Stares Nest Cottage

Devon, Britain

Low beams, wonky stairs, wood-burner, Rayburn and underfloor heated bathrooms – and a sheltered, lush garden with church tower views


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 5


Both this delightfully cottagey cottage and its Dartmoor village setting are a joy. Between high hedges, around hairpin bends, via a small bridge over the river Dart you come to Holne with its tea and village shops. The Hemingways’ whitewashed cottage is next to the fine 13th-century church; Jane grew up here and and there’s a settled, friendly feel plus just the right amount of well-chosen creature comforts. Downstairs is the low-beamed, cosy living space with comfy sofas and a wood-burning stove in the big old fireplace. There’s a good country kitchen with Rayburn, pretty celandine green cupboards, a table for six and a bathroom with walk-in shower and underfloor heated limestone tiles. Up nicely wonky stairs are the two sloping-roofed bedrooms with antique furniture, patchwork quilts, floral fabrics – and shower room and another bathroom (also redesigned, with free-standing bath). Stroll through a verdant rock garden with a stream and ponds and a further meadow garden with fruit cages and planted beds. Walk to your heart’s content; visit Ashburton and Buckfastleigh. Relax.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 6 miles.


Nightly price
from £130
Weekly price
from £410
Damage deposit
Extra child's mattress available at no charge.
1 Cottage for 5
From £1303 beds2 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Paula Kemp

  • Holne is on the Two Moors Way, now extended from coast to coast. The walking in the area ranges from gentle strolls to something more taxing. Choose the rivers, National Trust woodlands or Dartmoor itself. Buckland Beacon has spectacular views.
  • Historic stannary and wool towns are all nearby. Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Totnes and Tavistock offer dining, markets, shopping and entertainment. Exeter and Plymouth are equidistant with a more cosmopolitan feel.
  • The sea is approximately 40 minutes to the south coast/an hour and a half to North Cornwall. The Coast Path is stunning, well signposted and easily accessible. The Beach House at South Milton Sands is worth the trek. Hire kayaks, paddle/surf boards etc.
  • Competitive cycling events often use our area on their routes, both on and off road. Bring your bike and find out why! You'll work off the cream teas. For bikers, the roads are great and the green lanes plentiful. 40 mph speed limits apply on the moor.
  • The River Dart County Park, Woodlands, Splashdown Quaywest and Crealy theme parks let kids (of all ages) burn off energy. Buckfastleigh has indoor rock climbing, Teignmouth a sailing school, flying lessons at Dunkerswell, hot air ballooning too, or relax!
  • There is something for everyone in the area, from archaeology to zoos, steam trains to kart racing, fish & chips to Michelin starred restaurants, leather working and cookery schools, independent shops, a vineyard, boat trips and more. Find your own gems..