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Character Detached Cottage near Dartmouth, 5 Miles From The South Devon Coast

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Converted from the old granary of North Boreston Farm into 1 bedroom cottage in lovely gardens

The Granary is a delightful stone cottage converted from the old granary of North Boreston Farm (no longer a working farm). The present farmhouse dates from the 1600s although the site has been occupied since medieval times. The property is set in a pretty rural hamlet of similar farms in rolling Devon countryside, a very peaceful place yet only 5 miles from beaches, cliffs, and the old market and port towns of Totnes, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge. These towns provide all the modern facilities you need as well as being interesting to visit. All 3 towns have a wide range of independent shops as well as the main supermarkets. Our nearest village (2 miles) has a Post Office, a wonderfully-stocked food shop and a service station.

There are many recreational activities within a few miles: boat trips on the rivers or out to sea; fishing (sea fishing as well as fly fishing on local lakes); golf and walking trails on the coast and on Dartmoor. But if you just want to relax there are plenty of beautiful beaches and gardens to visit.

The accommodation is equipped, furnished and decorated to a high standard. There is a comfortable leather recliner suite and a pine dining table and chairs in the living/dining room. White china, fine glassware and cutlery are provided. TV, a DVD player and internet access are available.

The galley kitchen has all the facilities and equipment you will need. All bed linen, towels, soaps and toiletries are provided too. A complimentary welcome pack of local food is provided and will give you breakfast for the first day or two.

The en-suite bedroom has radio and TV, all linen, towels and toiletries. French windows open onto your own private terrace with views over parts of the garden.

More Details

Rob and Jan Wagstaff
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2017

About Rob and Jan Wagstaff

Rob and Jan retired from their professional lives to pursue their passion for gardening. They have created a magical garden which they and their guests thoroughly enjoy. Rob and Jan were keen walkers, and Rob also used to dive: where better to live than a traditional old farmhouse in south Devon, near to both the sea and the open spaces of Dartmoor. The mild climate is also a bonus.

Rob and Jan Wagstaff purchased this cottage in 1980



Sited in the middle of the South Hams peninsular of South Devon, The Granary has beaches to the east, south and west, all within half an hour at most by car. Some are sandy, some shingle, and some have highly-recommended cafes.


The South Hams has good travel links: the airport at Exeter is 50 minutes drive. The M5 and A38 dual carriageway link the area to the rest of the UK motorway network, and there is a main line train station 5 miles away at Totnes. Travelers from mainland Europe can take a cross-channel ferry to Plymouth, 20 miles from the cottage. A car is essential for travel once you arrive in the area.


Exeter and Plymouth are each about 20 miles away. The historic towns of Totnes, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge are each 5 - 8 miles away. The southern edge of Dartmoor, just over 10 miles away, provides excellent walking, as well as many features of archaeological interest.

Further Details:

There are horse riding, fishing, boating and water sports available in the area, as well as many beautiful walks on the South Coast Path. The world famous nature reserve at Slapton is 7 miles away

The area has many gardens open to the public, castles and historic houses to explore, and medieval towns and old ports to visit, and beautiful coast and countryside just to relax in.

Devon is famous for its food. We are surrounded by suppliers of locally grown fruit and vegetables, by butchers selling Red and South Devon beef and Dartmoor lamb, by bakers of real bread, and cheese makers. We have good food markets and excellent places to eat. You can try a pub half a mile away known for its steaks, to restaurants in Dartmouth specializing in fish, to a 2-Michelin star restaurant on Dartmoor, and many more besides.


Halwell Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Although the cottage is non-smoking throughout, guests who do smoke may do so on the outdoor terrace provided no litter is left.
  • You are welcome to wander in our gardens and woodland at your own risk; it is steep in places and paths, steps and rocks may be slippery.
  • We do not ask for a damage deposit as we believe most guests are careful. But guests are liable for damage other than reasonable wear and tear.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The en-suite bedroom has twin beds which can be together to form a 6' bed. All bed linen, towels and toiletries are provided. Radio and TV. There is ample wardrobe and storage space. French windows open on to the cottage's private terrace.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Notes on accommodation: The Granary offers great privacy: it is the only holiday cottage converted from the the old stone barns of North Boreston Farm. A wide range of books and magazines and DVDs are provided, together with detailed information on the attractions and facilities in the area. The cottage is no smoking; we are unable to accept pets. Outside: The Granary is set in 3 acres of beautiful gardens which have been featured in magazines and on TV. We aim to have highlights in flower throughout the year, including camellias and rhododendrons in spring, a stunning 'African garden' with African plants at their peak in July and August; an exotic garden with bamboos, bananas and a wide range of other plants chosen for their architectural effect; and ponds and bog garden areas. Guests have full access to all of the gardens. The private terrace for guests is accessed from the French windows of the cottage, and is equipped with table, chairs and a parasol. This is a lovely spot for al-fresco dining or just relaxing. Adjacent to the terrace on one side is a wisteria-covered pergola. On the opposite side an old stone-built linhay provides covered parking for guests in the cottage. The terrace gives glorious views of and access to the gardens. Utility Room: There is access to laundry facilities in the owners' farmhouse. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and bed linen are provided. For guests staying longer than one week, these are changed every week.


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Character Detached Cottage near Dartmouth, 5 Miles From The South Devon Coast
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
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The perfect retreat to get away from it all

  • 5 of 5

We booked the Granary as it was well located near local towns and easy to get to from the major roads, but equally was in a secluded position and 'away from it all'.

The property is in a great location, and is set in beautiful surroundings. The Granary itself is perfect for two, well equipped and very comfortable. Parking is not a problem either, as there is dedicated parking space directly opposite.

Rob and Jan are the perfect hosts too, very friendly and helpful.

My wife and I spent 5 days here in March 2017, celebrating our wedding anniversary. Whilst the weather was that typically expected in March (a tad wet), it did not spoil our enjoyment of staying in the Granary and we certainly plan to return in the not too distant future.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tracey and Neil were the ideal guests, a pleasure to share our lovely bit of Devon with. They said when they left that they had tidied up and left the cottage OK. That was an understatement it was immaculate!
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  • 5 of 5

The cottage is situated deep in the countryside but we found it easily by following Jan's precise directions. Jan made contact with me soon after our booking and was friendly and helpful all the way from booking, and throughout our stay. Rob and Jan were always on hand if we needed to know anything but were not obtrusive. The cottage was spotlessly clean and had everything needed. Jan left out, some eggs, milk & bread which were very much appreciated.In the kitchen all the essential crockery & utensils were provided, including washing up liquid, kitchen roll & tea towels. There were even basic toiletries in the bathroom.

The garden was amazing, like a park. Take a look at the photograph album in the cottage and you will see areas to discover that aren't immediately obvious from just walking around. We were blessed to visit during a recent heatwave so we spent time in the morning and evenings sitting on the private patio just watching the birds & local wildlife.

Although quite isolated the cottage is situated within 10-15 miles of all local tourist beauty spots such as Dartmouth, Kingsbridge & Salcombe. We visited several local beautiful beaches and took a lovely boat trip in the River Dart. We felt like we were in the Mediterranean because of the wonderful weather.

Do try the local pub which is just about within walking distance, if the weather is fine. It is well known for its delicious steaks. All in all we had a lovely stay. I would think that the cottage would be very cosy if the weather wasn't as good as that which we experienced, as there is electric heating & an electric wood burning stove effect fire.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage for a peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely holiday in the Granary, Jan and Rob very welcoming and friendly, the cottage was lovely with everything we needed for a week away from home. The welcome pack, of milk, butter, eggs, bread, tea and coffee was very much appreciated. Gardens were beautiful and very peaceful. However, it was very close to all the tourist attraction in the area. We will definitely be returning

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely accommodation with everything needed. Comfortable and clean. Lovely gardens. Very quiet and calming.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little slice of paradise

  • 5 of 5

The granary is a charming holiday let full of character. Jan and Rob have spared no expense with the building and it's fixture's and fittings. Even the kitchen utensils are of top quality. A nice touch was the fresh bread ( GF for me and regular for my wife ) eggs and butter all of which were locally sourced. We particularly enjoyed watching the variety of bird species making good use of the bird feeders opposite the granary. A real retreat for couples wanting to escape kid's,work and the telephone. Ian & Jo Hooper dorset

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that our guests enjoyed their stay in The Granary We find this little spot in Devon to be very peaceful and beautiful and yet we are only 15 minutes away from towns and the coast. The presence of free WiFi in the cottage allows anyone who has to stay in touch to do so easily and quickly. Jan and Rob
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is on a Saturday during the season; out of season we can be flexible. We can also accommodate those who like short breaks out of the season.

Notes on prices:
Prices are fully inclusive of all services, linen, towels and toiletries. A small breakfast hamper of local food is also included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.