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The Lodge at Parke


Dartmoor, Devon

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Just outside the bustling Dartmoor town of Bovey Tracey, home of the Designer's Guild, the Lodge at Parke is a sweet little dolls house of a cottage that was once the entrance lodge to the Parke estate. This cosy cottage is perfectly placed for exploring Dartmoor and the south Devon coast: it is only two and a half miles from the A38, the seaside at Teignmouth and lovely Teign estuary is within easy reach, and Dartmoor is practically on your doorstep. The picturesque village of Lustleigh, with its woodland walks, is just up the road, the Teign valley runs to the east, while the high moors are just to the west. Right outside the Lodge, the old estate of Parke is a fascinating place to discover, with its orchard, walled gardens and miles of footpaths.

The cottage is an easy walk into Bovey Tracey, where there is a good selection of shops, cafes, and pubs, ideal if you don’t want to cook at any time.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Sitting/dining room with multi-fuel stove, double bedroom, steps to kitchen and bathroom.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating included.

Parking: There is a hardstanding area next to the cottage.

Garden: There is an enclosed garden with picnic table.

Accessibility: Although the cottage is single storey, the floor levels are not the same throughout the cottage. There are steps down into the kitchen and bathroom and a slight slope down from the hallway to sitting/dining room. The cottage may not be suitable for wheelchair users.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

Please Note: This cottage is not suitable for babies or young children.

The ceiling height in the bathroom is low and sloping.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Single storey
  • Garden appeal
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer


Things to see and do nearby

The exterior of Higher Brownstone Farm, Coleton Fishacre, Devon  © Mike Henton

Devon's a big and beautiful county with much to offer. From bucolic sleepy market towns to the miles and miles of coastline, much loved by surfers, swimmers, families, and walkers from all over the world, a trip to this special place will stay with you for ever. We have a great range of holiday options in Devon, from holiday cottages brimming with character and lovingly restored to our bunkhouses and bothies, all located on or near land in the care of the National Trust.

View across the roof at Castle Drogo, Devon to the surrounding Dartmoor countrside. The building was designed by Edwin Lutyens and built between 1910 and 1925. © Robert Morris

Dartmoor: the largest remaining wilderness in southern England. Not more than a dozen miles inland from the tropical palm trees of the south Devon coast, the roads rise a few hundred feet and you are transported abruptly to an altogether different terrain. This is a breathtakingly beautiful, wild land, sometimes bleak and inhospitable, characterised by sweeping expanses of moorland, high granite tors, plunging wooded river valleys and an evocative atmosphere of antiquity and mystery. On its softer eastern and southern fringes, Dartmoor National Park has picturesque villages and thick woods cloaking steep valleys. The many faces and moods of Dartmoor would be more than enough to occupy an entire holiday, but also within easy reach are the vibrant cities of Plymouth and Exeter and the beautiful coast and estuaries of south Devon.On the northern edge of the moor, the Trust owns the fabulous twentieth-century fortress-home of Castle Drogo, in a dramatic position above the Teign Gorge. On the western edge is the spectacular Lydford Gorge, with waterfall and whirlpools, which has been a tourist attraction since Victorian times. In the heart of the moor at Widecombe, there is a Trust shop adjoining the sixteenth-century Church House.

National Trust places nearby include Parke Estate, Brafley, Compton Castle, The Church House and Castle Drogo.Other attractions in the area include Designers Guild, Becky Falls, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor, Teignmouth and Teign estuary and the area is perfect for walking, bird watching and horse riding.

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  • Designers Guild
  • Becky Falls
  • Bovey Tracey
  • Dartmoor
  • Teignmouth and Teign estuary
  • Bird watching
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • water sports
  • horse riding
  • walking.
National Trust places to visit
Bradley Delightful medieval manor house, set in woodland and meadows through which the River Lemon runs
The Church House
The Church House Fine two-storey granite building dating from c.1537
Compton Castle
Compton Castle Dramatic fortified manor house and small formal garden
Castle Drogo
Castle Drogo The 'last castle to be built in England', set above the Teign Gorge with dramatic views over Dartmoor
A la Ronde
A la Ronde Quirky 18th-century house with fascinating interior decoration and collections
Finch Foundry
Finch Foundry The last working water-powered forge in England


Comments from past visitors

  • Mr Delaney
    • October 2016
    • Kent
    Privacy with easy access to countryside

    I enjoy privacy and the Lodge provided that. The ease of access to the wonderful countryside, including Parke, was an added bonus. The welcome tray was also nice (particularly the biscuits!)

  • Mr Morris
    • April 2016
    • Bristol
    Thoughtfully prepared

    Made enjoyable....Never saw any staff, but the place had been thoughtfully prepared. The surroundings of the park. The Home Farm cafe/restaurant in the grounds.

  • Miss Irving
    • November 2015
    • Cornwall
    Clean and comfortable lodge

    The Lodge was clean and comfortable with fresh flowers and tea/coffee/biscuit tray laid out - very welcoming after our drive there. Thank you. A dog bowl and treats was also left out for our dog which was very kind (especially since we arrived to fireworks for Bonfire Night and she was terrified!). The cottage itself was very well kitted out - we even managed to cook a Sunday roast! Situated at the entrance to the Parke Estate it was just perfect for the dog - long woodland runs and walks and a beautiful meadow to run around. The National Trust cafe at Parke was wonderful. We went for dinner which we couldn't recommend highly enough - the food was fabulous, the staff lovely and the atmosphere relaxed. The cottage was fabulous! It would be nice to see more dog-friendly cottages and more out of season offers/discounts as this would encourage us to take short breaks with NT more frequently.

  • Mr Bellinger
    • September 2015
    • Suffolk
    Made enjoyable...

    Location and accessibility to National Park.

  • Mr Peter Slater
    • May 2015
    • Surrey
    Very good for dog owners.

    Great place to stay with everybody very friendly & helpful. Home Farm Cafe a great addition to Parke. Lovely cottage in a great destination with plenty to see in the area. Very good for dog owners.

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.


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