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Alan and Caroline

Member since: 2013
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Speaks English

17th C thatched cottage, Dartmoor, 6 beds, 4 baths, sleeps 11 (+ baby, + 2)

People13
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday cottage in Dartmoor - Combe Bridge Cottage

Spacious cosy cottage, modern amenities, in beautiful valley on edge of Dartmoor

Combe Bridge Cottage is a sensational thatched cottage, built in the 17th and 18th centuries. With refurbished bathrooms, and large farmhouse kitchen, plus a stunning newly converted self-contained annexe, it now sleeps 11 in 6 bedrooms, plus cot for baby, with room for an extra 2 on a sofabed in the sitting room.

MAIN HOUSE: downstairs there is vast double sitting room with a baby grand piano (tuned twice yearly), and huge granite open fireplace; a snug for quiet reading/working; downstairs cloakroom; a comfortable kitchen with Aga and huge farmhouse table; an adjacent dining room for feasts; a back kitchen/laundry/scullery; and a bootroom with hooks and racks for outdoor clothing/footwear and a large American style fridge with ice maker. Upstairs there are 5 bedrooms, 2 ensuite, plus a third family bathroom. All the bathrooms have recently been upgraded, and the house enjoys full central heating, plus a wood burning stove in the dining room, and an open fire in the sitting room.

HAYLOFT: this annexe, ideal for grandparents; older children; nannies, or anyone who wants a quiet space away from the main house, has recently been converted into a truly stunning two person self contained living unit, with access from the main house. It features a fully equipped modern kitchen with dishwasher, oven, induction hob, and a pretty bistro table and chairs; a stunning galleried living space with TV, writer's desk/bookcase; and a gorgeous sleeping platform (the old Hayloft itself) with a king sized bed, 2 chests of drawers, and designer fabric furnishings. With underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, it also has a new woodburner heating the living space and the upstairs sleeping area.

Combe Bridge Cottage has a pretty orchard style garden to the rear, with a swing, and table and chairs for al fresco dining. There are also manicured lawns bordered by pretty cottage planting to the front, side and rear, and a terrace accessed directly from the farmhouse kitchen, with table, chairs and barbecue, to enjoy the sunshine.There is ample parking for 3 cars.

The cottage is just 10 minutes drive from the A38 and you can walk up to majestic Dartmoor straight out of the front door (the Two Moors Way passes close by). The south Devon coast is only a short drive. The nearest pub is just a 10 minute walk, nearest village shop a mile away, good supermarket and general provisions in Buckfastleigh (10 minute drive away), more ecelctic food and antique shopping in the nearby stannary town of Ashburton, with busier shops and restaurants in Totnes (a 20 minute drive away). It is a 15 minutes drive from the nationally acclaimed Field Kitchen restaurant, part of Riverford Farm, which also has a farm shop to die for.

Looking at the layout in more detail, in the main house downstairs there is a wonderful country kitchen with two oven electric Aga, plus conventional oven, dishwasher, sink and fridge, a large farmhouse table, and armchair; a "back kitchen" with induction hob, washing machine, microwave, double sink/drainer, second dishwasher, plus a separate boot room with American fridge freezer. Next to the kitchen is a beautiful dining room seating 12 for feasts (we have managed 18 before!), with a 17th century dining table and early 19th century rug from Afghanistan. Further on is a comfortable and spacious sitting room with huge granite inglenook fire place and a baby grand piano. At the back is a small snug, with WiFi and printer facilities (there are two additional portable WiFi boosters available to allow cover anywhere in the house). There are 3 staircases (one steep) from the ground floor leading to the pretty bedrooms above. The first leads to the master bedroom, which has en-suite bathroom with bath and shower (plus heated towel rail), arts and crafts wardrobe and dressing table, chest of drawers. A second staircase leads to a twin bedroom with an en-suite shower room, and pretty chest of drawers. The third leads to 3 bedrooms (one double bed, one single bed, and one single with pull out bed below, all with wardrobes and chests of drawers) which share a family bathroom with bath and shower over. All bathrooms have have been recently renovated. A travel cot is available and can be set up where needed.

We have recently fully converted the Hayloft, which is attached to and accessed from the main house, and has its own fully equipped kitchen, large living area with wood burning stove, beautiful custom designed desk/bookcase feature and staircase, and platform sleeping area. This is a truly stunning space, and provides the possibility both for self contained living quarters for grandparents, nannies, older children, relatives etc; and for additional living and entertainment space for the whole family, leaving the sitting room in the main house free for non TV dominated activities. The Hayloft is equipped with a new smart TV, has its own WiFi capacity, enjoys underfloor heating throughout, and has a new state of the art woodburner with three glass doors allowing sight of the flames from anywhere on the ground floor. The Hayloft connects to its own bathroom along a corridor (both with underfloor heating), with heated towel rail and large walk in shower with both overhead and angled showerheads. The corridor contains coat racks, mirror, ample room for boots shoes etc, and a one click state of the art clothes drier (yes, it rains on Dartmoor!) which can be easily moved in front of the woodburner when you go to bed, leaving clothes toasty and dry for the morning. It is a beautiful space and often we choose to stay there for the beauty, and the form, and the romance of it.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alan and Caroline (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Alan and Caroline

We are a family of five who have loved to spend holidays and weekends on our own and with groups of friends. We (Alan and Caroline) both work in London and this has been our haven. Our children are now grown up but still come down when they can. When we have large groups we sometimes are able to draft in the lovely Katy (a charming and very experienced chalet host who now lives in Tiverton) to do the catering; she makes everything go like a dream, is the best fun, totally discreet, and is the only person I am prepared to allow to run my kitchen other than me! If you are interested do contact us to see if she is available to help during your holiday, either for individual days or for longer periods. She knows CBC very well, and is a wonderful addition to a busy household.

Alan and Caroline purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Alan and Caroline chose Dartmoor

We fell in love with Combe Bridge Cottage when we first saw it. It is on the edge of the moor with fabulous walks right from our door step. The scenery is breathtaking and everyone who stays here sleeps deep and contented sleeps, with the sound of the babbling stream in the background. The hamlet of Combe is a friendly haven, and the small village of Scoriton, just 5 minutes away, has a wonderful pub with great beer and a warm welcome. It is very easy to access - just 10 minutes off the Exeter-Plymouth Expressway (A38).

Above all it is a beautiful, serene and peaceful place to be, and has given us some of our happiest times, hunkering down with family and friends, walking, eating, reading, drinking, sleeping, laughing, dancing. We have become fit and found peace walking the moors, and the unhurried pace of life is a marvellous antidote to our demanding career driven London lives.

What makes this cottage unique

The combination of beautiful cottage, replete with all creature comforts and ability to absorb large numbers of people with barely a murmur, and the extraordinary wild varied scenery of Dartmoor on our doorstep, makes this the perfect sanctuary. The Steinweg-Grotrian grand piano is a particular draw and there is tons of sheet music covering everything from Bach to Beyonce for you to enhance your playing skills. Feel free to bring portable instruments to play along with - it's a great space for making music.

We provide high quality all cotton bed linen, soft and warm goose and duck feather duvets, with antique Welsh blankets and modern woollen blankets on bed ends; thick fluffy towels; Simple handwash; and Molton Brown toiletries in the bathrooms.

The kitchen is equipped with Kenwood mixer, toaster, hand mixer, pestle and mortar, non stick high quality saucepans, a variety of frying pans, colanders, sieves, baking equipment, kitchen scales, aprons and cook books - everything the modern and traditional cook requires.

A basket of logs is provided for use on your arrival in all but summer months.

Wifi is available, with two boosters to locate as you wish to suit your needs around the house. The Hayloft has its own dedicated WiFi. A printer is also available for your use.

We have furnished the house for use as our home from home, with our own rugs, tapestries, blankets, cushions, paintings and artefacts, which add to the beauty of the house and its welcoming, homely feel. Nothing gives us greater pleasure than knowing how much our guests enjoy their stays in this beautiful home - other than staying there ourselves, which we do as much as time permits. We extend a warm welcome to you, and very much hope you enjoy your stay in this most beautiful and restful of homes.

Reviews

4.8
based on 5 holidaymaker reviews

17th C thatched cottage, Dartmoor, 6 beds, 4 baths, sleeps 11 (+ baby, + 2)
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews
5

Fabulous location, beautiful well equipped and furnished cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We arrived on a wet grey December afternoon to a warm comfortable cottage on the edge of the moors. We had no trouble locating our accommodation following the very clear instructions provided by the cottage owner. On arrival we were delighted to find a welcome tray which included homemade mince pies and a couple of bottles of red wine,the Aga created a warmth to the house which was very pleasing.A christmas tree and other decorations had been provided and having wandered around,choosing our bedroom,we were delighted with the overall cleanliness of the accommodation and the feeling of space, whilst still remaining cosy. Our family arrived the following day. We were 3 generations and 2 large dogs, spending Christmas together for the first time in 20 years and we couldn't have chosen a better place to be. From our carol concert on Christmas Eve around the grand piano to our meal in the dining room on the day itself and our Christmas walk on the moor, it couldn't have been more magical. We would recommend this cottage in a heartbeat but almost prefer not to as we would like it to be available for us to visit again very soon!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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4

Great stay on the edge of Dartmoor

  • 4 of 5

Very nice cottage as described. Lots of space. Very tranquil and safe for kids. Lots to do in the area for those who like the outdoors. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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5

Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week at Dartmoor and enjoyed the house and the pubs nearby. Our two grandchildren had a great time visiting the otter farm and the ponies sanctuary. We had lovely walks in Dartmoor but there is a lot more to explore for next time.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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5

Tranquil thatched cottage .

  • 5 of 5

Lovely tranquil cottage in a beautiful location. Located very well for Dartmoor and it's lovely walks and all it has to offer . Given its location we were very pleased that the wifi was there and didnt feel like we were cut off from the outside world . The piano we loved playing it while we were there, and the owners had it tuned prior to our arrival which was just perfect. Thank you for letting use your beautiful home it felt like home from home .

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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5

A quintessential cottage hidden in Devonshire.

  • 5 of 5

This delightful cottage was a pleasure to experience, extremely well equipped and blissfully quiet with a pleasing and well attended garden. An absolute must for recharging ones batteries and "far from the madding crowd" and yet close enough for those essential facilities. Don't hesitate.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Location

Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Exeter
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Tradesman's Arms, Scorriton
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Bovey Tracy Golf Club
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Totnes
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
A38
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Riverford Field Kitchen
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Bigbury on sea
Car: necessary

Combe Bridge Cottage is in the Dartmoor National Park. An area of outstanding natural beauty, it is ideal for those who love the outdoors, offering exceptional walking, mountain biking and kayaking.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Combe, Dartmoor

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Mid season
8 Apr 2016 - 26 May 2016
4 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 4 nights
From
£275
£1,800
 
 
May half term 2016
27 May 2016 - 2 Jun 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£2,100
for 7 nights
£2,100
 
 
Mid season
3 Jun 2016 - 30 Jun 2016
4 night minimum stay
£1,180
for 4 nights
From
£295
£1,950
 
 
high season
1 Jul 2016 - 21 Jul 2016
7 night minimum stay
£2,100
for 7 nights
£2,100
 
 
High season
22 Jul 2016 - 28 Jul 2016
7 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 7 nights
£2,250
 
 
High season
29 Jul 2016 - 25 Aug 2016
7 night minimum stay
£2,400
for 7 nights
£2,400
 
 
High season
26 Aug 2016 - 1 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 7 nights
£2,250
 
 
Mid season
2 Sep 2016 - 22 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,950
for 7 nights
£1,950
 
 
Mid season
23 Sep 2016 - 20 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 4 nights
From
£275
£1,800
 
 
October half term
21 Oct 2016 - 3 Nov 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£1,950
for 7 nights
£1,950
 
 
Low season
4 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 4 nights
From
£250
£1,750
 
 
Christmas/New year
21 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,400
for 7 nights
£2,400
 
 
Low season
5 Jan 2017 - 9 Feb 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 4 nights
From
£275
£1,925
 
 
February half term
10 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,800
for 7 nights
£1,800
 
 
Mid season
25 Feb 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 4 nights
From
£300
£2,100
 
 
Easter holidays
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,400
for 7 nights
£2,400
 
 
mid season
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 4 nights
From
£300
 
 
May half term
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,400
for 7 nights
£2,400
 
 
mid season
3 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 4 nights
From
£300
 
 
high season
8 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,400
for 7 nights
£2,400
 
 
high season
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,750
for 7 nights
£2,750
 
 
High season
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,100
for 7 nights
£2,100
 
 
Mid season
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 4 nights
From
£300
 
 
OCtober half term
21 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,400
for 7 nights
£2,400
 
 
Low season
4 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 4 nights
From
£300
 
 
Christmas/New year
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£3,000
for 7 nights
£3,000
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Rates are subject to change.

Email owner for special offers

Special offer rates for couples and smaller groups please email owner for more information Not available in peak periods

For bookings of 1 week or more a full linen change and freshen up with be done mid stay. This can be arranged at a mutually agreed time.

Pets accepted at an extra charge

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Dartmoor in South Devon

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    twin room bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Family bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Toilet - Toilet , Downstairs single toilet only
    Hayloft bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Walk in shower room attached - part of Hayloft annexe
  • There are 4 bathrooms. An ensuite bathroom with bath and integral shower with the master bedroom; an ensuite shower room with bedroom 2; and a family bathroom with bath and integral shower for bedrooms 3, 4 and 5. Finally a shower room which is part of Hayloft annexe. All bathrooms are recently refurbished to high standards. In addition there is a separate downstairs cloakroom, off the snug.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Master bedroom with en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , With en suite shower room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Shared family bathroom with bedrooms 4 and 5
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , Shared family sized bathroom with bedrooms 3 and 5
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Child Bed , Child bed with pull out bed and mattress. Share bathroom
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom in Hayloft annexe. Has own living room, kitchen and bathroom Sofa bed in sitting room available
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Pets accepted on request

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