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Whiddon Down, Okehampton, Devon (DV166)
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19 September 2019
We adore this cottage. Everything is so beautiful and comfortable.
Thank you for the lovely welcome hamper and delicious cake. We all slept really well too!
The H's - London
6 September 2019
Wonderful well equipped cottage ideal for a family gathering (8-85) to celebrate a 70th Birthday. We would all love to come back again.
The W Family, Somerset
27 July 2019
We've had a wonderful family week in this lovely cottage.
Very well equipped. Especially appreciated were the toys ( by 3 yr old Elspeth).
Lovely welcome pack and the freshly baked cake, homemade marmalade and fresh garden flowers added such welcoming homely touches.
Thank you.
The P Family - St Albans
16 June 2019
Thank you, a lovely cottage and lovely garden. We will recommend to others. Enjoyed the Swallows.
Mr & Mrs B - Lincolnshire
12 June 2019
What a superb property! Really well thought out - lots of lovely little touches. Hope to be back!
A.B - Norfolk
3 May 2019
Thank you for a really lovely stay. Very comfortable and homely, a pleasure to be here. All the little touches make it a special place to be.
The S & T Families - Essex
18 April 2019
' An absolutely wonderful stay. The cottage was perfect for adults and children alike. The attention to detail with hamper,kitchen equipment and kids entertainment was astounding! The best we have ever had. Our favourite excursions were Fingle Bridge Inn- river walk and pub and the Grimspound Stone Circle. Just a perfect Easter Weekend with family. Thank you.'
Guests from London, Cheltenham and Liverpool
12 April 2019
Perfect cottage, down to the last detail. Thank you for the hamper and the all round comfort. Enjoyed blissful sun on the garden veranda for 2 days then snuggled up warm around the fire when the weather changed. Great walks, pubs and cream teas.
The W Family - London and Exeter
30 December 2018
Thank you for a wonderful stay.
We had a lovely time. A lovely home!
E D & Friends - Surrey
23 December 2018
We all had a great Christmas in such a cosy house.
Weather not so good but still got out for good weather.
Dr E K & Guests - Cardiff
20 October 2018
Wonderful weather. Amazing scenery. Comfortable house as always. Thanks for letting us stay and thanks for the hamper and cake.
The G's, Oxfordshire
30 September 2018
Had a great time, wonderful weather and made great use of the house - excellent.
The P's, Singapore
7 September 2018
Lovely house, beautiful surroundings.
Really enjoyed the long weekend. Friendly people everywhere. Recommend 3 Crowns in Chagford and Rockfish Restaurant in Exmouth.
Thank you very much, we would definitely return. Thankyou.
The G Family - Leicester
25 August 2018
Fabulous house and an amazing time! So peaceful and beautiful the welcome hamper was a delight and we were very grateful after a long journey. We visited the most idyllic place for the day 'Lyford gorge' and cannot recommend it enough. The Glove Inn was very good or for a more relaxed meal 'The New Inn' We will definitely return! Thank you.
The O Family, Hertfordshire
14 July 2018
A lovely house in a perfect location. Plenty to see and do in the vicinity, especially enjoyed watching the Dartmoor ponies. Highly recommend Tom Cobley Inn.
R, E, P & T, Essex
14 July 2018
A lovely house in a perfect location. Plenty to see and do in the vicinity, especially enjoyed watching The Dartmoor ponies. Highly recommend Tom Cobley Inn.
R & E -Essex
7 July 2018
A wonderfully old barn conversion. Full of character and charm. A great base for Dartmoor. Hope to come back in the future.
The F Family, Co Cork Ireland
23 June 2018
A perfect place to celebrate 50! So peaceful, nice and clean. We enjoyed our stay here tremendously. Thank you ever so much!
A & Friends, Israel
15 June 2018
Actual words used by my dad ' As close to paradise as I've ever been!
Thank you.
The C Family - Cumbria
3 June 2018
It was a beautiful stay, would definitely stay again. Great town and moorlands to discover, enjoyed by all, great fun. 5 Stars.
The B Family.
18 May 2018
We had a wonderful stay. Lovely garden and great surroundings. The young grandchildren really appreciated all the toys and books. Thank you so much.
Mr C - Dorset
6 April 2018
Such a beautiful place to stay. The welcome hamper was very much appreciated. We enjoyed our stay immensely. Thank you.
The P and W families - Nothamptonshire and Thailand
16 February 2018
What a wonderful place to celebrate my 60th birthday with my family. It is beautiful, peaceful and a great place from which to visit the surrounding area. Enjoyed some amazing walks in glorious weather. We would certainly like to come back.
The B family - Oxfordshire, London & Cornwall
29 December 2017
Our 6th Rural Retreat and we all agreed it has been the best. Beautiful, homely accommodation and lots of space. Weather hasn't been kind but we loved the area. Enjoyed the walk from the barn which is 4 miles and takes you onto Dartmoor. We'll be back I'm sure.
A T - Pinner
23 December 2017
The kitchen appliances perfect for cooking up a big Christmas meal and lots of games in the living room to keep us entertained. Louise had decorated the place in Christmas spirit for us which we so appreciated and even left a hamper full of goodies and a freshly made cake.Thanks so much for the fantastic stay Louise!
22 October 2017
Beautiful accommodation, comfy beds, everything we needed for a holiday. Thank you.
The Y family - Oxfordshire
16 September 2017
Very nearly perfect accommodation for us - great welcome hamper and wine, beautiful house, very well layed out and good location to visit the delights of Dartmoor. Thank you!
The D family - East Sussex
28 August 2017
We have had a lovely, relaxing break in this beautiful and spacious cottage. Enjoyed 'A la Ronde (N.T.), Paignton Zoo, Exeter Cathedral and the Eden Project.
A W - Lancashire
28 July 2017
We treated our family to 3 nights in this beautiful cottage in a lovely quiet location for A's 70th birthday and we stayed two extra nights, despite the changeable weather we picked the right times to explore this fabulous area. The walk from Mill End Hotel to Fingle Bridge Inn is one of the best walks we have ever done all along the river Teign. Thank you very much.
S J, Dorset
28 June 2017
A wonderful stay in this gorgeous cottage in beautiful Devon. Such detail in every aspect. Thank you.
All the above and extra special spending time with great friends from Australia - we will be back. Thank you.
D & B, Australia - A & C, Hampshire
23 June 2017
Lovely house! Everything we needed. Thank you. Welcome pack gorgeous!
J R, Dorset
31 May 2017
Thank you for a lovely stay in the beautiful cottage. Cosy, comfortable, with delicious welcome hamper, especially the cake!
The H-H family, Hampshire & Wiltshire
19 May 2017
A fabulous weekend celebrating a birthday and an engagement! What a truly gorgeous place. Thank you!
N's, C's & C's - Dorset, Cambridgeshire & Buckinghamshire
25 February 2017
What a beautiful house, every whim catered for. Lovely relaxing time and a great location for exploring the local pubs! Can recommend the Post Inn, Old Thatch Inn, Tom Cobley, The Bearslake Inn and of course, The Taw River!! Thank you so much for the lovely hamper and beautiful flowers.
The H Family, West Sussex
15 February 2017
Fantastic base for visiting family who live in Oakhampton. Thank you.
The P's & D's,
2 February 2017
Celebrating a 60th birthday and then going to a wedding - a perfect place to stay for a wonderful weekend.
D L-W, Oxford
27 January 2017
Such a beautiful, relaxing place to stay - we've enjoyed our girlie weekend enormously! Thank you.
E S, Bath
24 December 2016
Lovely space for a family Christmas. Fantastic quality, lovely home. Would like to return.
D C, Devon
16 December 2016
Fantabulous place! Fantabulous countryside which brings back nostalgic memories! Awesome hosts who have ensured every small and minute aspects for the visitors (that too considering we had a 4 year old and a 9 month old). Words are difficult to explain our small but wonderful experience at the Aarons. We should say we had the most fantastic time here in the UK. Thank you for the gorgeous cake and welcome hamper.
V A, India
21 October 2016
Thank you for a wonderful stay in this cosy, comfortable, quiet and peaceful cottage. What a treat to have bunches of beautiful flowers and a welcome hamper to greet us. Aarons is so well placed to visit local attractions, but the best bit is that you can abandon the car and enjoy walks from here with stunning scenery. The perfect holiday retreat.
T & H, East Sussex
26 August 2016
Thank you so much Louise for a fantastic stay at Aarons. We stayed here with my family for our wedding and could not have asked for a more perfect property to be in before our wedding day. Everything was so clean, a home made victoria sponge to greet us as well as lovely toiletries. Louise was so helpful and even left us a wedding day card which we really appreciated! Could not have wished for anything more. Thank you so much!!
D's & M's, London & Cheltenham
24 August 2016
Thanks for the welcome (cake very popular!) and lovely house. Much appreciated rest.
The D's and J's, Wales and Australia
14 August 2016
Fantastic holiday cottage. Location great for exploring and beautifully appointed!
There were tears from the children the day we left!
S & C Families West Sussex
6 August 2016

We stayed at Aarons in early August 2016 for a week. There were two families in our party - 4 adults and 4 kids (all 10y or younger) - and Aarons fitted the bill perfectly. Tucked away in a secluded location (no traffic noise!), lovely views over the surrounding countryside, lots of space and light, and great facilities, this converted barn was a delight to stay in. Whilst the kids busied themselves with the ping-pong downstairs in the garage, playing hide and seek in the garden, or enjoying one of the many supplied games and toys, the adults could sit out on the generous high level patio sipping a cup of tea from a fine china mug and enjoying a slice of home made Victoria sponge. Aarons is ideally located for enjoying all Devon and Cornwall has to offer, being just a mile or 2 off the A30 and, whilst driving most places takes a while (unless it's on main roads), we enjoyed trips to Drogo Castle, Dawlish beach (highly recommended!), The Eden Project, Woolacoombe beach, Hey Tor and many others.

The house is upside down with 3 of the 4 bedrooms downstairs, and the kitchen and living space upstairs. This makes perfect sense as the light just pours in through the Velux ceiling windows. It's full of character with higgledy-piggledy wooden beams and a sloping roof, but it's been converted to a very high standard and feels most luxurious. The two main bedrooms are generous in size, with the two twins being more than adequate (one is smaller than the other). The beds! Oh my, the beds. These were quite the most comfortable any of us had slept on for some years. We all commented to each other how well we slept and even the kids mentioned them! All the rooms had blackout curtains so it was nice and dark at night time for the kids. The kitchen is a decent size and very well equipped with more than enough to cater for 8 people - there was even a juicer! It was also really pleasing to have a washing machine and dryer in the utility room downstairs which meant we could quickly wash the kids swimming costumes and towels after a day at the beach.

Our whole group were sad to leave Aarons at the end of the week and we all agreed it was one of the best houses we've been to from Rural Retreats. Our only grumble, and it is a small one, is that there's just one shower downstairs - there are 2 other bathrooms, but they have baths with shower attachments and aren't designed for use standing up. But it really didn't bother us.

This is a truly delightful property which comes highly recommended.

P S, Ilford
28 July 2016
We've stayed in many holiday homes and this is definitely among the best. Many thanks for such a comfortable and well equipped home. We've had a wonderful week!
The P-S Family
16 June 2016
Thank you so much for salvaging our holiday from the flood waters! What a beautiful and stylishly equipped house.
The M-W Family, London
28 May 2016
What a magical place this is, both Aarons and the Devon countryside it inhabits. We even got lucky with mostly sunny weather. We will surely be back!
C & J Clan
2 April 2016
We had the most fantastic stay, we dodged the rain everyday, and go out for walks and beach visits. Thank you for the gorgeous cake and welcome hamper, your house is beautiful and so well equipped.
The Cooper Family
17 February 2016
An absolutely beautiful break with lots of fantastic walks in very scenic countryside. A warm and cosy cottage to return to, the hamper and cake on arrival a lovely touch. Thank you.
The Thomas family
3 January 2016
We have stayed in quite a few cottages through rural Retreats as we know they are of very high quality.
We chose the above cottage for a family break over the new year and were not disappointed, the standard of accommodation was excellent, fantastic upstairs living room area that had so much space for everyone including a tiny 18 month old who loved being able to run up and down, stair gates provided and locks on cupboards meant Mum could relax and leave him to it.
So much is provided from the lovely hamper in the kitchen to the toys and games for kids and adults and with an endless supply of logs you had to tear yourself away from the cosy lounge.
Despite the awful weather we managed to have some great walks and visit lovely villages on Dartmoor, our location meant we were close to everything Dartmoor has to offer.
Louise 'the owner' was very helpful with suggestions for local pubs and even gave us a takeaway menu for a curry house that would deliver ( amazed they got through with all the local flooding).
We will definitely return to Aarons, maybe a springtime visit.
Thanks for a great stay!

The Coombes & Marsden families

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Must be placed between 7 Oct 2019 and 30 Nov 2019
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