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Holwell Holiday Cottages
Reviewed April 1, 2013

You simply couldn't get a better location if you're interested in hiking about. We were out every morning, hiking up a tor (or several) without ever having to climb into a car. The farm is close (2 miles) to Widecombe and its two excellent pubs. The cottages (we were in 2 of them) were comfortable, clean, and offered our group plenty of space. We had a cheerful fire burning each night which was a real draw. Peter ("general dogsbody", as he described himself) was very helpful and nice, pointing out local features to visit and being responsive to anything we might need. All in all, an excellent holiday.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
Thank Shannon R
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

A last minute break found us at Hound Cottage on Holwell Farm, on Dartmoor, an area we had not previously visited. The cottage was delightfully well equipped with a large, open plan, kitchen and dining area, with an adjacent lounge/television area nestleling around the cast iron wood burner.
Three very comfortable bedrooms were complimented by one ensuite and one separate bathroom.
We were greeted by owner Philippa and a new arrival, a day old donkey.
We were blessed with two beautiful days, one walking the moors and Tors and the other visiting Becka (y)? Falls, with the obligatory lunchtime pub visits (highly recommend the Rugglestone Inn at Widecombe where we also fell into a craft fair)
All too brief a visit and whilst our friends stayed on for an extra day, we decided we really ought to return soon.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank William L
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

We have just returned from a wonderful week at Holwell. We arrived with 4 horses, 3 children and a dog! Sebastian and Philippa were not at all phased by this and couldn't have been more accomodating and helpful. Our cottage was very cosy and a welcome retreat after some of our wetter rides on the moor. It was very well appointed and the beds were extremly comfortable. Riding over Dartmoor is stunning and Holwell provides an amazing base. Philippa had some great advice regarding the different routes that we could take and good places to stop for a pub lunch. When we weren't riding we enjoyed our time exploring this wonderful farm and making friends with the variety of animals that live there. We climbed the local tors, enjoyed our visit to Chagford for some of the best ice cream and have brought home some wonderful memories.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Camilla D
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Stayed at Hound Tor cottage, very nicely set up with equipment, space, room decor etc. Stunning location, walking straight out onto moor and farmland - good weather helps, as for any country holiday! Excellent for kids/dogs and pubbing it around the area. Excellent horse riding nearby and also fishing options on the Dart river as well as walks etc. Suggest guests look at layout of each cottage to work out what works best in terms of indoor/outdoor space/rooms etc as there are different configurations. Also be aware that across Dartmoor generally there is limited mobile and almost no broadband access if that worries you!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank AlScottUk
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Thanks for providing a super holiday "cottage". We really enjoyed our stay. Thanks also you your son, who it seems lent us a DVD out of his own collection! Your Peter also did a great job telling the family about your livestock too.

May on the moor was lovely. The farm cottages are tucked on the side of the valley that runs north into the moor in a world of its own. (But you can get phone coverage up on the drive in or other local high spots). We walked to all the local tors with the children, in a few hours each one. Chinkwell is super cosy, with two super big bedrooms and a fair sized one. The beds are great with luxuray linen and wide. The lounge diner is spacious, yet cosy. We loved it.

Widecomb is a cute village and is few minutes by car, but you could walk. Look in the church for the tale of the grey mare and Uncle Tom Cobly. Second Tuesday in September is famous there.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Derek_Marsh
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

We have just returned from spending 10 (mainly wet) days with a 3 year old and a 10 month old at Holwell and couldn't be happier. Saddle Tor cottage is extremely comfortable with a large living area and 4 large bedrooms with the most comfortable king beds we have ever had in a holiday property. The solid granite walls ensure that you have a very quiet stay. Great views. Peter the stockman had plenty of time for our three year old "helping" with his jobs such as feeding the animals, moving straw, and an offer to sit in the big tractor. Chris the butcher was a delight to chat to while he explained what he was doing and offering tasters of his latest creations to take home and cook up.
We are very keen walkers and despaired at out limitations with a 3 year old. But we needn't have worried as we spent hours exploring the immediate Holwell Farm on the paths Phillipa has marked from the cottages, simply walking up to watch the workings of the farm or charging around the grassed areas (heavily supervised - there is a pond and free ranging donkeys, geese, chickens and dogs whom our toddler had no fear of). There is a beautiful 15 minute downhill walk (30 with toddler) to a shallow stream with short grassy banks. Perfect for a family picnic and in warmer weather would be a joy to splash in.
I had read the reviews prior to booking so we were prepared for the generator to go out and had plenty of torches, lanterns and Phillipa provided night lights for the children's rooms. Lack of monitors simply meant we left the doors open overnight. We turned the freezer off at the main switch just before going to bed to avoid waking up to it beeping when the generator came on at 5. We were prepared to be self-sufficient and and enjoyed being left to our own devices. The cottage was beautiful and extremely comfortable but there were dusty areas under beds (all found by our little ones!), but this was perfectly acceptable. Also a few maintenance issues with a shower door hanging off and broken shower head but as we had 4 bathrooms it wasn't a concern and we didn't raise it. Peter was brilliant but his job is to manage the stock so we didn't expect him to be waiting for us when we wanted to feed the animals. We simply hung around and watched the action in the morning and when he was free he would always offer to have our little one "help" with whatever he was doing. The lack of mobile signal was great. There is some wifi and we enjoyed watching our neighbour wandering in the fields with his laptop trying to find a signal, we didn't bother.
We will definitely be back as the comfort, isolation, location, service and farm experience were perfect for us. The one thing we would do differently would be to bring blackout covers (the ones with suction cups) for the upstairs bedroom windows as there weren't any blinds and we like dark rooms. Overall we loved this holiday.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Redwing82
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

We are recently back from a wonderful stay at Holwell Farm, located in Dartmoor National Park in Devon. Our week at Holwell Farm more than met our expectations and we hope to someday return for another stay on the farm.

When I started planning our Devon trip, I had a vision of what I wanted it to be like. I think I read somewhere or heard from someone about a farm stay in Devon, then I saw the movie Warhorse, and I decided that we were going to stay on a farm in Devon. I could just picture the kids feeding the animals, learning to ride a pony, milking the cows, and gathering eggs from the chickens, all while we weren’t too far from the coast. That’s what I looked for when I planned our Devon trip. I didn’t have to search for long before I found Holwell Farm in Dartmoor National Park. As soon as I read that they filmed scenes for Warhorse on the farm, I was sold. It also didn’t hurt that the cottages looked really, really nice. Holwell Farm is an organic meat farm, so unfortunately that meant no milking cows like I had envisioned, but that also meant that there would be plenty of animals (and an onsite butcher for some of the freshest meat we’ve tasted!)

We actually wound up spending much more time on the farm and in the cottage (or farmer’s house according to son) than we had expected we would. We had a few nice days in the beginning of the week when we explored the Moor and climbed some of the rocks a bit, watched a foxhunt, traveled down to the coast to go fossil hunting, visited Becky Falls and hiked the nature trails, and went to Woodlands Amusement Park. Then the weather got cold and wet towards the end of the week and all we wanted to do was stay in by the fire.

We got to feed the pigs, which was quite an experience. Walking into a pigpen with two young kids, where there are about 30 hungry pigs trying to get food (though they all were quite young – the oldest being about 6 months), was a little disconcerting at first, but fun once you get used to it. The kids also fed the new Dartmoor ponies, which had just been brought in from the Moor. Dartmoor ponies are born in the Moor and aren’t necessarily wild, but rather untamed until they are handled the right way. They live on open land, but they each have an owner. The ponies on the farm seemed rather tame, but were a little skittish around people. However, once they are handled for a bit, they are sold as a companion for other horses. To round out the animals on the farm, there were two very friendly donkeys, doves, some very angry geese, horses, and some dogs.

The cottage had no phone, wifi, or cell service, which took a little while to get used to at first, but actually it was very nice to be disconnected by the end of the week. The farm is powered by generators which they shutoff between the hours of midnight and 6 am to conserve power, so we learned to sleep with flashlights next to our beds. We watched very little TV and couldn’t get on the internet, but rather sat by the fire, read books, and played games together. I say all this and it sounds like we were roughing it, but we weren’t, the cottage was actually very luxurious and comfortable with some the of most comfortable beds we've encountered on our travels.

I highly recommend this farm for anyone - families, couples, groups of friends, family reunions.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Joyce F
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Additional Information about Holwell Holiday Cottages

Address: | Holwell Farm, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 7TT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Widecombe in the Moor
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Widecombe in the Moor
Price Range: $168 - $336 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Holwell Holiday Cottages 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A collection of 5 Star Luxury Self Catering Cottages located in a magnificent setting in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park, Devon, South West England. Stunning scenery all around and wonderful walking, riding, climbing, fishing etc. Families and dogs very welcome. even horses welcome too; something for everyone, all year round. ... more   less 
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Holwell Holiday Cottages Widecombe In The Moor, England

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