- Property code: NEADON
- Changeover day: Friday
- 2 or more bathrooms
- Access statement available
- Central heating
- Parking (see description for details)
- Garden or outside space
- Real fire
- Tumble dryer
- Washing machine
A warm welcome of cake and tea will greet you at this lovely 17th Century Devon farmhouse set in the folds of Dartmoor in its own beautiful valley close to the Dartmoor village of Manaton. The cottage is a wing of the farmhouse, part of a 50 acre mixed working farm, where the very comfortable and attractive rooms with stunning views across meadows bordered by a stream will indulge the most discerning of guests. Anglers are welcome to fish along the property’s private reaches of the River Bovey, walkers will revel in this perfect walking country (there is a different walk from the house each day of the week to cover woodland, moorland and over tors) and guests are welcome to wander the farmland which will delight people of all ages. Dartmoor is stunning, wild and beautiful from the high craggy Tors to deep wooded dells and rushing streams - all just waiting to be explored. Sitting in front of a cosy fire on a winters day or being amazed by the beautiful spring flowers, glorious summers and awesome autumn colours, all make Neadon Cottage a treat for anyone at any time of the year.
From the shared farm courtyard at the rear of the cottage, two steps down to back door that leads into the huge games/boot room. Here there is a pool table, storage for wellies and coats, log store, separate WC as well as washing machine, tumble dryer and large fridge freezer. Door into farmhouse kitchen, very well equipped and provided with electric cooker with halogen hob with double ovens, wood burner, dishwasher, microwave, dresser, radio and farmhouse table to seat 8. Inner hall. Charming downstairs double bedroom with 5ft bed with memory foam mattress and fitted cupboard. Attractive sitting room with glorious valley views, two large comfy sofas, a chair and feature granite open hearth with wood burner, TV/DVD, plenty of books and some fine antique furniture. A cupboard in the downstairs bedroom houses games, books and DVDs. Stairs to landing. Double bedroom with 6ft 6in sleigh bed, fitted cupboards and lovely views. Bathroom with bath, electric shower over, basin and WC. Twin bedroom with 3ft beds and a further large twin bedroom that overlooks the courtyard and has two 3ft beds and a sofa. Further shower room with electric power shower and WC.
From the games/boot room a door opens to an enclosed private decked area with table and chairs, a perfect spot for al fresco dining. A gate from here opens out to the farmhouse gardens, dotted with lovely sculptures, with wide lawns and superb views beyond the ha ha and an enclosed walled garden with mown paths.
Ample parking at rear of house.
- Included: Bed linen, towels, WiFi, travel cot, high chair, central heating (electric), electricity and complimentary first basket of logs (additional bags of logs available at £2.50 each).
- Telephone & Internet: No telephone provided, access to owner's phone for emergencies. Mobile reception mixed. The WiFi signal may be slow due to the rural location and is more suited to checking emails and is not ideal for streaming or downloading films.
- Dogs: Are very welcome. Pet Charge: £30.00 per pet per week.
- Babysitting available.
- Local Facilities: Pub 2 miles. Shops at Moretonhempstead, 3 miles and Bovey Tracey, 5 miles. Miniature Pony Centre 5 miles. Farm shop 5 miles. Beaches at Shaldon and Teignmouth, 30 minutes drive. Ashburton and Chagford, 30 minutes drive.
Fabulous location and loved the victoria sponge on arrival. My only comment is that perhaps a warning about the access via tiny Devon lanes should be included; it was not a problem for us (coming from the Scottish Highlands with equally small roads!) but extended traveling times, care and narrowness, and winter muddiness should perhaps be flagged. Hopefully it would not put potential visitors off a fabulous place.
our family had a most enjoyable holiday; the cottage was warm and comfortable and situated in the right place for the lovely walks. The owner welcomed us and the lemon cake was to die for!. A very big thank you for a great family get together.
Wonderful retreat to walk and unwind.Wd wil, be back and will recommend the cottage do friends Thank you for a lovely vacation
Area, cottage and welcome were wonderful. The most glorious view from the lounge, main bedroom and the garden. Plenty of garden furniture. Well stocked kitchen. Friendly dogs. Kind owner supplied lovely eggs, apples, milk, cake and advice on local walks and areas to see. Feeding kitchen scraps to the chickens was fun. Cottage is in an idyllic location and good for exploring Dartmoor and many other Devon attractions. It is reached by a few miles on very narrow country lanes. The hedge scratched our car on both sides whenever we went out and I wouldn't want to have to back up along them to a passing place at night. There should be a warning about this if there isn't one already that I missed. However, there isn't much traffic on them so you don't often have to back up.
This place is idyllic, especially for children. Spacious, comfortable, kids could run and around and place hide and seek even in the house (a) cos so much space and (b) without fear of breaking something. Garden and surrounding farm land all completely accessible to us, fantastic bonus of rope swing across very shallow, paddling river - they had even out some chairs and you could do a bbq by the river. River is a good walk across a field, so not close enough to cause worry for younger ones. Very clean, little touches like kitchen hand towel and bath mats much appreciated. (And of course the welcome tea and frssh baked cake which was still warm)Owner was really nice and helpful, with many good suggestions of what we could do and where we could go. Would definitely recommend this property, possibly going back despite the very narrow lane access, and would certainly use Toad Hall again.
Yes - great cottage and welcome from the owners...very narrow lanes to get to the property which is fun.
Yes. Owner was very welcoming. Cottage had everything we needed. Location was lovely.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas.
Many additional extras that you would not expect in such a lovely cottage hidden away in the depths of Dartmoor. Fresh flowers were lovely and the welcoming tea tray with scones, cream and jam was a really nice welcome. Massive supply of logs as well at no extra charge. The host could not have done anything more for one and the family were very helpful in recommending places to eat and see. There were only two of us but all the beds were made up, so we had a choice, which was also lovely ( although we only one). This is rarely the case in other places we have stayed. Everything was delightful and totally relaxing. We did leave two days earlier than expected but that was our choice and no reflection at all on the accommodation. We had only intended coming away for about four days initially so staying five days was a good reflection on the accommodation being very comfortable.
Yes. Excellent views. Peaceful surroundings. Enjoyed feeding chickens! Be aware that access lanes are very narrow if you meet something coming the other way! Good parking facilities. Tea and cake on arrival a nice touch. Plenty of space. Access onto Dartmoor in a few minutes.
On this hard working farm the added bonus in April was the hosts' kindness in allowing children to feed the lambs - very exciting for them - and the chickens. And to see lambs being born. Everyone working was very friendly and happy to explain things and involve the children. Very much appreciated by parents and grandparents. This is a lovely, spacious house with interesting furnishings, lots of books and toys for the children, in a most beautiful situation. The games room was very popular too. Delicious welcoming cake. We couldn't have chosen a better, really comfortable house for our 3 generations to stay in. All 7 of us agreed we had a fantastic time here. Well done Neadon Farm. You rock.
Neadon Cottage is an extremely pleasant place to stay, warm and welcoming, very peaceful with lovely, comfortable rooms. Our two Labradors thoroughly enjoyed it too
Perfect cottage , perfect setting , perfect peace !
What an absolutely perfect week we have just had at this beautiful farm cottage. Tucked away in deep Devon countryside overlooking farm land with sheep a plenty. We have walked through fields, climbed Tors, paddled in the stream, collected eggs and basked in glorious Devon sun. Then we have come home to this cosy but specious farm cottage to relax in the gardens admiring the view and fall into the comfy beds after a satisfying barbecue. Our holiday was sheer heaven. Thank you Mairi for the lovely welcome and hospitality. It was all just perfect.
We thought Neadon Cottage was absolutely wonderful and Mr Hunt a very welcoming and friendly host. We will definitely go back!
This is not an all singing, all dancing up to the minute cottage. This is a comfortable, spacious farm home with everything you need for a great family holiday. Bar the wifi! It is pretty remote, and we struggled a little at first without being constantly connected to the outside world. No bad thing perhaps. Instead we fed the chickens (and ate the eggs). We learned about sheep. We played football in the walled garden and gazed enviously at the gooseberries ripening all around us. Every evening we would stroll up the lane ostensibly to see the horses but also to get our fix of 3G for the day! We spent a glorious morning by the river in wellies with our nets and saw dragonfilies, fish, birds and even played poohsticks. The beds were very confortable and the house felt like a home. It was too warm for the fire but I bet it would have been marvellous! Terrific boot room with games where you can leave all your outdoor gear and ample parking for two cars. Also Tesco knows where it is and can deliver.
Rest and Relaxation plus Roast and Rice pudding (for the uninitiated). That just about sums up the overall ambience. If you are a townie, and cannot do without the regular humdrum, then, well, Neadon Cottage is not for you. BUT this IS the place to come if you need to take in a deep breath and turn away from the rat race and world at large. In many ways it's like stepping back in Time. The location is cut off.. there are no two ways about that, but this is more than compensated for with splendid views (the view is a third of your holiday experience), uninterrupted birdsong, grateful faithful chickens waiting for you at the gate, and the antics of a handful of canine guardians. Yes, there are humans too... usually up and about bright and early whilst you are still wondering what to have for breakfast. If you are a meat eater, we can personally vouch for how good the meat is coming from this particular farm. I did not cook, apart from breakfast as it was my holiday too, but Tom Hunt does supply a local inn (the Ring of Bells at North Bovey). The food was so good we made it our "local". Back at the ranch, I have to say I have never seen so many towels... also, the bedding linen was crisp and clean. Here I must mention Tracey who took care of us in Mrs H's absence. I found her warm, welcoming and very helpful... just like all the other locals with whom we came into contact. As for the famous Dartmoor roads, compared with the others, those leading up to the farm/cottage were steeper and narrower than ever.... BUT, you will hardly see another driver coming the other way. For hubby et moi, Neadon Cottage is just about as perfect a place to stay as you will find anywhere, and is incredibly good value for money. A relatively short drive will get you to most places in any direction you choose.. so be adventurous, and look forward to a good night's sleep upon your return.
A beautiful and wild setting, a cosy and lovely cottage, of the kind that you imagine when you think 'English countryside' but so rarely find. Perhaps the nicest, warmest, most spacious and most welcoming place we've ever stayed in. As for Dartmoor - heaven on earth!
I would like to comment on how fantastic the Toadhall Cottages Staff have been with any phone contact we have had. After a family bereavement, we weren't sure if we were going to be able to go ahead with our holiday and the man I spoke to was sympathetic, kind and reassuring. I was very grateful for his lovely manner. Also, when we found it difficult to contact Mrs Hunt, we called Toadhall Cottages and she had called us within 30 minutes. Just an excellent, professional service and a company we would without use again and recommend to others - thank you very much!
Wonderful place for a relaxing break. Cottage is lovely, and Dartmoor stunning. We will be back..
Lovely property in wonderful location . Cottage is full of character.
Despite this being the coldest Easter for as along as we could all remember we had a fabulous week here. With a roaring log fire in the kitchen and the family gathered round the huge table it was perfect. Our grandchildren were especially enraptured when on Easter Saturday a newborn lamb joined us wrapped in a blanket for them to feed with a bottle. It is a beautiful house filled with beautiful things. The welcoming tray with tea and cakes set the scene for a great week in this very beautiful part of the UK. We would all love to visit when it's warmer and sit in the delightful little courtyard on the sun but we wouldn't have missed our haven in freezing March for the world.
An absolutely fabulous house which has so much room. With its tasteful and homely decor it feels like a home from home. There are wonderful walks from the house and it is such a peaceful and beautiful setting. Mrs Hunt really goes that extra mile in thoughtful touches like fresh flowers, cake and tea on arrival and countless little extras like hand wash/toilet rolls and dishwashing tablets. The holiday was the best one my family has had and would not hesitate in giving Mrs Hunt the highest accolade for her property. Thanks so much.
'A wonderful stay. So much to do, walks / exploring and games in the field. The river is so tranquil, a private little oasis. Such a homely place to stay and felt welcomed and very comfortable. The children loved the freedom of the garden and fields, and life springing up at every turn'
We had a fabulous week at Neadon Farm, feeling instantly at home in the cottage made welcome with home made cake and tea from Mrs Hunter. The heavy rain kept us tucked up by the cosy fire initially before we could investigate our surroundings. Fabulous scenery with stunning winter sun rises and sets from the cottage not too mention the very elegant Socks looking from her stable in the mornings. Lovely beach walk at Teignmouth for the dog whilst shell collecting with our 3 yer old daughter, plus dog friendly walking at Fingle Bridge. Great pub in North Tovey, revisiting The Drewes in Drewsteighton plus seeing if Prince Charming actually lives in Castle Drogo.... All in all a great success. Many thanks.