Stares Nest Cottage

Newton Abbot, Devon
Self-catering


Cross the river Dart on the old stone bridge to find a tranquil cottage for five, with an orchard garden overlooking the old church tower

Bed

3 beds

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 5

The
Experience

The beams, the dimpled walls and the rug-strewn warmth of this moorland cottage will have you and the family feeling right at home from the moment you arrive. Jane, your host, grew up here and there’s a settled, friendly feel.

The sunny garden is wild and lush with views of the rolling hills, and your only neighbour is the historic church tower next door. Open a bottle of wine and throw open the kitchen doors as you cook on the big Rayburn range – while everyone socialises around the large table. Spend evenings around the fire playing board games.

The Two Moors Way, joining Exmoor and Dartmoor, runs right through the village. Head out on the challenging 15-mile stretch south to Ivybridge or try the scenic route north towards Hameldown, where the section known as Dr. Blackall’s Drive peaks high above the Dart Valley.

Cosy sitting room with log burner at Stares Nest Cottage in Devon

We think you'll love

  • The church bells ringing (on Thursdays) as you lie under the fruit trees
  • Enjoying a cream tea at the village team room around the corner
  • Hiking straight from your door to the moors
Dining room with double doors leading onto the garden

Home truths

  • Some of the wooden beams are lower than 6ft
  • Winding narrow roads surround the property – the easiest approach is from Ashburton

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm
Check out
11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available.
Closed
Never
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Pubs/restaurants 6 miles.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £68
Weekly price
from £470
Damage deposit
£none
Surcharges
Extra child's mattress available at no charge.
1 Cottage for 5
From £683 beds2 bedrooms

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Location

The neighbourhood

Ancient Holne is the classic chocolate box village, largely unchanged since its mention in the Domesday Book. Set within the Two Moors Way you’ll have access to amazing hikes, but there’s also a quick 10 minute walk down to the river – a perfect spot for a picnic. The Riverford Field Kitchen, with its lovely communal meals, is a 20-minute drive through Buckfastleigh, where you’ll also find the Dartmoor Steam Railway. The antique shops, deli, fishmonger and pubs of Ashburton are 20 minutes in the other direction.

Local points of interest from Jane & Stuart Hemingway

  • Holne is on the Two Moors Way, now extended from coast to coast. The walking in the area ranges from gentle strolls to something more taxing. Choose the rivers, National Trust woodlands or Dartmoor itself. Buckland Beacon has spectacular views.
  • Historic stannary and wool towns are all nearby. Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Totnes and Tavistock offer dining, markets, shopping and entertainment. Exeter and Plymouth are equidistant with a more cosmopolitan feel.
  • The sea is approximately 40 minutes to the south coast/an hour and a half to North Cornwall. The Coast Path is stunning, well signposted and easily accessible. The Beach House at South Milton Sands is worth the trek. Hire kayaks, paddle/surf boards etc.
  • Competitive cycling events often use our area on their routes, both on and off road. Bring your bike and find out why! You'll work off the cream teas. For bikers, the roads are great and the green lanes plentiful. 40 mph speed limits apply on the moor.
  • The River Dart County Park, Woodlands, Splashdown Quaywest and Crealy theme parks let kids (of all ages) burn off energy. Buckfastleigh has indoor rock climbing, Teignmouth a sailing school, flying lessons at Dunkerswell, hot air ballooning too, or relax!
  • There is something for everyone in the area, from archaeology to zoos, steam trains to kart racing, fish & chips to Michelin starred restaurants, leather working and cookery schools, independent shops, a vineyard, boat trips and more. Find your own gems..

Introducing

Jane & Stuart Hemingway

Jane's parents farmed Holne Court from 1948-1962 before she bought this place, so she still has a strong emotional connection with the village. Along with architect husband Stuart she’s made subtle improvements to the cottage, respecting the building and family history but adding a more modern twist. Jane and Stuart hope you enjoy the sense of history and place that they still love about their home.