3 (all year)
The Gamekeeper's Cottage is a dreamy retreat where couples or independent travellers can cocoon themselves in comfort. The charming holiday cottage was formerly part of the Buckland House estate. It has its own private garden and access to the owners three acres of garden and 14 acres of private woodland. Although the cottage feels, and is, wonderfully rural, it is close to some of North Devon's favourite attractions.
Buckland Filleigh is a tiny hamlet with a central location that makes it ideal as a base from which to explore. There are beautiful walks and cycling routes from the door, including the traffic-free Tarka Trail which is just a 10-minute bike ride away and provides an easy route between Meeth and Braunton. If you're not feeling especially energetic, then the two-mile walk to Sheepwash and the Half Moon Inn may be more appealing. Alternatively, stroll around the beautiful grounds of RHS Rosemoor or Castle Drogo, the latter of which is a National Trust property.
Dartmoor National Park is only half an hour from The Gamekeeper's Cottage. This natural wilderness is a veritable playground with miles of footpaths, exciting mountain bike trails and 160 granite tors that make it a favourite destination with climbers. Horse riding is a popular way to explore, with local stables arranging pony trekking for all abilities.
The cottage is less than an hour's drive from the North Devon and the North Cornwall coast which puts beaches like Saunton Sands and Bude close enough for a day out. Pretty seaside villages like Appledore and Clovelly are an excellent substitute for a walk along the coast followed by lunch or afternoon tea.
There is a clutch of market towns offering a fantastic array of places to shop. These include Okehampton, Barnstaple and Tavistock, while the cathedral city of Exeter is also comfortably within an hour's drive.
The owners will be on-site to welcome you and answer any questions you have about the local area, but will otherwise leave you to enjoy the privacy and solitude of the cottage's peaceful setting.
Debbie & Des Pluss joined Independent Cottages in July 2020
The Gamekeeper's Cottage has recently been renovated to provide a high standard of accommodation on one level.
Outside: The cottage has a garden with two patio areas, sun loungers, a fire pit, a barbecue and a rattan set of table and chairs. The owner keeps the pots on the patio stocked with fresh herbs and flowers, and guests are welcome to wander through 14-acres of private grounds which include an orchard and a vegetable garden.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are provided, as is fuel for the log burner and a welcome hamper. Short breaks (minimum of three nights) are available all year round, depending on availability. Smoking and pets are not permitted.
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Wood fired hot tub with all the logs provided for your stay, can be lit ready for your arrival.
Everything for your first cooked breakfast left in the fridge along with milk, butter and orange juice. A loaf of homemade bread and a cake with a generous welcome hamper with many items sourced from the South West left for your enjoyment.
An Ooni pizza oven is available for guests with 2 balls of pizza dough provided and fuel.
All logs for the wood burner supplied with fire lighters and matches.
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