The Annexe, St Raphael

Tavistock, Devon
Self-catering


Utter peace in a simple, beautiful space with a sculpture garden to wander, an art studio to visit and walking and cycling on Dartmoor

Bedroom

1 bedroom

Sleeps

Sleeps 2

The
Experience

Your south-facing annexe is a homemade addition to Pat and Dave’s 1730s miller’s cottage and as cosy as can be for two. Walk straight into fields, woodland and Dartmoor National Park for hiking, exploring Tors and discovering 3,000-year-old bronze age hut circles; cycle route 27 passes close by for a challenge, off-road biking is equally exciting and you’ll find plenty of wild swimming spots (ask Dave if you don’t).Wander the garden, help yourselves to home grown veg in season, take part in cider making in autumn, enjoy Pat’s homemade cream teas all year – and when they are laying, eggs from her hens. Dave’s sculptures are dotted about the romantic garden and you can now visit his new studio – you’re welcome to paint there too. It’s a generous-spirited place.There’s a walk from the cottage to the church on the hill, St Michael de Rupe, from where the views and the sunsets are amazing; it’s a ten-minute walk to the Peter Tavy Inn, for a pint afterwards. Lovely to hurry back to your homely space, light the wood-burner and be together.

View of the lovely garden with the sculpture and pathway leading up the garden

We think you'll love

  • Walking straight onto Dartmoor
  • The gardens and sculpture
  • The generosity of Pat and Dave
Cosy bedroom with double bed and storage

Home truths

  • True townies will not be happy here
  • There's no separate sitting room

Essentials

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

Family friendly

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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available.
Closed
Rarely.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £42
Weekly price
from £295
Surcharges
3 nights: £225.
1 Annexe for 2
From £421 bedroom

Reviews

This was our second visit as we liked it so much. If you want peace and quiet you couldn't find anywhere better run by Pat and David, a lovely couple who welcome you with a delicious cream tea in their beautiful garden. A perfect position for walking on Dartmoor or visiting the coast. There is also the benefit of 2 pubs within walking distance both doing good food and another within a 5 minute drive. We will be back for a third time!

Yvonne, Hastings

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

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

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

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.

Cathy

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Location

The neighbourhood

You are in a valley between the river Tavy and the Cholwell Brook and the nearest village is ancient Mary Tavy – brimming with mining history and with a lovely old church and graveyard. It's a ten-minute walk to a well-stocked local shop, a 20-minute walk to The Elephant’s Nest for good food and a 15-minute walk to a newly opened cafe. Tavistock is the nearest town where there are two very good restaurants, the very interesting Pannier market and an award-winning farmers' market alongside independent shops. You’re a 45-minute drive from beaches.

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.

Introducing

Pat & Dave Woodhouse

Pat, from Tavistock, and Dave, from Princetown, haven't gone very far from their roots. They both have a great knowledge of the best areas to walk and go wild swimming. Dave has huge experience of mountain biking on Dartmoor and is happy to take guests out and about or offer advice. They love growing vegetables, making cider from their orchard apples and welcoming guests. They let you feel free to wander and ask questions or also just to keep yourselves to yourselves.