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Courtyard Cottages Close Dartmoor, Enjoy Scenery, Wildlife, Relax Or Easy Reach - Virginia Cottage Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom)



Updated: 17-Sep-2016
East Dunley Cottages in Bovey Tracey, Nr. Dartmoor, Devon, England - Rural But Not Isolated Smallholding, 5 Minutes Walk To Devon Wildlife Reserve, Explore Dartmoor

Welcome to our warm and comfortable cottages. Set in a courtyard setting,close to the owners home~ converted from the old stables and close to Bovey Tracey, a gateway town to Dartmoor, they are in 10.5 acres of unspoilt natural grounds ~ we also have a small livery stables and a Caravan Club CL Site (5 van site) We are eco friendly with PV arrays, air source heat pump and bore hole spring water. Free WiFi available. Relax on the terrace or the shared grassy sitting area. Alternatively the local area is full of beautiful scenery and plenty to do. Bovey Tracey has a good range of shops, a farmers market, the Devon Craft Centre and Parke - National Trust's Dartmoor H.Q. Explore Dartmoor with its many walks, ancient settlements and ponies or visit local attractions, House of Marbles, Trago Mills, Buckfast Abbey, National Trust and English Heritage sites among many. Beaches at Teignmouth are about half an hour distant, Torbay the "English Riviera" a little further.

Details for holiday cottage Virginia Cottage Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom), 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

Virginia Cottage faces south overlooking the terrace and the courtyard. The paved terrace is provided with table, chairs and parasol for your use. Upstairs there is a galleried bedroom with double bed and a ensuite shower room with walk in shower, basin and W.C. All bedding and towels are supplied. Extra or a different weight duvet and blanket are supplied. Downstairs is open plan with a fully equipped kitchen including induction hob, oven, fridge freezer, microwave and dishwasher. There is a dining area and comfortable arm chairs with footstool. Freeview T.V. with integral DVD player and a selection of books and tourist information are in place. Central heating is provided by the air source heat pump and is controlled from within the cottage. A shared washing machine and tumble dryer are in a separate room.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Internet
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

East Dunley is run by Annie and Andy Ayres and Andys parents Chris and Kathy Ayres.

We have 4 children however only Taylor at home now~2 Chocolate Labradors and Wellington our gorgeous if not dopey Blue Great Dane~ we also have 3 cats .

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We are pleased we came here. It is a lovely cottage and it has been a pleasure to "come home" each evening after a day visiting the sights. Barbara and Terry Cass.

A beautifully adapted cottage, well equipped with everything we needed. A wonderful, friendly welcome from the family. A place to crash out or to use as a base for exploring. Much to be recommended. Thank you! Ken and Marion Howcroft.
Jun 2013
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Virginia Cottage 9th-16th October 2016. This was not the first time we have stayed at these cottages. Cottages are clean, comfortable, excellent shower, just what we need after a long day out walking. Also very well equipped kitchen, important for us as we mostly eat in as we prefer to go out early and get "home" to our cottage mid afternoon to chill out. Don't be concerned about visiting during the cooler months of the year the central heating is top notch too. Location quiet and peaceful but only about five minutes drive from Bovey Tracey where there is a good selection of shops and eating places. We can recommend the Carpenter's Arms pub at Islington, about 10 minutes away by car, food excellent.

Annie and Andy are always cheerful and helpful, nothing is too much trouble to make a holiday as perfect as possible. We thoroughly recommend these cottages and certainly always do to friends and family.

Sue and Phil Thorne

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Virginia Cottage, East Dunley Cottages

  • 5 of 5

This is a delightful cottages, a real home from home where everything has been thought of to make your stay a comfortable and very pleasant one. The owners can't do enough fo you and we cannot recommend these cottages highly enough. All the cottages that we've stayed in at East Dunley have been clean, well maintained, and equipped with all you'll need from a holiday home. The accommodation is located about a mile and a half from Bovey Tracey with all its amenities including a local butcher who does gorgeous freshly roasted chickens and various other culinary delights, besides the usual meat products. Additionally, there's a Farmers market once a fortnight. There's a small Tesco which remains open until late plus a Spar shop and post office, and a Lloyds pharmacy to name but a few. We can highly recommend The Dolphin Public House in Bovey Tracey who have a varied menu and daily specials board, and the Brookside Cafe does a lovely breakfast, lunch or cream tea depending on your tastes. You will find a Tourist Information centre in the car park in Station Road, plus there are two further car parks close to the shops and another located at the top of the town. Haytor with its wonderful views is about a ten minute car journey and Teighnmouth, with all its seaside attractions, is about twenty minutes away and is one of our favourite destinations. We have been back several times now and would thoroughly recommend the properties here to all our friends and relatives. Thank you Annie and Andy and all the Ayres family for making us feel so at home. Can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Had a great time in Virginia cottage. Lovely welcome from Annie and Andy and their family, made to feel so at home by all of them.

This is the best equipped self catering accommodation we have ever stayed in, having everything you could need provided including some lovely wine, chocolates and home made marmalade.

Listing is completely accurate for all details. Property very clean and well maintained.

Overall small but perfectly formed, would have no hesitation in recommending this property to friends and family.

Only a stones throw from Dartmoor. Also only about 5/10 minutes from the A38 making it easy to visit the resorts in the north and south. Despite being so close there is no traffic noise and the cottage is quiet and peaceful.

We would love to return for another fortnight. Thank you all for a wonderful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review and it was a real pleasure to meet you both- it's been weird not seeing you guys and having a laugh- we would love to see you guys down in Devon - you guys were a real pleasure and joy to have around .
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  • 5 of 5

great place to y stay very clean, anne very friendly and made you feel welcome in the cottage everything you would ever need all you need is your is food cant wait to return next year nice and quite chill out holiday

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Lovely comfortable cottage, very well equipped for 2 people.

Homemade marmalade, wine and chocolate was a nice touch.

Extremely clean

  • Review Submitted: Jan 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review- it was lovely to meet you and we are glad you were pleased.
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From the Owner

East Dunley is a gorgeous small holding with just under 11 acres, at East Dunley we have a livery stables and a Caravan club CL site (a CL site is allowed to take 5 caravans.) We moved here in September 2010 and since then we have made many improvements~we have built the new stable block,converted one of the stable blocks into 3 holiday lets,we have put in shower/toilet facilities for the CL site to name a few and in Jan/Feb this year we put in a new drive~ we could no longer cope with the pot holes!!

Activity and Interests


The coast at Teignmouth is about half an hour by car. Torbay the "English Riviera" will take a little longer.


Exeter airport is the closest .

The closest bus route runs through Chudleigh Knighton, 1 mile along the woods footpath but for easy access to everything a car is essential.


Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh Knighton are about 1.5 miles, the larger town of Newton Abbot approximately 6 miles. Exeter, cathedral city, 20 minutes drive and Plymouth, with its National Sealife Centre and Plymouth Hoe within 30 minutes drive.

Further Details:

Banks, shops, tea rooms can all be found in Bovey Tracey, Pubs/restaurants are in Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh Knighton. The larger town of Newton Abbot has a full range of banks, shops, a market and the big supermarkets. Tourist information centres in Bovey Tracey and by the Haytor car park. There is a summer open air swimming pool in Bovey Tracey and a leisure centre in Newton Abbot.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
4 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
rate 15
23 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 30% deposit is required to book the cottages. The remainder to be paid 4 weeks before arrival. If your start date is 4 weeks or less then full payment will be needed. Payment can be by bank transfer or cheque.

Changeover Day:
Friday is the weekly changeover day. Arrival from 3p.m. Departure 10a.m. Short breaks are usually Friday to Monday or Monday to Friday. However we will accommodate your dates if we can so, please contact us and ask.

Notes on prices:
Dates shown with weekly stays may also be available for short breaks~ Please contact us.

Unit 3 Wisteria Cottage - Persons 3 and 4 are an extra £35 per person per week or part week.
Part week stays For all 3 cottages ~
3 night stay is priced @ 70%
4 night stay is priced @ 80%
5 night stay is priced @ 90%

A 30% deposit is required to book the cottages. The remainder to be paid 4 weeks before arrival. If your start date is 4 weeks or less then full payment will be needed. Payment can be by bank transfer or cheque.
Persons 3/4 in Wisteria Cottage are an extra £35 per person per week or part week. Short stays for all cottages - 3 nights @ 70% - 4 nights @ 80% - 5nights @ 90% of weekly rates.

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From the Owner

Peace and quiet~ you are in the country however you are only a few miles from the A38~an ideal location to get to where ever you would like to go . What more could you ask for!! We have a great deal of repeat bookings so they must agree.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Internet

Location Type

  • rural


  • churches
  • playground
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1


  • Golf ...

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


  • Notes on accommodation: All cottages are non smoking. All prices include linen, towels, utilities, central heating (controlled from each cottage) and Wi-Fi. Travel cot ,High chair available(Wisteria) Outside: Cottages are set in 10.5 acres of unspoilt countryside. Terrace with table, chairs and parasol. Shared use of grassed sitting area. Barbecues can be used, please keep them off the ground., Small livery stables and Caravan Club CL site(a 5 van site) are also at East Dunley.

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