The Old Station offers 3 neighbouring holiday cottages that have been converted from a former railway station. They can be hired together to offer a truly unique holiday experience, in a historic location, surrounded by the countryside of Dartmoor yet with all the facilities of the local town on your doorstep.
Within these three spacious and tastefully furnished houses a stunning mix of high end contemporary and antique furnishings, Victorian architecture and unique art-work feature. With plentiful sofas, comfortable beds, fine linen and fabulous en-suites, you will find relaxation easy. The houses are wired with all the technology today’s traveller expects; broadband connection, flat LCD TVs, DVD players and much more.
The well-equipped self-contained houses appeal to couples, friends, families, groups, independent travelers and train enthusiasts alike! Stay in classically stylish accommodation in a quirky venue. Admire the period features including the original platform canopy with ornate ironwork. Relax in the sumptuous slipper baths. Marvel at the views of Dartmoor from the garden. Whet your appetite at enticing Michelin starred restaurants and organic cafés. Make time for a short drive to the tranquillity of the beaches, plentiful bays and drama of the surf in neighbouring Cornwall.
Cook up a feast on the family size bbq on the old station platform and take refuge from the summer sun or winter rain under the glazed canopy. Sip on sundowners in the garden whilst admiring the panoramic views of Dartmoor. The station is divided in to three separate cottages making it ideal for larger groups that still require their privacy.
The Porter's Office - Sleeps 4 The Porter's Office holiday cottage has two en-suites. It sleeps up to four people in one double room and one twin-bedded room and is decorated in a fresh modern cottage style. The modern country kitchen breakfast room has a wooden beamed ceiling and natural stone floor, with access onto the private dining space offered by the old platform. The light and airy lounge has a vaulted ceiling and gallery landing which offers stunning views from a dormer window. Complimentary warm coloured furnishings help create a calming and serene lounge.
The downstairs double bedroom was formerly the Ladies Waiting Room and still retains the original fireplace that has been restored. It has a modern wet room en-suite with a cast iron slipper bath while the upstairs double bedroom has a shower en-suite.
The Refreshment Hall - Sleeps 6 The Refreshment Hall holiday cottage has a family bathroom and one en-suite. It sleeps up to six people in three double bedrooms and is decorated in a contemporary French style.
The entrance porch features the original bread oven and the area now serves as a laptop workstation. The period desk and chair set the theme for the rest of the exquisitely designed accommodation. The lounge has vaulted ceilings and a twisting staircase leading to a balustrade landing. Sumptuous furnishings, an imposing French crown chandelier and the original cast iron fireplace provide a room to relax in. The semi open plan contemporary kitchen is located at the front of the house with a door that leads onto the platform and the private dining space.
The double bedroom has period French furnishings such as an armoire and Louis XVI bed, creating stylish splendour. An en-suite bathroom features a slipper bath and low level lighting. A spacious landing and seating area provides an additional space in which to read or just admire the Station’s grounds. The landing leads onto another two French themed double bedrooms and a white contemporary main bathroom, designed to be pampered in.
The Ticketing Hall - Sleeps 4 + 1 Cot The Ticketing Hall has one family bathroom and a shower room en-suite. It sleeps up to four people, in one double bedroom and one twin room, plus a young child (in a cot) and is decorated in a traditional Victorian style.
The spacious entrance hall is laid with beautiful Victorian tiles. The original panelling and ticket windows remain and now form a wall between the lounge and kitchen diner. The lounge retains the original close boarded vaulted ceiling, a sky light streams sunlight into the room and additional lighting is provided by a chandelier. The original Victorian cast iron fireplace and over mantel takes pride of place. Leather sofas and Victorian furniture help recreate a Victorian feel, reminiscent of the Station’s past. The traditional kitchen/breakfast room has double doors opening onto the platform and the private outdoor area.
A ground floor bathroom offers a decadent cast iron double ended bath, a separate Mira 'Fino' shower, low level lighting and scented candles for the ultimate in relaxation. The two cosy bedrooms on the first floor have vaulted ceilings. The front bedroom has an allocated cot space, for a young child. A cot, highchair and stair gate can be supplied upon request.
*Please note, locations shown on the maps are approximations only
The Station is ideally located for exploring the fishing villages of the south coast, the cathedral city of Exeter, the northern rugged coastline of Cornwall as well as the western Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. We are also closely situated to many National Trust and English Heritage houses and gardens and a variety of golf courses. The Wharf is within walking distance, which showcases live music, films, shows and plays.
The Station is a fantastic place for a traditional family holiday, there are a myriad of things to do in the cottages and close by. There are beaches, forest, waterfall and moor walks, pony treks, glider flights, go karting, golfing and cycling adventures to be enjoyed.
The town is home to a permanent market open five days a week. The market has weekly and monthly themed days with regular craft and antique fares as well as a charter market each Friday offering organic and farmers' fare foods. Additionally, twice a month a large Farmers' Market is held.
There are many varied and interesting activities in and around the Station. Some of the more unusual activities include visiting Countryman Cider a traditional cider maker located in 15th century stables in Milton Abbot. The Barn Climbing Centre offer climbing, bouldering, top roping and leadings. Letterboxing on Dartmoor involves walking across Dartmoor using clues and grid references in the hope of finding the hidden stamp and visitor's book.
There are many English Heritage properties and sites of interest nearby including Berry Pomeroy Castle, Grimspound and Lydford Castle. As well as many fine National Trust houses and castles such as Antony House, Buckland Abbey and Cotehele.
Other local attractions include Morwellham Quay a museum and visitor centre based around the historic port and mine workings on the River Tamar. Yelverton Paperweight Centre is home to the Broughton Collection - a glittering collection of glass paperweights.
The Grand Western Canal at Tiverton offers on unusual trip down river by horse-drawn barge. Adventure seekers can book a flight in a glider plane travelling over the moors, Dartmoor Gliding are located 5 minutes from the Station. Fun and thrills can be found at Skirmish Paintball and Laser Games and for some off road fun visit Quad World at Cullompton.
Largely tracing the course of former railway lines, there is a cycling route that travels through tunnels and across breathtaking viaducts and bridges. The old viaduct next to the Station forms part of this route.
There are two RSPB reserves nearby: Aylesbeare Common, Sidmouth, and Exe Estuary, Exeter. The Devon Wildlife Trust cares for 40 reserves around the county and many have easy access. Dartmoor, just a few moments away, is home to the Dartmoor pony and a haven of other wildlife.
There are many challenging and interesting golf courses in and around Devon, including St Mellion, a championship course designed by Jack Nicklaus.
We can help make anniversaries, birthdays or other special occasions even more luxurious by supplying champagne, wine, flowers or an organic hamper of local produce. Your own personal chef can be pre-booked, to cook dinner within the comfort of your cottage.
Our holiday cottages are baby and child friendly. A babysitter is available and can be booked prior to arrival. We will happily provide a complimentary cot, highchair and stair gate upon request.
- Security deposit: £500. This is paid prior to arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection. - Linen & towels: All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price. - Energy costs: Included in the rental price. - End of stay cleaning: Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it. - Arrival time: 4pm onwards. - Departure time: 10am. - Pets: Please enquire. - Smoking: No smoking in the property. - It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Posted by National Railway Heritage Awardson 12/12/2011
This year The Old Station, owned by Colin and Jenny, are the proud winners of the award for the most meritorious entry in the commercial sector for their project to convert the closed station into private and holiday accommodation, which comprises of three 5 star gold holiday cottages.
Everything we could need and more
Posted by The Ward familyon 23/04/2011
We have had a really relaxing & enjoyable stay. It has everything we could need and more. We had a very warm welcome and the children have really enjoyed their time here which has been great as teenagers can be hard to accommodate. We would definitely come back and love all the history and charm Tavistock has to offer. Thank you kindly for the experience!! What an absolute joy it has been.
Posted by Andy & Sue Winteron 02/05/2010
What a lovely haven! Beautiful surroundings - thoughtful attention to detail. Very relaxing - will be back!!
Third time back!
Posted by Pauline & Blaine Smallon 19/04/2010
Third time back - just as good as the first. Lovely - very enjoyable. See you soon!
Posted by Kaye and Mike, Oxfordshireon 16/04/2010
We waited for the train, but sadly had to go home before it arrived!! A lovely relaxing weekend - Thank you.
Posted by Muzul and Rene Benaimon 06/04/2010
Thank you for a wonderful weekend and for all the extras.
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