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South Zeal, Devon (Ref. 975834)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 11

  • Bedrooms 6

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Swimming Pool Swimming pool
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • 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/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/Sky TV Sky TV
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi


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37 Customer Review(s)

  • Doug

    “We had a lovely time at Townend and would recommend the property”

    - Doug, May 2022

The property

On the edge of South Zeal is Townend, an elegant former farmhouse, extended and refined and set quietly above the lane that drifts down the hill into the village centre.

You have the main part (the charming owner lives discreetly in a wing with separate access).

To the front, a small enclosed garden; behind, 3 acres of gardens to explore with terrific views towards Dartmoor and Cosdon Beacon in the distance.

From a small courtyard area, steps up to a walled, sheltered, enclosed well-established garden with sun terrace (table/chairs, barbecue), lawn and an enclosed area beyond with outdoor unheated swimming pool (8.5m x 3m x 1m deep, available late May to mid September).

Orchard and field, perfect for ball kicking and running free.

Inside, comfortable with flagstone and oak floors, beams and good linen; this beautiful house has ample space for a family to spread out and unwind.

From the front door, an elegant hall with stairs at one end leads to the living room with huge inglenook fireplace (woodburner), piano, TV/Sky, window seat, oak floors.

Large bright kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, microwave, fridge, Aga, 2-ring electric hob, electric cooker, TV/DVD) with big table (converts to table tennis) and French windows to sun terrace and garden.

Two steps down to scullery (washer-drier, freezer).

Snug with woodburner, TV/DVD, French windows to front garden and second flight of stairs.Loo.

Wide stairs curve from the hall up to five bedrooms and three bath/shower rooms on the first floor - a double with en suite shower-room (suite) and window seat, another double, a single (5'11" door lintel), and small step up to smart bathroom (suite, shower over bath); further landing (5'6" doorway) with steps to a twin (zip-linkable to 6' double, limited clothes-hanging space), a double with views to Dartmoor, a shower-room (suite) and smart bathroom (suite, shower over bath).

More stairs up again to huge cinema room (TV/Sky/DVD, mini snooker, table football, rowing machine) under the eaves with Velux windows, great views and comfy seating; 3'9" lintel into playroom (suitable for people shorter than 3'9"!).

Two steps up to another double bedroom (6' zip-linked bed or twin) under the eaves with the best views of all.

A welcoming and well-thought-out home in a friendly village setting; a great spot for exploring the wilds of Dartmoor and convivial hostelries (four pubs within a mile). South Zeal: handsome old village (two beautiful old pubs, PO/shop) in a valley on Dartmoor's northern edge, neighbouring Sticklepath, Belstone and South Tawton.

Superb walks on the moor's highest part within 1 mile or so.

Okehampton (golf, leisure centre, cinema), 5 miles; Exeter, 20; sea/sandy beaches at Exmouth, 30 miles, or Bude, 36 (fast roads).


2nd Floor1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Scullery Hall Snug Dining Area Lounge WC


  • Over three floors
  • Five first floor bedrooms: 3 x double (one with en suite shower room), 1 x single, 1 x twin (can convert to super king double)
  • Shower room with shower, WC, basin, bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and basin, and bathroom with bath, hand held shower, WC and basin
  • Top floor super king double (or twin) bedroom
  • Cinema room
  • Children’s playroom
  • Ground floor sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Scullery
  • Snug with wood burning stove
  • Downstairs WC with basin
  • Hall.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove.Eco-friendly biomass heating
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, washer-dryer, dishwasher, TV with Sky 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 three cars
  • Enclosed garden with outdoor unheated pool (8.5m x 3m x 1m)
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property
  • Professional catering available
  • Note: Check-in time 5pm
  • Note: The outdoor pool is available from late May to mid September.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

About the location


Okehampton 4.6 miles; Exeter 19.3 miles.

Situated on the very northern edge of the Dartmoor National Park, South Zeal is a lovely small village offering an excellent base for walkers. Some of the wildest parts of the moors lie within easy walking distance, while the larger town of Okehampton is just under five miles away. South Zeal is home to two pubs and a village shop, offering all the essentials for a self-catered stay. Nearby attractions include the National Trust's Castle Drogo, Stone Lane Gardens, The Miniature Pony Centre, Okehampton Castle and the Beck Falls Ancient Woodland Park.

Note: The outdoor pool is available from late May to mid September.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter