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Mary Tavy, Devon (Ref. 1080028)

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  • Sleeps 7

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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5 Customer Review(s)

  • Joanne

    “The cottage and gardens are really beautiful; characterful spacious comfortable peaceful and in such a pretty location.”

    The kitchen and utility are really well equipped, the house is tastefully furnished and as for the comfortable beds... There's a lovely friendly pub at the top of the road with a great garden with views and another pub within a 20 minute walk along the stream and country footpaths. I can't speak highly enough of this property and, as a family of 5 adults, we had a truly relaxing, fun stay.

    - Joanne, April 2022

The property

Set in a quiet country lane, together with a scattering of other pretty cottages and the neighbouring parish church, Whincroft lies on the edge of the village of Mary Tavy, just four miles from the stannery town of Tavistock on the western edge of Dartmoor National Park.

A beautifully restored and extended, detached home from home for friends or families looking to escape the rigours of work and daily routine.

The pretty, whitewashed porch provides the entrance, shed walking boots and welly boots here and once inside, the centrally positioned, informal dining room is a place to celebrate special times together.

The soft neutral hues of the restful sitting room is an invitation to unwind, and curl up on pale squashy sofas, with the glows of a wood burning stove adding further warmth to chilly autumnal evenings.

Watch favourite shows and films on the wall mounted TV with Blue Ray and Roku device, whilst teens and children can escape grown-up conversations in the snug room next door, equipped with TV and Playstation 4.

The more recently extended kitchen is a place to linger over morning coffee whilst breakfast is being prepared.

A bright and spacious room with sunlight streaming through patio doors, enjoy hearty Aga-cooked meals after long walks in the countryside, there is a further electric oven in the useful utility room with a cloakroom to the side.

The first floor is home to four gorgeous bedrooms, dressed in crisp white linen, each one decorated in Farrow & Ball shades to reflect the ever-changing colours of the moorland.

A spacious master bedroom with king-size bed, benefits from an en-suite shower room, whilst the sunny, whitewashed twin with accents of yellow and grey provide the option of a super king bed if pushed together.

Tones of heather and greens are the theme for the pretty, dual aspect double room with views to the garden and the countryside beyond, whilst the delightful single room decorated in ‘old white’ looks out over the garden to the rear and these bedrooms are served by a family bathroom with bath and shower over.

Step outside to the rear of the cottage into a richly planted, heavenly scented mature courtyard garden full of roses and pretty shrubs.

A summerhouse adorned with fairy lights provides a shady spot for alfresco dining and allows for continious enjoyment of the glorious outside even when the weather is less than perfect.

Behind the summerhouse, a large lawn garden has further seating, a hammock to while away the hours with a good book and a timber clad inflatable 4 person hot tub, no better place to enjoy the unpolluted dark skies of this magical location.

This is walking boots country with paths that lead straight onto the moor and accessible right from the doorstep.

The River Tavy is within a short walk and the Granite Way can be joined a short distance away, the 11 miles of mainly traffic-free route stretching from Okehampton to Lydford, for walking and cycling, traversing some of the most impressive Dartmoor countryside and moorland.

Stop for lunch in one of the many great pubs in the location, the closest being the Peter Tavy Inn a 15 minute walk.

For day’s out with the family visit Buckland Abbey, Lydford Gorge, Castle Drogo and Dartmoor Zoo, and further afield the Eden Project and the sandy beaches of the north or south coast are only an hour or so away by car.

The historic market town of Tavistock boasts an award-winning bi-weekly farmers market, as well as the vast selection of independent shops, restaurants and cafés to enjoy.

Whatever the season you choose to stay, Whincroft will provide a wonderful and relaxing base to explore and recharge the batteries.


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (can be super-king double on request), 1 double, 1 single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/breakfast room with AGA, sitting room with wood burning stove, dining room, utility room, ground floor cloak room.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • AGA, electric oven and hob, microwave oven, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV x 2 with Roku stick, Blu-Ray player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and high chair provided
  • Enclosed front garden with patio, lawn and seating, courtyard garden, summerhouse with garden table and chairs, rear lawn garden with patio and seating, hammock and wood-clad inflatable 4 person hot tub
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars (1 large & 1 small) and more parking available on the road nearby
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome, 2nd dog charge of £25.00 per week
  • No smoking
  • Shop 0.7 miles, pub 0.7 miles
  • Note: Check-in is from 4.30pm, check-out by 10am
  • There is a good housekeeping bond on this property of £200
  • Note: children not be left unattended in garden due to fenced off pond to the rear of the garden

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

About the location


Tavistock 3.5 miles; Okehampton 12.3 miles; Plymouth 18.4 miles

Its name deriving from the 13th century church of St. Mary’s and the nearby River Tavy, the village of Mary Tavy can be found resting amongst the scenic wonder of the Dartmoor National Park, in easy reach of the bustling village of Tavistock. Once home to the world's largest copper mine, Wheal Friendship, as well as numerous lead and tin mines, the village boasts a rich history well-worth discovering. The village benefits from a good range of amenities, including a Post Office with shop and an inviting pub, The Mary Tavy Inn, where you can enjoy a hearty meal accompanied by a refreshing pint. Take a stroll along the scenic waterfront, a bridleway lying adjacent for those avid horseback riders, or venture further to explore the splendour of the National Park. Home to 368 square miles of natural delights, Dartmoor National Park boasts a plethora of walking and cycling routes leading you through steep wooded river valleys to enticing archaeological sites such as Spinster’s Rock, Grimspound and Higher Uppacott, there's so much to explore here, with ample opportunities for outdoor activity including canoeing, climbing, geocaching and more. Visit the award-winning market town of Tavistock, the only town in Devon to hold world heritage status, this impressive town is home to a popular indoor pannier market, a diverse range of shops, an excellent choice of pubs, bistros, restaurants, a theatre and a cinema, as well as a leisure pool, it has everything you could need and more for a self-catered stay in Devon. The National Cycle Route 27, Drakes Trail and the West Devon Way to Plymouth are all within easy reach for the keen explorer, or visit the walking centre of Devon, Okehampton, where you will find a Victorian shopping arcade, the Museum of Dartmoor Life, a pleasant park, and the second oldest Norman Castle in the county! With access to Plymouth, Exeter, Torquay, Paignton, the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and so much more, Mary Tavy makes the perfect holiday base for exploring Devon and beyond.