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The Old Stables


Excellent 5/5 Score from 13 reviews

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

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)
Access Car advised
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
Outdoors Private garden

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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25 Sep 2014



Booked this cottage for a recharge the batteries break for our birthdays. We couldn't have found a better place. Perfect location for exploring the moors and the coast. The cottage is adorable, everything you need to relax, full sky package with tons of films ready to d/load for free, brilliant kitchen equipped with all you need to run a kitchen, clean and so relaxing. Then there's the bath, which is a definite bonus to what is already the nicest place to chill out. Cannot recommend this cottage enough and we will definitely be coming back. Joanne and Kevin. x

21 Sep 2014


"Great location"

Overall very good. Couldn't give 5 stars due to lack of private car parking (although we always found a spot close by), no shower and some furnishings becoming a little worn.However, the locatio… More

15 Sep 2014


"Charming property and thoroughly endorse all previous comments and sentiments"

Parking workable even if a little bit of an issue, but nothing else at all to fault the charming property

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.

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