Comments from Guests
We have just returned from a four night break in Honeysuckle Cottage. It was our first as a young family. I do not normally write reviews but as Downe was the best holiday rental we have used in the UK I felt obliged to comment. The cottage was first class. The decor is traditional as befitting the barn style and beautifully done. There is total attention to detail. It was spotlessly clean and flawlessly equipped. Very family friendly, they could even happily supply us with a blender! Bed incredibly comfy, limitless supply of wood for wood-burner. The spa is a real added bonus and the gym impressively equipped. The location is lovely, Hartland is very beautiful and tranquil and the walk to the coast is short. Perhaps best of all is the attitude of the owners Jeremy and Lynda and their staff Alan and Claire. They do all they can to optimise your holiday whilst respecting your privacy. We could not make our original dates due to illness and they were happy to rearrange at short notice. Alan and Claire were there to welcome us when we arrived, with the log burner lit and happy to answer questions. All round these cottages are five star and I think good value. We hope to return.
Seb, Jo and Arthur
My wife and I spent four days at Honeysuckle Cottage in September (2015) and were delighted with both the cottage and the location. The accommodation was spotlessly clean, well equipped and very cosy – ideal for a relaxing break! The close proximity to the coast and countryside meant that we were able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings without having to use the car. We would certainly recommend Downe Cottages to friends and family and look forward to returning!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Vine Cottage, the log fire in the evenings was a treat. The cottage was wonderfully clean and well-equipped and the welcome pack was a nice touch. We found Downe Cottages to be quiet and peaceful and an excellent base for exploring North Devon. But most of all the tranquillity was balm to the soul…
Pete and June
Many thanks for creating such a perfect place for our holiday. The cottage, location, cleanliness and hospitality have been superb. Such a truly satisfying find in a world that is so often disappointing. Absolutely first class.
Stephen, Lesley, Harry & Molly.
We always take cottage holidays and have yet to find any which are in the class of Downe. Jeremy & Lynda are the perfect hosts & have really succeeded in creating something special here. We could say a lot more but we’ve read all the positive comments written by previous guests and so will simply say “we agree”!
Nick & Josefine
A wonderful relaxing week in a beautiful and well equipped cottage. We will return to carry on exploring such an interesting and beautiful area. Thanks to Jeremy & Lynda for the outstanding accommodation and also for the Cottage Guide which took the hard work out of finding where to go and what to do.
Peter & Yvonne.
We have stayed in many cottages in the UK and this cottage exceeds all others. The attention to detail and the warm welcome from Jeremy and Lynda exceeds other holidays. The folder with the local information is invaluable and we took it with us each day. We have had a lovely holiday and will be back and will certainly recommend it to friends. Tony & Colette
The Cottage lived up to the description and beyond. Beautiful location – excellent for walking. The Cottage File was brilliant. We’ll be back.
Malcolm & Lynn
Just to say thank you for a lovely stay and that we can’t wait to come back (hopefully in October). I have already recommended the cottages to friends!
This was the best holiday ever with our children and grandchildren in such beautiful surroundings in a perfect place. I cried when we left – how sad is that!?
Tony & Elaine
A perfect retreat for a quiet weekend away we didn’t want to leave!
Claire & Mark
We can’t imagine a nicer, less pretentious place to spend a week unwinding. A super holiday – walks, wonderful scenery and a lovely cottage.
Suzan and Bob
The cottage is superb (five star). There are too many beautiful and interesting places to visit, we will have to come back to see the ones we have missed this time!
Eunice & Bob
Definitely the best accommodation I have experienced in a stay away – thank you for a great weekend.
Alec & Emma
A truly special place which we will be revisiting time and time again, at all times of the year and with family and friends.
Hedley & Louise
We chose Downe Cottages for the promise of luxury accommodation and facilities, and North Devon for lots of coastal walking and peacefulness well away from corporate life. We were not disappointed, indeed our high expectations have been exceeded – we have had a perfect week’s holiday.
Jose & Tony
Simply the best accommodation in the UK we’ve stayed in – excellent hospitality and a very well-maintained establishment.
Mike & Caroline
Downe Cottages were fresh, clean, and beautifully appointed – thank you Jeremy and Lynda for restoring our faith in cottage holidays!
Andrew & Helen
It is so nice to stay somewhere where the owners are friendly and helpful but unobtrusive and the cottages clean and well stocked with everything you could need. A five star hotel!
Jennifer & Paul
Our visit to Downe Cottages has far surpassed all our expectations. It has been a most glorious week of serious lounging, eating, and lolling in front of the fire. This place is spectacular! We shall return, again and again!
Lucy & Jez
Here are a selection of quotes about Downe Cottages from reviews in national and local press.
“the self catering equivalent of a five star country hotel”
The Sunday Times
“Downe Cottages have everything for a comfortable & luxurious holiday”
Holiday Cottages Magazine
“north devon’s cosiest winter spot”
“the best cottage I’ve ever been to”
Practical Parenting Magazine
“Downe is surrounded by rolling green hills & stunning sea views”
“fresh air, timeless scenery & luxury cottages”
In Britain Magazine
“toastily warm & amazing equipped”
Cambridge Evening Post
“so well appointed and so beautifully decorated – it was a home from home only a lot smarter”
Reading Evening Post
“an idyllic rural break”