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Sages - Regency country villa in heart of Dolton (house and/or garden flat) - Sages house

Dolton, Devon, UK
  • Chateau / Country House
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

5/6 bed, 4 bath Regency house + flat in walled gardens in heart of village

Sages is a grand 6-bedroom Regency villa with 80ft verandah hidden in an acre of walled gardens, at the very heart of a pretty Devon village of traditional houses in the Torridge Valley. It is great for families as the children can run around the extensive grounds without any danger of traffic.

The building is divided into Sages house (one half) and Sages Flats 1 and 2 (other halves of ground and first floors respectively). Sages house and Sages Flat 1 are available for holiday lets, either separately or together. Sages Flat 1 has private access and a private garden if hired separately. A communicating door enables the whole house to be opened up if hired together.

The house, out-buildings and grounds are also available for venue hire, for parties and weddings (NB: Sages is not currently licensed for wedding services but please enquire if this is of interest as it is our plan). Use for an event requires a minimum of 7 nights booking for both Sages house and Flat 1. Please contact us if you wish to hold an event so that we can discuss parking etc. with you. We can also provide folding tables and chairs, parasols, bunting, some village fete-type games etc. for an additional charge.

The accommodation at Sages Flat 1 comprises:

- a large drawing room with period features and working fireplace overlooking the private front garden.

- hall, with french doors to front garden

- kitchen

- bathroom, with shower over bath and with WC

- side bedroom off hall, overlooking private side garden (3 single beds)

- rear bedroom off kitchen passage (1 double bed)

- rear hall to courtyard

- courtyard parking (1 car)

- access to walled gardens (c. 1acre)

If hired together with Sages house, Sages Flat 1 has access to the front hall of Sages house through a communicating door in its drawing room. Please see separate listing for full details of Sages house. Summary details are:

- a large drawing room with working fireplace overlooking private front garden

- dining room with French windows onto front garden

- sunroom, leading onto private walled garden and ground floor shower and WC

- kitchen and scullery

- master bedroom (superking / twin beds) overlooking front garden, with ante-room that can be used as a nursery if required

- second bedroom (superking / twin beds) overlooking front garden, with communicating door into master bedroom plus separate entrance from bathroom landing

- third bedroom (double bed)

- bathroom

- WC

- shower room

- extensive walled gardens of 1 acre

- 2 acre paddock at the rear of the property, leading down to a stream, which can be used for event parking, fireworks displays etc.

Sages has been our family home for nearly one hundred years. We are at the beginning of a long-term restoration programme so we have set our rates and policies to reflect its element of "shabby chic" and families with young children are very welcome! Sages flat is furnished more basically than Sages house so its rates are correspondingly lower.


Richard Hadden

Member Since 2014
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Side Bedroom (direct access and also via front bedroom)
        1 king, Superking zip and link. Splits to 2 singles.
      • Front bedroom (direct access and also via side bedroom)
        1 king, Superking. Zip and link, splits to 2 singles.
      • Back bedroom
        1 double


        • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
        • Shower room (upstairs)
          shower, Washbasin, heated mirror, shaver socket, heated towel rail
        • Bathroom (upstairs)
          tub, Washbasin, heated mirror, shaver socket, heated towel rail
        • Shower room (downstairs)
          toilet, shower, Wet room (shower, WC, handbasin) accessed from sun room
        • WC (upstairs)
          toilet, Adjacent to upstairs shower room and bathroom

          Location Type

            • Rural
            • Village


                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Farm Holidays
                • Historic


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Living Room
                          Flatscreen television. Freeview channels. DVD and video recorder. Selection of free DVD's.
                        • Fireplace
                        • Heating
                          Storage heaters Wood fire Oil-fired Rayburn
                        • Internet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Parking
                          Parking for 2 cars. Additonal park by special arrangement (including in the rear paddock for events)
                        • Telephone
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Tumble Dryer
                        • Washing Machine


                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              Large eat-in kitchen and an adjacent scullery.
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                              Rayburn - roasting over and warming oven Electric stove - main oven and grill
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                              Oil-fired Rayburn and separate freestanding electric cooker (halogen hob)
                            • Toaster


                                • Child's Highchair
                                • Dining
                                  Kitchen table seats six. Separate dining room, seats 6-10 Dining table in sun-room seats 6 Patio table seats 6-10
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 10 people


                                    • Books
                                      Many books, including some books on local history
                                    • DVD Player
                                      Selection of DVD's.
                                    • Stereo
                                    • Television
                                    • Toys
                                      Lots of toys for toddlers and young children.


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                        • Porch / Veranda


                                            • limited accessibility
                                              For guests with limited mobility, a ground floor bedroom can be set up in the dining room and there is a shower room with WC on the ground floor, off the adjacent sun room. However, there are some single-step changes of level on the ground floor which make the house unsuitable for unaccompanied wheelchair users, unless they are very proficient.


                                                • botanical garden
                                                • churches

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • surfing

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              6 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Great setting, beautiful property

                                                              Matthew G.

                                                              A typical idyllic English village, with all you need on your door step.

                                                              Would HIGHLY recommend

                                                              Beautiful house in a very friendly village

                                                              simon r.

                                                              We rented out the main house for a two week period in July. It was full of caricature and the enclosed garden makes it even more special.

                                                              There is a local shop and they sell everything you need. I walked the dogs around the village and it seems everyone has got a dog and are very friendly. My dogs loved it.

                                                              The village is very central to visit places such as Bude and Bideford.

                                                              We didn't have the best weather conditions but when the Sun did come out, it was a fantastic suntrap in the garden.

                                                              We would stop again and even consider renting out the other flat for our friends to come at the same time.

                                                              Sages house is a charming villa with bags of character.

                                                              karen h.

                                                              I stayed at Sages with friends for a birthday celebration weekend and we had a great time. The house is really comfortable and although the property needs a little renovation it has all the facilities you need and expect. I particularly loved the garden which is well-established and has some fabulous trees and plants.

                                                              Richard was a very accommodating host kindly allowing me to bring my dog and for friends to park their camper van in the spacious field at the back of the property.

                                                              The house was very peaceful and the village a great base for country walks. The Ram's Head pub over the road served us a delicious and memorable birthday and I definitely recommend it.

                                                              I would really like to come back to Sages for a longer stay - a great place to chill out.

                                                              A lovely traditional family home set in a beautiful village.

                                                              Matt S.

                                                              A lovely traditional family home set in a beautiful village. We had a fantastic fortnight here and used it as a central base to visit so many wonderful places. The owners were very helpful and also were happy to provide suggestions and information enabling us to make the most of our stay. A big thank you from all the family.

                                                              A lovely spot, with amazing gardens - great for a family holiday or a relaxing break

                                                              Clive W.

                                                              Sages is a fantastic property for a real Devon countryside holiday. The house has an interesting circular arrangement on both ground and first floors, with doors leading on and on, but this worked brilliantly in the 26 degrees heat that we experienced when the sun shone all week!! Leave the doors open and you get a pleasant through draught.

                                                              Furnished in a comfy olde worlde/shabby chic style, the house is well equipped and homely. We loved the tablecloth supply, piano, comfy beds, Le Creuset pans, old fashioned larder unit, the boot room and the crinkle cut vegetable chopper!

                                                              Shame we couldn't stay for two weeks. Maybe next time.....!!

                                                              Great country retreat with lots of rural activies and beautiful sourroundings

                                                              Jenny C.

                                                              We had a very good week at Sages and managed to bike the Tarka Trail from Meeth to Fremington with almost no spring rain (a brilliant route and definitely the direction to go on) as well as having a beautiful day walking on Hartland, where Docton Mill was all that was promised in the guide book, and another on Dartmoor surrounded by beautiful scenery and wildlife.

                                                              We found the village of Dolton to be very pretty and welcoming - we used the fish and chip van, Ram's Head and the very handy and well stocked local shop, although the Royal Oak changed hands in the week we were there so we were unable to compare the two pubs and their food!

                                                              The brand new bathroom and shower all worked perfectly - with a fantastic enormous and luxurious bath! The set up of the property - with walled garden, field and place to close off the warm kitchen at night - was perfect for our dogs as well our family of 5.

                                                              We had a very restful week and really enjoyed the peace and quiet. It was like staying in a Georgian home from home rather than a holiday let!


                                                              Dolton, Devon, UK

                                                              Rates & Availability

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                                                              We are happy to accept short stays but we have a minimum booking fee because of the fixed costs of linen and cleaning. We accept pets subject to payment of an additional deposit, refundable provided there is no cleaning or damage. We can set up the dining room as a downstairs bedroom for an additional fee of £150 pw (including VAT, linen etc.). Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

                                                              6 Reviews
                                                              Excellent 4.7/5
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