Drake's Place

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Wow! If you've ever wanted to be part of living history, there's no better choice than this gorgeous, epic retreat for eight, whose sublime beauty will take your breath away.

At a Glance

From £1,270 for a long weekend or mid week break.
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For a truly unique experience, you'd do well to find somewhere better than this glorious home stay. Set within the National Trust owned Buckland Estate of some 700 acres, this is a stunning property that's part of a heritage that dates to the 12th century. Today, Drake's Place has been immaculately restored to the highest of standards and offers accommodation that's pure luxury, making it a perfect spot for get-togethers and celebrations or simply to slow down and switch off, with four gorgeous bedrooms, each en suite. With access to the fascinating Abbey, gardens and estate that once belonged to Sir Francis Drake, this is beyond a doubt one for history lovers, but being also set in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, everyone will adore this special, untouched piece of paradise.
Buckland Abbey

Please note, as Drake's Place forms part of the National Trust Buckland Abbey Estate, part of the garden in which Drake's Place is set is open to the public between 10.30am and 5.30pm so visitors may walk past some of the windows of the property during these hours.

Living

Set within the part of the house dating back astonishingly to the 12th century, the stunning sitting room is the perfect settings for late evenings around the cosy jet master open fire. During the daylight hours, light from the windows on all but one of the walls let in plenty of light and offer beautiful views whilst double doors lead out on to the terrace. Two plumptuous sofas offer plenty of lounging space whilst well-positioned occasional chairs are the perfect spot for curling up with a good book, whilst a plethora of puzzles and board games are just made for afternoons at home.

In addition to the sitting room there's a fabulous snug, dating back to the 15th century, to hide away in with plenty of seating. To bring it firmly up to date, there's a large 55" Smart TV with Freeview and a DVD player, making it the perfect spot for catching up with your favourite box sets or films.

Eating

The gorgeous kitchen is a culinary delight, whether you're a honed expert or a budding chef. A proper English country kitchen, it boasts both a large four door Aga and an induction range cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and central granite island plus all the other essentials you might need.

Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining room, where you'll find the large circular dining table that seats eight, a wonderfully ornate wood burner plus a cabinet brim-full of tableware for mealtimes. The windows have a lovely view over the award-winning gardens and out to the pretty Devonshire countryside beyond.

Sleeping and bathing

There are four stunning en suite bedrooms to choose from, each named after a type of Devonshire cider apple.

'Langworthy' is just beautiful in shade of cream and pale green and comes with a luxurious king size bed. The stunning south-facing bay window overlooks the gardens and out towards the valley beyond and there's an en suite shower room with powerful rainfall shower.

'Woodbine' is gloriously pretty with a super king size colonial four poster bed and has large south facing windows overlooking the gardens and valley beyond. The en suite has double basins with views over the orchard, an exceptional roll top bath and a large walk-in shower.

'Pippin' is an oh-so-sweet cosy king size bedroom in shades of red and cream and comes complete with an en suite with roll top bath and rainfall shower over. Whilst you're enjoying a long soak, you can gaze out over the splendid gardens - bliss!

'Northwood' is set in the oldest part of the house and can be set up as an emperor sized bed or twins. This light, airy room has double-aspect views of the Abbey, Great Barn and gardens. The en suite has a roll top bath with powerful rainfall shower over it.

All bedrooms boast Hypnos bed swathed in Egyptian cotton bed linen, throws and cushions. In addition, each has a television and a Robert's digital radio.

Outdoor space

As you would expect, the National Trust owned gardens have been meticulously looked after for many years. You'll have your own private piece of paradise by the house with outside seating for alfresco dining and a multitude of locations to picnic. However, between the hours of 5.30pm and 10.30am. when Buckland Abbey is shut to visitors, the whole garden is yours - a truly unique experience and a real privilege. From the terrace with valley views to the large lawns, wild garden and walled kitchen, you'll be able to wander alone to your heart's content.

Parking

There's private parking for up to four cars.

Babies and children

Babies and children are very welcome at Drake's Place. Please bring your own baby equipment. Please note that there is open water in the gardens and grounds and some areas are unfenced.

Dogs

Drake's Place is a pet-free property.

WiFi

Drake's Place has WiFi, but due to the incredibly thick stone walls built by the monks it may be slower than normal rather like that of the pace of life at this wonderful countryside retreat.

In the Area

Situated on the edge of Dartmoor National Park and close to the bustling market town of Tavistock, Drake's Place is ideally located to explore the beauty of South Devon if you can bear to tear yourself from this idyllic home.

Pop in the car and head off on to Dartmoor to experience true wild beauty. Amongst the roaming ponies and craggy tors, you'll find pretty villages such as Widecombe in the Moor, Ashburton, Chagford and Postbridge to explore, each with their own unique history and quite possibly a pub or tearoom! Tavistock is an ancient town, said to pre-date the medieval times, and is well known for its historical buildings, pannier market, shops and thriving famer's market.

If you're keen on visiting the coast, you can hop over the border into Cornwall in no time and head down to pretty Whitsand Bay and the lovely villages of Cawand and Kingsand. Whilst you're heading that way, pop into Cotehele, a gorgeous National Trust property and a real jewel in Cornwall's crown.

Walkers will love nearby Burrator Reservoir, surrounded by woodland and a haven for walkers, cyclists and horse riders alike due to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. Alternatively, the drive to the South Devon coast is worth it with Newton Ferrers, Bantham, Bigbury-on-Sea, Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth to explore - all in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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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 & £30 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £30 per pet per week or short break
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