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Secluded Georgian Rectory between beautiful Dartmoor and South Hams beaches

People12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

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.


Owner
Mrs Nicola Cosford
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

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 Ashburton

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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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ashburton in Teignbridge District

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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Secluded Georgian Rectory between beautiful Dartmoor and South Hams beaches
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
5

Amazing

  • 5 of 5

Had everything needed for a great holiday

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased you enjoyed your break and it was great to meet you. Thank you so much to Katie for the kind message and flowers - they were lovely!! David and Nicky
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5

Lovely house. Clean and well equipped. Plenty of space for large groups. Owners very helpfull.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this property as a group of three families. Plenty of space for all of us. Furnished to a very good standard with lots of character. Kitchen well equipped. Lovely walks in the area and the local town was great. Full of little antique shops and independents including a butchers. Handy to have a small co-op and Spar in the town as well. Owners very nice and helpful, but not intrusive in any way. Fabulous break all round.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback and it's great you had such a good time at Merrifield. Thank you also for leaving it so clean and tidy and we look forward to seeing you again sometime.
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5

Great for all the family - beautiful old country house with all mod cons in the kitchen & bathrooms

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful old house with all mod cons in the kitchen and bathrooms and plenty of room for our 3-generation, 12-member family. Thanks to the thick walls our 2 toddlers didn’t wake each other or anyone else at night. We celebrated a late Christmas together over New Year and much appreciated the tasteful decorations - a tree, lights and various other elegant ‘Christmassy’ bits. There was enough room round the dining table and adequate equipment in the kitchen to invite other relatives for dinner, as well. Grandfather especially loved the Sonos music installation and the piano, while the (grand)children all enjoyed the good supply of books and toys available, including the dressing up clothes.

The location is beautiful and very rural. We were able to see a sky absolutely crowded with stars – something we rarely, if ever, see where we live – and hear birds singing from sunrise to sunset, plus owls hooting at night. The grandchildren were fascinated by the nearby horses, cows, chickens and the occasional pheasant. This is a wonderful part of Britain to visit, with lots of places of interest, rolling green countryside, Dartmoor and the sea as well.

The owners are both friendly and helpful if you need them, but absolutely not intrusive. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this wonderful house. We wholeheartedly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you and your family had such a great time at Merrifield. It was great to see so many people enjoying the festive season and thank you for leaving the house in such good order. The house is a great size for a family get together and our children, who chose the tree and dressed the house for the festive season, will be delighted with the feedback. Thank you again and we wish you all the very best for a very prosperous 2018.
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5

Merrifield was ideal as a place for our family to stay for our daughter's wedding in Devon.

  • 5 of 5

Our large family from California loved gathering at Merrifield while in Devon for our daughter's wedding. There were plenty of bedrooms for everyone to spread out in, but we were able to gather in the large common rooms to enjoy each other's company. We especially loved the large dining room table where we could easily seat 11 adults and two babies when my daughter and her fiancé joined us for meals. We appreciated that the owners were open to allowing us to host a barbecue for 40 the night before the wedding, so we could give friends and family from both sides more opportunity to mingle. The owners were very helpful arranging for high chairs and a travel cot for babies, providing extra tables and chairs and a small marquee for the barbecue, and directing us to a delicious pub for our anniversary dinner.

Our only difficulty as a tall family was dealing with many low doorways! We solved it by hanging ribbons from them to remind our tall guys to duck!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your feedback and we're delighted you had such a good time. You were perfect visitors and it's great to know our efforts in helping you enjoy the wedding were appreciated. We hope you had a good trip back and wish your daughter and her husband all the very best for the future. Nicky Cosford
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5

Lovely well kept house!

  • 5 of 5

A great stay with lots for the kids to do.

Plenty of space!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted you enjoyed your stay and are glad you had a relaxing time at the end of your trip over here. We try to make everything as easy for visitors as possible and are pleased you got your flight back safely. David and Nicky Cosford
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5

A lovely comfortable house in a great setting - very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

What a great house for a family get together. It was brilliant, quiet and relaxing and very convenient for both the Moor and Sea. We couldn't have asked for more.

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for your feedback. You were blessed by the weather as well and we look forward to welcoming you again sometime.
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Location

Coast/Beach:

Torbay and the English Riviera 30 mins drive. South Hams Beaches 30 mins drive. Thurlestone and Bantham 40 mins drive.

Travel:

Exeter Airport 30 mins drive. Plymouth ferry 30 mins drive.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ashburton, West Country

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer 2
15 Jun 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,119
for 3 nights
From
£373
£1,600
 
 
Summer Hols 1
13 Jul 2018 - 26 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,560
for 3 nights
From
£520
£2,230
 
 
Summer Hols 2
27 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 7 nights
£2,500
 
 
Autumn 1
31 Aug 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,260
for 3 nights
From
£420
£1,800
 
 
Autumn 2
7 Sep 2018 - 20 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,119
for 3 nights
From
£373
£1,600
 
 
Autumn 3
21 Sep 2018 - 4 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£981
for 3 nights
From
£327
£1,400
 
 
Autumn 4
5 Oct 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£690
for 3 nights
From
£230
£950
 
 
Autumn Half Term
19 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,300
for 7 nights
£1,300
 
 
Winter
26 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£690
for 3 nights
From
£230
£950
 
 
Christmas/New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
£2,700
for 7 nights
£2,700
 
 
Winter 1
4 Jan 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
£729
for 3 nights
From
£243
£1,040
 
 
February Half Term
15 Feb 2019 - 21 Feb 2019
7 night minimum stay
£1,430
for 7 nights
£1,430
 
 
Winter 2
22 Feb 2019 - 4 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
£729
for 3 nights
From
£243
£1,040
 
 
Easter 2019
5 Apr 2019 - 18 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
£1,760
for 7 nights
£1,760
 
 
Spring 1
19 Apr 2019 - 2 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
£879
for 3 nights
From
£293
£1,260
 
 
May Day 2019
3 May 2019 - 9 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
£1,080
for 3 nights
From
£360
£1,540
 
 
Spring 2
10 May 2019 - 23 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
£879
for 3 nights
From
£293
£1,260
 
 
Whitsun 2019
24 May 2019 - 30 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
£1,900
for 7 nights
£1,900
 
 
Summer 1
31 May 2019 - 13 Jun 2019
3 night minimum stay
£1,131
for 3 nights
From
£377
£1,590
 
 
Summer 2
21 Jun 2019 - 11 Jul 2019
3 night minimum stay
£1,230
for 3 nights
From
£410
£1,760
 
 
Summer 1
12 Jul 2019 - 25 Jul 2019
3 night minimum stay
£1,779
for 3 nights
From
£593
£2,550
 
 
Summer
26 Jul 2019 - 29 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
£2,700
for 7 nights
£2,700
 
 
Autumn 1
30 Aug 2019 - 5 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
£1,380
for 3 nights
From
£460
£1,980
 
 
Autumn 2
6 Sep 2019 - 19 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
£1,230
for 3 nights
From
£410
£1,760
 
 
Autumn 3
20 Sep 2019 - 24 Oct 2019
3 night minimum stay
£879
for 3 nights
From
£293
£1,260
 
 
October Half Term
25 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
7 night minimum stay
£1,430
for 7 nights
£1,430
 
 
Winter 1
1 Nov 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
3 night minimum stay
£729
for 3 nights
From
£243
£1,040
 
 
Christmas/New Year
21 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
7 night minimum stay
£2,700
for 7 nights
£2,700
 

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

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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