Helpful Holidays rating
- Off road parking
- Ground floor accommodation
- Ground floor bedroom
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Cot available
- Highchair available
- Broadband / WiFi
Reviews & Ratings
* Based on a combined average customer score
15 Customer Review(s)
“The location of the cottage is fabulous with walks straight out onto the moor.”
The cottage was clean, the views are superb and the bed was really comfortable. I enjoyed cooking on the Sandyford and was grateful for its warmth in the cooler evenings. We had everything that we needed. ...
The cottage was clean, the views are superb and the bed was really comfortable. I enjoyed cooking on the Sandyford and was grateful for its warmth in the cooler evenings. We had everything that we needed. I had been concerned about previous negative reviews, but having stayed there I think these were due to the fact the cottage is marketed as "luxury 5 star", which it is not. It possibly was 10 years ago but now needs some refurbishment. The sofas have definitely seen better days and some fixtures/fittings are in need of repair. BUT, it is a lovely Dartmoor cottage and none of the above detracted from us having a fabulous holiday. We would definitely stay there again, we loved it!- Sandra, September 2021
Thank you for your feedback, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. We advertise this property with 4 ticks on our website and will most certainly look into where it maybe advertised as a 5 star property. Property Owner
“We booked the cottage to be near my dad ,Fantastic location great views and piece and quiet which is whot we needed.”
The cottage had everything we required and dad came every day as the weather and outlook was fab- Susanna, September 2021
“Great location, beautiful scenery, good food and drink locally, lots of walks close by.”- Tony, August 2021
“AVOID. Despite multiple attempts to contact the caretaker/owner by myself and Sykes before and after the holiday there has been no reply.”
Listing not accurate and despite assurances that the washing machine was working, it most definitely was not which was difficult for a muddy 2 weeks for a family of 5 (it is also a washer not a washer/dryer as advertised.) No sheet/towel change as advertised after the first week. Unbearable noise on the second week due to building work and builders turning up playing loud music from 8am. Really not very private due to the lay out of the courtyard with cars parked right outside your window which meant we had to keep curtains closed. Definitely not the tranquil 5 star luxury retreat we were promised. Totally ruined our holiday. A month later and no-one has managed to contact the owners so no resolution of our issues. I recommend you pick somewhere else stay.- Mej, July 2021
THank you for taking the time to complete your feedback, we are sorry you were unable to source the housekeeper before your visit. Directions and key instructions are provided 7 days before you travel, we therefore hope you were able to enter the property without any issues? We understand our customer support team are dealing with the points you raise in your feedback and hope for a satisfactory resolution. Property Owner
“It’s an amazing location but not informed of the fact it’s not very private as surrounded by other cottages that people were staying in.”
The garden was not enclosed so I would say that it’s not actually suitable for dogs. Partly my reason for only a 3 star. Also the garden furniture is in a poor condition not making it comfortable to sit outside and enjoy the view. However space wise it is great and very comfortable beds. Walks straight from the cottage as well. Parking is tricky as you have to get through a difficult gap so if you have a large car you may struggle to get through. Windows of the property could be cleaned as lots of bird mess on them. Also the washing machine was not working. Large dishwasher and fridge were really helpful though.- Hannah, July 2021
Thank you for your feedback. In the first paragraph on our website we state the following - This single story Edwardian cottage is set around a courtyard, alongside five other cottages, with access down a long private drive.. There are also photographs which show the surrounding properties on site. The garden is enclosed by natural hedging, bushes and trees and the garden furniture is suitable for a Moorland setting - perhaps more rustic than in a suburban garden. The windows are cleaned regularly, but when the House Martins are here, they do sometimes get bird poo on them. The washing machine has been checked and is working fine. We are glad you enjoyed the location, the views from the property and the local walks. Property Owner
“What a wonderful cottage!”
Peaceful surroundings in the heart of a working farm, with dartmoor national park literally on the doorstop. Both Sykes and the property owners acted in an exemplary and professional manner regarding the management of our postponed booking and rescheduled stay through the pandemic lockdown and subsequent easing of restrictions. The cottage itself had everything you could want from a self-catering holiday. From aga-style cooking and log-burner for cooler evenings to spacious comfortable beds, the whole cottage is beautifully appointed. There is quiet rural isolation to help you feel like you've escaped the hustle and bustle of daily life, but with all of the south-west easily accessible there is plenty to go out and do. Our 4 year old loved the animals nearby and days out to Becky Falls and the 'House of Marbles' (which was a particular favourite!). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.- Oliver, April 2021
“The photos don't show just how good the property or its location truly is .”
This is a rural location water and electricity are both off grid , you would be unaware of this unless you were told. No mobile signal due to its remote location inside the property you would need to travel up the drive to higher ground to get 4g . My family and I loved our two week stay and would enjoy future holidays at this cottage. Loved have house martins and bats living in the eaves of the roof. Clear nights have amazing night sky views as no light pollution. Fantastic walks and tors to climb.- Douglas, July 2019
“Fantastic cottage and facilities were amazing.”
Disappointed that the DVD player wasn't blue ray, its not that expensive to upgrade. Also need a sun shade in the garden please. Will definitely be back. Thank you- Judith, June 2019
“This is our second stay at Hay Tor Cottage and we love it.”
Wonderful walks straight from the door, sitting in the garden with the tor views with martins and swallows swooping overhead and just being in the cottage, a great space inside too. We will be back.- Catherine, June 2019
“Beautiful cottage and delightful area, the perfect spot for a week’s relaxation in Devon.”
We drove a lot out of Dartmoor but were delighted to come back to our little haven at Hay Tor each evening. Excellent pub in nearby Widecombe, and the sheep surrounding the cottage made the stay! The minimal WiFi meant we had a very calm week cut off from the outside world - just the birds, horses, cows and sheep to spend time with. Perfect house for our toddler and 2 pregnant bumps. Only improvement we would like to see - a bigger sofa as only just room for the 4 adults. Shame the window in the middle bedroom was unable to be opened as with the Aga going it was quite toasty even with all radiators off. Also 3 windows in the property had the double glazing gone so filled with condensation, ruined the views a little. Other than that, immaculate house and well equipped.- Melissa, May 2019
“Mostly, we were very happy with the cottage.”
Two exceptions were the slow internet connection, and the access road, which wasn't the easiest. A heads up about these would have been nice. But overall we had a really great experience!- Assaf, March 2019
“The window of a room was impossible to open and it seems that it was not a ...”
The window of a room was impossible to open and it seems that it was not a recent problem But for the rest it was a nice and quiet place to discover Dartmoor- Baudouin, July 2018
“What a lovely cottage and a beautiful setting.”
It is a very relaxing and calming place. We did a lot of walking up to the tors and short walks with our dog. We loved exploring Dartmoor right from our cottage. The interior of the cottage is totally perfect. The kitchen is very well equipped. Unfortunately the main bathroom has a shower only in the bathtub, which is unusual for Europeans but an experience. We loved cooking our breakfast on the agar, which was a good start for the day. The only unpleasant thing was, we didn’t get any confirmation or further details or informations from helpfulholidays after paying the balance. Also we didn’t know that we would find the cottage at ‚Holwell Cottages‘, up to than our nav sat took us there. We contacted Debbie, the wonderful caretaker, who told us the code for the key. But all in one we loved it and it was a brilliant week and we‘d definitely come back.- Beate, July 2018
“Excellent accommodation, a very hot week and no shade from the sun at the rear of the property, would recommend the provision of a sun umbrella at least.”
Could hear scratching in the roof most nights and assumed it was House Martins, but found bats had found their way into the middle bedroom during the night which was a little unsettling. We returned home on the Thursday instead of Friday.- Bob, June 2018
“Very good value.”
Perfect location. Beautiful views. Cozy cottage. Really comfy beds. A wonderful holiday!- Gillian, March 2018
- All ground floor
- Three bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double (or twin) with en suite shower-room, 2 x king-size doubles
- Open-plan living area with sitting area, with wood burning stove, kitchen and dining area
- Bathroom with oversized bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC.
- Central heating with wood burning stove
- Microwave, fridge-freezer, washer-dryer, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
- Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for two cars
- One well-behaved dog welcome, Sorry no smoking
- Note: This property has a private water supply which is tested regularly and privately generated electricity
- Note: Satellite internet access suitable for browsing/email only.
2 miles from Widecombe-in-the-Moor, down 700 yards of private drive, a single-storey cottage with uninterrupted panoramic views to Haytor from every window, one of six cottages around a courtyard superbly converted from an Edwardian 'model farm'.
Direct access to open moorland.
At the front, own private outdoor space (table/chairs) looking to open grassy moorland through which runs the Becka Brook to Emsworthy Nature Reserve (700 yards, rare plants and wildlife) and Dartmoor farmland beyond.
Inside are charming traditional features, including exposed granite walls, high beams, slate floors (rugs).
From courtyard, stable doors to hall.
Huge open-plan living/dining/kitchen (dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer, oil-fired range cooker - no other cooker) with oak units, and living area with woodburner, TV/DVD and stable doors to patio.
Three bedrooms, all with those fabulous views - a double (6' zip-linked bed or twin) with en suite shower-room (suite), and two further doubles (5' beds).
Generous bathroom (suite with over-sized bath plus hand-shower).
Spring water and privately generated electricity.
Satellite internet access suitable for browsing/email only.
A fantastic place for star-gazing, relaxing and finding your own space. Widecombe-in-the-Moor: Dartmoor’s most famous village.
Beautiful position in deep farmed valley between steep tor-topped hills; good food pub, splendid church, pretty round it.
Fair (Uncle Tom Cobley and all) in September.
Excellent walking base for the moor’s most spectacular part; riding stables.
The sea (Torbay), 19 miles.
Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.
About the location
Bovey Tracey 7.4 miles; Newton Abbot 11.6 miles; Torquay 19.1 miles.
Widecombe is tucked away in a Dartmoor valley with the spectacular moorland and tors rising up on all sides, making it a perfect location for walkers, mountain bikers, riders or those that love dramatic landscapes. The village is made up of a pretty mixture of granite built houses and a lovely old church which is known as the cathedral of the moor. There are a couple of good food pubs, a café for indulgent cream teas and shops. Widecombe famously hosts Widecombe Fair every September, where you can see displays of livestock, local produce, vintage farm machinery and even a bale tossing competition. Further afield is Bovey Tracey – home to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and worthy of a visit. Dartmoor National Park has the greatest number of archaeological remains in Europe and there are Neolithic tombs, mystical stone circles and abandoned medieval farmsteads to explore. Conan Doyle was inspired to write his classic novel The Hound of the Baskervilles and it is easy to imagine Sherlock Holmes wandering the wild moorland terrain, along with the wild and beautiful Dartmoor ponies.
Note: Spring water and privately generated electricity. Satellite internet access suitable for browsing/email only.
Dog must be kept on the lead around the property garden is not enclosed.
Note: Electric cars cannot be charged at the property due to privately generated electricity.
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