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Updated: 19-May-2015
The Wood Shed, Mount Tavy Cottage in Tavistock, Devon, England - Peaceful Location 10 Minutes Walk To Nearby Town With Good Restaurants And Daily Markets

The Wood Shed is a charming 2 bedroomed granite cottage with it's own paddock overlooking open countryside yet close to the market town of Tavistock and Dartmoor National Park. It has a Rayburn and woodburning stove but also a modern kitchen with washing machine, dishwasher and electric oven and hob.

The property is set in 10 acres with off road parking close to the cottage, there is a productive walled garden and orchard with bee hives behind the cottage. Tavistock has many good restaurants and there are also plenty of good pubs serving real ales just a short drive away. We are happy to accept pets especially well behaved dogs as there is nothing better than walking on the moors with a four legged friend. (There is a small charge for dogs)

Please bring a torch if you are walking after dark as there is no light pollution here just fresh air and stars and our resident owl.

If you feel like a little retail therapy, Plymouth is only 13 miles away with good mainstream shops. Plymouth plays host to many Americans who travel here to celebrate Thanksgiving in Plymouth. Visitors can tour the historic Barbican, see the Mayflower Steps and enjoy a walk along the sea front with its elegant recently restored colonnade, past the Citadel to Plymouth Hoe with its unbeatable views out to sea.

Climb Smeaton's Tower and watch a game of bowls, played upon the famous Bowling Green where Sir Francis Drake famously finished his game before taking on the Spanish Armada in 1588.

Closer to home is Lydford Gorge.

The deepest gorge in the South West, with spectacular 30m waterfall

The gorge is an amazing place to visit at any time of the year. The wildlife, river, plants and trees provide a stunning show each and every day.

Dippers and wagtails can be seen flying low over the river, while woodland birds can be spotted darting about in the trees.

Bluebells and wild garlic provide a heady scent and patchwork quilt of green, white and blue in May. Throughout the spring and summer other wildflowers add to the array of colours from pink purslane to the yellows of primroses and buttercups. The trees provide a spectrum of colour from the bright greens of the spring to the rich reds, oranges and yellows of autumn.

Burrator Reservoir is quite close and deserves a visit.

Undisturbed Burrator is surrounded by mixed woodland which sharply contrasts with the open moor and rugged Dartmoor tors.

The reservoir is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders due to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. Many of the trails lead on to Dartmoor so it makes an ideal starting point for longer trips.The circular walk which follows the lanes around the water is ideal for families as it is easy going and flat. It will take between 1.5 - 2 hours to complete and is approximately 3.5 miles. Parking is possible at various locations including the Quarry car park, Norsworthy Bridge and the Dam.

Low cost bank fishing for both rainbow and brown trout is available at this scenic water; permits are sold at the garage in Yelverton.

Hut Circles at Merrivale on Dartmoor

"We have on Dartmoor, at a short distance from Merrivale Bridge, and nearly four miles from Wistman's Wood, some very remarkable vestiges of the cursus, or via sacra, used for processions, chariot races, etc., in the Druidical ceremonies. This cursus is about 36 paces in breadth, and 217 in length. It is formed of pieces of granite that stand one, two, or sometimes three feet above the ground in which they are imbedded: a double line of them appears placed with great regularity on either side, as you will see in the drawing of the ground-plan. A circle in the middle of the cursus breaks the uniformity of line in part of it. There are, near this extensive range of stones, many remains of Druidical antiquity; such as a fallen cromlech, a barrow, an obelisk, a large circle, and several foundations of the round huts or houses of the Britons."

John Lloyd Warden Page describes what he found at Merrivale in 1895 (pp134-138):

The nearby Church of St. Michael de Rupe (St. Michael of the Rock) at Brentor, is perhaps the most striking English example of a church on a height. Today, the church receives several thousand visitors each year. There is a magnificent view from the churchyard in clear weather, with bleak Dartmoor to the east, Plymouth Sound and Whitsand Bay to the south, the Tamar Valley and Bodmin Moor to the west, and the heights of Exmoor just visible in clear weather to the north. Even when the thick moorland fogs descend, this is an eerily beautiful place, as the wind whips shreds of cloud past the hill. The church stands 1,110 feet above sea level on an ancient, extinct, volcanic cone. It is an ancient site – the current church is surrounded by an Iron Age earth-walled hill-fort (150BC – 50AD).

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  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

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Activity and Interests


Cornish beaches are just an hours drive away and out of season you can walk your dogs on the majority of these beaches.


Exeter airport is 1 hour away.

Plymouth cross channel ferry is 45 minutes away.

Car hire is not necessary but may be advisable to be able to explore the area.


Tavistock is half a mile away.

Dartmoor National Park is half a mile away.

Further Details:

The Eden Project is just one hours drive away.

Supermarkets are just a 10 minute drive away.

Banks are just a 10 minute drive away.


Rental rates


  • Booking Notes:
    When booking we will require a 25% deposit and the balance 14 days prior to your arrival, if making the booking within the 14 days we will require the full amount at time of booking.

    Changeover Day:
    Changeover Day is usually a Saturday but if this does not suit your travel arrangements please do contact us and if we can we will oblige.

    Notes on prices:
    Prices per week from £300 to £600, but also 3 night stays available.
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Updated: 19-May-2015
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Satellite / Cable


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural
  • town


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bedroom 1 shower room is next to the bedroom and comprises large shower, hand basin and toilet. Bedroom 2 has a smaller ensuite shower room with shower/small french bath, wash basin and toilet.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 2 bedrooms 1 double and 1 of which can be a triple Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is a double bedroom on the ground floor with a large shower room. Bedroom 2 is a twin (triple) room on the 1st floor with a smaller shower room.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Notes on accommodation: We will consider bookings for less than a week so please do contact us and we will help if we can, we also offer the flexibility of providing breakfast or an evening meal for some or all of your stay. The oil for the Rayburn is included in the price but the electricity is by way of a £1 coin meter Outside: Outside in the paddock there is a granite seat and slate table for your use and also a wooden bench. There is a barbecue and you are free to wander through our grounds but we ask that you ensure that you close gates as we do have sheep and a horse in the fields. We use our Tamar Valley cider apples to make cider so please do let us know if you would like us to get some or any supplies for your stay. Our bees give us a supply of honey to use for the breakfasts but sometimes they surprise us by working harder and we have a surplus so again if you would like some just ask and if we can we will supply you with some honey. There is a small stream in front of the paddock and also a small lake to the right of the property so we ask guests with small children to be vigilant. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen is provided but not towels, unless it is really difficult for you to bring your own towels and then we can provide them at £1 hire per towel, linen is changed weekly and also towels (if provided). There is also a small charge for a 5th guest

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