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Farmhouse in peaceful rural Devon (with heated outdoor pool Apr-Oct)

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Near Tavistock, West Devon in the Tamar Valley. Great for exploring Devon and Cornwall. 15min from Dartmoor, 20min from Bodmin Moor

Hartwell is a former farmhouse which was built in the 19th century close to the village of Sydenham Damerel, just 12 minutes from the historic town of Tavistock. Tucked away in the heart of the Tamar Valley, this attractive part of the Devon countryside is officially an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.’

We have a 10m outdoor heated pool available for the exclusive use of guests staying between April and October.

The house has modern facilities (including wifi and blu-ray player) but retains its traditional feel, including Inglenook fireplace, original slate flagstones and old wooden floors. There's a large well equipped kitchen containing a Rayburn, and two living rooms each with a cosy wood burner. Furniture is mostly antique or older style, in keeping with the overall feel of the house.

Comfortably sleeping 10 people, the bedrooms are as follows:

Bedroom 1 - (Double) Kingsize four-poster bed

Bedroom 2 - (Twin) 2 single beds

Bedroom 3 - (Twin/Double) 2 single beds (which can be made into a super-king double if requested)

Bedroom 4 - (Twin) 2 single beds

Bedroom 5 - (Double) Kingsize double bed

We also have a travel cot if needed.

The large attractive garden is great to explore or to play badminton or perhaps a communal game of cricket, football or rounders. Or you could just relax in the hammock next to the fish pond. And not forgetting the swimming pool!

Surrounded by wildlife, we are regularly visited by owls, woodpeckers, buzzards, pheasants, rabbits and occasionally deer and badgers. Neighbouring fields play host to a mixture of horses, sheep and cattle. Footpaths lead in various directions from the house making it easy to explore the local countryside. And there's a 15th Century pub down the hill which used to be frequented by Charles I while on his way to Cotehele to visit his mistress!

Near by, Tavistock is an attractive and historic rural town with a mixture of eclectic local independent shops and eateries as well as a few well known National stores. There is also a cinema/arts centre. Not to mention the wonderful Pannier Market which has been in existence since the 12th century!

A short trip in the car takes you to Dartmoor (Devon) in one direction or Bodmin Moor (Cornwall) in the other, and we're equidistant from the North and South Cornwall/Devon coasts, making Hartwell an ideal base from which to explore the West Country.

See the General Information page for some of the many activities and places to visit in the area.

AVOID SCAMS. Check our website and ensure the phone number there matches the one shown here. Also, feel free to give us a call to find out more about our house and area.

More Details

Angus Deuchar
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About Angus Deuchar

We're a family of 5. I'm a former photographer, now landlord and my wife is a business coach. The children are all in full time education.

Angus Deuchar purchased this farmhouse in 2008

Why Angus Deuchar chose Tavistock

We wanted to find somewhere in the countryside to escape the rat race, and had always loved Devon having rented many houses there over the years. We viewed scores of potential properties over several years. The house needed to be close to Dartmoor (but not on it), big enough to rattle around in and include a big garden with secluded spots which we could explore or play in for hours on end. When eventually we found Hartwell we knew straight away that it was the right place!

What makes this farmhouse unique

We love the fact that the house has not been overly modernised. Much of the furniture is antique (or older style) plus there's a Rayburn and even an old valve radio. We did try to resist the internet for a while, but eventually succumbed; some things are difficult to live without! That said, it can still easily be switched off and hidden if you want to avoid it...

We feel the house is in the perfect location to stay put or to explore both Devon and Cornwall and all they have to offer. We're nicely secluded, but not cut off; outside the village, but only 12 minute drive into Tavistock if you need to stock up.

Now with the pool adding a new layer of luxury, we cant get enough of the place!

We hope that if you come to stay at Hartwell, you will love it as much as we do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

After a long drive braving the Friday traffic from Liverpool we were all a bit exhausted. However once we saw the cottage we soon forgot any thoughts of tiredness. The cottage is absolutely beautiful - quite stunning in fact! Its set in the middle of nowhere (well for us city folk it is anyway) and has extensive and immaculately maintained gardens. When you climb up the hill in the back garden you are greeted with most incredible views of the rolling Tamar Valley hills. The property has a modern swimming pool half way up the back garden. There is also a secluded seated rockery area with a small pond and a hammock no less. The house and area just feels so tranquil - the only sounds that you are likely to hear are from the nearby sheep! The house itself is your typical Devon country cottage. The kitchen is as you would expect of a country cottage: a brilliantly glowing Rayburn; exposed floor boards etc. The owner has supplied every item that you could think of and some that you wouldn't. Honestly, apart from food you wouldn't need to bring anything with you at all. Little touches and thoughtfulness stand out throughout the cottage. As do the array of diverse books which cover the whole wall in the second main sitting room. The two bigger living room areas both have large old fashioned open fires in them. I would try and perfect your fire making ability if you can, as even in the summer (June) it can get quite cold at night. However the roaring fires in the summer just seemed to add to the charm of the property. There is enough to amuse a family for a short stay, as there is an extensive range of board and party games, a table football, a DVD, an IPOD docking station and also a lovely vintage but working Bush radio (dating back to post WW2) in the kitchen. I am pretty sure that if you opened any cupboard, draw or table there would be something in it. Upstairs there are 5 large rooms (including one with a four poster bed) and a large bathroom fitted with a traditional freestanding roll top bath. We were down for a nearby family wedding so didn't really get a chance to explore the local area. However all of us didn't really want to leave the cottage (so that says it all to me!). A quick word about the owner, he seems a genuinely nice guy who will help with most requests - he even purchased, without us asking, a new highchair for us so that we didn't have to bring ours. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at this charming and idyllic cottage.
Jun 2015
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Tavistock Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub , Upstairs
    Showeroom - toilet , shower , Downstairs
  • There is a bathroom/toilet upstairs and a shower/toilet downstairs.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (in 5 Bedrooms) plus cot if needed. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with a four poster king-size bed, Bedroom 2 with twin beds, Bedroom 3 with bunk beds, Bedroom 4 with twin beds, Bedroom 5 with a king-size double bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: PETS: Well behaved dogs are allowed on the condition that they are not permitted upstairs or on any of the furniture. Owners must be responsible for cleaning up after their pet and for any damage caused. SMOKING: This is a No Smoking house. INTERNET: There is wifi internet access (at a relatively slow 1 mbps) but is suitable for basic email & browsing and some larger downloads. HEATING: There is partial central heating, designed to take the chill off in the winter, but not fully heat the house. There is an oil fired Rayburn and 2 cosy wood burners available for when it is cold. Firewood is included. PHONE: Mobile phone coverage variable within the house and more reliable in the garden. There is a landline if needed. SAFETY: Please note that while the smaller rear garden is enclosed, the much larger front garden is only partially fenced, so animals and young children will need to be supervised. There is also a small pond that you should be aware of. Outside: The overall plot is more than an acre and a half and is all available for your use. (As is normal in this area there is a public footpath across part of the garden, but in practice this is very rarely used.) Adjacent to the kitchen is a south facing patio with table and chairs. A lovely spot for breakfast in the sunshine next to the wisteria. The garage contains a table tennis table as well as an array of outdoor games. You are also welcome to borrow our Wellies or our buckets & spades and body boards if required. To the front of the house is a hidden area with a hammock next to the pretty fish pond. Here there is also another table and chairs, plus a chiminea making it a perfect location for a family barbecue! From Spring 2015 there will also be a 10m outdoor heated swimming pool. Beyond this is an acre of garden where you can make use of the trampoline (use with care and at your own risk) or set up a game of badminton, football, cricket, rounders or swingball. Utility Room: Washing machine, freezer and butler sink. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided. If you require additional cleaning or linen change during your stay, please let us know so this can be arranged. Other: The entrance area, leading to the kitchen, also with a sofa gives an additional space for people to sit and relax.


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Farmhouse in peaceful rural Devon (with heated outdoor pool Apr-Oct)
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful Farmhouse with a fantastic heated outdoor pool.

  • 5 of 5

Arrived at this farmhouse on a lovely Friday afternoon for 3 night stay with my husband, 3 grown up sons and daughter in law. It is the most beautiful, traditional farmhouse, lovingly looked after, with extremely well kept gardens and the amazing pool. My son (aged 22) was straight in there and we all went in every day for hours at a time - even at 10 pm! We spent quality time together - playing board games - there are many in the cupboard in the lounge - you are well catered for here. We also enjoyed having breakfast on the patio and spotting the many different species of bird including a green woodpecker.

We drove to the local pub on Saturday evening - you have to book and had a lovely meal. This pub is just over a mile away but not in my opinion, walkable, the lanes are very narrow and it would not be safe to walk it.

I would highly recommend this farmhouse, the property was lovely and clean and Tracey was on hand if we needed anything. We hope to return one day.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house and grounds, perfect if you want to relax away from the crowds

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful property. The house is lovely - everything you could possibly want is in some drawer or cupboard. There is a wealth of books and games, and lots of outdoor equipment (badminton, croquet, swing ball, table tennis, table football, trampoline, football net, etc, etc). We picked a really hot week, so the pool was perfect - a good size, lots of inflatables and lovely poolside furniture. The gardens were sun traps, but with the stone floors, the house stayed cool and was a welcome relief. Several different places to sit outside. Normally the smaller back garden, with its sunny patio, would have been perfect on its own, but the much much larger front garden, with a huge gently sloping lawn, and a hidden area by the pond with tables, chairs and a hammock, meant that you hardly needed to go anywhere. And this was probably the best thing - it is so hidden, several miles from the nearest town, and tucked down a tiny lane used by only a handful of vehicles each day. There is a nice pub with good food about a mile or two away, and shops about 20 minutes away in Tavistock. And that is it. Lots of great walks, but more importantly lots of opportunity to simply do nothing. Angus, the owner, was so helpful - kept in touch with us leading up to the holiday, and always friendly. I'll keep trying to think of a negative for this property, and will write again when I think of something, but I may be a while.....

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and that you had such a great week with the weather! Hope to see you again.
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Isle of wight

Far exceeded our expectations!!

  • 5 of 5

All I can say is that we want to return! Every year!

The house and gardens were amazing. The facilities available were outstanding, the pool... What can I say... Words escape me.

We had the most amazing break, BBQ'd, played board games and danced around in fancy dress. Totally secluded grounds, you couldn't keep us out of the pool and I slept in a 4-poster bed (off the bucket list now).

Local pub lunch was delicious and Tavistock market was too much temptation for me.

Plus the little home touches, made it really special... The perfect way to celebrate turning 40 and for us to escape family demands, take a break and treat ourselves. 👍

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday home in superb setting.

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful holiday home; Hartwell is superbly located in the rural Devonshire countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The location is such that one will not disturbed by anything other than the odd owl at night time and perhaps a passing tractor during the day. The tranquility is excellent and allowed us to enjoy the many things to do in and around the property. The house itself is charmingly decorated and furnished inkeeping with the period of the property. It was spotlessly clean and provided all we could wish for and more - the kitchen was well stocked with every type of pot, pan and utensil allowing us to cook many meals for our large party. There is a well considered library, cupboard full of games, DVD collection, piano and guitars. In the garage you will find a table tennis table, BBQ and just about every kind of garden game you can imagine along with a vast assortment of wellies, body boards and anything else you might need for a day out walking or at the coast.

There are two gardens at Hartwell a smaller back garden that is fenced in and a larger more open front garden where you will find a trampoline, stone circle and football goal and we should also not forget the fabulous heated outdoor pool where we swam every day. The pool area itself is fenced off and has a variety of sun loungers and chairs and a pool house including pool towels, inflatables and table football.

Dealing with Angus the owner was an absolute pleasure and he ensured that we wanted for nothing, I might also add that for those with canine friends he was very accommodating.

We split our time between the house itself and the many local attractions - Tavistock is a lovely market town only 10 minutes drive, the local pub in Horsebridge provides good food and drink - the landlord was amiable and welcoming. Such is the location of Hartwell we were able to enjoy days out as diverse as Lydford Gorge, Padstow on the Northern Cornish coast and the South Devon coast, all les than an hours drive from the house.

Being well travelled, we've come to expect a high standard, needless to say Hartwell did not disappoint but it was the little things that really set it apart; torches, cookbooks, spare toothbrush, welcome basket of eggs, bread, jam and biscuits are just a few of the thoughtful touches that spring to mind. In fact had we known how well provided for we would be we could have saved lots of space on our packing.

I would not hesitate to strongly recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow Ben <blush> thanks so much for your review. It sounds as though you had a good week and managed to make the most of the house and area. I'm really glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks also to you for being such an easy and cheerful group of guests to deal with.
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Beautiful house in stunning surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We booked Hartwell for an extended family holiday, to celebrate parents' 60th birthdays. We had had a good impression of the house from the website and information received from the owners prior to arrival, and it didn't disappoint in any way. Everything was provided that you could possibly need for a fantastic holiday, including games equipment, pool towels and detailed information and guidance. We made good use of the beautiful swimming pool, even on cloudy days, and the trampoline and myriad sporting equipment were well utilised too. All family members from age 3 to (almost) 60 loved the house and thoroughly enjoyed the week. Would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had such a good gathering for your parent's birthdays. And it sounds like you managed to make good use of everything that's available at Hartwell. We hope to see you again another time.
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An idyllic country cottage with stunning gardens

  • 5 of 5

Hartwell really is idyllic, it is beautifully and stylishly decorated and furnished. We were a family party aged from 5 to 80 - plus two dogs - and everyone loved the house, not to mention the fabulous swimming pool and exquisite gardens.

The house is extremely well equipped too with lovely touches such as the really thick, fluffy bath towels, additional pool towels and so on. We also really appreciated the lovely welcome box of groceries including posh biscuits, tea and jam!

The pool and games room and TV kept the children amused and there is a huge bookcase of books to pore over...There are lots of interesting places to visit nearby as well and we had a fantastic dinner one evening at the very friendly and welcoming local pub.

We had a wonderful holiday and would love to visit again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Mary. It sounds as though you had a fantastic week, which I'm delighted to hear. It's always great to hear from people who've really appreciated the house. We really hope you'll be able to come to stay again in the not too distant future. Angus
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Nearest Airport
49 Miles
Newquay Cornwall Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Royal Inn
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Plymouth Ferry Port
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Tavistock Golf Club
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Gunnislake Rail Station
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Royal Inn
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Plymouth dry slope ski and snowboard centre!
Nearest Beach
23 Miles
Whitsand Bay
Car: necessary


Various beaches, in either South Devon, South Cornwall or North Cornwall are from 45 minutes away. Our favourites include:

Whitsand Bay (unspoiled but no 'facilities') - 40 minute drive,

Looe (touristy fishing village) - 45 minute drive,

Kingsand/Cawsand 50 minute drive,

Bude (surfing and beaches) - 55 minute drive,

Polzeath (brilliant for novice to pro surfing, huge beach, coastal walks) 65 minute drive,

Newquay (surfing, secluded beaches and nightlife) - 65 minute drive.


It's easiest to travel to the house by car, but other transport options will bring you reasonably close. Car or taxi necessary for the final leg:

Gunnislake Rail station (10 minute drive) - with limited service to Plymouth,

Tavistock Bus Station (no rail station) - 12 minute drive,

Plymouth Rail Station (45 minute drive),

Exeter Rail Station (50 minute drive),

Newquay Cornwall Airport (1 hour drive),

Exeter International Airport (1 hour drive),

Plymouth Ferry Terminal (45 minute drive)


Travel time by car:

The pub - 3 minutes (or 20 minutes on foot),

Tavistock - 12 minutes,

Cornish border - 4 minutes,

Dartmoor - from 15 minutes,

Bodmin Moor - from 25 minutes

National Trust properties - from 15 minutes,

Plymouth - 45 minutes,

Exeter - 50 minutes,

South Devon / Cornish coast - from 45 minutes,

North Devon / Cornish coast - from 50 minutes,

Eden Project - 55 minutes.

Further Details:

Aside from stunning walks in the local countryside or on nearby Dartmoor or Bodmin Moor, there are many activities available in the local area for all ages, including:

horse riding, fishing, canoeing, sailing, tree surfing, zip wires, archery, 4x4 driving, boulder climbing, clay pigeon shooting, cycling, kayaking, windsurfing, dry-slope skiing, surfing, golf.

There are several beautiful National Trust properties within 15-30 minutes drive. These include Lydford Gorge, Cotehele, Buckland Abbey, Castle Drogo.

Full details available at the house, or in advance by request.




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $276.97

Booking Notes:
If paying via BACS, a 20% holding deposit is payable upon booking, with full balance including security deposit, required at least 1 month before your visit.

£200 damages/housekeeping deposit payable before arrival, usually returned within 5 days of departure, subject to deductions.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day - usually Friday. Arrival time after 4pm departure by 10am. However, these can sometimes be varied, so please ask.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks charged at 70% of weekly rate for up to 3 nights, and 10% of weekly rate per night thereafter.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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