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Cottage on the River, newly renovated for 2022, is nestled within Dartmoor National Park and has been thoughtfully designed to reflect its majestic moorland surroundings and mystical riverside views. Secluded and sat right next to the flowing river, this 3 bedroom hideaway is perfect for those looking to retreat and reconnect with all the goods Mother Nature has to offer.
Here, it’s all about the simple things in life. Lulled to sleep by the peaceful sound of the flowing river, awakening to gardens dappled in West Country sunlight and days spent soaking up the wild windswept moors. Return home to feast on a BBQ under the stars and take a late night dip in the hot tub, before curling up by the open fire for a nightcap. Need we say more?
There’s something instantly restorative about stepping foot into this property. Interiors are calming and cosy, with a palette of warm buttery neutrals, earthy greens and pops of spring yellow, framed by original stone walls and wooden beamed ceilings. All the decor is modern, stylish and functional, with a nod to Scandinavian design. Think rattan side tables, raw textures and plenty of natural lighting. With rooms and restful nooks scattered across different levels, there’s a delightful sense of surprise and discovery coupled with solitude and privacy.
The front door opens onto the entrance hallway, leading towards two king-size bedrooms, each up their own small set of steps. One with its own family-size en-suite and the other with access to a separate next door bathroom. Down another small set of steps, you will find the chic Scandi-farmhouse style kitchen and dining space, filled with all the essentials and more for rustling up delicious breakfasts or dinners, with a large kitchen island and access to the surrounding garden.
From the kitchen, climb upstairs to the spacious vaulted ceiling living room with its extended pentagon shaped windows and sweeping views overlooking the river. By day, the room is flooded with light, showing off the à la mode interiors in all their glory, and by dusk, the lamps and log burner are lit, ready for snug and cosy nights in. The perfect setting for plonking yourself down with a book or a board game.
Down a private set of stairs from the kitchen, is the tucked away Master Suite, a joyous sanctuary of its own, overlooking the river with an adjoining sun room and private access to the garden. This Super-King bed can be made into twins on request.
Cottage on the River’s wrap-around patio garden is a hub for entertaining. With a BBQ, outdoor dining and comfy outdoor sofas and loungers, you could easily while away your time spent solely outdoors. There’s direct access down some paved stone steps to the river which is an idyllic spot for an afternoon picnic.
The door from the kitchen allows for dinners to easily be transported to the decked outdoor dining set-up, where balmy summer evenings can be spent gazing up at the clear night stars. For cooler evenings, you’ll find a fully stocked log bunker outside to keep your fire a-blazed. And if wild swimming isn’t your thing, Cottage on the River has its very own hot tub.
This property very much welcomes dogs, so feel free to bring your pooch along and let them run free on the moors. Please note that there is a £40 additional charge per dog.
Parents with young children should be aware that Cottage on the River sits next to a running river, with private access down some stone steps. Please note that the gate leading to the river and stairs does not lock and could easily be opened by little ones.
Cottage on the River sits just outside the pretty Devon village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor (recently named by The Times as one of the most up and coming places to live) within Dartmoor National Park. There’s no doubt about it, the location is fantastic and an excellent starting point for exploring the deep river valleys and wild rugged moorland. It’s a wilderness full of wonderful walking trails, hidden wild swimming spots and plenty of exciting wildlife. And on top of all this, the sublime surfing beaches of South Devon are just under an hour away.
The village itself consists of all your countryside essentials; a couple of pubs, a village shop and a cafe, all on a backdrop of glorious green open countryside. Widecombe is known for its annual September fair that’s been running for over 150 years by the village’s vibrant community, providing the inspiration behind the popular Devon folk song, ‘Widecombe Fair’. There’s also a monthly village market where you can stock up on local Devon goodies from honey, cheeses and cider, to homemade jams and chutneys.
Best explored by car but Newton Abbot and Totnes train stations are half an hours drive away with direct trains running from Exeter, Bristol and London.
There is private parking for 1 small-medium car and further parking for 2 cars at Drywell farm, 500 yards away from property.
CHECK-IN & CHECK-OUT
Please note that check-in is from 4pm and check-out is by 10am.
FOOD & DRINK
– Rugglestone Inn is one of two pubs will find in Widecombe, surrounded by peaceful moorland with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and serving up pub classics with a focus on local produce
– The Old Inn overlooks Hameldown Tor and is a great spot to combine with a walk, ideally on a Sunday, so afterwards you can gobble up one of their delicious Sunday roasts.
– Cafe on the Green is family run and serves food from a tasty Dartmoor fry up to sourdough toasties and burgers with a side of salty rosemary roasted chips.
– Bovey Castle is a luxurious hotel and golf course where you also find a selection of fine dining restaurants, all a short 20 minutes drive away.
– Coljan is an independent award-winning restaurant, natural wine bar and cafe, in the nearby village of Ashburton.
– There is plenty of moorland mooching to be done across Dartmoor with its plethora of walking trails and the property is located directly on the Two Moors Way, so be sure to pack your walking boots and maybe a pair of binoculars to spy all the rare-breed birds. (The Tavistock Inn is popular with walkers in need of a refuel and refresh.)
– Widecombe’s 14th century St Pancras Church is worth a visit, alongside the surrounding scenic and historic towns of Ashburton and Totnes.
– Southcombe Barn, an arts, wellbeing and retreat space (just a 5 minute drive down the road), offers a variety of workshops and pop ups including gong bath sessions and yoga for the soul.
– If wild swimming is your thing, poodle along the River Dart where you’ll find some lovely secluded spots for a dip. Or if you’re feeling even more adventurous, rent a canoe and head downstread.
– If you fancy venturing further afield, the South Devon beaches of Bantham and Thurlestone, are worth exploring and great for surfing.
- - Entrance Hall
- - King-Size Bed & En-Suite Shower Room
- - King-Size Bedroom
- - Separate Shower Room
- - Open-Plan Kitchen & Dining Room
- - Living Room
- - Master Suite with Super-King/Twin Bed, En-Suite Shower & Sun Room
- - Enclosed Patio Garden
- - Seating & Dining Area
- - Outdoor Sofas & Sun-Loungers
- - BBQ
- - Hot Tub
- - Parking for 1 Car (Additional Parking For 2 at Nearby Drywell Farm)
Country Walks on Your Doorstep
Outdoor Sofa & Sun Loungers
Minimum 3 Night Stay
Dog-Friendly. Max. 1 Dog. £40 per Dog.
Travel Cot (Available On Request)