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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England

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Penzance, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Nope, Still Charming!”
Reviewed 3 July 2019 for a stay in June 2019
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Well, we were in The Shippon the week after the previous reviewer and would disagree with that poster’s criticisms! Even though the weather was pretty grotty, the house was not chilly – in fact, we had to turn the storage heaters down a bit. As the owner stated in their reply, the bathroom towel rail won’t come on if you don’t turn it on (!) and the shower is electric so the comment about heating tankfulls of water to have a shower doesn’t make sense. We didn’t find the sofa and chairs to be “just about knackered”, the covers weren’t grubby and certainly didn’t smell of wet dog. Yes, the bathroom door had an impressive squeak (nothing a bit of oil won’t cure) and there is a notable floor creak from one place in front of the bathroom. However, if it bugs you, just walk round it and avoid the creak! The very large king-sized double bed (actually, more like a superking, we’d suggest) is super-comfortable and the WiFi provides a solid decent internet connection if you really feel the need to stay in touch with the outside world

All in all, The Shippon was a great place to spend a week’s walking on the Moor (albeit, in-between heavy rain showers!). You can walk out of your front door and straight up onto the high tops (views from the top of Chinkwell Tor are especially impressive) and The Rugglestone Inn (recommended; good food, large portions, booking advisable) is only 900 yards up the road (10 mins walk). From there, Widecombe and The Old Inn (also recommended) are only a further five minutes’ walk.

In summary, The Shippon provides a peaceful comfortable resting place within easy reach of spectacular hills and local village facilities….Thanks Alona, we’ll definitely be back.

Date of stay: June 2019
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Paisley, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Was Probably Charming in Its Day”
Reviewed 28 May 2019 for a stay in May 2019

The Shippon is a barn - byre conversion on a working farm. It's obvious that the original conversion was well done, with many features of the old building retained, such as the massive roof beams and the stone construction. However, it's equally obvious that the property has not been reviewed since the original conversion which was apparently done about 15 to 20 years ago. Some of the electrics (such as the heating panel in the kitchen) no longer work, one of the heating panels in the living room has burn marks, and the towel rack and heating panel in the bathroom never came on once during our one week stay. A small portable electric heater was provided to top up any shortcomings by the wall heaters, but didn't do much to warm the downstairs. A wood-burning stove is provided as well, although we didn't use it due to the mess, disposing of ashes and so on.

At this point, the owners might consider taking out the electric heating panels and replacing the system with some sort of combi boiler along with heating panels attached to the boiler. This would not only address the chilliness in the house but would also save money on hot water due to not having to heat a tankful of water before a bath or shower.

Another issue is the upstairs flooring which has buckled slightly over the years and come loose from the floor studs. As a result, just walking on the upstairs floor releases loud squeaking and the floor bounces slightly underfoot. In the same vein, the bathroom and kitchen doors also squeak loudly, making it impossible to discretely go into either room without making loud noises. The upstairs flooring needs to be screwed tightly back onto the studs and quietened.

Generally the property simply seems old, worn, and down at the heels. The upholstered furnishings (sofa and chair) are just about knackered, with sprung springs and grubby fabric that smells faintly of wet dog.

The location is lovely, on a working farm, and it's fun to see the horses coming and going around the place. There's also a nice private garden that looks out across the fields which is a sun trap in the evening. The property just needs some updating and cleaning up.

Date of stay: May 2019
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
14 Jun 2019
Thank you for your feedback. The Shippon was indeed converted circa 20 years ago however in the last five years it has been fully redecorated including the provision of new heating, the effectiveness of which no previous guest has complained about. You opted not to use the large woodburner which complements the electric heaters noting that you would have had to clean it out. This is not the case as the stove is provided clean and the ash tray only needs emptying every couple of weeks. All previous guests have enjoyed using this form of heating and the supply of free firewood. The electric heater in the kitchen is there temporarily because we have been let down by our electrician who is due to replace the wall heater. The shower is electric so does not draw on the immersion heater, making this an efficient means of delivering hot water to anyone using it. There is a switch in the bedroom serving the bathroom towel rail as noted in our guidance booklet. We will certainly and gladly look at the squeaking noises coming from one or two of the doors which can be oiled and likewise the bedroom floor however we know that the latter squeaks on one board and it is not a unanimous issue across the floor. We have not received previous complaints about the soft furnishings in the sitting room area but will look at these. Thank you for your positive comments about the location, garden and standard of the conversion of this traditional former agricultural building. My wife enjoyed talking to you during your stay and we are sorry that you did not raise these issues at that time.
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Emersons Green, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Lovely Accommodation”
Reviewed 23 May 2019 for a stay in May 2019

We very much enjoyed our stay in the cottage. Spacious accommodation for two. Lovely to have a log burner. Walkable to the village if you have a reasonable level of fitness. Dog friendly but be aware the garden is access the road so you can’t just let your dog out.

Date of stay: May 2019
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Reviewed 25 October 2018 for a stay in October 2018
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The Shipppn”
Reviewed 15 July 2018 for a stay in July 2018

The Cottage was in an excellent location for the Moor, towns and beach.Very roomy and well laid out.Very quiet and Great pub within walking distance. Plenty of Moor animals passing by.

Date of stay: July 2018
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