Ostler's Cottage is a lovely place to stay with everything you could need. The setting is perfect for peace and quiet. The location is a good base from which to explore Devon and Cornwall. Lyford Gorge, Bocastle, Bude and Clovelly were our favourites.
We were lucky enough to have a few weeks away, staying in a few different locations and Ostler's Cottage was a perfect end to our holiday. John and Anne have created a wonderful retreat which is perfectly placed to explore Dartmoor, North Devon and further afield into North Cornwall. Alternatively, if you are simply looking for peace and tranquility then there is no need to travel far from the cottage.
We arrived later than expected but that was no trouble for our hosts who were happily met us and showed us around the cottage on our arrival. The cottage is clearly well maintained and in excellent condition throughout. Downstairs is a sitting/ dining room and kitchen with views of over the cottage's private garden at the front and a shared courtyard at the rear. Upstairs there is a spacious bedroom with a very large and comfortable double bed and en-suite bathroom.
Our visit was in early August and the gardens were splendid, planted in an English cottage style and clearly well cared for. John and Anne have about 11 acres of land and the gardens transition into grassland leading down to a splendid lake which is flanked on either side by mature deciduous woods. Wildlife abounds and each night at dusk we were treated to close views of the nesting Barn Owls while during the day House Martins and Swallows darted past the windows, also busy with late summer nesting.
Beside the lake is a small summerhouse and there is a rowing boat which guest can use, we went out on the lake on most evenings and and fed the Carp and (we think) Roach that flock around the landing stage.
The best testimony is that we already plan to visit again. We highly recommend Ostler's Cottage or any of John and Anne's other cottages.
Martin and Jo
The cottage was lovely bright and very clean and had all the kit for a great stay from home. The bed was soft and cosy. The lake was very quite and great to walk around for some me time.
A week in this delightful hideaway just wasn't long enough! Its very well equipped, has an enormous and comfortable bed, a secluded courtyard garden and a lake for sailing my model boats with a skiff to recover them from the reeds! The friendly and helpful owners live next door but do not intrude on your privacy.
The location, midway between the north coast and Dartmoor, is convenient (20-25 mins to reach either) and Halwill Junction has a useful general store. There is a long and bumpy drive to reach the property but that only serves to create the seclusion, The silence is golden. There are several local walks within short drives of the cottage.
The only duty you will have during your stay is to close the garden gate in the evenings to stop the Deer eating the flowers! So we shall certainly be back, but for 2 weeks next time.
The cottage was a perfect location from which to visit several coastal spots & other inland places of interest, including some spectacular walks. It was the loveliest place to come back to and relax in, walk round the lake, have a stroll in the woods or just sit and read in the lovely courtyard garden. The quality of everything in the cottage was exceptional. The super kingsize bed was sooooooo comfortable. The owners are accessible, friendly and clearly committed to providing a memorable stay for the guests.
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