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Warcleave Cottage


Dartmoor, Devon

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Tucked away on the edge of woodland with the River Teign at the bottom of the garden, this is an unusual retreat for anyone wanting to escape for a while from the pressures of modern urban life. Approached via a grass track over two fields, this amazing lodge is totally screened from the road. All of the accommodation is on one floor, but the lodge is elevated, and the balcony off the living room allows you to step out into the heart of the wooded landscape in which this lodge is hidden. It is within walking distance of the delights of Chagford, and Castle Drogo is not far away.

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The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Sitting/dining room with sofa bed (single) and multi-fuel stove, balcony with sliding patio doors, kitchen, two bedrooms (1 double, 1 single), bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating included.

Parking: There is parking within the grounds of the cottage.

Garden: The garden is not enclosed, one of the boundaries is the river! Anyone taking small children will need to watch them. This garden is not a contained garden in the conventional sense of the word as it is semi wild.

Accessibility: The bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor but the cottage is not suitable for wheelchair users.

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

Please note: Take care with the stable door, the lower half opens outwards. The top half is bolted shut on the left and opens inwards.

The headroom in the basement is low. Care will need to be taken when using the washing machine and tumble drier which are housed here.

Cottage details
3 + 1
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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Single storey
  • Garden Appeal
  • Remote location
  • Cot/Highchair
  • Dishwasher
  • Sofa/folding bed
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge


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
Castle Drogo
Castle Drogo The 'last castle to be built in England', set above the Teign Gorge with dramatic views over Dartmoor
Finch Foundry
Finch Foundry The last working water-powered forge in England
The Church House
The Church House Fine two-storey granite building dating from c.1537
Lydford Gorge
Lydford Gorge The deepest gorge in the South West, with spectacular 30 metre waterfall
Bradley Delightful medieval manor house, set in woodland and meadows through which the River Lemon runs
Compton Castle
Compton Castle Dramatic fortified manor house and small formal garden


Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • July 2016
    • Unknown
    Particularly enjoyed...

    Equipment provided, cottage location. No intrusive staff. Wifi becoming a must..

  • Teresa Rapson
    • February 2016
    • Shropshire
    Loved location

    I really loved the location of Warcleave Cottage and the high standard of contents, cleanliness and how welcoming it felt on arrival. It is particularly good to be able to do walks from the cottage door and not need to use the car.

  • Mr Michael Edwards
    • May 2015
    • Hampshire
    Made special by:

    The sheer isolation of the cottage, but with easy access to the nearby town of Chagford. The utterly amazing garden, wild and with the river Teign providing a wonderful backdrop. Couldn't be bettered. This was just about our 'favorite' NT cottage of all those we have stayed in. Wonderful location and facilities. The cottage was well looked after by the caretaker and others, including the gardener who we never saw but left his/her delicate prescence felt.

  • Anonymous
    • February 2015
    • Unknown
    High standard of cleanliness

    Cottage was wonderful and very high standards of cleanliness. Would definitely go again. Needed a doctor during our stay but the cottage folder did not have the details of a local doctor or surgery - may be handy for the future visitors.We did locate a health centre in the village of Chagford nearby. Being in walking distance of fabulous scenery, a Michelin star restaurant, good local shops and a fantastic yoga studio made it very special for us.

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  • 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.
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