We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
“most comfortable bed in the countryside- ever!”
other travelers have booked this property

Review of Stable Cottage

The cottage and garden
Bookings for this home are first-come, first served. Lock in your dates before they are gone
The cottage and garden
Stable Cottage and duck pond The verandah
Check Availability
Request to Book
Make Inquiry
Excellent
34 reviews
The cottage and garden
Stable Cottage and duck pond
The verandah
The living room
The kitchen area
The bedroom
King sized bed
The bathroom
Free logs stacked nearby
View of the farm from King Tor
View from the cottage
View from the cottage
Enjoying the River Dart
The farm in the snow
King Tor from the farm
The duck pond
The hens!
The lane to the moor, abundant wildflowers
The farmhouse
This property is not available for these dates.
Don't give up! Inquire about other rentals just like this one that are available -
Show all rentals available
Overview
Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England

Reviews from our community

Excellent - based on 34 reviews
Write a Review

Reviews from our community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
English first
German first
Any
English first
Margaret...
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Thinking of booking this property?Don't bother!”
Reviewed June 1, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Right,where do I start?! The good points or the bad?
Bad,bad,very bad were-dirty cottage! upon arrival we were told by James they had new cleaner who was "rubbish" so Susie had cleaned,yes she had mopped slate floor,that's all !
Property had not been cleaned properly for months!!!!! Cobwebs everywhere,cooker greasy,curtains hanging next to front door hung like bits of rag(wouldn't touch them to close them)dust on table with t.v,on and side table,kitchen chair covers stained,toaster old and dated/tatty(cheap enough to buy at Tesco surely),crockery and glasses dirty-know this is down to previous occupants but surely should've been checked before new occupants,the settee and armchair were dirty and stained and were long overdue to be replaced as so uncomfortable because all of stuffing had disappeared out of arms,it must've been so old?!cushion also had mould on as did lampshade in bedroom,bed was so hard and uncomfortable we slept on top of duvet to try and get some comfort (with throw on top of us)bathroom very cold and toilet brush disgusting!!!!surely that should be changed regularly?The whole place needed stripping out and a damn good Spring clean from scratch and replacing all old and tired items.The garden was not completely enclosed as led to believe,(it needs a gate on driveway)so we couldn't let dogs out unless we were with them all the time.It was not private and quiet as expected due to first few days of owners family and friends visiting obviously over the Bank Hol/half term,we felt surrounded on all 3 sides,children screaming,crying etc dogs barking,cars parked along back of property coming and going,slamming of car doors etc-peaceful?no definitely not! so disappointed,also be warned elec by £1 slot meter (how archaic is that in this day and age)?!T.V,kept pixalating and sound popping so you couldn't watch it properly(needs sat dish,still on old aerial)again outdated,and be warned take your own towels,not stayed anywhere for years that doesn't provide towels.
Good points?Well........
Stunning location,fab walks on private fields and great footpaths-dogs loved it!great view,lovely soft water,good quality bed linen,Susie and James were lovely people.but feel they have taken their finger off the pulse and play on the location and have let standards slip,this place could be amazing!!!!!!

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: location
Liked least: general lack of cleanliness
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Jun 11, 2015
This guest arrived in a temper after "horrendously long Bank Holiday journey".
We refute much of what she says. For example she was clearly told by on the phone by James and Susie on separate occasions that the garden is not fully enclosed.
We stress that to keep prices down, we recycle items as necessary but not annually, we would urge potential guests to read other reviews to gain a true picture of our cottage.
We feel it a bit much to be accused of invading her privacy for showing our granddaughter and her friends (who called in one afternoon for tea) the newly hatched ducklings on the pond!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
IslandAmb...
Aix-en-Provence, France
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“most comfortable bed in the countryside- ever!”
Reviewed April 19, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

we so enjoyed a week in Stable Cottage hosted by Susie and James. It was ultra peaceful- we felt cared for (as if there was assistance to hand, but also cocooned in privacy). The woodburner was a romantic spot to cosy around on the evenings and our own patio with chairs & table perfect for a spring days lunch, watching Susies sweet chickens and ducks converse with a visiting pheasant! we were welcome to enjoy purple sprouting broccoli fresh from Jame's vegie patch too- bonus for self-catering! Lastly I did not wish to leave because of THE most comfortable bed I have ever slept in- large enough for two starfish ;)

The GPS may misdirect just before you arrive so towards the end of the journey dont listen to it- just keep your eyes open to the beautiful Dartmoor scenery! As then you will see the white signs to Lower Hookner. Also the wifi works great! Thank you so much Susie & James for an idyllic escape to the country.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Service
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ChazzaDee
1 review
“Cute little cottage”
Reviewed June 29, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

This was a cute little cottage in a gorgeous location. Shame the roads are so thin (one car roads with passing places)
You get what you pay for, this cottage is a cheap price but it is nice inside and out. Even get the odd spider included in the price!
The cottage itself is nice, with a garden to the back - the ducks were very cute.
Barely saw anyone from the surrounding houses all week so felt like we were completely alone which was nice.
Had a really good week, and the cottage was a good size for two people.

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Service
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Herefordshire
Reviewed August 14, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: wonderful location
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Buxton, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 8, 2013 for a stay in April 2013

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: Location
Liked least: Leaving to go back to work !
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
ade12347
Weymouth, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Highly recommended”
Reviewed June 15, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

Just got back from a lovely stay at STABLE COTTAGE (despite the weather} We arrived over two hours early but were made very welcome by James and Jake the dog,we were offered the use of the loo and the kettle while cleaning was being finished.This is a delightful cottage with entertainment from the ducks ducklings geese dogs and lots more,Both Susie and James are very nice and obliging owners,nothing too much trouble.Although it is June it was cold but with the log fire and as many logs as you can eat we were very very cosy.If you Love peace and Quiet and animals you wil love this place. Very reasonably priced and good value for money.Nearly forgot Best bed and Duvet we have ever slept in/on couldnt wait to go to bed at night

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
MerrilyMe
Peterborough, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Perfect in every way.”
Reviewed August 20, 2012 for a stay in August 2012

We've now stayed at Stable Cottage for 5 weeks in total, going back this time for 2 weeks because our children just couldn't bear to only be there for one week. Lower Hookner Farm is just perfect, an idyllic slice of life in a magical corner of Dartmoor. The owners are incredibly welcoming and make us feel like family and help out with any little thing we need or might want. Our children can run about on the farm and in the garden, play with the dogs, feed the ducks, stroke the pony and generally experience a side of life they can't at home. The cottage is small but perfect and has everything it needs and I ache for a woodburning stove at home now :) Locally there are shops, walks, laundrette and anything you need within a 15 minute or so drive and the peace and quiet is just wonderful. Somehow Susie and James find the perfect balance between being friendly and utterly discreet so that the peace and privacy of the cottage is just ideal.There is honestly nothing that could be better about it. In fact, after 5 weeks there in 2 years, I hesitantly suggested to my children we should visit another part of the country and they looked at me as if I had gone mad! I think we'll be back next year!

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: I love the atmosphere of the farm and the simplicity and chomely comfort of the cottage.
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Enter dates for more accurate prices
2 guests
Adults2
Children0
Apply
Do you own a vacation rental? List it here.
Extra income
Earn money by renting out your home. With no up-front fees and no contract, you keep more for yourself.
Easy to manage
Confirm bookings in one click and track everything from inquiry to check-out – even while you're on the go.
Trusted by travelers
With millions of reviews and protected online payments, TripAdvisor helps travelers book your home with confidence.
Set up your free listing