The Garden Cottage

The Garden Cottage

A thatched self-catering holiday cottage on the outskirts of beautiful Belstone, on Dartmoor in Devon.

The Cottage

The Garden Cottage sits in the grounds of Tor Down House, former home to Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing.

The cottage itself is a traditional, Grade II listed Devon longhouse which has been marvellously renovated into a beautiful thatched, single-storey hideaway, down a private drive on the outskirts of Belstone, 100 yards from open moorland.

The Garden

There is a small flowered seating area in front of the clematis-covered entrance, the perfect spot to enjoy a morning coffee basking in the early sunshine.

A private enclosed garden sits behind the cottage with a picnic bench and lawned area.

Staying Here

A large flag-stoned entrance hall welcomes you with plenty of room for muddy walking boots and pet paraphernalia (dogs are welcome).

On arrival you will be greeted with a generous welcome hamper and useful information pack on local amenities.

The cottage is heated by a biomass boiler with the addition of a substantial fireplace graced with a cosy woodburning stove.


Two bedrooms open out of the hallway, one king-sized and one bunk bed room. Both contain wardrobes, a chest of drawers and bedside tables.

The open-plan sitting and dining area is graced with a magnificent oak-beamed ceiling, huge forged chandelier, uneven flagstone floor (with rug), smart TV and cosy window seats to instantly transport you into holiday mode.

A small fitted kitchen (with underfloor heating) leads on from this and a quaint shower room follows.


  • WiFi
  • Washing machine
  • Cot available
  • Smoke-free
  • Dog-friendly
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Private garden
  • Off road private parking
  • Woodburner
  • Fridge-freezer
  • Bed linen and towels are provided
  • Welcome hamper on arrival

Book Your Stay

You can check availability on the calendar here:


You can check rates and make your booking on AirBnB.

If you have any questions about booking The Garden Cottage, please don’t hesitate to contact us