Sages House + Flat Combined
Sages - Regency villa, Dolton
- French, German, Spanish
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Magical Regency villa in a Devon village
We had a fantastic long weekend reading books by the fire in this magical, warren-like country home.
Richard was so helpful and communicative throughout and we really appreciated his flexibility around our check-out times.
We rented the flat and house together and had a brilliant time when we first entered it up, walking down every corridor and discovering all the hidden rooms and passages.
Ah it was great! I hope to stay again in the new year. Thanks, Richard!
Wonderful stay in a character filled house.
A beautiful house situated in magnificent gardens in a very picturesque village in North Devon. What more could you want?
The owner Richard was very helpful and welcoming.
The location is ideal for seeing large parts of Devon. We visited Clovelley, Westward Ho!,the sandy beaches of Saunton, Woolacombe and Ilfracombe, as well as walking in the Torridge Valley and spending time on Exmoor.
The area is rich in history and unspoilt countryside.
If the weather is poor there are inside attractions for families, within easy reach, but fortunately we were lucky.
There are two very different public houses in the village. We tried both and found good quality food. Devon can boast some amazing thatched inns.
Thank you Richard and Homeaway.
Really enjoyable stay
Sages is a lovely, homely and characterful house in the middle of a peaceful village. It's got masses of space which was ideal for our big family group (and great for hide and seek games!) and there was lots of lovely outside space too. The house was really well equipped with everything we needed and was very clean. We were also impressed at how well the shop in the village was stocked, with the two local pubs, and with the fish and chip van that comes to the village once a week. We all enjoyed our stay and thought that it provided excellent value for money for the space, facilities and character it offered.
Great location, lovely old property with garden room, gardens & open field to discover.
We had the two storey house & the ground floor (adjoining) flat; perfect for our extended family (7 adults, 3 children); lots of space, & we'd been there 24 hours before discovering we had access to the garden room, patio & (another) garden area.
The house scullery/kitchen & the flat are probably in need of a refurb, but we were forewarned of this & it really didn't spoil our enjoyment/use of all rooms.
The owner, Richard Haddon, was very communicative & easy to contact (Thanks again Richard!). We'd love to go again sometime.
Dear Derek, Thank you for your kind and fair review. I'm glad you discovered the "secret" garden in time! We'd love to welcome you back if you come this way again. Yours sincerely, Richard and family.
Lovely old property in beautiful village
Sages has loads of character as an old cottage, we loved staying there. The house is beautiful (though quirky), beds and bed linen comfy, showers hot, garden big. It’s quite a cold place as it’s so old with thick walls, but the heating eventually heats it up, and the Rayburn and open fires really make a difference. The kitchen could be better stocked with useful pans, mugs and another kettle, but we managed overall - probably worth packing your own if you’re cooking as a bigger group. There’s a dishwasher but there were no dishwasher tablets, and there wasn’t much toilet roll, but the local shop is great so we just picked stuff up there. We brought our dog, which has to stay in the kitchen area only (despite what the guest book says in the house). The kitchen is warm and nice for the dog, so it’s no problem. Richard was very accommodating and provided all information required. He did however accuse us of letting the dog into the house (despite this not being the case), and threatened to deduct my deposit because there was mud on the sofa throw (it was an incredibly wet and muddy weekend and we did a lot of walking, so perhaps we weren’t vigilant enough with changing our clothes before sitting down). On further discussion with Richard, he was understanding enough to decide not to deduct any deposit but I did feel slightly put out by the accusation and threat of taking money off as it’s very easy to wash mud off a throw on the sofa. That aside, we loved the place. Just be vigilant with cleanliness and your dog if you don’t want drama around your deposit once you leave.
Thank you for your kind review of the house. For the benefit of other guests, the property is split into a house and a flat. If you hire them both, the second set of crockery and batterie de cuisine etc. is in the flat kitchen. I am glad you muddled through - I only hope you discovered the second kitchen! On the dishwasher tablets, I apologise: our housekeeping was at fault here. We usually provide a starter pack of dishwasher and washing machine tablets, firelighters, kindling and logs etc. so you have some until you can go to the shop. The property (as per the listing and your description) is not centrally heated but relies on an oil-fired Rayburn (which keeps the kitchen and rear bedroom and bathrooms above toasty warm) and on log fires and/or storage heaters elsewhere. The kitchen would have been warm because the Rayburn would have been on when you arrived late from London (it is great for leaning back on and warming the bum!) but the storage heaters store heat overnight and release it during the day so the sitting room heater would have been at its nadir at that time. I am glad you discovered how quickly lighting the fire warms it up.
As for your less generous review of our check-out procedure, I accepted your explanation of the soiling at face value and made no further comment or deduction so I am disappointed you have chosen to rake over these coals in your review. We expect guests to leave the house in the state they were given it (other than minor breakages of glasses or crockery) and your deposit is caution money against your not keeping this bargain. For the benefit of guests with allergies, we told you dogs must stay in the kitchen. Since you have revived "the drama" of my casting aspersions on your dog (because our housekeeper could not believe a human would do that to a sofa), my only question - which I was too dumbfounded to ask at the time - is that, given the throw was so soiled *and* it was so trivial to wash, why didn't one of you wash it? If you were nervous of the washing instructions or did not have time to run it through the wash before you left, one of you could have rung me or left a note of apology. Instead, you left it soiled, without a word, and took exception to my asking later how it got that way and if your dog had been on it.
On reflection, I don't know which is stranger, that you are outraged on behalf of your dog but shameless about your party being so slovenly, or that I accepted the slovenliness without charge....
Festive family break
There were nine of us staying in the flat and main house. Both are very well equipped and comfy. Biggest bonus is dogs are welcome but must stay in the kitchen with the raeburn. They loved it and kept swapping beds. The big old rambling house was wonderful for hide and seek with the children. Even the village is so dog friendly, with total strangers guiding us on where to walk the dogs. We had a wonderful few days here and would come back again.