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They've Hatched

18 May 2019

Finally after a long wait, the eggs have hatched. We counted 6 Goslings but unfortunately only 3 have survived. The 3 remaining babies are doing well and are getting bigger everyday. They are enjoying daily walks in the field with their proud parents. We will keep you updated on their progress.

Bird Spotting

13 May 2019

I was lucky enough to have spotted this beautiful Tawny Owl having a dose in the tree. At least I know that I don't need to go to Specsavers just yet!

Making Home

22 April 2019

Our two geese Peter Pan and Tinkerbell the second have arrived back at Lower Willsworthy. Unfortunately last year Tinkerbell, we think got egg bound and sadly died. This year however, Peter Pan has returned with a new mate and they have setup home on Ducky Island. Tinkerbell has not left her nest, so fingers crossed she has laid her eggs and is waiting for them to hatch.

5* Again

23 February 2019

Winter short break on Dartmoor 5/5 Stayed Feb 2019 Elena B. Firstly, thanks to the owners, Mike & Sophia, for friendly and efficient communication while booking our stay. When we arrived, Sophia was there to meet us and welcomed us warmly before showing us around the grounds and cottage. The cottage is next to their house with a great outlook over the fields and moors but doesn't feel overlooked. Sophia assured us that if there was anything we needed, just to knock on their door.

Inside the cottage, the most delicious scones plus jam and clotted cream awaited us, plus eggs from their hens. A comprehensive information pack including walking maps, local restaurants/pubs and other local information was really helpful.

The cottage is warm, clean and spacious, with comfortable beds, great views and a cosy lounge complete with wood burner (ideal for curling up with a book after a snowy walk!) The ducks and hens in the yard below kept us entertained while doing the washing up!

We loved the walk up onto the moors from the cottage - a real mix of beautiful wooded river walks, ancient fields and open moorland. We walked to Gnat Tor and Baggator, and also enjoyed walks further afield at Grenofen and Burrator.

Food-wise, we had a wonderful lunch at the Cornish Arms in Tavistock - definitely recommended.

Thanks again to Mike & Sophia for creating such a lovely peaceful place. Look forward to coming back in warmer weather as the outside areas looked amazing.

Submitted 8 Feb 2019

Thelma & Louise

13 November 2018

Lower Willsworthy has welcomed two new additions. An Indian Runner Duck named Thelma and an Appleyard named Louise. Both ducks are settling in well and we are hoping to enjoy some lovely duck eggs soon!

Morning Glory

13 November 2018

Experience breathtaking mornings at Lower Willsworthy.

Customer Feedback

13 April 2018

Even better than I remembered! Date of Stay 31 Mar 2018 Returning to Lower Willsworthy for an Easter break we have been overwhelmed by the warm and friendly welcome , Mike and Sophie are perfect hosts- attentive and helpful but not over bearing. The cottage is immaculate and beautifully appointed with every modern comfort- staying there with our two young children there is plenty of space and they absolutely adore the gardens and being able to see the horses, cattle and even deer grazing in the fields! Lower Willsworthy is ideally located for exploring Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley and we enjoyed days out at Tavy Cleave, Lydford , Wembury beach and Cotehele. Thanks again, we hope to see you very soon!

Peter Pan & Tinkerbell Return

02 April 2018

Our two resident Canadian geese have returned. Peter Pan and Tinkerbell set up residence here a few years ago and raised their family on the lake. Unfortunately they didn't return for the following few years but this year it would appear that the female, Tinkerbell, is nesting on Ducky Island! Watch this space.....

Say Cheese!

02 April 2018

One of the best things about Tavistock is the award winning cheese shop. With over 100 different cheeses to choose from, it is truly a cheese lovers heaven.

Snowy Skies - Featured on BBC Spotlight

28 November 2017

This is a view of White Tor from the cottage. This picture was featured on the BBC Spotlight Facebook page and received over 1.4 likes.

Wedding Bells

14 November 2017

A romantic theme to welcome our guests. Rose buttercream cupcakes await a bride to be......

Another 5* Review

14 November 2017

Thank you to our lovely guests all the way from Colorado, for this lovely write up:

Not only were Mike and Sophie great hosts, but the cottage was perfect for our visit to West Devon. We were able to navigate the area with no trouble even though we are not accustomed to single track roads. The cottage was superb with plenty of room and a cozy little wood stove fireplace that warmed us in the brisk evenings. Views out the windows of the cottage were stunning.

Autumn Mornings

10 September 2017

A beautiful Autumn morning watching the deer.

Beautiful Bluebells

23 May 2017

Enjoying some lovely walks amongst the bluebells.

A Dartmoor Moment

22 March 2017

A lovely review!

"We first found this gem of a cottage on the edge of Dartmoor 3 years ago. We have just returned from our 6th visit and are looking forward to our return in June.

Mike and Sophie work very hard to ensure that you have a wonderful holiday from start to finish. Sophies delicious homemade cakes and the basket of goodies on arrival are a welcome treat after a long journey and the cottage is very cosy and comfortable with fabulous views across the paddocks to the moor. The pretty garden with its stream running through it is a lovely place to relax whatever the time of year and a 10 minute stroll past the lake and across the paddocks will lead you to the River Tavy and its magical woodland.

Set in such a stunning rural location means you can take numerous walks all day from the door without ever needing to use the car. However should you need to venture out then Tavistock is a 15 minute drive away with all the facilities you could possibly need. Nearby Lydford Gorge which is owned by the National Trust is well worth a visit with its walkways and beautiful waterfalls especially after heavy rain and the tea room serves up a delicious cream tea. If cycling is your thing then there are miles of lanes, tracks and well maintained roads to explore but if you prefer 4 legs instead of 2 wheels then friendly Cholwell Riding Stables is also a 20 minute drive for great hacks out on the open moor. The coast is also very accessible for stunning beaches in North Cornwall or head south to Dartmouth for some great sea kayaking.

Lower Willsworthy Cottage has become like a second home for us where we instantly feel relaxed? We have no hesitation in recommending it for the perfect holiday in a peaceful setting surrounded by magnificent countryside, but we would prefer to keep it a secret really as it is such a special place"!

Heaven is a cream tea made in Devon

18 February 2017

Enjoy a home made cream tea when you stay at Lower Willsworthy

Merry Christmas

23 December 2016

Buddy gets a Xmas makeover!

An unlikely visitor

14 September 2016

Meet "Becky" the racing pigeon. Becky had heard such good reviews about us , that she decided to pop in and stay, whilst on route to Bradford. We fed and watered her and she is now (hopefully) heading back towards her home.

Fancy a Dip?

18 August 2016

Our rock pool is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summers day. Dogs love it too!

25 July 2016

It doesn't get much better for us than receiving feedback like this!

A Warm Welcome

20 June 2016

You can always expect a warm welcome on Dartmoor.

Doggie Heaven

29 March 2016

We love dogs at Lower Willsworthy. When your four legged friend(s) stays with us, they can expect to stay in what we like to call the 'Dog Cottage'. Many holiday cottages only allow 'one well behaved pet'. The beauty of the Dog Cottage is that we can easily accommodate up to 3 dogs (large or small), meaning that no one has to get left behind!

The Dog Cottage features a large indoor area and a large outdoor run. This is a perfect safe environment in which to leave your dog, should you wish to go out for the day and not have to worry about rushing back to let them out! There is also a large private garden to run about in, with a stream (for those dogs that like to get wet)!

Being situated on Dartmoor means we are perfectly placed for some great walks, that you and your dog are sure to enjoy.

Riding on Dartmoor

16 March 2016

Does riding get any better than this?

Customer Feedback

09 February 2016

Our latest review! "The best rural retreat experience!!! You have your own cottage garden with an amazing babbling river brook flowing straight through it with bridges to cross and the dogs can roam free. The walks across the estate to the River Tavy provide breathtaking scenery and the surrounding land has endless rural paths to explore. Locally there is so much to visit and Tavistock is only 10 minutes away. Mike and Sophia were the perfect hosts and should be proud of their most wonderful home"

Weekend breaks

26 January 2016

What do you fancy doing on your weekend break? Clay Pigeon shooting, falconry, horse trekking, walking on the moor, pub lunch, cream tea or perhaps just relaxing by the fire? Whatever you feel like doing, Lower Willsworthy is the perfect setting for you to do it in!

We have two special offers for weekend breaks in February:

Fri 29th Jan - Mon 1st Feb

Fri 5th Feb - Mon 8th Feb


The snow has arrived

23 January 2016

Finally after all the rain we got some snow. Unfortunately it didn't last long but it provided some stunning views whilst it was here.

Spring has sprung!

09 January 2016

Spring has sprung early at Lower Willsworthy

Chilly chickens

29 November 2015

One of our rescue chickens Taylor had hardly any feathers when she first arrived, so she was knitted a sweater to keep warm. Her feathers are now growing nicely.

A new home

14 October 2015

This week we gave a new home to four ex battery hens. Rhianna, Adele, Katy and Taylor, as they are now known, will spend the rest of their days enjoying a new life here at Lower Willsworthy. It has been wonderful watching them settle in and enjoy the sun on their face for the very first time!

If you have space in your garden and are looking into getting some feathery friends. I would highly recommend rehoming some ex battery hens. You can look at the British Hen Welfare Trust website for more information. http://www.bhwt.org.uk/

A sporting week

11 October 2015

Our recent guests David & Yvette just had a very sporting weeks stay at Lower Willsworthy. Not only did they enjoy a spot of fishing on the river Tavy but they also partook in a spot of clay pigeon shooting. David and Yvette also brought along their two beautiful Springer Spaniels which they trained every day (putting my unruly Cocker Spaniel to shame)! Thank you to David and Yvette for this lovely photo of David fishing on our stretch of the Tavy.

These boots were made for walking...

21 September 2015

Lower Willsworthy is the perfect place to stay if you like walking. Located directly on the moor, there are many lovely walks straight from the doorstep. This picture is of stunning Tavy Cleave, which is located only a mile or so from the cottage.

Great British Bake Off

14 August 2015

We are feeling inspired this week by the 'Great British Bake Off'. You can't beat a good Victoria Sponge, especially when enjoyed in this beautiful setting!

Perfect winter getaway

08 July 2015

We are delighted that we are featured as one of the top 5 winter getaways in the UK by Barbour!

Click on the link below to read more:


Skye enjoys her holiday

16 June 2015

Skye enjoying her holiday with us. A spot of ball playing followed by a dip in the stream!

Jerry the Easter Bunny

29 April 2015

Who Needs the Easter bunny when you have Jerry the Easter Shetland!

Meet our latest guest.

29 April 2015

Meet 'Dave' the Hedgehog. He is now a regular visitor to Lower Willsworthy. Instead of a cream tea, Dave prefers a nice bowl of cat food!

Horses on Holiday

26 March 2015

Experience riding on Dartmoor. With a spectacular and diverse landscape there is nothing quite like it. There is a trekking centre just round the corner from the cottage so you wont need to travel far! If you can't bear to be parted from your horse, why not bring them on holiday with you? Lower Willsworthy is also a livery so we can cater for your four legged friend too. For our younger guests there is Jerry our miniature Shetland who loves to be groomed! Pony rides may also be arranged onsite.

Guests enjoy falconry display

23 February 2015

Our lovely guests enjoyed a 'hands on' experience with some awesome birds of prey during their stay with us this week.

You too can enjoy this exhilarating encounter, here at Lower Willsworthy. What a super gift for a loved one, or something for the whole family to delight in.

Roll on summer!

04 February 2015

Enjoy Lazy summer evenings at Lower Willsworthy. Summer is booking up fast, please check our availability page for dates.

Breakfast in bed

26 January 2015

This Valentines day, treat your loved one to a luxury romantic break on Dartmoor. £275.00 for a three night stay (13th,14th & 15th Feb based on two people)

Don't panic if you can't make these dates, we are also offering 25% off our base rates for couples, throughout February!

Ponies at Sunset

12 January 2015

Christmas Lower Willsworthy Style

01 January 2015

We love Christmas at Lower Willsworthy and our guests do too.

"We have just spent our Christmas holiday at this perfect cottage. After travelling from around the world to wonderful Willsworthy we were made to feel so very welcome by Mike & Sophie. For us Expats it felt like home from home".- Rhodes & Kelly Family, Surrey & Indonesia.

Christmas books very quickly, so don't miss out on your chance to spend a Christmas to remember at Lower Willsworthy in 2015!

My Little Pony

28 November 2014

Jerry our mini Shetland is a perfect size for little ones! He loves to be groomed and have lots of cuddles.

Pony rides can also be arranged.

At The End Of The Rainbow

17 November 2014

These gorgeous Dartmoor ponies were so tame. Quite often they will come right up to you and you can stroke them. I was able to take this lovely picture of one of them just as a rainbow appeared - Magical Dartmoor!

Another Great Review

03 November 2014

It is always lovely to receive feedback from our guests. Here is our latest review:

"A perfect half term retreat. Thank you for making us feel so welcome & well taken care of in this beautiful holiday home; for the ride in the Kubota, tour of the grounds and extra touches in the cottage which made all the difference. The white roses in the window which were tight buds when we arrived are now dropping their petals so it must, sadly, be time for us to leave. We've had a wonderful week & take fond memories with us"

Get Kountry Kitted Out

22 October 2014

Lower Willsworthy Cottage is a great base to explore Dartmoor from. Not only are we surrounded by Tors but we also have some great walks right on our doorstep. Explore the haunted Lych way, also know as the 'way of the dead', which just happens to run through our estate, or hike up to the breath taking Tavy Cleave (pictured).

Kountry Kit in Tavistock has all the outdoor gear you could possibly need to keep you warm and dry, whether it be for just walking the dog or to climb a mountain. It also boasts one of the largest ranges of outdoor footwear in the South West.

When you stay with us you can enjoy a discount at Kountry Kit, so if you've forgotten that vital piece of equipment or need some new boots then you can pop in to see them and get kitted out!


Can You Spot What's In The Picture?

13 October 2014

Only a Few Weeks Left Until Christmas!

23 September 2014

Take the stress out of this Christmas with a stay at Lower Willsworthy Cottage. Situated in picturesque Dartmoor, we sleep up to 6 guests, so you can invite family or friends. We are also perfect for couples looking to escape over the festive season. Four legged friends are welcome to stay in our 'dog cottage' kennels. Get cosy around the wood burner with a mince pie or enjoy some lovely walks around the estate or on the moors. The cottage is festively decorated and homemade mince pies and a Christmas hamper await your arrival.

Christmas dates: 22nd Dec - 29th Dec £895.00 (shorter stays are available just contact us for details)

Clay Pigeon Shooting Lessons

02 September 2014

Whether you are a beginner or have shot before enjoy shooting at some clays whist being surrounded by the beautiful backdrop of Dartmoor.

Its a dog's life.

04 August 2014

Milo and Ruby relaxing at the 'dog cottage'

Cooling off

19 July 2014

Cooling off in the heat wave with a dip in the rock pool

Cream Tea with a difference

29 June 2014

To celebrate Wimbledon, our guests today are going to be welcomed with fresh strawberry and cream cupcakes.

A lovely review from Janet & Lottie!

27 June 2014


Farewell to Janet & Lottie

20 June 2014

This morning we said goodbye to a lovely lady Janet and her amazing horse Lottie. Janet and Lottie stayed with us for a night, whilst on their journey from Norfolk to Cornwall. They are raising money for the Elephant Nature Foundation and the World Horse Welfare and Survival. You can follow their progress on Janet's blog http://walkingwithawen.tumblr.com

Wish You Were Here?

17 June 2014

Who needs the Mediterranean when Devon offers beaches like these!

Meet The Locals!

10 June 2014

Golden Moors

09 June 2014

View from the cottage of the moors this evening.

Guest Garden In Full Bloom

19 May 2014

The Bluebells in the Bluebell garden looking spectacular.

Dartmoor Ponies

09 May 2014

One of the best things about being located in the heart of Dartmoor is the gorgeous Dartmoor ponies. I was lucky to capture these two foals playing together.

On Top Of Baggator

06 May 2014

This is a picture taken from on top of Baggator which is one of the many Tors within walking distance from the cottage. The views from here are incredible and you can even see the cottage!

Lower Willsworthy Welcomes Some New Additions

01 May 2014

Our two resident Canadian Geese (Peter Pan & Tinkerbell) have just become proud parents to five little goslings! These have been named 'Wendy, John, Michael, Hook and Mr Smee'!

Life's A Beach!

13 April 2014

Photo taken today at Wembury Beach. This lovely beach is only 40 minutes from us and has some great rock pools to explore.

Life Is So Relaxing At Lower Willsworthy

10 April 2014

Tufty one of the ponies enjoying a lie down in the sun today.

Geese Update

10 April 2014

Peter and Tinkerbell, as they are now named, are getting braver and came quite close today when we fed them some bread. Tinkerbell has laid her eggs and is spending most of the day sitting on her nest.

Canadian Geese Land On Ducky Island

29 March 2014

'Ducky Island' has now become 'Goosy Island'! Two Canadian Geese have decided to set up home on the lake and the female goose has started making a nest on the island. We will keep you updated on their progress!

Special Offer

21 March 2014

Last minute offer for 29th March - 5th April Now only £450.00 for 7 nights!

Last Week Available For Easter!

19 March 2014

Special Offer 7 nights 19th -26th April £550.00 3 nights 19th, 20th & 21st £400.00

Spring Escapes

27 February 2014

Spring is almost upon us! Enjoy a spring break during March at Lower Willsworthy, for only £450.00 for 7 nights.

Shorter stays and weekend breaks are available by negotiation, just contact us with your requirements.

Guests Enjoy Clay Pigeon Shooting

19 February 2014

Our guests enjoying a spot of clay pigeon shooting and a beautiful view of Dartmoor!

Unexpected Snowfall!

06 February 2014

We had an unexpected fall of snow this week! Our Aussie guest was delighted as he had never seen snow.

Follow Us On Twitter

26 January 2014

Find us on Twitter @Willsworthy.

Follow us to be the first to receive detail's of any special offers and keep up with all that is happening at Willsworthy.

New Year Getaways

22 December 2013

Give yourself something to look forward to this New Year, with a stay in our luxury cottage.

7 Night stays throughout January and February are now only £450.00!

Shorter stays and weekend breaks are also available!

So what are you waiting for ............

Experince Falconry at Lower Willsworthy

10 December 2013

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at falconry or would you just like to get up close and personal with some magnificent birds of prey?

Meet 'Knave' the little Kestrel, 'Khulan' the young Mongollian Steppe Eagle, 'Hoodoo' the Harris Hawk and many more beautiful birds.

A wonderful experience for the whole family to enjoy or as a gift for Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions.

David and Michelle who own West Country Falconry, live nearby, so this experience can be arranged for you to enjoy here at Lower Willsworthy!

Win Luxury Handmade Soaps

10 December 2013

We are giving you the chance to win these gorgeous handmade soaps from Odds and Suds (as featured in Channel 4's Kirstie Allsopp Homemade Christmas)

Odds and Suds is a family-run, quality soap-making business whose team has a passion for creating the finest natural soaps in their workshop on the Devon and Cornwall border.

They use all natural ingredients, blended with essential oils, herbs and spices, all of which give their soaps evocative aromas and earthy tones.

Each soap they create is special and unique and is always free from artificial colours, fragrances and preservatives.

Their soaps make wonderful presents for that special someone or simply as a treat for you!

Win them in time for Christmas by liking and sharing our Facebook post on Odds and Suds. We will then enter you into a Draw and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, the 17th of December. Don't forget to also like our Facebook page if you don't already!

Fantastic Last Minute Offer

18 November 2013

Enjoy a luxury weekend break before Christmas, for only £250.00!

Max 4 guests.

Dates: Fri 22nd Nov - Mon 25th Nov or Sat 23rd Nov - Tues 26th Nov (3 nights)

Winter Special Offers

10 November 2013

Take a luxury winter break this year at our Cottage in the heart of Dartmoor - What better place to spend a week walking, riding, fishing, relaxing by the fire or visiting one of the many beautiful places right on our doorstep.

7 Night Stays throughout Nov & Dec (excludes Christmas & New Year) £395.00 (£130.00 off)

Weekend Escapes £295.00 (Sat, Sun, Mon)

Dogs welcome.

Please call or e-mail to book!

We hope to welcome you soon...........

Fly fishing on the River Tavy...

26 October 2013

One of the best aspects about staying here at Lower Willsworthy Cottage, is having direct access to the estate's half-mile stretch of the beautiful River Tavy. One of our more recent guests spent each evening fishing and relaxing. We're always delighted to give you as much access to the meadows, river, lake and gardens... It really is so much more than just a stay in our cottage...