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Cottage | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 16

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

deep in Lord Roborough's 6,000 acre estate, 1½ miles from Milton Combe and very close to the river Tavy, is Maristow Barton, a large, detached Georgian country house in its own enclosed grounds and most peaceful of settings, lots of footpaths; jetty for small boat (bring your own) on the Tavy (excellent birdwatching). Beside the house, an enclosed, sunny, gravelled yard with tables/chairs, charcoal barbecue; behind the house, a large lawn. Games room (table tennis, darts). Barns provide storage space for bicycles (bring your own).The house is hugely comfy, bright modern decor, owner loved/used. Large hall; beautiful, sunny living room (30' x 18') with open fire, comfy sofas, TV/DVD, good prints. Dining room with dark red walls and leather chairs. Kitchen with two dishwashers, microwave, fridge-freezer (chest freezer in barn), gas range, electric oven/gas hob, island with bar stools; larder with additional fridges; laundry room with washing machine, tumble drier. Downstairs lobby/loo and back door to yard.

Upstairs: on the first floor, four bedrooms, all good-sized, well-proportioned rooms with Georgian windows (seats) and lots of light:

the Japanese master double (6' bed) with black lacquer furniture and en suite shower-room (suite with power-shower and double tray);

a double (5' bed), peaceful in greens/creams with rattan furniture and en suite shower-room (suite, power-shower);

a double (5' bed) with en suite shower-room (suite, power-shower);

a twin, with exclusive use of shower-room (suite, power-shower) across the landing;

On the second floor, four more bedrooms, smaller, lower ceilings, all brightly coloured and fun:

the 'fuschia' double (5' bed) with slipper bath (plus hand-shower) in the room, washbasin in one cupboard, loo in another (limited clothes-hanging space);

the 'turquoise' double (5' bed) with slipper bath (plus hand-shower) in the room, washbasin and loo in cupboard;

the 'red room' with twin beds and en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower);

the 'green and pink room' with twin beds and en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower).Professional catering available. Dogs permitted in kitchen and utility areas only. Damages Deposit £750. The standard of luxury and comfort in the house is exceptional, the atmosphere relaxing and casual, the surroundings tranquil.

Size Sleeps up to 16, 8 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Telephone, Games room
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 8 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (6), Double beds (5), Cots (1)
Other Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Please bring your own beach towels.

The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 5 star.

The West Country region

Dartmoor: "the last great wilderness in Southern England". Great rock-tors top many of its often heather-covered hills. Marvellous for walking, riding, tor-climbing, picnicking, kite-flying, pony-trekking and, if you're at all energetic, not seeing other people. Just off its edge, amid woods, valleys and farmed hills, are many pretty villages (sometimes thatched) and very lively small towns. All is protected from caravans, tents and most ugliness by being in the Dartmoor National Park.

The half of the moor north of the B3212 is the highest and wildest; no villages within it, almost no cultivation. The southern half has the most spectacular tors, best wooded river valleys, a few villages (like Widecombe, Buckland) in green-field 'oases'. The moor's eastern edge is the softest, most wooded, most popular: Chagford, Moretonhampstead, Lustleigh and Bovey Tracey are among its best villages, and the river Teign is an exceptionally beautiful river valley. The Dart(s) – two of them rise in the moor's middle and join at Dartmeet – is/are equally beautiful all the way to the sea at Dartmouth. Very lovely, too, are the valleys of the rivers Avon, Erme, Walkham and Tavy; Tavy Cleave, on the latter, is the western moor's most dramatic place. The quality of a pub can change so quickly we hesitate to recommend, but there are plenty of them; and of places to ride or pony-trek.


Milton Combe: village (pub) near the river Tavy, 8 miles from Plymouth (theatre, cinema, aquarium). Dartmoor, Yelverton and the Plym Valley cycle track, about 4 miles. Tavistock, 8. Buckland Abbey (Nat. Trust), 1 mile; within 15 miles are other Nat. Trust houses/gardens, fishing villages and sandy beaches.

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25 Aug 2012


"good accommodation but unhelpful owner"

Nice place to stay, but owner claimed damage to kitchen bin, which we were certain was not the case, It was in the same condition when we left as when we arrived. No evidence or information on the dam… More

Thanks for your comments. We're glad you liked the property and its location but were sorry to hear you weren't completely satisfied with the service.

The caretaker of this property has worked at the house for a number of years, and knows it and its contents well. She reported the Brabantia bin damaged at the end of your stay and it was also noted at this time that there was some staining to a leather-topped bedside table. Fortunately, through the efforts of the caretaker, it was possible to save the bedside table, but sadly the bin was beyond repair. The caretaker is absolutely certain the damage occurred during the period of your stay and consequently we informed you that it would be necessary to pay for a replacement. This was less than the price advertised on the Brabantia website and in line with many national retailers. We do ask that guests take responsibility for any damage which they may cause, it is after all unfair for holiday home owners and/or other guests to have to cover the cost of another party's accidents.

We're sorry if you feel that the home owner should have accepted your word over that of his long-standing employee, but rather than the caretaker dishonestly trying to acquire a new bin, is it not possible that one of the 15 varied party members who holidayed with you may have accidentally damaged the bin and neglected to mention it, as was the case with the stains to the leather-topped table?

You're absolutely right in your assertion that we cannot arbitrate in these matters; without having seen the damaged items before and after the event, it would be impossible for us to comment. However, we do all we can to resolve any problems that arise to the satisfaction of all involved and will happily speak to home owners on your behalf, if this is preferable to you.

Best wishes, Helpful Holidays

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