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Hayloft at Magnolia Lake

(Ref. 1060807)

Mamhead near Dawlish, Devon Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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12 Customer Reviews

  • "When we eventually found the place in the middle of nowhere, From the outside the setting was idyllic and tranquil, but when you got inside you were greeted with a damp musty smell."

    There was no central heating only movable electric heaters, no wood for the fireplace. Very rare that you had a hot shower and one that produced a normal pressure. On the positive side the beds were comfortable and warm, which you needed due to the cottage being so cold. Would we stay here again ? definitely not.

    Less than a mile from the main A380 Trunk Road is hardly "in the middle of nowhere" but I recall on your arrival your navigational skills were lacking! The property boasts a quiet countryside location and is clearly photographed, it is exactly as pictured and we do not advertise central heating. However when you arrived the cottage was warm and friendly with lights on and heating in every room working well. There IS a big bin at the kitchen door containing logs for FREE..... Since the property is popular and usually occupied it does not get either damp or musty? Strange you could not operate the power shower, no one else has had that problem? Happily your views are not those generally voiced. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rod1.9Mar 2024

  • "The property was comfortable and surprisingly spacious."

    In a very quite location, which we love. Log burner was most welcome. Would recommend for anyone that likes quite location.

    Reviewed by Robin3.8Feb 2024

  • "An excellent cottage and a wonderful area."

    Even if the weather was wet! I do not think it had been used for awhile as there were a few cobwebs and there were no firelighters to get us through the first night. But a lovely place and very comfortable. The owners were very friendly and they gave me the feeling they would have been helpful if we had needed them.

    We are pleased you found the cottage comfortable. The Hayloft has been busy, and not left unattended, but it is a beamed cottage and there are cobwebs that magically appear within a day. We do hoover and clean thoroughly and are aware of all the hiding places but a C14th beamed and rough stone cottage is prone to the odd cobweb. We do have a log basket by the side of the woodburning stove, which usually has a few logs in it, and there is a large corn bin outside the kitchen door also with logs, we don't usually supply firelighters, as we don't use them ourselves as the wood is very dry. We did put a Christmas Tree and Festive Wreath in the cottage to greet you on your arrival, and hope to see you back again.. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Dec 2023

  • "Lovely stay at the Hayloft, wonderful old cottage that has everything that you need."

    We were lucky enough to see the deer which was an added bonus. Its a great base for sightseeing the area. Diane the owner is wonderful and on hand if anything is needed, if i am in the area again i wouldn't hesitate in booking again.

    Thank you so much for your feedback on your stay with us at The Hayloft. We are so pleased to know you enjoyed your stay and were comfortable and found your way around this lovely part of Devon. We would love to have you be able to come again. Very best wishes to you and your Family Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle4.4Sep 2023

  • "The property was old and smelt must and damp."

    It was clean but lots of spiders and other insects to contend with. The shower water was not hot for most of the time especially if other people were occupying other areas of the property, as it was attached to two others. Beautifully quiet and a lovely setting but not a place for an autumn or winter break

    Hello, Yes, The Hayloft is a 14th Century property, one of the oldest stone and beamed buildings on the property. It is located on the upper ground level of a double storey long barn and does not suffer from mouldy musty or damp conditions anywhere. The Hayloft has its own independant services and does not share hot water with any other parts of the property. The level of hot water desired is selected by means of the shower control bar in the shower itself. You could simply have asked. There is always someone to help. The Hayloft is available year round and is popular for Autumn and Winter breaks when the woodburning fireplace creates a welcoming ambience for Country lovers who enjoy the pure verdant country setting to be found here. The Hayloft is not "connected to two others"? Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sheila3.4Sep 2023

  • "We have had a lovely relaxing holiday at Magnolia lake."

    The facilities and equipment are excellent, everything you need! Lovely exploring all the grounds with the variety of plants and trees. The owner Dianne and Ben very helpful. The only slight thing I would say is that the house keeper/ cleaner just gives it a little spruce up, I do realise it’s an old building with lots of stonework, but the cobwebs etc especially round curtains, windows etc have been there quite a while, but as I say it didn’t spoil our few days there. A beautiful location.

    Thank you so much for choosing The Hayloft for your holiday here in Devon. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay and also enjoyed the gardens too. We would love to welcome you again. Very best wishes to you and your husband. Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret4.1Jul 2023

  • "The property is very clean and tidy."

    The four poster bed was very comfortable. All utensils required for cooking were made available as was all other requirements. The owner Diane was extremely helpful both before our arrival and during our stay. Diane made time to talk to us on a couple of occasions and we had many exchanges of stories. The property sits in a very quiet and tranquil place and has some pleasant walks around the grounds.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments and feedback on your stay with us here at The Hayloft@Magnolia Lake in Devon. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. I enjoyed the opportunity of meeting you both and hope you will have a chance to come and stay here with us again. Very best wishes, Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jun 2023

  • "Oh lord, it was just a feeling that we were in another world, if you want to enjoy nature, fresh air, watch pheasants and other things through the windows of the house."

    Spend evenings accompanied by birdsong, you can enjoy it in a wonderful cottage where you can see the real English style that they try to maintain and pass on to their guests. Thank you Diana for a wonderful week spent at your place with love from Marites and her family.

    Thank you for choosing The Hayloft for your visit to Devon. Such a pleasure to meet you all. So pleased to hear you had such a lovely stay with us and enjoyed discovering Devon as you did. We hope you can come again, it would be a real treat to see you again. Good Luck with all you are doing. Very best wishes from Dianex Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marcin5.0May 2023

  • "If a peaceful cottage in the middle of the forest, with deer running wild in the garden, is your thing then this is the place for you."

    Well equipped and spacious, the Hayloft provides a perfect base to explore the area inc Haldon Forest and has lots of charm. Diane and Ben are great hosts.

    Thank you for choosing The Hayloft @ Magnolia Lake for your holiday in Devon and for the nice comments you had to say about the cottage. We hope to welcome you here to stay with us again. Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andy4.7Aug 2022

  • "We had a very relaxing week in the cottage."

    The beds are so comfortable so much so that we slept through the night which is something we don't do at home.The cottage was really peaceful.Diane showed us round when we first got there and we got on very well with her.

    Thank you so much for the lovely comments about The Hayloft @ Magnolia Lake. So pleased to hear you were able to rest well and were comfortable and cosy. We hope to have you come to stay with us again. Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roy4.4Jun 2022

  • "A hidden gem in the South Devon countryside."

    Not the easiest place to find, but once there its a countryside lovers dream, how many places can boast wild deer roaming the lawns outside your door. Well equipped, spacious and a friendly host.

    Many thanks for the nice comments you have made following your stay with us here at The Hayloft@ Magnolia Lake. We hope to see you again. Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Sep 2021

  • "Very isolated but most enjoyable"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2021

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x four-poster king-size, 1 x twin with Jack-and-Jill access to bathroom
  • Bathroom with bath, handheld shower, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric heating
  • Electric range cooker and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Garden with patio, lawn, and furniture, with charcoal barbecue available on request
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4.6 miles
  • Note: No children under 8 years old, except babies under 2 years old
  • Note: This property has a private water supply which is tested regularly
  • Note: Bookings for any other reason than holiday/leisure are not permitted, this property cannot be used as private accommodation for work trips.

The property

Dawlish 5.1 miles.

Nestled within the rural scenery of Devon is this wonderful single-storey barn conversion, Hayloft at Magnolia Lake, offering four guests a lovely base within easy reach of the coast and the Dartmoor National Park.

Featuring A-frame and exposed beams, along with a quaint, country style and a four-poster bed in one of the two bedrooms, Hayloft at Magnolia Lake is the perfect choice for your next break to Devon.

When you've returned from a fun day out, settle into the homely sitting room where a woodburning stove is a welcome sight on a winter's day, while the French doors leading outside are perfect for opening up in the warmer months; relax in here with a TV along with a DVD player too.

Find a pretty, country-style kitchen/diner to gather for mealtimes, with an impressive electric range cooker to make use of, along with a utility room being home to a washing machine, you have all you need here.

Settle down into one of the two elegant bedrooms, with the master holding a beautiful four-poster king-size bed, and the second room home to two singles as well as enjoying Jack-and-Jill access to the spacious, shared bathroom.

Freshen up in here either in the bath with a handheld shower, or in the walk-in shower, before enjoying an alfresco breakfast on the sun-trap patio outside.

Relish a rural retreat with your nearest and dearest in Devon at Hayloft at Magnolia Lake.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1060791, 1060804, 1060805, 1060806, together sleeping up to 20 guests.

Magnolia Lake

Five individual cottages set within 18 acres of private woodland and gardens close to the beautiful hamlet of Mamhead in an unspoilt corner of South Devon and amidst rolling countryside and stunning woodland areas. Tucked below the beautiful Haldon Forest; a haven for walkers, cyclists and wildlife the cottages at Magnolia Gardens offer wonderful rural retreats yet are easily accessible form the A380 which connects Exeter and Torquay. Ideally suited to groups of friends or families, this accommodation caters to a variety of group needs, there's no better choice for your escape to Devon. All of the cottages offer a homely and traditional interior, with woodburning stoves in three of the cottage offering an added warmth in the winter months, while their private gardens offer the perfect spot for alfresco dining and social gatherings in the summer, with all of 18 acres of beautiful grounds to explore too! On the southern border of Haldon forest and just below the Mamhead Sensory Trail and the Mamhead Obelisk, the cottages are well placed for those seeking a relaxing escape, with walking routes leading you past the landmark via dens and wooded trails to explore. For relaxed days out then the coast is a short drive away with Dawlish Warren offering a huge sweep of golden sand plus a wild bird sanctuary and nature reserve or explore Regency town of Teignmouth with its pier and sandy beaches. Both Dawlish and Teignmouth are home to a scattering of shops, pubs, restaurants, ice cream shops, cafés and so much more, there's sure to be something here for every kind of dining occasion. Take a day trip to Shaldon to discover the Shaldon Wildlife Trust and the Shaldon Botanical Gardens both making lovely spots for a leisurely stroll, or enjoy a family-fun day out at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, home to baboons, red pandas, crocodiles, wallabies and so much more, it's well-worth a visit. The adventure seekers will delight at the surrounding attractions of Ashcombe Adventure Centre, Go Ape Bullers Hill and Crealy Theme Park and Resort, all offering a memorable experience and rides suitable for a variety of ages. While the history lover will be happy to find both Powderham Castle and the National Trust owned Compton Castle just a scenic car ride away too. In easy reach of so much excitement, the cottages at Magnolia Lake make a superb choice at any time of the year.

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

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About the location


Teignmouth 3 miles; Exeter 13.4 miles; Exmouth 19.7 miles

A charming seaside town set on the southern coast. The town of Dawlish offers all of the facilities for day-to-day living including a pleasant variety of shops, restaurants and cafés and a small cinema. Dawlish is famous for its Black Swans that live with other wildfowl on the Dawlish Water that runs through the central town park down to the sea, at night in the summer it is beautifully lit by strings of coloured lights. Dawlish comes with a wonderful, sandy beach with a crazy golf course also nearby, it is the perfect place for a family holiday. Up the coast is Dawlish Warren that can be reached by car or train or, for those energetic types, a walk along the sea wall. Further afield, Dawlish mainline station offers access to Exeter, Exmouth, Torquay, Paignton or even Plymouth, trains are plentiful.

Note: Please arrange with owner if planning to charge electric vehicles at the property.

Note: No children under 8 years old, except babies under 2 years old.

Note: Bookings for any other reason than holiday/leisure are not permitted, this property cannot be used as private accommodation for work trips.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas