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Hartwell (farmhouse in W. Devon with pool)

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Rear of the house with south facing patio
Front of the house, with over an acre of garden to explore
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5 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
10 guests
3 nights minimum
Cottage
Hartwell is a former farmhouse which was built in the 19th century close to the village of Sydenham Damerel just 12 minutes from the historic town of Tavistock. Tucked away in the heart of the Tamar Valley, this attractive part of the Devon countryside is officially an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.' The house has modern facilities (including wifi, bluray, and a pool!) but retains its traditional feel, including Inglenook fireplace, original slate flagstones and old wooden floors. There's a large well equipped kitchen containing a Rayburn, and two living rooms each with a cosy wood burner. Furniture is mostly antique or older style, in keeping with the overall feel of the house. Comfortably sleeping 10 people, the bedrooms are as follows: Bedroom 1 - (Double) Kingsize four-poster b...Hartwell is a former farmhouse which was built in the 19th century close to the village of Sydenham Damerel just 12 minutes from the historic town of Tavistock. Tucked away in the heart of the Tamar Valley, this attractive part of the Devon countryside is officially an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.' The house has modern facilities (including wifi, bluray, and a pool!) but retains its traditional feel, including Inglenook fireplace, original slate flagstones and old wooden floors. There's a large well equipped kitchen containing a Rayburn, and two living rooms each with a cosy wood burner. Furniture is mostly antique or older style, in keeping with the overall feel of the house. Comfortably sleeping 10 people, the bedrooms are as follows: Bedroom 1 - (Double) Kingsize four-poster bed, Bedroom 2 - (Twin) 2 single beds, Bedroom 3 - (Twin/Double) 2 single beds (which can be made into a large double if requested), Bedroom 4 - (Twin) 2 single beds, Bedroom 5 - (Double) Kingsize double bed. We also have a travel cot if needed. The 10x5m outdoor heated pool is available for the exclusive use of guests staying between May and October. The large attractive garden is great to explore or to play badminton or perhaps a communal game of cricket, football or rounders. Or you could just relax in the hammock next to the fish pond, or a lounger next to the pool! Surrounded by wildlife, Hartwell is visited by owls, buzzards, pheasants, rabbits and occasionally deer. Neighbouring fields play host to a mixture of horses, sheep and cattle. Footpaths lead in various directions from the house making it easy to explore the local countryside. And there's a 15th Century pub down the hill which used to be frequented by Charles I while on his way to visit his mistress at Cotehele! Near by, Tavistock is an attractive and historic rural town with many shops and fantastic restaurants. There is an eclectic mix of local independent shops and eateries as well as a few well known national stores. But a real highlight is the wonderful Pannier Market which has been in existence since the 12th century and changes many of its stalls every day. A short trip in the car takes you to Dartmoor (Devon) in one direction or Bodmin (Cornwall) in the other, and we're equidistant from the North and South Cornwall/Devon coasts, making Hartwell an ideal base from which to explore the West Country.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
- Lead guest must be over the age of 21. - No all-male or all-female groups unless agreed with the owner in advance of the booking. - Names of all guests staying must be provided.
Bathrooms
1 Full bath, 1 Shower
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About the Owner
Angus D
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2014
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Reviewed 8 September 2020

A fantastic home to enjoy for a family getaway. We visited as 3 generations of family members, and all loved it. So much to do at the house and excellent amenities provided. Easy access to explore Devon and Cornwall from. But you don't really need...More

Date of stay: August 2020
Thank Camper50755743166
Reviewed 28 July 2020

It is a strange time to holiday, which meant that we did less of the usual activities such as eating out and much more hanging around at the house, in the gardens and just exploring the local area. Hartwell is perfect for this. The first...More

Date of stay: July 2020
1  Thank mac43uk
Reviewed 3 September 2019

In August we (4 adults, 6 kids) spent a week at Hartwell house. The cottage is really a perfect location for a family or group stay in Devon's countryside. All is in very good shape, tidy and clean. Great kitchen and sleeping rooms. Wonderful estate...More

Date of stay: August 2019
1  Thank Sightsee20941394847
Escape552982, VR Owner at Hartwell (farmhouse in W. Devon with pool), responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2019

Thanks so much for the review Wolfgang, and I’m glad you all enjoyed your stay at Hartwell and in the U.K. We hope to see you again one day soon...

Reviewed 20 July 2019

Had 1 week at this cottage in June with our family and friends, used as a base for visiting surrounding area. But could have easily just chilled out at this property and gone no where else! Excellent property and facilities - the outdoor pool was...More

Date of stay: June 2019
Thank geoff t
Escape552982, VR Owner at Hartwell (farmhouse in W. Devon with pool), responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

Thanks so much for your review. Sounds like you all had a great week!

Reviewed 24 June 2019

Excellent stay in what feels like a home from home, made all the more enjoyable by the beautiful gardens and heated outdoor swimming pool. Hartwell made for a superb location whilst visiting Devon/Cornwall. Ideally located for day trips to the coast and walks with the...More

Date of stay: June 2019
1  Thank palmsrocks
Escape552982, VR Owner at Hartwell (farmhouse in W. Devon with pool), responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2019

It’s great to hear that you’ve had a good stay and have enjoyed the house and the local area. We very much hope to see you again in the near future.

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Reviewed 29 April 2019

Fabulous house. Very homely. A pool. Ping Pong. Loads of space in the garden to play rounders and outdoor games. Close to a lovely Town called Tavistock and perfectly situated to explore Devon, Cornwall and Dartmoor. Well recommended.

Date of stay: April 2019
1  Thank marcusmiller75
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Two families with children aged 2-11 had a lovely stay at Hartwell. It is really a home from home. Beautiful house and garden. Communal kitchen was a great focal point for our large group, and very well equipped. There was a lovely welcome hamper which...More

Date of stay: July 2018
1  Thank neilharper2018
Management response:Responded 21 August 2018

Thanks so much. Great to hear you had a good week and that you all managed to get good use out of the house and surroundings.

Reviewed 18 July 2018

If your wish is a “getaway from it all” holiday I can think of no better place to spend time than in the beautiful and tranquil setting that is Hartwell. Our extended family of nine (ages 4 to 84) has just returned from an idyllic...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank CarterNR2018
Management response:Responded 20 July 2018

Sounds like you had a lovely week, and the weather was especially good! We hope to see you again at some point in the future. Best wishes Angus

Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

We had a school reunion with a load of fourth year olds... HARTWELL was fabulous . They had left a welcome hamper with fresh bread, eggs and tea, milk in the fridge, towels on the beds and soap in the shower. House was very warm...More

Date of stay: May 2018
1  Thank addisong930
Management response:Responded 16 May 2018

Thanks for your positive review Addison. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again at some point in the future. best wishes, Angus

Reviewed 19 September 2017

Wow. We have just returned home from 3 perfect nights in Hartwell House. There is nothing even slightly negative to say about this holiday home. It is beautiful. The home is cozy, and comfortable. The sofa next to the log burner is the perfect place...More

Date of stay: September 2017
1  Thank kjkate
Management response:Responded 21 September 2017

Thanks so much for your lovely review Kate. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back very soon. Angus

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Alarm Clock
Grill
Blender
Books
Suitable For Children Under 5
Dishwasher
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Garage
Hairdryer
Highchair
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Outdoor Dining Area
Parking
Patio
Ping Pong Table
Playground
Private Outdoor Pool (Heated)
Private Garden
Cable/satellite TV
Stereo System
Cooker
Telephone
Toaster
Towels Provided
Trampoline
TV
Washer
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighbourhood
And there's a 15th Century pub down the hill which used to be frequented by Charles I while on his way to visit his mistress at Cotehele! Near by, Tavistock is an attractive and historic rural town with many shops and fantastic restaurants. There is an eclectic mix of local independent shops and eateries as well as a few well known national stores. But a real highlight is the wonderful Pannier Market which has been in existence since the 12th century and changes many of its stalls every day. A short trip in the car takes you to Dartmoor (Devon) in one direction or Bodmin (Cornwall) in the other, and we're equidistant from the North and South Cornwall/Devon coasts, making Hartwell an ideal base from which to explore the West Country.
Getting around
You will need a car, motorbike or taxi to get to and from Hartwell as it is in the heart of the countryside with the nearest train station Gunnislake 3 miles away. Larger mainline trains run to Exeter or Plymouth, both approx 45 minutes drive away.
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