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“Lovely house - but needs a clean”
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The Old House
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The Old House
Ranked #3 of 6 Chudleigh B&B and Inns
Bristol
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12 reviews
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“Lovely house - but needs a clean”
Reviewed 24 April 2012

We hired the whole house for a group of 12 for a weekend stay. The house is full of character with lots of period features and beams. Plenty of beds and bedrooms and a reasonable number of bathrooms, some ensuite. There is a large main sitting room, a spacious dining room and another smaller sitting room so plenty of space. It was a convenient base for us to go out and enjoy the various activities that Devon has to offer.

Agree completely with the other reviewers that the house is somewhat dusty; the owner has lots of knicknacks which cover virtually every surface. This does add to the the character of the property, but they do unfortunately act as dust magnets and it is evident that the house is not thoroughly cleaned as often as it should be. Decor and carpets were rather dated (swirly carpets!) and a bit grubby in places. Some of the crockery and cooking utensils in the kitchen were not clean so we had to wash them before they could be used.

Please be aware that heating is not included in the initial cost of renting the house, so you will have to pay for this separately and, annoyingly, there are no heating controls in the house so you will have to ask the owner to turn it on from her house. We were frequently cold and had to keep asking the owner to turn the heating on - it cost £20 for the weekend. We also ran out of logs for the fire quickly, as a result of this, and by this time the owner had gone out for the evening! It would be better if a flat rate was just included in the cost of rental and heating controls were in the house.

Lovely house in a good location, but I would look elsewhere next time I was looking to stay in the area.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

10 of us stayed in this large house, 4 mums and 6 teenagers.
There were 6 bedrooms so plenty to go round, the beds were very comfortable. There were enough bathrooms and a huge living room which was a super space for us all to sit and relax in the evening. Extra dining room and smaller sitting room which we didn't use.
The kitchen was well equiped but no washing machine in the house.
Agree with previous comments that the house was dusty and obviously is not cleaned thoroughly but for us it was well located and the positives out numbered the negatives.
We went on some lovely circular walks from the house that we copied from a local book in the library.
Pubs all very welcoming and the Bishop Lacey, just across the road served 10 of us with food on a 'party night' and Valentine's night.
Went to Torquay, Plymouth and Haldon Forest - literally just 10mins away and did Go Ape! So lots to do even for teenagers.
The heating is controlled from the owners cottage which was inconvenient for us as we had to keep saying if we wanted it on/off, turned up/down. In summer this wouldn't be a problem.
Beware gas charging, it is NOT £1 per unit - there is a formula you can use but we were going to be charged 40% more than we should have been until we showed the owner how to work it out. I have written to the owner to inform her of the error and she has replied and will address this problem.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

We hired the whole house and found it to be full of character and there was lots of room for the 10 of us. The garden is through the courtyard car park and shared with the smaller property next door. The lounge was huge and there was a second one for the kids. The kitchen had a dinining table with 10 chairs and there was an additional spacious dinning room too.

All in all we never got under each others feet and were always comfortable. The house looked very pretty from outside and had some charming features like big heavy wooden doors and a decent fire in the lounge. The higgledy piggledyness of it appealed to us.

The house was really well positioned in Chudleigh, which was a good place to stay with some decent shops, pubs and a cafe and in a good spot for early morning walks.

On the downside the place isn't kept in the best state of repair and obviously isn't dusted as well as you might hope when spending in excess of £2,000 for a weeks stay. Whilst carpets in bathrooms might be to some people's taste in their homes I think in a rental property such as this they just become smelly.

We found Torquay and Exeter (about 12 miles away each) to be acceptable distances to travel to and enjoyed being somewhere a bit quieter in the evenings.

We would happily stay at The Old House again as the character and location outweighs the tiredness and a bit of dust for us; although we might try to negotiate on the price.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: The Old House
Address: Chudleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 0H2, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Chudleigh
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Chudleigh
Number of rooms: 6
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The Old House Devon/Chudleigh

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