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

Overview

Property

Updated: 02-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Julia Blundell
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
2 June, 2017

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 Dartmoor

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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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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25 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(25 traveller reviews)

5

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: Jun 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

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: May 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

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: Mar 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful!

  • 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: Nov 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

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: Nov 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

cute, idyllic and really recreative

  • 5 of 5

Nearly "last minute" I decided to travel to south-west England from Germany. On the internet I found that really cute Apple Loft Cottage and thought that this would be the place for me. And it was, indeed! The cottage was just like on the pictures on the internet and is located in such a beautiful landscape with a very nice and well-trimmed garden around it. Everything is looked after, clean und well-maintained - you really feel that Julia and Martin care for it and for their guests. All these cute details in and around the cottage!

We had nice contact via email before my arrival and I felt very comfortable and well taken care of.

Settled on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, you can do lots of things there. I was hiking at Dartmoor, sight seeing at Exeter, Plymouth, Lost Gardens of Haligan, seaside, and one day even took a trip to Land´s End. So it´s really central ;-) I also stayed two days just in the cottage to relax. There´s a separated terrace with chairs and a table.

I sure would (and already have) recommend Apple Loft Cottage and want to say thanks again to Julia and Martin, who did everything to let me keep my trip in best memory! Thanks a lot! Hope to come back for another tremendous time in Apple Loft Cottage!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Location

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

Coast/Beach:

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.

Travel:

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.

Distances:

Buckfastleigh 1 mile

Ashburton 3 miles

Totnes 6 miles

Dartmouth

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 and Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Mid Season
27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£425
for 7 nights
£425
 
 
Summer
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£585
for 7 nights
£585
 
 
Autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£485
for 7 nights
£485
 
 
Low Season
7 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£240
for 3 nights
From
£80
£400
 
 
Christmas/New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
£425
for 5 nights
From
£85
£595
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£240
for 3 nights
From
£80
 

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.
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Facilities

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

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Romantic

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Television ...

Suitability

  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • 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

Bathrooms

  • 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.

Bedrooms

  • 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.

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only

Notes:

  • 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.