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Guest Feedback and Testimonials

Feedback is of utmost importance to us here at Unique Home Stays, and we love to hear back from our guests to ensure that we have not only fulfilled, but exceeded their expectations every step of the way. But don't just take our word for it, read what previous clients have said about The Secret Holt below:

We loved the property, its beautifully done and in a wonderful location. Being so close to such a great pub (The Rock Inn) was also a bonus. We made full use of the fire and the outside fire pit and had a wonderful time.

We found this stunning place online and fell in love instantly for our honeymoon...the images didn´t disappoint. The Location and home are stunning! We´ve loved every moment and curled up in the evenings in front of the fire. Highly recommend the pub a short stroll away too!

We want to stay, thanks for a beautiful house and a relaxing break...we don´t want to leave...we sure will be returning soon.

Thank you for a beautiful and relaxing weekend. It was lovely to escape London and clear our heads. A beautiful cottage and amazing location.

Everything about this cottage was wonderful and ensured we had one of our happiest and most memorable holidays in years.

Absolutely fantastic, an exceptional property, we had a great stay!

A perfect Tolkien-esq hideaway nestled at the end of the woods. We had the most relaxing time in this splendid place, enjoying the tranquillity, walks on the moor and meals at the pub. It was fun walking back from the pub in the dark. A truly mesmerising place. We will definitely be back.

Simply an amazing space in a stunning location. A truly faultless property, to which we will be returning!

A fabulous stay and a friendly welcome. Cosy, relaxing and just a perfect get away from that London mayhem. We would recommend to anyone.

What a truly magical place, we could not have spent our honeymoon anywhere more lovely. A truly wonderful retreat that was just what we were after. It felt like home from the moment we stepped through the great doors. We loved all the details and there was nothing more we could have wanted. We will be back!

Beautiful woods, gorgeous cottage, the dogs had an amazing time, as did we! A very special holiday.

What a great cottage in the woods. A really peaceful setting with some beautiful walking paths. The Dartmoor valley was stunning and the river swimming was invigorating. We enjoyed gorgeous July weather and the cosy cottage which had everything we needed. Thanks very much.

We LOVED The Secret Holt! After a hectic London wedding this was the perfect place to relax on honeymoon, even in November. We will come again!

Thank you both for the opportunity to stay in such a fantastic location. Everything was perfect and we wanted for nothing. If you have a dog we really recommend all the local pubs, especially The Rock through the woods and The Horse.

WOW!! Absolutely love this place. Will definitely be back. It is so cosy, relaxing and unique. We have had a amazing holiday.

Beautiful cabin and woods! Our dog was in his element chasing squirrels and we loved listening to the Tawny Owls at night. It takes a lot to leave our place by the sea in Cornwall but this cabin is so comfortable and cosy that I am sure we will be back again.

My boyfriend booked us a weekend away as a surprise for my recent graduation. Upon arrival I was so overwhelmed - what a thoroughly stunning fairytale hideaway! We enjoyed lots of long walks, what an adventure! My boyfriend proposed to me in front of the fireplace, with rose petals and romantic candlelight all around. I will remember The Secret Holt for all of my life; the place we promised our lives to each other!

I just wanted to say that we had a great time at the Secret Holt this weekend. A really sweet place with great road biking and walking right on our door step. I would 100% recommend the Carpenter Arms in nearby IIsington, it is in a completely different league and you can easily walk there.

The Secret Holt was perfect and our experience with Unique Home Stays has been excellent. We would definitely recommend both.

What a wonderful place! We have had the most relaxing, romantic and magical honeymoon. Thank you! The cottage was perfect - so cosy, comfortable and luxurious. The welcome hamper was wonderful and very much appreciated. We have loved walking in the woods and the moors, and driving out to the coast but most of all we have enjoyed resting and relaxing in the cottage. Thank you for making it so spectacular!

What a wonderful place! We have enjoyed our brief visit here immensely. As soon as we arrived we knew we were in for a treat. Your welcome hamper and bread, eggs and butter are such a lovely touch. We have walked, explored and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Daisy, our daughter, has had a super special holiday. It´s with sadness that we leave but we will definitely be back and I´ve already told all of my friends about the place.

Thank you both so much for creating this place. We run a busy bar/restaurant in London so this break as done wonders! We will certainly be recommending it to others. All the best for 2014 we will be back....

A beautiful cottage in a lovely setting. We will definitely come back - again and again. Enjoyed the "little touches". You have a lovely "home from home". Thank you

Lovely walks on the door step - perfect! Wonderful food a stones throw - great! Homely, warm, cosy, well equipped hideaway in the woods - magical! I could get used to life as the lady with the wolf in the woods! Jack our Malamute had the best time of his life! Thank you!

The location is great. We walked the moors, lunched at Jamaica Inn and visited Plymouth and Cornwall. If it’s not already on your doorstep, it’s all within a reasonable drive away. So… great location - check. Super comfortable, big bed - check. Vintage leather sofa - check. Roaring log fire - check. Wi-fi, Apple TV, roll top bath, woodland setting, fantastic interior design, delicious hamper - check. Gorgeous crockery, teas and coffees, crusty loaf, real butter, milk, feather pillows, velvet, cotton, check check check and check!

Great stay, lovely cabin - belongs on the pages of an interior design master class. Thanks for all those ´lovely touches´ that made the break so memorable. Great hosts.

Had a wonderfully relaxing time. Walked through woods to The Rock, torch in hand which was great fun. Great dinner there and can thoroughly recommend. Dartmoor is a joy and had some brilliant walks. Many thanks.

Superb location. The generosity of the hosts providing dog biscuits, marshmallows for toasting, nice soaps, excellent towels etc made the stay extra special.

We have so enjoyed our brief visit to The Secret Holt. Lovely place to unwind. So wish we had more time to stay in this delightful cabin in the woods. The log burner was fab at this time of year.

A very stunning little cottage! Our dog loved the woods right on the door step and loved sleeping in front of the fire in the evenings!

I can´t think of a better escape from London than a relaxing week at the Secret Holt. The Secret Holt is a perfect holiday getaway with all the beautiful features and attention to detail that make it extra special.

Thank you so much for a delightful stay. You thought of everything! Perfect bread, wine, loads of biscuits, you even set the fire for us. A beautiful place in a perfect location. Wish we were staying longer.

Gemma and Mark really put their heart into the place to make it comfortable for everyone that stays. It´s very quirky and pretty with practicality built in.

Gemma, the owner, was very helpful. We received texts to check everything was OK with the property, and Gemma also went out of her way to send back an item we had left behind that was a special gift of our daughters

PERFECT!!! Many thanks for an idyllic holiday retreat - a wonderful way to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Everything has been so special - from luxurious welcome hamper and ´cottage garden´ flowers to the comfy bed and fluffy white towels. We cannot fault The Secret Holt, we love it very much and can´t wait to return!

We just wanted to let you know that we really enjoy our extended weekend at The Secret Holt. We went on several walks you recommended (Bonehill rocks and the coastal path from Soar Mill Cove) but perhaps the highlight was an evening swim near Dartmeet, which we would never have found without your insider´s tip - thanks so much. The hideaway was delightful and perfectly located. We hope to return someday.

Everything was perfect - we had a lovely holiday

Very sad to leave this magical place. It´s an amazing place and the cottage just perfect. The forest on the doorstep has been an adventure playground all week for our five year old and dog - we found the swing too! The cottage is beautifully done and provides only the best. Your house book has been our bible. Our dog has been in his element and our daughter has reconnected with nature. You´ve been incredibly friendly, welcoming and accommodating. We will be back and certainly recommend and resist the temptation to keep it our little Secret Holt. Many, many thanks

Wonderful time, place and location. Will be back next year.

We desperately needed a total break from the world and The Secret Holt ticked every box. Wow this place is glorious!!! From the moment we arrived and right through the week we felt the stress melt away. It has a magical feeling and the wood enchanted us. Wonderful hosts, wonderful place, wonderful holiday! Mark even came down to us with a bag full of logs on a stormy evening. We will so recommend to all our friends and family.

We´ve had a lovely relaxing time. Our dog has loved his walks and his morning dash around the wood first thing. We loved our hols here in this beautifully eclectically decorated cabin, with all the mod cons as well, much appreciated. Excellent place to stay, thanks for a really lovely and relaxing break.

Thank you so much for creating this absolute gem of a hideaway. It has been a perfect getaway for our honeymoon to switch off and relax. we´ve also loved your suggestions of things to do and places to eat. Thanks again and we hope to visit in the future.

Thanks for a lovely stay, we had a cracking week, alternating between being on the moors and in front of your log burner. Plenty of space, well equipped and very secluded and cosy. You´ve done a lovely job on the place, you should be very proud

Thank you for a lovely week in your beautiful cabin. It has been a wonderfully quiet week and very relaxing. We have wandered all over the moor via a few pubs in an attempt to defrost! Although the snow did make some good photos!

Thank you so much for a lovely stay in your magical little hideaway and for all the thoughtful extra treats. We have had a very relaxing and peaceful break which was much needed and we hope to return before too long. We highly recommend the Bonehill walk, what breath taking views.

The cabin was amazing! Couldn´t have thought of anything else to have made our stay more enjoyable !

The property was of a good standard and the overall experience was very good and we would recommend both the property and Unique Home Stays

We have had a wonderful few days, so peaceful and relaxing. The interior is just amazing, so comfy, we just loved cuddling infront of the fire. Finishing touches just fab lovely bedding, towels and my favourite bubble bath! Thank you so, so much

We had a brilliant time and have already recommended The Secret Holt to family and friends.

The place was amazing and Gemma, the owner was lovely

Couldn´t believe how amazing your cosy cabin was, we thought the doors and wood fireplace pretty special. My daughter loved the four poster and fur curtains and wants her room at home like this! Our spaniel loved looking out the window just to see the woods to see if any rabbits were in ear shot! Driving from Hertfordshire in the heavy rain I was thinking, ´we´re going to have a awful time´ but the weather brightened and it was warm and we all had a fantastic weekend! Thank you so much Gemma

We have been so lucky to find this idealic location in the woods on Dartmoor. What more can anyone ask? The lovely warmth and obvious care that you have made into a holiday home surpasses all expectation. The white fluffy towels, comfy bed, flowers and woodburner simply adds to the luxury. A big thank you

A really nice stay in a very comfortable and cosy hideaway in the woods. Our dog loved the surrounding area where she had loads to see and enjoy. Fantastic sitting in front of the roaring fire warm and cosy. We will be back soon!

What a heavenly place! Everything was perfect

What a stunning woodland retreat. From the moment we arrived we felt right at home - the log burner is amazing and such a welcome treat after we have been wondering the moors for hours. The lodge is truely a magical place - with stunning touches with the antique doors and delicious, cosy bedroom and roll top bath! My only complaint is that we can´t stay longer... Thank you for a wonderful stay

We stayed three more nights than we booked which says it all. Thank you for a blissful time in this very special haven. Everything we wished for and more, We will be back!!

Elegant, yet quirky, cosy, yet full of light. Thank you for making this such a luxurious haven

I want to come and live on Dartmoor!! What an amazing home you have and lovely pub suppers too!

Lifestyle envy, what a fantastic place. You´ve done an amazing job and thank you for such a brilliant weekend

Perfectly located at the end of a little lane leading into the woods, this is the ideal place for those seeking a bit of romantic peace and quiet but who also fancy a trip to the pub. The cottage is charmingly furnished with unusual pieces picked up from all the round. It also boasts great bathrooms, comfy beds and a lovely woodburning stove. Honestly the best place i have found yet for a weekend away from London (and I´ve done a lot of research!!)

A quick note to say thank you to you & Mark, plus the rest of the team for ensuring our festive break in Devon was a success. The Secret Holt was a perfect bolt hole to spend Christmas with friends, out of the wet weather, sat in comfy chairs with a favourite tipple, a festive soundtrack playing in the background and a warming fire. Thanks again for a wonderful stay. We´ll be sure to recommend to our friends.


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