The Old Stable is a recently renovated cottage in the grounds of the owners property, The Old Vicarage, in rural mid Devon, about 3/4 of an hour’s drive from Exeter. We bought the whole property at the end of 2013 and renovations are works in progress!
We plan to have a spa available on site for 2016, which is currently being built, offering a cedar hot tub and sauna to seat 2 people.
The Old Stable now 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 or you can choose to stay on a bed and breakfast basis. 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, in your pyjamas if you wish! No need to clear up, we will do that for you once you have left for the day. Self catering or bed and breakfast, we aim to be as flexible as possible.
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 and company.
Mid Devon is a quiet, peaceful and 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.