Ilsington

Akin

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Bedroom details

1 Bedroom (Sleeps 2)

Bedroom 1

1 x super king

Seek moments of magic at our charming retreat for two, nestled on the foothills of majestic Dartmoor. With a wood burning stove, charming garden and a wood-fired hot tub, Akin promises a blissful escape whatever the season, with private access to an orchard, ponds and nearby woodland for endless exploration. Walk to the summit of Haytor Rock for mesmerising panoramic views, with the award-winning restaurant in the heart of Haytor. Ashburton and Totnes are both a short distance from Akin, with antique shops, independent boutiques, and mouth-watering eateries. Enjoy pamper days at Islington Country House Hotel, with a host of relaxing and tranquil spa packages.


Living, eating and dining

Akin's open plan design was made with couples in mind, with a cosy living space, a sleek eating and dining area, plus a sweet reading corner. At the heart of the room, you will find a modern wood burning stove, which creates a snug and inviting space in the colder months. Cosy up on the comfy sofa and enjoy serene retreat moments in front of the Smart TV, streaming your favourite films and box sets. There is also a Bluetooth radio for listening to your staycation playlists of choice. The reading corner promises a soothing sanctuary for curling up with your latest page turner, enveloped in the comfort of the Loaf Squishbag armchair.

Prepare mouth-watering meals in the modern kitchen, with deep blue cupboards and pearly white worktops, complete with a combi oven and microwave, induction hob, fridge/freezer, coffee machine, dishwasher and a wine fridge. Watch your chef at work from the kitchen island, with two seats for romantic meals à deux. A washing machine can be found in the bathroom.


Sleeping and bathing

For moments of rest, retreat to the blissful bedroom, dressed in soothing shades of blue with Scandi furnishings. Located on the lower level, this large and inviting space is simply a dream, with a super king size bed and rattan headboard. Sink into the sumptuously soft linens for celestial slumbers. For storage, you will find a wardrobe, large cupboard and beside tables, plus a dressing table for pampering moments. Step into the ensuite bathroom, a sleek, modern space complete with a large walk-in shower and free-standing bath, promising bubble-topped joy after days spent ambling the moors. There is underfloor heating in the bathroom, and you will also find a heated towel rail to keep towels fluffy and warm.


Outdoor space

The enclosed garden promises a tranquil paradise from which you can enjoy Dartmoor's captivating beauty. Savour sundown moments alfresco on the modern outdoor sofas, with the addition of a parasol and lounging deck chairs for basking in the sunshine in the warmer months. A barbeque can be found for freshly grilled feasts, and a firepit to enjoy cosy evenings beside the flickering flames once the sun has set. Immerse yourself in country living, with access to a private orchard, ponds and woodland. After days spent exploring your heavenly surroundings, retreat to the wood-fired hot tub for evenings of relaxation beneath star studded skies.


Parking

There is private, off-road parking at Akin.


Babies and children

This is one of our adults only retreats.


Dogs

One small/medium well-behaved dog is welcome at Akin. A dog bed, bowls and towels are provided. Please note, there is an additional fee per dog, per week or short break.


Mobile reception

Please note that the mobile reception is limited inside the retreat, but most networks can receive a signal outside of the property.


In the Area

Akin is perfectly positioned to enjoy walks in the great outdoors, with Haytor Rock just a short distance from your retreat, offering breath-taking views at the summit. A twenty-minute walk will find you at The Carpenter's Arms, with hearty home cooked food and local tipples. For fine dining, head to The Rock Inn, an award-winning Dartmoor restaurant. Venture to Ullacombe Farm to experience their delightful café and farm shop, offering a host of locally sourced products and delicious breakfasts. Castle Drogo in the Teign Gorge, with a rich history and dramatic architecture. For retail therapy days, Exeter is only half an hour away, with a host of high street shops and a cathedral with a fascinating history. The historical town of Ashburton is a short distance by car too, known for its abundance of antiques shops, where you can find hidden, unique treasures to take home. The quirky town of Totnes is also well worth a visit, with a host of independent boutiques and fantastic eateries. A forty-minute drive will find you at the sandy beaches of the South Hams, including Blackpool Sands and Bigbury on Sea.


Beautifully bijoux, our secluded Dartmoor bolthole promises a romantic haven for two, with a cosy wood burner and wood-fired hot tub - it's dog friendly too...

At a glance

From £568 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | Dogs welcome (1 only)

Key features

Adults only retreat

Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Beautiful Dartmoor setting

Boutique Hideaway

Downstairs bedroom

Enclosed garden

Extensive gardens and ponds

Perfect Honeymoon Hideaway

Rolling countryside

WiFi

Dog friendly

Hot Tub

Wood Burner

Parking

Super King Bed

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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.

Payments:

  • A 13 deposit & £40 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £38 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 Akin:

This property surpassed all our expectations. Easily the best home we’ve booked through Boutique Retreats and makes any future booking far more difficult as the bar has been set so high. Fabulous views, so quiet and peaceful and lovely walks. Thank you Sarah for all your help and thoughtfulness.

Cottage was extremely well equipped and the location was idyllic. Lots of lovely touches, including fresh flowers from the garden.Sarah was very welcoming and a went the extra mile , even coming over to light the wood fired hot tub mid week..

A perfect retreat for a peaceful break with everything there you need. Akin is tastefully decorated with great attention to detail. The owners were extremely attentive and friendly.

The attention to detail, interior design and ambience has been so considered and the result is a beautiful relaxed place to stay. The location is stunning. Probably the best stay we have had - neither of us wanted to leave.

Superior and luxurious sanctuary in a wonderful location. Perfect for hiking and relaxing. Highly recommended.

Absolutely lovely place to stay, super comfy and snug after wet and windy days on the moors!

Akin is beautiful inside and out. The gardens and surrounding area are magical, it's very secluded and only a 10min drive to a lovely farm shop and lots of brilliant walks. The hot tub was great to relax in after a long walk! Blissfully relaxing, the perfect antidote to city life. The cottage has everything you need to cook nice meals and relax over a drink. One of the best cottages we've stayed in!

We would highly recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a peaceful escape. Both the cottage and surrounding area were beautiful, and the perfect hideaway for two - to have Dartmoor right on the doorstep is idyllic, and the cottage accomodated for everything you could possibly need and more. The hot tub was an excellent bonus we didn't realise we needed but greatly appreciated!

We loved Akin. So quiet and peaceful. Everything was thought of and Sarah was a perfect host. We were extremely lucky with the weather and made use of the hot tub everyday after long walks in the beautiful countryside. The barns surroundings are secure enough just to open the door and the pup roam, our staffie loved laying up in the long grass in the hot weather. We will return.

Absolutely fabulous stay, the cottage was beautifully decorated, Sarah has such a great eye for details. We’ve stayed in a lot of places over the years and Sarah has thought of everything, it contained everything you or your pup could want! We loved the welcome basket- it was spot on, particularly wanted to shout out those delicious cookies! All in all we had a lovely time and would definitely recommend anyone to stay at Akin!

This cottage is beautiful! A little piece of luxury in a quiet location. It’s slightly more remote than I would normally choose but I booked with the intention of having much needed peace, quiet and relaxation. I achieved just that! I hope to come back and stay again!

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