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Moorland View Cottage
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Outstanding. Perfection. Relaxing bliss”
Reviewed March 27, 2012 for a stay in March 2012
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What can I say? How can I add to the other great reviews? why bother when it has all been said before? I guess, because a place like this deserves to keep on getting the consistently high praise that it does, and that to not write a review simply because there are lots already, would take away from what Suzy has achieved.

Yes, it is chocolate-box perfect. Yes, it is in outstandingly beautiful countryside. Yes the decor is lovely. But how can I encapsulate the entire package that left me feeling completely relaxed, refreshed and revitalised? Its all those wonderful details that make up the whole experience.

The little niceties: the fluffy bathtowels, the tiny details. Log fire all laid, Jar of marshmallows beside fire. Little toasting fork with which to toast marshmallows! Sigh! Would you believe even a jar of mint humbugs in the downstairs loo to freshen up while entertaining! mountain bikes, and safety helmets.... very carefully thought out information manual with multiple copies of each suggested walk + map so you can take a copy with you. Lovely toiletries and hand creams. A welcoming bottle of wine and little card! some high quality 'welcome' groceries included: breads, butter, biscuits, tea, coffee, herbs, spices, crisps, olives, so you can arrive in and chill immediately. the fact that everything has a little spot to be tidied away and stored so easy to access, easy to find immediately and yet the cottage remained clutter free even though sharing with friends and a small baby. Torches for midnight walks through the woods. I could go on..... they have thought of everything.

Kitchen: I am foody and love to cook. As well as us two couples staying in the cottage, we were entertaining on the Sunday for other friends who were driving up from their various homes within a 80 mile radius. I was concerned I would have difficulty in catering for them in such a tiny cottage, but the kitchen is so well designed, everything easily stored and to hand, lots of accessories and implements (even coffee grinder :-) ), so it all was very pleasurable and we cooked up a storm.

Bedrooms: Beds were SOOOO comfortable. The view out of the master bedroom window is to die for!

Bathroom: the huge copper and tin bath - you have not lived until you have sunk down in bubbles here.

Surrounding amenities and countryside:

Lots of walks of varying difficulties all within car-free reach of cottage; little stream at end of road; charming church in village ; woods, village green. Beautiful.

Ring-of-bells pub is great. Nice food. Characterful and accommodating. Staff were very welcoming to cheery (but rather vocal) small baby. The best bit is that this is a two minute walk back to the coattage, and with a warming meal and a few glasses of wine inside you and a blanket of the most amazing stars above, this will be a two-minute walk you want to extend.

Bovey Castle - I think I preferred the fact that I wasn't staying here, away from all the hotel guests, our own space, YET we had all the benefits of this stunning hotel. I had the pool to myself for an hour each morning! steam rooms, jacuzzi, sauna all thrown in with the price of the cottage. And with 20% of spa treatments, and afterwards stunning dining and lounge rooms to relax in with a glass of chilled wine in front of roaring fire, it is no wonder my friend and I abandoned husbands and baby to luxuriate here for an entire morning and early afternoon. And what a fantastic walk through woods and along streams to get here. I was lured into getting up really early on the sunny Sunday morning for a mountain-bike ride through the woods to come for a solitary swim. Heaven. So good that this is all part of the cottage package.

Exeter cathedral worth a look, but annoying guide kept pestering us and wouldn't leave us alone. Charming Moretonhampstead has nice shops for your provisions.

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Liked best: The little details and the stunning decor
Liked least: I have absolutely nothing negative to say
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Howshaggy
Gatwick
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“Perfection!”
Reviewed March 15, 2012 for a stay in March 2012

Everything that is written and photographed about this lovely cottage is true. It is situated right on Dartmoor and the surrounding walks are breathtaking. Suzy has thought of everything to provide 5 star comfort and luxury. It isn't cheap, but is worth every penny. The village is picturesque and so peaceful. Suzy has decorated and furnished the cottage to a high standard and you will come away wanting to refurbish your own home with some of her ideas. It was spotleesly clean thanks to her hard working housekeeper (I'm a stickler for a clean abode!)

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: Nothing!
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Sleeper91
Lincoln, NE, USA
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“Perfect accomodations in Dartmoor”
Reviewed March 4, 2012 for a stay in November 2011
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My wife and I stayed at Moorland View Cottage for two weeks in late November 2011. This was a surprise vacation for my wife to celebrate our 20th anniversary, our first trip to England, and our first stay in a self-catered cottage. What a fantastic experience!

The drive from Heathrow and between the tall hedgerows to North Bovey was a bit harrowing, especially on just a few hours sleep after the long flight and while learning to drive on the left side of the road. We quickly adapted to the narrow lanes, though, and within a few days we were able to travel the area with more confidence.

Early in our stay we arranged a day hike with Debbie Jenkin (a North Bovey resident) and it was a terrific way to get the lay of the land, insight into the history of Dartmoor, and ideas for other walks to take during our stay. We also had a fantastic time spending a day with Martin and Louise from Dartmoor Hawking as we and a couple from Cornwall learned to hunt rabbits and pheasants with some incredible birds of prey.

For those traveling to Dartmoor by air, we highly recommend renting a car (a small car). The closest town to North Bovey is Moretonhampstead, which can be reached on foot in about an hour. Michael Howard, the butcher, has an excellent shop in town that we frequently visited to get something for lunch or to buy groceries for our dinner. The Coop in Moretonhampstead was also a good place to go to for any other provisions we needed. But, beyond Moretonhampstead, any other village or town was at least a two to three hour hike (but just a short drive). We had an excellent pub lunch at The Cleave in Lustleigh (about two to three hours one way on foot). Dartmoor has an excellent system of trails and walking paths, but it is rural and having a car will allow you to travel further afield.

One of our best day trips was a drive down to the English Channel and the city of Dartmouth. We had a delicious lunch at The Seahorse. We also made a trip into Exeter near the end of our vacation, but after ten days of peace and quiet in and around North Bovey, the hustle and bustle of the city was a bit too much for us (and we were there on a day when public employees were on strike so it was especially crowded in the city center). We did manage to escape into the calm of the Exeter Cathedral and only wished we had not arrived so close to closing time.

The cottage was gorgeous and equipped with everything we needed for our stay and was plenty roomy enough. We never got “cabin fever” even though we visited during a time of year with short days and traditionally poor weather. The ONLY improvement we could suggest would be to have the shower curtain in the bathtub re-hung to allow more space to stand in the tub so that it doesn’t stick against you when you’re showering.

The Ring of Bells was a regular stop for a meal or a pint of ale or both. The staff and the patrons were very friendly. A dog friendly establishment, it made us miss our bull terrier back in the States, but allowed us to get our canine “fix” by visiting with the village dogs that hung out in the pub in the evening. We had dinner at Gidleigh Park to celebrate our anniversary and for our American Thanksgiving dinner. The food was excellent and the staff very attentive, but it was just a little too formal and attentive. We may have been happier if we had just had lunch there.

A tip for fellow Americans: understand that in England (and probably elsewhere) it is customary to have drinks before dinner. In other words, settle in at the bar for a glass of wine or a pint, look over the menu, and relax while your table is being prepared. You may even be asked to order your dinner in the pub or at the bar before getting shown to your table in the dining room and sitting down to enjoy your meal.

Suzy was exceptionally helpful both before our trip and during our stay. She has indeed thought of everything and the cottage felt like home from the moment we arrived. We took full advantage of the sound system (with speakers throughout the cottage) and Spotify service to listen to any album/musician desired.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Moorland View and having no prior knowledge of the Dartmoor National Park region, we could not have been happier with all that this beautiful corner of the world has to offer. The village, the park, and the cottage made for a perfect vacation.

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Liked best: Completeness of the amenities, helpfulness of the owner.
Liked least: Shower curtain in the bath.
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Your age range 35-49
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Fleet
Reviewed January 24, 2012 for a stay in December 2011

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Hereford
Reviewed December 10, 2011 for a stay in December 2011

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Bedford
Reviewed October 12, 2011 for a stay in September 2011
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Reviewed October 2, 2011 for a stay in September 2011

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