Nurserymans Cottage is a rural idyll close to Dartmoor National Park. It sits in 45 acres of gorgeous mid-Devon countryside which was apple orchards up until 1940, surrounded by woodland and pastures with a stream and a pond just a stroll from the front door. The cottage was formerly the home of the farm's nurseryman responsible for growing new stock in the surrounding sheltered south-facing valley. Today it provides self-catering accommodation for up to four people in two bedrooms and is comfortable for couples and families. Dating back to the 1800s, Nurserymans Cottage provides all of the comforts of home with none of the distractions. There's even a fantastic country pub and restaurant, The Duck, just over a mile away in Yeoford.
Yeoford is a pretty village with fantastic views in all seasons. Walking is a lovely way to explore. There's a favourite local route between Yeoford and Copplestone, passing through Coleford and Penstone and crossing the River Yeo. Once in Copplestone, you can take the Tarka Line train back to Yeoford or return the way you came. The Tarka Line runs between Exeter and Barnstaple and is a handy way to get out and explore further afield if you don't want to drive.
Three miles away, the market town of Crediton has a wide array of shops that include a farmers market on the first and the third Saturday of every month. It doesn't matter if you miss a market day as there are local farm shops and dairies that sell directly to the public. The magnificent church stands as a testament to the town's importance and wealth as a medieval woollen town. Crediton was a destination for pilgrims who came to worship at the birthplace of St Boniface. A new shared-use trail between Crediton's Holy Cross Church and Exeter Cathedral named St Boniface Way will commemorate their journey.
Exeter is around half an hour's drive from Nurserymans Cottage. It may be ancient (Exeter Cathedral was founded in 1050, and the Romans were there a millennia before that!), but it's far from fusty. There's a great choice of places to shop, eat and drink, as well as a cinema, theatre, and lively nightlife thanks to the university and its students.
Being surrounded by countryside and so close to Dartmoor means there's always something to do. Walking, mountain biking, fishing, playing golf, canoeing, and bird watching are just a few of the many ways to enjoy being outdoors. There are family-friendly attractions such as the Crealy Great Adventure Park, National Trust and English Heritage properties, parks and gardens. The region is renowned for the superb quality of its food that you can enjoy in dozens of independent pubs, washing it down with local Devon beer, wine or cider. Nurserymans Cottage is out of the way but definitely not isolated and available for bookings all year round.
Simon Ford joined Independent Cottages in February 2021
Nurserymans Cottage is a comfortable holiday home with stripped elm floorboards, home-grown oak beams and trusses and oak window frames, framing beautiful views from all of the windows. Accommodation is over two levels. It is at the end of a private lane with no traffic noise to disturb the peace.
Outside: The cottage is next to woodland where birds and wildlife thrive. There is lawn and designated off-street parking for up to 2 vehicles to the side of the property.
Additional Information: Utilities, bed linen and bath towels are provided, as is wood for the log burner. Though the TV has Freeview channels the cottage does not have WiFi for guests due to its rural location. A travel cot (no bedding) is available. Please request this when booking. The owner regrets they can't accommodate dogs. Smoking is not permitted.
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