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“Idyllic country bolt hole - just perfect”
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Mount Tavy Cottage
Ranked #13 of 25 Tavistock B&B and Inns
London
1 review
“Idyllic country bolt hole - just perfect”
Reviewed 20 November 2009

I read with interest some of the reviews of this fantastic little B&B - we were recommended it by friends who had have been staying there annually for the past 6 years. Joanna and Graham MOule are superb hosts - and boy are they characters! If you want a sterile impersonal experience - dont stay here - yes you may catch sight of a shot gun (this is the COUNTRYSIDE) and...gasp...even a beautiful horse, 2 amazing springer spaniels and the most incredible cat you will ever lay eyes on.
This place is charming, and there's a great feeling of ambience and that you become part of the family when you stay there, we had an absolute blast and you are given complete access to the whole house including the wonderful living room with roaring real fire - JOanna and Graeme made us a superb breakfast with local free range eggs and bacon and we had a real riot from start to finish - as for the mention of a derelict green house, this must be a very old review becasue it is now an exquisite building, totally restored by Graeme himself for his daughetrs wedding apparently - and you can even hire the property out for a wedding - it's just bliss.
I wouldnt perhaps reccopmeend it for the elderly - there are steps and it is a lievly buzzy place with friends,guests, gardeners (they even have a victorian organic garden where much of the produce you are treated to if you plump for dinner there is from) coming and going all day. This is not for the hoity toity - this is wonderful rustic charm, where you become part of the family, play with the animals and have a proper Devonshire holiday. Ignore the bad reviews - the guest book there is testament to how great this place really is.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank RachaelMayers
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netherlands
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2009

If you want to wake up up in a beautiful four-poster bed, to the sound of birds and sheep, and then sit down for a yummy breakfast: go here. The owners are very friendly, welcoming you into their home, and are more than willing to help you with dinner reservations (just one example, I could give many more).

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank bagelsUtrecht
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Hampshire
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2008

We booked a one-night stay in a self-catering unit, called The Potting Shed. We arrived quite late and found the room a little cold although they knew we were coming. The room was large with a spare bed up above us which could be reached by a set of ladders. Our shower was okay but could have done with an upgrade although the bath towels' were lovely. Our bed was large and comfy with clean linen. Breakfast was eaten in the owners sitting room where a large dining table had been placed. The meal was okay but for the price they charge I would have expected extras like yoghurt, fresh fruit etc and it would have been helpful if they'd have removed beforehand the 2 shotguns lying on the table next to where we were eating!

Overall we felt the cost of £70 for 1 night was well overpriced for what we got. A pity really it is set in a superb location with lovely views and it would only take a few personal touches to make the experience one to remember. Didn't feel we got value for money.


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  • Liked — the bed
  • Disliked — the tv that wasn't tuned to any channels
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled on business
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Thank CountLippe
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Dorset
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2008

We booked to stay at the Mount Tavy Cottages for Easter 2008 and stayed in the Tack room.

Joanna and Graham were delightful and very flexible with regards to the cottage.
Appears to have been recently redecorated and was clean and warm. Has everything you would need for a short break, fridge, hob, kettle, toaster etc. Electricity is supplied via a coin meter, don't for get your £1 coins!!!

The Cottages themselves are along an unmade drive which can be abit bumpy, but seeing as there are free range farm birds about care should be taken anyway. We found a little turning slightly further up the road to get into the top gate of the drive to avoid having to turn around.

The view from the Tack room is great, you are far enough away from the B3357 not to see or hear any cars but close enough to walk into Tavistock town in about 15 mins. If your lucky, you might even get a visit from the resident horse if you're sat out on the verandah enjoying your tea and toast in the morning.

Will definitely stay there again and have recommended it to the in laws too!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Pre pay Electric meter
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank mouhag
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Nuremberg, Germany
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2007

I carefully picked the B&Bs for a short holiday with my boyfriend, and among them was the Mount Tavy Cottage, which looked very lovely and charming on the website, as well as in a B&B guide.
After several emails and phone discussions with the owner, we confirmed a one night stay during the week on a self-catering basis.
On the day we were due to arrive at the Mount Tavy, we went for a trip and I couldn't answer my mobile during this time. Coming back, I found a text of Mount Tavy asking for a call, as there would be an issue with our accomodation.
When calling them, I was simply told that they would be unable to stick to our agreement as the guests having stayed there the night before decided to stay another night. So, we found ourselves being thrown out of the B&B just a few hours before we wanted to arrive - I don't even want to think about such a situation in high season!
I was absolutely furious, because as a guest, I certainly would have had to pay for the night!!
We finally found another, more reliable host, but would never ever recommend to anyone to go to Mount Tavy - because you could never be sure if someone staying there decides to stay another night...

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — cancellation policy
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank karolu
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England
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2007

We booked a one-night stay in one of the property's self-catering units, called The Potting Shed. It was a really mixed experience. A warm welcome, and a great recommendation for dinner - the Peter Tavey Inn and couple of miles away. The large room with mezzanine floor for extra bed had obviously been carefully converted, and had a nice private verandah overlooking fields. A good shower, huge soft bath towels, very comfy beds with high quality linen. And excellent scrambled eggs brought over to the room for breakfast.
But ... the unit and its entrance were next to a semi-derelict and depressing greenhouse with a withering vine and lots of junk; the two chairs for the dining table were aluminium garden chairs with several broken plastic slats; supplies had not been checked so no teabags and only one teaspoon; the lost remote control for the TV had not been replaced so controls were on an open panel on the small set high on the wall. And most unpleasant was finding the bathroom bin had not been emptied since the previous occupants.
There's great potential there, but I think it let itself down - apart from the greenhouse, the negatives above would all be so easily remedied and so provide a quality experience. We didnt feel it was value for money. But it could be !

  • Liked — Comfortable beds with excellent linen, huge towels
  • Disliked — Broken chairs, unemptied bathroom bin
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled with family
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2 Thank SFS
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Property: Mount Tavy Cottage
Address: Mount Tavy Cottage Mount Tavy Road, Dartmoor National Park, Tavistock PL19 9JL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Tavistock
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Tavistock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mount Tavy cottage is a charming 300 year old gardeners cottage, the bedrooms have private bathrooms which have free standing baths and showers. Garden studio's with large ensuite shower rooms. A Victorian walled garden, bee hives, lake and paddocks with plenty of off road parking. We also have 2 self catering cottages for you to enjoy complete independence and freedom. ... more   less 
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