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Beautifully Restored Grade 2 Thatched Cottage In Manaton

Bedrooms 3
Space 215 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom cottage, with large secluded garden and easy on road parking.

The cottage is located in the heart of Manaton, a small village near the towns of Moretonhampstead and Bovey Tracey. The cottage comprises of 2 double bedrooms and 1 single bedroom with attached toilet. The property boasts newly installed bathroom and shower room as well as kitchen diner leading onto garden patio. The heart of the cottage is a stunning living room with inglenook and wood burner. The house is well equipped with wifi, tv/dvd, washer/dryer and dish washer to make your holiday a home from home experience. Outside the house is surrounded by a generous garden with a safety covered pond and a patio for enjoying a summer BBQ. The house itself has views from the first floor over the Dartmoor countryside. What better way to start your day than enjoying a cup of tea and viewing the local scenery. Whether you are a family or a couple looking for a relaxing holiday in the Dartmoor National Park, then this is the perfect cottage for you. Ideal for walking, cycling or just exploring Dartmoor and Devon. Well-behaved dogs welcome.

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Melanie Stephens
Member since: 2012
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This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
14 July, 2018

About Melanie Stephens

I have been fortunate to be brought up in a small fishing village in the west of Cornwall. For as long as I have known my parents have had the cottage in Devon as a retreat from the bustling summer tourism. This has always been a treasured family holiday home where we could all recharge our batteries together.

Melanie Stephens purchased this cottage in 1960

Why Melanie Stephens chose Manaton

My parents fell upon this property when touring Devon in their caravan. On first sight they fell in love with this picturesque thatched cottage and we have treasured it as part of the family ever since.

What makes this cottage unique

Who could fail to adore this charming cottage nestled in the heart of Dartmoor? It offers peace and tranquillity from everyday stresses yet never faraway there's plenty of little villages and towns to explore. Further afield there's many more opportunities to visit tourist attractions such as; Paignton Zoo, Torquay Amusements, Newton Abbott Horse racing, golf courses, cathedral city of Exeter and much more.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Cottage is lovely, everything catered for! Wonderful days out and back to relax in sunshine in the afternoon. Great location with really nice pubs. Kestor Inn food fab - Ring O' Bells in North Bovey & Rugglestone Inn at Widecombe, all brilliant. Would definately return & recommend. Thank you.
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Manaton in Teignbridge District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 215 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Pets are not allowed upstairs, on furniture & cannot be left unattended unless crated. Pets to stay in kitchen overnight. Max. 2 dogs if more enquire.
  • Due to the thatched roof absolutely NO open flame (smoking, candles etc.) in the property.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , This room features a stunning Victorian bed and vanity basin
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , With views over local moorland equipped with vanity basin
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , has separate toilet and basin
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  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
2, Freelands Cottage is a delightful thatched character cottage.


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Beautifully Restored Grade 2 Thatched Cottage In Manaton
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Stunning cottage in a wonderful location!

  • 5 of 5

We had the most fantastic week staying at 2 Freelands cottage. First of all, the cottage itself is a beautiful, quaint, thatched cottage in a gorgeous village. Melanie has equipped the cottage with everything you could possibly need and wifi, heating etc are all easy to use. One thing I would say is that this cottage, unlike others we've been to, is extremely true to the photos - if anything is a little bigger than it appears! We found the information booklet extremely useful and used Melanie's suggestions of places to visit as a starting point for most of our walks. The location of the cottage is good, with plenty of walks from the doorstep (if you know where to look!) Manaton is perfectly located for easy access to many of the nearby villages and attractions - use Melanie's suggestions for good pubs/ places to eat. We found them all excellent recommendations! We would particularly recommend the 5 mile walk around Lustleigh Cleave followed by Sunday Lunch in The Cleave pub. All in all, we couldn't fault our time here and would happily return year on year. Thank you Melanie!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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clean, quaint, well equiped good location cottage

  • 5 of 5

the owners could not do enough for us before our stay, the cottage was well presented, was in a perfect location for walking, biking and sightseeing. The garden was beautiful, full of bees and birds.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect cosy cottage in perfect location for the Moors

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was spotless and well appointed. The storage heaters kept it cosey and also the woodburner was wonderful. Lots and lots of local walks and adventures straight from the door. We definitely would like to return. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Typically Devon Village and nice property

  • 4 of 5

The property was as described, however the shower was excellent possibly the best in a property we have rented, with gallons of hot water , the heating was very efficient .

We really enjoyed our stay in this cottage (and village) and would return.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our aim is to provide a comfortable base for all our visitors so I am so very sorry you found the cottage unsuitable for your needs. I am not sure why. It does have bathroom facilities upstairs and downstairs and washing facilities in each bedroom. The mattress in the master bedroom is five years old. Again, Peter, I am sorry that you didn't enjoy your stay as much as anticipated.
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Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, homely cottage. Very well equipped, the downstairs utility/shower room was a godsend with three boys and the washer dryer was very handy.

The cottage has been renovated to a very high standard yet still retains all the charm and character you would expect to find in an old cottage. A lovely, peaceful relaxing garden.

It was so nice to hear owls at night time.

Even our little dog was at home there straight away which is unusual for her as she can be nervous in new surroundings.

It was lovely for us to catch up with family and the boys are even talking about staying next year.

The Kestor Inn was very accommodating and we had a really nice break in Manaton.

Thank you Melanie for the wine and delicious lemon cake, and for the phone call to make sure that we had arrived safely and that we had everything we needed.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Kestor Inn
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Bovey Tracey
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Newton Abbott
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Kestor Inn at Manaton
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Car: necessary

Becky Falls a natural waterfall is located in the village of Manaton. The village itself is situated in the Dartmoor Natural Park and there are plenty of walks from the front door through the local countryside and rugged moors. It's a nature lover's haven with plenty of fine watering holes nearby for those more interested in sampling good country meals and ales.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Manaton, South Devon

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
13 Jul 2018 - 26 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Season
27 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
31 Aug 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn half term
19 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas/New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

25% deposit required to secure booking. Balance payable 8 weeks in advance of holiday.

Short breaks available out of season, please enquire. Well behaved dogs welcome, please state number and breed of dog when booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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