Luxury cottage in the heart of Dartmoor
About Sophia Randall
Hello, we are Mike & Sophia Randall and we would like to welcome you to Lower Willsworthy Cottage. We pride ourselves on providing a luxury, friendly escape in the country – a place of beauty and peace, away from it all. Whether relaxing by your own stretch of river, or strolling on Dartmoor National Park, there’s an activity for everyone. That's why our guests come back year after year!
Sophia Randall purchased this Cottage in 2009
Why Sophia Randall chose Tavistock
Location, location, location! Only holiday cottage on site. Stunning Dartmoor location. Recommended by BBC Countryfile magazine & Barbour Clothing.
What makes this Cottage unique
Only holiday cottage on site, fantastic views, great walks, secluded gardens with stream, river, fishing, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and falconry. We can accommodate up to 3 dogs in our guest kennels. Dogs are not allowed in the cottage which means that the cottage is suitable for allergy sufferers and people that don't like that wet dog smell! The kennels are purely for guest use.
Smokers are welcome to smoke outside
3 dogs max to stay in luxury kennels
Children under 16 must be supervised by an adult
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Glorious setting. Attentive hosts. Even a phone call from next door to alert us to deer on the front lawn. Very comfortable, peaceful and quiet.
Dear Anne, thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure meeting you all and we hope to see you all again one day.
We look forward to seeing Peter's photographs of the deer!
Best wishes Sophia & Mike
A most relaxing week at Lower Willsworthy
We have just spent a fantastic week at Lower Willsworthy. The property is outstanding and is set in beautiful grounds. We were very warmly greeted by Mike and Sophie and shown around the property and the extensive grounds. We had our own private garden, outdoor area for eating and relaxing as well as being able to explore the surrounding area. Sophie had baked us a lovely lemon drizzle cake and also left some duck eggs. Our girls had several riding lessons from the very patient Sophie which they thoroughly enjoyed. Both my husband and I tried some clay pigeon shooting with Mike which was a very worthwhile experience. He is very thorough and his safety standards are second to none. They treated all of us with the utmost respect and were very kind and pleasant towards our children. Mike even created a small football pitch for our youngest. Locally we visited Tamar trails, Morwellham Quay, Dartmouth Harbour, Tavistock and can honestly say we were not disappointed. We also enjoyed a few drinks and pool in the Mary Tavy pub where the locals were very pleasant and good company. On a final note if you couldn't relax and enjoy yourself here then you would be unable to do it anywhere else. The accommodation was extremely comfortable and very spacious. Thumbs up from all of us. Don't miss out on this gem.
It was such a pleasure to welcome you and your lovely family. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and would love to see you all again soon.
Fantastic cottage in a beautiful, peaceful location
We had an amazing stay at this property. The cottage was absolutely lovely, spacious, clean, comfortable and quiet. Mike took us on a full tour of the grounds, which were impressive and really had it all - a stream for swimming, a pond, horses, stables, walking trails and a private garden for the cottage. This was a perfect base for for us to enjoy the countryside and explore Devon, including the towns and beaches. Mike and Sophia were very welcoming hosts and were there to help in any way. We would highly recommend this property and would love to return ourselves someday.
Wonderful holiday on Dartmoor
Fantastic location - amazing! Great Property. Shame we didn't know that single bedded room which we used for my grandchildren was downstairs - luckily they are old enough to cope with coming up to the bathroom during the night.
Idyllic, restful and restorative week
Our week in the adorable and spacious cottage at Lower Willsworthy Farm was one of our top vacations yet. The farm — home to a variety of happy, well-kept animals — is the tidiest, most beautiful such place I have ever seen, a reflection of the handsomely restored stone house we stayed in. Owners Mike and Sophie — lovely folks who are perfectly-suited for their lifestyle — gave us a warm welcome (as well as ducks’ eggs and homemade cake) and took us on a tour the second day, which was vital as the property is extensive and comprises innumerable gorgeous natural features. One such treasure is the small brook close to the cottage, where our 3 kids, aged 9-12, had loads of fun playing. Farther out there are places to access the crystal clear River Tavy, and on a hot sunny day, that’s just what we did. We also enjoyed walks and greeting the ponies, hens, and a friendly black cat. One afternoon we arranged a short introductory riding lesson with Sophie. A kinder, more patient and positive instructor you won’t find. It’s evident that Sophie really loves working with her animals and her guests. The kids enjoyed it immensely and went riding farther afield later that week at another local stable. Other highlights of the week include visits to Lydford Gorge, Launceston castle, Cotehele, Tavistock, and Plymouth and the Mayflower museum. This region is full of family- friend attractions. The cottage and farm are almost mythically beautiful, and we will certainly return if we can!
Thank you so much for your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed the cottage and we would love to welcome you back soon. Sophia & Mike
An amazing stay - peaceful, beautiful location.
We have just returned from another fantastic stay at Sophia and Mike's farm cottage. The house is immaculately clean, and everything works perfectly in the cottage.
The location, adjacent to Dartmoor is great, as we were able to get straight up into the high areas for walking with panoramic views. Our daughters loved horse riding at Cholwell riding stables, which is 10 minutes away. Also, there are plenty of great pubs within a 10 minute drive of the property.
The highlight for our daughters was a chance to get one to one horseback coaching with Sophia in the covered paddock on the property. She was amazing with our girls.
The outside space of the property is stunning with fields, a stream and farm animals, perfect for an evening stroll. It's quiet and peaceful, so along with the good quality beds and bedding, we slept really well. The kitchen has everything you could need, and the living areas are modern, comfortable, and spacious.
Finally, Sophia and Mike are perfect hosts. They are available if you need them, and always friendly and cheerful.
If you are considering renting this property.... you should really do it and we are planning to return for our summer holiday next year!
Guests can enjoy Clay shooting and falconry which can be arranged on site (subject to extra charge). For our younger guests pony rides can be arranged and there is Jerry our Shetland pony who loves to be groomed! For those wanting to explore Dartmoor on horse back , there is a trekking centre 5 minutes away. There are plenty of Natural Trust attractions nearby, such as Lydford Gorge & Castle Drogo. Guests can enjoy many lovely walks on Dartmoor straight from the property. There are plenty of country pubs nearby serving local ales and great food. Tavistock is an award winning market town and boasts a wide variety of cafes and shops. There is also an indoor market. Plymouth is the nearest city with its historic Barbican, offering superb restaurants and pubs as well as a multiplex cinema, a 10 pin bowling venue, a theatre and the Natural Marine Aquarium.
The cottage is within easy reach of some stunning beaches on the north and south coasts of Devon & Cornwall.
For the adrenaline seekers, there is mountain biking, rock climbing, tree surfing and kayaking all nearby.