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16th Century Grade II Listed Cottage in Heart of Dartmoor National Park

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage,Devon, Peaceful Unique Location,Dartmoor National Park, Walker's Paradise

Step back in time in this 16th century Grade ll listed cottage, situated on its own in 2.5 acres of woodland abundant in wildlife. Rabbits, foxes, squirrels. badgers deer and many species of birds are often seen. Because of it's location (the cottage is completely surrounded by moorland) it is a true walker's paradise. The moorland villages of Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Chagford and Widecombe-in-moor are within 15 minutes drive.

Property Manager
Clare Head
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 13, 2018

About Clare Head

I live in Devon with my husband and two children. My husband and I run a successful piano tuning and sales company. I am a keen naturalist, enjoying the delights of Dartmoor and the countryside around it. My interests include walking, cycling, dancing, and travelling, our family are active members of the Devon Wildlife Trust.

Clare Head purchased this cottage in 1970

Why Clare Head chose Manaton

Gratnor Cottage was inherited by my in-laws. My self, my husband and brother in-law have now taken on the running of Gratnor. It is such a unique place, the first time I came to the cottage was on a hot summers day in 1989, Julian my husband (then friend) invited me to one of his legendary cottage party as I walked down the path through the woods I wondered if I was in the right place, as I rounded the corner I saw the cottage it was like something out of a fairy tail, it feels totally remote and you can feel the stress of modern day living draining away as soon as you arrive. we as a family have spent some very happy times here,I like the fact there's no TV. We walk,talk,read and play games. There is such an abundance of wildlife,Fox's,badgers,deer,barn owls are just some of the regulars.

What makes this cottage unique

Although Gratnor feels remote its in a great location for exploring Dartmoor, the moorland villages of Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Chagford and Widecombe-in-moor are all within a 10 minutes drive. If you love the countryside and particularly enjoy the wilderness and wildlife that Dartmoor offers, Gratnors the place to come, its a walkers paradise you just walk out the garden and your on the open moor, and when you come back you have the wood-burning stove to cosy up to. Its such a special place over 70% of our bookings are return visitors.

Guestbook comments from the manager

1st comment: Amazing location, totally private and away from the world - Miss West.

2nd comment: So peaceful and quiet, yet not too far away from places of interest. Mr & Mrs Fisher.

3rd comment: I have stayed at this property 7 times "I find the whole experience extremely relaxing and enjoyable. Having no television is an added bonus" Mr A Taylor.
Sep 2008
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Manaton, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
  • Bathroom with sloping ceiling Bath, toilet and basin. leads off twin bedroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with twin beds Bedroom 2 with double bed (accessed through bedroom 1).
  • Books
  • Games
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes on accommodation: Up to two pets welcome. No Vehicular access, 300 yard walk down hill through woodland not suitable for the elderly Sorry no Short breaks and Closed in the winter from Dec till March Outside: There is a pond in the garden, young children will need supervision. There is a pretty cottage style garden with picnic area and table. Views of open moor. Bed linen supplied but please bring own towels. Electric included in rent Small donation towards logs


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16th Century Grade II Listed Cottage in Heart of Dartmoor National Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Gratnor Cottage is unique

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is perfect if you enjoy peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings without technology and normal every day stress! The cottage is well equipped and comfortable, and the situation of the cottage is breathtaking for visitors who really enjoy the countryside. A walker's paradise and dog heaven.

  • Submitted: 14-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you in the future.
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A totally unique step back in time

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful countryside, quiet rural retreat, Houndtor within walking distance, Rugglestone Pub two and a half miles away (best in the area)

  • Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Idyllic, secluded retreat in the natural world of Dartmoor.

  • 5 of 5

The house is well-equipped and warm with easily adjusted electric radiators in each room.

No wifi or mobile reception was what we needed for health reasons, so PLEASE DON'T get wifi for the cottage!

We loved being secluded and immersed in the simple life of Dartmoor and appreciated being tucked down in the sheltered valley surrounded by trees and yet only a few minutes walk to Hound Tor! The children spent many hours playing in the woods and streams outside the cottage.

Lots of wildlife immediately outside the cottage - birds, badgers, foxes, deer.

We hope to return for another holiday there sometime and recommend it highly.

Head room in bathroom is a bit of an issue and also stepping down into the kitchen, so very tall people might struggle with it, but we loved it all the same.

Thank you so much Clare and family!

  • Submitted: 23-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay, idyllic, cottage wonderful with location and peace. Walked miles on the moors, lovely to come back to nice, cosy, well equipped cottage with worn out dogs, light fire and relax. Will be back next year.

  • Submitted: 7-May-2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rust en energie

  • 5 of 5

We hebben bijzonder genoten van ons verblijf in Gratnor. Even wennen aan de behoorlijke klim maar dat maakte het wel extra avondtuurlijk. Het huisje was van alle gemakken voorzien. Heerlijk wat een rust, alleen maar vogelgeluiden. Er hangt een hele fijne energie in het huisje, het was echt bijkomen en we hadden nog helemaal geen zin om naar huis te gaan. We komen graag terug!

  • Submitted: 8-May-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Newton Abbot
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Teignmouth, Shaldon, Dawlish Warren

Special interest holidays:

Ten minutes drive to Ilsington Hotel who have facilities of Gym, pool, sauna, juccuzzi, and hot room £20 per session.


Coastal resorts Torquay, Teignmouth, Dawlish approx half an hours drive.


Exeter is appoximately 25 miles east and Plymouth is 25 miles west, both have airports and rail connections, Plymouth also has a cross channel port. Use of car essential.


The moorland villages of Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Chagford and Widecombe-in-moor are within 15 minutes drive.

Further Details:

The moorland villages of Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Chagford and Widecombe-in-moor are within 15 minutes drive.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Manaton, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Mid
Jun 29 2018 - Jul 19 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jul 20 2018 - Aug 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
Summer late
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 13 2018
7 night minimum stay
Sep 14 2018 - Oct 11 2018
7 night minimum stay
Autumn late
Oct 12 2018 - Nov 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2019
Mar 15 2019 - Apr 5 2019
7 night minimum stay
Easter 2019
Apr 6 2019 - Apr 26 2019
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner for details.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday to Friday. Guests are welcome to arrive from 2pm onwards and are requested to leave by 10am on day of departure.

Sorry, we don't do short breaks.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
10% discount on two-week bookings.
Sorry, we don't short breaks.
No winter breaks Gratnor is closed from December to March.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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