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South Zeal, Devon (Ref. 975834)

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  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “We enjoyed our stay in Townend. The house was warm and comfortable with good facilities except for the lack of large casserole dishes and a hot plate that defeated all our attempts to use it because of complicated procedures required. The Aga was fine. Townend is a good place to stay as it a short journey to many interesting places.The owner and dog were friendly and helpful. We would stay there again.”

    Mr Wright, Warrington, October 2018

    • “I didn't have to deal with helpful holidays much at at all.... Everything was sorted smoothly with no hassle. Cottage was excellent and nothing disappointed... Amazing holiday in a beautiful location.”

    Ms Morley, Wigan, August 2018

    • “Just come back from a fantastic weeks holiday at Townend, the house had everything we wanted and more. Our gransons loved the fact they could go upstairs to the cinema room to watch a film or play pool and then to the outside pool (which they did every day !! ). The owner Mike was on hand to help with anything as he is very approachable and accommodating. We had three families who all said that they would go back there tomorrow. Our youngest grandson cried on his first night as he wanted to stay at Townend for ever! .”

    Mr House, DORCHESTER, August 2018

    • “The warm welcome. The beautifully furnished house with all that is needed for a family holiday, rain or shine. Outdoors the pool, the football pitch, the cricket pitch, the barbecue; indoors the many games, the cinema, rowing machine etc etc. Much thought had been given to satisfy all tastes and interests. Lots of space! Brilliant!”

    Mr Barnes, Cheltenham, July 2018

    • “Townsend exceeded expectations in terms of space, facilities and comfort. As a base for a multi-generational holiday, I will be recommending it to friends.”

    Mrs McKemey, WITNEY, May 2018

    • “We have been meeting as a family walking group for over 30 years. This was a 1st trip to Dartmoor for most and exceeded everyones expectations. The holiday cottage was like an Aladdins cave. The kitchen and dining room was great for everyone to get together for a meal and there was enough room in the house to have your own space. Even the weather was perfect!!!”

    Mrs Mason, Stroud, May 2018

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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 (10' x 20' x 2'6" 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. Eco-friendly biomass heating. Professional catering available. Arrival after 4pm. Damages Deposit £250. 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
  • 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
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm
  • Note: The outdoor pool is available from late May to mid September.00

Regional Information

South Zeal Situated on the very Northern edge of Dartmoor National Park South Zeal is a wonderful location for keen walkers with some of the wildest parts of the moor within easy walking distance. With two pubs and a village shop South Zeal is a great base for exploring.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Note: The outdoor pool is available from late May to mid September.
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.