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Thorny Tallet

(Ref. 1004685)

Okehampton, Devon Show on map


  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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57 Customer Reviews

  • "It’s a lovely comfortable cottage but not to stay on the colder months."

    Needs electric towel rail to dry towels as there no heatin in bath room and a heater in bedrooms on chilly days. Would go back in the better weather as it is so comfortable and plenty of walk for the dogs

    Reviewed by PatNov 2023

  • "Great well equipped cottage, perfect for what we wanted a peaceful getaway, totally off the beaten track."

    Reviewed by WendyOct 2023

  • "Stunning location , peaceful and quiet and close enough to local towns ."

    Very well kept and clean cottage and lovely garden . Suggestions for next guests no cleaning materials provided only 1 cloth . Really could do with some kitchen spray for surfaces for hygiene purposes when cooking and a pan scrubber . A mop and bucket would have been ideal to clean up paw prints after my dog coming in from the garden .

    Reviewed by KathrynOct 2023

  • "An absolutely lovely cottage, clean and well finished."

    Extremely peaceful. Our dogs loved the enclosed garden.

    Reviewed by GrahamOct 2023

  • "LOVE the garden my 2border collies went mad for it, the area behind it supposedly for our use but couldn't get into as it needs cutting."

    The cottage was great, could use some heaters in the bedroom especially with it weather getting cold and damp. The area was brilliant for walking just take welly's. If we can get back there in the next year we will try and book this place again.

    Reviewed by JoanneSep 2023

  • "Lovely little property, very peaceful and secluded."

    Follow the introductions to find it. We enjoyed the evening's sitting with the log fire blazing away

    Reviewed by ChristopherSep 2023

  • "Lovely and cosy!"

    A very well equipped cottage in the middle of nowhere. Rabbits and mice in the garden and bats and owls in the sky - couldn't really get any better. We love it, as do our dogs!

    Reviewed by AngeAug 2023

  • "Lovely property, great location."

    Would love to return again next year.

    Reviewed by KevinAug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Clean, comfortable and well equipped. Very comfortable beds too! Property in a great location for walks, wildlife and local attractions.

    Reviewed by JayneJul 2023

  • "Thorny tallet is a perfect place to stay for a peaceful break doing nothing or as base for walking the Devonshire countryside or exploring further afield by transport ."

    Everything you need is inside the property . The beds are really comfortable and the whole place was spotless on arrival . It is of course dog friendly and the ground floor is sensibly tiled to suit . The property is actually a bit further down the lane than any sat nav will tell you but the property is clearly signed on a farm gate at the top of the drive . Follow the golf club and hotel signs initially and you won’t go wrong . All in all a fabulous place in Devonshire farmland and one we will use again when we are in the okehampton district ! TMC

    Reviewed by ThomasJul 2023

  • "The cottage; a former calving shed; has been sympathetically restored and is decorated beautifully."

    Very comfortable and lovely place to stay. I had an emergency issue which was solved quickly and Lyn the owner was delightful. Very remote and peaceful. Lovely walks to go on not far away.

    Reviewed by LissJul 2023

  • "Lovely stay."

    Perfect for dogs. Some great places to eat within a short drive. Fabulous walking area

    Reviewed by ChrisJul 2023

  • "A garden umbrella would have been nice, we were fortunate and had lovely weather and some form of seating on the grass for the lovely shaded areas provided by the tree, elderly people may find it difficult to carry chairs up to the lawn."

    But these are really minor points, when talking about “Thorney Tallet”. The cottage is perfect, exceptionally clean and comfortable and a very peaceful and secure garden for our “Murphy” The lounge seating is extremely comfortable as are the beds, and everywhere is very spacious. Thank you for a very comfortable stay, very relaxing.

    Reviewed by JeffJun 2023

  • "The cottage was great, location and facilities were wonderful but I have marked down for two reasons."

    There were no fans- the cottage was rather hot and in these increasingly hit summers it was so uncomfortable we had to go out and buy a fan to cool the room for the children to sleep. Second was the black leather 3 piece suite in the lounge smelt fairly strongly of cigarettes. As non smokers it was a massive issue for me and I didn't want the children to sit on the sofas without a blanket as it transferred to their clothes and hair. I would strongly recommend it have a through and professional clean befor the next guests as it was rather an uncomfortable issue during the 5 day stay. Apart from that everything else was great.

    Reviewed by LauraMay 2023

  • "Great holiday let,very comfortable and spacious set in a quiet location just what we needed"

    Reviewed by RobinApr 2023

  • "It's our second visit to Thorny Tallet and we're looking forward to our summer holiday here in August."

    Spacious accommodation, in the middle of nowhere - ideal getaway.

    Reviewed by AngeMar 2023

  • "Lovely property, spotlessly clean, nicely furnished and well equipped."

    Nice quiet rural location and a good sized garden. Very happy with our stay.

    Reviewed by ChristineMar 2023

  • "A great cottage for a totally relaxing break away."

    No phone signal but great WiFi so you can choose your level of connection with the world! Very clean, tidy and well equipped: comfortable beds, log burning fire, underfloor heating and cosy bathroom. The enclosed garden was great for our dog and, although we were only there for the weekend so did not use it, the exercise field behind is a great addition if we had been staying longer. Not too far from Okehampton and some great walks but take care if arriving in the dark as we were; you start to doubt you are on the right route as the tracks get smaller and more rutted! You are and it’s worth it when you arrive!

    Reviewed by PippaJan 2023

  • "A very comfortable cottage off the beaten track"

    Reviewed by AnthonyJan 2023

  • "A lovely place to stay tucked well away in the lovely Devon countryside Very homely and a nice big dog friendly garden."

    Reviewed by RaymondDec 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Thorny Tallet with the dogs."

    Nice & quiet, comfy and lovely walks. Already booked for next year

    Reviewed by SallyNov 2022

  • "A lovely cottage with everything we could have wanted."

    We had a great time there and would love to go back. Also the green dragon at northlew very friendly and good home cooked food. Only very small(tiny) thing that could have improved it was TV was not smart so couldn't watch prime or Netflix. But this is very minor.

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2022

  • "Very cosy cottage."

    Log fire was great! Very comfy bed and sofa. Plenty of space for me, my husband, 2 year old daughter and dog (Holly). Holly loved the big garden and use of secure field next to the cottage. Owners were really friendly and were happy to help with anything we needed. Location was great too! Lots of places to travel out too. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by NatalieOct 2022

  • "The cottage & setting was so beautiful!"

    ! We saw amazing wildlife, including a large deer!! The garden is massive and secure! My 2 huskies had a lovely time just walking in and out at their own leisure, knowing they where safe & secure. On top of that, there was a field on the back of the garden which is for your use to walk the dogs too! It was so quiet, no traffic noises! beds where extremely comfy, it was just sheep and cows all around

    Reviewed by ChloeAug 2022

  • "We had a fabulous stay the cottage is beautiful and really well equipped."

    It is spotlessly clean. Only issue we had is the wi-if is very poor we couldn’t connect most days, we did raise this with the owner who responded very quickly however the connection issues remained.

    Hi there, thank you for this. We are now achieving good internet speeds and continue to do speed tests to check all is running smoothly. We hope to welcome you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BrianJun 2022

  • "We had an amazing stay."

    It was perfect

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2022

  • "We had a relaxing stay."

    The cottage had everything we needed. Our dog Lena loved playing in the garden and it was a great to sit outside for breakfast and enjoy a glass of wine in the evening. Our host's were friendly and helpful. Great to know if we needed anything just to ask. Well appointed for day's out in Devon and Cornwall. A wonderful holiday had by all.

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2022

  • "Lovely accommodation, well equipped and a fantastic enclosed garden for our lab pup."

    Will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by HelenJun 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage in the middle of beautiful countryside."

    Really comfy beds and everything you need for a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2022

  • "Excellent secure garden for our dogs and a comfortable property"

    Reviewed by ChristineApr 2022

  • "Thorny Tallet is a cottage in a amazing rural setting."

    Our main priority is our two dogs and they loved the enclosed garden. The cottage itself was very well equipped, in immaculate condition and very clean when we arrived. We have had many cottage holidays over the years and the cottage and location stand out with this one. We would certainly recommend this property!

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2022

  • "Lovely remote, cosy cottage."

    Tastefully and comfortably furnished. Well equipped and it was nice to have more than 4 of everything! Both north Cornwall and south Devon/Dartmoor are about 50 min drive so plenty of places to visit. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by LucyMar 2022

  • "We had a lovely wkend away at Thorny Tallet."

    Lovely and quiet away from everything with lovely dog walks. Will definitely be coming back.

    Reviewed by SallyNov 2021

  • "The cottage was beautiful, garden was enclosed, so the dogs were able to enjoy ..."

    The cottage was beautiful, garden was enclosed, so the dogs were able to enjoy milling around, it had everything we needed, log burner was lovely

    Reviewed by HayleyOct 2021

  • "Quiet, peaceful location."

    Access to North Dartmoor is good.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage clean welcoming."

    Owners text to see if we arrived safe and if we needed anything.

    Reviewed by BridgetSep 2021

  • "Having stayed here previously, it was just as wonderful as we remembered."

    Beautiful setting, peaceful and homely. Everything we wanted in a holiday. Thank you Lyn and Clive - we hope you see you again soon.

    Reviewed by MichelleAug 2021

  • "Fantastic accommodation would highly recommend"

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2021

  • "An idyllic peaceful cottage in a very rural location."

    Ideal for a break away from a busy life. Well stocked with all essentials. Fabulous wild life in the local vicinity. Good WiFi Recommended

    Reviewed by LynneJul 2021

  • "Comfortable, enoyable stay"

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2021

  • "The cottage was spacious and comfortable."

    In the main it was very well appointed but as is often the way there were a few issues with things like sharp knives in the kitchen. However when we asked the owner for a replacement bread knife she very swiftly brought us a replacement. The garden was perfect for our dogs and the field behind the house was great for a free run and hide and seek. We would highly recommend the cottage but be prepared for a bit of a hike through some dirty farm yards if it’s wet!

    Reviewed by LMay 2021

  • "Photographs do not show closeness of neighbour's house or closeness of barn ruins which obscure a wonderful view."

    House is at the end of a farm track down a slight hollow and so is fairly sheltered. Underfloor heating keeps house warm and facilities are very good. Garden is dog proof and they loved it.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are happy you enjoyed your stay at Thorny Tallet and you loved the safe location and the garden. In the description it is specified the property is on a farm and is not an isolated building but the beautiful surrounding of Dartmoor National Park assure a lovely and calm atmosphere. We hope you will visit again for more adventures on Dartmoor Property Owner

    Reviewed by LindaMay 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Thorny Talley - Thank you to both Lyn & Clive for making us feel so welcome and also providing the perfect cosy retreat from many great Dartmoor dog walking locations, such as Fingle Woods and the various stops near all the Tors on the moors."

    The cottage is also not too much of a trek to Bude, Widemouth Bay and other beautiful beaches - Flo (my eldest furry friend) was in her element splashing about in the waves and waddling around on the beach! The log burner gets it really snug downstairs in the cottage at night and when you do finally retreat to the bedroom a good night's sleep is guaranteed. We would highly recommend and happily stay again.

    Reviewed by DamianApr 2021

  • "Really nice place to stay immaculate very cosy definitely recommend"

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2020

  • "This property is virtually next to the owners house, the advert did not say this, we were very disappointing as we thought we had booked a SECLUDED cottage!"

    . The upstairs of the property was cold at night and pillows and covers from the twin bedroom felt damp! We ended up all sleeping in the main bedroom, there are signs of orange mould on the twin bedroom ceiling which I have pictures of. However the property was extremely clean and had all the equipment we needed.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback, our owners take this very seriously. Our website does not state that the property is secluded, it is on a farm - there is another property nearby, but the owners do not live here. We are sorry that you felt the twin bedroom felt damp, thank you for bringing this to our attention this is now being rectified, and extra insulation being fitted. Had you notified the owners on the telephone numbers given during your stay, they would have been happy to turn up the heating and resolve any issues you may have had. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BenOct 2020

  • "This was our second visit to thorny tallett this year."

    Love the location and property. Would highly recommend and look forward to returning soon

    Reviewed by ClareSep 2020

  • "On first site we were blow away , the looks , just has you go inside its all outstanding by not just how above , what has been spoking about , the cleanness of the place but all the rooms were large , the pictures, you have on your site just dose not give a clear view of how large the building was , Its so peaceful the people Clive and Lyn , were so help full even when I ask them for a better map has to fine places, were themselves outstanding in helping us to get around many places , to go to and the help again was top knowhow to which we thank them , they were just 1 phone call away when even when we were about to run out of logs for the log burner , Lyn was there with all the logs even more logs again thanks Lyn ."

    It was so relaxing , due to are illness we both have Again to thank Lyn and Clive, went over the mile for us we both thank you to having us to share your lovely home , we got back lot of free space of time to rebuild are strength back . Your 's Steven & Pat

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2020

  • "The cottage was extremely well appointed with everything you need, it was like a home from home."

    Our dogs loved the garden and we were lucky enough to be able to sit outside as well in sept . It is very very remote so the silence was lovely.

    Reviewed by TraceySep 2020

  • "Probably one of the best, if not the best, holiday cottage we've stayed in."

    The cottage was clean and well kept. The owners were very attentive and wanted to ensure our stay was as comfortable as possible. All of that on top of the cottage being located perfectly for visiting the local area, as well as being peaceful and undisturbed. We would have no hesitation in booking this property again.

    Reviewed by AngelaAug 2020

  • "The cottage was very well equipped and comfortable."

    It was also very dog friendly, ie.the stairgate was really good and the garden much enjoyed by our dog. We had a such a lovely peaceful break here and were very sad to leave.

    Reviewed by EmilyJul 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely, the bedrooms are really spacious and the living room is really cosy with the wood burning fire."

    Clive was an excellent host, the cottage is in a great spot and we'd definitely recommend it!

    Reviewed by RyanFeb 2020

  • "We had the most amazing time at thorny tallet."

    So comfy and cosy after a long day exploring. There was everything you needed at hand. It completely exceeded our expectations and we will definitely be back! We would recommend and definitely use Sykes cottages again.

    Reviewed by ClareJan 2020

  • "Fantastic holiday cottage, well equipped and spacious."

    We found it perfect to relax and switch off in the peace and quiet of the countryside. Several good places to explore around the area, and we enjoyed some great walks with the dogs on Dartmoor. Would happily return to stay again!

    Reviewed by LucyDec 2019

  • "Very nice place, peaceful and very quiet - The owner Clive welcomed us and came across as a very nice man who wanted us to have a lovely time."

    ..I would highly recommend this place - It would be good if there was an outside tap with hosepipe to wash down muddy Dogs and boots - Thanks for a great week.

    Reviewed by DarylDec 2019

  • "Amazing, the owners are friendly, the cottage is adorable, will recommend whole heartedly, and would be more than happy to go back there ourselves."

    Reviewed by JOct 2019

  • "A really comfortable and dog friendly place to stay."

    We both felt really relaxed and at home and had a great time in spite of the Weather. Definitely hope to return.

    Reviewed by SandraSep 2019

  • "The owners of Thorny Tallett, Clive and Lyn, we incredibly kind and helpful throughout our stay."

    They made every effort to help us make the most of the house, providing us with fuel for the log burning stove, fresh bedding for our second week, and even called round to see how we were settling in! The house was exceptionally clean, very comfortable and beautifully kitted-out and we had an amazing time their making memories as a family. The communication with Sykes was excellent and we really appreciated the effort the company went to to get us in (we booked just two days before the start of the holiday!) Customer service was excellent, much better in person (phone) than the website (which can be a bit clunky). Thanks for a wonderful holiday! The Paisley family

    Reviewed by SteveJul 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Underfloor heating with woodburning stove
  • Microwave, washing machine, electric oven and hob, fridge with ice-box, TV with DVD player and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Enclosed garden area
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (supplement for second dog)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub within 5.4 miles, shop within 6.2 miles

The property

Situated on a farm, at the end of the short farm track with captivating views from the drive towards the Dartmoor National Park, is Thorny Tallet.

This wonderful barn conversion is ideally situated for a traditional family holiday in the remote countryside setting of Devon, with a well-equipped base to retire to each evening.

Upon entering the property, you will be welcomed in by the spacious sitting room, which boasts plenty of character and charm.

Be delighted by exposed brick fireplace which houses a roaring wood burning stove and offers comfort during those chilly winter months.

Look forward to curling up on the striking blue sofas which rest in front of the TV, where you and your loved ones can catch up on your favourite TV shows or select a DVD to enjoy as the evening draws to a close.

Beyond here is the well-equipped kitchen, where you will find everything you need to cater for yourselves during a week-long break with your loved ones.

The charming interior is continued into the two well-presented bedrooms, comprising of a king-size double and a twin.

Each evening you can look forward to retiring to the refreshing interior of the two bedrooms, where you will be delighted by the quality linens and the ample storage and space.

During the warmer months, spend a moment or two within the garden area, where you can enjoy a spot of alfresco dining whilst your canine companion roams the large lawn area, with views across the countryside setting to enjoy.

If you can tear yourself away from this base, venture into the bustling town of Okehampton, where you will be delighted to find a vast array of shops, pubs and restaurants to suit all ages and tastes.

Brush up on the local history by spending time at the medieval castle which overlooks a wooded river valley and the 1950s style train station which runs a scenic trip up to Meldon.Just beyond Okehampton is the majestic Dartmoor National Park where you will find a magnitude of walking opportunities, as well as the Roadford Reservoir with opportunities for watersports and fishing.

Thorny Tallet is a superb base for an action-packed holiday with loved ones.

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

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About the location


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 and Okehampton train station, which has been restored to its 1950s glory: The Dartmoor Line now operates a service between Okehampton and Exeter every hour, 7 days a week. The town also has 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.

Note: Charging of an electric vehicle by negotiation with the owner only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter