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Traditional Beautiful Cottage with Private Garden

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

Cottage near Tavistock, Dartmoor, Devon, England - Peaceful Location Perfectly suited for Exploring Dartmoor, Devon Coasts And Cornwall

A lovely 1 bedroom cottage on the edge of Dartmoor, perfectly situated for exploring the delights of the moors and the beautiful market town of Tavistock, with its award winning pannier market, shops and historic buildings. Guests enjoy a secluded private garden with a patio and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. BBQ facilities provided. Easy access to beaches of North and South Devon and all that Dartmoor has to offer. Whether outdoor activity is your cup of tea, or visiting historic buildings, you will be well catered for. Cornwall is just 6 miles away over the river Tamar. We cannot accept pets.

Helen de Carles and Robin Burdfield
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2017

About Helen de Carles and Robin Burdfield

We moved to West Blackdown Cottage 2002 with our 3 children. Our home dates back to the late 18th century, and nestles on the edge of Dartmoor near the small village of Brentor. On our doorstep are the wilds of Dartmoor National Park, the well-known and much photographed church of St. Michaels on Brent tor, and the bustling market town of Tavistock, with its many attractions. We love welcoming our guests and doing all we can to help them enjoy their stay here. We are close to the premises most of the time to attend to any needs or problems. We look forward to welcoming you.

Helen de Carles and Robin Burdfield purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Helen de Carles and Robin Burdfield chose West Devon

We fell in love with this property for its character, absolute tranquillity and the abundance of nature on it's doorstep. Not to mention it's stunning situation and glorious views

What makes this cottage unique

There are very few properties which have such direct access onto the moors - you just open the front door and you are there ! The 365 square miles of Dartmoor National Park with their magnificent torso, literally there on your doorstep to explore by foot, bike, or car.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Brentor in Devon

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Heated towel rail and shaver-point
  • En-suite shower-room with white fittings, double shower, shaver point, heated towel-rail, extractor fan and wall heater. Towels and guest toiletries are provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 adults(1 Bedroom) - travel cot and sofa bed for children available Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom has luxury king size bed with memory foam mattress. Bedside tables, dressing table, wardrobe, desk and padded chair. Bedside lights, T.V. and hair-dryer. Views to St. Michael's Church on Brent Tor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: Guests have the use of a private garden, with wonderful views of the countryside and Brentor Church on the tor. There are two patio areas, with seating, and a BBQ. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedding and towels are provided, including tea-towels and dishcloths for kitchen. A welcome hamper will await you to start your visit. Other: Entrance hall-way, with coat hooks and boot area.

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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)


Perfect New Year's getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place to get away from the pace and stress of London for the new year break. My girlfriend and I drove down from London on New Year's Eve and although the roads were dark and we did mistake another cottage for this one, once we had arrived we knew we had booked the right accommodation for our long weekend.

The cottage was the perfect size for the two of us and could comfortably fit a small family. The bed was huge and very comfortable and warmed up nicely on those cold winter nights. The bathroom is reached via the bedroom and we had no problems at all. The kitchen also comes fully fitted, with glassware, cookware and utensils.

In the living room, there is a TV and DVD player with a selection of DVDs and a small choice of puzzles and board games, which are perfect for couples and families as well as some books.

One thing I would advise is to bring slippers as the living room and kitchen floors are stone so do get cold in the winter.

The location of the cottage was extremely practical, with the main road from Tavistock to Okehampton close by. The cottage sits on its own is totally peaceful. Animals do come and go as mentioned in the listing. It is also a great location to drive or walk further into the park. However, a lot of the walks mentioned on the internet do fall further south and east of the cottage. This should not be much of a problem if one has a car.

We spent a day and a half walking the moors and as inexperienced walkers, we were lucky to have a wonderful day of sunshine and clear skies to tackle one of the easier walks from Princetown. We also took a day trip to Cornwall, with Land's End a two hour drive away, on another gloriously sunny day and this is also a perfect option for those who wish to see a different type of beauty on their trip.

The hosts, Helen and Robin, were friendly but not intrusive. The welcome pack of biscuits were much appreciated. Finally, my girlfriend and I must thank them once again for helping us to jump start our car after a particularly cold night.

I would highly recommend anyone thinking of a break in this part of the country to seriously consider this listing. It is a cosy retreat in acres of space. Again, the perfect getaway for two city dwellers to escape from it all.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A gorgeous location on the southern edge of stunning Dartmoor. Perfect accommodations, bright and exceedingly comfortable, right down to one the most superlative mattresses I've ever slept on. Easy day trips to ancient market towns in Devon and spectacular hikes on the Cornish coast. What more could a traveler ask for?

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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West Blackdown Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely relaxing time. Owners and cottage were lovely. We recommend this cottage on Dartmoor to anybody, plenty of space and everything you need. We would stay again if we needed accommodation in this area. Thank you Helen & Robin for a lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little gem on the edge of Dartmoor.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was lovely and exactly as described. It was very clean and well maintained and everything that we could need was provided for. The owners were very friendly, but kept well out of the way, so as not to interfere with our stay.

My partner and I wanted a week away from it all, walking on the moor and enjoying the peace and quiet. We couldn't have asked for a better location. As soon as you step outside the door you are on the moor, which was just perfect for what we needed and it was very peaceful and quiet in the evenings. Having said that, it is still only 15 minutes from Tavistock, where you will finds plenty of interesting shops and restaurants.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We visited this cottage in late August/early September this year for a week.

The cottage was fantastic and has everything that you could need. The bed is very comfortable and the cottage is very quiet (being on the moor).

There are loads of animals right outside the front door - we had highland cows and sheep sleep next to our front door and often heard tawny owls in the night.

We hope to be back soon!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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excellent - better than we hoped

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location and not too difficult to find. The cottage was clean, well-equipt and beautifully decorated. The owners were friendly and not at all intrusive. Sheep, ponies & highland cattle came down to the garden. Lots of fresh air and walking opportunities. Also close to Tavistock and good for day trips to Tintagel and Looe. Would recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
early spring 2017
24 Apr 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
late spring 2017
17 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
summer 2017
15 Jul 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
early autumn 2017
16 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
late autumn2017
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We ask for a deposit of 25% on booking, and payment of the balance prior to or on arrival. Please contact owner for information about bank transfer details and cheques payments, or with any other queries.

Changeover Day:
Guests may arrive after 4 pm and are requested to vacate the property by 10 am on the day of departure.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks are available. Please contact owners for information and prices

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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