- Property code: 1FREE
- Changeover day: Friday
- Discount for small parties
- Nearby pub or restaurant
- Real fire
- Short Breaks available
- Garden or outside space
- Washing machine
1 Freelands Cottage is a pretty, Grade II Listed, thatched cottage in the popular village of Manaton, deep in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park. Absolutely charming and comfortably furnished, this is the perfect spot for walking and exploring the stunning moorland of Dartmoor. Many rocky Tors interrupt the sweeping open moorland, such as nearby Hound Tor, Haytor and Bowerman’s Nose. Close by is Widdecombe-in-the-moor, lovely for a day visit, it hosts an annual fair and is home to Uncle Tom Cobley and All! The famous Becky Falls, that tumble 70 feet beneath a canopy of oaks, is within a mile of the cottage.
Living room with granite walls, original beams, feature inglenook fireplace inset with a wood burner, sofa, two armchairs, TV and DVD player. Smart kitchen with electric hob, built under oven, washing machine, microwave and fridge with ice box. Step up from the living room to a hall/dining area with dining table to seat four and access to the side of the cottage. Stairs up to bedrooms. Pretty double bedroom with 4ft 6in bed. Twin bedroom with two 3ft beds. Shower room with power shower, wash basin and WC.
The cottage is protected from the lane by a small garden. At the side is a pretty courtyard garden enclosed by a dry stone wall, perfect for sitting outside with table and chairs provided. 3 full sized mountain bikes available for use at own risk.
On road parking possible, on road next to cottage (as available).
- Included: Bed linen (not towels), WiFi, electricity and heating (Eco-warm radiators that produce instant economical heat).
- Telephone: With honesty box. Mobile reception poor.
- Local Facilities: Pub including small shop, 50 yards. Shops and open air swimming pool in Bovey Tracey, 5 miles. Farm shop 4 miles. Beaches at Shaldon and Teignmouth, 30 minutes drive. Ashburton and Chagford 30 minutes drive.
We did enjoy our stay but feel the bedding should be updated.
Free lands cottage offered a great setting with a friendly local pub. Ideally situated for walking from the door and visiting tourist attractions. As holiday cottage owners ourselves we appreciate the attention to comfort and convenience. We would recommend to anyone as well as our family and friends.
Excellent selection of books with walks and information on the area. The tea and cake on arrival was a lovely touch - thank you. We really enjoyed our stay.
1 Freelands cottage is a warm hug in 16th century stone form. It is situated on the outskirts of Manaton in the hamlet of Water. It is a charming, cozy, 16th century thatched cottage and features a living room, a very small but excellently equipped kitchen (containing not the cheap stuff one usually finds in holiday accommodation, but quality foody equipment: pots and pans, great oven, a combi microwave/grill, stick blender, washing machine etc.) downstairs, and a double and a twin bedroom, bathroom (or more precisely shower room as there is no bath) upstairs. Hot water comes from an immersion heater (never ran out for two people staying) and heat via night storage heaters, plus a lovely woodburning stove in the living room. I would guess it's a bit cold in winter, but in mild autumn weather it was very snug. There's a landline, which is very handy as there is no mobile coverage and Internet (2.5Mbs) accessible via WiFi, although you might have to turn the router on and off as the connection goes down sometimes. The costs of phone calls and firewood (nets in the shed) are dealt with via an honesty box. There's also three mountain bikes and there are a ton of books, local guides and maps, TV, DVD player and even some DVDs, and boardgames in the cupboard under the tv if the outdoors stops beckoning. The only minus point for the cottage is that is is cramped (especially kitchen and upstairs; the dining table is in the hallway opposite the stairs but we didn't mind eating off our laps for a few days.) That is typical of the age and style of property, but might be an issue with four people staying for a couple of weeks. Oh, and there's a huge, wonderfully friendly, ever purring, black and white cat who will come and see if you are cat people, and then drop by as he pleases (even spending the night if you let him sleep on the bed). Judging by the guest book he is a regular visitor (not that he signs it :o) - he just gets mentioned a lot by visitors). The area is wonderful. It would take years to get to know Dartmoor as well as we would like, with terrain varying from wooded valley to high moors and granite tors. The cottage's location means you can actually take many stunningly beautiful circular walks from the cottage, rather than having to drive somewhere. We walked from the cottage to Lustleigh which is a very pretty village with a wonderful pub (The Cleave), providing rather better food and atmosphere than the local (200 meters away), but it's either a hard five mile hike with hard-to-follow paths and a scramble over stones across a river, or an easier 2 1/2 mile walk over a footbridge, but you can go further afield (Haytor, Houndtor, Moretonhampstead, etc.) depending on your legs. Assume 2 miles an hour unless you're fit though! All-in-all heartily recommended, and we will certainly be back.
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