The Old Stable is a cottage in the grounds of the owners property, The Old Vicarage, in rural mid/north Devon, about 3/4 of an hour’s drive from Exeter, between Dartmoor and Exmoor and about 40 minutes from the north Devon and north Cornwall coastlines.. We bought the whole property at the end of 2013 and work is still in progress.
The Old Stable offers two beautiful and individual apartments for 2 - 3 guests, one ground floor and one first floor apartment. Both apartments are offered on a self catered basis and we can provide breakfast hampers as an optional extra. We will bring your breakfast over into your apartment in the evening, so you can relax and enjoy breakfast at your leisure the following morning. At the end of the garden is Zingaro Wagon, a beautiful, locally made wooden hut rather like a shepherd's hut but more substantial. The wagon can sleep 2 adults and 2 small children.
All guests have shared access to The Greenhouse Spa, where you can relax in a two person cedar hot tub and two person sauna. We can also offer the services of our fabulous local beauticians, if you fancy some pampering and relaxation during your stay. Guests are welcome to use the spa at any time providing it is not already in use.
Dowland is a small hamlet set in beautiful, unspoilt Devon countryside, looking south towards the northern end of Dartmoor; a perfect venue for a relaxing break or for exploring nearby villages, Dartmoor, Exmoor, RHS Rosemoor and the coastlines of Devon and Cornwall. The Old Stable is situated on the Tarka Trail, a 180 mile long trail that follows in the footsteps of the character Tarka the Otter from Henry Williamson’s famous novel. The Trail splits into 2 loops and we are situated on the South Loop. Also nearby are three Devon Wildlife Reserves, Halsdon, Meeth Quarry, and Ash Moor, which offer some spectacular woodland, river and meadow walks. The area is a walkers paradise. Halsdon Wood offers a walk which takes you to sites which inspired some of James Ravilious' best-known photographs. James Ravilious took more than seventy thousand images before his death in 1999 and these can be seen at the Beaford Arts archive, a short drive away at Beaford. The Royal Photographic Society called his work “a unique body of work, unparalleled at least in this country for its scale and quality”.
Although the setting is rural and quiet we can offer some wonderful places to eat and visit. Dolton, a mile away to the north, has a small supermarket and post office, butchers and two good pubs, The Rams Head and The Royal Oak. A mile to the south you can find The Duke of York in Iddesleigh, home to Michael Morpurgo's War Horse Valley, another great pub serving good food.
The area of Devon here is a quiet, peaceful and a very unspoilt part of the country, where you can wander along the narrow Devon lanes and glimpse rural views through gateways. An area not yet commercialised or teeming with visitors and traffic, a reminder of ages past and a slower, less stressful, way of life.
We hope you will come and see for yourself and enjoy the luxury of space, peace and friendliness we have the privilege to enjoy.