There are too many wonderful comments to mention them all, but
please find below a range of comments from our recent guests to
our five cottages.
Guest comments on Swallows
Guest comments on Archways
Guest comments on Knapp
Guest comments on Bassetts
Guest comments on Oats
"What a beautiful cottage, set amongst stunning views! We've
absolutely LOVED our stay in Swallows. Everything was just right
and so well presented. Our 2-year-old daughter loved the toddler
play area, and swimming in your wonderful pool. We will definitely
be recommending your beautiful cottages to our friends and family,
and we hope to be back soon."
"Thanks for a beautiful week, thanks for your 'little piece
of heaven'. When we come back to Devon we will come back to you."
"With three young children, it can be difficult to relax
on holiday, but we have had a wonderful week at Belsford. The
cottage was comfortable and spotlessly clean with everything we
needed thoughtfully provided, including fresh flowers on arrival.
The swimming pool was blissfully warm and beautifully refurbished
and much enjoyed by all of us. The well-equipped games room also
provided a welcome distraction. The surrounding area is beautiful
to explore with plenty to keep the children amused and adults
delighted. We have also eaten extremely well at many of the local
recommended restaurants and pubs. Belsford is a home from home
and we would certainly love to return!"
"I just had to write to let you know what a fantastic time
we had in Belsford last week. The cottage was superb and I loved
the mixture of the old and the new with the old painted furniture
and the smart new wooden floors. Over the years Ive stayed
in many similar places and your judgment on the detail is just
so right. Having decent crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils
is so important. Similarly a decent bathroom with a good shower,
crisp white linen and a big TV ( well according to the kids) tells
you the owner knows what they are doing. Of course the cottage
was great, but the star has to be what is out the back. The views
across the countryside are absolutely stunning and I find it hard
to remember a landscape Ive seen that has ever been quite
as perfect. The other thing I liked was the absence of demanding
rules and regulations with large laminated notices everywhere.
Of you course you have to follow certain ways of behaving, but
the subtle way in which you are doing it adds to the overall relaxed
atmosphere. The pool, as with everything else has clearly been
well considered and your aim is clearly to provide an environment
for the perfect holiday. To my mind you have without any doubt
achieved this. Im sure that we will be back in the future,
hopefully when its a bit warmer. We had a great time, thank
you, and we wish you every success in the future."
"Thankyou so much for a wonderful two weeks at Belsford.
A beautiful cottage in wonderful surroundings. Everything we could
have hoped for and more. Super clean and super comfortable. We
just don't want to leave. Thanks again!"
"This is our third stay at Belsford Court and we've had
lovely weather every time. The facilities are lovely here and
we've really enjoyed our stay again. Looking forward to our 4th
"The cottage and the setting speak for themselves. We were
only here a short time but the cycling at Haldon Forest was great."
"This was our second time in Swallows and it was lovely.
We will certainly return. Thanks."
"We really enjoyed this lovely place. The weather was nice
and we have been round all the interesting villages here in Devon.
Thankyou for our stay, and for being warm and friendly hosts."
"Lovely relaxing week here. Perfect for children. Our daughters
loved the swimming pool and we enjoyed exploring the grounds.
Loved the area and we had great weather. Will definitely be recommending
and hopefully will return ourselves."
"This was our first time at Belsford Court Cottage and our
first family holiday with our 8 month old twins. Kay and Matt
made us feel very welcome especially with the use of travel cots
and stairgates, bowls, spoons etc, so that we didn't have to pack
double of everything. :-) The flowers and cake were a lovely welcome.
We have had a brilliant week and are sad to be leaving. The twins
enjoyed the pool, and the local beaches listed were beautiful.
We will definitely be recommending your lovely cottages to our
family and friends and we hope to stay again. Thank you so much
again for a lovely week and wonderful memories."
"Belsford Court certainly is a 'little piece of heaven'.
After some minor adjustments to the relaxed pace and narrow roads
we have thoroughly enjoyed our adventure in South Devon and look
forward to returning. The children have slept in past their normal
time (thanks to all the fresh air) and had fun in the pool. We
will miss the cream teas in this part of the world especially.
Would we recommend staying here? Simply put, yes. Happy holidays!"
"Great cottage. Lovely little touches to make us feel welcome
and our stay more pleasant. Beautiful area of Devon, will return.
Blacksands Beach our favourite trip. Thankyou to Kay and Matt
for their hospitality."
"A wonderful Autumn break, lovely cottage and well equipped.
Loved the log burner and wonderful views. Made full use of the
pool, games room and play areas. Fabulous little touches to the
cottage. Loved the courtyard pumpkins and the complex is well
worth another visit. Thank you."
"Our stay at Belsford was absolutely fabulous, we felt at
home the minute we arrived and baby A settled in incredibly well.
The location was stunning and your facilities were brilliant,
particularly the play area for the little ones great idea
when the weather was a bit iffy! Its the little touches
(nappy sacks in the pool changing rooms, airers, flowers on arrival)
that make a big difference and you really have done an excellent
job. I have already recommended your place to my colleagues at
"We have all really enjoyed staying in this lovely cottage,
there is so much to do both here within the grounds and in the
surrounding area. We have loved being able to swim everyday, and
E's confidence in the water has increased in leaps and bounds!"
"Thank you, we've had a lovely relaxing holiday in beautiful
surroundings. Attention to detail and real thought has gone into
these holiday cottages, making it a special no hassel time."
"Warm friendly hosts where nothing is too much trouble.
Lovely setting and clean comfortable cottage. Will book again."
"We thoroughly enjoyed our short break, and will return.
There is so much to do in and outside. We loved the pool and stream
particularly, but the games room and food in the freezer (frozen
free range meals) were well used too! Thanks for letting us share
this idyllic place (with our friendly local housemartins)!"
"We all enjoyed relaxing in the comfort and quiet of Swallows
- very well equipped. The welcome cake, milk, tea and flowers
were really lovely. Excellent facilities - we used the swimming
pool and sauna and enjoyed your stream and meadow, and found useful
info from your leaflets (Eden project; Blackpool Sands; coastal
walks; Miniature Pony Centre). You've clearly put a lot of effort
into creating a warm, welcoming and high quality holiday home
in a beautiful setting. We'll look forward to returning again!"
"We have had a wonderful relaxing holiday - just what we
needed! Lovely cottage, stunning surroundings. The pool was a
true hit with the boys! Excellent location for all the attractions.
You have thought of everything."
"A wonderful cottage full of home comforts and so many thoughtful
touches. Fantastic facilities - our 2-year old loved all the toys
in the play area! Great location for lots of fun attractions and
the weather was brilliant! Will definitely return in the future
- we've had a wonderful holiday! Thankyou."
"Thank you for a lovely stay this last week. Lovely clean
cottage, fantastic pool, quiet and peaceful with friendly and
helpful owners. Many thanks again."
"We have all had an enjoyable holiday. Wonderful location,
excellent hosts. Clean and comfortable cottages. It is a credit
to you. A family holiday not to be forgotten."
"Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise! Cannot wait
for our next visit, hopefully this was the first of many! You
really helped make E's 4th birthday a very special memory."
"Another fantastic holiday! Cottage clean, wonderful extra
touches, can't thank you enough!"
"We all have had a great time here in this beautiful cottage.
Dartmouth was a great place to visit, especially with the crabbing!!!
"What a wonderful holiday! Everything we needed, and nothing
we didn't! Beautiful, thoughtfully stocked accommodation. We will
be returning! Thank you xx"
"A wonderful stay in Archways. Such attention to detail
made it even more special - flowers and cake! And what a beautiful
part of the world. Thank you for a warm welcome - we hope to return.
Thank you x"
"Another fantastic week in this perfect bit of England.
Lovely cottage with excellent facilities - all of which have been
used daily. Have spent the week travelling around and slapping
on the suncream. Stoke Gabriel, South Milton and Totnes to Dartmouth
cruise worth a visit. Thanks Matt and Kay. Hope to be back soon."
"We have had a lovely week here in Archways. The facilities
are great and have been used daily. The sun has shone and we had
lovely days out at Blackpool Sands and Goodrington Sands. We can
also highly recommend the River Cruise to Dartmouth."
"Third time we have stayed here and another excellent 2
weeks. Would recommend Cotele House, Bicton Park and the Church
House Inn (local pub)! Thank you for a great holiday!"
"Lovely cottage, great facilities, the kids loved the pool,
the field, the stream, the guinnea pigs. Had some good trips out
to Overbecks, Greenway and Compton Castle. Really enjoyed Bigbury
Sands and Burgh Island. Would highly recommend the cottages and
the area. Thanks. :-)"
"Fabulous cottage and facilities - loved the pool! Did some
great sight-seeing - can recommend Plymouth, great city! If you
like crabbing go to Stoke Gabriel - beautiful with lovely cafe
and we caught 24 crabs in 1 hour!! Thank you Matt and Kay for
all the fantastic touches!!"
"Lovely cottage and brilliant set up - perfect holiday for
toddlers! Watched 25 different bird species around the site, and
had fab day trips to Hope Cove, Salcombe, Pennywell Farm, Steam
Railway and Brixham. Thank you very much!"
"Had a wonderful week in our gorgeous cosy cottage, which
was very well equipped and peaceful. Great location for discovering
some amazing places to visit: Stoke Gabriel for crabbing - beautiful
place and lovely cafe; Blackpool Sands - stunning setting; Burgh
Island at Bigbury on Sea (take the tidal road); local pub - Church
House Inn - lovely pub, good food, but huge portions! Salcombe,
Dartmouth, Totnes - lovely towns to visit. Can't wait to return!"
"A stunning slice of England and fantastic facilities to
match. We have had a brilliant week, hope to be back soon."
"Had a lovely week in Oats and Archways with my family including
two grandchildren under three. The two joined cottages have been
so convenient and it allowed my nine month old granddaughter to
crawl from one to the other. Have enjoyed the swimming pool, stream
and play area, particularly the climbing frame and football nets.
A wonderful week."
"Absolutely fantastic cottage, clean, brilliant views and
"We had a fantastic stay here - our five kids did not want
to leave!!! Thank you!"
"Excellent accommodation. A lovely central spot. Would recommend
it to anyone, thankyou!"
"What a way to see New Year in!! Beautiful surroundings,
and the cottages are really lovely - loved the pool and it was
perfect for all of us (friends hired out other cottages). Lovely
walks and an ideal secluded location. Loved it and would love
to come back in the summer. Thank you Kay and Matt, we had a fantastic
New Year we will never forget!"
"Had a great holiday, everything was as expected. The pool
was a real treat and kept our girls (1yr and 8 months) very happy.
I'll definitely be recommending this place to all my friends and
I'm sure we'll be back next year! Thanks for a great holiday!
"Had a fantastic holiday, used the pool everyday and our
5 year old daughter learnt to swim!!! Great days out at Stoke
Gabriel for crabbing - kids loved it. Wildlife boat trip and days
at the beach. No-one wants to leave."
"Great cottage and facilities. Thank you for a great holiday."
"Superb cottage, kids loved outdoor and indoor play areas
and the swimming pool was great fun. We will definitely be recommending
these cottages and will book again when visiting Devon."
"Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Thankyou both very much.
Everything perfect. x :-) "
"We've had a perfect week - weather has certainly helped,
but the cottage and the area are amazing. We highly recommend
Totnes Rare Breeds, Blackpool Sands and Salcombe (crabbing) for
small children - we have a 2 year old. Will definitely come back.
"Lovely cottage, very well equipped and beautifully decorated.
Very relaxing and peaceful setting. Thankyou for a lovely few
days Kay and Matt. x"
"Our first holiday with our 6-month old son and we could
not have had a better time. Lovely cottages with lovely facilities,
all your needs catered for. Coming back again with the grandparents
"Lovely cottage with stunning views and a brilliant pool.
The pub in the village has brilliant pub grub at a good price!
Lovely day out on the round robin (boat, steam train and bus journey
via Totnes, Paignton and Dartmouth) - I suggest it to all future
visitors! Thank you for an amazing stay, Knapp was the cherry
on the top of a perfect holiday!"
"What a beautiful place - so quiet and relaxing. Children
enjoyed the pool and games room very much. Cannot recommend The
Anchor at Ugborough enough - fantastic food! National Marine Aquarium
great for a rainy day, and the sandy beach at Bantham for a sunny
"Great cottage in a lovely setting - thankyou for another
"Lovely touch of flowers, cake and teabags on arrival. Nice
and peaceful. Great places to visit: Brixham harbour, Teignmouth,
Goodrington Sands (Paignton), Eden project in Cornwall worth the
hour and a half drive!! Prickly ball farm - hedgehog hospital,
Paignton Zoo, Torquay, Berry Pomeroy Castle, Cockington Court.
Would definitely return to South Devon again - soooooo much to
do. :-) "
"Had a great few days relaxing in a lovely area. Our accommodation
was great and had everything we needed. Totnes was lovely and
so was everywhere we visited. Had a great day visiting Dartmouth
and eating at Rockfish (on Kay's recommendation) and also took
a drive down to the Eden project, which was well worth the drive.
Paignton Zoo was excellent too! Thanks for such a fantastic week!"
"Everything you could possibly need. We spent quality time
with our grandchildren, and they think this is the best cottage
'in the whole wide world!' The playroom has everything you could
want and the swimming pool and sauna is so well appointed and
very well looked after - we will come again."
Lovely clean cottage, great facilities and Matt has been incredibly
helpful. We've had everything we could need! Thank you!"
"Our 14th year at Belsford, we've had a great time as usual.
"Had a fab holiday! Cottage really well equipped - swam
everyday and weather was lovely. We will be back!"
"Had a fabulous time. Was amazed at the attention to detail.
Everything was thought about. We will definitely visit again soon.
The facilities are great, the kids were so busy either in the
playroom or swimming pool. Thankyou."
"We have had fantastic, relaxing holiday. The cottage is
lovely, very cosy and equipped with everything we needed. We enjoyed
a swim every day, and the games room and toddler play area were
just right for keeping "I" entertained. Thanks so much
to Matt and Kay for providing everything we needed for an enjoyable
"We have all had a really wonderful time here and would
return for another holiday. The children have more than enjoyed
the swimming pool. What a fantastic asset to Belsford. Many thanks
to you both."
"Many thanks for a lovely, relaxing week. We really enjoyed
the pool, sauna and games room. The countryside around the cottage
is absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed watching the wildlife."
"This holiday has been exactly what we were looking for!
Very pleased my husband found this place online. Very relaxing
in a perfect setting. There's everything you could wish for here,
especially with a toddler. Thank you."
"Great accommodation with lovely swimming pool and games
room. Many thanks."
"We had such a lovely time staying here, there is so much
to do and we have been very lucky to have such a great week of
hot weather. Cottage is lovely and sat in beautiful surroundings.
We will be coming back very soon. xxx"
"Had a super stay. A lot of attention to detail has made
this accommodation superior to others. Would definitely come back
again. Lovely, lovely place."
"Wow, what an amazing place! The cottage is beautiful. We
visited surrounding areas - Totnes, Babbacombe, Dartmoor, Dartmouth.
FANTASTIC. The facilities here are brilliant, we used the pool
everyday. The courtyard is very lovely and well set out. After
a day out, we enjoyed coming back to the cottage to spend the
time here. It really is a 'little piece of heaven'. We didn't
want to leave and will be definitely be coming back. Think we
will miss the hills. Cottage very beautiful and clean. Would definitely
recommend to friends. Thank you for having us!"
"What can you say!! Had a wonderful week, glorious sunshine
and beautiful beaches. Belsford is just a perfect oasis of tranquility
and we couldn't ask for anything more for our first family holiday.
Thanks to Kay and Matt for their understated hospitality, we will
miss the birds and the countryside sounds and those soaring views.
And of course the swimming pool!!"
"A lovely cottage, pool and location! Thankyou :-) "
"Had a great time during our week here. We've managed to
cram loads in and still haven't managed to see/do it all. Fantastic
area with so much to do for the kids (and us) and all within easy
reach. The cottage has been great and the additional facilities
available to us have made it even better - especially the pool
and games room - the kids have loved it. Will definitely need
to come back to Devon and will definitely be checking availability
here first! Thank you."
"Such a beautiful place to stay in a fantastic area. You
have an idyllic spot and the cottage is lovely. Totnes has beautiful
shops and everywhere we went gave us a warm welcome. We all thoroughly
enjoyed Sunday dinner at the Steam Packet in Totnes, and a fantastic
Indian a the Balti King. A great family day out was also had at
Powderham Castle. We can't wait to come again. x"
"A perfect location for a fantastic family holiday. The
setting and facilities are excellent. We didn't get to do all
of the things we wanted to, such is the variety of attractions.
"We've had another fantastic week at Belsford. We particularly
enjoyed Salcombe, Brixham, South Milton Sands and the Gardens
at Overbecks (Salcombe). The boys spent hours in the pool and
enjoyed the trampoline down in the field. Thank you for such a
warm welcome and for thinking of everything to make our stay as
comfortable as possible."
"A lovely cottage in a lovely place. We've had a very busy,
fun-packed week - including Becky Falls (brilliant), Round Robin
(brilliant), a walk to the Church House Inn (local pub) - a big
walk but wonderful food and welcome at the pub. Swimming pool
fabulous. Playroom a massive hit with Mum and Dads - oops I mean
kids! Will definitely recommend Belsford to all our friends and
"A well equipped and comfortable cottage. The finishing
touches are just the cream on a lovely peaceful resort. Many thanks
for the lovely welcome and thoughtful provision."
"We had a lovely holiday. We all loved the swimming pool
and seeing the lambs."
"What a wonderful weekend with special friends. We have
all enjoyed our time at Belsford and with the children so busy
with the idyllic outside space, swimming pool and games room,
I feel that we have had a restful weekend away!! Can't wait to
book and come again to explore round and about this lovely setting."
"Thankyou for a wonderful week at Belsford. The boys had
so much fun they do not want to leave!"
"Excellent little cottage in a beautiful and tranquil location.
Pool facility is excellent. Visited lots of National Trust properties
and we circumnavigated Burgh Island (at Bigbury beach). Sharpham
Vineyard is worth a visit too."
"Thankyou for a lovely stay. This is a beautiful area and
a very comfortable cottage."
"This is our 7th visit to Belsford, and yet again we've
had a brilliant time. The boys loved the pool and the games room.
We loved the peace and quiet, and the beautiful countryside. We
hope to be back again next year. Thank you Kay and Matt."
"Beautiful place for a fun holiday with peace and quiet
too! Loved the games room - what a great idea, and took full advantage
of the pool, thankyou! You were kind and welcoming and we plan
to come again, and bring friends! Loved Kingsbridge, Salcombe
"We have really enjoyed our stay here in Bassetts at Belsford
Court; our first time. Thankyou for being flexible about our arrival
and for the warm welcome (and delicious cake!). We have made good
use of the swimming pool and toys/games room. Kids have had a
blast! It has been great to be central to so many places. We visited
Dartmoor, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth and today went on the steam
train and visited the Rare Breeds Farm which is well worth a look.
Definitely thinking about booking another holiday here!"
"We have had such a fantastic time here in this beautiful
setting. We feel very rested. The cottages are wonderful and well
"A lovely cottage, pool and location! Thank you"
"Thank you Matt and Kay for a lovely time, you have a hidden
treasure. The cottage is - as others commented - very clean and
well equipped. R loved the pool and games room. Kay, the walk
you recommended around Hope Cove had beautiful scenery. We visited
Dartmouth Castle which R enjoyed and we saw may species of birds
in your courtyard."
"Thanks for a lovely stay. The cottage was immaculately
cleaned and we have really enjoyed our stay. Could particularly
recommend the Miniature Pony Centre and beaches at north and south
sands in Salcombe."
"We love Belsford! The cottage is a perfect size for 2 adults
and 2 children. We've had some great days out on the steam train
at Buckfastleigh, House of Marbles, Paignton and Dartmouth Castle.
Excellent seafood at Rockfish at Dartmouth, and they offer an
excellent kids pack to keep them entertained with colouring, stickers
and a wallet. So much more to see and do. Thank you so much for
a fab few days. Your cottages and the surrounding area make for
a brilliant holiday and you have thought of everything. xx"
"What a wonderful spot. Thoroughly enjoyed our week in Devon.
Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts were a great favourite. Devon Bird
of Prey Centre was a nice find. We can highly recommend Belsford!!"
"Matt and Kay - you've done wonders at Belsford Court Cottages.
Wonderfully kind hospitable hosts - nothing is too much trouble.
Lovely to have flowers every week, excellent thorough cleaning,
wonderfully fresh laundered sheets, towels, linen. Thank you so
much. See you soon."
"We have had a lovely weekend with amazing weather. Enjoyed
beach visits, model village, hillside railway - to name a few.
Kids loved the playroom and the pool. Great accommodation. Well
stocked kitchen. Thanks. We hope to return (and we will be recommending
"Great cottage, great location. You really have thought
of families with all the facilities - we especially loved the
gardens and pool house. We enjoyed the steam train from Paignton
to Dartmouth, Becky Falls, and Bigbury Sands."
"We had a great week here! It's a really lovely set-up with
excellent facilities which we enjoyed very much. The kids loved
the pool, fields, courtyard and play areas - as we did. I'd really
recommend Bigbury for a day at the beach. We would highly recommend
this cottage and wish we were here another week. Excellent info/welcome
pack, very informative and useful. Thankyou!"
"We have had a wonderful week. The weather has been excellent.
Lots to see in the area - Dartmouth Castle, Plymouth Aquarium
and Totnes. Hope to be back next year."
"We have had a fantastic time. A warm reception, with great
facilities. Lots of good beaches and villages. Hope Cove is a
"We had a fabulous time here! Above all our expectations.
Belsford Cottages catered for our little one perfectly! From the
games room, swimming pool, and trampoline, to small things we
didn't expect like children's cutlery and flowers in the room!
Thank you for some wonderful memories. Hope to come back soon!!
"We've had a great time, despite the weather. Beautiful
place, lovely people. We loved the pumpkins on Halloween. All
the little touches made this a great holiday. We hope to be back
"This is our first holiday as a family of four ("L"
is only 3.5 months old) and we couldn't have wished for a better
one! "A" has made use of all the play equipment both
indoor and out! Being a hectic 2 year-old, she has really enjoyed
having a pool. We were really impressed with the accommodation
- well equipped kitchen a great bonus! Great location and brilliant
hosts, thankyou Matt and Kay! By the way, so nice to have such
beautiful artwork around us Kay x"
"We have had a lovely week. The cottage is very clean and
well equipped. We had great fun in the pool everyday, and the
adults relaxed in the sauna. The surroundings are beautiful. It
is a great base for visiting all the surrounding places. Thank
you Matt and Kay."
"Matt and Kay, thank you so much for making our special
week a very special one. The accommodation was excellent and the
whole family thoroughly enjoyed themselves."
"We have had an amazing week. We all loved the pool! Beautiful
views and scenery, great accommodation. We will be back next year.
Thank you Matt and Kay for your generous hospitality."
"A lovely time was had by all, kids enjoyed it and accommodation
was great. Would come again."
"Loved our stay. Lovely pool. Peaceful place to visit. Thankyou
for everything. Would recommend to others."
"We have had a lovely week, full of surprises - the cottage,
the welcome, the coastline and the weather - thankyou very much.
We return home rejuvenated."
"Had a fantastic stay - cottage is extremely well equipped,
with the added bonus of the pool, games room etc. Thank you very
"Lovely location, excellent facilities. Enjoyed your sauna
and pool. Plenty of places to visit. Had a great time, will recommend
to family and friends. Many thanks to Kay/Matt for the wonderful
clean cottage, plus flowers and cake. Thanks!"