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Beautifully Restored Grade 2 Thatched Cottage In Manaton

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom cottage, with large secluded garden and easy on road parking.

The cottage is located in the heart of Manaton, a small village near the towns of Moretonhampstead and Bovey Tracey. The cottage comprises of 2 double bedrooms and 1 single bedroom with attached toilet. The property boasts newly installed bathroom and shower room as well as kitchen diner leading onto garden patio. The heart of the cottage is a stunning living room with inglenook and wood burner. The house is well equipped with wifi, tv/dvd, washer/dryer and dish washer to make your holiday a home from home experience. Outside the house is surrounded by a generous garden with a safety covered pond and a patio for enjoying a summer BBQ. The house itself has views from the first floor over the Dartmoor countryside. What better way to start your day than enjoying a cup of tea and viewing the local scenery. Whether you are a family or a couple looking for a relaxing holiday in the Dartmoor National Park, then this is the perfect cottage for you. Ideal for walking, cycling or just exploring Dartmoor and Devon. Well-behaved dogs welcome.

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Melanie Stephens
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 November, 2017

About Melanie Stephens

I have been fortunate to be brought up in a small fishing village in the west of Cornwall. For as long as I have known my parents have had the cottage in Devon as a retreat from the bustling summer tourism. This has always been a treasured family holiday home where we could all recharge our batteries together.

Melanie Stephens purchased this cottage in 1960

Why Melanie Stephens chose Manaton

My parents fell upon this property when touring Devon in their caravan. On first sight they fell in love with this picturesque thatched cottage and we have treasured it as part of the family ever since.

What makes this cottage unique

Who could fail to adore this charming cottage nestled in the heart of Dartmoor? It offers peace and tranquillity from everyday stresses yet never faraway there's plenty of little villages and towns to explore. Further afield there's many more opportunities to visit tourist attractions such as; Paignton Zoo, Torquay Amusements, Newton Abbott Horse racing, golf courses and much more.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Cottage is lovely, everything catered for! Wonderful days out and back to relax in sunshine in the afternoon. Great location with really nice pubs. Kestor Inn food fab - Ring O' Bells in North Bovey & Rugglestone Inn at Widecombe, all brilliant. Would definately return & recommend. Thank you.
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Manaton, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Pets are not allowed upstairs, on furniture & cannot be left unattended unless crated. Pets to stay in kitchen overnight. Max. 2 dogs if more enquire.
  • Due to the thatched roof absolutely NO open flame (smoking, candles etc.) in the property.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , This room features a stunning Victorian bed and vanity basin
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , With views over local moorland equipped with vanity basin
    Bedroom 3 - 1 single bed , has separate toilet and basin
  • .
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Beautifully Restored Grade 2 Thatched Cottage In Manaton
average rating of 4.695652 based on 32 reviews


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  • Review Submitted: 24/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our aim is to provide a comfortable base for all our visitors so I am so sorry you found the cottage unsuitable for your needs. I am not sure why. It does have bathroom facilities upstairs and downstairs and washing facilities in each bedroom. The mattress in the master bedroom is five years old.
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Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, homely cottage. Very well equipped, the downstairs utility/shower room was a godsend with three boys and the washer dryer was very handy.

The cottage has been renovated to a very high standard yet still retains all the charm and character you would expect to find in an old cottage. A lovely, peaceful relaxing garden.

It was so nice to hear owls at night time.

Even our little dog was at home there straight away which is unusual for her as she can be nervous in new surroundings.

It was lovely for us to catch up with family and the boys are even talking about staying next year.

The Kestor Inn was very accommodating and we had a really nice break in Manaton.

Thank you Melanie for the wine and delicious lemon cake, and for the phone call to make sure that we had arrived safely and that we had everything we needed.

  • Review Submitted: 26/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning cottage in a wonderful location!

  • 5 of 5

We had the most fantastic week staying at 2 Freelands cottage. First of all, the cottage itself is a beautiful, quaint, thatched cottage in a gorgeous village. Melanie has equipped the cottage with everything you could possibly need and wifi, heating etc are all easy to use. One thing I would say is that this cottage, unlike others we've been to, is extremely true to the photos - if anything is a little bigger than it appears! We found the information booklet extremely useful and used Melanie's suggestions of places to visit as a starting point for most of our walks. The location of the cottage is good, with plenty of walks from the doorstep (if you know where to look!) Manaton is perfectly located for easy access to many of the nearby villages and attractions - use Melanie's suggestions for good pubs/ places to eat. We found them all excellent recommendations! We would particularly recommend the 5 mile walk around Lustleigh Cleave followed by Sunday Lunch in The Cleave pub. All in all, we couldn't fault our time here and would happily return year on year. Thank you Melanie!

  • Review Submitted: 04/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming hideaway on the edge of the moor..

  • 5 of 5

This wonderful characterful cottage on the eastern edge of Dartmoor ticked all the boxes for our stay over New Year.

Set high up in Manaton, it is a traditional thatched cottage with Inglenook fireplace and woodburner, which we found very useful in the cold weather. Kitchen well equipped and met our needs. Bedrooms charming and stair gates in case you have young kids. Lovely views to the moors, and great dark skies for stargazing. One of the main things of appeal about Manaton is the ability to do a lot of walks from the doorstep without using the car: Bowerman's Nose, Becky Falls and Manaton rocks to name three excellent ones. The Kester Inn is a stone's throw away and does excellent fish and chips, plus basic provisions.

I would recommend this cottage for a stay, especially if you are seeking peace and quite and beautiful Dartmoor on your doorstep

  • Review Submitted: 13/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A charming cottage with a homely feel, surrounded by stunning scenery.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Manaton, the cottage was comfortable with lots of homely touches, and perfectly situated to explore the dramatic moorland and Tors nearby. Lots of good local walks, and a friendly pub nearby. Thank you 😀

  • Review Submitted: 26/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A well maintained and space efficient cottage in lovely countryside

  • 4 of 5

Our family members all enjoyed our stay at the cottage. The kitchen/dining area was cosy for the five of us and the scene of enjoyable meals and hard fought games of Scrabble !

We were visiting the area for a family wedding at Staverton but also had time for walks on Dartmoor and on the coast.

Thank you, Melanie, for ensuring that all our needs were accommodated.

  • Review Submitted: 20/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Kestor Inn
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Bovey Tracey
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Newton Abbott
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Ring of Bells, North Bovey
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Car: necessary

Becky Falls a natural waterfall is located in the village of Manaton. The village itself is situated in the Dartmoor Natural Park and there are plenty of walks from the front door through the local countryside and rugged moors. It's a nature lover's haven with plenty of fine watering holes nearby for those more interested in sampling good country meals and ales.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Manaton, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
3 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Jan/Feb excl. half term
5 Jan 2018 - 15 Feb 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Spring half term
16 Feb 2018 - 22 Feb 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Late Feb/March
23 Feb 2018 - 29 Mar 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Early April
30 Mar 2018 - 12 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
13 Apr 2018 - 19 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
LateApril/ mid May
20 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Spring Bank Holiday
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
1 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Early July
29 Jun 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Summer Season
13 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

25% deposit required to secure booking. Balance payable 8 weeks in advance of holiday.

Short breaks available out of season, please enquire. Well behaved dogs welcome, please state number and breed of dog when booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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