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Chilvery Farm Cottage

Throwleigh, near Chagford, Devon (Ref. 982185)

4.6

Very good

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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "This is our second time at Chilvery Farm in the past 6 months and on this visit we came with my Sister and Brother-in-Law who stayed at The Linhay."

    The cottage is a delight, very comfortable and extremely well equipped. Our only recommendation would be for a set of sharp knives but everything else is excellent. The walk down to the lake is so tranquil and especially suitable for my Sister's old Labrador Harry!

    Reviewed by JaneMay 2022

  • "The cottage was fantastic with everything you need."

    Spacious but cosy living area and good size bedrooms. The beds were extremely comfortable. Would definitely go again. Richard and Susanna

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2022

  • "We love Chilvery Farm and the surrounding area which is why we have been there and The Linhay (just across the drive) quite a few times now."

    The best things are the walk to the lake and the views from the back of Chilvery. The only small negatives are the very small patio garden at the back and the fact that our dog (Labrador) can and has, jumped over the wall into next door's drive which means I can't let him out there unless on a lead. This of course is nobody's fault so not a criticism. The only other thing is the small TV. It would be nice to have a smart TV so we could get other channels with On Demand and Catch Up and Netflix.The main bedroom is a good size and the bed is very comfy. The house is very warm and we have found that we haven't needed the heating on, especially when we had a log fire. This was in January/February! We will be going back soon.

    Thank you for your kind comments we are pleased that you have continued to visit both of our properties and love the area. Our garden although fenced, it is not completely enclosed. We do offer Chromecast, which streams content to the TV from Netflix, YouTube, Google Play and Spotify, as well as the Chrome browser via the Google Cast extension. We are hoping this is something that you will make use of on your next visit, as we look forward to seeing you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by VictoriaJan 2022

  • "Beautiful location, very peaceful."

    From the moment we arrived it felt very cosy and welcoming. Very well equipped, and furnished . Would highly recommend this property . Personally we would also recommend Skye cottages descriptions are always accurate

    Reviewed by IainDec 2021

  • "A lovely cottage, beautifully furnished, excellent location and the walk to the lake is truly special."

    Please replace the bed in the main bedroom it creaks and is very uncomfortable!

    Thank you for your feedback. The bed frame is being fixed to stop the creaking and make it more comfortable overall. Thanks again and we are delighted to hear of your positive comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AnneOct 2021

  • "First of all I would not have booked this cottage at all had I realised that there was no en suite toilet in the master bedroom."

    I did point this out to Sykes and you did indeed change the details to show this on your website which is admirable, but it was too late for us. Because of this we did not invite other guests to share out cottage so ended up paying for a cottage for 2 that could have slept 4/5. The downstairs of the cottage is beautiful, well laid out and had pretty much everything we needed except champagne/prosecco glasses. So on arrival we pretty much went straight out again to Chagford to source a couple of glasses. None were to be had but luckily a lovely lady in Jaded Palates wine shop lent us glasses for the week which we duly returned. A holiday is a celebration in itself but on many occasions cottages are booked in celebration of a birthday/anniversary so I think Sykes should ensure that these glasses are provided. I have my own holiday let which is tiny but I still provide champagne glasses and the holiday cottage company which I use has now recommended that all cottages stock them for guests. Our other gripe was the master bed. It claims to be king size but we found it on the small side. The wooden bed frame creaked every time one of us turned over and the mattress/underbedding was lumpy. The room is huge so would easily take a super-king or zip and link. My first choice of cottage would always be one with a king size bed and assuming other people are the same, then it must be in owners' interests to provide as big a bed/s as posssible. You can see why my favourite Sykes cottage so far is Galena Cottage in Wardlow, Derbyshire.......3 super king rooms with a bathroom each (2 en suite). Cottage was also missing small knives which would have been useful along with some medium sized spoons and proper kitchen scissors. Previous guests had mentioned cobwebs and yes, they were still there but don't bother us. All in all this was a great cottage but could easily be made perfect with a few tweaks.

    Thank you for your feedback. I have contacted the owner about your comments and was notified that there are champagne glasses in the property along with a range of knives, cutlery and utensils. The glasses are not with the usual glassware which is probably where the confusion was. However, the owner will measure the bed on the next maintenance visit. Cobwebs are unfortunately very common in older cottages, but these will take priority when cleaning. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarolynSep 2021

  • "We had expected a large garden"

    Reviewed by ChristineAug 2021

  • "A very lovely cottage."

    Very well equipped - everything we needed in the kitchen. Great to have spare loo rolls, bin bags, cleaning equip, etc. The cake and milk for a cuppa waiting on arrival was much appreciated after a long drive. Very comfortable - including decent beds which you don’t always get in holiday rentals. Lots of character and lovely personal touches. Kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms were spotlessly clean. Good parking space. Beautiful pond area nearby. Sittingroom wasn’t quite so clean as the rest of house - recommend you lift seat & back cushions on the sofas to clean properly and maybe air the rug more often outside. Great location. We book again.

    Thank you for your feedback and kind words. We do take cleanliness seriously and welcome your comments. They have been passed on to our caretaker. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SiobhanAug 2021

  • "We have previously stayed at the Linhay so knew how great this would be for the dog."

    The cottage was comfortable and we enjoyed the sun-room, particularly on the wet days. Would book this cottage again.

    Reviewed by MoiraJun 2021

  • "There is a lot of recycling and various waste bins, which require different sizes of liner."

    It would have been helpful for spares to have been provided for all bins.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2021

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

    The only thing I could criticise is the cleanliness. Some of the bedding and table cloths were clean but very stained and washed out. There were also a lot of dust and cobwebs around the whole of the cottage. Overall it is a lovely place and I would recommend it.

    Thank you for your feedback on matters concerning cleanliness of Chilvery Farm Cottage. We take each comment seriously and will check whether more can be done regarding, dust, cobwebs and linen. We have replaced the tablecloth with a cover that is less prone to staining. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2021

  • "Very enjoyable stay."

    Cottage generally maintained to high standard with lots of character - loved the woodburner and inglenook fireplace. Stayed during winter and very warm and snug. Conservatory with views of the moors, underfloor heating and view of courtyard bird feeder - where we saw nut hatches and woodpeckers - was a great addition. Lovely views from most windows, looking out onto the moors from the back of the house - felt very private. Only negative was the beds not the most comfortable. Kitchen had good quality pans etc and generally everything had been thought of. Nice quiet location with lots of beautiful places to visit and walks in the area. Would happily stay again.

    Reviewed by AlisonOct 2020

  • "Very well presented cottage."

    Everything worked very well - heating was good as we were staying at the end of September. Very good walk for the dog adjacent to the cottage. Would certainly consider staying again in the future.

    Reviewed by TimSep 2020

  • "Well I did contact the ‘caretaker’ but she didn’t reply."

    This was a special holiday to celebrate my birthday with family members. The cottage itself is lovely though situated right on a road which was normally quiet. But there were times when heavy farm/ army(?) vehicles came past in the middle of the night waking us with the noise and headlights. The living accommodation was spacious and comfortable. It was lovely to sit in the conservatory. The views were beautiful. The bedrooms were good. Please note the en-suite in the main bedroom has NO toilet. Shower only. And a tiny useless sink. The kitchen was fairly well equipped. But straightaway I saw mouse droppings in all the lower cupboards. This was disgusting. Especially in these times of Covid one might expect the cottage to be thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom. Unacceptable. Helpful Holidays did not reply in any satisfactory way to my email on the subject. On a previous holiday, they did nothing when I complained about no heating. I had to work out myself that the fuse box was not switched on! We love Dartmoor but HH does not properly inspect the cottages so beware. Don’t expect any compensation or admissions of fault either. They used to be helpful but not any more. Disappointing.

    Thank you so much for your feedback. It is always appreciated, even when something needs to be addressed. The issues you raised that are within our powers are are now being dealt with. Regarding the night-time farm vehicles, it is very rare that they have to move at night, but at harvest time it can be essential if they are to get the crops in and ensure food reaches our tables - which is of course especially important in these challenging times. Property Owner

    Reviewed by P RSep 2020

  • "We had a fantastic week in this homely cottage."

    The position was perfect to walk straight out onto Dartmoor. We loved staying in this family home and the attention to detail to inform guests all about the history of the barn was much appreciated. All the touches in wood from the owl to the handmade table were enjoyed by us all. The barn is very comfortable upstairs and down, with generous bedrooms and garden room with splendid views. And the walk to the pond every morning with our dog was so beautiful. We would highly recommend. Our only suggestions would be that the property would benefit from a selection of dvds and at least six large matching wine glasses (essential for any holiday!). We will be back!

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2020

  • "We were a little wary about how we would feel going away so soon after the easing of lockdown."

    I am a cleaner myself at Center Parcs so went ready to clean if necessary but really didn't need to. The barn was spotless, with plenty of sanitiser, handwash and antibac spray. We felt safe using it. Well done Cleaner and thank you! Ideal location for dog walking around the moors and enjoying a pub meal or two.

    Reviewed by BarbaraJul 2020

  • "This is a really lovely place to stay."

    It is so remote, quiet and pretty, and while staying at the cottage you have access to an enchanting lakeside walk through a couple of fields.Our dogs loved it, and so did we. The kitchen is well-equipped, and the large table is perfect for family meals. The conservatory is a bonus, as it gives you an extra downstairs room to read a book. We had a different walk every day - you can reach the moor just a few minutes down the road.

    Reviewed by FrancesJul 2020

  • "A lovely cottage, very homely and well equipped."

    The added bonus of an idyllic lake to walk to through the adjacent field made a nice walk at the beginning and end of the day for us and the dog. Lots to do in the area a local pub would have been perfect!! We all really enjoyed ourselves and would return.

    Reviewed by GrahamJul 2020

  • "This was our second stay at Chilvery Farm Cottage and it was as good as we hoped."

    The cottage is so lovely that I could honestly live there forever! The bedroom is a good size with a nice ensuite shower, the bath is lovely and long and the two other bedrooms look lovely although as there were only 2 of us we did not use them. The house is very warm and we slept with the window open. We had the log fire going most evenings and it was perfect. The views from upstairs are great with the moors in the distance and the setting is very quiet and peaceful. The piece de resistance is the walk down across the field and to the lake every morning with our dog, and sometimes at the end of the day. It is beautifully maintaned and so wonderful to be able to take the dog out straight after his breakfast before we planned our day. We will definitely be back. Thank you!

    Reviewed by VictoriaFeb 2020

  • "Really lovely well equipped cottage."

    ,We will definitely return

    Reviewed by MikeJan 2020

  • "We had a lovely holiday at Chilvery Farm and it was perfect."

    The house is so nice I could live there forever and the access to the field and lake were a huge bonus, especially with a dog. I took him down there every morning for a run around before we went off for the day. The bedroom was great with lovely views across the fields and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was good with a lovely long bath so being quite short I could practically lie down in it! The kitchen was perfect, and I even sat in the conservatory for a few hours in spite of it being November! The pictures were lovely too, especially the horses on the landing. I love the idea of having the photobook depicting every stage of the transformation from barn to comfortable cottage, it made the place feel very sepcial seeing how it has been so lovingly renovated. On the slightly negative side there were a lot of cobwebs under furniture and in all the nooks and crannies in the living room and downstairs loo. I understand that it is an old cottage but I noticed that some previous occupants had said the same but the cobwebs are still there. The only other thing was that we did not get any logs which I have just read should have been included in the rent. We did manage to buy our own so it wasn't a problem but worth mentioning. We would definitely go back as the positives far outweigh the very small negatives.

    Reviewed by VictoriaNov 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and in an excellent location."

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2019

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay at Chilvery Farm."

    We especially loved the walk down to the pond and the pond itself was a beautiful spot, it was very well kept. The house feels spacious and comfortable, with good facilities. The views are wonderful, it is a very peaceful area with lots of wildlife.

    Reviewed by TraceyAug 2019

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage with lots of space and lovely views from the patio garden and bedrooms."

    A nice touch with welcome gifts and the wildlife trail and lake is fabulous and great for dogs. Ideally located for East and West Devon, Dartmoor and Cornwall as well. Chagford village outstanding.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in wonderful location with magnificent views over the countryside with the bonus of the lovely walk down to the pond which we enjoyed most days."

    The cottage could benefit from a ‘spring clean’ though - although appreciate the Cottage is old, there were cobwebs everywhere you looked. Also a clearer explanation of which part of the garden can be used would be helpful - in the book it tells you to go through the gate marked private but this clearly belongs to the Cottage opposite- the Linhay. The conservatory was such an asset - we spent most of our time in their just enjoying the views and watching the birds - utter peace and tranquility. Would love to return.

    Reviewed by Sara-janeJun 2019

  • "Beautiful setting typical Dartmoor."

    Beware narrow lanes but that's just Devon. Great location for touring Tors and easy access to beaches to being located only a few miles off the A30.

    Reviewed by SimonJun 2019

  • "Lovely cottage with particularly nice open plan kitchen-living area."

    Kitchen very well equipped. Bathroom and shower room of modest proportions but adequate. Would certainly stay again.

    Reviewed by SarahApr 2019

  • "The cottage was generally clean and tidy, bedding and towels very good but there were cobwebs in every room, under the kitchen table and from ceilings and windows."

    This did not affect our stay but a little more attention to the cleaning detail would have resulted in 10/10

    Reviewed by NigelOct 2018

  • "This was a real gem of a place."

    Comfortable and relaxing, with everything you could need, right at your fingertips. We all had a really lovely weekend and could quite easily have stayed longer. Just over an hour to the Eden Project and virtually on the door step of the Dartmoor National Park, it was an idea base to travel from....but, could quite have easily just enjoyed this place without travelling anywhere else. Wish could have stayed longer.

    Reviewed by PhilipSep 2018

  • "The week I spent at Chilvery Farm was fabulous."

    Incredible cottage,grounds and location. The main room was great with just every comfort . Fantastic kitchen area with a wonderful farmhouse table and dresser. Living area has a wood burner in a large open fireplace, every evening was so relaxing. I spent periods of time in the conservatory,watched fantastic sunrises and a wonderful view across the valley. Extremely useful lobby for boots and coats. Beautiful carved bannister and other family touches in the cottage which makes the cottage a real home. There is only a very small patio garden attached to the house ,however, it is so pretty,sunny and private. Just a few steps out around a corner is a major ,pretty path down to a magnificent,large field with wonderful oak trees and pond,beautifully kept . I loved this walk every morning and evening,so peaceful and even places to sit , great for picnics. A wonderful cottage for dogs and walking gear as useful lobby ,conservatory and patio area. Parking is on drive outside the cottage off the road,I can recommend backing into the drive . Chilvery Farm is so peaceful,great location for accessing Dartmoor, where I walked most days. There isn't a shop or a pub within walking distance,however, Northmore Arms at Wonsom is 5 mins drive and a truly unspoilt ,magnificent old cider house, just loved this place with friendly residents,dog friendly. Shops at Chagford again very friendly and most places accepting of dogs. Wonderful Post Office and shop at South Zeal. I would love to return to this cottage and location.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2018

  • "Lovely well equiped cottage."

    Comfortable and homely. Good location for many things to see and do in Devon.

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage with a well equipped kitchen."

    All the rooms were spacious yet cozy. The outside courtyard was perfect for breakfast and birdwatching. A welcoming place to come back to after a day on the stunning north coast and walking on the moors. Lots of interesting villages nearby. unfortunately no pubs or shop within walking distance. Not a lot of outside space for a larger dog but would work well for a smaller dog. We really enjoyed our holiday. Thankyou.:)

    Reviewed by MaureenJul 2018

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Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite (shower and basin, no WC); 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, handheld shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburner
  • Sun room
  • Utility.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and basket of logs for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Small enclosed patio garden with furniture
  • Guests have access to large wildlife garden and pond
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles and pub 1 mile.

The property

This sensitively restored farm cottage in the hamlet of East Ash, is a mile from Whiddon Down and also a mile from the picturesque village of Throwleigh within Dartmoor National Park in Devon.

Perfect for a group of friends or adventurers, the characterful, homely and stylish interior warmly welcomes you.

The open-plan living area with wooden beams and a large inglenook fireplace with original bread oven is a reminder of the centuries over which this has been a dwelling.

The fireplace now houses a large woodburner to warm those cooler evenings.

Everyone can gather together for a cosy end to the day and make the most of the beautiful duck egg coloured kitchen, centred by a table and chairs.

Upstairs, discover three bedrooms; the master suite is spacious and charming, with its own shower cubicle, and there is another double bedroom; fabulous views from both these rooms look out across the calming and beautiful countryside.

There is a third cosy single bedroom with a Velux window.

A charming family bathroom ties this all together, with a unique decorative mosaic.

There is a second toilet downstairs.

After a peaceful night's sleep, why not spend a moment in the sun room?

A stunning spot to settle down amidst the natural scenery.

The cottage has been lovingly furnished with beautiful fabrics, subtle colours and wonderful original paintings.

Outside you can enjoy the small enclosed patio garden with open fields beyond.

Guests have access to a large wildlife pond set within an enclosed grassy woodland garden.

The small town of Chagford lies close by and features shops, excellent leisure facilities, including an open air swimming pool.

There are many places to eat and drink should you wish to adventure out and about.

Not far from the town is Gidleigh Park, Michael Caines renowned restaurant is a small country house hotel set in secluded gardens and woodlands.

A delightful holiday experience all-year-round.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref: 975794, together they sleep 9.

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

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About the location

THROWLEIGH

A picturesque town at the northern point of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, Chagford 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 an open-air swimming pool to enjoy at your leisure. It is a village 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 village as well as an annual running race. Just over 15 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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