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Haytor

Haytor

4.6
out of 5
Ratings from 4 reviews
100% of guests
recommend
Cleanliness
5.0
Comfort
3.8
Condition
4.8
Location
4.8
Value
4.3
Customer
Service
4.8


As the Gitcombe Estate appears through the dense trees that border its long drive, it’s clear you've arrived somewhere very special. The setting, in its own private valley, is both magical and instantly relaxing with beautiful rural views stretching as far as the eye can see. Recently listed in The Times' 50 Best Cottages for Summer feature, the cottages themselves are stylish, luxurious, and, despite their high level of sophistication, wonderfully child-friendly. The location is pretty special too being less than five miles from the bistros and boutiques of the yachting town of Dartmouth and roughly the same to the award-winning and beautiful bay at Blackpool Sands. The eight stylish cottages boast luxurious bathrooms and designer kitchens and share facilities that could rival a five star hotel with an elegant pool house complete with indoor heated pool, Klafs sauna and steam rooms, outdoor sundeck with hot tub, outdoor pool, tennis courts and pre-bookable beauty treatments. Gitcombe is as enchanting for kids as it is for their parents thanks to the carved wooden playground, indoor soft play room and opportunity to play spot the moo cow across the valley whilst splashing about in the outdoor hot tub!

Accommodation Overview:

Sheepstor is one of three neighbouring barns, each sleeping 6+ infant, with one double bedroom with super king size bed, one twin and one children’s bedroom, with L shaped cabin beds. All have 'upside-down' designs to maximise their stunning views. They boast light and airy vaulted ceilings, pale wood floors and underfloor heating. Their open plan living, dining areas have TV, Freeview, DVD/CD and cosy log burner. The others (linked via button on bottom of grey box, right) have French doors to enclosed roof terrace with wooden table and chairs plus charcoal BBQ and stunning views over grounds and surrounding countryside, but Maristow benefits from both a small Juliet style balcony in living area and a furnished patio opening from the ground floor twin bedroom, with open access to the grounds. All have sleek, well-equipped kitchen areas with granite work tops, stainless steel American style fridge/freezers, Miele dishwaters, Miele washer-driers, microwave and Fisher Paykel oven and hobs. Contemporary family bathrooms and an ensuite (to the twin room in Maristow) with limestone floors. Help yourself log and kindling wood store.

Short breaks of 3-4 nights are available between Sept-May annual, with shorter stays (min 2nts) and flexible arrival days accommodated Nov-Mid March. See prices tab for more details and use 'Ask the Owner a Question' under 'Owners' tab for special requests.

PLEASE NOTE: Gitcombe provides un-assembled ‘pop up’ style travel cots, so please be aware that you will need to erect the cot before bedtime.

Great setup for kids

Review submitted on Mon, 09 Sep 2019
4.2
out of 5

Guest recommends this property
Cleanliness
5.0
Comfort
3.0
Condition
5.0
Location
4.0
Value
4.0
Customer
Service
4.0
We stayed in Haytor, Burrator and Gitcombe Retreat. Reviews separately on the other property sites.

The overall setup for a relaxing time away is great-so long as you don't have to be permanently contactable. There is an excellent tennis court and 2 decent pools, see comments later.
The accommodation is well appointed and (for the main couple) comfortable but there is not much space and the wifi and mobile reception were poor.

The property Haytor is kitchen/diner/sitting area on the upper floor and 3 bedrooms downstairs. It is compact and rather tight for 6 (sleeps 2 adults in a double, 2 tinys in short beds (11yrs or less) and 2 others in a twin room). The double bed is extremely comfortable and the room is pleasant. It has an ensuite shower room that is small. The shower is disappointingly feeble like an old fashioned electric shower.
The kids room with the tiny beds is fine. However, note that the setup of the beds, 1 partially above the other at right angles, means you can't get a cot in this room and still use the bed(s).
The twin room beds were not popular with the adults who used them. They were described as hard and uncomfortable. All adults resorted to a duvet on top of the mattress to soften it up. The twin room is definitely not an equal experience to the double room which may cause friction if you have 2 adult couples sharing the property.

The shared bathroom had a bath with shower over. The shower over was a feeble effort. There is no shower screen so the floor gets a little wet. This is worth noting because the property generally has a slightly damp feel to it such that nothing dries if hung up indoors. There is a washer/drier so for clothes that can be dried this isn't a disaster.

The living quarters are nicely appointed with modern appliances of a high standard. There is a pleasant roof terrace off the living area where you can barbecue or sit at a pub style wooden table/bench. Cooking facilities are good so self catering is not a chore here. If you have toddlers here, you will want to immediately remove all the sharp implements from the drawer at knee height.

Mobile reception varies. There is no meaningful Vodafone reception anywhere at Gitcombe that I could find. o2 was better elsewhere in Gitcombe but not in Haytor. Unfortunately the WiFi in Haytor is also poor. For example we were able to stream Peppa Pig on the laptop without many pauses but the ipad and phone did not pick up sufficient WiFi to manage this for more than a few seconds.

The outdoor pool is smallish but beautifully warm and in a lovely location. For perfection it could have a warm shower or changing room associated.

The indoor pool is great for children new to swimming. It is just 1m deep in all places and has a steps entry which young ones can manage. There is a keycode entry so smaller people can't get in unaccompanied. Like many indoor pools it has terrible acoustics (obviously the kids don't care) so use the outdoor pool whenever you can! There is also a soft play area attached which was popular with the kids but less so with the adults as it is quite cold. There are excellent showers and changing facilities here. There is a hot tub just outside the indoor pool building which looks over the valley and is a great place to lounge if your small ones can look after themselves.

There is also a small playground of attractive wooden structures.

Gitcombe is miles from any traffic so we felt very safe letting the little ones tootle about with minimal observation.

Staying as groups of families in various properties worked well except for the disparity in the quality of the accommodation (The Retreat is top notch). The location is great for trips for crabbing or to calm beaches. We are considering returning largely because for our party of 17 adults and 8 children the combination of accommodation and location worked well.



Richard from London stayed at Haytor for 7 nights in August 2019


A beautiful, relaxing place to spend time

Review submitted on Sat, 20 Jul 2019
4.7
out of 5

Guest recommends this property
Cleanliness
5.0
Comfort
4.0
Condition
5.0
Location
5.0
Value
4.0
Customer
Service
5.0
We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Gitcombe. The views of the Devonshire countryside, proximity to beaches and local towns and the relaxed atmosphere of the place, which has not been spoilt with signs, instructions and rules, ensured a stress free holiday. The staff were very helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. We did have an issue with promised equipment missing but this was dealt with quickly and courteously. Both pools and the hot tub with its spectacular views, were a real treat.
We had a memorable time.


Sue from stayed at Haytor for 7 nights in July 2019


lovely return

Review submitted on Sun, 06 Jan 2019
4.3
out of 5

Guest recommends this property
Cleanliness
5.0
Comfort
3.0
Condition
4.0
Location
5.0
Value
4.0
Customer
Service
5.0
this is our 5th visit so fair to say we love the location and the children always meet friends (many also returners) to have fun with. Our first time in Haytor, the bedrooms were good but the living room was a bit cramped and the heating in the en-suit didn't work so was rather chilly. Otherwise nothing to fault, we love it!

Alison Joy from Twickenham stayed at Haytor for 7 nights in December 2018


simply the best

Review submitted on Sat, 27 Oct 2018
5.0
out of 5

Guest recommends this property
Cleanliness
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Condition
5.0
Location
5.0
Value
5.0
Customer
Service
5.0
Gitcombe is beautiful - we love it.
It's a perfect holiday - our second stay - we and our family will return again and again


Malcolm from Dorking stayed at Haytor for 5 nights in October 2018