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The Shippen

Tavistock, Devon (Ref. 975735)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

  • Reviews

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    “Excellent Cottage - Excellent Location”

    Great little cottage for the four of us - good communication with the owners prior to arrival with good instructions on accessing the property etc. ...

    Great little cottage for the four of us - good communication with the owners prior to arrival with good instructions on accessing the property etc. Great location - Lovely neighbours - Great for puppy walks ! We only had a few minor things we felt worthy of mentioning, so here we go ... - There seemed to only be exactly 4x each of everything when it came to crockery and dining service. No biggy you just have to wash up constantly when cooking etc. So there is enough stuff when it comes to dining. I appreciate we were there over Christmas so we perhaps did slightly more cooking than the usual. - There wasn’t a Christmas tree up in the cottage during the Christmas period, this didn’t ruin anything for us, however with the contact I received prior to arrival, I was left under assumption that there would be a tree (although in fairness, a tree wasn’t mentioned in the correspondence, only decoration of the house, so perhaps my fault for assuming) - Quite cold when we arrived in the afternoon, especially considering I was under the impression the house has been occupied prior to our arrival. Storage heaters took a day or two to start knocking the heat out - Although in time honoured fashion, once they got hot, it was almost too hot! These are our only negative/constructive comments about this house. Overall we totally loved the house, as I said above. Great location, neighbours all friendly, easy access, very quiet at night, nice walks on the doorstep, lovely addition to the arrival with bread, milk and dog treats etc. Very much appreciated. Nicely decorated and very practical house - We would love to come back again soon ! Merry Christmas and a happy new year ! The Allens :)


  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

The property

Within the Dartmoor National Park, 2 miles from Tavistock and sheltering privately in wooded farmland, is Grenofen Manor.

The Shippen is a semi-detached ‘upside down’ cottage converted from an old milking parlour, one of many handsome barns and stables which served the manor house.

It has pretty views of well-kept flower-filled grounds and long views to the moor, and its own little secluded garden (table/chairs, barbecue) for sunbathing/snoozing (not ball games).

Lots of footpaths around.

Open-plan living/dining/kitchen (slimline dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, freezer, fridge, electric range-style cooker) with smart TV/DVD/Blu-ray/PVR, iPad with iTunes (Bluetooth speaker) and stable doors to little conservatory (cane chairs) leading to garden.

Downstairs (stairgate), two bedrooms - a double, and a twin (hooks for clothes-hanging); shower-room (suite).

Tumble drier and secure bicycle storage in part of garage opposite.

A lovely quiet place. Tavistock: fine ancient town on the River Tavy on the edge of Dartmoor, evolving around an abbey founded in 974, and Sir Francis Drake’s home town.

Lots of interesting shops, pannier/farmers’ markets, pubs, restaurants, wharfside theatre (also films/live music), leisure centre.

Golf, 1½ miles; horse riding and cycling routes within a few miles.


Trust places (Cotehele, Buckland Abbey, Lydford Gorge, Saltram House) nearby.

Plymouth, 9 miles.


Two downstairs bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin. Shower room with shower, WC and basin. Upstairs open plan living/dining/kitchen. Conservatory.


  • Night storage heating
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with Blu-ray, 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
  • Enclosed garden with barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Plymouth 17 miles; Okehampton 8 miles.

A delightful award-winning market town, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the River Tavy, nestling in the south-west slopes of Dartmoor. Tavistock has an indoor pannier market, a diverse range of independent shops, an excellent choice of pubs, bistros, restaurants, a theatre and a cinema, as well as a leisure pool. This is the perfect destination for country lovers who enjoy the convenience of an interesting town on the doorstep. There is excellent walking on Dartmoor, cycling on The National Cycle Network no. 27, renowned game fishing, gardens of distinction and various National Trust properties nearby. Within easy reach is the maritime city of Plymouth, with its Barbican Quay and the Historic Royal William Yard. Torbay, the Eden Project and the sandy surfing beaches of Devon and North Cornwall are all within an hour’s drive and provide activities to keep all the family happy. Tavistock is a wonderful all-year-round holiday destination.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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