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The Annexe, St Raphael - Self-catering in Devon

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Mary Tavy, Tavistock, Devon
England, United Kingdom

Pat & Dave Woodhouse

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+44 (0)1822 810439 (landline)

A studio annexe to a miller’s cottage in irresistible gardens, in Shaker style, with a wood-burner. Bliss for artists, cyclists and walkers

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Such a creative and friendly place. As you park your car by the ancient cider press and make your way through the amazing garden you know you're in for a treat. The village arrives once a year to crush their apples and revel in the rewards, and the garden is a delight to bask or paint in. Your diminutive south-facing annexe is a homemade addition to Pat and Dave's 1730s miller's cottage. Sheep's wool insulation and Dartmoor slate keep the local feel; a bed head recycled from a shop counter, bright abstracts by an artist friend and jugs of wild flowers add originality. Step straight into the Shaker-style bedroom which, with its wood-burner snug in the inglenook, doubles as your sitting area. The kitchen, with a limed oak floor and free-standing units, has all you need for a simple supper. Tavistock's famers' market and famous deli, Crebers, will provide the ingredients; or it's half a mile to the pub. Cycle route 27 passes close by (mountain bike-expert Dave may help lead you off-road) and walkers will be in heaven exploring the 3,000-year-old bronze age hut circles. Peaceful, welcoming, perfect.

Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Pat & Dave Woodhouse:

Local points of interest from
Pat & Dave Woodhouse:

  • Large secluded garden with interesting features and sculptures(made by Dave in wood, lead,copper and iron) set in a wooded valley between river Tavy and Cholwell Brook. Amazing Bird Song. St Raphael features in Alastair Sawday’s Garden Lovers Book.
  • We are 4 miles from the Ancient Stannary Town of Tavistock which has many really nice Independent shops and the Pannier Market selling antiques, local crafts and produce, also an Award Winning Farmers Market.
  • A 10 minute country walk to well known local Pubs selling Local Ales and Great Food.
  • Gardens: The Garden House and The Wildside (Buckland), The Lost Gardens of Heligan, The Eden Project. Castles: Castle Drogo, Launceston Castle, Pentilly Castle and our own little Gem Brentor Church on the Hill!!
  • National Trust Properties: Cotehele (our favourite), Buckland Abbey, Saltram House, Finch Foundry, Lydford Gorge, Lanhydrock.
  • Coastal walks within 1 hour drive on the North and South Coast: Tintagel, Boscastle, Bude, Dartmouth, Bigbury Burgh Island, Plymouth Hoe.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"What a fantastic haven! Pat and Dave are so welcoming and respectful of your privacy. Spotlessly clean and very comfortable accommodation in a great location with wonderful pubs within walking distance. We were welcomed with a delicious cream tea. A truly creative and inspirational place to stay, highly recommended, thank you."

Sarah - Falmouth, United Kingdom

October 2017
"A lovely little hideaway in a beautiful village on the edge of Dartmoor. Pat and Dave were wonderfully accommodating and kind, made us a delicious cream tea on arrival (even though we'd only told them last minute when we were arriving) and were there to ask questions when needed without ever being intrusive. Their garden is stunning and the Annexe is a wonderful little place to get away from the world. From the wood burner to the lovely outside tablet, the peg rail to the beautifully done up bathroom, you feel at home and in a secret place, the perfect place for a weekend break. Thank you!"

David - Taunton, United Kingdom

October 2016
"Just about perfect, beautiful place a really fabulous garden, just a great spot to forget the M5! Pat and Dave made us so welcome in their charming environment. The Studio itself has a lovely interior with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Mary Tavy is also in a great position for exploring Dartmoor or the coast A cream tea when we arrived was fabulous! Three good Pubs nearby with good food, what more could you want--- We will be back! Paul and Yvonne Harwood"

Paul - Pett Level Nr Hastings, United Kingdom

June 2016
"I could not have chosen a more perfect place in which to write. Pat and Dave were discrete, sensitive hosts who gave me space and privacy while also offering warm hospitality. I found everything comfortable and welcoming and the garden is completely beautiful. Tavistock is a lovely old market town and my walks on Dartmoor were memorable - so much wild space and beauty. I would recommend this lovely location to anyone who wishes to step outside the 'madding crowd'. I lost track of dates and time during my stay and did not want to leave! Thank you for for providing such an enchanting experience."
June 2015

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  • 1 Annexe for 2
Price:(i) £295 to£440 per week

3 nights: £225.

Special Offer: Autumn short breaks at St.Raphael are here! - Come and see the amazing autumn colours in our garden, valley and across Dartmoor. It is quite stunning at the moment! A three night stay in our wonderful cosy annexe including a Cream Tea for £210.

Booking info:

Short breaks available.




Mary Tavy, Tavistock, Devon

Self-catering The Annexe (self-catering)
Price: (i) £ 295 to £ 440 per week

Pat & Dave Woodhouse

Visit website

+44 (0)1822 810439 (landline)