The Old Stables
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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Tucked away at the end of a quiet courtyard within the moorland town of Buckfastleigh, a unique and peaceful 18th Century former Stables and Tucking Loft.
Immediately upon entering the property, you arrive in the glass roofed Orangery - a beautiful, bright room where you can enjoy a drink or read a book surrounded by fruit trees and flowering plants. This leads directly into an open and character filled lounge with revealed wood beams and wood burner offering a relaxing, cosy environment. In one corner sits a baby grand piano which can be played to ones hearts content.
There is a full package of entertainment available with our 43" Panasonic Flatscreen TV, including the full SKY package (inc. Movies, Sports, Documentaries) plus BT Sports. With Blueray, Wifi and a selection of DVD's & Books mean there is always something to do even if the weather is against you.
Open plan lounge-diner leads into the bespoke, country cottage kitchen with terracotta floor tiles. A rear door leads to a secluded, stone-walled courtyard with patio table & chairs for long summer evenings outdoors.
The Chapel Room downstairs leads from the lounge area and accommodates couples or 2 singles. With wood beams and stone walls, this room has some unique features including circular window, granite post and Suffolk latch doors.
Up the open staircase leading onto a 1st floor landing, the family bathroom benefits from luxury full hydrotherapy bath with spa jets, lighting and shower wand. Feature walls and beams, again make this a bathroom to spend time in.
From the landing, the large master bedroom opens up to reveal the heritage of the Old Stables. Twisted oak beams, vaulted ceilings and complimentary antique furniture make for a truly romantic experience.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Paignton - Goodrington Sands 12 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter International Airport 25 km, Nearest railway: Totnes Rail Station 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
The West Country region
The Old Stables lies on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, where its purple, heather clad moorland, wide open landscapes, rushing rivers and obscure stone tors shape the landscape. There are rolling valleys, bogs and wetland, waterfalls and well trodden paths, ancient, eerie forests and lonely ruins. Sometimes ominous, challenging, extreme, sometimes welcoming, heart warming; always breathtaking, always changing, the landscape of Dartmoor is alive in every sense of the word.
To the South of Buckfastleigh are The South Hams, a region of rural and coastal Devon in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. To the north the South Hams stretches to the edges of Dartmoor National Park, while to the south it covers one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline the UK from Torbay to Plymouth. With a strong rural and maritime heritage the South Hams is noted for is quality local food, culture, and scenic landscape.
This is the perfect backdrop for a outdoor family holiday or an romantic adventure.
A small market town on the old route between Exeter and Plymouth, Buckfastleigh was a centre for the wool trade for most of its history. The mid 19th century was the town's most prosperous period, when there were seven mills active, supplemented by some coaching inns for travellers to and from Plymouth.
At Buckfast, about a mile to the north, is Buckfast Abbey. Founded in the 11th century by King Canute, the Abbey has a fascinating history and is now an active Benedictine Monastery - the only monastery in the UK open to the public.
From the station you can catch a steam train on the South Devon Railway heritage line along the Dart Valley to Totnes or the Buckfast Heritage Bus to the Abbey and the town. Next to the station is Buckfast Butterflies and Dartmoor Otters for wildlife enthusiasts. For the ultimate hands-on animal farm you can't do much better than the award winning Pennywell Farm Centre about a mile east of the A38 at Buckfastleigh.
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20 Aug 2014
"Beautiful, comfortable mews property with grand piano"
This is an absolutely beautiful property in a charming quiet mews - a real find. We booked it because it had a piano (which one of our sons needs) but it turned out to be a great choice for the whole family. The location is ideal for exploring Dartmoor. It's a short stroll into the village centre where there's a handy little supermarket and a very nice tea room that also does delicious cooked breakfasts. The property is much bigger than it looks from the outside - the main living area, master bedroom and rock-and-roll bathroom are all a generous size. Our party included two hulking great teenage boys, but there was plenty of room for all four of us and all our kit too without feeling cramped - we stored two road bikes in the orangery and a kayak in the back yard. The property is beautifully decorated throughout, well equipped and spotlessly clean. The piano is playable - not brilliant but playable. Don't be put off by the sllightly unprepossessing road where you park your car because once you go through the gate into the mews it's altogether different. We had no difficulty finding a parking space on the road every day no matter what time we returned from our various trips out. This being Devon, there's endless stuff to do - fantastic cycling up and down Dartmoor, kayaking on the River Dart, all manner of tourist stuff and we also enjoyed the Parke parkrun at nearby Bovey Tracey. Perfect excuse for a jacuzzi to massage our tired limbs afterwards! We are so pleased we chose this property, couldn't have asked for anywhere better - the owner even let us stay for a non-standard number of nights. Highly recommended
19 Jul 2014
"A quirky hide away cottage with everything you need for a great holiday"
The old stables is a real hidden gem, down a small lane and very private. It has all modern conveniences and although it is compact, it is very comfortable indeed. Our daughter enjoyed playing the pia… More
13 Jul 2014
"Perfect romantic hideaway"
Booked by my husband as a surprise for my birthday and what a delightful surprise it was. Hidden away at the bottom of the cobbled alley this cosy little cottage was everything the other reviews promi… More
10 Jul 2014
"Ruhiges, kleines, liebevoll restauriertes Haus mit guter Ausstattung"
Wir haben mit drei Erwachsenen für 11 Tage im Juni 2014 im Old Stables gewohnt und waren insgesamt sehr zufrieden. Das Haus ist sehr liebevoll restauriert, sehr ansprechend und passend möbliert mit … More
27 May 2014
"Lovely, quiet cottage retreat only a short car journey from many attractions"
Lovely cottage with a homely feel. The bread, cheeses, butter, milk and jams were a lovely welcome gift. Plenty of literature and dvds to keep you amused and leaflets of local events and attractions. Location is hidden at the end of a terrace in a small courtyard off the main road so not in view.
Clean and comfortable. We would have liked a couple of casserole/serviing dishes to serve up meals or cook in (ie for lasagne etc) as there are only saucepans and a few cooking utensils and standard cutlery and crockery available.
The spa bath is a lovely addition to relax in with plenty of towels and soap bars provided.
Ample space for a family of four but cosy enough for just the 2 of us!
14 May 2014
"A true hidden gem - we'll be back !"
We made a last minute booking at The Old Stables based purely on the previous Trip Advisor reviews and it's proximity to Ashburton where I was doing a weekend course at the cookery school, and we… More
7 May 2014
"Beautifully Converted Stables"
We found our stay at the Old Stables to be an excellent one, and one of the best we have experienced amongst quite a few which we've tried.
The Old Stables themselves are in a quiet location, tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac of terraced cottages with access via gate from the street. We heard no traffic noise during our stay, and the street itself is a very quiet one, whilst still being close to the main town for good access.
This is a conversion of old buildings which really works and provides a quirky but still very practical layout. The covered/glass roofed entrance way filled with plants and flowers brings a bit of the outside right into the property.
The décor/balance of the place works really well with a great mix of modern amenities and old-world features. There are beams and stone walls to provide character and modern heating/plumbing to provide comfort.
All the amenities function perfectly and the place felt warm from the moment we walked through the door even with the heating off. The decor is immaculate and obviously very well cared for.
We didn't need to use the woodburner, however, when we did this for pleasure, we found this one a very decent size with a generous amount of well-seasoned firewood and kindling being provided.
Had we realised that the property had no allocated parking when we booked It might have put us off staying, since our party was travelling in two cars, however we're glad that we weren't put of by this, since we found it easy to find parking in the street nearby even on a bank holiday weekend and the quirky nature of the property would not have been possible with a conventional on-street layout.
The town of Buckfastleigh itself has a great deal to offer with good pubs and interesting shops, and there are a good many attractions for the family right on doorstep with a steam railway within the village and an excellent butterfly and otter sanctuary (don't miss the otter feeding times at 2 to 2 and half hour intervals throughout the day). A trip on the steam railway to Totness and then a river trip from there to Dartmouth is one which i would recommend. Buckfast Abbey is on the outskirts of town and Buckland Abbey nearby. The town location provides from the doorstep access to the South of Dartmoor for great walking/hiking and is an easy half hour/forty minute drive from the South Coast with Dartmouth, Brixham, Salcombe all nearby, and with some great beaches and seaside walks to choose from.
1 May 2014
"A most comfortable abode"
The Old Stables is a most comfortable abode, complete with a spacious and well-equipped kitchen which includes a washing machine, cable TV in the living area, speedy wifi, cheerful robins in the nearb… More
22 Apr 2014
"A beautiful , well -equipped cottage.Comfortable, cosy and welcoming."
Well, what a find!My father lives in Ashburton, and we wanted to visit him over the Easter weekend. Hotels in the area were either booked up, or far to expensive to stay for 3 nights for a family of 4… More
9 Apr 2014
"An incredibly enjoyable stay at a place with no reviews; this has to change"
My fiancee and I are getting married in the area soon but don't live in Buckfastleigh, so we needed to stay somewhere in order to get our licence to marry. This property was available, and the pictures looked nice, so we booked it. It didn't have any reviews, which is always something to raise your eyebrows, but since this wasn't a holiday as such, we thought that if it was bad we could always just leave a suitcase in the room so to speak and go back home anyway.
In the end, we had an incredible time there. This property not having any reviews is simply unbelievable. Perhaps they've just started up, in which case it makes sense, and my selfish side feels a bit naughty for revealing how great it is, since it means there will be greater demand in the future, but really they thoroughly deserve it for what they are offering.
It's hard to say where to start, but the long and the short is that this looks like a show-home. Not a trace of dirt anywhere, fully furnished and decorated to a very high quality, and filled with everything that you'd normally have in a house, from lamps and candles everywhere, a bookcase heaving with a varied selection of works, a huge selection of (again, varied) DVDs, a kitchen stocked with every implement, pot and pan you could ever ask for, separate washing machines, fridges and freezers cleverly hidden behind traditional-looking cupboard doors, and everything held within this charming cottage with its wooden beams and genuine sense of history.
Upon arriving we also had a basket with a loaf of "proper" bread, butter, an unopened jar of coffee, a big box of tea-bags, Marmite, as many jams and things as you could shake a stick at, and a big stash of cheese in the fridge too. This meant that we didn't even need to think about buying food for breakfast for the first three days.
Added to the generosity is the big-screen TV with every Sky package and channel available, Blu-ray DVD player, full and unrestricted WiFi, and, since it's still winter, a fully-stocked woodburner with enough logs, peat bricks and firelighters to last many evenings in a warm house, not that it would necessarily be needed since the heating is so efficient anyway.
Upstairs the bathroom is top-notch with a huge bath large-enough for two, snazzy lighting that illuminates the water, and a button to press to turn it into a jacuzzi too. Both bedrooms are atmospheric and a pleasure, as you lie down staring at the hundreds-of-years-old beams above you.
The location is about as quiet as you can get it, far from a road that isn't ever busy anyway, the nights as dark as you want for those used to staring at orange skies thanks to the light pollution of cities, and being in Buckfastleigh, on the cusp of Dartmoor, a pristine setting for some great exploring, which, being from Devon anyway, and so knowing the area, we were able to take full advantage of. If we hadn't been it wouldn't have mattered since there were so many leaflets and maps available there.
There are so many things to say that it's almost certain I'll forget something to shout about too, but that's just a testament to the property and the service that's being offered here. I can't recommend this place enough. Forget the hotels; not only is this probably more than half the price of them, but it's an entire house, in wonderful condition, generously provisioned, and you will have so much more enjoyment out of your stay here. I'm struggling to think of anything to say that's bad. I suppose if you're thinking of coming to Devon to go to the beach it's a bit of a distance from there, but then you're so close to Dartmoor that it's not like you're missing anything (go to a lake instead). Perhaps Buckfastleigh could do with some more restaurants, but then assuming you have a car Ashburton (five minutes' drive) and Totnes (fifteen minutes') will keep you perfectly satisfied ...
Just make sure you come back here afterwards!!
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