Stares Nest Cottage

Newton Abbot, Devon
+44 (0)7780 116826

£110 - £188
per night
£770 - £1316
per week

Cross the river Dart on the old stone bridge to find a tranquil cottage for five, with an orchard garden overlooking the old church tower


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 5

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£110 - £188 per night

£770 - £1316 per week

The Experience

The beams, the dimpled walls and the rug-strewn warmth of this moorland cottage will have you and the family feeling right at home from the moment you arrive. Jane, your host, grew up here and there’s a settled, friendly feel.

The sunny garden is wild and lush with views of the rolling hills, and your only neighbour is the historic church tower next door. Open a bottle of wine and throw open the kitchen doors as you cook on the big Rayburn range – while everyone socialises around the large table. Spend evenings around the fire playing board games.

The Two Moors Way, joining Exmoor and Dartmoor, runs right through the village. Head out on the challenging 15-mile stretch south to Ivybridge or try the scenic route north towards Hameldown, where the section known as Dr. Blackall’s Drive peaks high above the Dart Valley.

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We think you'll love

  • The church bells ringing (on Thursdays) as you lie under the fruit trees
  • Enjoying a cream tea at the village team room around the corner
  • Hiking straight from your door to the moors
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You should know

  • Some of the wooden beams are lower than 6ft
  • Winding narrow roads surround the property – the easiest approach is from Ashburton


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


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


Nightly price
from £110
Weekly price
from £770
Damage deposit
Extra child's mattress available at no charge.
1 Cottage for 5
From £1103 beds2 bedrooms


Booking information

Check in
From 4.30pm
Check out
By 9.30am
Other details
Minimum stay: 5 nights. 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pub 1 mile.


We had a wonderful – albeit too brief – weekend at Stares Nest. It was the most cosy, gorgeous hideaway, and its position is just fantastic. It had everything we needed, and more – and the kids loved it as much as we did. We hope to return soon!

Emma, Oxfordshire

We’ve just returned from very relaxing stay at the lovely Stares’ Nest. The cottage is cosy, comfy and full of character and the mature garden is a delight. The kitchen is well equipped and had everything we needed - the welcome basket was well received and full of yummy morsels. Paula the caretaker was on hand to deal with any questions and was super efficient. With easy access to the moor and the river Dart we enjoyed lots of beautiful walks as well as a couple of trips to the coast. We hope to be back again soon.

Claire, Oxford

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The neighbourhood

Ancient Holne is the classic chocolate box village, largely unchanged since its mention in the Domesday Book. Set within the Two Moors Way you’ll have access to amazing hikes, but there’s also a quick 10 minute walk down to the river – a perfect spot for a picnic. The Riverford Field Kitchen, with its lovely communal meals, is a 20-minute drive through Buckfastleigh, where you’ll also find the Dartmoor Steam Railway. The antique shops, deli, fishmonger and pubs of Ashburton are 20 minutes in the other direction.

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, vineyards, boat trips and more. Find your own gems..


Paula Kemp

Jane's parents farmed Holne Court from 1948-1962 before she bought this place, so she still has a strong emotional connection with the village. Along with architect husband Stuart she’s made subtle improvements to the cottage, respecting the building and family history but adding a more modern twist. Jane and Stuart hope you enjoy the sense of history and place that they still love about their home.