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Downe Cottages

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Review Summary

  • Cottages 4.9
  • Value 4.6
  • Friendliness 5.0
  • Cleanliness 4.9
  • Facilities 4.9
  • Service 4.9
  • Location 4.7
  • Breakfast 0.0

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Downe Cottages Information


We have created the Cottages and have maintained them with a passion that has endured for more than twenty years. The location is sensational: looking West over the Atlantic - next stop America - and North up to Lundy Island to the Welsh Coast beyond. The Cottages, grouped around a large courtyard, reflect the men and women who created the original farm courtyard over the centuries. Every cottage is a beautiful building and each has lovely features drawn from its history. During the conversion works we added to these features and know that some will be present in a hundred years time: the slate floors on the ground floor in every cottage, a mixture of Chinese and African slates, are fabulous; every staircase was built on site in pine by a craftsman working for us and are antiques of the future; many of the window cills are made of local slates and many have ancient oak lintels; the roofs of every cottage are reclaimed slate procured from reclamation yards around the county etc. etc. Our objective is simple: we live at Downe and we wish every visitor to be delighted with their cottage. We provide holiday accommodation that is: Immaculately clean. Warm whatever the weather. Exceptionally spacious. Well equipped so that each is truly " A Home from Home". Beautiful to look at both internally and externally. With well maintained, spacious grounds. In addition there is a spacious and well equipped gym and spa of exceptional quality. We welcome visitors and show them into their cottage; we show visitors around the Gym and Spa facilities; we are on hand to resolve any problem that might occur during the visit and we are there to say farewell at the end of the visit. We ensure that the cottage delivers everything that we promise. You are treated as guests in our home.

We brought Downe twenty years ago. It has been our family home ever since. The outbuildings were derelict and the main farmhouse, which had been in the ownership of the same family for three generations, required updating. It took us three years to complete the renovation and open for business. Jeremy ended his career in industry as Group Director of Quality for a Footsie 100 company. He brought to Downe a focus on quality and a belief in the skills and abilities of those who work for us. The best evidence of the merit of his approach is the quality of the conversion works, carried out by self employed craftsmen with minimal supervision some twenty years ago. The cottages are in exceptional repair after twenty years. Lynda, a mathematician by discipline, had been a housewife for twenty years and brought to Downe her passion for architecture and delight in a well run home which has defined the way in which the cottages have been created and maintained. Our Cottage Guide reflects our frequent enjoyment of restaurants, pubs and facilities across Devon and Cornwall. There is so much to see, do and enjoy.

Cleaning and safety

  • Professionally cleaned
  • Disinfected between stays
  • Rooms sealed after cleaning
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • No staff present
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed to local guidelines
  • Mattress and pillow protectors
  • Washable duvet covers
  • No shared stationery
  • Request no staff entry to room
  • First aid kit


  • BBQ/Picnic area
  • Books, DVD, games
  • Free high speed internet
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Bike lock-up
  • WiFi internet
  • Meet & greet service
  • Fitness or sports facility
  • Terrace
  • Kitchen/kitchenette
  • Library


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking

Children's Facilities

  • Children's books, videos, games
  • Highchairs
  • Children's play area

Business Facilities

  • Desk working station

Activities and Experiences

  • Animal watching
  • Bird watching
  • Boating
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Art galleries & museums
  • Rock climbing
  • Shopping
  • Antiques & fairs
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Tennis court - outdoor
  • Walking
  • Water activities
  • Water-skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Arts & crafts
  • Beach activities
  • Cooking
  • Fitness
  • Wild life
  • Hiking


  • Check in
    16:00 (Reception open 24 hours)
  • Check out
  • Child Policy
    Children welcome
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    No pets
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
Booking Terms and Conditions


We have four cottages with a downstairs bedroom and ensuite shower room accessible by people with limited mobility (a one bedroom cottage, a two bedroom cottage, a three bedroom cottage and a four bedroom cottage). Cars can be driven to the doors of the cottages to assist those with limited mobility.


A car is required when staying at the property
  • Road from Junction 27 of the M5 (50.0 miles)
    1) Leave M5 at Junction 27 and take A361 towards Barnstaple. 2) Take A39 at Barnstaple towards Bideford. 3) Twelve miles after Bideford turn right on the B3248 to Hartland. 4) Go straight through Hartland and leave on the road to Stoke and Hartland Quay. 5) Half a mile out of Hartland take the first right (immediately before Hartland Abbey) signposted towards Berry. 6) Follow this single-track road over a stone bridge, up a steep hill, round a right hand bend and there is the entrance to Downe. 7) Drive along the drive into a large Accost Barn which is now a garage for all visitors cars. Park your car in a marked bay and leave through the pedestrian exit which will bring you into a large courtyard. Cross the courtyard to the Georgian glass door and ring the bell.  Jeremy or Lynda will then appear to show you into your cottage and show you around the gym and spa facilities.

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