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Meadow Sweet Cottage


Property Address: Meadow Sweet Cottage, Meadow Sweet, East Hook, Okehampton, Pl15 8QN

Property Type: Self Catering

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Property Description :
Meadow Sweet is a beautifully converted stone barn at my home farm of West Hook, Okehampton in the heart of glorious Devon . Meadow sweet is one of a group of three cottages. Daisy cottage and Clover cottage are run as holiday cottages by my mum and sister Ruth.

Meadow Sweet is fully detached, and is set in tranquil grounds enjoying idyllic views over grazing sheep and cattle, behind which is Okehampton and the vast expanse of Dartmoor National Park .

Meadow sweet is perfect for walking holidays as it is located on the edge of Abbeyford woods which is abundant with wildlife, there are marked foot paths to walk as well as the word famous Tarka Trail which is just a stroll away from the front door. We have been lucky for the past few years to have had some of the B.B.C film crew stay here while they have filmed the B.B.C. Spring Watch program which was set just a few miles away from the cottage.

If you enjoy cycling then look no further than cycle route 27 which passes at the end of the lane, in the wood is a North Shore bike course enough to challenge the most experienced mountain bike rider. Even if you are not brave enough to have a go yourself it is fun to go along and watch others try it out.

Okehampton is in the centre of Devon so it is easy to explore both the rugged coastline of North Devon from Hartland via the famous cobbled village of Clovelly , through to the sandy beaches of Instow, Saunton, and Woolacombe on to Lynton and gateway to Exmoor National Park Lynmouth. The South Devon Coast is much softer with its lively harbour including Dartmouth and Torquay but why travel so far to the coast when you have Dartmoor National Park right on your door step! With rocky tors, wild ponies and cosy pubs, historic market towns like Tavistock, and Hatherleigh, quaint thatched cottages and clotted cream teas, there is so much to do and explore here in Devon you will need to stay longer.

Okehampton is in the centre of Devon so it is easy to explore both the rugged coastline of North Devon from Hartland via the famous cobbled village of Clovelly , through to the sandy beaches of Instow, Saunton, and Woolacombe on to Lynton and gateway to Exmoor National Park Lynmouth. The South Devon Coast is much softer with its lively harbour including Dartmouth and Torquay but why travel so far to the coast when you have Dartmoor National Park right on your door step! With rocky tors, wild ponies and cosy pubs, historic market towns like Tavistock, and Hatherleigh, quaint thatched cottages and clotted cream teas, there is so much to do and explore here in Devon you will need to stay longer.

Meadow Sweet is a lovely county cottage. There is ample parking outside, a picnic and BBQ area and plenty of grounds for children to play in.

In the Cottage is a cosy sitting room with T.V. video and a video library as well as lots of information including what's on and where to go to sample the best of Devon 's produce. The country style kitchen has an electric cooker, microwave, and fridge freezer where a welcome basket of fresh local produce will be waiting for you to get your holiday off to a good start. The kitchen leads on to a pleasant dinning room, there is also a W.C. and shower downstairs.

Upstairs overlooking the fields is a romantic master bedroom with double bed and a pretty twin room with views over Okehampton and Dartmoor . Beds are all made ready for you when you arrive and two towels per guest are supplied. The bathroom has a W.C. hand basin and a bath with overhead shower.

Visitors to Meadow Sweet are always very welcome to walk up to the Farm which is about 100 meters away to see the sheep and lambs, ducks, geese and chicken, here fresh eggs are also available for you to buy. During your stay at Meadow Sweet, Mum or Ruth will be happy to help you in any way they can.

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Things to see and do in Devon :


Buckland Abbey
Buckland Abbey


In the 13th century, Buckland Abbey was home to the Cistercian monks who built the Abbey and the incredible Great Barn and farmed the then vast estate. The Abbey, now a house with a combination of furnished rooms and interactive museum galleries, tells the story of how two seafaring adventurers – Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Francis Drake – changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country. Discover the Buckland estate, the meadows, the orchards and the late spring bluebells. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Tavy Valley and the far-reaching views.


Bygones Victorian Street
Bygones Victorian Street


Nostalgia for all the family-Shopping as our grandparents used to shop. Memories of journeys on the romantic steam trains our parents knew. Escape into the magic lands of fantasy where every generation loves to go. Old World Street: Wander back in time and see a real old world street including a pub and period display rooms. See the ironmongers, the Grocers, smell the sweet shop, the Apothecary and the forge – as essential then as the garage forecourt is today. Homemade Cakes: Make time for refreshment and real homemade cakes in The Station Tea-Rooms. Take away your own memorabilia chosen from the Jubilee Gift Shop. Enchanting Model World: Ascend the grand staircase to the magical illuminated fantasyland in miniature. Enjoy the fascination of the giant scenic working railways and the enchanting model world. Drift in to nostalgia as you wander through the real railway exhibits. Climb into a real locomotive cab. Take hold of the controls. Imagine the signal is at green for you. The Journey is back through time. Grandfather's stories: Remember grandfather’s yarns and stories when you study the collection of militaria and visit the Walk-Through Trench Experience – and sights, sounds and smells of World War One. The unexpected is to be found at Bygones - allow ample time! Bygones used to be a cinema and is much larger than it looks from the outside. Open everyday except Christmas Day. Guided tours for schools and special rates for groups.


Dartmouth Castle
Dartmouth Castle


One of the most picturesquely- sited fortresses in England. For over six hundred years Dartmouth Castle has guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and the busy, vibrant port of Dartmouth. This fascinating complex of defences was begun in 1388 by John Hawley, privateering mayor of Dartmouth and the prototype of the flamboyant 'Shipman' in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. About a century later the townsmen added the imposing and well- preserved 'gun tower', probably the very first fortification in Britain purpose-built to mount 'ship-sinking' heavy cannon. Climb to the top for breathtaking views across the estuary and see how it could be blocked in wartime by a heavy chain. Unusually incorporating the fine church of St Petrox, the castle saw action during the Civil War, and continued in service right up until World War II. Successive up-dating included the Victorian 'Old Battery' with its remounted heavy guns, guardrooms and maze of passages to explore. Here a dramatic film-sequence recreates a Victorian gun-firing, and throughout the fortress displays retell the six centuries of castle history.


Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral


Founded in 1050, it was established to provide support for the Bishop of Exeter in his ministry and mission across Devon, and to be a community of prayer, and christian worship. It is the symbolic focus of the Bishop's centeredness in the life of the Diocese, and the home of his ‘cathedra' (his seat or throne). All involved in its life seek to reflect the love of God revealed in the eternal community of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Cathedral building, dedicated to Peter, one of Jesus' earliest followers and the model for all subsequent bishops, is the finest example of Decorated Gothic architecture in any Cathedral. The building itself proclaims something of the beauty and holiness of God. To see it on a day when the sun streams through its windows is breathtaking.


Exmoor Zoo
Exmoor Zoo


Exmoor Zoo is unique and an unusual zoo to visit! Opened in 1982 the zoo is now an ideal family venue, especially for the younger generation. Changes keep taking place, even a visit last year, will today see new exhibits and animals! The zoo has always specialised in smaller animals in the past, providing “natural” living spaces for many creatures no longer seen in the city zoos. The careful planting of shrubs and trees as they have matured, will keep you wondering what is next, providing a very relaxing and natural atmosphere! Today new exhibits exist for larger animals such as cheetah, blackbuck, maned wolves, sitatunga and of course the "Exmoor beast" !"


Kents Cavern
Kents Cavern


Kents Cavern is a prehistoric cave and award winning visitor attraction. The site was used by Britain’s earliest ancient humans thousands of years ago and today the cave is the only underground visitor centre in the UNESCO Global Geopark, a protected national monument and an internationally renowned prehistoric show cave.


National Marine Aquarium
National Marine Aquarium


Visit the UK's largest Aquarium and be amazed at our fascinating underwater world. The National Marine Aquarium is a marine aquarium located in the city of Plymouth, England. It is the largest aquarium in the United Kingdom and the deepest in Europe. It is located in Coxside, next to the Barbican harbour and fishmarket. The modern building houses gigantic aquariums, a lecture hall, a cafe and a shop. The largest tank is ten metres deep and can be viewed from several different angles.


Powderham Castle
Powderham Castle


A visit to Powderham Castle is an enchanting day out for all its visitors. Fascinating guided tours of this magnificent 600year old Castle – one of the oldest family houses in England and home to the 18th Earl of Devon - reveals secret doors, stunning castle rooms, amazing architecture and intriguing stories that really bring the history to life. Not forgetting the recently restored Victorian Kitchen where you can visualise what life would have been like in domestic service.


Watermouth Castle
Watermouth Castle


Watermouth Castle offers a rare combination of opportunities - for not only do visitors have the chance to live in a castle, but they also enjoy unlimited, free entry to one of the West Country's premier tourist attractions during their stay. Within the splendid castle itself, there are six superb apartments, an indoor heated swimming-pool, a museum, a choice of theme attractions, and some fascinating water displays. Outside, the castle's 50-acre estate features wonderful landscaped gardens, with plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, and glorious woodland walks. There are ducks and waterfowl to admire on the lake outside the walls, and beautiful views from the castle over Watermouth Bay and its harbour, where there are slipway facilities for visitors' boats, as well as moorings for larger craft.


Woodlands Family Theme Park
Woodlands Family Theme Park


Woodlands Family Theme Park Devon provides a whole day of variety for all ages. One inclusive admission price to the family attraction includes incredible indoor centres, outdoor adventures, Zoo, Big Fun Farm and Falconry Centre.