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Secluded Georgian Rectory between beautiful Dartmoor and South Hams beaches

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House in Ashburton, Newton Abbot, Devon, England, UK - Idyllic, Quiet Haven Between Dartmoor And The South Devon Coast

An idyllic, quiet haven, Merrifield House is a listed Georgian former Rectory offering visitors the rare opportunity to get away from it all, whilst affording easy access to Dartmoor National Park and the beautiful sandy beaches of the South Hams. Whether you are looking for a relaxing holiday or an ‘action packed’ cycling or pet friendly walking holiday, we have everything on our doorstep for both young and old to enjoy. The house has been renovated to an exceptional standard with all original features retained. Fine rural views are afforded out over a large pond and there is a patio area with gas barbecue catching the evening sun. Beyond, are 20 acres of woods and fields for youngsters to burn off energy. Downstairs there are original flagstone and oak floors with open fireplaces and underfloor heating. Rooms are furnished with high quality period furniture including a stunning old dining table. There are both indoor and outdoor games rooms including table tennis and table football.

Mrs Nicola Cosford
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2017

About Mrs Nicola Cosford

We moved to Devon with our 3 children approximately 10 years ago and have spent much of that time renovating Merrifield.

Merrifield is our passion and we are constantly updating and upgrading the house and gardens. It gives us great pleasure to share this wonderful place with our guests

Mrs Nicola Cosford purchased this house in 2004

Why Mrs Nicola Cosford chose Teignbridge

Merrifield is a former Georgian rectory set in the middle of 20 acres of pasture and woodland. Despite being only a few minutes from the A38 it as an idyllic, quiet haven from which to escape todays frenetic lifestyle. There is no noise or light pollution (only the sound of birdsong our resident owls and some fantastic 'star gazing' on a clear night). If you are really lucky you may even see some very shy Roebuck deer.

Despite its rural location Merrifield affords easy access to Dartmoor right on our door step and the beautiful sandy beaches of the South Hams and the English Riviera.

If you enjoy shopping and sight seeing Plymouth, Exeter and Dartmouth are all just 30 minutes away. If you prefer arts and crafts and antiques, Totnes and Ashburton are closeby.

What makes this house unique

Merrifield has been renovated to a very high standard whilst retaining the unique period feel of the house.The emphasis has been to provide a comfortable, homely atmosphere. Despite only being in the industry for two years we are very proud of our 5 Star Gold Award with Visit England.

There are plenty of outstanding restaurants for fine dining, or Inns and pubs, the nearest being just a mile away. Locally sourced home cooked food is also available on request and we can accept deliveries from Tesco or Sainsburys in time for your arrival.

If you are not familiar with the area we are happy to suggest local attractions and activities for all ages and abilities.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Guest feedback is very important to us and constructive criticism is very welcome as we constantly strive to improve our service. Please take a look at the testimonials on our website.
Feb 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ashburton in South Devon

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to attic bedroom with original roll top bath and walk in shower. En suite to bedroom 1 with walk in shower. Family bathroom with bath and shower.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Large attic bedroom with king size bed and 2 additional under eaves mattresses for children. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with double bed. Bedroom 4 with twin beds. Bedroom 5 with twin beds.
  • Books
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outside: 20 acres of pasture and woodland to explore. Swings and a selection of outside games. Private patio area with outdoor furniture, including sun umbrella and gas BBQ. Parking for several cars. Utility Room: Washing machine. Tumble drier. Large fridge freezer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are included except for travel cot. The house is fully seviced every Friday or as required by guests subject to arrangement. Other: Games room in barn outside with full size Table Tennis table and Football Table.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


Perfect, just perfect

  • 5 of 5

We were are total of 6 adults and 3 young children (3 generations of the same family). Merrifield House suited us absolutely perfectly! All of the bedrooms were well appointed, bright and airy with a touch of class. The living spaces were large and comfortably furnished and (an important point over a wet eeekend) very well supplied with toys, books, dvd's etc to keep even grumpy kids amused. It is very well situated being a couple of miles from the A38 and within easy reach of beaches the Moor and many tourist attractions. The Cosford were very helpful, supplying us with whatever we asked for and otherwise letting us have the run of the area.

This is a 10 out of 10 house and I really hope that we will be back again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again some time in the future.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 1
14 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2
16 Jun 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Hols 1
14 Jul 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Hols 2
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 1
1 Sep 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 2
8 Sep 2017 - 14 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 3
15 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 4
29 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October Half Term
20 Oct 2017 - 2 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2017
3 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Pet Fee £50

Booking Notes:
Please use the booking form on our website or contact us by phone.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Friday although we can be flexible outside of peak booking times. The property is available after 4pm on the day of arrival. Check out is by 10am on the day of departure.

Notes on prices:
We also offer min 3 night short breaks outside of peak season. Please visit our website for more information on availability and pricing.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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