Downicary Chapel Stable

ID: S84054

  • Bedrooms 2
  • ・ Sleeps 4
  • ・ Pets 2

Snaptrip says

Downicary Chapel Stable is a well-received holiday cottage, praised for its cleanliness, peaceful location, and comfortable furnishings. Guests appreciate the well-equipped kitchen and the secure garden for dogs. The rural setting is ideal for exploring Devon and Cornwall, and the property's charm is enhanced by thoughtful touches like a log burner. While some guests mention minor issues with facilities and maintenance, the overall sentiment is positive, with many expressing a desire to return.

Guests that stayed at this property said

The cottage is consistently described as very clean, with numerous guests highlighting its immaculate condition. There are isolated mentions of dead insects and cobwebs, but these do not detract significantly from the overall perception of cleanliness.

The location is highly regarded for its quiet, peaceful setting, with easy access to both Devon and Cornwall. The rural charm and proximity to local attractions like beaches and walking paths contribute to its high rating, despite some comments about the difficulty of accessing the property due to driveway gravel.

Guests find the beds and sofa comfortable, and the presence of a log burner adds to the cosy atmosphere. However, there are several remarks about the mattresses being too hard or needing replacement, and the bathroom's low ceiling causing discomfort for taller individuals.

The property is well-equipped with kitchen amenities and a secure garden, but there are recurring comments about the lack of Wi-Fi, the absence of a full shower, and the need for better outdoor furniture. Some guests also suggest improvements in maintenance, such as fixing water pressure issues and providing a shower that accommodates taller people.

While guests mention welcome treats for dogs and the provision of essentials like condiments and logs for the burner, there are not enough references to gifts for humans to accurately assess the thoughtfulness in this regard. Therefore, the score is set to null, and it should be noted that such gifts are not guaranteed.

About this property

St Giles-on-the-Heath 1.4 miles. This detached stone barn conversion is in the West Devon hamlet of Downicary, near St Giles-on-the-Heath. This lovely cottage is ideal for couple, small groups, families with children and two dogs are also welcome. Perfect if you are looking for a cosy retreat in a peaceful yet convenient location in an unspoilt rural setting off the beaten track. There is a an open plan tiled kitchen, dining area and sitting area with exposed beams, and woodburner, ideal for relaxing after a day in the countryside. The comfortable twin bedroom, which can be converted into a double if required is also on the ground floor. The master bedroom with hand made oak bedroom furniture and modern family bathroom are on the first floor, with views of the surrounding countryside. Outside there is a small open lawn and patio area with unique garden furniture, where guests can sit with uninterrupted views along the lane and out to the adjoining fields whilst enjoying a drink of an evening. Why not enjoy a BBQ using the charcoal BBQ provided. This cottage is in a peaceful part of Devon ideal for country walks, cycling, fishing, sailing, and windsurfing on nearby Roadford Reservoir, as well as the many National Trust properties nearby. A stay in this cottage will inspire a return to a gentle, peaceful way of life.

The town of Launceston, situated on the Devon and Cornwall border, has wonderful architecture, including some fine Georgian buildings in the central square and is dominated by the ruins of a Norman castle sitting high above the town. Visit the Tamar Otter Park just 3 miles away or take a trip on the steam train from Launceston through the beautiful Kensey Valley on a 5 mile round trip. Launceston is within driving distance of the seaside resorts of Bude and Padstow as well as the stunning Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor. A superb base for exploring Cornwall and Devon.


Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x ground floor twin (zip/link, can be double on request).

Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC.

Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner.

Electric convector heating with woodburner.

Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, selection of games.

Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner included in rent.

Bed linen and towels included in rent.

Off road parking for 3 cars.

Open garden area with lawn, patio and furniture.

Two well-behaved dogs welcome.

Sorry, no smoking.

Shop and pub 0.9 miles.

Note: This property has a private water supply from a bore hole and the indoor pump is audible at times.

Note: This property has a sloping ceiling.

Nearby points of interest

  • Launceston Steam Railway
  • Sterts Arts Centre
  • Launceston Castle
  • The Cheesewring
  • The Hurlers
  • The Castle Bude
  • Summerleaze Beach

Reviews (42)

  • Amy

    The only issue we had was the bathroom, the light didn’t work but hopefully that will have been rectified now. It’s worth noting the sloping ceiling is very low, I’m 5’8 and my head touched the ceiling so would be uncomfortable if you are taller. You can’t stand up for a shower which is fine if you are happy to have baths although the water pressure is great so it’s a shame there’s no shower. The beds are really comfortable and the kitchen is really well equipped. The garden fence to the road could do with sheep netting along it, as it’s not secure for curious dogs. The garden structure has started to rot so is not stable but there’s no outdoor table and chairs which was a real shame as the views from the decking are incredible. A bit of TLC and this would be a 5 star accommodation.

  • Jackie

    Special mention to the housekeeper Lucy for providing the clean & tidy environment. Plenty of good local walks in the area for people & dogs - who needs the WiFi when you have the birds churping away and baby lambs flocking around the field next to the Chapel Stable.

  • Hannah

    The kitchen has all the amenities you could possibly need. Comfortable large sofa and log burner. Although this is a lovely property there are a few things that could be improved. On arriving the house was cold but unable to start a fire as no kindling had been left for us. This is usually something owners provide get one going the first night you arrive. It should be noted that dogs are not allowed on the furniture (dont know why people say dog friendly?) I completely understand the not upstairs part but not allowed on the sofa?! Anyway to finish off the issue was the water pressure. Now only informed on reading this in the book that it could fluctuate not beforehand we had terrible issues to the point you couldn't even wash as it was flowing out the tap as a trickle. Although once informing the owner we had an issue and it was fixed we were already pretty much coming home. I feel some sort of compensation should have been offered as we were having to fill the bath up from downstairs. We got lucky our dog didn't need a wash! Also there was a lot of hair (human and dog) in the bedroom bedding as well. For this reason we wouldn't stay again.

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