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

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking


About the property

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

Julia Blundell
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 May, 2018

About Julia Blundell

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.

Why Julia Blundell chose Buckfastleigh

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Buckfastleigh in Teignbridge District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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
  • 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.
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
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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Character Cottage, near Buckfastleigh on the edge of Dartmoor National Park
average rating of 4.8076925 based on 27 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cottage with everything you could ever need, this was our second year staying in the cottage, and we are already looking forward to our next stay, set in lovely gardens, a great place to recharge the batteries, we were given a lovely welcome by the owners Julie and Martin and were delighted to find the bread, milk, muesli and delicious homemade lemon drizzle cake.

The cottage is furnished to a very high standard, but still feels like a wonderful homely retreat, the bed was so comfortable we struggled to get up in the morning.

Apple Loft cottage is really well placed for exploring and is easy access for Dartmoor or the coast, lots to see in the area and there are plenty of places to eat out but the kitchen is very well equipped if you wish to prepare meals in the cottage.

We can’t recommend this cottage highly enough, and will be back as soon as we can. May we also say we have stayed in Julie and Martins bed and breakfast, the rooms are of a very high standard, and the breakfast was a delicious way to start the day!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

A cosy cottage furnished to a high standard, ideal for visiting Dartmoor and South Devon. The welcome pack including bread and milk was much appreciated.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little bit of Devon heaven!

  • 5 of 5

This gem of a cottage is top of our list of holiday destinations. Set overlooking gorgeous gardens and attached to a beautiful Devon farmhouse, the cottage has everything you could need for comfort. The owners, Julia and Martin give the warmest of welcomes and provide fresh flowers, milk, home-made cake, robes and more. The furniture is top quality and in keeping with the character of the cottage and the stylish bedroom has a wonderfully comfortable bed, just what is needed after a long walk on Dartmoor! As well as for those wishing to explore Dartmoor, the Apple Loft is well placed for visiting the south coast beaches and the icing on the cake is that the South Devon railway runs along the sparkling River Dart from the station nearby and takes you into the bustling town of Totnes - a real joy! We can't praise this little cottage enough and would highly recommend to couples looking for a quality getaway. Thanks Julia and Martin! We'll be back soon....

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful welcome from Martin and Julia began our lovely weekend, they showed us all the facilities of the cottage and offered up a few recommendations for food as we had a long journey. The cottage was spotless, everything was there to make us feel at home and the interior was stunning, we absolutely loved it! The bedroom was also gorgeous and the bed itself superbly comfortable. In the morning we were invited to breakfast at one of a range of times,whichever suited our needs which was great as It meant we could really spend our time as we liked due to the flexibility. The assorted breakfast menu was delightful, we tried something new every morning from the cooked breakfast options and the continental spread was wonderful. Our hosts offered us local knowledge of beaches and cultural spots, allowing to plan our day more! They were delightful throughout and were more than happy to answer any questions we had. The whole stay was absolutely perfect! We left feeling totally refreshed and can't wait to visit again!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spend a week in this lovely cottage. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. The cottage was well equipped with everything we needed to feel at home. It was warm, cozy, comfortable. Julia and her husband are wonderful hosts and made us feel welcome immediately and helped us with our plans both before and during our visit. The location is perfect for exploring the beautiful towns of Devon and Dartmoor. We hope to return someday. Just wonderful!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Our wonderful September week at Apple Loft Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We arrived on 17th Sept. in the afternoon to a warm welcome from Julia, who gave us a tour of the cottage and its facilities. The cottage is charming, tastefully furnished and spotlessly clean. You can park your car right outside your front door! For a couple on a break it makes a great place to stay, and time is your own, unlike B&B where you have to fit in with breakfast times. It is a very relaxing place and luckily we were blessed with lovely weather the whole week.

We did so much in the week that we were there, we had to write it all down whilst in the pub on the Friday evening before we left for home on Saturday 24th. We had three pub visits to Buckfastleigh (BFL) which is within walking distance, all to the same Pub (The Globe) as I couldn't resist the Jail Ale! Also two superb meals in The Bakers Oven.

Excursions included Plymouth Hoe and a trip up to the top of Smeaton's Tower (the old Eddystone Lighthouse), two riverside walks, one from Fingle Bridge and one from Ivybridge, The Otter and Butterfly farm is really good (remember to wipe your misted-up camera lens) which again you can walk to, which is by the side of BFL Station where you can get the Steam Train to Totnes.

We also went to Buckfast Abbey (very nice cafeteria) and had a great time in Dartmouth, with a posh lunch in The Royal Castle Hotel - glorious sunshine on the day!

All in all a great week. Apple Loft Cottage makes a great base and is comfortable and warm. Julia and Martin make great hosts and become good friends over the course of the week. Nothing is too much trouble. Thank you for a great stay. Very highly recommended. Mick and Lorna Ponsford, Portsmouth.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Buckfastleigh town centre
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Metres
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Prices & Availability

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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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.