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“well presented” 4 of 5 stars
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North Bovey, Newton Abbot TQ13 8RB, England   |  
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Ranked #15 of 21 Newton Abbot B&B and Inns
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“well presented”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

When you find it the Gate House is a stunning old building and beautifully presented throughout, set in amazing grounds with a stunning outlook. The welcome is warm and very personal and the hosts only too happy to please. The property has a pool, summerhouse and grounds, the rooms are always spotlessly clean and tastefully presented.

If you want a base to explore Dartmoor, I think it would be hard to find a better place to get away from it all.

It is in the National Park so don't expect internet or mobile phone reception. You will need a map or sat nav (not standard gps on your mobile as it won't work) to find it as it is quite remote but that adds to the charm.

Other users have mentioned the access road which does look troubling but is actually ok once you have driven it a few times. The owners are happy to help navigate it.

The only real complaint is that the breakfast provided is not quite up to expectation. It is presented as a very traditional English fine dining with masses of crockery and bowls and plates and napkins. However, despite what the menu says, the fruit is obviously from a tin and the toast is like eating leather.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

I agree with the other reviewers - this place is a real gem. Old thatched-roof place in quiet village tucked away in Dartmoor. Extremely large and comfortable bed. Quite handy to excellent "Ring of Bells" pub next door. John was most helpful with suggestions and is a talented drawer of maps! My planned activity fell through due to weather and John's suggestion of Lydford Gorge was a wonderful replacement (beautiful in any weather).

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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leighton buzzard
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153 reviews 153 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 101 cities Reviews in 101 cities
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

We have been staying at the Gatehouse every year for more than I care to remember and just love it. Its in a beautiful village, very quiet no shop but there is a pub. John and Sheila make you very welcome and the cooked breakfast is lovely. There is an outdoor pool in the garden should you stay here in the summer and excellent walking from the B & B. You are also driving distance from many National Trust properties so there is plenty to do in the area.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

It was a very pleasant stay here at Bodmin. The owners - especially John made us a warm welcome, with tea at the pool.
The house is again a totally other experience than the houses we've had before. John gave us much hints for the surroundings. I cannot mind a single negative issue.
Also the drive up to the house - which is very narrow is absolutly no problem with the excellent guidance of John.
The room we've had has a separate - and private bathroom - which is just opposite to the room. We've got used to it quickly. Remember the house is nearly 600 years old!
For dinner we can recommend the pub nearby the house.
Our warm thanks to John and Sheila for the pleasant stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Diest, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2010

Well "experttravelleruk1", you're hangover must be rated as an A++++++++++ one, cause you're comment is totally unfair and not true..and you know it!!!
If you had asked Sheila and/or John what you said you had asked, well checkout could have been after 11.00 am I'm 100% sure of it.
Gate House is one of these Hidden Gems and if you're not satisfied with the warm welcome, the personal touch, the tranquillity,the time you get to unwind well,you will never be satisfied anywhere.I can highly recommend this B&B, for who can appreciate all the superlatives I mentioned. You can find us there next spring!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ohio
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2009

We stayed at the gatehouse for part of our honeymoon and our experience was excellent! Our room was perfect the owners were awesome and when we arrived at our room there was a small note to congratulate us on our marriage. I would definately stay here again. I would also recommend the gatehouse to everyone that asks where to stay in north bovey!!!

  • Stayed June 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2007

This property only has three rooms so you receive very personal service. A very warm welcome was received, the room was great, breakfast hot and served at 8.30am precisely. However, our stay was spoiled on the morning of check out by a knock on the door at 10.55am (check out is 11am) by the wife asking us if she could service the room!!!

This call and her subsequent reaction when I said we would be ready in 15 minutes has left us with a very bad opinion of the owners. We were at a wedding the previous night and had asked the (male) owner if we could check out slightly later than 11am. He had said it wouldn't be a problem but had obviously had not communicated this to his wife.

One of the other guests is a very successful Inn Keeper in New England who also experienced the "service call", which left him completely unimpressed.

We won't be staying again as a result.

  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Gate House

Address: North Bovey, Newton Abbot TQ13 8RB, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Newton Abbot
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Newton Abbot
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Gate House Newton Abbot, Devon

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