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Elegant 2-bedroom granite cottage in the heart of Dartmoor

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Set in an idyllic setting with stunning views across Dartmoor

Down Cottage is part of a magnificent estate built in 1911 for the Jameson whisky family, Down Cottage sleeps four people and offers the perfect mix of luxury and seclusion. Set just outside the pretty Stannary town of Chagford, it’s a great base for walking on Dartmoor and for generally relaxing and getting away from absolutely everything!

About 1½ miles from the centre of Chagford, Down Cottage is set high on a hill with wonderful views towards Meldon Down and the surrounding moor. The cottage overlooks a shared drive to one side of the main house and is attached to an arch that leads to a stable yard. There are no horses now and peace and quiet is assured. The owners live in the main house with their three dogs. Immediately to the front of the house is a small, enclosed lawned garden with a mature copper beech hedge. To the side is a small terrace with garden furniture – a perfect secluded suntrap looking out over glorious countryside.

Guests staying at Down Cottage are welcome to explore the extensive ten-acre gardens and grounds of the main house. As well as the formal gardens and lawns there is an area, almost like a mini-tor, of moss-covered granite boulders, a great place to sit and contemplate, with wonderful views. The grounds extend down to the South Teign River and makes a delightful walk.

The cottage has been renovated with sensitivity and style, using muted Farrow & Ball colours and an eclectic mix of largely antique furniture and quality soft furnishings lovingly sought out and styled by the owners.

On the ground floor there is a lovely sunny breakfast/dining room with an open fire, a well-fitted compact kitchen with slate flooring and a wood burner plus a cloakroom/toilet.

On the first floor is the the lounge which enjoys far-reaching views out across the moor. It has comfy sofas, reading lights and a TV and DVD player. The double bedroom is decorated in Oriental style and has a 6’ four poster bed. There is a flat screen TV and the bedroom’s clothes-hanging space is on its own landing giving plenty of room and privacy. The twin bedroom is elegantly furnished in creams and browns - the beds can be zipped together to make a queen size double bed - and there is plenty of wardrobe space and a wall mounted TV. The views from this room over the surrounding countryside are stunning. The bathroom is elegant and well equipped with a bath, plus bath-shower and washbasin. The WC is separate.

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Judy Claxton
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017


Chagford Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower
    Toilet 1 - 1st floor - toilet
    Toilet 2 - Ground floor - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Beds can be zipped together to make queen size double bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 6' 4-poster bed
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking


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Elegant 2-bedroom granite cottage in the heart of Dartmoor
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Clean, elegant, comfortable accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic accommodation in a beautiful setting. Spotlessly clean and well equipped. Comfortable and elegant. Perfect location for walks on to the moor and visiting Chagford and the surrounds.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Upstate New York

Elegant estate

  • 5 of 5

This property is large, elegantly decorated and furnished, with everything one might need (and much more). The views are gorgeous and there are gardens and trails to explore as your own private estate. It is on a quiet country lane but the nearby village supplies gourmet dining, groceries etc.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Miami, Florida, USA

You won't be disappointed! A real home-from-home.

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Down Cottage. Cannot overstate the beauty of the property and grounds. Do take time to take a stroll over the moss-covered rocks and down to the river. It is quite enchanting and you will feel as though you have found Middle-Earth. The cottage has charm and elegance and yet retains a coziness. A perfect balance of luxury and character with all modern amenities. Hosts were gracious yet unobtrusive. The village of Chagford is delightful and the location is ideal for exploring Dartmoor and beyond. The hardest decision of each day was whether to stay out and enjoy the breath-taking countryside or to return home to the comfort of the cottage. We shall certainly choose Down Cottage if we are fortunate enough to return to the area

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Lovely holiday home in a quiet location

  • 5 of 5

We loved Down Cottage and thought the furniture and soft furnishings were well above average and a lot better than most holiday cottages. The owners were very friendly and helpful and the cottage was lovely and warm and very quiet.

We also love Chagford and usually visit at least once a year so we will definitely return to Down Cottage.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Portland, ME

Fabulous cottage, in all regards!

  • 5 of 5

We spent nine nights at Down Cottage. It is absolutely one of the nicest places we have ever rented. Beautifully decorated, well-equipped, beautiful views, just below the moor, close to Chagford village. The weather during our stay was cold and rainy and it was very nice to come back to cozy Down Cottage after venturing out.

The owners were very friendly and invited us to explore the grounds, which they have rescued from many years of neglect. With the North Teign River running below, the landscape is spectacular. We took several walks when the rain abated...

We ate all dinners in the cottage's lovely dining room, provisioning in Chagford, where there is a wonderful botcher (with the most flavorful chicken, locally-raised, we have ever had), a bakery, a dairy, and wonderful wine store. We had outstanding lunch at Gidleigh Park, splurging on the nine course tasting menu. Fabulous from start to finish and in all regards...

Despite the weather, we were able to do the Teign River Gorge walk near Castle Drogo and the Scorhill walk on Dartmoor. We look forward to adding other walks during our next stay at Down Cottage, which we highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Simply Excellent

  • 5 of 5

We have enjoyed another wonderful stay at Down Cottage. After a lovely warm welcome from the owners we enjoyed a week in this beautifully situated and appointed cottage. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
North Bovey
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Motorway M5
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
22 Miles
Car: necessary

The small Stannary town of Chagford, prettily nestled among the Dartmoor hills, is a great place to visit. At its heart are the two well-known family-run shops of Webbers and Bowdens – a visit to both will take up at least half a day of your time! There are also traditional craft shops and local artists, clothes shops, cafés and pubs, all clustered around a small square with a pretty ‘pepperpot’ building at its centre.

There is an award-winning outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and superb walking in every direction. The River Teign hurries through woods and meadows nearby and on below Castle Drogo (National Trust), an imposing landmark set high on a granite outcrop.

The town of Okehampton and City of Exeter are around half an hour away in opposite directions, or take a stunning drive across the moor to come to the pretty town of Tavistock. The whole expanse of Dartmoor is on the doorstep waiting to be explored.

If you want to travel further afield, Devon has glorious south and north coasts.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $257.86

Lets usually run Friday to Friday but shorter lets are often available, please ask!
Late availability offers sometimes available - please always ask!
Departure no later than 10am on day of leaving and arrival from 3pm onwards.
Full Booking Terms & Condition on website

30% non-refundable rental deposit required on booking with balance of 70% plus security deposit of £200 (increased to £350 if dog accepted) due 8 weeks before holiday commences.
Payment accepted via credit/debit card or BACS.
Full Booking Terms & Condition on website

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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