Then: North Bovey in the early 1900s.


Now: nothing has changed!

Now: nothing has changed!

Luxury Holiday Cottage in North Bovey

Our luxury Devon holiday cottage is in the 13th century thatched village of North Bovey, one of Devon’s prettiest and best preserved settlements.

Dating from the 13th century, North Bovey is made up an oak-shaded village green surrounded by clusters of treacle-tinted thatched cottages, a parish church and traditional village pub, the Ring of Bells.

Little has changed here in centuries. There are no street names, no street lighting and the only sounds you’ll hear are birdsong, distant church bells and the occasional clip-clopping of horses’ hooves. Villagers still have a barter economy, with much of the trading done over a pint in the pub: swapping honey for a brace of pheasants; or fixing a leaky tap for a shank of lamb. Villagers sell homemade produce from honesty boxes on their doorsteps: fresh eggs, bread and fruit-filled preserves. It’s country living at its best.

North Bovey is surrounded by wildly romantic Dartmoor scenery: pastures dotted with sheep, lofty tors, open moors, wooded glades and fairytale castles. Our bespoke travel guide suggests all the best things to do in and around North Bovey.

A living snapshot of straw roofs and stone longhouses

Moorland View Cottage
The Village
North Bovey
Dartmoor National Park
Devon TQ13 8RA
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By car
The M4 from London, the M6 from the North West and the M1/M42 from the North East link up with the M5 to Devon, from where you can join the A30 to Moretonhampstead, our nearest town. North Bovey is a five-minute drive from here. If you're using a sat nav/GPS, plug in Moretonhampstead, our nearest town, as your destination. From Moretonhampstead, turn into Pound Street, opposite the Co-op, and keep following this single-track country lane for about 1.5 miles until you get to North Bovey. Once you’ve passed the 'North Bovey, please drive carefully' sign, take the first turning on the left (opposite a grassy island with a tree in the middle). Moorland View is the third terraced cottage on the right, with two lollipop-shaped bay trees outside and a dark purple door. This is the back entrance, where there is space for one car. There's more free parking on the village green.

By train
Regular services leave London Paddington and London Waterloo for Exeter St Davids. There's a taxi service at Exeter St Davids station (01392 666 666;, with cabs costing around £35 one-way to North Bovey. Due to the remoteness of the cottage, we recommend hiring a car. Abbeyford Car Hire deliver vehicles to Exeter St Davids station (01392 214242, 

By air
The nearest international airports are Exeter (a 40-minute drive away), Plymouth (50 mins), Bristol (1hr 50 mins), London Heathrow (3hrs) and London Gatwick (4hrs).