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Rose Retreat, Dairy House Cottages, Langford, Cullompton, Devon EX15 1RF

Self-catering - Sleeps 6

Welcomes adults, children,

Average Rating from 23 reviews: 4.91
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Rose Retreat

Contact Details

Di & Richard Clatworthy
di@dairyhouse.biz
Tel - 01884 277 421
or 07962 179 038

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One of two 19thC converted barns quietly located at the end of a lane, with no passing traffic. With a suite of rooms both upstairs and downstairs Rose Retreat is ideal for couples to share.

Upstairs master bedroom with Victorian style king size four poster, en-suite bathroom with double-ended bath and separate shower. Large open plan upstairs lounge with 36 inch flatscreen TV, iPod dock, DVD player, books, games, iMac computer, and balcony with far reaching rural views. Downstairs country kitchen with adjoining dining area. Bedroom with king size four poster and matching single, overlooks garden. Bathroom with double-ended bath and separate shower. Kitchenette area so downstairs guests can make drinks etc without using the upstairs kitchen.

Restaurants, pubs and a supermarket at nearby Cullompton. 30 minutes drive to Exeter, Tiverton and Sidmouth. Holistic therapies available from Di, a qualified complementary therapist, including Reiki, reflexology, Hopi ear candling and massage.

  • Ideal for two couples sharing
  • iPad, iMac (free Wi-Fi), iPod dock
  • Robes and toiletries provided
  • Holistic therapies
  • Breakfast produce provided daily
  • Own garden with BBQ and sun loungers
  • Secluded location - no passing traffic
  • Just 10 minutes from the M5
  • Ideal for exploring both coast & country
  • Country pubs serving food nearby

“The cleanest and quietest holiday cottage we have ever rented”

“The barn was presented in 5 star class with all the entertainment you could wish for”

“We would definitely recommend this to our friends”

“5 star luxury with the freedom of self-catering. So much attention to detail”

“We would recommend this place to people that need to get away from everything and just do nothing”

“It was lovely to have our own private balcony, and to watch the wildlife in the fields”

“It was the best decision I have made regarding away-from-home accommodation”

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Review Review No. 23 of 23

Recommended by:

Nick T, Galley Common, Warks

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 40 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
April - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Fantastic, relaxing location to spend four nights ”

This was a fantastic place for chilling out. The little extra treats like cream tea and cheese and wine were really appreciated.

There are plenty of pubs within a short drive to spend a pleasant evening if you want to eat out, or just stay in if you want.

Specifically Recommend:

The cottage is just perfect for a break if you wish to get away from it all.

Local Gems:

West Bay was pleasant and the place where TV show Broadchurch was filmed.

Nick T, Galley Common - 14th April 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 14/04/2013
By Nick T, Galley Common, Warks

I confirm Nick was a bona-fide paying guest at Rose Retreat. The content of his recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Di Clatworthy, Rose Retreat - 15th April 2013
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Review Review No. 22 of 23

Recommended by:

Jessica B - Swadlincote

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 28 - 36
  •  
  • 1
  • 4
  • 1
Stayed:

3 Nights
August - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Attractions Suitable For Dogs And Children
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“An immaculate, peaceful, countryside cottage suitable for everyone”

We had a fantastic stay as Rose Retreat, everything had been thought of, right down to toothbrushes! It was a home from home.

Feeding the hungry fish every day and seeing the sheep in the field next door, our daughter loved.

It was well located for the motorway giving access to all beaches and attractions. A peaceful, well kept cottage, we will be returning!

Specifically Recommend:

The snooker room and computer were a real bonus!

We were so busy we didn’t get a chance to dive into the library’s-worth of books and DVDs, you will never be bored!

Local Gems:

We would recommend visiting Dawlish and Becky Falls for all families.

En Route:

Cheddar Gorge is fantastic!

Jessica B from Swadlincote, Derbyshire - 8th September 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 08/09/2012
By Jessica B - Swadlincote

I CONFIRM Jessica was a bona-fide paying guest at Rose Retreat. Her recommendation is accurate at time of writing and was not incentivised in any way.
Di Clatworthy, owner - 10.09.12
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Review Review No. 21 of 23

Recommended by:

Helen B from Ropley

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 25 - 28
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
June - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A wonderfully restful honeymoon break for us, exactly what we hoped for and more”

Rose Retreat has been beautifully converted, it far exceeded our expectations. It was extremely comfortable and homely - including the friendly cats that visited when it rained!

The whole setting was tranquil, down to the uninterrupted views across the sheep in the field outside the balcony. The stairs up to the main living area made us feel away from the world. The tray of goodies provided made us feel very welcome and gave us the perfect excuse to have a cream tea on the balcony as the sun set (supplemented with items from the pantry in Cullompton) and late night snacks in front of a good film.

A detailed resource book was provided with a full set of information and directions although to make the most of the break we found home-cooking was easier. The kitchen has everything you need however the hobs were very slow but got there in the end. (NB - Please see Owner’s Reply at foot of page)

My husband especially enjoyed feeding the Koi Carp in the pond at the bottom of the stairs.

Di and her husband are both lovely people and we look forward to visiting again in the future.

Specifically Recommend:

Sitting on the balcony with a cream tea listening for the sheep that goes ’’Moo’’ - yes there really was one!

Be Aware:

Due to an unseasonable cold snap the heating settings meant the hot water was limited but only took 20 mins to reheat. In sunny conditions this wouldn’t be an issue or in winter as the set-up is different so again wouldn’t be a problem

Local Gems:

Cullompton - everything about this local town was wonderful but especially The Pantry and butchers!

En Route:

The Horse with the Red Umbrella in Dorchester, always wonderful food and cakes with friendly service.

Helen B, Ropley, Nr. Alresford, Hants - 26th April 2012

Owner’s Reply:

The hobs are ceramic and heat instantly. They are checked before new people arrive and have never been found faulty, so perhaps they did not turn them on fully. We always ask guests to let us know immediately if they have any problems so that we can put things right for them, and we are only sorry that this wasn’t mentioned to us during their stay - Di

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 26/04/2012
By Helen B from Ropley

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, has been written by a bona-fide paying guest, without incentive, and is factually accurate at time of posting Di Clatworthy, Owner - April 27 2012
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Review Review No. 20 of 23

Recommended by:

Raymond B from Staffs

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 1
  • 50
  •  
Stayed:

40 Nights
January - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Business
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Doubt there is anywhere better”

I stayed at both Rose Retreat & Honeysuckle hideaway during a period between February 2011 and April

I seem to spend my life in hotels, and indeed had done so in several hotels in this specific area of Devon prior to the dates stated above.

It was the best decision I have made regarding away-from-home accommodation.

Both properties are wonderfully comfortable, spotlessly clean and a pleasure to be in, with just about everything you could require, and everything is very high quality.

The hosts, Di & Richard also deserve special mention, unintrusive but attentive and extremely helpful.

I am currently working in Fife, I would like to transport one of these properties there!!
Ray Blood

Specifically Recommend:

Local pubs

Local Gems:

Local pubs

Ray B - Great Wyrley, Staffs - 22.02.12

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 22/02/2012
By Raymond B from Staffs

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, has been written by a bona-fide paying guest, without incentive, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Di Clatworthy
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Review Review No. 19 of 23

Recommended by:

Karen S from Shanklin, IOW

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 50 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
March - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Warm, quiet, cosy cottage with a lovely balcony, where one may sit sipping champagne, whilst watching and listening to the wildlife, pure heaven!”

Rose Retreat was tucked away in a quiet country lane. The property was beautifully decorated, warm, quiet and very homely and comfortable. It was lovely to have our own private balcony, and to watch the wildlife in the fields.

It is a beautiful rural retreat and the owners were very accommodating and extremely helpful, without being intrusive.

This property would suit couples or families as it is very spacious and lends itself to peace and harmony. In inclement weather - it is great to just stay at Rose Retreat, play pool, and watch a good DVD. When the weather improves Dartmoor is wild and mysterious. A beautiful place in a beautiful part of the world.

Specifically Recommend:

Excellent for romance. Remember to pack wine, flowers and chocolates....

Local Gems:

Dartmoor

Karen S - Shanklin, Isle of Wight - Feb 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 20/02/2012
By Karen S from Shanklin, IOW

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, has been written by a bona-fide paying guest, without incentive, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Di Clatworthy
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Review Review No. 18 of 23

Recommended by:

Paul, Julie, Eric and Helen

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 4
  • 40 - 46
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
February - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“What a beautiful place to chill out”

The four of us just wanted to get away from the rat race for a couple of days. The accommodation was first class and every small detail was taken care of.

The location was very quiet but within driving distance of places of interest. We never even turned on the TV as we happily played board games and cards.

We would recommend this place to people that need to get away from everything and just do nothing.

Specifically Recommend:

Set in such a beautiful location you can’t miss out on the lovely country walks.

Local Gems:

The local pub served beautiful food at a reasonable price.

Paul, Julie, Eric and Helen - Basingstoke, Hants - Feb 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 19/02/2012
By Paul, Julie, Eric and Helen

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, has been written by a bona-fide paying guest, without incentive, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Di Clatworthy
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Review Review No. 17 of 23

Recommended by:

John P from NSW, Australia

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 55 - 65
  •  
Stayed:

6 Nights
May - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Great location for most good things in Devon and definitely the best holiday cottage we have ever had in the UK”

A lovely homely and extremely comfortable holiday home away from home.

Very helpful owners.

Everything you could need in the cottage, extremely quiet and relaxing and great views from the cottage.

Thoroughly recommended.

Specifically Recommend:

The cleanest and quietest holiday cottage we have ever rented.

Local Gems:

River Cottage cookery day

John P, NSW Australia - 18th Feb 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 18/02/2012
By John P from NSW, Australia

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, has been written by a bona-fide paying guest, without incentive, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Di Clatworthy
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Review Review No. 16 of 23

Recommended by:

Stan G from Barton on Sea

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 60 - 64
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
September - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Great peaceful, relaxing place to chill out!”

What a fab place, bonus was the Snooker Room, my wife beat me, as per usual!

The views are great and sitting on the terrace with a glass of wine is our idea of bliss.

The barn was presented in 5 star class with all the entertainment you could wish for, large TV and a Mac PC.

Di & Richard are wonderful hosts, very friendly and easy to get on with.

Very quiet and peaceful. This location will suit most people.

Specifically Recommend:

Two good pubs nearby which serve good food.

If you are like us, the Chill Out Factor is second to none.

Local Gems:

Tiverton, good place to go for a visit

En Route:

Honiton, good place to stop on the way for food and a coffee break and look around the shops.

Stan - Barton on Sea, Hants - February 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 17/02/2012
By Stan G from Barton on Sea

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, has been written by a bona-fide paying guest, without incentive, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Di Clatworthy
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Review Review No. 15 of 23

Recommended by:

Fiona M from Reading

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 39
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
April - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“It is the most wonderful place to go and do nothing....exactly what I needed”

This was a lovely place to stay. It was very peaceful and relaxing, just what we needed on our first weekend away of the year.

It was wonderful to open our curtains and see the birds of prey sat in the trees. We really enjoyed the afternoon tea that was waiting for us when we arrived and the extra snacks were greatly appreciated.

There was a good choice of DVDs and plenty of books to read.

We would definitely recommend this to our friends.

Specifically Recommend:

Sitting on the decking with a glass in hand.

Local Gems:

Didn’t go out much!

Fiona - Reading - Feb 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 17/02/2012
By Fiona M from Reading

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, has been written by a bona-fide paying guest, without incentive, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Di Clatworthy
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Review Review No. 14 of 23

Recommended by:

Barbara T from Worthing

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 4
  • 40 - 55
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
November - 2011

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“5 Star luxury but with the freedom of self-catering”

Have been going to Rose Retreat for the past seven years and have enjoyed celebrating many birthdays and anniversaries since.

5 star luxury with the freedom of self-catering. So much attention to detail.

The accommodation is so wonderful it is easy to stay in and chill but there are also some great walks within easy reach of the cottage.

If you need to recharge your batteries this is definitely the place to go.

Specifically Recommend:

Walks along the canal.

Local Gems:

Enjoy the beautiful countryside

Barbara T, Worthing, Sussex - 15th Feb 2012

Owner’s Reply:

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 15/02/2012
By Barbara T from Worthing

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Review Review No. 13 of 23

Recommended by:

Jo H from Hatherleigh

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 40 - 50
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
January - 2012

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A fantastic place to re-charge your batteries, with peace and quiet in abundance”

We came here for the third time for another relaxing midweek break and Di and Richard could not be more accommodating and welcoming. The little extras that you don’t normally find in a self catering place made it so comfortable and enjoyable.

The property has a home-from-home feel, complete with a packed book shelf, DVD selection to watch on the flat screen TV, and an Apple computer to play with! (as well as a kitchen full of decent utensils and beautiful crockery - a rare find)!

As the property is primarily on the first floor of the building, we wouldn’t recommend it for people with very limited mobility. However, this does mean that the views from the balcony are absolutely stunning over the immediate rolling countryside and beyond. The property is always beautifully presented and they must have a very good cleaner, as it is always spotless!

We discovered Otter Nurseries this time, a garden centre with a very large shop and a very highly recommended restaurant....go there hungry!

All in all, another fantastic stay to re-charge our batteries. What luxury to be relaxing mid-morning, looking at the view, snuggled up in the (supplied) very lovely big soft bath robes.... I think there will be a fourth visit!

Specifically Recommend:

Walking in the local area. Bring your binoculars, as the wildlife is worth a watch.

Local Gems:

Otter Nurseries - Ottery St Mary

Local walks - surrounding area

Knightshayes Court - National Trust

Killerton house and gardens - National Trust

Exeter for shopping

Jo H, Devon - February 13th 2012

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 13/02/2012
By Jo H from Hatherleigh

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Review Review No. 12 of 23

Recommended by:

W & E from Kent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  •  
  • 2
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
September - 2009

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Cycling & Countryside Location
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A lovely relaxing break in wonderful surroundings”

Lovely quaint cottage in open countryside with glorious views. Rose Retreat is on two floors. We stayed in the first floor as there were just two of us. The accommodation could sleep 4-6 otherwise.

Richard and Di have paid a lot of attention to detail and anyone would struggle to need anything that wasn’t provided - even food to feed the fish in the pond just outside! Breakfast food is provided by request each morning.

BBQ facilities mean that you can enjoy more of the outside and then chill indoors by either playing pool or snooker, listening to the music provided, play games, watch DVDs etc. Lots of things to choose from.

Di and Richard got the accommodation spot on - even their cats are a pleasure!

Specifically Recommend:

The whole package

Be Aware:

Be prepared for a relaxing time

Local Gems:

Five Bells Inn in Clyst Hydon. (Note pubs open 12 - 3 and 6 or 6.30 - 11pm generally)

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/09/2009
By W & E from Kent

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Review Review No. 11 of 23

Recommended by:

Iona P from Worcestershire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • 4
  • 15 - 60
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

3 Nights
April - 2009

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • A Visit To Diggerland!
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“We never go anywhere twice, but we would break that rule and return”

The two storey barn conversion had every comfort you could want.

It was spotless and had fantastic views. A very relaxing environment in beautiful surroundings.

Certainly exceeded our expectations with excellent facilities.

Specifically Recommend:

Everything.

Be Aware:

The quiet is wonderful.

Local Gems:

Diggerland

A pub in the village of Beer - cannot remember the name but it is the last one before the sea!

En Route:

Our route is all M5 so unless you like overpriced food that has been kept tepid for eight hours the answer is no, we didn’t find anywhere nice to stop en-route!

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 25/04/2009
By Iona P from Worcestershire

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Review Review No. 10 of 23

Recommended by:

Mark & Janet P from Thatcham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 48
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
October - 2008

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“We had a marvellous break, everything we had hoped for”

Absolutely everything included, including toiletries, breakfast, cereals, tea, coffee etc.

Lovely accommodation. Beautiful views. Absolute peace and quiet.

Facilities are excellent with TVs, PC with internet access, i-Pod player, snooker table.

Specifically Recommend:

If you are looking for a quality break, this is it!

Be Aware:

You will definitely enjoy yourselves.

Everything has been thought of - and then some.

Mark and Janet - Thatcham

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 16/10/2008
By Mark & Janet P from Thatcham

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, has been written by a bona-fide paying guest, without incentive, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Di Clatworthy
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Review Review No. 9 of 23

Recommended by:

Marie & Mike S from Poole

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 42 - 44
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
September - 2008

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“The whole experience has been wonderful and it’s a shame it’s over, for now.”

The accommodation was very accurately described but was even better than expected. It was very homely, and comfortable, and very relaxing.

The accommodation had everything that you could possibly want or need, and the surroundings were absolutely beautiful. It is a wonderful place to recharge your batteries.

Everything that you want or need is supplied, I don’t think that there is anything that needs to be changed. Would recommend to all our friends and family.

Specifically Recommend:

Your accommodation is very welcoming and has a welcome hamper, and also all of your essentials, such as all produce for a full English breakfast, wine, tea coffee etc. so you do not have to rush out to purchase everything before your break can start

Be Aware:

If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful and friendly atmosphere to take a break this is just the place for you

Local Gems:

The Five Bells at Clyst Hydon, Cullompton.

Also recommend Sidmouth and Cullompton.

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/09/2008
By Marie & Mike S from Poole

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Review Review No. 8 of 23

Recommended by:

Nicky S from Worthing

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 42 & 44
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
September - 2008

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • To Be Pampered
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“As it said on the box, LUXURY!
Best accommodation we have come across in England”

Luxurious accommodation in tranquil setting and very well designed to give privacy and the feeling that you are on your own.

Scenery lovely - great to see animals so close by, great setting for walks and bike rides with some good pubs nearby.

Specifically Recommend:

5 star plus accommodation

Feeling of being pampered with all needs that you can think of being met.

Makes you forget about the weather as accommodation is so nice to be in.

Every need catered for and amazing value for money plus fantastic hospitality from the owners

Be Aware:

Be prepared for utter bliss with a capital B!

Local Gems:

The Five Bells Clyst Hydon. Excellent food and local ale!

Bike ride a MUST!

Di’s therapies - excellent!

En Route:

Worthing to Langford. The Old Beams Pub, in the New Forest

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Recommended on 29/09/2008
By Nicky S from Worthing

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, has been written by a bona-fide paying guest, without incentive, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Di Clatworthy
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Review Review No. 7 of 23

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Nick S from Shrewsbury

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 26 & 27
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
September - 2008

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Superbly relaxing, a real treat to escape to!”

We have been before, and were really pleased to be booked up for a return visit!

The gift hamper was (as last time) very nice

Set in an idyllic location, not too far from the motorway, for easy access. This beautiful barn conversion is about as cosy as you can get!

Specifically Recommend:

Rose Retreat is a perfect home away from home, with a snooker room, DVD player and music - plenty to help relax

Be Aware:

The heating is sadly not included, or at least a contribution is requested - could be a problem in the winter

See Owner’s Right to Reply below

Owner’s Reply:

PLEASE NOTE - Heating is included in price during the winter - Di

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Recommended on 12/09/2008
By Nick S from Shrewsbury

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, has been written by a bona-fide paying guest, without incentive, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Di Clatworthy
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Review Review No. 6 of 23

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Mandy B from Shoreham by Sea

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 4
  • 20 - 48
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
August - 2008

Wanted:
  • Family Wedding
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Sensational - could not have asked for anything more”

It was very comfortable and clean, with good provisions of every day items like tea, coffee, sugar, washing-up liquid, kitchen and toilet roll, plus toiletries in the bathrooms - nothing was forgotten.

The snooker table was great and the broadband was lovely. The beds were comfortable and the TV reception was great.

It is very quiet and relaxing, the views are lovely and there is a very friendly cat who visited us daily.

Specifically Recommend:

The property is just wonderful - it is so quiet and relaxing and the views are lovely.

Local pub, The Five Bells, the food was great as stated in the folder.

Be Aware:

Not a property for little children or anyone who finds stairs difficult.

Local Gems:

Five Bells - lovely pub - with great food which also had a very pretty garden. It was obvious somebody had taken a lot of time and effort.

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 26/08/2008
By Mandy B from Shoreham by Sea

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Review Review No. 5 of 23

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N.E from Colchester

Our party:
  • Adults:
  •  
  • 2
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
August - 2008

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Described by the owners as... ’A luxury self-catering barn conversion in rural Devon’ - exactly right!”

The accommodation was lovely with many extra touches.... selection of books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, toiletries, kitchen equipment and refreshments. Everything we could think of had been included.

Welcome hamper was lovely.

It was in the middle of farm land and very peaceful yet was not too far from Exeter City.

Specifically Recommend:

Somewhere where you can take life at your own pace.

Breakfast is included but is taken at your leisure.

En Route:

Sparkford - on the A303. The villagers do breakfasts for passing traffic in the village hall and use the proceeds for village projects. It is done every Saturday morning during the school holidays. It was a lovely breakfast with a few choices including cereal. Much nicer than any services!

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 19/08/2008
By N.E from Colchester

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, having been written by a bona-fide paying guest, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Di Clatworthy
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Review Review No. 4 of 23

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V.C from Gloucs

Our party:
  • Adults:
  •  
  • 2
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
May - 2008

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A totally relaxing experience - a chance to re-charge our batteries in an idyllic part of the country”

If peace and tranquility is what you crave, then Rose Retreat is the place for you. It is situated at the end of a private lane where you find two secluded properties and the owners’ house.

It is a very pretty place with flower pots galore and beautiful little ponds housing fish and the odd duck! The outside space is well thought out with a balcony overlooking the glorious countryside and another seating area where you can admire the fish in your own private little pond.

This is a luxurious break. Every day you are provided with all the ingredients for a full English breakfast plus cereals, juice, yoghurt, tea, coffee and milk. A welcome basket is provided with wine, snacks, cheese and a Devon cream tea. The reality is you can arrive without the worry of packing everything you normally require for your first evening and next day breakfast - it is all provided.

I have stayed at quite a few cottages, which always look quaint and comfortable but this is not always the case. Usually the bed and settees have seen better days but at Rose Retreat the bed is absolutely luxurious and the sofas are very very comfortable.

The bathroom has a fantastic power shower and double-ended bath. Everywhere is very clean and well equipped and it is definitely the best accommodation I have ever stayed at

Specifically Recommend:

Away-from-it-all location

Peace and quiet (apart from the birds)!

Excellent attention to detail and quality furnishings.

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/06/2008
By V.C from Gloucs

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, having been written by a bona-fide paying guest, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Di Clatworthy
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Review Review No. 3 of 23

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R.F from Surrey

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 31 - 49
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
May - 2008

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Away From Crowds, But Near To Places To Visit
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“We were delighted with Rose Retreat and had a wonderful stay ”

If anything the website and brochure don’t do the property justice as to how pretty it is. There were so many little thoughtful touches, and not just generic but tailored to us and our visit.

The accommodation was spotlessly clean, very nicely furnished and the bedroom was stunning, very romantic with a 4 poster bed that was really comfy and with a choice of types of pillow. There is both a double-ended bath and a rain shower in the bathroom and a plentiful supply of towels.

There are films, games, books, CDs, internet, everything you could possibly want - if you were snowed-in for a week you wouldn’t be bored, and that’s before we come to the snooker table downstairs!

The cooking facilities are good, with hob, oven, grill and microwave and there is a dishwasher. The setting is idyllic, there is a beautiful pond with fish we could feed and stunning views over the countryside. There are two patio balcony areas for sitting outside and it is blissfully serene. We saw deer a couple of times from our balcony, it really was a perfect weekend escape.

Specifically Recommend:

Everything. If you are looking for somewhere peaceful, and very thoughtfully put together this is for you. There are places nearby to visit but you could happily just stay in the whole length of your visit and not run out of things to do.

We particularly liked the extra rooms downstairs that could be booked if there were more people, as they were self-contained with their own kitchen and bathroom so if two couples went, you still have your own space (we liked that these are never booked separately too!). Everything about this is so well thought out.

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I really do think that it was perfect, they seemed to have already thought of everything

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/05/2008
By R.F from Surrey

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Review Review No. 2 of 23

Recommended by:

Mrs S.M - Hampshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 57 & 61
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
May - 2008

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Perfect chill-out place to recharge depleted batteries”

It was just as described in the brochure .... yet way beyond for comfort and decor

Quiet, peaceful and hosts very welcoming.

Accommodation excellent - everything you could wish for was available.

Surroundings could be seen for miles, lanes brilliant to drive around.

Could reach shops, seaside, countryside easily

Specifically Recommend:

The welcome by Di

The special touches of the full breakfast and welcoming nibbles

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/05/2008
By Mrs S.M - Hampshire

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, having been written by a bona-fide paying guest, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Di Clatworthy
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