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Child and pet friendly, 20 acres of Dartmoor with swimming pool near Tavistock

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Swimming Pool in Summer, wood burner for the cooler months

Furzeland Down Cottage is newly renovated, refurbished and furnished and new to the holiday letting market.

Tastefully decorated in neutral shades it comfortably sleeps seven people (There is a comfortable folding bed for an eighth guest if required, at no extra charge).

There is a 4' 6'' double bedroom on the ground floor, a 5' double bedroom, and a twin bedded room with two 3' singles on the first floor, also a curtained cabin bed in the mezzanine bedroom. This bed would delight anyone but certainly encourage any youngster to look forward to bedtime (it comes with a wind-up torch),

The cottage is set in a beautiful, private location with wonderful views and walks, just five minutes from the ancient stannary town of Tavistock and village of Yelverton and twenty minutes from the City of Plymouth.

This is a great base for foodies, with fabulous walks, horse riding, cycling and sight seeing.

There are lots of great local National Trust properties and beautiful gardens to discover such as Buckland Abbey (home of Sir Francis Drake) or The Garden House which are both at Yelverton, Cotehele at St Dominic or Castle Drogo at Drewsteignton.

Perhaps you'll choose to enjoy a delightful walk through Bellever Forest or Wistmans Wood, taking in the clapper bridge at Postbridge followed by a delicious Sunday roast at one of the many foodie pubs or perhaps a trip to Morwellham Quay or Lydford Gorge. For the children perhaps a trip to The Dragon Archery Centre at Okehampton, or a day at the Tamar Trails Centre for zip wire rides through the woods, biking and canoeing or a family picnic and bike ride around Burrator reservoir.

During the Summer months have a cooling swim in the pool before taking off to explore the area, come back and enjoy a barbecue in your own private garden or a game of backgammon at the pool bar before changing and going out to one of the great local restaurants, bistros or pubs (and if you enjoy yourself too much there are plenty of very friendly, reasonably priced taxis we can recommend to bring you home).

Have fun, relax and enjoy yourselves.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2018

About Rosemary

I was a film editor and worked for both the BBC and ITV.

I have a keen interest in interior design, sewing, cooking and up-cycling furniture (among lots of other things).

I am mother to Victoria who is in her final year at University studying Chemistry, Rollo who eventually hopes to study Economics and Pollyanna who is reading English at University in America, I am Mormor to 7 year old Scarlett - Victoria's daughter.

My husband Gerald and I live in the house nearby with Lil our 16 year old jack russell and Bella our 10 year old golden retriever. We also have 3 cats, Saffron who is 19 tears old and her two 'kittens' Turbo and Buffy who are now 18. We also have a gaggle of free ranging chicken, many are wonderfully inquisitive ex battery hens and several are rare breeds which one our a broody hen adopted as day old chicks.

Rosemary purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Rosemary chose Yelverton

Furzeland Down Cottage is within Dartmoor National Park and part of a UNESCO World heritage site.

We have 20 acres in all, some of which is bluebell woodland - a sight to behold from May into June.

You are welcome to explore the woods at your leisure, you may find the family of deer who live here and see badger at night. There is no light pollution so we have lovely starry nights and you'll wake to hear the wonderful bird song in the mornings.

The swimming pool is there for you to enjoy during the Summer months and share with us but it is not attended. The gate from your private garden to the pool area has a bolt for you to use to ensure any 'little' people you may have can't wander into the pool area without an adult in attendance.

The pool is generally open for you to enjoy from about 9.30 to 2.30 and 4.00 until 6.30 but we can made it available for you to use outside these times by arrangement. It is cleaned and maintained daily. The pool can get as warm as 32 degrees during bouts of really hot weather but it averages about 26 degrees.

What makes this cottage unique

A perfect place for you to explore Dartmoor and the surrounding area, by car, on foot or by bicycle - the national cycle route is just across the road from the property, where you can cycle (or walk) as far as North Devon in one direction and South Brittany in the other. There is a bike store behind the cottage which you are welcome to use should you bring bikes (we also have a few bikes which you may borrow).

Its great walking country and there are plenty of horse riding establishments for those that fancy taking the views in while in the saddle, the scenery is awesome.

The World class City of Plymouth is only 25 minutes away.

We are blessed in this part of the world with great producers of food, so come and enjoy the local produce, whether rustled up in the cottage kitchen or at one of the many fine restaurants or foodie pubs in the area - all known personally!

The stunning beaches and scenery along the peninsula of Devon and Cornwall are within a short drive. Salcombe, Padstow, Newquay, Torquay, Fowey, Polperro, the list is endless....


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Yelverton in Whitchurch

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Pool house - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Pool house with changing area, shower room, WC and sink
  • Start the day with a swim in the pool followed by a shower in the pool house. Good sized changing room with bench and hanging rail. Sink with hot water, lavatory and large shower cubicle with hanging rail. Behind the pool house is a clothes line to dry damp towels and wet swim wear.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Mezzanine bedroom - 1 Single Bed
  • Ground floor bedroom with 4'6'' double divan bed, it has a wardrobe with hanging rail and shelving, bedside cupboard and bedside lamp. Also a small dressing table with mirror over and a magnifying mirror and shaver plug for your convenience. The room overlooks a small paddock, trees and shrubs. On the first floor there is a 5' double bed with two bedside tables and table lamps, large chest of drawers, vintage mirror, large shabby chic hanging rail with many white wooden hangers, vintage chair, and an antique towel rail. There are expansive country views, across your private garden, fields and out to the high moor (also the pool area). The twin room has 2 x 3' beds with small chests to each side, table lamps, wardrobe with hanging rail, vintage painted chair, good sized mirror and towel rail. On the mezzanine is a 3' curtained cabin bed with chest of drawers, antique mirror, table lamp, vintage chair and curtained closet for suitcase storage.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
In springtime the daffodils are stunning, standing to attention along the half mile long driveway and on the bank near the cottage. Also the bluebell woods are heavenly through May and June and the rhododendron and camellia from April are a riot of colour against the green of the woodland. We have sculpted walks (rides) through the woodland, typical ancient woodland. We have a cricket net, please ask if you would like to use it. Dartmoor is world class walking and horse riding country - come and enjoy it. The national cycle path (route 27) is across the road from Furzeland Down. Plymouth Hoe is 20 minutes away.


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Child and pet friendly, 20 acres of Dartmoor with swimming pool near Tavistock
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful scones and clotted cream on arrival. Very well presented cottage with quality furnishings. We hired the cottage to accommodate our bridesmaids so there was a fair amount of comings and goings. Plenty of space to park and good usable space in the house to get ready. Thank you so much for letting us share your space.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your super review...it was lovely to meet you. Congratulations to the happy couple. So pleased the cottage came up trumps.
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Fabulous home. beautiful location ; amazing hosts!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot recommend Furzland Down Cottage enough; high spec facilities set in a beautiful woodland. Rosemary and Gerald were very hospitable and went out of their way to make our stay as relaxed as possible. Ideal for families with children and dogs!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Such a wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this wonderful cottage every moment! The house (and the environment) is really beautiful and lovingly furnished!

It`s very clean and every room is decorated with many details.

Rosemary and Gerald are very welcoming hosts.

We highly recommend this property!

Fam. Lüthi from Switzerland

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. I am so pleased you had a wonderful time at Furzeland Down. It was a pleasure to meet you. Rosemary
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Beautifully equipped Cottage with Swimming Pool, Garden and Woodland ( dogs welcome too)

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is simply beautiful- and no expense has been spared creating a holiday home which is comfortable, elegant and practical. The cream tea on arrival was a lovely touch after a long journey ! Our hosts were very friendly and helpful- and despite being on their doorstep ( literally) were very discrete and not intrusive at all.

The cottage is well planned, with an open-plan ground floor making it very sociable, and practical. The kitchen is well equipped with plenty of good quality crockery and cutlery, pots and pans etc so that you can self-cater without compromising. The dishwasher is a bonus, as are the washer and drier.

Plenty of hot water for the shower, although there is only one toilet in the cottage itself which is in the bathroom- so something to be aware of. ( The pool house does have a second shower and toilet as a back up)

The beds are really comfortable, with quality bedding and duvets, and all towels were provided. Really nice touches such as cushions and throws, board games ( which we played every day!) a huge selection of books to read and the cabin bed made the whole stay extra special for us. WiFi connection was reliable - so we managed to keep connected to the real world too!

The cottage is situated within the stunning grounds of the main house- with its own dedicated garden area and access to the swimming pool and pool house. The pool is fabulous, and we used it every day . The garden has seating, swings and table tennis, and is fully enclosed for toddlers/ dogs. ( Although be aware that the free range chickens wander in occasionally and we nearly had a mishap with our labrador who thought she might be dinner!) The views over the surrounding countryside are breathtaking; this combined with the tranquility of the location ensures you can recharge your batteries and unwind. We loved exploring the woodland, and the dogs particularly enjoyed charging round and letting off steam.

A short drive to Tavistock - a great ( if quaint) market town with various cafes and shops - and a pretty river. There is a market every day - lots to see and do- try Dolly's Cafe adjacent to the market- great food and service and dogs welcome outside.

We did venture further afield - including Salcombe beach ( very busy and pretty) and Barnstaple ( to meet up with old friends - a great pub called The Cedars at Fremlington- highly recommend ) We also braved Splashdown Waterpark near Torquay- great fun ( although we were rained off ! )

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted you loved Furzeland Down Cottage, the swimming pool and grounds and that you all returned home with your batteries fully recharged.
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Lovely family accommodation

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful place to stay! The accommodation is decorated to a very high standard and the location is perfect for exploring Devon. Unfortunately we only had 1 day of sunshine but the pool was a godsend. Rosemary has thought of everything you need inside and out for a great holiday. Very child and pet friendly and there's some fab places to eat around this area. The Rock Inn is very good and also the Leg O Mutton is handy for a chinese takeawy or sit down meal. If you love cake and cream tea's, Karen's is Tavistock is just the place. Would definately return and recommend to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted that you found Furzeland Down Cottage a wonderful place to stay and that you found the accommodation of a very high standard and location perfect. Very pleased you found us to be child and pet friendly and that you had everything you needed inside and out for a great holiday. We do have some wonderful restaurants, bistros and pubs locally - its known to be a really fab foodie area. No greater compliment - to return and recommend to friends and family.
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  • 5 of 5

A wonderful week was had by all X one brave family member also braved the pool.

The property was clean and comfortable with all the necessary details taken care of. Would recommend

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. I am very pleased you had a wonderful week and delighted that you would recommend Furzeland Down Cottage.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Exeter Airport, an hour away
Nearest Barpub
1.3 Miles
Whitchurch Inn
Nearest Ferry
14 Miles
Plymouth to Roscoff, Santander
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Tavistock and Yelverton
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Car: recommended

Furzeland Down Cottage is set in 20 acres within Dartmoor National Park and also part of a UNESCO World heritage site. With delightful woodland and meadow walks - lots of wildlife such as deer and badger.

30' x 15' open air pool - shared with owners - brick/slate topped bar and stools, pool side chairs,

Pool house with shower and loo.

Dartmoor is famous for sight seeing, walking and riding with many attractions such as rural shows, music events, farmers markets, open air theatre, vintage markets, art shows, village fetes, carnivals and so forth.

A national cycle route number 27 is literally across the road, where you can walk or cycle as far as North Devon in one direction and Plymouth in the other.

The property is private but not secluded as the ancient stannary town of Tavistock with its fine architecture, pannier market, arts centre and public pool being only 5 minutes away and the ocean city of Plymouth 25 minutes.

We look forward to welcoming you to this rural idyll.



Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Yelverton, Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
summer half term 2018
25 May 2018 - 10 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer 2018
6 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2018
20 Jul 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
late summer 2018
7 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
christmas and New Year 2018/19
20 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £40
Cleaning £40
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

You can arrive any time after 3pm and leave any time before 10am.

Your holiday cottage is set within a 20 acre estate in Dartmoor National Park with its own open air, heated by sun only, swimming pool for you to enjoy in this glorious summer we are having. Can be refreshing at times I can tell you but exhilarating nonetheless.

Next to the national cycle path No. 27, with in 5 minutes of Tavistock and 20 to Plymouth.

It is a most suitable base to enjoy the wonderful scenery of Dartmoor, whether walking, riding, cycling or by car.
Devon beaches 45 minutes at most and Cornwall north coast (Padstow/Newquay) are just an hour away.
The South Riviera is also 1 hour.

Whatever you do you will have peace and seclusion here, so come and relax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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