Reviews


Below are some Hartwell reviews submitted to this site. You can also see some more on Googlemaps and HomeAway and on Trip advisor; but do come back and book with us direct to avoid commission and admin fees of up to 15%!

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The house was lovely and comfortable and nicely furnished and decorated. The garden beautiful and so spacious and the pool magnificent; it was used all the time we were at home – the children never seemed out of it! The weather helped to make it one of the best family holidays ever and every breakfast and evening meal we ate outside on the patio. The welcome basket was also very welcome and most generous. Thanks are due to Angie and Angus for all their kind help making things go smoothly.

Rory Hilton, 

If your wish is a “getaway from it all” holiday I can think of no better place to spend time than in the beautiful and tranquil setting that is Hartwell. Our extended family of nine (ages 4 to 84) has just returned from an idyllic seven day stay, made even nicer by the glorious weather we have had recently.

The facilities are excellent for children of all ages with a superb heated outdoor swimming pool that is well maintained, along with a safely ‘contained’ trampoline, football net, table tennis, table football and numerous other field games (cricket etc.). The children adored it (including the very active 84 year old!!) and they were rather tearful when we had to leave. The beauty of Hartwell is that everything that one requires for a great holiday is here so we did very little sight-seeing which was a shame given the surroundings.

The house is a charming, traditional old Devon farmhouse that is clean and well maintained with more than adequate kitchen facilities for a big group with large fridge, Aga and separate electric oven and hob. A slight downside was that the freezer was quite small but we adapted our catering accordingly so it wasn’t an issue.

The bedrooms were of a decent size, with comfortable beds and again, very clean and pleasant.
Good shower and bathroom facilities.

The expansive gardens are truly fabulous and they ARE garden(s) with different areas for play, relaxation and contemplation. The terrace outside the kitchen door was a favoured place for pre dinner drinks, eating and even a game of cards in the evening!

Great TV that came in very handy for the last two England World Cup matches and a cupboard full of traditional board games.

Angie (the housekeeper) was very welcoming, as was the little food hamper on our arrival and Angus (the owner) was always friendly and very responsive to my questions before our arrival. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Ah but there was one negative. My daughter and son-in-law, currently living in Singapore and in the UK for a short vacation, expecting some respite from the heat and humidity of that country, complained that it was too hot!! There’s just no pleasing some people!

Neville Carter, 

I can only give a very positive review of Hartwell, the setting, grounds and the fantastic swimming pool all add up to a great few days holiday. The chance to relax for a few days makes this an ideal place to get away from it all. No need to be apprehensive, go ahead and book and enjoy yourselves.

Broughton David, 

Such a gorgeous house in a lovely setting. Beautiful gardens with the added bonus of a heated pool!
There are lots of different living areas, all very cosy! We were greeted with a generous welcome hamper of goodies which was a nice touch!
Would highly recommend and in fact, have booked again for next year already!

Alex Whiting, 

We had a school reunion and used Hartwell to have eight forty year olds stay after many years without seeing each other... Hartwell had a welcome hamper with eggs, milk and bread . Towels on the beds and by the pool. Place was warm, welcoming and perfectly manicured garden with many suntraps. The pool was heated , clean and perfect for a morning swim or afternoon snooze with a book. Couldn’t recommend more ... we will be back... enjoy

Addison g, 

We have just returned home from 3 perfect nights in Hartwell House. There is nothing even slightly negative to say about this holiday home. It is beautiful. The home is cozy, and comfortable. The sofa next to the log burner is the perfect place to relax after playing in the garden (there are ample games in the garage, including cricket and table tennis.) The swimming pool was heated, immaculately clean and the view from the pool, over the rolling hills reminded me how much I love England. The kitchen is very well equipped with high quality utensils and cooking dishes. Perfect for a roast lamb supper for 10 people! I cannot recommend a trip to Hartwell more highly. We only left the house once to go to The Royal Inn for a scrumptious lunch. We cannot wait to return. Thank you Angus from the bottom of our hearts for making a special family occasion truely perfect, and thank you to Tracey. Kate, family and friends.

Kate Portlock , 

...very welcoming and kind......We are v much enjoying the place, the house feels like a home and we love every bit of it. so much fun to cook a mary berrie apple pie in a rayburn, the kitchen is so well equiped and cosy. bed (4pole) sleeps v well and the living room with woodburner is comfortable. we were lucky to have a couple of soft, one even warm, days so the pool was well used. we loved the scenery of dartmoor and also the smooth rolling hills of Devon are beautifull and all different OSmaps came in handy.....Royal Inn is a treat!
as you hear, it will be a bit of a sad moment leaving tomorrow, and we wouldn't be surprised to return.
so thank you for sharing this lovely house with us it made our holiday one to remember with a smile.

Jeroen and Lianne (Netherlands), 

We laughed, we played , we enjoyed the comfort space and thoughtfulness of the house. Wonderful relaxing home with room to cook and such a good welcome. It is in a great spot but be warned you may want to stay put as it is heavenly. Thank you Angus for sharing this beautiful space, we do hope to come back. My US family loved it.

Angela Jarvis-Holland, 

Our booking experience went smoothly thanks to Angus. Very quick at responding to queries and helpful too.

The house itself is huge. There is plenty of space inside and the kitchen area is a nice place to sit and leads out into a lovely garden area which was nice to sit in at the end of the day. We had great weather so spent most days around the pool area which was great. The pool house has plenty of inflatables and towels available to use too. The outside area is amazing and set out really well as there are different sections. The views are great and it's so quiet and peaceful. The table tennis table in the garage was used a lot and there are plenty of wellies to use if you want to go off for a walk. The children also made use of the big trampoline. Tavistock is about a 15 minute drive and there are plenty of places to eat. There are also several supermarkets. The nearest pub to the house is a mile away. Fine to walk to, but it's uphill on the way back so would advise driving there.

We all had a fantastic holiday and hope to return to Hartwell again. I would highly recommend and thank you again Angus....

Gemma Ward, 

What a wonderful property. The house is lovely - everything you could possibly want is in some drawer or cupboard. There is a wealth of books and games, and lots of outdoor equipment (badminton, croquet, swing ball, table tennis, table football, trampoline, football net, etc, etc). We picked a really hot week, so the pool was perfect - a good size, lots of inflatables and lovely poolside furniture. The gardens were sun traps, but with the stone floors, the house stayed cool and was a welcome relief. Several different places to sit outside. Normally the smaller back garden, with its sunny patio, would have been perfect on its own, but the much much larger front garden, with a huge gently sloping lawn, and a hidden area by the pond with tables, chairs and a hammock, meant that you hardly needed to go anywhere. And this was probably the best thing - it is so hidden, several miles from the nearest town, and tucked down a tiny lane used by only a handful of vehicles each day. There is a nice pub with good food about a mile or two away, and shops about 20 minutes away in Tavistock. And that is it. Lots of great walks, but more importantly lots of opportunity to simply do nothing. Angus, the owner, was so helpful - kept in touch with us leading up to the holiday, and always friendly. I'll keep trying to think of a negative for this property, and will write again when I think of something, but I may be a while.....

David A, 

Hartwell really is idyllic, it is beautifully and stylishly decorated and furnished. We were a family party aged from 5 to 80 - plus two dogs - and everyone loved the house, not to mention the fabulous swimming pool and exquisite gardens.

Mary H, 

.... a relaxing stay in this gorgeous house with its very own stone circle from where you can watch the shooting stars....... We will definitely be back!

Alison Kelly, 

This is a really lovely, comfortable base for a holiday in Devon. Great walking, horse riding and pubs close by. Beautiful gardens to relax in too

Louise S, 

We loved the house, especially the gardens and the wonderful setting. It was perfect for a family gathering with people of all ages. We appreciated the very well equipped kitchen (we were even able to make a birthday cake!) and we were very comfortable and relaxed. Thanks for a great break - we very much hope to be back!

Linda P, 

Hartwell is a beautiful house, spacious, yet cosy; welcoming and very well appointed. The kitchen is wonderful, with its Rayburn and farmhouse-style table.

Judith Roscoe,