Great Burrow Cottage
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Great Burrow Cottage (Sunday Times "50 Coolest Cottages in Britain and Ireland") is a detached former Linhay found in the heart of undulating West Devon countryside, in the grounds of Grade II listed Great Burrow Farmhouse. It has stunning uninterrupted views of Dartmoor. French doors lead to a private patio and tranquil gardens with wildlife ponds, free-range chickens and ducks, a beautiful honey-coloured cob and stone barn, ancient oak trees and sweeping views of Dartmoor's wild northern tors. A heat exchange system provides constant hot water with underfloor heating that keeps the cottage really cosy and a woodburner too for that added snug feel. The contemporary bathroom has a slate floor and large bath with a deluge shower above. French doors lead to your own patio and large tranquil gardens with 2 wildlife ponds. There are great walks directly from the cottage taking in streams, forests and valleys. Enjoy a camp fire round the firepit, as the sun sets on Yes Tor; laze in the hammock under the tall willows. There are table tennis and darts in the adjacent barn..or in the cottage DVD, Freeview, Wifi, books and binoculars!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bude 38 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||11 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter International 64 km, Nearest railway: Exeter St Davids 48 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Great Burrow Cottage was listed in the Sunday Times "50 Coolest Cottages in Britain and Ireland" Jan'09 and has since had great press from most of the broad sheets. See our web site for more Press.
It comfortably sleeps 6.
The hot water and heating is from a very efficient geo-thermal ground loop heat exchange system, keeping the cottage at a constant temperature no matter what the weather. We also have a woodburner to make things extra enticing in the autumn and winter.
Beautifully converted with oak and slate floors, it has a master double bedroom and a loft bedroom with 3 single beds, one of which converts to a double bed.
|Further details outdoors|
The large partly wooded garden has two big wildlife ponds and a firepit with far reaching views and great walks directly from the cottage. Our local pub is about a 40 min wonderful muddy walk through streams and valleys. We have free ranging chickens and ducks too!
The West Country region
The cottage is close to the Cornwall and Devon border and is ideal for both a relaxing, centrally located country retreat or an active family holiday. The glorious North Cornwall coastline is less than 30 min drive with its world class surfing beaches and Dartmoor is on the doorstep with fantastic walks and riding on its dramatic wild Tors, beautiful wooded valleys and ancient forests. Great Burrow Cottage is a perfect base to explore this very varied and rewarding area rich in wildlife and spoilt with great pubs and restaurants.
Dartmoor, Bodmin moor and Exmoor are all within easy driving distance whilst fifteen minutes drive away is the castle town of Okehampton and the Cathedral city of Exeter about 30 minutes. The market towns of Tavistock and Launceston are also within easy reach.
Dartmoor offers horse riding, cycling, walking and great pubs whilst the North Cornwall coast has miles of sandy beaches, fascinating rock pools and stunning cliff top walks. In addition there are excellent golf courses, water sports, and fishing. We can give you more tailored information when you arrive but have listed a local selection here.
Dartmoor was designated one of the National Parks of England and Wales in 1951. The public is able to roam freely on its 369 square miles of unenclosed, open moorland, with around 600 miles of public rights of way. Dartmoor is a rich habitat for wildlife and has a wealth of archaeological remains, myths and legends. The cottage has guide books on some of the best walks.
You can find great walks directly from the cottage, taking in streams, forests and valleys many with beautiful far-reaching views of Dartmoor and even Bodmin moor. Many more walks can be found at the Discover Dartmoor website.
Great Burrow Cottage has stables and a paddock should you wish to take advantage of the numerous bridleways that crisscross the area. Please contact us for livery rates. If you don't have your own horse you can go riding on the moor from many stables including Eastlake Riding Stables in nearby Belstone.
The Granite Way is an 18km cycle/walkway from Okehampton to Lydford with a large part of it being traffic-free, through beautiful countryside. It is part of the National Cycle Route 27. If you don't bring your own bike you can hire them from Devon Cycle Hire who will deliver bikes to the cottage.
Devon Cycle Hire, Sourton Down, Near Okehampton, Devon, EX20 4HR.
Tel: 01837 861141 /01822 615014
Nearby Roadford Lake has trout fishing, sailing, wind surfing, canoeing, bird watching and a natureWater Sports Nearby Roadford Lake has trout fishing, sailing, wind surfing, canoeing, bird watching and a nature trail.
The golf courses around Okehampton are recognised as some of the best in the country.
North Cornwall is one of the country's most popular surfing coasts with world class surfing beaches at Widemouth Bay and Bude. We can help you find perfect beaches for swimming, paddling and rockpooling.
National Trust and English Heritage sites:
Lydford Gorge near Okehampton is spectacular. Starting high above the river, weaving through the woods to the 30m White Lady waterfall, it then follows a series of whirl pools including the Devils Cauldron.
Lanhydrock House and Gardens
Other worthwhile places
Pencarrow House and Gardens
Pubs and restaurants:
There are numerous local pubs offering excellent and varied food and real ales. Nearby at Bratton Clovelly is The Clovelly Inn, whilst 'gastro' pubs The Dartmoor Inn and The Harris Arms have been enthusiastically reviewed in the The Observer and Sunday Telegraph.
For award winning organic food visit Percys Restaurant and for grand dining, Gidleigh Park Hotel restaurant.
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4 Apr 2014
"Idylic cottage, very cosy had a lovely week."
We stayed at Great Burrow Cottage for our 25th Wedding Anniversary, it was a lovely cottage very cosy and comfortable.Mary & Justin were very helpful and were very happy and accommodating when we aske… More
7 Feb 2014
"Beautiful cosy converted barn"
Perfect gateway for Nature lovers, a short drive away from fabulous walks in Dartmoor. Great Burrow is a beautiful warm cottage with a wood burner that makes it so cosy during rainy cold winters and w… More
14 Jan 2014
"A wonderful, cozy bolt hole from which to explore Dartmoor and beyond"
In spite of staying at Great Burrow during extreme weather conditions, we had the best time and never felt stuck.. There are plenty of interesting things to do in the area, but we were also very happy… More
7 Oct 2013
A warm welcome and a very clean cottage. A very enjoyable stay. It rained for the first couple of days solidly and the cottage made a welcome and cosy hideout.The cream tea on our fist day was very ta… More
3 Oct 2012
"Perfect country hideaway with lots of charm and warmth"
We had a wonderful week at Great Burrow Cottage. A very cosy and beautifully thought out cottage with everything you need. We were welcomed by the owner with a fab home made cream tea which was much… More
2 Oct 2012
"Cozy and clean country retreat"
We were so happy we picked this location for our accommodations during a trip to the UK. The owners met us upon arrival, and provided us with proper tea and their own chickens' free range eggs. … More
10 Jul 2012
"Fabulous Place to Relax and Enjoy Dartmoor"
We stayed at Great Burrow in late June and had a lovely stay. The cottage is very clean and comfortable and has great warmth and character. We were met by the owners, Justin and Mary, who were happy… More
30 Apr 2012
"Beautiful, comfortable, romantic cottage"
We stayed here for a wonderfully relaxing few days as part of our honeymoon and absolutely loved the cottage and the setting.The cottage is simply and beautifully furnished and very well equipped - Ma… More
21 Apr 2012
"A wonderful place to stay!"
We highly recommend Great Burrow Cottage - we had a wonderful week there. We were travelling with 3 teenaged children, but the cottage has plenty of room, and the kids enjoyed playing table tennis and… More
6 Oct 2011
"Our stay at Great Burrow lived up to and exceeded my mental picture of the perfect vacation in England."
The cottage was lovely and very well maintained and the surroundings were idyllic. The hosts, Mary and Justin, could simply not have been more welcoming and helpful; when we arrived later than we had anticipated and with no provisions, they gave us ingredients from their kitchen and garden for our dinner that night. I highly recommend a stay here to anyone who wants to get off the beaten path but still have access to so many interesting places to go and see with a drive of an hour or less. The only fly in the ointment was, well, flies, as we had a number of them in the cottage, however, it was clearly us who let them in with our comings and goings.
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