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The Shippen

Tavistock, Devon (Ref. 975735)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "A smart and well-equipped, comfortable cottage."

    Sound wifi. Good smart tv. Generous welcome pack. The cotaage has other estate buildings close by, but is quiet and the cottage feels private Well positioned to visit Dartmoor, Cornwall. Plymouth and South Hams

    Reviewed by AnthonyMay 2022

  • "The Shippen is a lovely cottage, so well furnished, and is extremely comfortable."

    The welcome hamper was a lovely touch, it was much appreciated. This cottage is so well placed for walks and day trips out. we particularly enjoyed visiting the Garden House at Buckland Monachorum a very special garden full of colour, with an excellent cafe. The train ride from Gunnislake to Plymouth is well worth doing, it follows the Rivers Tavy and Tamar, lovely views. The Shippen is a great base, so very comfortable

    Reviewed by BarbaraMay 2022

  • "Very well equipped cottage."

    Nice and bright living accommodation with tasteful furnishings. The welcome basket was a nice touch and really appreciated.

    Reviewed by IainMay 2021

  • "The Shippen is a beautiful, well equipped cottage in a fantastic, peaceful location."

    It was super clean on arrival with the addition of a lovely welcome hamper. We had absolutely everything we needed for a week in Devon. We did have occasion to contact our hosts, who were super friendly and very helpful. I would thoroughly recommend and will definitely go back!

    Reviewed by LorraineMay 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in a great location."

    Welcome pack a lovely touch There is everything you could possibly need in the cottage and it is close to the moor with plenty of great walks. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by SandraOct 2020

  • "Very good accommodation in pleasant surroundings"

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2020

  • "Fantastic location to explore the area."

    The accommodation is lovely, with just about everything you could wish for, & some you wouldn’t expect. A huge choice of places to walk yourself & dog. Nothing negative I could think of or want to say. Plus the weather in mid October was just glorious!

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2019

  • "We had a lovely week at The Shippen in Tavistock."

    Marvellous place to stay, peaceful and quiet yet minutes away from the town. Extremely well appointed with lots of attention to detail over the comfort and needs of guests (helpful/useful/thoughtful little touches too often overlooked elsewhere). A real credit to the owners who really do deserve a big thank you. We would be delighted to rebook again - simply great! Sykes are an excellent company through whom we booked and their service was exemplary throughout the process. Having booked with Sykes several times over the years, we well know they are a first class company. So 10/10 from us

    Reviewed by KevinSep 2019

  • "We used the cottage as a base whilst down in the area visiting family."

    It was extremely comfortable and had everything we needed. The welcome goodies were also much appreciated.

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2019

  • "Our second visit to the Shippen."

    It was as lovely as the first. We will be booking it again.

    Reviewed by LyndaJul 2019

  • "Lovely, quiet location."

    Excellent facilities in the cottage.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2019

  • "We have rented several cottages and this one is the best we have ever stayed in."

    It is like home from home. The only thing I would say is , it is not for disabled or less agile people. There are two entrances , both via steps or stairs. There are rails and banisters so we managed quite well, and we are both over 70. When we arrived there was a scrumptious cream tea and eggs and bread, this was such a delight after our 5 hours journey. I would certainly go back again and fully recommend this cottage to everyone.

    Reviewed by JanetJun 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our week at this very relaxing cottage."

    The welcome pack was much appreciated - loved the Cornish butter and the loaf of fresh bread was delicious. Plenty to see and do in the area and we enjoyed the walks into Tavistock and also along the river. Added bonus was the superb weather. We would definitely consider going back again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by GeorgiaMay 2019

  • "Great little cottage for the four of us - good communication with the owners prior to arrival with good instructions on accessing the property etc."

    Great location - Lovely neighbours - Great for puppy walks ! We only had a few minor things we felt worthy of mentioning, so here we go ... - There seemed to only be exactly 4x each of everything when it came to crockery and dining service. No biggy you just have to wash up constantly when cooking etc. So there is enough stuff when it comes to dining. I appreciate we were there over Christmas so we perhaps did slightly more cooking than the usual. - There wasn’t a Christmas tree up in the cottage during the Christmas period, this didn’t ruin anything for us, however with the contact I received prior to arrival, I was left under assumption that there would be a tree (although in fairness, a tree wasn’t mentioned in the correspondence, only decoration of the house, so perhaps my fault for assuming) - Quite cold when we arrived in the afternoon, especially considering I was under the impression the house has been occupied prior to our arrival. Storage heaters took a day or two to start knocking the heat out - Although in time honoured fashion, once they got hot, it was almost too hot! These are our only negative/constructive comments about this house. Overall we totally loved the house, as I said above. Great location, neighbours all friendly, easy access, very quiet at night, nice walks on the doorstep, lovely addition to the arrival with bread, milk and dog treats etc. Very much appreciated. Nicely decorated and very practical house - We would love to come back again soon ! Merry Christmas and a happy new year !

    Reviewed by MatthewDec 2018

  • "We have stayed in holiday cottages all over the country for the past 40 years."

    This is without doubt the best one we have ever stayed in and the owners are friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by LyndaOct 2018

  • "Cottage was lovely and clean, very comfortable."

    Home from home. Great location with easy access on to the Moors and a short trip in the car to Tavistock where there are plenty of shops, cafes etc.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2018

  • "We loved the upside down aspect of the cottage and the location was unique."

    It is close to Dartmoor and the town of Tavistock.We used the cottage as a base for long walks with our dog. Everywhere was dog friendly. We would definitely book this cottage again.

    Reviewed by BrianMay 2018

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  • Two downstairs bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, WC and basin
  • Upstairs open plan living/dining/kitchen
  • Conservatory.
  • Night storage heating
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with Blu-ray, 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 two cars
  • Enclosed garden with barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome at a fee, Sorry no smoking.

The property

For peace and tranquillity, this semi-detached cottage is in just the right place, converted from a milking parlour quietly set in countryside dotted with woods and trees on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park.

The layout is carefully designed with the open-plan living area upstairs to give an airy space with long views to moorland and stable doors to a conservatory, a lovely place to enjoy a good book and a cuppa.

Sharing a shower-room are two downstairs bedrooms.

The private garden is a secluded little place for catching the sun’s rays or taking a relaxing nap.

When you've topped up your energy levels, this is a fine base for walking, with footpaths heading into the surrounding countryside and Dartmoor’s hills beyond.

Two miles away you'll find Tavistock, a handsome old market town where you can browse the interesting shops and pannier market, eat well at the restaurants and pubs, work out at the leisure centre and catch a film or event at the wharfside theatre.

The 21 mile walking /cycling route heads from Tavistock to Plymouth if you fancy a pilgrimage to the bright city lights (or it’s 15 miles by car).

If you do bring your bike, there is secure storage at the cottage.

For more sedate entertainment, the National Trust gems of Saltram House, Lydford Gorge, Buckland Abbey and Cotehele are all nearby to admire, and golf and horse riding are both available in the area.

The golden beaches of the South Hams are just 20 miles away.

The Shippen is a lovely quiet base, yet there are plenty of fascinating places to enjoy nearby.

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

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About the location


Plymouth 17 miles; Okehampton 8 miles.

A delightful award-winning market town, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the River Tavy, nestling in the south-west slopes of Dartmoor. Tavistock has an indoor pannier market, a diverse range of independent shops, an excellent choice of pubs, bistros, restaurants, a theatre and a cinema, as well as a leisure pool. This is the perfect destination for country lovers who enjoy the convenience of an interesting town on the doorstep. There is excellent walking on Dartmoor, cycling on The National Cycle Network no. 27, renowned game fishing, gardens of distinction and various National Trust properties nearby. Within easy reach is the maritime city of Plymouth, with its Barbican Quay and the Historic Royal William Yard. Torbay, the Eden Project and the sandy surfing beaches of Devon and North Cornwall are all within an hour’s drive and provide activities to keep all the family happy. Tavistock is a wonderful all-year-round holiday destination.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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