An old weaver's cottage, dating back to early 1703 and Grade II Listed, Atlas Cottage is lovely and has low lintels and exposed beams as well as the original twisting wooden staircase. Found in a tiny mews of six cottages (there is no car access), Atlas being the first in the row; it also has a small cobbled patio halfway down the mews. In the sitting-room is an inglenook fireplace and dark grey sofas inviting you to stretch out. With a well-fitted galley-style kitchen/diner and a cloakroom on the ground floor, upstairs are a double and twin bedroom. Narrow steep stairs go to the modern bathroom and third, very striking bedroom – with exposed beams and old floorboards, this is a delightful room.
There are several mews found in the Dartmoor market town of Buckfastleigh, with space enough for the weavers to wind and stretch yarns of wool. The town was an important centre of the wool trade and there are still one or two mills in the town. Being in Dartmoor National Park the town has easy access to the moors for those of you who love to walk. A good place to start is by going up the hill to visit the remains of the ruined 13th Century parish church of Holy Trinity, which sadly burnt down in 1992, although the bells survived and have been hung again to ring out on important occasions. On the way there are some great views of Buckfast Abbey, Dartmoor and the Dart Valley. The Abbot's Way starts in Buckfast and the Two Moors Way and South Devon Millennium Trail are close to the town.
The Abbey fell into ruins in the 16th Century and 350 years later Benedictine monks rebuilt the Abbey on the original foundations completing it in 1938. The monks also produce a famous tonic wine, said to be good for body and soul, as well as making beautiful stained glass windows and running a farm where they keep bees – do try their marvellous honey. And for the foodies amongst you there's the famous Riverford Field Kitchen, which uses fresh produce from its own fields and has a communal restaurant where you help yourself as the dishes get passed around. And of course, don't forget the south Devon coast is but a short drive away where you are spoiled for choice with some magnificent beaches. Come down and explore this lovely part of the world, it has so much to offer.
Sitting-room with TV/DVD player and open fire
Kitchen/Diner with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/drier and dishwasher
Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 1 with double bed (4'6")
Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3')
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 3 with double bed (4'6") and TV
- Regret no pets
- Travel cot and high chair
- Arrive/Depart Saturday
- Short breaks available
- Parking on road and public car park 400 yds
- No smoking
- Pub 40 yds
- Patio furniture
- Full gas-fired CH
Atlas Cottage is such a beautiful stone cottage in the heart of the charming town of Buckfastleigh.
Bedroom 3 on the second floor is gorgeous, and has a TV, making those lazy mornings in bed even more appealing.
The living-room offers a cosy area to cuddle up after an action-packed day.
Atlas Cottage has a little sitting-out area in the mews, occasionally the neighbours use the mews for their personal use.
Bedroom 1 is so inviting. Located on the first floor, this is the first double you encounter.
The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you may need.
What a cute and cosy dining space.
The glowing wood-burner perfects the atmosphere.
The steps to the first floor lead off from the corner of the living-room.
The twin room on the first floor is a really lovely room for young, or old.
The family bathroom is light and airy. Perfect for washing the days adventures away.
The stairs are quite steep; however, hand rails are provided to help. These steps lead from the first-floor landing to the second floor bedroom.
The top floor landing.
The mews street - Atlas Cottage is not shown - it is on the left at the entrance to the mews. The sitting-out area is down here on the right.
The front door is a rather grand entrance!