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Beautifully Restored Grade 2 Thatched Cottage In Manaton

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom cottage, with large secluded garden and easy on road parking.

The cottage is located in the heart of Manaton, a small village near the towns of Moretonhampstead and Bovey Tracey. The cottage comprises of 2 double bedrooms and 1 single bedroom with attached toilet. The property boasts newly installed bathroom and shower room as well as kitchen diner leading onto garden patio. The heart of the cottage is a stunning living room with inglenook and wood burner. The house is well equipped with wifi, tv/dvd, washer/dryer and dish washer to make your holiday a home from home experience. Outside the house is surrounded by a generous garden with a safety covered pond and a patio for enjoying a summer BBQ. The house itself has views from the first floor over the Dartmoor countryside. What better way to start your day than enjoying a cup of tea and viewing the local scenery. Whether you are a family or a couple looking for a relaxing holiday in the Dartmoor National Park, then this is the perfect cottage for you. Ideal for walking, cycling or just exploring Dartmoor and Devon. Well-behaved dogs welcome.

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Melanie Stephens
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
July 13, 2017

About Melanie Stephens

I have been fortunate to be brought up in a small fishing village in the west of Cornwall. For as long as I have known my parents have had the cottage in Devon as a retreat from the bustling summer tourism. This has always been a treasured family holiday home where we could all recharge our batteries together.

Melanie Stephens purchased this cottage in 1960

Why Melanie Stephens chose Dartmoor

My parents fell upon this property when touring Devon in their caravan. On first sight they fell in love with this picturesque thatched cottage and we have treasured it as part of the family ever since.

What makes this cottage unique

Who could fail to adore this charming cottage nestled in the heart of Dartmoor? It offers peace and tranquillity from everyday stresses yet never faraway there's plenty of little villages and towns to explore. Further afield there's many more opportunities to visit tourist attractions such as; Paignton Zoo, Torquay Amusements, Newton Abbott Horse racing, golf courses and much more.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Cottage is lovely, everything catered for! Wonderful days out and back to relax in sunshine in the afternoon. Great location with really nice pubs. Kestor Inn food fab - Ring O' Bells in North Bovey & Rugglestone Inn at Widecombe, all brilliant. Would definately return & recommend. Thank you.
Jul 2014
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Manaton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , This room features a stunning Victorian bed and vanity basin
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , With views over local moorland equipped with vanity basin
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , has separate toilet and basin
  • .
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Beautifully Restored Grade 2 Thatched Cottage In Manaton
average rating of 4.85 based on 29 reviews

Charming hideaway on the edge of the moor..

  • 5 of 5

This wonderful characterful cottage on the eastern edge of Dartmoor ticked all the boxes for our stay over New Year.

Set high up in Manaton, it is a traditional thatched cottage with Inglenook fireplace and woodburner, which we found very useful in the cold weather. Kitchen well equipped and met our needs. Bedrooms charming and stair gates in case you have young kids. Lovely views to the moors, and great dark skies for stargazing. One of the main things of appeal about Manaton is the ability to do a lot of walks from the doorstep without using the car: Bowerman's Nose, Becky Falls and Manaton rocks to name three excellent ones. The Kester Inn is a stone's throw away and does excellent fish and chips, plus basic provisions.

I would recommend this cottage for a stay, especially if you are seeking peace and quite and beautiful Dartmoor on your doorstep

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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A charming cottage with a homely feel, surrounded by stunning scenery.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Manaton, the cottage was comfortable with lots of homely touches, and perfectly situated to explore the dramatic moorland and Tors nearby. Lots of good local walks, and a friendly pub nearby. Thank you 😀

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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A well maintained and space efficient cottage in lovely countryside

  • 4 of 5

Our family members all enjoyed our stay at the cottage. The kitchen/dining area was cosy for the five of us and the scene of enjoyable meals and hard fought games of Scrabble !

We were visiting the area for a family wedding at Staverton but also had time for walks on Dartmoor and on the coast.

Thank you, Melanie, for ensuring that all our needs were accommodated.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Charming and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Charming, clean and with all necessary equipment. Quiet location and nice garden. Small town nearby where you can find most of the things you need. Very helpful owners. Tall people: mind your heads!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Beautiful thatched cottage in a gorgeous area

  • 5 of 5

Well equipped, cosy cottage. Comfortably housed 4 adults and 1 baby for the Easter week. Attentive host and house keeper. Would love to return in the summer.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Charming cosy cottage, stunning location, couldn't have been better

  • 5 of 5

We had a super week in Manaton. The cottage is utterly charming, cosy and warm inside, clean, well appointed, well maintained, well equipped, great water pressure for the shower and for filling a bath quickly, very useful drying room. We were welcomed with a bottle of wine, a pint of milk and a yummy cake, and a phone call from Melanie to ensure all was okay. The village is extremely picturesque, with many pretty thatched roof cottages. The local pub is very welcoming, to people and dogs, and serves great food. And the walking from the cottage doorstep is wonderful; many forests to explore and you are quickly up on the moorland where you can walk all day (we did) and probably longer. We were looking for a cosy cottage where we could park the car at the start of the week and not touch it until we needed to drive home, walk from the door with our dogs every day and enjoy cosy nights in cooking and enjoying a glass of wine in front of the fire. And that's exactly what we got! Thank you Melanie for sharing this delightful little gem of a place. Would highly recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Kestor Inn
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Bovey Tracey
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Newton Abbott
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Ring of Bells, North Bovey
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Car: necessary

Becky Falls a natural waterfall is located in the village of Manaton. The village itself is situated in the Dartmoor Natural Park and there are plenty of walks from the front door through the local countryside and rugged moors. It's a nature lover's haven with plenty of fine watering holes nearby for those more interested in sampling good country meals and ales.


Rates & Availability

Manaton Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 14 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 21 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Late September
Sep 22 2017 - Sep 28 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 29 2017 - Oct 19 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
October half term
Oct 20 2017 - Nov 2 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 3 2017 - Dec 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 4 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

25% deposit required to secure booking. Balance payable 8 weeks in advance of holiday.

Short breaks available out of season, please enquire. Well behaved dogs welcome, please state number and breed of dog when booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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