One bedroom cottage with gardens, perfect for a romantic break or holiday
About Georgina Tomkins
I enjoy walking on Dartmoor, wild swimming, cycling and body boarding. When not on the moors or working on our home, garden and fields, I enjoy family life, playing table tennis, listening to music, cricket and history. Cooking, home curing bacon and smoked salmon are also interests I pursue.
Georgina Tomkins purchased this House in 2017
Why Georgina Tomkins chose Broadwoodwidger
Higher Kellacott is a 17th century cob farm cottage, with various additions over the last 300 years making this a glorious mix of old and new. With a number of outbuildings and just under 3 acres of land, there's plenty to keep us occupied. Devon is a great place to live and being able to enjoy the ever changing views across the garden of Dartmoor and Bodmin moor from such a beautiful location makes me feel very lucky.
What makes this House unique
The views in such a beautiful part of Devon, the proximity to Dartmoor being of particular importance to me. Being in a truly rural location, yet just minutes from the A30, making access to local towns, amenities and literally hundreds of locations and activities is a real bonus.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
A perfect country retreat
We have just returned from a 4 night stay at Higher Kellacott cottage and thoroughly enjoyed it. The cottage itself is beautifully decorated and really felt like a home from home. Little touches like fresh flowers really added to the experience. The super king size bed was a dream to sleep in and the cottage had all the necessary home comforts and more. We took advantage of the locally produced bacon, eggs and honey during our stay which were all delicious. The location is remote but as long as you have a car the nearby towns are within easy reach. Georgina was a fantastic host, warm, accommodating and helpful. We would definitely stay here again.
Exceptional modern cottage
Higher Keller Cottage is well above the average cottage and we could not fault anything. Georgina has not only provided all of the home comforts but has gone the extra mile to ensure that we had a wonderful week away. Would certainly recommend that guests take advantage of the home produced products as these were also of high quality. Good knowledge of the local area and well worth visiting some of the local pubs, restaurants and places as the cottages provides good access to both Devon and Cornwall.
Another amazing stay
This is are second visit to the cottage within a month. It's perfect I couldn't fault this cottage. The standard of furnishings and quality is extremely good. We will most definitely be coming back soon. Georgia and her husband and perfect host. There is nothing you could change to make us feel more welcome. Perfect host, perfect cottage.
Superb accommodation, this place is spotlessly clean and has been refurbished to a very high standard. Bed lovely and comfy and had the weather been a bit kinder we would have happily sat out on the patio. Nice touches were the provision of tea/coffee and freshly ground coffee as well as fruit and useful condiments. Lovely peaceful stay thank you
Beautiful romantic cottage hidden away
Stunning cottage in a quiet and secluded location, stunning views of the countryside. Situated in Devon but on the border of Cornwall. The cottage is furnished to a very high standard with a beautiful kitchen with everything you would want and more. Especially if you love cooking. The bedroom is a great size with a extremely comfortable massive bed. The bathroom is furnished to a very high standard. Lovely bath and double shower. The living room is very practical with table and chairs to eat dinner. Also comfortable living room furniture and a fire. The outside space is a lovely extra which we enjoyed and had a Bbq out there. I couldn't fault this little find, and have booked again for the end of May. Georgian and her husband made us feel extremely comfortable. Can't wait to see them again and do some more exploring of Devon and Cornwall. Annabell and Steve.
A beautiful cottage to unwind
Stayed in Higher Kellacott cottage for 2 nights but would love to visit again soon as Georgina has made this into a truely beautiful cosy cottage. It is spacious and has a lovely romantic charm to it as well. What we really liked was the attention to detail in the cottage from various amenities available to also the level of cleanliness. Would really recomend and also absolutely loved the home made preserves available.
Thanks so much for your review Saima, I'm delighted that you both enjoyed your visit to Higher Kellacott Cottage. It was a real pleasure having you to stay and we look forward to seeing you in 2019!
Whether you're just looking for an opportunity to relax and unwind, or use the Cottage as a base to explore a little further afield, Higher Kellacott really is the perfect location. We are situated just 15 miles/ 20 minutes from the Dartmoor National Park in the east; 26 miles/ 40 minutes from the north Devon coast; 27 miles/ 1 hour to the historic naval city of Plymouth on the south coast; and 4 miles/10 minutes from the Cornish border. The A30 is the perfect link road to all those destinations, where a wealth of culture, history and adventure awaits.
Our most local town, just over the border in Cornwall, Launceston is the capital of Cornwall. Being just 9 miles west of Higher Kellacott, it has a castle close to the old town centre, which has a great range of small independent shops and cafes. Despite being in Cornwall, there are wonderful views of Dartmoor, particularly on a fine day, making it a very pleasing journey back along the A30 to Higher Kellacott.
Situated just to the west of Dartmoor, Tavistock is a very attractive and popular town, with a great history which can be seen from the beautiful old town buildings. There are a great selection of small independent stores and a wonderful pannier market, which is excellent on a rainy day, as it is under cover! It is surrounded by numerous cafes, which makes it a lovely place to take a break.
Being so close to the western edge of Dartmoor, it is a perfect stopover if you’d like to explore Dartmoor, either by foot or the car. The best road to take is the B3357, which takes you right over the moor. For more information on this, see the Dartmoor section below.
This Cornish town is 27 miles west of Higher Kellacott, just a 30 minute journey as it’s accessed directly along the A30, a wonderfully picturesque drive over Bodmin moor. It is one of Cornwall’s oldest towns and has a great deal of the old town charm.
A venue worth visiting here is Bodmin Jail, which is open to the public and is a fantastic venue, particularly on a wet day. The museum itself is fascinating. For further details visit www.bodminjail.org.
Further Afield Destinations
Exeter is a beautiful cathedral city, situated to the north of Dartmoor winding along the river Exe, is 35 minutes east along the A30.
There are numerous shopping destinations, with the Princesshay Shopping Centre the main one in the city centre.
Dating back to the Roman era, there are a wealth of historical and cultural sites to be explored, including the medieval underground passages. Definitely recommended as a day trip rather than a short visit as there is so much to see.
Although an hour’s drive due to the roads winding their way to the south coast, there are plenty of places to explore in this historic naval city and port. In addition to its maritime history, it is well known for the Barbican district, with its narrow, cobbled streets. The harbour has several marinas and fish market, the Plymouth Fisheries. The Mayflower Steps are where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World in 1620 and Sutton Harbour is home to the National Marine Aquarium.
Once again, a day trip rather than a short stop is required for this city.
If you're in search of a little culture or history, there are several nearby National Trust properties for you to enjoy. Lydford Gorge, Cotehele, Lanhydrock are all close by.
Visit nationaltrust.org.uk for full details of properties and walks in this area, with venue details, opening times and facilities provided.
Cotehele is a beautiful property, and Lydford Gorge are highly recommended, the former in particular for a rainy day.
If you enjoy walking, the Dartmoor National Park is just 20 minutes away, with numerous walks available. Belstone is a 20 minute drive and is an ancient Dartmoor village. There is a car park by the cricket pitch, from where you can access the village, pub and the moor, with several directions or walks to choose from. A walk to the Nine Maidens Stones has stunning views to Dartmoor and the West Okement Valley.
From there you can walk up to the Belstone Tors. This is a favourite walk of ours.
If you’d like to explore Dartmoor by car, the best road to take is the B3357, just off the A386 in Tavistock, which takes you right over the moor. There are some beautiful views and places to stop for a short stroll or longer walk. This road will take you to Moretonhampstead or Chagford, allowing you to cut back to the A30 at Whiddon Down, which is 25 minutes from home.
If you enjoy cycling, Roadford Lake is just a 10 minutes’ drive. This beautiful 730 acre lake and country park is perfect for a waterside cycle, or walk in fact. There are also several cycle trails through the woodlands.
There are plenty more activities to see and do in the area.