The Cider House | Bed & Breakfast in Devon | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Cider House - Bed & Breakfast in Devon

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Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, PL20 6EZ, Devon
England, United Kingdom

Bryony & Bertie Hancock

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+44 (0)1822 259062 (landline)

A luxurious sanctuary on a historic estate run by charming young owners. The grounds are a glory, the views dreamy, the breakfasts a feast

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Big mullion windows and contemporary classic interiors characterise this enchanting former refectory of a medieval abbey. Here live new owners Bryony and Bertie, an endearing young couple. Stylish bedrooms, elegant but cosy, have roll top tubs, drenching showers and views of garden or valley, while breakfasts are feasts of estate produce – apple juice, honey, rhubarb compotes, eggs, bacon, sausages, just-baked bread – served on white china in the drawing room with stunning views of the gardens. The National Trust acquired the Abbey in the 70s, now the framework of old buildings and stone walls creates a magical setting for exquisite grounds. Guests have free access to 700 acres of woodland, the abbey and all the rest: borders, sculptures, benches, clematis, jasmines, roses and ornamental trees, a waterfall, a sunken herb garden, a wisteria arbour (liquid amber in autumn), and a glory of wildlife. Borders are filled with a heady array of colours and scents; an old granite crusher sits on the lawn under an arch of roses; a woodland border runs down to the wild garden; a hot border is set against a sunny wall. White-scented Wisteria venusta twines up an arch in a purple berberis-edged parterre. Pretty wrought-iron gates incorporating spider and bird designs lead through to the summer house – find a little bench and dream. What will really make your jaw drop is the walled kitchen garden, a cornucopia of soft fruits and vegetables. NGS.

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.

Local points of interest from Bryony & Bertie Hancock:

Local points of interest from
Bryony & Bertie Hancock:

  • We offer the only luxury Bed and Breakfast at the Heart of an historic National Trust site with our very own Rembrandt here at Buckland Abbey former home to Sir Francis Drake - which guests have complementary tickets to view!
  • Wildside, the amazing garden next door, will be open for the first 5 days of August (for which we still have availability). It will not be open at all next year so this is the last chance to see it until 2016.
  • Formally in the National Garden Scheme and now under the care of the National Trust the gardens are well stocked for all seasons offering a fabulous year round display and within a mile of the magical Garden House and Wildside makes for gardener's heaven!
  • As well as being within a cluster of National Trust properties, Cider House is on the doorstep of Dartmoor National Park with hill walking, letter boxing, Dartmoor ponies, canoeing, wild swimming, zip lining and within 2miles of the film set for War Horse.
  • With fabulous options for eating out, from characterful local pubs to fine dining and celebrity chef restaurants Cider House really is spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out.
  • Complementary afternoon tea and home made cake on arrival - to start the relaxation from the moment you arrive! We look forward to welcoming you!
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"Cider House is a little paradise in the middle of Dartmoor. From the moment we stepped in we felt at home. Bryony and Bertie are delightful and they do everything possible for you to feel welcome. They have a great knowledge of the area. Home and gardens are beautiful and attention to detail exquisite. Wonderful place to run away from everyday's madness. Very much looking forward to coming back. "

Pilar - Tetbury, United Kingdom

August 2016
"A most wonderful stay at the Cider House, Bryony and Bertie are wonderful attentive hosts., the rooms are beautiful and immaculately clean. We had a superb stay and highly recommend a stay. The house is set in idilic surroundings at Buckland Abbey where the gardens are beautifully kept.....thank you for making our stay perfect."


July 2015
"We received a very warm welcome from Bertie and Bryony. The Cider House is a beautifully renovated building with all facilities that you could wish for. Our room was very large with a dressing area in the entrance hall and a large sumptuous bathroom. We had views across the rear garden to the open fields. Situated adjacent to Buckland Abbey, you can roam the Abbey gardens and Cider House gardens at your will. Breakfast is served in the guest lounge/dining room and is highly recommended, with fresh fruit, yoghurt, homemade bread and jams as well as a whole host of locally sourced cooked food. "

Peter - Leatherhead, United Kingdom

July 2015

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  • 2 Doubles
  • , 1 Twin/double
  • , 1 Four-poster
Price:(i) £135 to£185 per night

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 2 nights.


Pub within walking distance.


Christmas, 9 November - 30 December, 2 January - 13 February, 15 February - 18 March.


Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, PL20 6EZ, Devon

B&B 2 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 135 to £ 155 per night
B&B 1 Twin/double room
Price: (i) £ 145 to £ 165 per night
B&B 1 Four-poster room
Price: (i) £ 160 to £ 185 per night

Bryony & Bertie Hancock

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+44 (0)1822 259062 (landline)