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Little Dunley Cottages - Vine Lodge

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Bovey Tracey, Devon
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With peaceful walks nearby and lovely patio with BBQ, guests here at Vine Lodge can truly make the most of good weather.

Situated on the edge of the Dartmoor Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve and within 24 acres of tranquil meadowland, Little Dunley Cottages have been carefully restored and finished to a very high standard. Pristine and tastefully furnished they enjoy pleasant views overlooking the lakes and surrounding countryside. Each of the properties has its own private outdoor secluded seating area and are ideal for family gatherings, celebrating a birthday or anniversary or for those who wish to escape and unwind on a holiday in a truly magical place. Guests can enjoy carp fishing within the grounds, as well as an indoor heated swimming pool, all-weather hard tennis court and games room. Just a few miles off the Devon Expressway, the holiday cottages are well situated for all attractions such as sandy beaches at Teignmouth, Dawlish and Sidmouth, and tourist attractions. A haven for birdwatchers, and walkers will enjoy the many stunning walks in the area. Pretty Bovey Tracey, one mile, with its numerous shops, pubs and cafes, is known as the ‘Gateway to Dartmoor’, which has one of the best known national parks, offers stunning scenery to ride, walk and fish in. There are a variety of golf clubs nearby. The locality offers a hugely varied range of walks, through woodland, along the coast or nearby on Dartmoor. Dartmoor has so much to offer from its heather-clad tors to dramatic landscapes, Dartmoor ponies, to quaint villages offering Devon cream teas. For a family day out take a trip to Crealy, or spend a day in Exeter, visit the magnificent cathedral, shops, take a look around the quay where there are little caves turned into shops, or walk the canal path and find the hidden pubs only reached by foot. Torquay offers boat trips from the harbour over to Brixham, or visit Living Coasts where penguins wander freely. Further afield visit the Eden Project or Plymouth to take in the Barbican and the Hoe, or visit the huge aquarium, another great day out. Agatha Christie’s house at Greenway is a must for fans of crime novels. There are many National Trust properties all close to Little Dunley, also visit Dart Valley Steam Train, or Buckfastleigh and see the otters. There are many sandy beaches nearby, or spend a day at Lyme Regis fossil hunting. The Jurassic Coast is spectacular and it is well worth taking a walk on the coastal path. Shop 1 mile.

This ‘upside-down’ house has been tastefully converted and furnished to a good standard. Three bedrooms; one double, one twin and one bunk. Bathroom and toilet. Shower room and toilet. Stairs to first floor: Spacious contemporary open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, vaulted ceiling with exposed roof trusses, and bespoke pine fitted kitchen.

  • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
  • Electricity, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Laundry room with washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi (£20 per booking)
  • Own patio and lawned area
  • Shared 24-acre meadows
  • Barbecue
  • Fishing by arrangement (licence required)
  • Parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (approx 30ft x 15ft, depth 4ft to 5ft, open all year) with changing facilities and coin-operated sauna
  • Games room
  • All-weather hard tennis court
  • No smoking
  • NB: Carp ponds in meadow

Note: Vine Lodge HYK, Lake View HYL, Oaktree Cottage HNNO and Acorn Cottage HGGJ may be booked together for groups of up to 20 people.

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Coastal Property
    Coastal Property
  • No Pets Allowed
    No Pets Allowed
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Car Parking - On Site
    Car Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 14/04/2017
    We had a lovely stay at Vine Lodge the property was well equipped (apart from not enough knives), clean and tidy. We had ample room for the six of us. The pool was great as was the games room. The weather was very kind to us so we even managed to have a bbq. The WiFi was terrible so we did get through a lot of data, small negative. Location was great, close to the national park and beaches. We can recommend going to Haldon Forest and going on the Segways, great fun!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 16/09/2016
    Very good, really relaxing , shame about the water levels in the lake and obvious weed problem, but still caught plenty of fish, frying pan required. Swimming pool and Sauna really nice shower floor a bit dirty, we washed it down, probably people not observing the outside footwear rule. Excellant food and service at thr Cromwell Arms in Bovey. We will definatly come to this part of Devon again and without doubt consider little Dunley Cottages again. Thanks for a great Holiday

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 02/09/2016
    We all loved the pool, washing and drying facilities were great. The games room could do with a bit of attention, no balls in the pool table. Cottage itself was lovely, took some getting used to being upside down. Would recommend a different shoe rack, as a few of us caught our toes on the corners. Overall a lovely cottage in a good location & would stay again, maybe due for a little bit of tlc in places.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 12/08/2016
    We visited this site in 2010 and the fact that we returned is a good indication of how highly we thought of Vine Lodge. The accommodation is spacious and clean it is well equipped although a little short on cutlery and crockery so you find yourself having to wash between courses even for a simple meal like a BBQ. There is a nice games room with table tennis, pool and darts. The swimming pool is clean and well kept if a little chilly. However, we felt as though attention was lacking to some basics that you shouldn't have to give a second thought to in holiday accommodation. For example, we had four blown bulbs and no spares to replace them with. The lighting is quite poor anyway (in the double bedroom you'd be advised to switch the lights on early so they are warmed up when you need them!) so you really don't want missing lights. The door handle in the bathroom is on the point of falling off and the lock in the shower room falls off regularly. The toilet in the shower room was almost impossible to flush and the shower tray took about half an hour to drain so showering for the whole family was quite time consuming because you'd have to wait for the tray to drain before the next person could go in. Several light switches were loose. Only one of four lights along the path to the pool was functioning and whilst we were there for most of the week there was no toilet paper in the pool toilet. Internet connectivity is poor. Even basic pages struggled to load at times. They want to charge you £20 per week for a service that is little better than dial up. Fair enough, it is done on an honesty basis but for less than £20 a week I could have unlimited fibre optic broadband and telephone as well. The pool table is showing signs of age and the darts were in a right old state. There were lots of darts with no flights. We managed to find some flights on the floor but they often came out. It is as if some visitors don't take care of the equipment so the owners think they don't need to bother fixing it. Of themselves, in isolation, none of these are a big deal but when they all come together you do wonder whether the bare minimum is being done to allow this accommodation to be rented. It's not cheap so you don't expect this type of disappointment on holiday. It's a shame really because with just a tiny bit more attention to the small details, this would be an ideal accommodation. There is plenty to do in the local area although driving anywhere takes longer than you'd expect because of the volume of traffic and the narrow roads. All in all, this accommodation has the potential to be really impressive like it was for us in 2010 but more attention is needed to the basics. Overall score reflects on the one hand what is fundamentally very nice accommodation but on the other hand the lack of attention to the basics we experienced.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 22/07/2016
    The reason I have not given 9/10 is that the games room was so hot (no opening windows) it was impossible to stay in there (it was a hot week) so with 2 teenagers to entertain this was disappointing. Also we chose this cottage as it had a fishing lake but it needs some TLC as the water levels were low and a lot of weed. Lovely pool and tennis court and cottage was very well equipped

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8.3 out of 10 – based on 6 reviews collected by Reevoo
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