Guestbook




What a fantastic holiday we had. We found Daffodil Cottage on a facebook site for holidays with dogs, and we were looking for somewhere comfortable with great walks from the doorstep, and others within a reasonable travel by road. We were completely thrilled by the cottage and its location. It is very welcoming and cosy, just perfect after a days exploring. The village is lovely and peaceful and the locals friendly. Gill is an incredible host. The cottage itself was pristine and all the extra surprises left for us was such a lovely touch just emphasising how much Gill goes above and beyond to ensure that the guests, both 2 legged and 4 legged have a great visit. The walks locally were superb, and we spent many hours exploring Dartmoor straight from the front door as it is only a short walk straight onto the moors. We will definitely be returning to this idyllic cottage with our 4 legged family. We were very sorry to have to leave after a wonderful week.

Michelle Critcher, 

Just arrived in the UK and our first “escape to the country” was to Daffodil cottage. Absolutely wonderful weekend. Great house, full of comfort. We really enjoyed our stay and felt very welcome thanks to Gill. She is a five star host!
Very friendly village, great pub with excellent food where the dogs were welcome too. So much to see and explore. Stunning surroundings, perfect to walk, walk, walk. We’ll be back!
Ann, Martine and Peer/Orville/Pinot

An van der Bruggen, 

Just returned home after a lovely week long stay at Daffodil Cottage. The cottage was beautifully clean and well equipped. The welcome basket of goodies was a very kind gesture and Gill was very helpful providing directions for lovely walks and being available to answer any questions we had. The location was perfect for exploring the area and we enjoyed some amazing walks with our dog Leo. Everyone we met was very friendly. We would thoroughly recommend a stay at Daffodil Cottage!

Morag & Giles , 

We have just got home after spending a great 8 days at Daffodil cottage. It was a perfect base for exploring Dartmoor and we all loved the local walks. We ate at both the pubs in the village - it was such a treat to have two pubs in walking distance! We spent one day at the Eden project which despite the distance we would strongly recommend a visit. Gill was super helpful, answering any questions we had quickly and giving great directions to some lovely walks! We would definitely recommend a stay here!

Sarah, 

What a fabulous find! This little cottage is perfect in every way. All you could possibly need is there and it is so cosy and comfortable. Gill is a wonderful host and nothing is too much trouble. Thank you Gill, Ozzie and I had a lovely stay, it’s just sad we had to leave earlier than planned. We’ll be back!

Bonnie Conlin and Ozzie, 

4th visit and re-booked - that says it all!! We just love Daffodil cottage, beautiful cottage in a great location and we love Gill too. Such a lovely host and goes above and beyond what she needs to do. Her hens lay great eggs too. See you soon Gill.

Frances, 

We’ve just stayed at Gills lovely cottage. We were only there one night and booked last minute. Gill was fantastic at communication throughout and the cottage is a great space, clean tidy and with everything you need especially if bringing a dog/kids. The location is good with 2 walkable pubs both serving food and a takeaway service which was handy. Would highly recommend and return.

Paula Marsh, 

Our family of 5 plus furbaby stayed in Gill’s cottage in August and found it to be a lovely base from which to explore. Gill was fab at communicating before and during our stay and gave us some great ideas for walks and swims nearby. The cottage has everything you could need and the welcome basket is a very kind touch. The garden was a lovely space for children and dog, bring fully enclosed and the village in itself was beautiful with some great pub choices. Would definitely recommend and stay again, thanks so much Gill.

Andrea, 

Stayed at the cottage during the recent hot weather and have to say it was the best place to stay as the building kept us comfortable and cool. We had everything we needed and loved the garden area for our dog. We happened to be staying during the Dartmoor Festival in the village and found the village to be a warm and welcoming place. Both pubs serve great food and the local shop was also handy.

Gill was a fantastic host and we greatly appreciated the welcome basket. She was also able to share local walks and info. We would all be happy to stay again at Daffodil Cottage.

Claire Henderson , 

We've just had our 2nd visit to Daffodil Cottage. What can I say other than it was a pleasure to return, this time in Summer (although our last visit was October last year and the weather was kind!) It was lovely visiting again and the 3 boys (fur babies) settled in straight away. Gill is an amazing host and nothing is too much trouble.
The cottage is well equipped and you definitely feel at home here.
10/10 from us 🥰
Thanks once again Gill.
Lesley, Shaun, Dylan, Louis and Billy 🐕🦴🐕🦴🐕🦴

Lesley Williams, 

Just had another wonderful short break at Daffodil with my 5 pups. I love this cottage. It has everything you could wish for - a modern fully equipped kitchen that comes with welcome goodies of scones, clotted cream, milk and free range eggs from Gill's own hens. The cottage is warm and comfortable with many retained original features, and the private secure garden is a delight.
Hope to be back again soon. Thank you Gill.

David, 

Just had a super 5 day stay at the cottage with my husband & 2 dogs. We were lucky with fabulous weather & enjoyed the private garden. It’s so quiet & peaceful. Thanks to Gill for sharing her knowledge of places to visit to suit our elderly dogs. Cottage is well equipped & very comfortable. The extras - cream tea & fresh eggs & dog biscuits much appreciated. Highly recommend this cottage.

Sara Watts, 

My husband, our five dogs and I, have just had a lovely 5 day break at Daffodil Cottage. The welcome pack was much appreciated. The cottage is lovely and cosy, and the private garden, which is just a few steps away, is large and our dogs loved it. It also has a BBQ, patio table and chairs and parasol. Most importantly, the garden has 6' fences all the way round it and is gated. Daffodil Cottage guests have exclusive use of the garden. Everything you need to chill out and enjoy the sunshine. Gill is very helpful in suggesting walks, places to visit, to eat, etc., and the two dog-friendly pubs in the village serve lovely food and big portions too!

Isobel Smith, 

We have just spent a week at Daffodil Cottage with our 2 dogs. From the moment we walked in we felt comfortable here. The lovely welcome gifts were much appreciated and the cosy lounge with the wood burner was perfect.
Ideal location for some great walks. Will definitely be back in the future.
Many thanks.

Anna and Justin Lloyd-Cowden, 

We recently stayed at Daffodil Cottage for 5 nights and had a lovely time. It's a lovely, cosy cottage, plenty of room for the 5 of us and a dog. The garden is a great little space for some off-lead time and chilling out in the sunshine. The cottage is well stocked with everything you need for your stay and lovely walks straight out the door. Gill is friendly and really helpful with advice on where to go for walks or where to buy a decent pizza. I fully recommend Daffodil Cottage and hope to be back!

Rosie Michell, 

Third time and still as lovely as the first time. Daffodil Cottage is so warm and welcoming, and Gill is a lovely host. Cottage is wonderfully equipped and the village of South Zeal is a great base.for exploring Dartmoor and beyond. The Garden now has a lovely seating area, with a great view of Cosdon Hill even better with a glass of wine! See you soon Gill and thanks as always.

Frances, 

Myself and my pups have just had another lovely short break at Daffodil Cottage. The cottage is warm and cosy with every modern convenience you could ask for. The kitchen is fully equipped and on arrival there is a lovely selection of welcome goodies - fresh free range eggs from Gill's own hens, scones, clotted cream and milk in the fridge. There are lots of walks in the stunning Devon countryside literally right from the cottage front door. I love Daffodil Cottage and I've already got my next booking done! Thanks Gill for letting us stay at your lovely cottage.

David, 

Myself, partner and two dogs have just enjoyed a wonderful stay at Daffodil Cottage. The cottage is cosy, spotlessly clean and very well equipped and I particularly liked the handmade furniture! We received a really lovely basket of goodies, milk in the fridge and logs for the fire. On top of all this, Gill was so helpful and suggested some great walks that we throughly enjoyed. Thank you Gill x

Tara, 

We had a lovely 6 day break at Daffodil. This is the 3rd time we have stayed there. I just love it. I'd stay there every weekend if I could! The cottage is a perfect comfortable base to explore the surrounding beautiful Devon countryside. The kitchen comes with a most welcome array of goodies including clotted cream, milk, chocolate brioches, and fresh free range blue eggs from Gill's own hens. The lounge is just the perfect cottage lounge with exposed beams, a log burner and a stunning lobby door with stained glass panels. The cottage is on the very edge of the village with country walks literally right from the front door. Only a hundred metres away is the village store and village pub. Daffodil is my favourite 'go to' cottage and I can't wait to stay there again.

David, 

This is the second time we have booked the Cottage for family outside of Devon to visit us. Nothing is too much trouble for Gill. The Cottage is very well equipped with everything needed for a very comfortable stay. The beds are comfy, as is the living space, and the basket of goodies is very much appreciated. You feel at home as soon as you step through the door. There will definitely be further bookings in the near future. Thank you Gill.

Debbie Cope, 

We stayed for 3 nights visiting friends in Sticklepath. What a lovely Devon cottage, with all that you need & more. A most welcome hamper & fridge items awaiting us.
The village & surrounding area had all that you need, also views & walks were amazing ! Easy access to other areas . we will return ! Thankyou Gill !
Nov 21

Brian, 

We had a lovely few days at this fab, cosy cottage. Equipped with all you need, a lovely welcome hamper & wood for the amazing fire! Gill was great at staying in touch with us and suggesting walks. It’s a a great location for discovering Dartmoor & we really enjoyed our stay. Thank you Gill! X

Harriet Kitcat, 

Well what can I say. What an absolute pleasure to stay at beautiful Daffodil cottage!
Very much felt like home as soon as we stepped foot inside. Gill, you are a diamond with everything you do. Such a thoughtful lady and has thought of everything in the cottage. We had an amazing 3 nights at the cottage, and will be booking again for sure.
Thank you so much Gill. 💓

Lesley, Shaun and the fur babies, Dylan, Louis and Billy, 

Another wonderful break at Daffodil Cottage, and the time has gone so fast. The warm and cosy cottage is such a delight, with loads of charm and true cottage character, yet has all the modern comforts to make your stay most enjoyable. Nestled in the beautiful little village of South Zeal right on the edge of Dartmoor, you actually don't need to drive to find beautiful walks, they are right here on your doorstep from the cottage. I can't wait to be back again in a few weeks. Huge thank you to Gill for letting us stay in Daffodil.

David, 

Our second stay and another one booked, we can’t get enough of Daffodil Cottage and the area. The cottage and the area is glorious, Gill is an absolute gem and goes above and beyond what you expect. South Zeal is a lovely village, quiet but close to North and South Devon. Great location If you like walking, Cosdon Hill is right on your doorstep. You won’t be disappointed if you book.

frances, 

We have just spent a week at this beautiful cottage. It’s clean, well equipped and very comfortable. We done some lovely days out and were blessed with good weather. Gill was a great host and we hope to return next year x

Joanne Hartness , 

Just spent 1 night in Daffodil Cottage, (wish it were more) Gill helped us out when we took our son to university. Excellent communication from availability to check out. Cottage was spotless and very comfortable. We loved the welcome parcel, the eggs were delicious! Hopefully we can return and spend a little longer to fully explore this beautiful part of the country.

Tina Carrington, 

Arrived on Bank Holiday Monday for a 5 night stay, we were greeted with a basket of goodies , essentials in the fridge and treats for the dog. We headed straight for the secret garden for a BBQ, drinks and a few games of swing-ball.
The cottage was cosy with plenty of space, it was very welcoming, we particularly liked the original features. The kitchen was well equipped and the bathroom clean. Loved the bespoke beds which were very comfortable.
The cottage location is well positioned to explore all that Devon & Cornwall have to offer, we particularly enjoyed Port Isaac and Tintagel. The local people/pubs are very welcoming and we certainly enjoyed the food and drink they had to offer. Will certainly be returning, thanks Gill xx

Carly Burton, 

Just returned from a wonderful 8 night stay at the delightful ‘Daffodil Cottage’ and already trying to plan when we can return.
The cottage is beautiful; modern decor compliment the original features of the cottage and the enclosed secret garden make it an enchanting place to stay for our family of 6 (2 adults, 2 teenagers and 2 dogs!), with enough space and all the facilities you need for a home from home break.
The cottage is perfectly positioned to enable a range of activities from surfing in Bude, Coasteering in Croyde, paddle boarding in Torquay, and sea swimming in Exmouth. And that’s without even mentioning the moors that are just on your doorstep, with our favourite activity being open water swimming on top of the moors with our children and dogs!! The scenery and landscape is simply breathtaking up there and the benefit of Gills local knowledge enabled us to park close to the water so our elderly dog didn’t have to stroll too far!!
Gill is a fabulous host, with a wealth of knowledge to help you make the most of your stay. The village had everything we needed, 2 dog friendly pubs and a village shop, what more could you ask for!!

Jo , 

The cottage was beautiful, set in the lovely village of South Zeal. It was perfect for the 4 of us and we had all we needed for a home from home stay. Gill was a brilliant host who answered any questions quickly, the welcome pack was greatly appreciated by us all! We had a great time on Dartmoor exploring different towns and local walks. We hope to visit again soon! 😊

Sarah, 

Wow! I arrived on Sunday afternoon for a 5 night break at Daffodil Cottage, and the time absolutely flew by. The cottage is full of authentic original features combined with all the modern conveniences. I loved the old beams and the original fireplace and beautiful old door with stained glass in the lounge. The kitchen has everything you need, including a most delightful welcome pack of fresh milk, fresh free range eggs from Gill's own hens, and scones and clotted cream. The secret garden just along the gravel path is an absolute delight. The village of South Zeal is really lovely, and the open moors of Dartmoor are only a few minutes drive from the cottage. I can't wait to go back to Daffodil in September for more moth trapping! One of the very best cottages I have ever stayed in. Thank you Gill.

David , 

A wonderful mini break in a lovely cottage, immaculate and with a perfect enclosed garden in a village. We arrived to fresh eggs, milk and scones which went down a treat. A short distance from Dartmoor with stunning beauty and a lovely stream. Gill is a wonderful host who recommended some lovely walks. We are looking to see when we can return and would highly recommend.

Julie , 

We have just had a fantastic weekend staying at Daffodil Cottage.
Such a lovely little house and in such a brilliant spot.
So easy to find and get to and in such a convenient location. We are avid hikers and didn’t have to use the car all weekend. We explored the moors and went wild swimming.
Gill was a fab host and really helpful with directions. The cottage was clean and so pretty. We really liked the little dog friendly touches too. Made us feel very comfortable!
Highly recommend

Abby, Caroline, Doug and Ruby, 

We had to leave a fantastic review for Dafodil cottage and the owners of the cottage. Gill went completely out of her way to make sure me and my family (+dog) had a lovely place to stay to visit family. The scheduling/payment and full transaction was a pleasure to deal with Gill.

The cottage is amazing and authentic to the original design with some lovely modern touches. We were presented with a very clean and spacecious cottage and a cream tea to start our holiday off. We made full use of the log fire and the owner keep you stocked up with wood throughout your stay. The garden is a fantastic enclosed space and very private with a great view of the edge of Dartmoor.

This is a great base to get to all the attractions Devon has to offer and there are some lovely walks right on the doorstep. Our family had such a lovely stay and we definately recommend this place to anyone looking for a beautiful place to stay in Devon.

A very well run holiday let.

Thankyou so much from all of us

Jay, 

What a lovely little cottage! Ideally located, especially to local amenities and Dartmoor. The cottage itself is very warm, spotlessly clean and well-stocked. Gill has thought of everything! The perfect getaway whether you are a dog owner or not, interested in the outdoors or not-the cottage and located are suited for anyone.

Nicole Morrison, 

We had a lovely stay in this cosy, warm and spotlessly clean cottage. Loved the wood burner and secret garden. Excellent WiFi & streaming channels on the TV.
Gill is a good and attentive host. She answered any queries immediately and was full of tips and advice.

Stephen Cowles, 

We had a lovely stay in this cosy, warm and spotlessly clean cottage. Loved the wood burner and secret garden. Excellent WiFi & streaming channels on the TV.
Gill is a good and attentive host. She answered any queries immediately and was full of tips and advice.

Stephen Cowles, 

Daffodil cottage is fab , we enjoyed our stay so much , Gill was amazing and so helpful , cottage is beautifully decorated and we loved the log burner , we will back
Jo and ian x

Jo powell, 

Lovely cottage for a three nights away with our 3 titchy dogs. The cottage is presented beautifully with just about everything thought of, from milk in the fridge, to a hairdryer in the drawer. We also found games, and could get Netflix etc and carry on with our fave series. The wifi was great - I had two important work assignments, and connected just fine, no stress. Loved the woodstove above everything. Easy to use, really made us feel cosy during the wetter parts of our break. Comfy bedroom, modern clean bathroom. The whole stay was ideal. Recommended

JJ James, 

Loved my long weekend break here, the cottage is very well presented, clean, tidy, and has all the mod-cons. So many times, I have stayed somewhere and the pictures are nothing like reality, but this cottage proved the opposite, the pictures don't do the cottage justice, it's a lovely place to stay, in a fab village in Dartmoor. The walks are great, the locals are friendly, the food at the Oxenham Arms is amazing (as are the owners, we were made to feel extremely welcome, and felt like part of the community).
Thank you Gill for being a great host, we will be back :o)

Mrs Beverly A Goldsworthy, 

We LOVED our week at Gill’s lovely cottage. She is a great host - helpful with hints, tips, suggestions and directions. We were with our 4 month puppy on our first vacation with her. Walks from the door and within a short drive are lovely. It’s a less populated part of the moor so the feeling is more ‘local’. There are two ‘locals’ in the village and we particularly liked the Oxenham Arms which has a fab garden. The cottage’s hidden garden is lovely and a great place for sundowners. Inside the cottage is cosy and charming. Comfortable beds, great water pressure, a lovely welcoming selection of goodies and an informative local guide. What’s not to like? Thanks Gill. We will be back very soon.

Tomoko & Mike, 

Gill was a wonderful host, the cottage lovely and clean, well decorated and looked after.
Excellent central location to visit other areas and the Moor on the doorstep.
As a family of 4 plus golden retriever the cottage had all we could ask for and the fresh eggs were a nice surprise on arrival. We used the wood burner every day even in August.
Gill was great at giving us advice on places to go and walks that might be good with out young(ish) children.
We would certainly recommend this cosy cottage and we’ll be back!

Craig Day, 

We've tried all sorts of holidays previously, especially ones more geared too younger children..so we did not know what too expect... l can honestly say as a family we thoroughly enjoyed our selves...the cottage felt like home from home, very cosy and clean. Decor is very upto date, being very in syle and sympathetic to the age of the cottage, very well done...The cottage is very central too lots of activities, park, restaurants and pubs etc..especially if u like scenic walks or a swim in the open pools on Dartmoor....fantastic times and memories...Gill who owns the cottage couldn't be more welcoming and helpul, on arrival we where treated to fresh bread, milk, butter, eggs etc.....Our children didn't want to come home.....this is definitely a holiday for all the family....cant wait to go back again!!!!! ....I will give Gill and her delightful cottage 10 out of 10....thankyou...

Geoff Goodacre,