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“Beautiful - but needs a bit of TLC”

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Bealey Court Holiday Cottages
Birmingham UK
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“Beautiful - but needs a bit of TLC”
Reviewed 29 September 2012

Maybe it was the end of the season but our cottage in Bealey Court was looking tired. The owners clearly have a target market in mind but if they want them to return they will have to keep things up to scratch. A few lights were out (one over the cooker), the hob had a ring that didn't work, and in the main bedroom downstairs there was a damp smell in the wardrobe. It appeared that there may have been an accident with the dishwasher at some point and the ceiling had some brown marks to show this.
The kitchen had some interesting gadgets (who would have guessed we'd find a blender!) but lacked some of the basic utensils which are standard in either the National Trust or Landmark trust properties.
If this all sounds like like Bealey Court was a disappointing visit it was not - there were plenty of things on the plus side - the pool, the snooker table, the quiet atmosphere, the beautiful scenery all attested to by previous reviewers were all still there and make it a pleasant place to stay.
Oh and I nearly forgot the wood burning stove, lovely and just the thing for budding pyromaniacs. A word of warning don't let your children fetch wood from the wood shed - there are two large axes on display - H&S risk ? Possibly.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

I booked this as I wanted to holiday in England but wanted the option of something to entertain the children if the weather was poor. As it turned out, the weather was mostly great. Possibly the title of my review suggests what I was craving from the holiday and this turned out to be the case. I think you could have any kind of holiday you wish at Bealy Court though, from being highly active on site if you wish to chilled out lounging about in the cottage or outdoors to exploring the stunning North Devon coast and Exmoor. We did a bit of all of those things! We arrived via South Devon, taking in Dartmoor on the way. Bealy Court is off the beaten track, has 2 fishing lakes, a fabulous indoor heated pool, magnificent views over the countryside, a games room with lots of activities like snooker, pool and air hockey plus books, magazines and DVDs to borrow. We stayed in Lime Tree Cottage and it's tastefully decorated and cosy. I think all the cottages are similar, apart from size/occupancy and each has a relatively private little area, screened off with planting etc to sit in with own garden furniture. Like a previous reviewer, we had a Tesco delivery (thanks for the tip) so we didn't have to spend any of the holiday shopping for food, other than having almost daily Devon cream teas and we also did an Amazon delivery for books and DVDs to enjoy for the week. The cottage was well equipped and the owner available if anything was needed. She was not intrusive, just super helpful and friendly. Generous approach to rentals - no deposit and no charge for breakages, just let them know. We had our 2 boys with us aged 15 & 9 years old. "The best holiday I ever had" said the oldest boy who absolutely made the most of all the onsite activities when his younger brother was unwell. North Devon is stunning - I think - most of the west country is but I was so impressed with the wonderful rural areas, the dramatic coast and best of all, roads very quiet, even in August. We drove further along the coast into Cornwall one day and everywhere was mobbed with people and traffic. Also lovely but just too busy for my liking. All in all, we had a lovely, family holiday

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

The perfect get away. Scenic views that are not only inspiring but perfect for a relaxing time away. You can be as busy or as lazy as you like. There is plenty to do if you want to, if not just relax and enjoy the fantastic scenery that surrounds you. Even the walk to the heated indoor pool is through a tranquil garden.
The log fires in each cottage really make the place as cozy as can be whilst you relax away from life's hustle and bustle.
The fact that you can leave your home and go to a cottage that quickly becomes your 2nd home is a really pleasant feeling. Everything you could possibly need is to hand in each cottage. Magazines, games, first aid kit, and even a torch under the sink.
Simply pack some food on the way and you are set. Bealey Court really is somewhere you will want to go back to.
Management have gone out of their way to ensure that your time in your cottage is as stress free as it could possibly be.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 October 2010

This was probably our fourth trip to Bealey Court and already planning our next trip for 2011. The cottages are superb, clean, tidy, fitted with every convenience. The chocolates and wine are beautiful too. We always arrange for our shopping to be delivered as we arrive via Tesco ( the delivery man even put stuff in the fridge for us when we were delayed. The nearest town is Tavistock about 15 miles or so away where there is a Morrisons for shopping, a leisure centre and plenty of other smaller shops as well as an angling shop for the anglers who visit.
My husband spends his time down by the lakes and we have all tried our hands at fishing, the swimming pool keeps the children occupied as well as the pool and snooker tables and air hockey table. We have stayed in Orange Tree during our visits. We have had some lovely evenings either swimming and then back to relax by the log burner or just chilling on the sofas with a good book.
My teenage children love the drive over to the Ultimate High, aerial adventure at Bideford. We have visited so many times that Russ, the owner knows us now. Near there is the Big Sheep, great for a day out but fairly expensive ( good to use Tesco vouchers). Near there is a large shopping outlet as well.
Near to Bealey Court, if you fancy a night off self catering are some lovely pubs, can't remember the one in Nomansland but on the main road, very scrummy meals as well as the one further on and to the right.
Bealey Court is well worth a visit for a relaxing break.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
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Kent
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Reviewed 25 January 2010

i stayed with my partner at bealey court back in october 07. i have checked every so often to see if anyone had reviewed it on here but it never has. We had such a great time i thought it was unfair that others were not aware of this beatuful place.

Bealey court is around 8 cottages, each holding varying amounts (from 2 ppl to 8) all in an 'L' shape, built from an old farm barn. There is also a seperate building which has alovely indoor swimming pool that makes the whole complex look like a 'U'. every cottage looks out over the valley, with lush grass, a small forest fields that go as far as the eyes can see with Dartmoor on the horizon, it really is beautiful.

We stayed in Duck Cottage i believe, which was an upside down cottage that holds 2 ppl. i cant find any fault with the accomodation, it was clean, had all new fixtures & fittings & the view was never got tiring!

the complex had a really nice indoor pool (as previously mentioned), tennis courts, a bowls green & 2 fishing lakes. there was also a full size snooker table & pool table, along with dvd's & books to borrow & take back to ur room.

the nearest village is Chulmleigh, which is pretty picturesque, with a church & traditional housing that are common in that area of Devon. The butchers & bakers there was great to!

the only fault i have of the place is that it is a bit out of it, the nearest main town is barnstaple which was about 35mins to drive to through the country roads. but then that is also part of the appeal, with no traffic noise.

All in all in would reccoment Bealey Court to anyone who wanted a peaceful break in a very beautiful area of England.

  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bealey Court Holiday Cottages
Address: Chulmleigh EX18 7EG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Chulmleigh
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Ranked #2 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Chulmleigh
Number of rooms: 9
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Bealey Court Holiday Cottages Devon/Chulmleigh

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