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A Light, Welcoming Thatched Cottage, In A Quiet Devon "Farming Village"

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Petrockstowe, Devon, England - Peaceful, Location, 1 Mile From The Tarka Trail, 3 Miles From Sheepwash And 6 Miles From Rosemoor

An 18th Century character cottage. Living room with exposed beams, inglenook fireplace (wood burner) and bread oven. A well equipped Kitchen /Diner Stairs from the living room up to three bedrooms – a pretty double with en suite shower-room (suite), a small bunk room (3’ beds), and one with two single beds. The second (main) bathroom is on the ground floor. Petrockstowe: little far-from-beaten-track village (pub) in farmland a mile from the Tarka Trail. River Torridge (fishing), 2 miles; Fishleigh Estate (location of original ‘Springwatch’ series), 3 miles; Sheepwash (famous fishermen’s pub), 3; Hatherleigh (market town), 4; Rosemoor RHS Gardens 6, Dartmoor, 11; sea/beaches at Westward Ho! or Instow, about 15, or surfing at Bude, 20.

David Horner
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2018

About David Horner

We have owned Monks Cottage since 1998. I used to be a regional manager in the West country and when I took early retirement I wanted to keep a base in this beautiful county.

We have updated the cottage ,whilst maintaining the cosiness and comfort you would expect from a thatched cottage with its old beams,inglenook ,bread oven and wood burner.

David Horner purchased this cottage in 1998

Why David Horner chose Petrockstow

I am a keen walker and fly fisherman, so Monks Cottage was ideal. We have rented the cottage out with a well known West country agency for many years-whilst using it ourselves at weekends mainly in the Winter , Spring and Autumn.

Now we want to use it a little more ourselves whilst still offering all the facilities of a well-loved holiday cottage.

This is rural Devon at its best-true farming country. It is far from the tourist beat and is the Devon of quiet country lanes and small white-housed villages perched on hilltops. On a good day you can see 7 of them from the top of our garden.

What makes this cottage unique

The people are genuine and very friendly. Their world is that of real country folk and if you go to Hatherleigh market on a Tuesday you will know what I mean. Their accents can be very broad -so be patient when talking.

If you want Monster TV screens and jacuzzis- this is NOT for you,although Fibreoptic Broadband is now here and is very fast.We also have a Smart TV but it is not a Monster

If you want fresh air and stunning views -If you love walking and/or cycling along traffic free roads,to a genuine country pub where the food is extremely good value and the beer is kept to the highest Camra standards-then this is for you

Our local pub The Laurels,only 100yards away ,is one of the best. The focus of village life it serves good wholesome food and excellent beer

Ken and Anita,our housekeepers,are from local farming families and will make you very welcome

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is a proper authrntic country cottage,in a village with a great sense of community
Jun 2016
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Petrockstow Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Upstairs en-suite shower and w.c, with pumped shower. Ground floor bathroom with hand shower over bath, w.c.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: A small double bedded room facing over the garden,with en-suite shower room. A twin bedded room overlooking the lane and the churchyard, and a full size bunk bedded room also overlooking the lane and fields
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 3 bicycles
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes on accommodation: After a long campaign, by a group of villagers,Petrockstowe has been added to the list of those rural Devon communities that are to receive super-fast fibre optic broadband. We now have this installed with a Smart TV The property has oil-fired central heating and cooking is electric. We include these in the price but we do ask you to pay for logs. The first basket is free and then we ask £3.50 for each subsequent basket. Unfortunately,as I am allergic to cats and dogs WE CANNOT ACCEPT PETS.-Contrary to one of our reviewers-who described the cottage as pet-friendly(we do love dogs -but sadly can`t accept them in the cottage) This is a no smoking cottage-and if you are a smoker we do please ask you to do so outside. Outside: Suntrap, sunken patio, with garden furniture- leading up to a raised lawn with superb views across the Torridge valley. A large shed with old bikes,which can be used on the Tarka Trail can be used for storing surfboards etc. Utility Room: Tumble dryer, high chair, iron and iron board plus games cupboard Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and Bed linen are included, and changed every week. Our housekeepers live only 150yards away and will either greet you at the property or arrange for the keys to be collected.


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A Light, Welcoming Thatched Cottage, In A Quiet Devon "Farming Village"
average rating of 4.6 based on 9 reviews

First class

  • 5 of 5

You need nothing else all you need is here we would definitely stay at this cottage again

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Charming, like living in another world

  • 3 of 5

A nice location

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Would highly recommend this cottage. It is very quaint and comfortable and if you are looking for peace and quite it is ideal (apart from the church clock that chimes regularly but you soon get use to it). Also an ideal location to explore Dartmoor and the surrounding villages. Very friendly pub just down the road that does nice food. Quality butchers on the road to Holsworthy which is reasonable and their sausages are a must. We all had a very enjoyable holiday and the weather was beautiful.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Petrockstowe, Devon

Happy Renters

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was all that we had hoped for; quaint and old (nostalgic of my childhood) yet warm, cosy and with all modern conveniences. We felt at home immediately. The neighbours went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. Our celebration meal at the Laurels was delicious but we missed the warm open fire of the pub in Sheepwash. Petrockstowe was very central for day trips to (1) Cornish coast: Boscastle, Tintagel and Port Isaac were wonderful. (2) Dartmoor and Dartmouth (3) Exeter (4) Walking the Tarka Trail. The cottage was very well equipped and we were able to entertain friends and family and cook up a big meal for them. There were a few cobwebs and we did find a dehydrated dead mouse under the sofa cushions which didn't bother us but might bother someone else. Generally, the house appeared clean but if I'd been there long, I would have had to get into corners, clean and tidy cupboards and do something with the patio. Nevertheless, we were very happy and comfortable there and, yes, we would highly recommend the cottage to family and friends.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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a relaxing week away

  • 5 of 5

If you want a peaceful week away then this is the place to visit. A beautifully equipped character cottage. Comfortable and cosy. This is country life at its best! Really enjoyed our week away.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
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Car: necessary


12 miles from Instow(1/2 hour drive) 20 miles to Bude(40minutes drive) and 10 miles from Dartmoor(20 minutes drive)


Hatherleigh 4 miles (10 minutes) to shops(Co-op),award winning butchers, and famous market. Okehampton 10 miles or 20 minutes drive ( Waitrose and Lidl)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We ask for a 1/3rd deposit at the time of booking and the balance 6 weeks before arrival. We prefer payment by Electronic banking transfers,but will accept cheques,if you are booking well in advance. We don’t accept Credit cards.

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover for weekly bookings. Long weekends- Winter only.

Notes on prices:
We accept 3 night long weekends during the winter period for £195.00. All other periods are a minimum of 1 week,although we will take a 5/6 day booking (during the winter/autumn) when a previous long weekend booking has interrupted a possible 7 day booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.