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“Luxury on the outskirts of Chagford”

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27 reviews
Down Cottage
Down Cottage
View from inside entrance door
Kitchen
Woodburner in kitchen
View from kitchen window
View from kitchen
Double bedroom
Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
View from twin bedroom
Dining room
View from lounge
Lounge
Desk in lounge
Bathroom
Stairs and cloakroom
Driveway
Front border
View from tor
Meldon Down
River
Front porch
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Chagford, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England

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FRODO13
Swansea
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Luxury on the outskirts of Chagford”
Reviewed 13 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016

We have just returned from having a fantastic week at Down Cottage. From the first conversation with Judy who the cottage was booked through to saying goodbye to Steve the owner, I can't fault anything. You know it's a special place when arriving along a tree lined drive with the cottage directly ahead, an imposing water tower to your left and the amazing views towards Castle Drogo (although covered in scaffolding). The log burner was lit ready for arrival in the well appointed kitchen which was great after the drive from hell ( all was instantly forgotten). John came to see us a few moments after arrival to make sure we were alright.
The dining room on the ground floor across the hall from the kitchen was great. Plenty of space for guests who joined us for one evening around an amazing mahogany table (probably too good for a holiday cottage). After dinner we relaxed in the first floor sitting room. Plenty of space for six people.
Across the landing, a twin bedded room which was very comfortable and clean with plenty of storage space.
The main double bedroom has a large king sized bed which was very comfy. We slept very well during our stay. There was plenty of drawer and hanging space for clothes and coats.
The bathroom was also well fitted with a great sized bath with shower over and plenty of hot water.
This property has an array of wonderful antique furniture which adds to the feeling of luxury.
We are already talking about coming back in the Spring (we have friends who live nearby).

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Liked best: Being close to Chagford but not in the centre of the village.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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andrew b
Worcester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic Country Cottage for relaxing break”
Reviewed 1 December 2015 for a stay in November 2015

From the moment we arrived we loved every minute of our stay at Down Cottage. This little gem is furnished to a very high standard with comfy chairs, sofas and especially the beds. There is an open fire and log burner to use, however the heating was more than adequate to keep us warm during our October stay. It has an excellent kitchen, but we didn't bother to cook as there are so many restaurants and pubs to choose from in the local village of Chagford. The grounds are exceptional and recommend you take time to have a look around. All in all a five star accommodation in a very beautiful part of the world.

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Liked best: Size, cleanliness, location, grounds
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Emma B
Leicester
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Tranquility and Relaxation Guaranteed”
Reviewed 15 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015

Down Cottage is absolutely beautiful. The interior of the cottage has been tastefully and sympathetically decorated. The scenery is quite simply stunning and the owners' park grounds were fabulous to walk around. This is a perfect cottage for rest and relaxation. The setting is very tranquil and there is no noise. I couldn't recommend highly enough. It was our second visit and we hope to be able to go again before too long. Magnificent.

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Elizabeth...
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
“Exquisite in every detail”
Reviewed 2 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015

We booked Down Cottage as it is two fields away from the cottage of a friend who has just got married in nearby Chagford. We know the area well and were looking forward to a few days enjoying Dartmoor in the autumn. From the second we opened the front door, we knew Down Cottage is something exceptional. Every muted colour, each carefully chosen piece of antique furniture and all the modern adornments combine with the practicalities of a skillfully executed upgrade to create a convivial space for reading, conversation and sleep.

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Liked best: The elegance of the interior
Liked least: The visiting slug on the front door on Hallowe'en!
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Michael T
Guildford, United Kingdom
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“Outstanding holiday accommodation.”
Reviewed 5 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Everything about this holiday accommodation exudes quality. For those who appreciate scenic views and a quiet situation the location is outstanding. Chagford with its attractive independent shops (there is also a small Spar supermarket), cafes and hostelries is only 10 minutes away by car. To get there it’s necessary to negotiate some single-track lanes, which are characteristic of most of Dartmoor and just require some careful, relaxed driving. In the other direction from the house another 10-minute drive takes you to Batworthy corner where there is a small parking place and you can walk out onto some classic moorland. A walk to the prominent Kes Tor with its small rock pools is highly recommended and for lovers of early history the surrounding area features numerous stone rows and the remains of hut circles. A short walk down the west side of the tree plantation takes you to the Walla Brook, an ideal spot for a picnic and great for kids (with supervision) to explore. A few hundred yards further on brings you to the mysterious Scorhill stone circle, which can be reached by taking the clapper bridge over the brook. For those who prefer their scenery to come with less effort the garden of the house, which the owners are happy for you to explore, is a delight. The upper part consists of a formal lawn and ‘natural’ rock gardens and even has its own tor with steps cut in for easy access. Further down the slope the garden has been planted with numerous attractive shrubs and then, after crossing a small leat, becomes more natural, culminating in a classic Dartmoor river with water tumbling and cascading over huge, moss-covered granite boulders. Anyone interested in industrial archaeology would also appreciate the tumbledown ruins just above the leat that are the remains of a Dartmoor ‘blowing house’ used for the smelting of tin. It may not look much at a casual glance but its historic importance is such that is in fact a listed building.
As regards creature comforts and facilities, Down Cottage would put most hotels to shame. There are two spacious bedrooms, one featuring a king-size double bed while the other has two comfortable single beds. Both bedrooms are beautifully furnished and there is also a TV in each. Adjoining both bedrooms there are built-in wardrobes with ample hanging and storage space for clothes. Upstairs there is also a large lounge with two comfortable sofas, a TV and DVD player plus a further built-in wardrobe with hooks and a long rail for hanging clothes. The upstairs siting of the lounge also provides excellent views across to Chagford and nearby Meldon Tor. Other upstairs facilities are the bathroom, with a bath that features a wider shower area at one end, and a separate toilet. Downstairs can be found the tastefully furnished dining room with its large dining table, a second toilet and a kitchen with a full range of equipment (including ceramic hob, oven, microwave and fridge with a small freezer compartment) and utensils for self-catering plus a wood burning stove for anyone staying in the colder months of the year. Tea lovers might like to note that the spring water is very soft so bring something like ‘Yorkshire’ or other tea bags designed for use with soft water if you don’t want the tea to taste ‘soapy’. Throughout the house there are extremely efficient radiators so you won’t be cold whatever the weather and the heating system also provides copious hot water. Just outside the kitchen is a large picnic table with bench seats and there is also a washing machine and tumble drier in the adjacent garage.
We enjoyed a wonderful week in this superb accommodation and cannot recommend it too highly for anyone who enjoys the Dartmoor countryside not to mention the teashops, hostelries and lively cultural scene of Chagford, which The Times newspaper recently rated as one of the best places to live in England.

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