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Spinster's Rock, near Chagford, Devon Show on map


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  • 12 Guests

  • 6 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Splendid property and amenities ."

    The house feels so warm and cosy and the view is breathtaking. All bedrooms , bathrooms and kitchen nicely equipped. We enjoyed walking around the property , observing the wonderful birds coming to feed , the deers and the old trees scattered across the property are just magical. The view from the dining table was unique .We sat on the terrace looking at the valley and across the fields and it felt like time stops then and there . Thank you Sandsgate we would certainly like to return .

    I am so pleased you found Sandsgate such a special and magical place - we certainly think so too! We are very happy you had such a good holiday with us Property Owner

    Reviewed by Costinela5.0May 2024

  • "This was the perfect venue for a celebration family gathering."

    The house is beautiful, warm, well equipped, comfortable and situated in a fantastic location. Lovely welcoming gestures such as fresh flowers in the rooms and fizz and cake on arrival. I highly recommend and will definitely book again when I have another big birthday!

    I am So happy you enjoyed your special celebration at Sandsgate and thank you for your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by J5.0Apr 2024

  • "The house was amazing in all areas."

    It was a beautiful house with everything you could ever need for a lovely stay. I can’t recommend enough.

    Thank you so much for your kind words, and we are very pleased that you had such a good holiday at Sandsgate. We look forward to welcoming you Again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Feb 2024

  • "An amazing property, a little more advice on recycling would be helpful."

    Thank you for your kind words and I will certainly take on board that you thought there should be more information about recycling. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2023

  • "Sandsgate is a stunning property in a beautiful location."

    We were all very happy there and made some amazing family memories. We all felt very at home. There are lots of lovely places to sit, inside and out. The bedrooms are all fabulous and spacious with great views. Sitting room, kitchen, dining area, patio are wonderful too as well as the games room and sun room. We’ll be back for sure!

    We just love hearing our guests, had a wonderful and memorable holiday. Sandsgate has been in our family for decades and we all love it too! We look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kate5.0May 2023

  • "A truly fabulous property set in lovely grounds and with views to die for."

    Extremely well equipped with everything we could possibly need. We were a 3-generation party of 11, comprising 6 adults and 5 children with ages ranging from 20 months through to 9 yrs.The property was perfect for our needs, extremely spacious with lots of areas for people to spread out although we tended to congregate in the kitchen/living/dining area. The children, especially the younger ones, loved the toy box which was a very welcome surprise and the older ones made very good use of the games room. We really did feel very privileged to have use of the property and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.

    Thank you so much for your kind words - Sandsgate is a very special home for us. I do hope we will be welcoming you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2023

  • "Superbly equipped house with stupendous views in a wonderful setting."

    We were a family of 8 adults and five children aged from15 months to 6 years. Huge selection of games and toys was most welcome and helpful. The stair-gates were a little wobbly and a helpful addition would be some kind of barrier or gate at the bottom of the main stairs. The choice and number of kitchen utensils and cookware was amazing but perhaps more space could be made available for groceries. We all loved our stay at Sandsgate and the house really made our holiday a truly wonderful experience enjoyed by all of us, especially the children. Thank you for providing such excellent accommodation, gardens and views. We cannot recommend Sandsgate highly enough as a destination for a family holiday and/or reunion.

    I am so pleased you had a great holiday and thank you for the feedback - we will check the stair-gates and replace if necessary. We can also provide a stair-gate at the bottom of the stairs if requested. I hope we will welcome you back to Sandsgate Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2023

  • "Sandsgate is a truly wonderful house in an exceptional setting - thank you so much for getting it ready at such short notice."

    A great pleasure - we were so happy we could help you out and pleased you had a fabulous holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is a lovely property and we had a great week's family holiday."

    The furnishings and equipment (particularly kitchen) were all there in abundance, and there is a lot to see and do in the area (which we already knew quite well having lived near Teignmouth some years ago). We could have done with a stout hand rail on the main stairs, and a scale site plan would have been useful. Otherwise really good, and it all went so well that we may try it again.

    Thank you for your feedback - we have actioned your request for maps and they are now in place. Thank you for your kind words. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julian5.0Aug 2022

  • "This is our second stay at Sandsgate and it didn't disappoint."

    Beautiful house, well equipped, spotlessly clean, comfortable beds and the utility room with a washing machine and dryer is a great help when 3 families are staying for a week. There were 12 of us staying and the house was big enough to still feel spacious. The garden is wonderful, beautiful views. We will be booking again for sure.

    Thank you for your kind review and we are so pleased you had a great holiday at Sandsgate. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Aug 2022

  • "Spectacular location with great views towards Castle Drogo."

    Very comfortable well appointed house. Beautiful garden spaces - terrace, woodland, fire pit area. Lots of parking, big fridges, professional Ringmaster cooker, games room, lots of sparkling clean bathrooms. (We hesitate to raise our only niggle - but we all would have preferred king sized beds rather than the slightly unusual pairs of small doubles in 3 out of 5 of the bedrooms, but accept that others might like this arrangement.) All in all highly recommended for a lovely luxurious stay in a beautiful large house in an exceptional location. We loved it.

    Hi I am delighted you had such a lovely holiday and enjoyed your stay at Sandsgate. Thank you for your kind words. We use 4 foot beds instead of king-size beds purely because it is more flexible for the majority of guests who come and stay with us. We have quite a few multigenerational families or groups of walkers or friends and we find that they prefer to have a bed each. However I fully understand your comment and I hope it didn't detract from your experience too much . Nickie (owner) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jul 2022

  • "This was the perfect property for our large family group ages from 4-70- wonderful space and great views and a real sense of history."

    We all loved it.

    Thank you for your very kind review - and I am very pleased you had a lovely stay at the house. It is a very special place for our family I am very pleased your family enjoyed it as well ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2022

  • "The house is beautiful and very well appointed."

    We were blessed with good weather on our stay and made the most of the garden as a result. The beds were really comfortable, as was all of the house. The star of the show however were the views. On a clear sunny day the view of Castle Drogo and the countryside was beautiful. It was a bit tricky to find the house but was worth the trip!

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Jun 2022

  • "A lovely comfortable property with magnificent views and grounds, although a little TLC outside would not be amiss, for example it was a pity the water feature was not working which was disappointing."

    Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear you found Sandsgate to be a comfortable and lovely property with beautiful gardens. The water feature in the garden is working but it turned off for the safety of the little guests. There is an on/off switch that allows the guests to control the fountain and the explanation on how to operate it is found in the welcome book. We hope you will visit Sandsgate again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.7May 2022

  • "Beautifully decorated and equipped."

    Lovely grounds and location. We were really pleased with it.

    Reviewed by Ken5.0Mar 2022

  • "Sandsgate is fabulous."

    We had a lovely week, there were 10 of us and the house was spacious enough for us all. The beds were super comfy, all bedrooms were delightfully decorated. A great size kitchen/diner with the most amazing views over Dartmoor. The main sitting room had a huge TV and access to Netflix which the kids loved in the evenings. All in all a beautiful and comfortable house. We would definitely recommend Sandsgate and will be booking again soon.

    Thank you so much for your very kind words and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Sandgate house - we certainly hopefully will be welcoming you back again soon . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Feb 2022

  • "I stayed for my 40th birthday celebrations and this property was just amazing, the views are just stunning, the house is modern with a feel of comfort county vibes and all the bedrooms are big and very nicely done."

    The kitchen and dining area was perfect for me and my friends to host a large dinner and the outside space is very calming. I’m for sure going to book again next year as it was perfect.

    Happy Birthday Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Oct 2021

  • "A beautiful house with amazing views."

    Well equipped and comfortable. Would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great house with spectacular views."

    Fire pit a bonus which we enjoyed most evenings. A bbq would have been good but we took our own as we noted there wasn’t one. Everything else was perfect thank you.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2021

  • "A lovely house set in a large woodland type garden ."

    Quality accomodation and facilities.Beautful views looking out over a valley and Drago castle.

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Jul 2021

  • "Sandsgate was just amazing."

    Stunning location, incredible views, beautiful grounds with excellent facilities. The house was immaculate with lovely touches of fresh flowers in the main reception rooms and every bedroom. The kitchen was well equipped with plenty of room for everyone. A perfect gem!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jul 2021

  • "The gardens and the views exceeded expectations"

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Jun 2021

  • "We love Sandsgate and have been several times, but there is one improvement worth considering."

    The views are beautiful but of course showers and rain are frequent and as there is no cover it means sitting outside is disrupted or sometimes not possible. Could a gazebo or awning or similar be erected to take advantage, don't think it needs heat personally but power might be an idea.

    Reviewed by Jem4.7Oct 2020

  • "The house is simply stunning, very well furnished, everything you would need is there."

    The gardens are fantastic and there is even a small orchard,stunning views all around. I would definitly book again.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Sep 2020

  • "This property is a hidden gem in a fantastic location just as you enter the Dartmoor National Park."

    The views are out of this world and you truly feel like you are completely isolated from the rest of the world which is exactly what we had hoped for. There was bags of space for our group with all bedrooms being more than sufficient in size, a games room, a large lounge area and the enormous kitchen was suitably well equipped. The gardens were fantastic for our young people to explore aged 6-8. There it's lots to do and see locally and we enjoyed walks to Chagford and Sandy Park, a walk from Castle Drogo to Dewsteignton and Fingle Bridge. A little further afield we travelled to Dartmeet and Spitchwick for a picnic and kayaking, Dartmouth for some crab fishing and Saunton Sands Beach on separate days. There is so much to do from Sandsgate and we look forward to hopefully returning again one day.

    Reviewed by D5.0Aug 2020

  • "House was superb."

    Holiday cost a lot but we had a super time in this gorgeous house. It was very well equipped and the grounds and views were amazing.

    Reviewed by Moore5.0Jul 2020

  • "It met our expectations because we have hired it through you for 9 years!"

    !! The house is outstanding and is ideal for our annual family gathering. Standing in 18 acres it offers so much for children and adults alike. If you like walking in the countryside and enjoy the hospitality of the people of Chagford this is the place for you.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Dec 2019

  • "We had to book half term as my son is a teacher, but on arriving the area didn't have anything open and we still had paid half term prices."

    Anywhere we had to go we had to travel out of the area. We thought Chagford would be more accessible but the road in is very narrow and not suitable to drive at night time as if you meet traffic at times you would need to reverse to let other cars past and this was difficult in the dark. Nearest decent supermarket is in Oakhampton which is quite a drive away. (Co-op and Waitrose) As for the house it was perfect for our large family and as the weather was against us we spent a lot of time entertaining.

    We are sorry to hear that you had difficulty getting to the nearby stannary town of Chagford. Our Devon country lanes, can be quite narrow in places. There are several different routes into Chagford, one of them along the A382 to Easton Court, where the roads into Chagford are wider with passing places. Chagford has a wide variety of shops which include a Spar, hardware store, butchers, florists and a delicatessen. Okehampton a 20-minute drive away along the A30, has three supermarkets, a Coop, Lidls and Waitrose. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2019

  • "The house was in its own grounds and the views were spectacular , very modern interior and very clean."

    It was nice to have the full sky package however the broadband was very slow but probably due to the remoteness. We saw the deer in the garden which was a nice sight.

    Reviewed by Graham4.7Jul 2019

  • "Second visit as good as the first."

    Reviewed by Christopher4.4Sep 2018

  • "The house was perfect for our extended family gathering."

    Everyone was accommodated comfortably. Flowers around the house were a nice welcoming touch. The views were magnificent. John the caretaker was very friendly and helpful when we needed to contact him. The location was perfect for exploring Dartmoor.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Aug 2018

  • "Sandsgate is a very special house in a beautiful location."

    It exceeded our expectations in every way, and we feel privileged to have lived in it for a week.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2018

  • "I had already visited the house which is why I said ‘met expectations’ not ‘exceeded ‘."

    Views from house were amazing

    Reviewed by M5.0Jul 2018

  • "An amazing house and view."

    Far exceeded our expectations from the pictures. Very well equipped and clean. Just a couple of minor points; there was only 1 dishwasher tablet and there was no milk (I have never been to a house on your books or the books of any other company that did not at least provide a pint of milk to get you started).

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0May 2018

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  • Over three levels
  • Four first floor bedrooms: 1 x twin (4ft beds) with sunroom and en suite bathroom with bath, shower, WC, and basin, 1 x twin (4ft beds), 1 x double, 1 x family room with king size double and single bed
  • Shower room with shower, WC and basin, and bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower, WC and basin
  • Two top floor twin bedrooms (one with 4ft beds)
  • Top floor bathroom with bath, hand shower, WC and basin
  • Downstairs sitting room with open fire
  • Study
  • Two downstairs WCs with basin
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Hall/boot room
  • Utility room
  • Central heating, open fire with underfloor heating
  • Microwave, fridge, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, 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 six cars
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Nearest shops and pubs 3 miles
  • Note: No stag/hen parties, or similar
  • Note: Pets are permitted in the kitchen only
  • Note: Arrival after 3.30pm
  • Note: Short breaks to be a minimum of 3 nights.

The property

In a splendid location down a driveway on a hillside three miles from the Dartmoor town of Chagford is this wonderful detached house.

With a terrace stretching the entire width of the house for views across the Teign Valley to Castle Drogo, this is a splendid house for big families or groups of friends to enjoy.

The big sitting room has French windows to that terrace, as well as comfy sofas and an open fire.

You will enjoy spending time in the kitchen, which is another magnificent room where you can dine around the huge table, chill out in the seating area over the Dartmoor views, watch TV, or rustle up a meal whilst the children play with the toys provided.

A study also opens to those time wasting vistas.

Take the stairs up to a games room on the first floor, where you can enjoy a game of pool or table football or watch TV.

All the bedrooms are smart, with those views and TV, but the pièce de résistance is the big master bedroom, complete with its own sunroom which leads you through to a balcony where you can gaze over Castle Drogo with an evening drink.

There are three other bedrooms, plus a shower room and beautiful bathroom on this floor, then follow more stairs up two large bedrooms under the eaves, sharing a bathroom.

Outside there are 18 vast acres of lovely peaceful natural grounds, with lawns, ancient woodland and even a prehistoric stone circle, so there’s plenty of room for your four legged friend to roam!

Dartmoor’s vast open spaces are within easy reach and waiting exploration, whether you’re an avid rambler or you are simply seeking to explore the beauty of this fantastic area of Devon, there’s lots of activity to be found.

Castle Drogo rests high above the Teign Valley is a National Trust gem and well worth a visit, or spend some time in the local town of Chagford, though small in size there are a variety of things to do, with shops, pubs and an open air swimming pool.

Whisk away to the beautiful cathedral city of Exeter, home to a vibrant range of landmarks and attractions.

Nestled in a beautiful region with easy access to the Dartmoor National Park, choose Sandgate as your next abode in Devon.

Please note: This property can be booked with Sandsgate Lodge Ref: 1101508, together sleeping up to 16 guests.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


Okehampton 12 miles; Exeter 21 miles.

A picturesque town at the northern point of Dartmoor National Park in Devon. Chagford, one of the five Stannary towns of Dartmoor, is small in size but is packed with amenities and things to do. There is a wide range of shops as well as four pubs. Chagford also has more active facilities such as public tennis court and a seasonal, open-air swimming pool to enjoy at your leisure. It is a town of great history, home to the Three Crowns Hotel which dates back to the 1200's. Chagford is well known for its culture, hosting film, literary and music festivals in the town as well as an annual running race, known as Two Hills Race. Just over 21 miles away is the bustling, beautiful city of Exeter for a different kind of break, definitely worth a visit. The charming, attractive town of Okehampton sits just 12 miles away.

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Note: Pets are permitted in the kitchen only.
Note: No stag/hen parties, or similar.
Note: There is minimum three night restriction in place for Short Breaks at this property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season