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Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Ostler's Cottage is the perfect retreat for couples wishing to be 'far from the madding crowd'. Found down an unmade lane, Ostler's Cottage is a modern eco 'barn conversion'—with character—based within a converted stone stable block that once served a nearby stately home. With underfloor heating, heat-recovery ventilation, solar electricity and hot water, you'll be warm and cosy in this very private, quiet and beautifully-appointed cottage. Note there are no 'hidden extras': the price is all-inclusive.
Downstairs is a well-equipped open plan kitchen area with a fridge + freezing compartment, a gas hob, built in electric oven, a dish washer, washing machine and a microwave. There's a dining table for 4. The comfortable lounge area has seating for 4, a Freeview TV, DVD player and Wi-fi.
Upstairs is a spacious bedroom with king-sized (6 foot) bed, dressing table and east-facing windows to catch the morning sun, together with a modern en-suite shower room complete with bidet and large shower. Cot provided on request.
Outside you have your own private sun-drenched patio, delightful garden area and private parking space. Walk through the gate and you have a further 18 acres of gardens and grounds to explore. Why not row round the large water-lilly-fringed lake, relax in the summer house on the south shore or walk more than a mile of paths alongside the stream and through the woods? Wildlife abounds which you can observe from the strategically-placed hide and vantage points. Regular sights are barn owls, kingfishers and herds of deer—but you can also see grass snakes, badgers, foxes and no end of bird species, some quite rare. On clear winter nights you'll be astonished by the dark skies which provides a fantastic view of stars which cannot be seen in other parts of the UK due to light pollution.
Ostler's Cottage is a great place to relax and a superb central location to explore Dartmoor (15 mins) and the North Devon and North Cornwall coastlines (25 mins).
Don't forget that Ostler's Cottage is part of the same group of barn conversions as Verbena Cottage (577027) and The Garden House (539632); so why not come with other friends (total 8 people) so that you can have a barbecue by the lake or go for a row together?
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|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bude (25 mins by car).|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nearest are Exeter (1 hr) or Bristol (2hrs)., Nearest railway: Exeter (50 mins by car).|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
The West Country region
North Devon is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the region is known for its mild climate, lush green rolling landscape and stunning wildlife. There are no cities; just occasional sleepy market towns and, with quirky names and equally quirky chocolate-box views, inland villages characterised by winding streets of ancient thatched cottages, and no end of breathtakingly picturesque fishing villages round the coast. Most settlements are served by old pubs steeped in history and local memorabilia where you can hob-nob with the very friendly locals, or partake in delicious freshly served food, including the famous Devon cream tea. To see what's on offer you'll need a car—but no worries, driving is still an enjoyable adventure round here, like it was in the 50s and 60s. And there's lots to see.
The area is known for the many stunning gardens which are green and floriferous. Try an on-line search for some of these well known names: 'RHS Rosemoor', 'Docton Mill Gardens'; 'Winsford Walled Garden'; 'Marwood Hill'; 'Hartland Abbey'; and 'Buckland Abbey'. And for something more modern and architecturally stunning, the internationally famous 'Eden Project' is a eye-opening place for a day out.
For those wishing to take in great history and geography, the region abounds with more than its fair share of National Trust properties, from the foreboding, granite 'Castle Drogo', to the fascinating 'Finch Foundry' with its working water wheels and metal working demonstrations. There's also the stately 'Arlington Court'; King Arthur's mystical castle at 'Tintagel'; and 'Lydford Gorge', complete with Victorian walkways around a rushing river that tumbles off Dartmoor.
For the adventurous there's walking on Dartmoor with guide, sailing on either the picturesque 'Roadford Resevoir' or 'Upper Tamar Lake'; and bike hire to cycle along the long and traffic-free 'Tarka Trail'. For those who like wildlife (don't forget your binoculars) you can visit the many reserves run by Devon Wildlife. Last there's also no end of opportunities to fish; from fly-fishing for trout to hooking some really big carp (40lb +) in the many local fishing venues (nearest 3 mins away).
For eating out, we have numerous local pubs serving good plain fare (several within 12 mins) and a sprinkling of 'gastro pubs' with restaurants, such as the 'Rydon Inn' at Holsworthy (15mins). And for those wishing to try something special, why not push out the boat with lunch or dinner at a top Michelin-starred restaurant such as 'Gidleigh Park' at Chagford (45 mins)?
This is a region with bags to do and experience.
Ostler's Cottage nestles in the most sparsely-populated area in the region—no 'rush hour' here—equidistant between the rolling moorland of Dartmoor (15 mins*) and the great beaches of the North Devon and Cornish coast, famed for its delightful fishing villages, cliff walks and sandy surfing beaches (nearest, 25mins). On the doorstep we have Winsford Walled Garden (a 1 minute walk); Halwill Nature reserve (3 mins); the North Devon Alpaca Park (9 mins); and Cookworthy Forest with its cycle network (7 mins).
Dark skies are guaranteed as the nearest city is 45 miles away; you'll be stunned by what you can see from the patio and garden, particularly on clear autumn and winter evenings (if you don't own a pair, why not buy or borrow a pair of binoculars or telescope to bring with you?). Torches are supplied in the cottage for those who wish to explore outside at night.
For your provisions we are blessed with 2 Waitrose supermarkets: in Holsworthy (12 mins) and Okehampton (15 minutes); each having a Co-operative supermarket as a near neighbour.
[*Distances are by steadily-driven car, unless indicated differently.]
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2 Aug 2014
"Perfect country hideaway"
Myself, husband and 14 month old son have just arrived home from our first family holiday and thanks to Ann and John it was perfect. The cottage is situated off the beaten track and provides the perfe… More
29 Dec 2013
Had a wonderful Christmas break. John and Anne made us very welcome with home made mince pies, flowers, chocolates and even a decorated Christmas tree. The cottage is extremely clean and well laid out… More
Really chuffed you enjoyed yourselves, Jim. We aim to please.
Have a good time in Jamaica; I hear it's hotter there!
26 Nov 2013
"Excellent - if quiet and off the beaten track is your thing you can't go wrong"
Met by the owners who showed us around the cottage and made us feel very welcome. Cake was a very nice touch. The accomodation was absolutely pristine - couldn't fault it. The cottage itself is… More
Thanks very much for such a positive review. It's reassuring to know our effort is so appreciated. We hope to see you again sometime.
2 Sep 2013
"A beutifull little retreat for a fantastic getaway"
We arrived at the cottage to be welcomed by John & Anne who explained all we needed to know. As we had taken our bikes John recommended a route nearby and gave us a map to use. The cottage was everyth… More
Thanks for an excellent review and we hope to see you again sometime!
24 Jul 2013
"idyllic Devon retreat"
Have just returned from a most delightful holiday in the heart of the Devonshire countryside. The cottage was lovely and very comfortable set in the owners beautiful gardens complete with lake and rowing boat. Cottage was modern and very clean and nothing was too much trouble for our very hospitable hosts Anne and John, we are looking forward to going back very soon.
Thanks for your review, Mike and Pam. We're glad you enjoyed your holiday and hope to see you back again soon. We saw the barn owl last night -- sorry you missed it. Then again, you saw a nightjar, which is more than we did!
Best wishes, Anne and John
18 Jul 2013
"A perfect getaway for those who want to get away from it all"
After searching for the perfect little getaway for me and my partner, I came across this gem of a place in Devon. Quiet, lots of countryside walks, a lake with a boat...it really did exceed our expect… More
Kerry and her partner were the very first guests via Holiday Lettings to stay at Ostler's Cottage. Thanks for a brilliant review, Kerry. We're glad you enjoyed the holiday so much! We hope to see you again sometime soon.
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