiful scenery and lovely accommodation. Would have benefited with an en-suite as two separate households using the one bathroom. . But other than that excellent. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Karan5.0Nov 2021

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at this property."

    Great location & very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Anne4.4Oct 2021

  • "Thank you we had a wonderful stay at Higher Whiddon Farm."

    Becky and Chris were lovely, friendly and so helpful. The cottage was lovely, clean, well stocked and peaceful. We enjoyed watching the horses although I think Dobby the dog would have loved to play with them. The cottage made a great base and we enjoy been able to explore the area. Loved the walk from the cottage to Ashburton and even better finding some lovely places to eat. Thank you for a lovely stay I suspect we will be back

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2021

  • "Becky & Chris were really welcoming & helpful."

    Beautiful setting, lovely and peaceful. Lovely animals including some baby lambs that came up to our window. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Martin4.7May 2021

  • "A wonderful relaxing time away."

    Becky and Chris made us feel very welcome. Being able to sit in the garden and watch the horses was the highlight of our stay.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Apr 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Becky and Chris were very welcoming and our children totally made themselves at home playing with their children and animals. The cottage is very cosy and comfortable and was always nice and warm. A supply of logs meant we could also use the wood burner. The beds were very comfortable even though the double was a little creaky each time you rolled over. It is lovely to see the beautiful horses out the window and I enjoyed a gin and tonic sitting in the garden of an evening watching them. We certainly felt very relaxed and at home and would love to return if we are in the area.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Apr 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, we were made to feel very welcome by the owners The ..."

    We really enjoyed our stay, we were made to feel very welcome by the owners The cottage was cosy and just a short drive to the moor

    Reviewed by Gary4.7Oct 2020

  • "Higher Whiddon Farm is a cracking cottage in a beautiful rural location."

    The cottage was well-equipped, comfortable, had everything we needed and with very helpful and friendly hosts. We had a lovely holiday and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Craig4.7Jul 2020

  • "The hosts met us ,were extremely helpful ."

    We loved the way the cottage had been decorated for Christmas.It was cosy ,comfortable ,clean and warm . The position was great for visiting local towns,National trust properties ,the moor and the coast . The cottage was great to return to Probably the most relaxing Christmas we've ever had .

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7Dec 2019

  • "Fantastic setting in the countryside with Dartmoor close by."

    The owners were very helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Nov 2019

  • "Beautiful setting & a very charming cottage."

    We really enjoyed our stay & our hosts, Chris & Becky, were lovely. Plenty to do in the surrounding area. The walk from the cottage to Ashburton is well worth doing. Great for our dog as there is a separate pen for them to run around in if you don’t like your dog on a leash. Salcombe, Brixham, Paignton & Torquay all within easy reach. We felt we had everything we needed for our holiday base & loved seeing the horses everyday!

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2019

  • "We absolutely loved this cottage."

    A really wonderful place to stay. The setting is beautiful and tranquil yet just a short drive to the coastal towns. To wake up everyday to see fantastic horses close by was an added bonus. We can’t wait to go back for another stay.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Aug 2019

  • "Excellent holiday cottage."

    The owners who live next door were really helpful. However, in your narrative you should give better guidance as to how to find the place - Sat Nav does not really help because of all the unnamed roads. The cottage is actually in the village of Sigford. You also need to warn holiday-makers that the cottage is at the end of a very narrow, 2 mile, high-hedged, Typically-Devon country lane. It was not a problem for me, but my wife kept her eyes closed all down the lane! (I was the one driving, I should say). But great little holiday retreat.

    The property is not located in Sigford Village, it is located in Ashburton Down, Ashburton. We do also provide the address details which brings you to the correct property. The property is located 1 mile and not 2 miles from the main road. You drive off the A38, take the tarmaced slip road signposted Sigford, travel up the hill (approx. 1 mile) until you reach the driveway signposted Higher Whiddon Farm on the left. There has been no previous issues with guests driving to the property before. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7Jul 2019

  • "A perfect weekend break for us: very dog friendly in a charming cottage in a delightful setting."

    Very warmly hosted by the friendly owners Chris and Becky, and their dogs.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2019

  • "Delightful cottage in a super setting, with great hosts."

    Very relaxing and highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Julia4.7Jun 2019

  • "Chris and Becky are the most amazing hosts, very welcoming but not at all intrusive."

    We enjoyed getting to know the whole family, furry members included. The cottage is delightful, cosy and quaint. The location is amazing, surrounded by beautiful south Devon countryside, relaxing yet perfectly positioned for exploring all that South Devon has to offer. It’s a wonderful little gem and we’ll definitely be back. Thank you Chris and Becky xx

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2019

  • "Super Cottage, Chris, Becky and family made us feel very welcome."

    Location with the view and the horses were wonderful.

    Reviewed by Norman5.0Nov 2018

  • "We loved staying at our comfortable cottage for our Devon holiday."

    It had everything we needed - including a washing machine that wasn't on the listing! Whilst we enjoyed the peace and quiet of our location, the high-hedge single-track road in was a little nerve wracking to begin with, but we soon got used to it. Ideal for exploring the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Jul 2018

  • "The cottage was in a beautiful location: a peaceful valley on the edge of Dartmoor."

    It is a very short drive to the moor but also conveniently close to the main road network for visiting nearby coastal resorts. We particularly liked Shaldon with its ferry crossing to Teignmouth. The owners were on site, attentive and interested without being ‘in our faces’. The horses are magnificent. The cottage is spacious, clean and well furnished. I wholeheartedly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2018

  • "Extremely welcoming, helpful and friendly family."

    Beautiful cottage, great position for Dartmoor.

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Jun 2018

  • "Very welcoming owners ,both friendly and helpful"

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2018

  • "The owners were very helpful and did everyhting they could do help."

    Reviewed by John Ross4.1Mar 2018

  • "I spent a peaceful and comfortable month at Higher Whiddon Farm, during an abnormally cold February to March."

    Despite the bitterly cold spell, the house was always warm - the central heating easy to manage, and the wood burner very efficient and easy to use. There was a lovely light sitting room, a very comfortable upstairs bed, splendid views, and pleasant walks from the door (I had no car). The owners live next door, and are friendly, relaxed and thoughtful. They also have two gorgeous small children whom I enjoyed meeting. Having the horses nearby is a great treat, and as a townie who knows nothing of horses, I enjoyed learning about them. I'd certainly recommend the cottage to anyone - families, couples, or people on their own. One thing worth mentioning is that if you're coming in winter, you need to bring wellies, especially for the footpath over to Ashburton. The only negative for me was the lack of an upstairs toilet. It would be wonderful if they could find a way of fitting one in.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Feb 2018

  • "A brilliant week."

    Wonderful location on edge of Dartmoor; very comfortable and cosy cottage; friendly and helpful hosts. We loved the various animals too!

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2017

  • "Wonderful cottage, facilities and location."

    Couldn't have asked for more. We would live to visit again!!

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jul 2017

  • "Very charming couple who own it"

    Reviewed by Bridget4.4Jun 2017

  • "A beautiful cottage in a fantastic location, perfect for access to Dartmoor."

    Friendly owners, well equipped cottage. Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Chantelle5.0Mar 2017

  • "Warm welcome from the owners, available to answer any queries."

    Beautiful views from the cottage

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Feb 2017

  • "Very friendly and helpful owners, we loved our stay here and wold thoughorly recommend this cottage."

    Perfect for relaxing and visiting the area and great for our dog too.

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Nov 2016

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    Comfortable, cosy and perfectly situated to explore the moor. Lots of pubs to choose from nearby and a plethora of walks in the immediate area. Chris and Becky were extremely welcoming and very keen to do all they could to make our stay a pleasant one. A truly wonderful place to stay.

    Reviewed by Shoshana4.6Oct 2016

  • "A lovely cottage,well appointed,comfortable beds."

    The owners where friendly and helpful. Set in a lovely setting. Will go again. Thought it was good value for money.

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Sep 2016

  • "A wonderful cottage and location for exploring glorious Devon"

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Sep 2016

  • "Owners very friendly and helpful Did not like plastic sheets on all the beds - made them rather hot!"

    Reviewed by Diane4.6Aug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x eaves king-size double, 1 x ground floor twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburner.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, 3 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Toys for babies
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Lawned garden with furniture and children's slide
  • Secured wishing well with safety mesh
  • Large secure dog area with water and dog house
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: The super king-size double room in the eaves has sloping ceilings and may have limited headroom
  • Note: Due to horses and nearby chickens and cows, please ensure pets are on a lead outside the premises
  • There is a peg to which long reins/leads can be attached
  • Note: There are steps leading down to the cottage
  • Children can use the slide and there is an alternative route with only 2 steps up for those with limited mobility
  • Please speak to owner for more information
  • Note: There is an interconnecting door linking the owner's property and the holiday cottage that can be bolted from both sides
  • Note: 5pm check in
  • Note: This property has a £150 Good Housekeeping Bond.

The property

Ashburton 2 miles.

This cosy cottage is attached to the owners' farmhouse, in a rural location on the outskirts of Ashburton in the Dartmoor National Park.

Situated on a quiet farm that breeds and trains racehorses, along with keeping miniature Shetlands, this is the perfect spot for the family to enjoy the beauty of inland Devon, being surrounded by acres of rolling green pastures grazed by ponies.

This lovely cottage feels warm and welcoming yet the oak floors, exposed stone and inglenook fireplace give the cottage a lot of character.

The décor is tasteful and modern and the woodburner is ideal for toasting your toes after a day walking on Dartmoor.

On the first floor there is a spacious king-size double bedroom, plus a twin bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor.

Also on the ground floor is a well-equipped kitchen, housing a range of appliances so you can easily cook up a storm for the whole family, and boasting a washing machine for your comfort.

The dining area provides ample space for family gatherings over a hot meal and a refreshing beverage.

Spend your evenings in the spacious sitting room where you can catch up with the day's events on the sofas, or enjoy a family move night.

The property boasts a private lawned garden with a patio that backs on to the property's 25 acres of land which boasts fantastic views.

There is a public footpath running alongside the property which leads to Ashburton, a 20 minute walk, where there are excellent shops and pubs.

The pub in the charming Dartmoor village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor is highly recommended, as is Ilsington village pub.

In this beautiful rural heartland of south Devon you are spoilt for choice when it comes to farm food and local ales.

Stay with a friendly family of racehorse breeders who are incredibly welcoming and helpful and be inspired by the natural beauty of Devon.

Whether it's a private break away or an adventurous Dartmoor family trip, Whiddon Well caters to all.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Newton Abbot 8 miles; Torquay 17 miles; Plymouth 25 miles

The ancient Stannary town of Ashburton lies on the southern slopes of Dartmoor and is an ideal spot from which to explore the rugged high moors to the North and a beautiful coastline to the South. The scenery in this area of South Devon is glorious in all weathers and offers visitors opportunities for walking, pony trekking, canoeing, fishing and lazing on the beach. Ashburton has some interesting artisan shops and with its interesting history and museum, has built a reputation for its high standard of antiques and fine collectables outlets. It also has lovely tea rooms, a wine bar and a fantastic food deli providing fresh fish and olives. In the surrounding area, Dartmoor has many picturesque villages and hamlets with old thatched cottages and ancient churches, surrounded by a patchwork of fields and woodland. Lustleigh, North Bovey, Chagford and Widecombe- in- the- Moor are fine examples. The attractive seaside town of Teignmouth is a half hour drive and the popular Blackpool Sands, although a little further down the coast, is one of South Devon's most beautiful natural treasures. An award-winning privately managed 'Blue Flag' family beach with turquoise blue sea giving it an almost Mediterranean feel. So whether it is moor or coast that you’re seeking for your getaway, Ashburton is a really central town from which to be based.

Note: This property has a £150 Good Housekeeping Bond.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas