Dartmoor is one of those intriguing places – full of mystery and broody intrigue. It feels both remote and comforting all wrapped up in one large stretch of beautiful national park. I have had plenty of trips to Dartmoor over the years but haven’t been for awhile and so when Toad Hall Cottages got in touch to ask if I’d like to try out one of their cottages in the middle of the moor I jumped at the opportunity, particularly as it was large enough to visit with with more than just us five. So we headed west to Devon with my brother and his family for a family stay in Dartmoor and some quality time among the most gorgeous scenery and spring time treats.
A family stay in Dartmoor – Neadon Cottage – Cottages and Location:
Toad Hall Cottages have properties across the South West and Neadon is one of their more remote places you can stay which was perfect for our family weekend away. Although Neadon is set within the national park it is actually really fast to get to and only about 10 minutes drive from the A38. Even still it is most definitely set within the moor with winding country lanes and wild horses – it’s the perfect location to get away from the world and relax.
Neadon Cottage is attached to the main farmhouse who run the self catering business and the owner is on hand if you need her for questions, a friendly chat or simply a big slice of the delicious homemade cake she’ll leave in the cottage. The perfect welcome!
Neadon is part of the 17th century farm, set on 50 acres of land. The views out across the farm are beautiful and when we visited in spring there were plenty of lambs hopping about which was just wonderful to watch.
A family stay in Dartmoor – Neadon Cottage – Sleeps:
Neadon Cottage sleeps eight very comfortably, the cottage managed to feel both cosy and spacious – the perfect mix!
We loved the big kitchen / dining area with its own log burner and plenty of space for us all to gather for family meals.
And the lounge was just gorgeous with its views over the fields, its own log burner and a warm, home from home feel.
Also on the ground floor was one of the double bedrooms –
A bathroom and also a great play room which the kids loved spending time in.
Upstairs there were two twin bedrooms, both of which were equipped with toys, board games and cuddly toys so the children were very happy.
There was another double bedroom and two large family sized bathrooms.
This cottage gave us all so much space to relax in and as we were visiting with my brother’s family it was perfect to come together for meals and chat without feeling like there wasn’t space to spread out around the house when we wanted to.
A family stay in Dartmoor – Neadon Cottage –The Best Bits:
Neadon Cottage is one of those lovely places that feel as though you might have moved in you feel so at home. It has everything you could possibly need from kitchen utensils and pots and pans to cook up a feast, to books to browse and lovely interiors. The owner had thought of everything and I loved the little touches like jugs of freshly picked flowers from the grounds –
It’s the perfect space to visit with another family and plenty of bathrooms and a great layout that no-one feels like they’re all squashed together. It was a great, cosy retreat and a real chance to have an extended family get-together.
The children loved seeing all of the baby lambs and going to collect eggs each morning.
A family stay in Dartmoor – Neadon Cottage – Worth Bearing in Mind:
Neadon is fairly remote so you will want to come with some, if not all of your supplies, for a week here although there are shops a short drive away.
Also worth noting that while we had perfect WiFi while we were there the phone signal was almost non existent (perfect for getting away from the world!)
We visited in spring which was the perfect temperature but I have a feeling it’s somewhere to bring your woolly jumpers and slippers in winter!
A family stay in Dartmoor – Neadon Cottage – Child Friendly?
Neadon is a wonderful place to bring children with all of the animals around the farm, and across Dartmoor we saw wild ponies, rabbits and roaming sheep all over the place as we travelled about.
I love the little touches at Neadon too from the big playroom to the books and toys around the place.
Because we were visiting at Easter we had the very extra special treat of being invited up to the lambing shed to watch some of the new babies being born. This was such a lovely experience and all of the children absolutely loved watching the lambs being born, getting to hold some of them and also feed them. It was a perfect chance to see something really special and feel part of the farm life briefly.
We loved our weekend at Neadon Cottage, it was the perfect retreat and an ideal chance to reacquaint us with beautiful Dartmoor and catch up with my brother and his family.
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You can find out more from Toad Hall Cottages here – http://www.toadhallcottages.co.uk/holiday-cottages/neadon-cottage/1200/
We were guests of Toad Hall Cottages and Neadon Cottage for the purposes of this review but as always all opinions are our own.