4.4 miles NW of Buckfastleigh

Little Cresson Hayes

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This cottage is a sublime hideaway for four, with gasp-inducing original features such as the gorgeous flagstone floors, rugged beams, stone staircase and thick walls. With beautiful fittings and furniture - think plush velvets, roll top baths and wood burning stoves - this is a truly gorgeous getaway, perfect for couples or families.

Special 'Just for Two' rate

A special 'Just for Two' rate applies outside of school holidays, peak weeks, bank holidays, Christmas and New Year. At Little Cresson Hayes the Just for Two couples rate is 20% discount, this is on the basis that only the master bedroom is used during your stay. Please call the office on 01872 553491 if you have any questions or would like to book.

Living and dining

This lovely space has bags of character and the stylish teal Loaf sofa juxtaposes nicely with the pretty Turkish rugs, whitewashed walls, inglenook fireplace with wood burner and oak beams. The room is completed by gorgeous antique furniture, soft lighting and a dining table tucked away in the corner, perfect for breakfasting or late suppers. Cool during hot summers and cosy during winter months, we can't think of anything better than lounging away an afternoon here, with only a book for company.

In addition, there is a useful passage, which is perfect for those with dogs, or for hanging and drying clothes.


The fabulous kitchen is surprisingly spacious for an old cottage, with the mod cons and country-style cabinets blending perfectly with the heritage of the house. There's a handy breakfast bar for two for meals on the go, bags of space for cooking up a feast or five and the all-important Nespresso coffee machine to help you wake up in the morning. Just perfect!


There are two gorgeous bedrooms. The incredible en suite master bedroom has a sumptuous Loaf super king bed as well as a fabulously romantic freestanding slipper-style bath and even a wood burning stove, made for cosying up in front of on winter nights. The second equally pretty bedroom has a king size bed and light and airy vaulted ceiling and windows offering plenty of light. Both bedrooms are swathed in glorious linens, throws and cushions, offering a peaceful paradise for long lazy lie ins.


There are two shower rooms, one being en suite to the master bedroom. Both have walk-in showers with large drench heads, perfect for wake-me-up showers in the morning or for soothing aching muscles after a day's exploring. Of course, there's also the pretty slipper bath in the master bedroom - just light the wood burner, run a bath and lie back - totally blissful.


Please note, due to the age of the property the stairs are made of stone and are very old, winding and uneven with a rope handrail and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.

Outdoor space

Outside, you'll find an enclosed pretty little garden with a lovely patio area, complete with table, chairs and a barbeque for summer days and a spot of alfresco dining.


There's private parking outside the cottage - please note that access is fairly tight, Additional parking can be found on the road.


Due to the steep stone stairs Little Cresson Hayes welcomes children over 10 only.


Little Cresson Hayes has WiFi so you can stay in touch with the outside world should you need to.


Two well-behaved dogs are very welcome at Little Cresson Hayes, we charge £35 per dog, per week or short break. The garden is enclosed and there's a field adjacent to the cottage for exercising your dogs.

In the Area

Being nestled in the heart of Dartmoor in Devon, there's rich pickings when it comes to places to eat, visit and explore. Ashburton is the nearest town and a lovely place to visit with a fabulous range of delis, local food shops, antique shops and arts and crafts. Of course, you have the whole of Dartmoor to explore with its hundreds of paths, tracks and woodland walks to traverse - great if you have dogs with you too or why not try horse riding.

If you like being on water, the River Dart is great for canoeists whilst there are beaches nearby to enjoy such as Bigbury and Bantham. Salcombe and Dartmouth are also exceptional sailing destinations.

Buckfast Abbey is well worth a visit. This Benedictine monastery is free to enter and has lovely gardens to explore. Nearby Totnes is crammed full of independent shops, places to eat and Devon's largest food market which takes place on the third Sunday of every month.

The South Devon Railway, which runs between Totnes and Buckfastleigh by steam train, is a lovely way to see the countryside.

Make sure to check out The Tavistock Inn in Poundsgate, a 25-minute walk across fields from Little Cresson Hayes. One of the oldest inns in England (it dates to about 1413), it serves excellent food and drink and dogs are welcome. Legend has it that 'old Nick', the devil himself, called in for a drink before striking the local church with lightening (this actually happened - the vicar at the time lived in Little Cresson Hayes which was attached to Cresson Hayes back in the 17th century). Other places to try are The Rugglestone Inn in nearby Widecombe in the Moor and The Old Library, an excellent restaurant in Ashburton.

Steeped in history, this ancient house is incredibly characterful and hugely romantic - both perfect for couples and families alike, and dog friendly too!

At a glance

From £635 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | Dogs welcome

Key features

Al Fresco eating

Ideal Honeymoon spot

Off the beaten track

Rolling countryside

Dog friendly

Wood Burner

Perfect For Couples


Country Houses

Boutique country chic

Super King Bed

check in / check out days

Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Little Cresson Hayes:

We had such a lovely break, really didn't want to leave and plan to return! The cottage is gorgeous, nestled in the most beautiful countryside. Fabulous walks along the Dart valley, on the moor and lots of beach fun too! Highly recommend.

Fabulous bedroom, beautiful and peaceful location

A lovely get away on the edge of beautiful Dartmoor. Perfect for a small family (and dog).

Absolutely lovely location. Beautiful clean and comfortable cottage. Nice touches

Beautiful area, surroundings & Little Cresson Hayes is very well appointed cottage & immaculately finished.

Very comfy and peaceful location

High quality luxury cottage. Lovely welcome basket and logs and kindling for the fire. Bed was super comfortable. Lovely bathroom products. A very relaxing stay with lovely views out from the small garden. Parking is best on the road by the farm, too tight for our 4x4 to park outside the cottage. Access road is a single track road but quiet.

Lovely comfortable little cottage very cleverly done so as to be modern and unexpectedly spacious.

A fabulous stay in a wonderful cottage Helen and James

We loved Little Cresson. The location is stunning , with walks from the doorstep. The cottage is beautifully designed and decorated snd it was a real treat to stay here. We would love to return.

Quaint and perfectly situated for a quiet break

Really lovely cottage, beautiful decorated, comfy and so relaxing. Kitchen very well stocked. Amazing views of the moors and great walks straight from the doorstep

We had a great time at the cottage. It's really spacious and well equipped. The kitchen had everything we needed. The bath in the bedroom was amazing with lovely views. There was a lovely "secret garden" for us to use which was perfect for a drink in the evening. It was difficult to walk the dogs as cattle walk freely through the village so this meant we had to drive out of the area for a more relaxed walk without having to worry about the dogs; but there were plenty of beautiful walks in short driving distance.

A lovely cottage in a rural location on the edge of Dartmoor. Little Cresson Hayes was so well equipped, the best we have ever stayed in. The basket of food goodies was much appreciated

Idyllic little bolt hole.

We were thrilled with this cottage. Romantic and spotless. Truly felt like a home from home.

Amazing cottage, couldn’t of asked for a better holiday location. It was a home from home everything we needed, perfect if you want to escape everyday life! Great for dogs too!

Beautifully decorated & very well equipped.

We absolutely loved our stay at Little Cresson Hayes and wouldn’t hesitate for a second about going back again. Everything in the cottage was just beautiful and we just loved all of the Loaf furniture! The location was idyllic and peaceful and being woken by cows mooing in the morning beat any alarm clock! We particularly loved using the log burning stove in the evenings to keep the chill away and soaking in the beautiful slipper tub too!

A beautifully authentic cottage but with all modern facilities situated on the southern edge of the moor between Ashburton and Widecombe. We loved our visit.......and the view of a Dartmoor goal outside our kitchen window one morning.

'Beautiful historic property. Really thoughtfully and tastefully decorated and renovated. Housekeeping excellent - fire laid with plenty of wood for the stay. Great linen and towels and generally very well equipped. An idyllic little bolt hole' - October 2020

'Very cosy and a great location for exploring Dartmoor and the surrounding areas - peaceful and so quiet, perfect if you are after getting away from it all.' November 2019

'We thought the cottage was gorgeous, a great location for walking & exploring Dartmoor.' - July 2019

'It was a lovely stay; beautiful cottage & very well appointed. Nicki the house manager was very helpful when we had a question.' - April 2019

'Fantastic little bolt hole for the weekend. Ideal place to act as either a base for exploring or just for relaxing' - April 2019

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