Refurbished, fully equipped kitchen, 2 lounges, 2 bathrooms, 4 bed (sleeps 8)
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 8
March in Bere Ferrers
We stayed for 4 weeks at this lovely cottage. It was a really rainy period of time, but the cottage kepts us warm and cosy. We had everything we needed and enjoyed the surrounding area and the quietness very much. Great place and great hide away. - always again!
Great house, lovely area
We had a fantastic stay at North Ward Cottage. It was clean, spacious, warm and had a well-equipped kitchen. My daughters loved the fact there is a separate playroom with lots of toys and games in it. We liked the fact there was no telly (but there is good wi-fi). The house is some way from the nearest village, which appealled to us, but may not be to everyone's taste. And it is tricky to find the first time, however the owners provided excellent detailed instructions. The owners themselves were very easy to deal with, and were responsive and helpful. Finally, there is a lot to do in the area, especially Buckland Abbey, Tavistock and the walks along Drake's Trail. Would definitely recommend both the house and the area.
Great family holiday home
Perfect for those wanting to get away from phone calls and TV. We loved the log fire and used the great kitchen table for drawing, jigsaws, playdoh as well as baking and eating. We also enjoyed making apple puddings with the windfalls.....
A beautiful cottage near to a pleasant river walk and ideal as a base for exploring Dartmoor. There were six of us and we were comfortable in the house and with energetic walking days we all enjoyed ourselves very much. Ken Barrand
North Ward Cottage
Stayed here with family, 4 adults and 2 children, for 14 nights. The cottage is very remote yet near to just a few other properties and a dairy farm for assurance that there are other people about if needed (our visit was during school holidays so no comment about the adjacent school building). The cottage is accessed by via a 1 mile (2km) single track lane leading from the western edge of Bere Alston village, there is footpath access leading from the village station away from the road, this can be quite muddy at times. Mobile phone signal at the cottage is weak to nothing but the cottage has its own wifi which is good enough for internet and VOIP calls. It was good for us to have a break from the TV which is unusual these days, there are books, maps, magazines and games, including some lego in the cottage to keep you busy and you get to talk to each other too! There are plenty of places nearby to visit and days at home are good too with the large garden and garden games kept in the cottage. A rail journey over the viaduct is well worth it for the views, stay on the train after Calstock for a slow climb up to the Gunnislake terminus. Travelling by train is an easy way to get to Plymouth if you need a car free day. We would love to stay here again one day, thanks for sharing your beautiful cottage with us.
The nearest nice coastal beaches are about 1 hour away, but there are river beaches much closer and also river swimming and swimming in some of Dartmoor's pools. Much more information is available, as well as local tips, once you are there - in our cottage A-Z folder
Nearest airports are Exeter (1 hour), and Bristol (2 hours)
Bere Alston train station is 2 miles away
We have been there for a few days before without a car, and used local trains and buses - but really a car is more or less essential for most
Bere Alson is 5 minutes drive and Tavistock 15 minutes
Dartmoor is 20 minutes away and Plymouth 30 minutes by car or by train
The cottage is set in a lovely rural area and there are several walks that start direct from the cottage. It is about half way along the new 32-mile Tamar Discovery Trail that stretches from Plymouth to Launceston. In 2006 the Mining in the Tamar Valley was accorded Unesco World Heritage Site status. An important part of this Heritage site is Morwellham Quay where you can experience the way the Quay was in 1860 with costumed staff, railways, water wheels etc.
The Tamar Valley is officially an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is full of wildlife - particularly birds. Woodpeckers have been seen on the cottage lawn although finches and warblers are more common. Buzzards regularly hover overhead. This section of the Tamar valley is quiet with hardly any tourists except a few ramblers on the paths that thread through the area. Walking down the Tamar, bird watchers can see huge reed beds used by wading birds for nesting.
Bere Alston is the nearest village but Tavistock is close-by and is an attractive market town. The Wharf in Tavistock offers arts and cinema as well as tennis and bowls. Cornwall and Cothele House, a National Trust Property are just on the other side of the river, a short trip by ferry, but a longer drive. You can hire canoes and other boats to use on the river. There is mountain biking, tennis and golf near by.
- English, French
About Anthea Gordon
Family-owned holiday cottage, bought at auction in 1971 and twice extended and refurbished. It is well-used throughout the year by the family, and so we make it as homely as we can, but we are keen for it to be used by others too. We run it on a not-for-profit basis, in and use any profits from the rental to maintain the property in excellent condition. We've been going here for most of our holidays for the last 50 years!
Anthea Gordon purchased this Cottage in 1971
Why Anthea Gordon chose Bere Ferrers
It is a beautiful and secluded location, far from the crowds, but also within reach of an enormous range of local activities.
What makes this Cottage unique
The main attractions of North Ward Cottage itself are - it is very spacious - the quality of the furnishings, e.g. king-size beds, fully-equipped kitchen - it's enormous garden