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5 Sherwell Court, Buckfastleigh. Photo by Elisa Artesero

On my recent trip down to South Devon to take a course at the Ashburton Cookery School (see previous blog here) I stayed in a beautiful cottage in Buckfastleigh, 5 Sherwell Court, booked through Helpful Holidays.

This lovely little 18th century cottage, originally built for mill workers, sits in the stunning town of Buckfastleigh on the edge of Dartmoor. It is set close to the centre of this old town, where there are the usual local amenities, interesting shops selling arts and crafts, a weekly farmer’s market, and of course, the famous South Devon Railwaywhich operates original steam train journeys to Totnes.

The cottage has lots of character and is the epitomy of cosy, I even squealed with delight when I first stepped in! A gift of a bottle of wine was placed on the table of the dining/living room, which was an extremely nice welcome, and the gas fire was lit in anticipation of my arrival, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Through the living room there is the kitchen, fitted with all mod-cons perfect for a short or a long stay. The kitchen has a door that leads to the little garden, which even in winter is quite a suntrap.

 Stairs from the living room lead up to the landing, the bathroom (suite with bath-shower) and a sizeable double bedroom with views of the town. From the landing there is a sliding door which leads up to the attic with low vaulted ceiling beams and two single beds, perfect for children.

I had a thoroughly enjoyable stay, cooking in the kitchen, sitting outside in the garden as the sun set and watching DVDs (of which there was a large collection) in the evening with a glass of wine in front of the fire. All in all a perfect place to feel relaxed after a day exploring the local area.

You can book this cottage from £256 for a week’s stay and pets are also welcome.

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The cosy living room, photo by Elisa Artesero

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Fully fitted kitchen, photo by Elisa Artesero

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Bedroom (with very comfy bed!), photo by Elisa Artesero