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“Pure disappointment”
Review of Burn Cottage

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Burn Cottage
Ranked #23 of 25 Tavistock B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 26, 2010

We stayed with some friends in the self-catering cottage which was in a lovely location, just down from the house and the moor. The cottage is smart on the outside but on the inside not what we had expected - the furnishings are nice but the walls and other bits of DIY were really badly done so we felt we were sitting more in a bedsit than a country cottage!
The supplied cake was lovely, though being only a quarter of a cake there wasn't enough to share it around.
The website says that all toiletries will be crabtree and evelyn and though some were (they smelt lovely, but were not well presented in shabby plastic travel bottles) the shower gel and others were just bog standard hotel fare and not very appealing at all.
The owner was most charming to begin with, however at the end of our stay was quite rude, which put a complete damper on our stay and the whole weekend. We assume this to be because we were a relatively young group but it was very unfair and most upsetting, especially as it had not been cheap staying there or travelling there.
If you do stay, which I would understand as the location is so beautiful be aware of the craft owner and take an OS map! The cottage is down a small track, marked on it, and not hard to find but the directions given by the owner are hilariously bad and confusing!
We, however, will not be going back. Youth hostel next time, or the nearest over-priced hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 8, 2010

We had two nights at Burn Cottage and it was a most enjoyable experience. The three guest rooms are upstairs, very clean, with great views of Dartmoor. Go through the gate in the garden wall and you are in the wilds of Dartmoor, complete with ponies - it's as close as that. At the other end of the long drive is a National Trust place with beautiful walks. Sheila, the owner, made it clear that our enjoyment was her #1 priority, and this started with a huge slice of chocolate cake with tea, served in the garden, followed by a tour of the estate, with the two dogs. We were able to come and go as we wished. The breakfasts were extremely good. Sheila was extremely helpful, but not intrusive - all sorts of extra kindnesses such as doing the washing, binocular and map loan. She was a very interesting person to chat to. Burn Cottage is virtually on the Sustrans Devon coast-to-coast cycle route, so we were on cycles, and the nearest pub was 2 miles away; the only improvement to be made would be to provide an evening meal for weary cyclists. However, it is quite understood that this is a b&b, not a hotel!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2010

We only stayed for one weekend, but found the proprieter (Shelia) to be most welcoming, providing us with local advice, sumptious food, as well as clean and fresh rooms furnished with mini luxuries such as champagne, truffles, and high quality toiletries. The view from the bedroom was as we'd hoped too, right out onto the moor on which we walked and moutain biked both days. We're vegetarians - no problem for this B&B and yes suitable chocolate cake and flapjacks were provided too! We had a great time and will be returning later in the year. Thanks Sheila!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2009

The owner (Sheila) was very welcoming, providing tea and home made chocolate cake when we arrived. The room we had was excellent (double en-suite) overlooking the moor.

Breakfast was brilliant quality and enough to feed a small army. We were even given flapjacks to take with us on our walk.

We are given a tour of the property including the annex, which looks like a good place for a family or small group of friends to stay.

We walked from the cottage straight onto the moors and up the top of the hill then around to the nearby villages. It was great to be able to step straight out onto the moor.

We are looking forward to returning in another season.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2009

Spent 3 days here with wife after arriving from Australia. Host provided us with a chocolate cake on our arrival. On returning home the next day found the cake missing from our cottage as the owner had decided to sneak in and take it back and then give the remainder to other guests. Strange that. Overall a well furnished cottage with nice bed and linen. The lounge is a futon type and rather uncomfortable and the tv is rather small with poor reception.
Beautiful location on the edge of the moors but not within walking distance of anything.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: West Blackdown | Brentor, Dartmoor National Park, Tavistock PL19 0NB, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Tavistock
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Ranked #23 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Tavistock
Number of rooms: 3
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Burn Cottage Tavistock, Devon

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