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Character Cottage, near Buckfastleigh on the edge of Dartmoor National Park



Updated: 15-Oct-2016
One bed cottage close to Dartmoor National Park And South Hams Area Of Devon

Apple Loft Cottage,a converted stone barn is situated down a quiet single track lane just one mile from Buckfastleigh. Set within four acres of land in a valley with the river Dart running along the back of the property, it is surrounded by rolling Devon farmland and is just minutes from Dartmoor National Park.

Apple Loft Cottage, whilst attached to the owners B&B, is very private and has its own patio area but with the added benefit of the 4 acre grounds around it. The cottage consists of a lounge/dining area with an oak beamed ceiling and three windows looking out to the patio area and gardens. The kitchen leads off of the lounge and is well equipped with everything you need to rustle up a delicious meal. The downstairs shower room, whilst compact, is of a contemporary style with shower cubicle and power shower and a wash bowl mounted on a shaker style cabinet. The characterful bedroom is located upstairs under another beamed ceiling with windows on both sides. The cottage is furnished with flair and is of a very high standard and is a mix of antique and contemporary furniture. There is off-road parking for one car in front of the cottage.

The cottage is one mile from the centre of Buckfastleigh which is an easy 10 minuted stroll to the high street. Buckfastleigh has a good selection of amenities including a supermarket that is open daily early to late, a farm shop selling local produce, several pubs, a great family run restaurant, a coffee shop and a traditional tearoom. Locally there are several other farm shops selling high quality local produce including Dean Court Farm shop and Riverford Organics.

There are many great places to eat out within the local area - including the Bakers Oven in Buckfastleigh, The Riverford Field Kitchen, The Cott Inn at Dartington, The Church House Inn at Rattery to name just a few.

Some of the attractions close to the cottage include Buckfast Abbey, the South Devon Railway, the Butterfly farm and otter sanctuary, Riverford Field Kitchen and The Ashburton Cookery School. The Elizabethan town of Totnes is just 6 miles away, and the coastal towns of Dartmouth and Salcombe just 45 minutes by car.

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We are Julia & Martin and we moved to Devon from Wiltshire in 2006 to renovate & run a B&B "Kilbury Manor" a former farm house dating from early 1700. Julia previously worked in banking and Martin still works in the electronics industry.

Having completed renovations on the house and barn, in 2009 we decided to run Apple Loft Cottage as a holiday let. We have enjoyed receiving guests throughout the year ever since.

We have two delightful dogs - Buster and Dillon who make sure we get out and about daily. We love the area - it is simply beautiful at any time of the year. It is very green and lush. The pace of life is slower and the people, very friendly. Even in the height of summer, you can find somewhere quiet to walk but the area really is stunning all year round.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you for your wonderful hospitality during our festive stay at the cottage, it has been tremendous. You have got everything one could possible need which is a breath of fresh air from some other cottages we've been to. It was a home away from home" December 2014 London

"We loved the cottage, for us Real English and so well equipped and cosy. There is so much to do in the neighbourhood..." June 2014 Netherlands

"Warm welcome from Julia & Martin, cottage well equipped, clean & warm. Lemon cake appreciated. Nice to see clean white linen/towels instead of murky white. Partner loved the steam trains at the end of the garden & position of cottage perfect for this.." May 2104 Lancashire

"A cosy & comfortable cottage containing everything we needed for our weeks respite from the hustle & bustle of home. Plus.. the treat of a home baked lemon cake and two friendly little dogs to make us feel welcome.." May 2014 Lincoln

"Thank you for your tips on places to visit- spot on with all your knowledge of the surrounding area. We hope to come again & hope Apple Loft Cottage will be available" Sept 2013 Canada
Jan 2015
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19 Reviews

based on 19 holidaymaker reviews


Well located, clean with comfy bed and well equipped kitchen.

  • 2 of 5

Our stay was very pleasant, although we were surprised on our arrival to find a message on the door

to say that the owners had gone away, leaving a local phone number for emergencies. When they returned

from their trip, no attempt was made to communicate with us, even though they lived next door. The owner

spoke briefly to my wife outside, to ask her to move the car, as four other guests were arriving on the Saturday,

and that was all. This did not make us feel especially welcome as paying guests. The final indignity was that their dog messed right outside the door of our cottage, close to our car, on the morning we left, which was unfortunately trodden in.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Apple Loft Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time we have stayed at Apple Loft Cottage and we hope to visit again soon. The property offers excellent accommodation for two people and is well equipped,well furnished, very clean and maintained to a high standard. The cottage is well located for visiting and spending time on Dartmoor. The owners, Julia and Martin live at the Manor House, to which the cottage is attached and run a a Bed & Breakfast business. They maintain a very high standard of customer service. We would highly recommend this property, without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An absolute gem!

  • 5 of 5

This lovely cottage is the top of our list of holiday cottages and being retired, we have stayed in quite a few! It is so well equipped with total comfort, beautifully clean and close to all that Dartmoor has to offer. Julia and Martin work so hard to make the stay the best it can be providing those extras on arrival of milk, yummy home made cake, coffee and fresh flowers on the table. The large bed is so comfortable it's tempting to stay put! The surrounding countryside is also a joy and the icing on the cake is the South Devon steam trains chugging their way from Buckfastleigh to Totnes just a short distance from the property.

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was fitted out to a very high standard with lovely grounds kept neat and tidy.Owners made us welcome as soon as we arrived and made sure we enjoyed our stay.The cottage was spotlessly clean and in a lovely area.

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Apple Loft Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Apple Loft Cottage more than met our expectations. It was furnished and maintained to a high standard and had a beautiful ambiance. Julia provided an excellent customer service and provided details of local restaurants, activities and attractions. We would definitely be recommending this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
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Cosy, comfortable! Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

It was a lovely cosy cottage where you could relax. Has everything you need, And they are a very welcoming couple. After every day being out, we where looking forward to coming back to relax and have a glass of wine

Loved staying there and planning to visit again!

Thanks again for a short stay that made our holiday

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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From the Owner

We had spent many holidays in Devon, so it was a natural choice for us to move here. It is a most beautiful area with so much to see and do. Dartmoor National Park is simply stunning with acres of moorland, rivers and woodland. It offers peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Then there are the historic towns to visit - Totnes, Ashburton and Dartmouth offer unique shops, galleries and restaurants. Within 45 minutes by car you will find the beautiful coastal resorts of the South Hams - Salcombe, Bantham & Bigbury to the south, Teignmouth & Shaldon to the east. The pace of life is really so much more relaxed here and the countryside is just stunning at any time of year.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 25 Miles Nearest Barpub : Buckfastleigh town centre at 1.5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Plymouth at 25 Miles Nearest Golf : Wrangaton at 6 Metres Nearest Train : Totnes at 6 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 10 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Buckfastleigh at 1.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Paignton at 10 Miles Car: recommended


The coastal areas of the South Hams are a 40 minute drive from the cottage. These include the picturesque towns of Salcombe and Dartmouth, taking in the unspoilt beaches of Bantham and Bigbury. Going east, the seaside resorts of Teignmouth and Shaldon are about 45 minutes away. The nearest beach can be found at Broadsands, offering a small sandy beach and good headland walks to the fishing town of Brixham.


The nearest railway station is Totnes (6 miles away) where a bus or taxi can be taken. Exeter airport is the nearest airport at 24 miles away. A car is highly recommended for a weeks stay at the cottage as most of Dartmoor is not accessible by public transport. Plymouth has a ferry port and is 23 miles from Buckfastleigh.


Buckfastleigh 1 mile

Ashburton 3 miles

Totnes 6 miles


Further Details:

Buckfastleigh has a supermarket, post office, a restaurant and a couple of pubs.

The nearby town of Ashburton has antique shops, cafes and gift shops.

Totnes has a high street of independent shops, art galleries, restaurants and cafes.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Low Season
8 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings will be confirmed by e-mail and at the time of booking a 30% deposit is required which can be paid either by cheque or direct bank transfer. The outstanding balance is required eight weeks prior to arrival.

Changeover Day:
Our change over day is Saturday. We try to be flexible with shorter breaks but would prefer the stay to start or finish on a Saturday if at all possible.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks are available October to March, a minimum three nights required. We are happy to consider short breaks during the other months, so please enquire about availability/rates.

At the time of booking a deposit of 30% of the total cost is required, with the balance being paid eight weeks prior to arrival. Payment can be made either by cheque or bank transfer.

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From the Owner

Apple Loft Cottage is located down a quiet lane, a mile from the centre of Buckfastleigh. Set in four acres of gardens and grounds, with the River Dart and South Devon Railway running behind the property, it offers peace and tranquility. Whilst attached to the house, the cottage is very private with its own front door, walled patio area and car parking space. We will not intrude on your stay but are here to offer assistance if needed. We can also ensure that the cottage is maintained to a high standard for each stay. The location of the cottage is ideal to explore the South Devon countryside with the moors, coast, towns and cities all within easy travelling distance.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Television ...


  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The ground floor modern and fully tiled shower room, consists of a corner shower cubicle with power shower, contemporary wash bowl on a shaker style cabinet, low level toilet and heated towel rail.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: On the first floor, the cosy bedroom with vaulted beamed ceiling, has a wrought iron frame king-size bed. There is an antique pine dressing table and a French armoire, two painted side tables, carpet on the floor and pretty linen curtains.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: There is free WiFi in the cottage, TV & DVD player. The cottage is heated by gas central heating, with radiators in all rooms. In addition, in the lounge there is an electric wood burner effect stove which quickly heats up the room on chillier evenings. There is insufficient space for a travel cot or fold-up bed, so the maximum number of guests allowed in the cottage is two, with a minimum age of eight if a child is included in the couple. There is a strict no smoking policy and pets are not allowed. Outside: Parking for the cottage is right outside the cottage on a cobbled area by the front door. To the side of the cottage, there is a patio area enclosed by a stone wall with garden table and chairs. This looks down towards a pond and the orchard beyond. The main house sits in about 4 acres of grounds, and guests are welcome to use the main garden belonging to the B&B which consists of a large lawned area with sun loungers and seats, flowers beds, trees and shrubs. You can walk down to the river from the meadow behind the house. The gardens are quiet and relaxing, with water running down a rill in to the pond. To the back of the house, the South Devon Railway (a tourist attraction) runs from April to October, with steam trains tooting as they pass. Utility Room: There is no utility room but should guests require any items to be laundered, we are happy to do this usually free of charge. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Quality towels and bed linen are provided, together with bathrobes. These are changed once a week and the cottage is also cleaned on a weekly basis.

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