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Dartmoor: “the last great wilderness in Southern England”. Great rock-tors top many of its often heather-covered hills. Marvellous for walking, riding, tor-climbing, picnicking, kite-flying, pony-trekking and, if you’re at all energetic, not seeing other people. Just off its edge, amid woods, valleys and farmed hills, are many pretty villages (sometimes thatched) and very lively small towns. All is protected from caravans, tents and most ugliness by being in the Dartmoor National Park. The half of the moor north of the B3212 is the highest and wildest; no villages within it, almost no cultivation. The southern half has the most spectacular tors, best wooded river valleys, a few villages (like Widecombe, Buckland) in green-field ‘oases’. The moor’s eastern edge is the softest, most wooded, most popular: Chagford, Moretonhampstead, Lustleigh and Bovey Tracey are among its best villages, and the river Teign is an exceptionally beautiful river valley. The Dart(s) – two of them rise in the moor’s middle and join at Dartmeet – is/are equally beautiful all the way to the sea at Dartmouth. Very lovely, too, are the valleys of the rivers Avon, Erme, Walkham and Tavy; Tavy Cleave, on the latter, is the western moor’s most dramatic place. The quality of a pub can change so quickly we hesitate to recommend, but there are plenty of them; and of places to ride or pony-trek.

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Cornwood, Harford, Buckfastleigh

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Cornwood: village (pub, shop, church) on the sheltered southern South Hams edge of Dartmoor. Many prehistoric hut circles on the open moor above, around the beautiful river Yealm. Ivybridge (see page 123), 3 miles. Plymouth and the sea at Mothecombe (unspoilt, sandy beach) or Noss Mayo/ Newton Ferrers (estuary, see page 117), all about 8 miles. … an excellent cottage a mile from Cornwood, in the grounds of a beautiful estate which is yours to enjoy: 120 acres including woodland (opportunities for den building and adventures), the Piall River (brook fishing) and formal gardens (formerly Nat. Gardens Trust) with many unusual trees, hornbeam hedges, azaleas, rhododendrons; large pond (unfenced); tennis court. Own private, enclosed courtyard (barbecue, garden furniture) with views to Rook Tor and Penn Moor beyond. Very well converted from a shippen, the cottage is attached to an 18th cent. stable block.

Buckfastleigh: pleasant little old town (pubs, cafés, shops, weekly farmers’ market) beside the river Dart and Buckfast Abbey, close to Dartmoor. Outdoor swimming pool. South Devon Railway. Butterfly and otter sanctuary. Four miles to Holne (pub) en route to the moor, 6 to Totnes (attractive old town, summer boat trips to Dartmouth); Torbay (seaside, see page 68), 12. A good base.

Mainly pine furniture with good quality and colourful fabrics, lots of pictures; homely and very comfortable. Porch; large, beamed living/dining/fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer, gas cooker – well away from the living area) with woodburner (logs included), TV/DVD/video, long pine dining table and Welsh dresser. Upstairs (stairgates), three bedrooms – the master double (5’ bed, ceiling to apex), a twin, and a children’s twin room, lined with material from an Egyptian tent with canopy over the beds and exciting play area (VDU/DVD). Bathroom (suite plus bathpower-shower and hand-shower) and shower-room (suite). Spring water. WiFi available in owners’ house. Riding stables within walking distance. A very welcoming place.

A250

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… in Buckfastleigh, just 100 yards from shops, cafés and pubs, one of a number of attractive modern little houses built around a pretty shared courtyard. A little brook tumbles past at the back with steps to the private car park just beyond. Inside, comfy and welcoming with front door from courtyard to hall (loo/washbasin); living/dining room (TV/DVD) with handsome stone fireplace (‘living flame’ gas fire); neat fitted kitchen (washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric oven/gas hob). Stairs from living room up to two bedrooms – a double with en suite shower-room (suite), and a room with two single beds; bathroom (suite plus hand-shower). This is a really good base for touring/walking the moors, or visiting the beaches in Torbay.

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… also in Buckfastleigh, a dear little 18th cent. cottage in a peacefully situated but convenient terrace built for mill workers. A few yards of hardcore lane lead to it. At the back, a neat, suntrap paved courtyard garden (table/chairs). Inside, lots of character and quirkiness complemented by the artist-owner’s flair and style. Living/dining room with lots of beams, inglenook (gas ‘living flame’ stove), TV/DVD, DVDs; fitted kitchen (washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer) with door to garden (steps down). Stairs (stairgate) from living room up to landing and double bedroom with pretty views of town/hills; bathroom (suite plus bathshower). From landing, sliding door to half-ladder steps up to attic room with low vaulted ceiling beams and two single beds. Brilliant for Dartmoor and coast.

Harford: hamlet (ancient church, cottages, scattered farms) on the southern tip of Dartmoor National Park in the sheltered river Erme valley. Stone circles and cairns at nearby Butterdon Hill and close to Two Moors Way. Shops at Ivybridge (see page 123), 2 miles. Sandy beach at Mothecombe, 10 miles. … in Harford, a cottage converted from an old coach house attached to a big, Grade II listed Victorian former rectory. Impressively approached along a beech-lined, hardcore drive, the cottage is to one side of the friendly owners’ home, with its own enclosed courtyard (table/chairs, gas barbecue) in front. There are 40 acres of sheep-grazed meadows (lots of bluebells) and woods full of wildlife for you to explore, and really excellent walks, including footpaths leading directly to the moor. South Hams beaches (Mothecombe), 25 minute drive. Inside, smart, stylish and comfortable with oak floors (rugs) in most rooms. From sunny courtyard, door to big hall (for coats/boots and drying dogs) with cupboard housing washing machine and small freezer; living room looking to courtyard with woodburner, TV/DVD, leather sofas; smart fitted kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, microwave, larder fridge) with granite worktops, butler sink, oak floor and big, glazed double doors to courtyard. From hall, stairs (stairgate) up to two bedrooms – a double (5’ bed) plus child’s 2'3" folding bed, and a twin; bathroom (suite plus bath-shower) with tiled floor. Spring water. A good retreat.

A165

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DARTMOOR: Landscove/Woolston Green, Ashburton, Holne, Dartmeet Landscove/Woolston Green: small village (good pub, excellent playground, tea rooms) round a green in lovely hilly, wooded, rich farmland, 2½ miles from Buckfastleigh (see page 125), 4½ from Totnes (small town). Ashburton (see below), 3 miles. The sea/sandy beaches at Torbay (see page 68), 9 miles. The river Dart, 1½ miles; Dartmoor, about 4. Lots of footpaths locally. Golf, 7 miles. ... a small, south-facing bungalow in the well kept ½ acre garden of the owners' Georgian house on the edge of the green (200 yards to pub) in Landscove. Own patio (furniture) and a part of the garden sheltered by apple trees. Inside, very comfortable, 'own home' feel. Small porch and hall; living room (folding bed) with TV/DVD and French windows to garden; fitted kitchen/dining room (microwave); utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, fridge-freezer); double bedroom (5’ bed) with window to garden. Shower-room (suite with double shower tray). Useful store for bicycles/waterproofs/ boots. A quiet and delightful spot for those who enjoy walking, touring or just sitting and reading.

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Holne: village (pub, community shop, tea rooms) in one of the most beautiful, wooded, sheltered parts of the Dartmoor National Park. Lovely walking/riding (stables nearby), salmon/trout fishing in river Dart (bouldered, beautiful). Ashburton (see below left) and A38 road, 5 miles. Dartmeet (see below), 4 miles. The sea at Torbay (see page 68), 15. … on the edge of Holne and attached to the owners’ home is this recently renovated and comfortable, ‘upside down’ cottage created from one end of a barn. Enclosed, level lawned garden (table/chairs) beyond the cottage with lovely rural and moorland views. Door and 5 wooden steps from the garden straight into very well thought out open-plan living/dining/kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer) with woodburner, TV/DVD, painted beams to apex, wood floors. Stairs (stairgates) down to three bedrooms – a double (5’ bed) with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower, washer-drier in cupboard), another pretty double (footboard), and a twin with en suite shower-room (suite); smart shower-room (suite). A really well considered and very welcoming base from which to explore both Dartmoor and the South Hams.

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Ashburton: ancient, busy little town on Dartmoor’s edge, with renowned cookery school. Within 4 miles is the moor’s most spectacular part (around Buckland, Widecombe, Manaton - see pages 129 and 130); within 2 miles, a beautiful stretch of the river Dart leading to Dartmeet (see right), and an ‘adventure park’ (for all ages). Buckfast Abbey, 4 miles; Totnes (small town), 8; the sea at Torbay (see page 68), 12.

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Dartmeet: where the East and West Dart Rivers meet in a beautiful moorland/wooded valley. Car park and café where the road bridges the river (popular with canoeists), but beyond is some of Dartmoor’s most glorious scenery. Pub and riding stables, 1 mile; Poundsgate (good food pub), 2½; Ashburton (see left), 8; Tavistock (good shops, see page 150), 12; sea/beaches (south coast), about 20.

… about ½ mile east of Ashburton (1½ miles by car), a detached, single-storey house beautifully converted from outbuildings, 100’ from the owners’ house. There are 3 acres of serene landscaped garden which you are welcome to roam, full of interesting shrubs and plants, a small lake (unfenced) enjoyed by wildfowl and a further 9 acres of meadow. To the front and side of the house is a large area of decking (table/chairs, barbecue) looking to the lake and garden.

... about 200 yards up the hillside from Dartmeet, hidden amid fine trees about 100 yards (private drive) from the road and from the river, a handsome stone cottage built in 1906 by a gin baron for his gardener, attached to another cottage (built for the chauffeur). Very secluded, an excellent place for tor climbing and riverside picnics. Twelve acres of woods and meadows (bluebells in spring) to explore, stretching to the river (private salmon/trout fishing), and direct access to the moor. Garden in front and large meadow area at the back with patio (table/chairs, barbecue).

Inside, smart, stylish and thoroughly well done. French windows into spacious living room (woodburner, TV/DVD) with oak floors and high vaulted ceiling; fitted kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, microwave, ceramic hob/double oven) with dining area and breakfast bar; utility room with freezer, washing machine and tumble drier. Two bedrooms – a double (5' bed) looking to garden and lake with en suite bathroom (suite with roll-top bath plus hand-shower), and a twin (linkable to 6' double) with en suite shower-room (suite with double power-shower). A superbly relaxing place, well situated for visiting the South Hams coast and Dartmoor National Park.

Inside, attractive and comfortable. Porch; hall; good-sized living room (woodburner, TV/DVD/video); reading room with door to garden and 4 steps up to fitted kitchen/dining room (washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezer). Upstairs, three bedrooms – a big double (5’ bed with footboard) with 3 steps up to en suite shower-room (suite) with low ceiling, another double with 3 steps up to en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower), and 2 steps down to a little single (limited clothes-hanging space, use of en suite bathrooms only). Spring water. Game or rough shooting, by arrangement. Best for maximum of 4 adults. A superb situation for walkers or just lazy scenery-lovers.

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Dartmeet - Brimpts Barn

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Dartmeet (see below left): ... Brimpts Farm is set on the hillside above Dartmeet, spectacularly positioned amid trees looking across the deep valley to open moorland and tors. It is one of five ancient tenements of the moor. In 1307 it passed to the Duchy of Cornwall. For more than 30 years it has been farmed by the same Dartmoor family. The 700 acres of forests, tors, stone circles, East Dart River and open moor are traditionally farmed (mainly beef - pedigree South Devons) and the owners have received a wildlife habitat award from Prince Charles, as well as farm diversification and food producer awards. Cream teas have been available in the farmhouse since 1914. As the Visitors’ Book of 1933-1947 catalogues, even in the war people found holiday refuge at Brimpts. Half a mile of concrete drive leads to it. Across the yard from the farmhouse is a huge, L-shaped, detached, traditional barn (once a hay store, granary, shippen) with superb views which has been converted into accommodation for as many as 32 people if you are prepared to bunk up, otherwise for 20 very comfortably in ten double or twin bedrooms, all en suite.

Upstairs, a large bedroom with four single beds and en suite shower-room (suite), which can also be used as a sitting or TV/video room if preferred; loo (washbasin). Downstairs are three more bedrooms – a twin with en suite bathroom (suite with corner bath and separate shower suitable for wheelchair users), a room with two single beds and en suite shower-room (suite), and a double (5' bed) with en suite shower-room (suite); and across the patio a door leads (same building, separate entrance) to a large glazed hall and two upstairs bedrooms – a twin (limited clothes-hanging space), and a room with three single beds, both with en suite showerrooms (suites) - and two downstairs bedrooms – double and twin with en suite shower-rooms (suites); and a few more yards away (again separate outside entrance) are two more bedrooms – a room with two single beds and a double (5' bed), both with en suite shower-rooms (suites). Ten bedrooms in all, four in the main barn, four across the paved terrace, two more private. Some bedrooms are reached by going outside, but never more than 20 yards. All are in the same building. This is an outstanding place for large groups, family gatherings; brilliant gentle or tough activity opportunities; or you can do nothing much in one of Dartmoor’s most beautiful parts. Full or partial catering and ready meals are available; also conference facilities (projection screen, overhead projectors, flipcharts, etc.). Phone available, by arrangement (extra). Spring water. Extra charge for electricity (meter reading); heating provided free of charge. Damages Deposit £150. Arrival after 4pm.

Part of the joy of staying here is the range of activities which are available to you (extra). Most popular are the farm tours by Landrover, but there is also climbing and abseiling instruction on the 30’ high climbing tower, guided walks, mountain biking tours or orienteering. Pony riding can be arranged. All this is set in the most beautiful of countryside. If you prefer more gentle recreation, the farm has a number of waymarked, scenic walks, including a biodiversity trail, and for the more adventurous, long walks start from the farm across Dartmoor to tors or down the Dart towards Ashburton. Indoor facilities at Brimpts also include a sauna for relaxing, an efficient drying room (washing machine, tumble drier) and table tennis. The accommodation: in front of the barn are sheltered and south-facing decking (picnic tables, barbecue), hot tub on decking and a courtyard. The main entrance is into a huge room (35' x 20'6") with ceiling to the apex and glass doors to a balustrade overlooking the terrace. This is the living/dining room with woodburner, TV/DVD, tables/chairs, drinks fridge, and can be a conference room. Off it is a small, efficient, stainless steel commercial kitchen with dishwashers, microwave, fridge-freezer (no grill), 6-burner gas cooker; hall and disabled loo (washbasin); large hall/lounge area with TV, sofas and pool table.

Prices: pages 225 and 226

Symbols guide: page 217

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DARTMOOR: Postbridge, Lower Cator, Ponsworthy

Postbridge: tiny oasis of a village (pub, PO/shop) in a shallow valley in the very middle of Dartmoor beside the East Dart River with ancient granite clapper bridge beauty spot. Golf, 8 miles. Plymouth and nearest beach, 19; Exeter, 20. ... tucked at the end of a private track, about ½ mile from the shop and pub in Postbridge, an extension of a Victorian farmhouse surrounded by mature trees and granite, moss-covered walls, and beyond, moorland pasture and the crystal clear East Dart River (small trout fishing). At the back, accessed via the track, an enclosed tree-sheltered large lawn and shrub garden; to the front, a footpath leading to the village and pub (about 5 minutes, but remember torch!). Steps up to covered porch and French windows; large, comfy open-plan living/dining/kitchen with huge granite inglenook (woodburner), TV/DVD/video, neat fitted kitchen area (washer-drier, microwave, freezer, larder fridge). Stairs (stairgates) from the living area up to landing and two bedrooms – a double (5’ bed, TV) with lovely views, and a twin with view of the garden. Bathroom (suite plus bath-shower and hand-shower). Spring water. Sleeps maximum of 2 children. A wonderfully private spot, excellent for walkers.

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Lower Cator: hamlet in a hill-farmed valley in the middle of Dartmoor, so brilliantly placed for moor exploring. Widecombe-in-the-Moor (see right), the river Dart (lovely moorland walk via tors) and Dartmeet (see page 126), 2 miles. Ashburton (nearest town, see page 126), about 7 miles, the sea at Torbay (see page 68). 19. ... in Lower Cator hamlet and beside a very quiet lane, an excellent, 'upside down' cottage, one of two converted from a big barn. Outside, large, mown-grass enclosed garden and patio (table/chairs). Inside, large and very lovely open-plan living/dining/fitted kitchen (electric Aga - no other cooker, dishwasher, microwave, small freezer, larder fridge) with granite worktops, woodburner, TV/DVD, iPod dock, scissor-beam ceiling, some exposed granite and glazed doors (the original hayloft opening) to sunny patio. Downstairs, good-sized lobby (washing machine), space for wet coats/boots and three bedrooms – a double with en suite shower-room, a room with two single beds (3 steps, 5'9" beam, limited clothes-hanging space), and a single. Bathroom (suite). Spring water. A truly beautiful location in the heart of the southern moor.

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Ponsworthy: tiny farming village in lanes (ford) in the valley of the bouldered, pooled and tree-lined little West Webburn River. Lovely woodland walks beside the river and to tors and moorland. Poundsgate (good food pub), 1½ miles; Dartmeet (see page 126), 2; Widecombe (see right), 2½; Ashburton (see page 126), 6; the sea/ beaches, about 18. Riding stables nearby. ... in Ponsworthy, a charming, 17th cent., semi-detached granite cottage, welcoming and cosy. At the back, granite steps lead up to an enclosed, sloping lawned and terraced garden, carpeted by snowdrops in early spring and wonderful for alfresco meals in summer, with two seating areas (picnic bench, bistro table/chairs, barbecue) and views across the village brook to fields beyond. Inside, living room with big granite fireplace (woodburner), TV/DVD; fitted kitchen/dining room with breakfast bar, microwave, table/chairs; sitting room (TV) with pretty dresser. Tiled hallway with washing machine and tumble drier neatly in a cupboard. Downstairs showerroom (suite) with attractive tumbled marble tiles. Stairs up from living room to two bedrooms – a double, and a pretty room with two singles (wardrobe space on landing); very smart bathroom (suite plus hand-shower) with attractive use of wood. Delightful, off the beaten track.

… and 3 miles from Postbridge, in one of the most magical places on Dartmoor, is an ancient farmhouse to 563 acres. It is sheltered by fir trees, and one of the equally ancient stone barns has been converted into a little ‘upside down’ house. Tin mining and sheep farming have moulded the landscape for thousands of years - now a stunning oasis of serene wildness. Leave the car, put on your boots and walk for miles (pub about a mile) in any direction. Also a popular spot for mountain biking. Stream and pond close by (children beware). Inside, smart, colourful and comfy with low beams and lintels. Ramp up to door (5’6” lintel) to hall, fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, freezer, gas cooker, larder fridge), two bedrooms – a double with en suite shower-room (suite) and view of stable yard, and a twin. Shower-room (suite, shower seat). Stairs up to living/dining room with TV/DVD/video, floorboards (rugs) and long, lovely moorland views. Due to the remote, high altitude location, weather conditions can cause loss of Freeview and broadband reception; no landline or mobile phone signal. Spring water. Ready meals available. Electricity by generator. DIY stabling by arrangement (extra). No children under 4, except pre-crawling babies. A fabulous chill-out place.

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Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Haytor Vale, Christow

DARTMOOR Haytor Vale: attractive hamlet of cottages adjacent to old good food pub, sheltered by the massive outcrop of Haytor (stunning views from top across the whole of Devon). Bovey Tracey (small town), 3 miles. Widecombe-in-the-Moor (see left), 5 miles.

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... at the foot of Haytor, less than ½ mile from Haytor Vale, a semi-detached, ‘upside down’ stone cottage with super long views all the way to the coast. Small, south-facing area of grass (picnic bench) opposite for your use. Nearest shop for basics, Ilsington (1½ miles, see page 130).

Widecombe-in-the-Moor: Dartmoor’s most famous village. Beautiful position in deep farmed valley between steep tor-topped hills; good food pub, splendid church, pretty round it. Fair (Uncle Tom Cobley and all) in September. Excellent walking base for the moor’s most spectacular part; riding stables. The sea (Torbay, see page 68), 19 miles.

Three steps up to front door; hall (washerdrier in cupboard); two light and airy downstairs bedrooms – a pretty double (5' bed), and a twin; bathroom (suite plus bath-power-shower). Mostly oak floors downstairs. Stairs (stairgate) up to light, spacious living room with exposed roof beams, laminate floor, TV/DVD, iPod dock and lovely long views; oak fitted kitchen/ dining room (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, range-style cooker with induction hob) with black granite worktops. A great location for walking, cycling and exploring the moor and surrounding areas.

… in a sheltered cup in the moor (trees, stream) beside an almost traffic-free lane (moorland ponies use it more than cars), 1½ miles from Widecombe and 3 from Dartmeet (see page 126), two granite cottages attached to the friendly owners’ farmhouse. You are welcome on the farm (47 acres with cows, horses, poultry), and the Two Moors Way footpath passes by, leading in ¼ mile to the West Webburn River. You can follow it to Buckfastleigh (see page 125), or even to Exmoor. Pony-trekking locally. Dartmoor Expedition Centre, 1 mile. Washing machine and tumble drier in barn next door. Games room (table tennis). Spring water. Dashel Cottage (arrow 1, above) is end-of-row and has its own paved patio and small enclosed garden at the back. Inside it is on three levels, all comfortably furnished. On the ground floor, living/dining/fitted kitchen (slimline dishwasher, microwave) with French windows to patio, polished oak floor, some exposed granite walls and large granite fireplace (woodburner - logs included), TV/DVD/video. Stairs (stairgates) up to first floor with a double bedroom (5' bed) and bathroom (suite plus hand-shower); more stairs (top stairgate) up into a twin bedroom (6’ beam and some sloping ceilings, limited clothes-hanging space, small double futon for alternative sleeping).

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Christow: ancient village (PO/shop, two pubs, fine church) on the beautifully wooded Teign Valley side of Dartmoor National Park. Canonteign Falls and good golf, 1½ miles. Exeter (shops, theatres, restaurants, history), 10 miles. Teignmouth/Shaldon/Dawlish (see pages 71 and 72), about 12. … in Christow, a quiet lane walk of about 600 yards from a good food pub, a Grade II listed, detached cottage with early 16th cent. origins. A pretty shrub-filled garden surrounds it (patio, table/chairs) and from upstairs there are lovely long views to the Haldon Hills (bicycle trails).

Brimble Cottage (arrow 2, above) has its own large, paved/cobbled patio and well-kept flower beds. Inside, comfortable and well done with some exposed granite walls. Living/dining/fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave) with French windows to patio, polished beech floor, TV/DVD/video and piano; stairs up to three bedrooms (stairgate) – two double (one with 5' bed and the other with additional single bed), and a twin (limited clothes-hanging space); shower-room (suite).

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Inside, some good antique furniture, a few low lintels, heavy beams and bags of character. Porch to dining room with tiled floor, woodburner and part of the original stone staircase and old cloam oven visible; the tiled floor inclines slightly into the fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, freezer, larder fridge); loo (washbasin) and back lobby with washer-drier, plenty of room for boots/coats/ dogs/bicycles and door to garden. Two steps down from hall (5’5” lintel) into living room with TV/DVD, lovely old beams (5’10”), pretty views to garden and huge inglenook (open fire). From hall, steep stairs up to three bedrooms – 2 steps down (5'10" lintel) to surprisingly large double (5’ bed, TV/DVD), another double with en suite bathroom (suite), and a twin; bathroom (suite with separate shower). Golf, 1½ miles. A lovely cottage in a lovely spot with good walking from the doorstep.

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DARTMOOR: Ilsington, Manaton

… and a mile from Ilsington, in the tiny farming hamlet of Lounston, a secluded, detached, ‘upside down’ cottage for two, recently converted from a sturdy granite barn. An occasional tractor passes by on this little used farm track (partly unmade) and there is good walking from the doorstep on footpaths/quiet lanes. Behind the cottage, a raised garden, mostly grassed with paved area (table/chairs). Across the lane, an acre of private woodland conservation area for you to explore (own risk; dogs must be on leads) with picnic bench and wildlife ponds (unfenced - care needed; visited and tended occasionally by the owners’ family).

Ilsington: pretty little village (church, shop, good food pub) on Dartmoor’s farmed and wooded south-eastern slopes, through which flows the river Lemon to Teignmouth (see page 71), its ancient wooded valley a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and habitat of a wide range of woodland birds and butterflies. Haytor (see page 129), 2 miles. Easy access to A38, 2½ miles. ... in Ilsington, in a peaceful spot in the heart of the village (pub, 300 yards), a big, stone-built cottage (pictured above), south-facing, with lovely long countryside views. With origins dating back at least to the 18th cent., these former barns once made up the Town Barton farmstead; now comfortably converted to smart cottages (four in total, one adjoining with resident neighbour). Inside, spacious and well done, original features combining easily with modern touches. At the front, across the entrance courtyard (used by other cottages for access), own large, enclosed, lawned garden (bench) looking over rolling fields beyond. At the back, a pretty Mediterranean-style courtyard with decked area (tables/chairs) and pergola-sheltered patio with brick-built barbecue.

Inside, stylishly done with charming touches. From the garden, 2 granite steps up to door into living/dining room with neat oak fitted kitchen area (slimline dishwasher, microwave, electric oven/ceramic hob) with oak floor/rug, TV/DVD/Blu-ray. Downstairs, a fabulous roomy double bedroom (zip-linked 6’ bed or twin, TV) with step down to en suite bathroom (suite with deep double bath and separate shower, cupboard with washing machine). No children, except pre-crawling babies. An excellent spot for those seeking peace, nature or a romantic hideaway.

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Manaton: pretty little village (pub with small shop, tennis court, playground, church) in a beautiful part of Dartmoor, and close to spectacular rock tors (Hound Tor, Bowerman’s Nose) and lovely tree-filled valleys (Lustleigh Cleave - see page 131). Golf driving range, 5 miles. Nearest shop, 5 miles. Riding stables not far; Chagford (see page 138), 6; the sea (Teignmouth/Torbay - see pages 71 and 68), 15.

Ten steps up to front door (bench in sunny spot outside); porch (for coats/boots). Spacious open-plan living/dining/kitchen: on one side, living area (TV/DVD, video) with comfy leather sofas, stripped pine floor, woodburner (logs included) and rolling views from big, arched floor-to-ceiling window; on the other, large kitchen/dining area (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric hob/ double oven, oil-fired Rayburn) with big pine table. Utility room (washer-drier) with loo (washbasin). Ground-floor twin bedroom with en suite shower cubicle. Rear hall with door to courtyard. Stairs (stairgates) up to first floor and four more bedrooms – two good-sized doubles, one with TV/DVD, lovely views and en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower); a twin; and a room with two singles. Family bathroom (suite plus bath-shower).

… 300 yards from the good food pub at Manaton, on a hedgerowsheltered lane leading up to the high moors, a detached cottage recently and beautifully converted from an old stone barn. It has all the benefits of modern insulation and underfloor heating combined with the charm of ancient stonework. To one side, cobbled courtyard garden (table/chairs) and opposite, over the little access lane, steps up to big, gently sloping, grassed garden with picnic table/chairs and loads of space for ball games or just quiet reflection. In total, there are 14 acres of the owners’ grounds to explore; Hayne Brook runs alongside the paddocks, perfect for Pooh sticks.

Damages Deposit £200. A comfortable welcoming base in a good central spot for easy access to moors, coast and motorway.

Six steps up to front door to hall with coats-cupboard; utility room with washing machine, tumble drier, loo (washbasin); spacious open-plan living/dining/kitchen (dishwasher, microwave) with beautifully handcrafted oak cupboards and granite worktops, woodburner, slate and oak floor, TV/DVD, big feather sofa and glazed door to courtyard. From the living room, open tread stairs up to two bedrooms – a double (5’ bed) with balustrade and en suite shower-room (suite), and a twin (2’6” beds, ziplinkable to 5’ double) with en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower). DIY stabling, shooting (clays) and fishing available, by arrangement (extra). A top quality cottage within walking distance of the open moor; fine walks from the doorstep.

A182

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Sleeps 10

Bedrooms 5

Bathrooms 3

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A191

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Sleeps 4

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 2

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Manaton, Lustleigh

DARTMOOR Lustleigh: pretty village (good food pub, church, PO/shop, tea room) nestling into the eastern edge of Dartmoor; ½ mile to famous Lustleigh Cleave (dramatic, tree-filled river valley); close beyond it, the most varied and beautiful part of the moor. Walking, riding, fishing (river/reservoir). Golf, 3 miles; sea at Teignmouth (see page 71), 10 miles, or Torbay (see page 68), 12. … in the centre of Lustleigh with lovely views over the village and churchyard with countryside beyond, a semi-detached Victorian cottage, once the infants’ part of a school dating from 1876. Mostly to the front, a very pretty garden surrounds it on two levels with your own two patio areas (tables/chairs) and terraced lawned area from which to enjoy this sleepy little village and the gorgeous view, and which opens to the friendly owners’ adjoining garden. From garden, door into living room with woodburner, TV/DVD and piano; through to fitted kitchen/dining room (slimline dishwasher, washing machine, microwave) with table/ chairs and dresser. Ground-floor shower-room (suite). Stairs up to two bedrooms, both with period exposed ceiling beams and wrought iron supports (some low, padding provided!) and VDU/DVD – a double (5’ bed) with gallery looking through toughened glass (curtains) to downstairs, and one with two single beds; loo (washbasin). A lovely spot, 150 yards from tea room, pub and shop, with many scenic walking routes from the door.

Manaton (see below left): … on the edge of Manaton, an exceptionally attractive conversion of an ancient granite barn into a spacious cottage in a beautiful place. Peaceful, sheltered, it is in a lane in a hamlet of old cottages/farmhouses/trees, 400 yards from Manaton’s pub and about ½ mile walk through woods from Lustleigh Cleave/river Bovey. Next door to the owners’ granite former mill (working water wheel), it has its own charming, natural garden (lawn, granite boulders, oak trees, daffodils, garden furniture, barbecue). Woodland/moorland walks from the cottage. Inside, excellent decor, lighting, furnishing: comfort and warmth; immense trouble taken. Upstairs, all open-plan - picture windows at each end - divided cleanly into living (woodburner, TV/Sky/DVD) and dining areas and large, well-equipped fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, freezer) with granite worktops and polished pine floor. Stairs (stairgates) down via half-landing (halfglazed door to garden) to hall, front door and two very pretty bedrooms – a double (brass bed, deep oak window sills), and a twin; bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). A tranquil escape.

A111

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Bedrooms 2

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… and on the edge of Lustleigh, in the most beautiful, quiet hamlet of Wreyland, is this detached, Grade II listed, thatched cottage. Just gorgeous inside and out, this is a tremendously special place; a clever blend of contemporary living with the immense character of the original 17th cent. building. Beautifully planted, gravelled, enclosed and sheltered cottage garden (table/chairs) with views over the hamlet to wooded hills beyond. Inside, light, spacious and modern with interesting features, mullioned windows and original artwork. From hall, opening to good-sized living room (TV/DVD) with stone fireplace (open fire available from end of September to early May), 3 stone steps down to beautiful slate-floored conservatory overlooking the garden with dining table/chairs; dining room; wellequipped kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, range-style cooker, larder fridge); utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, fridge-freezer). Smart shower-room (suite). Stairs up to two bedrooms – a large double (6’ or twin), and a double (5’6” bed, footboard). Smart showerroom (suite, double shower). A truly magical, special cottage in a beautiful part of the moor.

… and a mile from Manaton, below Hound Tor and close to Bowerman’s Nose, a detached cottage, totally secluded and peaceful, part dating from the 16th cent., previously owned by a tin mine captain and an exiled Russian ballet dancer. One hundred yards of steep, narrow drive lead to it. Three acres of woods, stream and enclosed lawned garden (bench, lily pond) surround it. You can walk or mountain bike straight on to the moor (pub, about 1½ miles). Inside, exceptionally comfortable. Beamed living room with inglenook (woodburner), TV/DVD/video; kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer); utility area with washer-drier; downstairs double bedroom with en suite bathroom (suite); second bathroom (suite with separate shower) via utility room. Stairs up to two twin bedrooms – one with en suite loo (washbasin, low ceiling), and the other with washbasin (limited clothes-hanging space). Pets permitted in kitchen and utility areas only. A summer house in the garden, with two single beds, is available by arrangement (extra) - fun for older children or pioneering adults! Garage at top of driveway. Spring water. Stabling, golf and fly-fishing available nearby. A captivating place - we never say anything is ‘perfect’, but this comes close.

A109

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Sleeps 6/8

Bedrooms 3/4

Bathrooms 2

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A201

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Sleeps 4

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 2

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DARTMOOR: Lustleigh

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The two barn cottages, A136 and A137, are quite small but delightful: ‘upside down’, imaginatively, very attractively and meticulously done.

A136

Pond View (arrow 2, left) has small hall leading to utility area (washer-drier, sink); two small bedrooms downstairs – a double with en suite shower-room (suite), and one with bunks (2'6"); bathroom (suite plus bath-power-shower). Gentle stairs up to fitted kitchen/ dining room (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, door to own patio at back); 5 more steps up to light, pretty living room with woodburner, TV/DVD, Velux windows. Best for 2 adults and 2 children. All good in any season: a beautiful setting.

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Lustleigh (see page 131): ... high on the valley-side 3 miles (by car) north-east of Lustleigh, 200 yards of private drive from the public lane and about 1 mile from beautiful fishing reservoirs and walks (woods, rhododendrons), is a very much praised and appreciated place. Attached to the charming owners' farmhouse are four very good and attractive cottages, three made from barns. All share an indoor heated swimming pool (behind the cottages), 29' x 12' x 4' deep, with shower/loo/basin/baby changing room and paved terrace with sun loungers. You are welcome on the owners’ 35 acre farm which includes moorland with spectacular Dartmoor tor and ancient stone row. Wonderful Dartmoor views and even to the sea from most fields. Sheep, lambs (in season), ducks and chickens (egg collecting). Stabling/grazing for your own horses. An abundance of flora and fauna (badgers, deer, foxes, owls). Children's play area (sandpit, slide, swing, climbing frame, Wendy house) behind the pool building. Games room (table tennis, half-sized snooker table, pool, football game, children’s games). Lovely walks and birdwatching round the reservoirs (less than a mile). Spring water. Phone/fax in owners’ office. Stairgates, baby monitors, nightlights and socket covers in all (except A139). Paved garden leads to lawn with picnic table, big shady trees, two ponds (unfenced, small children beware), and shrub/woodland valley-garden (deer-visited) with stream and steep footpath down to Lustleigh (1 mile to pub). Each cottage has its own pretty, paved, enclosed patio (flowers, furniture, barbecue).

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Stable Corner (arrow 3, above left) has hall; 2 steps up to two small pretty bedrooms downstairs – a double (washbasin), and one with children's bunks (2'6"); bathroom (suite plus bath-power-shower). Stairs up to living/dining/fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer), the living area with woodburner, TV/DVD and French windows to little balcony looking over charming own patio (flowers, pergola) and down the wooded valley. Sleeps maximum of 2 adults and 2 children under 13, including babies.

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XX barbecue) and enclosed Garden Cottage (arrow 4, above left) is to the right of the owners’ farmhouse. Own big terrace (table/chairs, garden (mainly lawn with sheltered pergola area, all south-facing, unfenced stream). Inside, very smart, light, comfortable. One step up to front door. Light oak kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer, cooker with ceramic hob, radio). Three steps down to big living room (woodburner, TV/DVD) with ceiling to the apex. Two bedrooms – from living room, stairs up to small gallery double bedroom with en suite shower-room (suite), and off the kitchen/dining room, a lovely sunny twin and excellent, big en suite bathroom (suite plus bidet, bath-shower, split-level bath, grab rails). Area for wet boots, coats.

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The cottage (arrow 1, above) called Tor Field is, inside, pretty, interesting, good quality, with excellent lighting, some exposed granite, split-level. Hall (freezer); up some steps into comfortable living room (woodburner) with TV/DVD, oak floor, French windows to forecourt; more steps up to extremely well-fitted (limed oak) kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, microwave) with glazed door to patio; utility room (washer-drier, shower, loo). Upstairs, landing (lovely views), three bedrooms (all with washbasins) – a double, a twin, and a small single (2'6" bed); bathroom (suite plus bathpower-shower, bidet). Sleeps maximum of 5, including babies.

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Enquiries and bookings: 01647 433593, Mon-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri 9am-7.30pm; Sat 9am-5pm

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Moretonhampstead

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Moretonhampstead: friendly, busy, gateway-to-Dartmoor village (shops, good food pubs, church, outdoor swimming pool); heath-topped and hills around; good walks locally and reservoir/river fishing not far. Two miles to one of the most beautiful parts of the moor; golf at Bovey Castle (see page 134), 2 miles; popular Miniature Pony Centre, 2½. Chagford (see page 138), 5 miles; Exeter, 13; the sea at Torbay/Teignmouth (see pages 68 and 71), 19. … a 300-year-old granite, thatched Devon longhouse (pictured above and below) in a timeless hamlet in the Dartmoor National Park, 3 miles from Moretonhampstead, surrounded by ancient woodland and rolling hills, 1,000’ above sea level. To the front, a big south-facing lawned garden (table/chairs), safe for small children during the day and wonderful for stargazing at night, enclosed by a sturdy stone wall displaying long-unused bee boles. Big, sunny living room with leather sofas, woodburner, bar (wine fridge, glasses), TV/DVD, iPod dock; dining room (iPod dock) with splendid ox-roasting inglenook (ornamental) and rare late-medieval muntin screen; kitchen designed for companionable food preparation (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer) with big central breakfast bar and double sink; 2 steps up to children’s little den with TV/DVD, Wii; utility room with washing machine, tumble drier and loo. Two flights of stairs (from hall and original steep granite from kitchen) up to five bedrooms, most with serene views:

Bowerman’s Nose

- Double (5’ bed) with en suite shower-room (suite) and limited clothes-storage space - Double (6’ zip-linked bed or twin) with en suite shower-room (suite) - Double (5’ bed) - Double (limited clothes-hanging and storage space) - Children’s room (4’ bed plus 2’6” folding bed, by arrangement) Bathroom (suite plus bath-shower) Shower-room (suite) More stairs up to a sixth lovely sloping beamed double bedroom (5’ bed) with en suite bathroom (suite with two washbasins).

… and 1½ miles from Moretonhampstead, a detached cottage recently converted from an ancient granite barn, with private hot tub and good views across fields (livestock) to Dartmoor. Next door to the friendly owners’ farmhouse, once the homestead of a small estate, and all set high on hills overlooking the fault-created valley that stretches south-east along this edge of Dartmoor. Now it’s a smart, warm, efficient and peaceful place. Glazed entrance door to open-plan living/dining/kitchen (TV/DVD, slimline dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridgefreezer) with woodburner; downstairs loo (washbasin). Upstairs, two bedrooms under the eaves – a double (zip-linked 6’ bed or twin) with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower), and a twin (zip-linkable to 6’ double, limited clothes-hanging space) with en suite shower-room (suite). Local produce available from the owners. Outside, west-facing patio and mainly lawned, enclosed, private garden. Spring water. A great base for walking or for just ‘getting away’.

Damages Deposit £250. Spring water. Catering available (by arrangement). Sleeps maximum of 10 adults and 2 children. A wonderfully peaceful, civilised, hideaway retreat.

A198

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Bedrooms 6

Bathrooms 5

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A179

★★★½

Sleeps 4

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 2

CH WB

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DARTMOOR: North Bovey - Bovey Castle

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Hay Tor is semi-detached. Open-plan living/dining/ kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, freezer, larder fridge, cooker with ceramic hob). Living area (TV/Sky/DVD) has a big stone central fireplace (‘living flame’ gas fire) and two sets of French windows to a wrap-around balcony (tables/chairs). Large dining area with glass table. Stairs down to half-landing with loo (washbasin); more stairs down to utility room with sink and washer-drier, and two bedrooms – a double (6’ zip-linked bed or twin) with en suite shower-room (suite), the other a double (6’ zip-linked bed or twin) with en suite bathroom (suite plus bathshower). From the living room, open tread stairs up to the master double with 6’ bed, TV and en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower) with lovely views.

A86 North Bovey: postcard-pretty village (good food pub, medieval church) with tree-shaded green in the beautiful wooded valley of the mini river Bovey, two lane-miles from the spectacular open moor around Manaton (see page 130) or Moretonhampstead (see page 133).

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Sleeps 6

Bedrooms 3

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... 2 miles from North Bovey in a lovely setting is Bovey Castle, built in 1907 as a country seat for the heir to the WH Smith empire and now a renowned hotel. Carefully hidden in the grounds are 22 private, granite-built lodges of which we offer 8 (see right and pages 135 and 136). These smart, stylish, comfy properties overlook the Edwardian gardens, lake and tennis courts; parking is a 5 minute walk from the lodges (unloading/loading closer). All the hotel facilities are yours to enjoy, including indoor heated swimming pool (65’ x 19’6” x 4’6” deep; no children before 9.30am or after 5.30pm), gym, steam room, sauna, spa (beauty treatments) and restaurant. Outside are hard and grass tennis courts (lessons available), croquet lawn (seasonal), cricket nets (late May to midSeptember) and trampoline. Supervised playroom for children under 8 (extra, available school holidays and half-terms) with arts and crafts, egg collecting and ferrets. Eight to 14 year olds can join the Bovey Rangers (school holidays only, extra) and enjoy activities ranging from rock climbing to survival skills. Optional activities for adults include archery, rifle shooting, fly fishing, falconry (daily display), riding, clay pigeon shooting and cider and sloe gin making. Wrapped around the hotel and lodges is a championship 18 hole golf course with driving range and pro shop; complimentary round (subject to availability, non-transferable) for all guests over 16. If you’d rather something a little quieter, roam the 400 acre estate (wellies provided). If you don’t feel like cooking, order a restaurant meal or pizza to be delivered to your lodge, or, for a special occasion, book a table at the hotel’s restaurant. The friendly hotel staff will help you arrange any activities you wish. Restricted use of hotel and children’s facilities from 24 to 27 December and 31 December to 1 January (pool, spa and golf still available). An exceptional place to stay. Wedding licence. Maid service available (extra). Spring water. Arrival after 4pm.

Hound Tor is semi-detached (next door to A86, above). Front door into hall with cloakroom (loo, washbasin). Open-plan living/ dining/kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, freezer, larder fridge, cooker with ceramic hob) with door to balcony (table/chairs). Living room with big stone central fireplace (‘living flame’ gas fire), TV/Sky/DVD, exposed roof trusses, light and bright furnishings and French windows to balcony. Stairs down to two bedrooms – a double (6’ zip-linked bed or twin) with en suite shower-room (suite), and another double (6’ zip-linked bed or twin) with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower) and doors to decking and views to the lake. Utility room with sink and washer-drier. Open tread stairs from the hall up to the master double (6’ bed) with TV and en suite bathroom (suite plus handshower and separate shower).

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Enquiries and bookings: 01647 433593, Mon-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri 9am-7.30pm; Sat 9am-5pm

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North Bovey - Bovey Castle

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Bovey Castle (see left): Cleave Tor is semi-detached: 4 steps up to front door; open-plan living/dining/fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, freezer, larder fridge, cooker with induction hob) with door to balcony (tables/chairs). Living area with big comfy sofas, ‘living flame’ gas fire, TV/Sky/DVD, French windows to balcony. Cloakroom with loo (washbasin). Stairs down to two light and bright bedrooms – a double (6' zip-linked bed or twin) with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower) and double doors to decked area; and another double (6' zip-linked bed or twin) with en suite shower-room (suite) and door to deck. Utility room with sink and washer-drier. From the living room, stairs up to the master double (6’ bed, TV) with spacious en suite bathroom (suite plus bathshower).

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Ingle Tor is detached (behind A86, see page 134). From the path, 17 steps up to the front door and into the hall area, cloakroom (loo, washbasin) and open-plan kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, microwave, freezer, larder fridge, cooker with ceramic hob). Steps down to living room with big comfy sofas, TV/Sky/DVD, central stone fireplace (‘living flame’ gas fire) and doors to balcony (tables/ chairs). More steps down to lower floor with utility room (sink, washer-drier) and double bedroom (6’ zip-linked bed or twin) with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). More steps down to the ground floor and another double bedroom (5’ bed) with en suite shower-room (suite) and French windows to outside decking. From the kitchen, stairs up to top floor and the master double (6’ bed) with TV and en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower and hand-shower). This lodge is rather individual, being on many levels.

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Kitty Jay is detached and the nearest to the hotel. Front door into openplan living/dining/fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, freezer, big larder fridge, cooker with ceramic hob) with door to balcony (table/chairs) and lovely views to the open moor. Living area with big stone central fireplace (‘living flame’ gas fire), TV/Sky/DVD, exposed roof trusses and double doors to the balcony. Cloakroom with loo (washbasin). Stairs down to two light and bright bedrooms – a double (6' zip-linked bed or twin) with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower), and another double (5’ bed) with en suite shower-room (suite): both have a door leading to decking area. Utility room with washer-drier. From the living room, open tread stairs up to the master double with 6’ bed, TV and en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower and separate shower).

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Jaystone is detached (in front of A89, left), with lovely views towards the lake and open moor. Front door into spacious hall wrapped around the central stone chimney breast rising from ground floor to the ceiling, with balcony (sun loungers). Utility room (sink, washer-drier). Cloakroom (loo, washbasin). Double bedroom (6' zip-linked bed or twin) with view to the lake, en suite bathroom (suite plus bathshower) and door to the balcony. Open tread stairs down to living room with central stone fireplace (‘living flame' gas fire), big bright pictures, comfy sofas, TV/DVD and door to decked area (tables/chairs). Spacious open-plan kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, microwave, freezer, larder fridge, cooker with induction hob) with door to same decking area. Another double bedroom (6' zip-linked bed or twin) with en suite shower-room (suite). From the middle floor, open tread stairs up to the master double (6’ bed, TV) with lovely views across the hotel grounds and en suite bathroom (suite with separate shower).

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DARTMOOR: North Bovey North Bovey (see page 134): … 2 miles from North Bovey and just inside the main entrance gates to Bovey Castle (a renowned hotel, see page 134), a finelooking detached gothic-style gatehouse built in 1907, with views over the 18 hole championship golf course. All guests over 16 receive a complimentary round (subject to availability; non-transferable). Small front garden and large lawn at the rear (tables/chairs). From the elegant hall, ornate ironwork doors to dining room (TV) with ‘living flame’ gas fire and big round glass table encircled by mullioned windows. Compact fitted kitchen with jet black walls and downlighters reflecting black granite worktops (dishwasher, microwave, cooker with induction hob). Living room (TV/DVD) with mirrored walls, big cosy sofa, ‘living flame’ gas fire and views across the golf course. Cloakroom (washer-drier). Upstairs (stairgate), two light and bright bedrooms – a double (6’ bed) with walk-in dressing room, and a twin (zip-linkable to 6’ double). Bathroom (suite plus hand-shower) and showerroom (suite). Spring water. A delightful cottage with quirky interior decor. You are welcome to enjoy the hotel’s pool, sauna, steam room and gym (limited access at Christmas and New Year). Other activities available (extra, see page 134). Professional catering and ready meals available. Arrival after 4pm.

Bovey Castle (see page 134): Bellever is semi-detached, the farthest lodge from the hotel. Two steps up into spacious open-plan living/dining/kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, freezer, larder fridge) with comfortable, light and bright living area with big stone central fireplace ('living flame' gas fire), comfy sofas, TV/Sky/DVD, exposed roof trusses and door to balcony (table/chairs). Cloakroom (loo, washbasin). Stairs down to two bedrooms – a double (6’ zip-linked bed or twin) with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower) and door to decked area; another double (6’ zip-linked bed or twin) with en suite shower-room (suite) and French windows to decking. Utility room (washer-drier, sink). From the kitchen, open tread stairs up to the large, light and bright master double with en suite bathroom (suite with separate shower).

A185

★★★★★

CH GF

Sleeps 6

Bedrooms 3

T BS

Bathrooms 3

O

Saturday

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A104

★★★★

CH GF

Sleeps 4

Bedrooms 2

T BS

Bathrooms 2

O

Saturday

Price: MM

IN

L

Gorselands is semi-detached (next to A155, page 135). Front door into large open-plan living/dining/kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, freezer, larder fridge) with light and bright living area (TV/Sky/DVD) with central stone fireplace (‘living flame’ gas fire) and doors to balcony (table/chairs) with pleasant view through trees to the lake below. Stairs down to halflanding with loo (washbasin). More stairs down to two double bedrooms (6’ zip-linked beds or twin), each with en suite bathroom (suite plus bathshower) and door to decked area, both with views from the decking to the lake. Utility room (washer-drier, sink). From the kitchen area, open tread stairs up to the master double with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower).

A186 CH GF

136

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Sleeps 6

T BS

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 3

O

IN

Saturday

Price: BC1 pg 225

... and in North Bovey, a very pretty, 17th cent., Grade II listed, semi-detached, thatched cottage on the Dartmoor Way. Step down from the porch and you can follow the lane until it becomes a track and then stepping stones across the river Bovey and beyond. More walkers and horse riders pass than vehicles. To one side of the cottage, accessed across neighbour’s drive entrance, is a long, narrow, secluded wooded garden with paved area (table/chairs) looking across Easdon Down and surrounding hills. Door into living room with huge granite inglenook (woodburner), ancient beams, cosy window seat looking down the valley, TV/DVD and kitchen area (slimline dishwasher, microwave); to one side of the inglenook, a narrow doorway (5’10” lintel) with 2 steps down into little dining room with glazed door to front of cottage. Steepish half-turn stairs up to two bedrooms – a double (5' bed), and one with two single beds (limited clothes-hanging space). Smart bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). Outhouse with washing machine, tumble drier. A smashing get-away-from-it-all cottage in an enchanting village; only 100 yards to the good food pub.

A92

★★★½

Sleeps 4

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 1

NSH

Enquiries and bookings: 01647 433593, Mon-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri 9am-7.30pm; Sat 9am-5pm

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T

O

Friday

Price: EE

DD

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Drewsteignton

DARTMOOR

Drewsteignton: exceptionally pretty village (licensed PO/shop, restaurant, church) on a ridge a mile from the most spectacular part of the river Teign valley (wooded river-bank and heathland walks). Marvellous scenery; fishing; extraordinary Castle Drogo (Nat. Trust); Chagford (see page 138), 3 miles; the open moor, 6; Exeter, 14.

… on the edge of Drewsteignton and hidden from the lane is this very pretty thatched cottage, one of three in an L-shaped terrace. It has its own beautiful, high walled, enclosed garden (loungers, table/chairs).

… a classic thatched cottage in an attractive row by the churchyard in Drewsteignton; small, sunny front patio (table/benches) and small, paved, enclosed back garden (table/chairs, parasol) with low-level lighting and water feature. Comfortable living room with low oak beams, open fire in inglenook fireplace (bread oven, logs included), TV/DVD/video; fitted kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer); bathroom (suite with separate shower); boiler/ drying room. Upstairs (steep, handrail, stairgates), two pretty bedrooms, both with TV/DVD and washbasin – a double, and a twin, comfortably furnished. Separate loo. A cosy, well-equipped cottage, much appreciated by all visitors.

A15

★★★★

Sleeps 4

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 1

Saturday

OF

T

A192

Price: F

CH Q

Door from garden into large, sunny well-equipped kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridgefreezer). Arch through to living room with granite inglenook fireplace (woodburner). Two staircases (no interconnecting door upstairs): one from the living room up to two bedrooms – a double (5’ bed) and a single and bathroom (suite); the other from the dining room up to another double and a single and showerroom (suite). A wonderfully peaceful and relaxed place to stay.

★★★½

Sleeps 6

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms 2

Friday

Price: GG

CH WB

T

O

XX

XX

... also by the churchyard in Drewsteignton, a detached, thatched, Grade II listed cottage with its own tiny enclosed garden in front (patio, table/chairs).

... and 2½ miles from Chagford (last ½ mile private farm-lane) and 1½ from Drewsteignton, an idyllically situated, thatch and granite cottage 200 yards from a very beautiful stretch of the river Teign (entrance to Fingle Gorge; Fingle Bridge, 1½ miles by footpath). Good-sized and mostly completely secluded enclosed garden (trees, mown grass, stream and pond with waterfalls). Long views over the valley. Farmland and Nat. Trust woodland and heathland all round, Castle Drogo on the hilltop above.

Inside, surprisingly light, with some low ceilings/doorways. Mainly white/pale washed walls; pretty furnishings. Hall, off which beamed (5'10") living room with large inglenook open fireplace (logs included), TV/DVD; 5 steps down to ‘quiet room’. Good-sized kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer, oil-fired Rayburn, electric cooker with induction hob). Steep stairs up to two bedrooms – a lovely good-sized double (5' bed, TV/DVD/video) with ceiling/beams to the apex and windows each side of the room, and a twin (limited clothes-hanging space); bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). A family used cottage with many pretty paintings, touches, homely things.

The cottage is extremely well and prettily furnished, lit and decorated. Granite-pillared porch; cosy living/dining room with granite open fireplace (bread oven, logs included), Welsh dresser, windows on two sides; fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer); downstairs twin bedroom (TV) with en suite fully-tiled shower-room (suite). From the living/dining room, gentle spiral staircase up to a sitting room (TV/Sky/DVD/video). Double bedroom (5’ bed) with picture-window looking down the valley, and big, smart bathroom/dressing room (suite). No children under 9, except in High Season. Spring water. Suitable for wheelchair users.

A5

★★★½

Sleeps 4

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 1

CH OF

T

Prices: pages 225 and 226

Q

Symbols guide: page 217

Saturday

Price: F

EE

Important points to note: page 223

A14

★★★★★

Sleeps 4

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 2

CH OF

Booking form: page 219

O

Friday

Price: N

JJ

Electricity, heating, bed linen and duvets included unless stated otherwise

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DARTMOOR: Chagford Chagford: lively, friendly little town (pubs, shops, outdoor swimming pool, tennis) away from main roads in the shelter of high Dartmoor. Past it the river Teign (fishing) hurries through woods and meadows below Castle Drogo (Nat. Trust). Excellent walking; superb views. Open moor, 2 miles; golf, 3; Exeter (city amenities), 17; sea/beaches, about 20. … in Chagford, 200 yards from its square, pubs and shops, a little house with Georgian origins, perched back up from the lane. Ten shallow steps lead up from the lane through the front garden. Inside, modern, simple and unfussy with open-plan living/dining/kitchen (washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezer) with TV/DVD and back door to tiny courtyard garden (table/chairs). Bathroom (suite plus bathshower). Steep stairs up to two bedrooms – a roomy double, and a twin (study space available when second bed, which is a pull-out truckle, is not in use; limited clotheshanging space) and glazed doors to balcony with lovely long views to Meldon Hill. Loo (washbasin). Loading/ unloading only; lane parking, 30 yards. Wonderful walks straight from the doorstep.

A106

★★★½

Sleeps 4

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 1

Friday

Price: DD

CH QP

Steps from pavement into comfortable living room, with simple yet good cottage furnishings around the inglenook fireplace (woodburner, TV/DVD); small, well-fitted kitchen with original beams (washing machine, microwave), and lovely, light and airy conservatory/dining room. Large glazed doors open to a small gravelled patio (table/chairs) from which steps up to garden. Slate floors (rugs) throughout ground floor. From living room, door to original very steep, narrow and winding elm staircase (stairgate, unsuitable for very young children/elderly). Upstairs, two bedrooms – at the front, a double (TV/DVD) and, at the back, a pretty single with view over the garden. Bathroom (suite with claw-footed cast-iron bath). Elm floors (some original)/rugs upstairs. A cosy and convenient base with a touch of nostalgia.

★★★

Sleeps 3

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 1

CH WB

138

PB

Hall; 5 steps down to spacious living/dining room with good furniture, pictures, TV/DVD. Four more steps down to wellequipped kitchen (dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer). Upstairs, a double bedroom (5' bed) with steps up to bathroom (suite with roll-top bath plus bath-shower). A special cottage to which many return every year.

A61

★★★★

NSH EH

… and just 300 yards from the village centre/pubs/shops, a Grade II listed, thatched, terraced cottage on the winding street leading up into Chagford. It has been lovingly restored to reflect its 1750s origins and the owner’s fondness for things from a bygone age. It is cosy and homely inside, with a small gravelled patio and pretty lawned garden to the rear.

A78

... 50 yards from the centre of Chagford is this 'bolt hole' for two, stylishly renovated by the artist owner. Down a footpath beside the cottage and across part of the friendly owner's garden is your own little garden (table/chairs, sun loungers, barbecue), a peaceful and relaxing sanctuary beside a leat.

Saturday

Price: CC

Sleeps 2

Bedrooms 1

T BS

Bathrooms 1

Friday

Price: D

PB

... and on the northern side of Chagford, only 300 yards from pubs/shops, an attached cottage cleverly converted from outhouses facing the main modern house across a walled courtyard. Cobbles immediately outside, with table/chairs (rather French bistro in style), and pretty silver birch glade to enjoy which is part of the owner’s lovely garden at the back of her house. Inside, elegant and stylish. Door into living/dining/kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, TV/DVD/video) with tiled floor/rugs. Upstairs (stairgate), landing and two pretty bedrooms – a very spacious double (5’ bed) with washbasin and French windows with balustrade opening to courtyard, and a twin. Nautical tiled bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). Open-ended garage with cupboard housing washing machine and tumble drier. Ten minute walk to renowned outdoor swimming pool. A great place from which to explore Dartmoor.

A55 CH EH

Enquiries and bookings: 01647 433593, Mon-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri 9am-7.30pm; Sat 9am-5pm

★★★★

Sleeps 4

T

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 1

O

Friday

Price: EE

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Chagford

DARTMOOR

Chagford (see page 138): ... ½ mile from Chagford, a detached cottage, secluded down a shared private drive/track, near the owners’ house. Small lawned area with decking (table/chairs) looking out over fields (horses sometimes); field for children or dogs to play in.

... about 1½ miles east of Chagford and 2 from Moretonhampstead (see page 133), beside a lane, a little cottage attached to the owners' farmhouse of a 300 acre mixed farm (cattle, sheep, free range poultry) including woodland and ponds (wild duck often). You are welcome on the farm and to use the owners' garden - small lawn with old apple tree in front, another with barbecue at the back; a barn where swallows always nest is next door.

Inside, comfortable and thoughtfully decorated. Entrance through conservatory (ideal for summer eating) into good-sized living/dining room (TV/DVD). Well-equipped fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, freezer); utility room (washing machine, tumble drier). From the living room, steep stairs (stairgate) up to two double bedrooms, one with 5’ bed (or 2’6” twin) and lovely countryside view. Bathroom (suite with corner bath plus separate shower). Child’s cot bed available, by arrangement. A delightful place to stay.

Inside, living room (woodburner, big beams, pictures/prints, TV/DVD) open to dining area and fitted kitchen (slimline dishwasher, microwave). Stairs from living room up to landing and two bedrooms – a double, and a single (plus 2'6" bed, by arrangement). Bathroom (suite plus hand-shower). Use of owners' washing machine and tumble drier. Fresh veg when available. A very friendly and much appreciated place.

A157

★★★½

CH EH

Sleeps 4

TD2 BS

Bedrooms 2

2

Bathrooms 1

Saturday

A12

Price: EE

O

★★★½

Sleeps 3/4

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 1

WB

D

CH EH

Sleeps 2

T

Prices: pages 225 and 226

Bedrooms 1

Bathrooms 2

O

Symbols guide: page 217

Friday

Price: GG

DD

Important points to note: page 223

CC

O

… and on a hillside 2 miles from Chagford, a detached, beautifully furnished and excellent cottage with superb long panoramic views over hedgerow farmland to high Dartmoor, extended from a granite barn. Enclosed paved terrace (furniture) and grass garden in front facing the view; beside it, kidney-shaped outdoor heated swimming pool (28' x 14' x 4’ to 8’6” deep, available 23 May to 12 September), sheltered by granite walls. Behind the cottage, across a narrow and quiet lane, rises Nat. Trust woodland. One neighbouring house, no others for ½ mile.

Inside, spacious and smart. Shallow steps up to front door; utility room (fridge-freezer, washer-drier, microwave) and showerroom (suite). Stable doors into big, light open-plan living (TV/DVD, iPod dock, coal-effect electric fire, sofa bed)/dining/kitchen (dishwasher) with patio doors to deck. Glazed doors through to double bedroom (5’ bed) with en suite bathroom (suite) and door to deck. Private, stylish, comfy. Spring water. No children under 10, except pre-crawling babies. A romantic escape.

★★★★★

Price:

EH

XX ... and a mile from Chagford, on a 70 acre traditional Dartmoor farm, is this perfect 'retreat', secluded and hidden in trees. Large hot tub sunk into the decking (table/chairs, gas barbecue) that wraps around on two sides. You're welcome to enjoy the farm which abounds in wildlife (badgers, foxes, birds) and wildflowers (orchids) and has a ½ acre pond.

A615

Saturday

Light streams into the cottage from extensive windows, many full length, open to the paved terrace. Inside, comfortably furnished (some antiques), mostly designer fabrics. Openplan, wood-floored living/dining/fitted kitchen (33’ long) leading (double doors) into spacious garden room with huge bookshelves, rattan furniture, windows and glazed roof, and double doors to terrace. Fitted, well-equipped, hand painted kitchen with granite worktops, microwave, dishwasher, larder fridge, ceramic hob. Living room with woodburner (logs included), marble-topped table, TV/Sky/DVD. Downstairs twin bedroom, pretty with Designer Guild curtains, another floor-toceiling window (view) and en suite shower-room (suite). Utility room with washer-drier and freezer. Wonderful views from all front windows. Stairs up to two more bedrooms, a double (5' bed) with panoramic views and en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower); and another double with very pretty curtains, Juliet balcony looking down to the garden room, and en suite shower-room (suite). A wonderful place for inside/outside living, sunny and warm. No children under 10. Spring water.

A98 CH UFH

★★★★★

WB

Booking form: page 219

Sleeps 6

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 3

O

OUT

Friday

Price: O

OO

Electricity, heating, bed linen and duvets included unless stated otherwise

139


DARTMOOR: Chagford Chagford (see page 138): … 3 miles from Chagford and quietly hidden from the A382 is the tiny hamlet of Venton, brilliantly accessible and yet very private with just eight dwellings. At the end of the quiet lane and set back behind a little walled garden is this detached stone-built cottage, formerly two farm workers’ cottages. To the back, a big, mainly lawned garden with patio (table/chairs), Wendy house and (through lockable gates) use of a good-sized paddock with lily pond (dragonflies) – a great place to run off steam. Inside, full of character, homely, and welcoming. Large, tiled hall with 2 steps up to tiled kitchen/dining room (oil-fired Stanley stove, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, electric 5-hob range cooker) and big table seating 8. Boot/drying room and downstairs loo. On the other side of hall, comfy living room (TV/DVD) with large inglenook fireplace (woodburner) and 2 steps up to sunroom with comfortable seating and view over the garden. Upstairs, three bedrooms – a twin with stripped floors (rugs), a small double, and the lovely, light master double with windows to both sides; smart shower-room (suite) and bathroom (suite). Freezer and tumble drier in garage. A friendly, comfortable cottage in a great position for exploring the moor and Devon. Dogs permitted in kitchen and boot room only.

A99 CH EH

★★★½

WB

Sleeps 6

Bedrooms 3

T

Bathrooms 2

Friday

Price: FF

O

… and on the moorland side of Chagford, almost 1½ miles from the square and high on a hill with the most terrific views towards Meldon Hill and the surrounding moor, is this carefully refurbished granite cottage, part of a magnificent estate built in 1911 for the Jameson whisky family. The cottage overlooks a shared drive to one side of the main house (occupied by the charming owners and their beautiful, docile dogs) and is attached to an arch that leads to a stable yard (no horses now). Immediately to the front, a small, enclosed lawned garden with copper-beech hedge.

… 3 miles from Chagford, on the edge of the historic moorland hamlet of Lettaford - just a handful of mostly medieval granite cottages at the end of a lane from which a footpath leads directly to the open moor ( 1/3 mile) and the Two Moors Way passes through - a large, detached, Grade II listed, granite house, imaginatively converted from a barn. It is set back and tucked away from the other houses, sheltered at the front by a granite stone wall with pergola and swing seats, with a good-sized lawned garden at the back (barbecue, table/chairs, play equipment for small children). Inside, much natural wood (beams, floors/rugs, doors) and original exposed granite. Entrance to tiled hall; living/dining room with large granite fireplace (woodburner), comfy sofas and refectory table seating 10. Three steps up to fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, double oven, larder fridge) with small breakfast table/chairs, door to gravelled area and floor-to-ceiling windows; useful drying room for coats/boots; two bedrooms – one with two single beds with glass door to garden, and a double; downstairs bathroom (suite plus hand-shower and separate shower, handrails). Curved wooden stairs (stairgates) up to two more wood-floored, good-sized bedrooms – the master double (5' bed/TV) with en suite shower-room (suite), and a large twin with two pull-out truckle beds and en suite loo (washbasin), both with Velux windows with countryside views. 2 TVs/DVD/video. Outside, a laundry room with washing machine, tumble drier and freezer. Spring water. An extremely peaceful base for observing nature (moon and barn owl watching), moorland walks or just getting away from it all.

Inside, renovated with sensitivity and style, muted tones, interesting furniture: beautiful. Hall; dining room (open fire) and smart slate-floored kitchen (slimline dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer) with woodburner and door to terrace (table/ chairs) with fabulous views to Meldon, Chagford and beyond - perfect for lazy breakfasts. Outhouse with washerdrier. Small downstairs cloakroom (5’6” lintel) with loo and space for coats/boots. Up the wide staircase to the living room (TV/DVD). Two elegant bedrooms – a double (6’ bed, clotheshanging space on landing), and a twin, both with TV; smart bathroom (bath plus bath-shower, washbasin); separate loo. No children under 5. Spring water. A really exceptional moorland cottage in a most elegant setting.

A159

★★★★★

Sleeps 4

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 1

CH WB OF

140

O

Friday

Price: G

A140

★★★½

Sleeps 10

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms 2

CH

Enquiries and bookings: 01647 433593, Mon-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri 9am-7.30pm; Sat 9am-5pm

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T2 BS

2

O

Saturday

Price: L

M

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Chagford

DARTMOOR

The view from the bedroom

Chagford (see page 138): ... backing on the moor, 2 miles from Chagford in a very peaceful setting with wonderful views, a superbly renovated, detached cottage with its own enclosed garden, within the 15 acre grounds (unfenced pond) of the owner’s country house and hidden by a high screen of rhododendrons. Nicely furnished in old pine, with original watercolours. Inside, porch and big hall. Large, light, slate-floored living room (woodburner, rugs, TV/DVD/video) with French windows to a small patio and lovely views of Meldon Hill; dining room with large table, Welsh dresser and more French windows to patio (table/ chairs, barbecue); big fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, cooker with induction hob); shower-room (suite) with washer-drier. Upstairs (stairgates), three bedrooms, all with wood floors/rugs – the master double (5’ bed) with en suite showerroom (suite), another smaller double, and a twin. Separate bathroom (suite). Stables/ paddock, by arrangement. French spoken. Spring water. Open moorland within walking distance and lovely walks straight from the cottage.

A616

★★★★½

Sleeps 6

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 3

Friday

T BS

Price: KK

CH WB

... 2 miles from Chagford, a mile from the open moor, a thatched, detached, Grade I listed, medieval, granite Dartmoor longhouse, stone mullionwindowed, full of history. The Civil War was fought through it, Roundheads besieged in the kitchen. It is set in its own clean, private farmyard/courtyard of listed farm barns in front, with a large, mainly lawned garden (unfenced 5' drop, small children beware) behind with patio (table/chairs) and orchard (swing); 130 acres of farmland surround it.

O

Inside, full of character and complication. Granite porch; thick oak door to central passage, off which utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, fridge-freezer) with loo (washbasin); bathroom (bath plus hand-shower, washbasin). Living room with huge inglenook open fire, original bread oven, oak floors, beams, window seat, windows both sides of room, terrific ancient screen panelling, TV/DVD/video; ‘quiet room’ with leather chairs, jigsaw puzzle table; large farmhousey kitchen/dining room with brick floor, Aga (low heat May to October) plus electric cooker, dishwasher, microwave, larder fridge, refectory table seating 10, window seat, stone mullion window. Two sets of steep, uneven stairs to four bedrooms, wooden-floored with rugs, white-walled: stairs from living room up to small corridor, 4'10" lintel into the master double (5’ bed, TV) with en suite bathroom (bath plus bath-shower, basin, bidet, separate loo), a twin, and family bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). Also from the living room, a spiral staircase leads to a large twin (dual aspect), and a single (4'6" bed) that connects with the first twin room mentioned. A truly marvellous house.

JJ

... included is a cottage, just across the courtyard, with stable doors to kitchen/dining room (washer-drier), beamed living room (woodburner) with window seat and door to courtyard, and open tread stairs up to two bedrooms – a twin (washbasin), and a single (4'6" bed); bathroom (bath plus hand-shower, washbasin) and separate loo. Spring water. Arrival after 4pm.

… and 3 miles out of Chagford on the edge of the open moors is Kestor, a stunningly beautiful Dartmoor tor. Tucked into the side of its wooded Teign Gorge valley is an extension to a house with the most fabulous views out over this part of relatively lush moorland and meadows. Binoculars are essential to watch the sparrowhawks, buzzards, deer and many other wild creatures that can be observed from this spot. The open moor starts at the front gate, so cars can be left, walking boots donned and all day spent avoiding modern life. Approached along 30 yards of rough track, a gate opens to a footpath around the back of the house to your front door. Hall for coats/ boots; living room with great views, woodburner, TV/DVD and door to garden (wildlife pond) which surrounds the whole house; fitted kitchen/dining room (washing machine, fridge-freezer) with table/chairs and garden views; shower-room (suite) and double bedroom with pretty views. Family and friends are welcome to camp on site (extra), by arrangement. Spring water. No children under 7, except pre-crawling babies.

A154 CH EH

WB

★★★

Sleeps 2

T BS

Prices: pages 225 and 226

Bedrooms 1

Bathrooms 1

O

Symbols guide: page 217

Saturday

Price: CC

C

Important points to note: page 223

A24 CH NSH EH

★★★

WB OF

Booking form: page 219

Sleeps 10

D

Bedrooms 6

Bathrooms 4

O

Friday

Price: NN

P

Electricity, heating, bed linen and duvets included unless stated otherwise

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DARTMOOR: Chagford - Sandsgate

Chagford (see page 138): … 3 miles from Chagford is Sandsgate, a magnificent detached house with superb sweeping views across the river Teign valley to Chagford, Castle Drogo and the moors beyond. It has been beautifully refurbished and extended with attention to detail and is large and roomy for one family, or flexible accommodation for groups of friends or family gatherings. Approached down ¼ mile of private drive, it’s set in 18 acres of large, lovely gardens with lawns, rockeries, ancient woodland and a prehistoric stone circle and is exceptionally peaceful. Exeter, a 20 minute drive, and the sea, 40 minutes; golf, wonderful walking and children’s attractions nearby. A granite stone terrace (garden furniture) with far reaching views stretches the whole length of the house. Three sets of French windows lead into the main reception rooms: large L-shaped living room with deep, comfy sofas, large granite inglenook (open fire), TV/Sky/DVD; off it, a study; front entrance and cloakroom (loo/washbasin); very large T-shaped kitchen/dining room with massive dining tables/chairs, dresser and toys for small children to play with whilst adults use the magnificent kitchen with dual-fuel range-style cooker, dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer and island with bar stools and granite worktops, or just relax in the sitting area and enjoy those views. Rear entrance hall/boot room and cloakroom (loo/washbasin); adjacent utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, freezer, drinks fridge).

Stairs (stairgates) up to beamed games room (22’ x 12’) with TV/Sky/DVD, pool table and football table. Four bedrooms, all with TV and Dartmoor views – the large master bedroom with 4’ twin beds, en suite bathroom (suite with separate shower) and sun room to one side with full-length glass doors opening to a balcony, a great place to sit with a glass of wine and look out to Castle Drogo; another large room with 4’ twin beds; and two doubles, one with 5' bed. Also on this floor, showerroom (suite) and large beautiful family bathroom (suite with jacuzzi bath and separate shower). More stairs up to the top floor with the same great views from two large attic bedrooms, both twin (one with 3’6” beds), and bathroom (suite plus handshower). Pets permitted in kitchen only. Arrival after 3.30pm. Damages Deposit £200. This is a unique, secluded house: a special place to stay.

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Enquiries and bookings: 01647 433593, Mon-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri 9am-7.30pm; Sat 9am-5pm

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Gidleigh, Throwleigh

DARTMOOR Throwleigh: little village (modest PO/shop, pretty church) in lanes below Dartmoor’s edge, on the lovely Mariners’ Way walk. ½ mile to pub, and to open moor; 2 to service station (shop); 5 to Chagford (see page 138) and Okehampton (golf, tennis, indoor pool, leisure centre, cinema). Exeter, 18. Fishing and riding not far. … a mile from Throwleigh, in the tiny hamlet of East Ash, a beautifully refurbished linhay in a small courtyard of converted farm buildings. To the rear, a granite-walled, enclosed garden with patio and table/chairs (the artist neighbour has access through the garden to a small studio). In total, about 5 acres of land to wander: track to stream, meadow to pond (your risk), a wonderful place to count dragonflies! Inside, carefully furnished with lovely fabrics, colours and many original paintings: a very restful retreat. Door from shared courtyard to boot room/lobby with small cloakroom (loo, washing machine), ideal for wet coats and dogs. Large openplan living/dining/kitchen (slimline dishwasher, microwave, Belfast sink, iPod dock) with oak floor/rugs, TV/DVD and French windows and steps to the lovely garden. From the kitchen, stairs (bottom stairgate) up to two bedrooms – a very pretty and spacious double with beams and rural views from Velux windows, and a small single with pull-out truckle bed and limited clothes-hanging space; exceptionally smart bathroom (suite plus hand-shower and separate shower). Best for maximum of 3. Pub, 1½ miles. An extremely civilised and accessible base; perfect for walkers.

Gidleigh: pretty hamlet with 16th cent. church and castle (in private grounds), 2 miles from Chagford (see page 138), ¾ mile from the open moor (short walk to fine prehistoric stone circle and a lovely stretch of the North Teign River swimming), and on the beautiful Mariners’ Way footpath. … in Gidleigh, with its own entrance beyond the owners’ beautiful former rectory, is this carefully converted coach house apartment above the former stables (now used for storage). Outside, a large area of sloping grass (unfenced pond, picnic bench) and you are welcome to roam the owners’ 11 acres of paddocks. Inside, it is light and bright with every modern comfort and some great kitsch style. A sloping path leads up to glazed porch (tumble drier, freezer) and door to hall with utility cupboard (washing machine). Lovely large living/dining room (woodburner, TV/DVD) with glazed door to large decked sitting-out area (table/chairs, barbecue) with tremendous views across farm and moorland towards Cawsand Beacon. Kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, larder fridge). Very pretty double bedroom (5’ bed, low windows) and smart bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). Small office, complete with local maps, guide books and desk for your computer. Spring water. Ready meals available. No children under 16.  A hassle-free, romantic bolt hole for couples.

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… and between Throwleigh (1 mile, see above right) and Gidleigh (1 mile, see above), a beautifully renovated, late medieval cottage sheltered by oak trees. It has a well restored barn attached and faces south over its own neat, walled garden where you can sit in the sun and listen to nothing but bees, birdsong and the occasional sound of the friendly owners’ chickens (free-range eggs). The owners live on the same smallholding in an ancient farmhouse with two friendly dogs and a cat. Inside, very smart with slate floors downstairs and beautiful oak floors upstairs. Door to hall off which shower-room (suite with big cubicle) and washer-drier in cupboard; step down to living/dining/fitted kitchen (gas hob/electric oven) with granite worktops, folding dining table/chairs, huge granite inglenook (woodburner) with cloam bread oven, TV/DVD and door (5’3” lintel) to small garden. Stairs from hall up to two bedrooms (limited clothes-hanging space) – a roomy double (5’ bed, TV) with handsome exposed roof timbers and the original ancient granite stairs down to the living room (but you don’t have to use them!), and a room with twin beds (2’6”, linkable to 5’ double). Spring water. A lovely retreat, wonderful walking directly on to the moors from your doorstep; abundant wildlife and moorland archaeology.

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Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 1

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… and in the tiny edge-of-the-moor hamlet of Wonson, also a lane-mile from Throwleigh and alongside a small pub, is this comfortable and very welcoming cottage, one of three carefully and lovingly renovated from a long barn. Immediately to the front, parking area and views over the pub garden to fields and moor beyond. Behind the barn, an enclosed, private garden with huge granite table/bench, granite walls and good planting. Inside all hand built, cleverly designed, bright, light and airy. Glazed door into spacious kitchen/dining room with custom-fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, freezer, larder fridge); small utility room (loo/washbasin, washer-drier) with space for drying boots/coats. Down 4 steps to bright living room (TV/DVD, woodburner). From the kitchen, stairs up to three bedrooms – a double and a twin, both with en suite shower-room (suite), and, down 4 steps, a good-sized double with en suite bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). Dogs permitted in kitchen/dining area only. A great base with beautiful, dramatic moorland a few minutes’ walk away.

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DARTMOOR: Belstone

The view

Belstone: little high village (good food pub, church, village green) on the edge of the open moor, brilliant base for walking Dartmoor’s highest hills and wildest valleys. Okehampton (indoor pool, golf, tennis, leisure centre, cinema), 3½ miles; Chagford, (see page 138), 8; sea/sand/surf at Bude (see page 185), about 30. Riding/ pony-trekking locally. Filling station/shop (24 hours), 1 mile.

… in the centre of Belstone, tucked just off the village green and beside the village pound  (once used to contain stray animals, now a tiny, pretty garden for all to enjoy), is this neat, comfortable and light cottage. To the front, a small, enclosed area (table/chairs) with lots of pots - a great spot for watching village life (Dartmoor ponies and sheep graze in front); to the side, a more private, small, paved courtyard area. Inside, bright, light and a good mixture of old and new. Porch straight into width-of-house living/dining room (TV/DVD) with open fire and comfortable chairs at one end and dining table and door to garden at the other. Step down to smart, modern kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezer). Bathroom (suite plus hand-shower). Two steps up to drying area for wet coats/ boots. Stairs up to two bedrooms – a double, and a room with two singles (2’8” beds), both with views across the village. Small loo (washbasin). A very practical and convenient cottage with fabulous moorland walks from the door.

… on the edge of Belstone, a fine, large, detached, southfacing Edwardian house on three levels with timeless views of surrounding Dartmoor and lovely walks from the door - a walkers' paradise. On the south side, an attractive, private, level lawned garden (good for ball games), with the moor beyond. For much of its early life it was a guest house offering a quiet sanctuary for its city visitors arriving by train and pony and trap.

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Inside, roomy with typically high ceilings, large bay windows and generous proportions. Entrance hall (for coats/boots) through to large inner hall with original tiled floor; depth-of-house living/dining room with good laminate floor (rugs), woodburner, TV/DVD and lovely garden/moor views through large bay windows; second smaller living room with piano, handsome fireplace (woodburner) and more lovely views; fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, oil-fired Aga, fridge-freezer, back-up electric cooker, Sheila Maid); scullery (Belfast sink) and loo (washbasin). On the south side, a little sunroom with cane chairs and lovely lazy views.

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Stairs (stairgates) up to four bedrooms – a double (5’ bed, TV) with huge en suite bathroom (suite with separate shower and double washbasins); two twin (one with TV); and a single, all with lovely views; folding bed available; bathroom (bath, separate shower, washbasin); separate loo (washbasin). More stairs up to two further bedrooms – a double (5’ bed, TV) with large dressing/cot room and en suite shower-room (suite), and a twin with en suite bathroom (suite) - both with great views and low beams and sloping ceilings. A delightful house in a beautiful area with direct access to the moor and just 400 yards from a pub.

… and about ½ mile from the pub at Belstone, a dear little detached house close to the friendly owners’ handsome house, in a large, well-ordered garden (use of astro turf tennis court). At the back, a small, private bit of garden (table/chairs, barbecue) with gate to the open moor – brilliant for walkers. Inside, very well done, neat and cosy. Five uneven steps (handrails) up to the entrance; living/dining/kitchen (combi-microwave, two-ring hob – no conventional oven) with ‘living flame’ electric stove, TV/DVD and view to garden/moors. Roomy double bedroom (6’ bed or twin) with washbasin and en suite bathroom (suite with 4’10” long bath plus bath-shower). Spring water. Laundry service available. Two adult bicycles available (extra).

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South Tawton, South Zeal, Brentor

DARTMOOR

South Zeal: handsome old village (two beautiful old pubs, PO/shop) in a valley on Dartmoor’s northern edge, neighbouring Sticklepath (shop, two pubs), Belstone (see page 144) and South Tawton (see left). Superb walks on the moor’s highest part within 1 mile or so. Okehampton (golf, leisure centre, cinema), 5 miles; Exeter, 20; sea/ sandy beaches at Exmouth, 30 miles, or Bude (see page 185), 36 (fast roads).

SouthTawton: old and pretty little village (good food pub) about ¾ mile from South Zeal (see right) and Sticklepath; Chagford (see page 138), 7 miles: Okehampton (small town, leisure centre, cinema), 4 miles; Exeter, 20; sea/sand, about 30. … a mile from South Tawton in heavily wooded lanes, a huge, stunning house converted from handsome stone barns once serving the farmhouse as a grain store. It is attached to its residential neighbour and farming activities continue in 20th cent. open barns across the access lane. Enclosed lawned garden back and front with paved patio (table/chairs). Inside, gorgeous, practical and very 21st cent. with mostly porcelain flooring downstairs. Massive living/dining room with open fire, TV/DVD; granite step up to big fitted kitchen/breakfast room (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, two ovens/5-ring ceramic hob, TV) with granite worktops and big double doors to patio/back garden. No curtains or blinds in the living/kitchen areas (not overlooked). Utility room (good for drying coats/boots/wetsuits/dogs) with Sheila Maid and loo with butler sink and washing machine. Off living room, a children’s den with TV/DVD, wood floor (rugs). From living room, stairs up to gallery landing and five bedrooms (sloping ceilings): - Very stylish double (5'6" bed, TV) with waist-level divider separating bath and double washbasin area, plus en suite wet-room shower/loo, huge window looking to garden, and hooks for hanging clothes - Double (5’ bed) with sofa bed, en suite shower-room (suite), stairs down to den and lockable door to: - Double (low bed) with closed balcony, 2'6" pull-out truckle bed and second access to landing - Double (low bed) with en suite shower-room (suite) - Room with two single beds and hooks for hanging clothes Bathroom (suite plus hand-shower, separate shower, two washbasins) Opposite is an open-fronted barn with table tennis, darts, storage for bicycles/surfboards. Shooting can be arranged. Damages Deposit £250. Amazing house with ‘wow’ factor. Arrival after 4pm.

… on the edge of South Zeal, a detached, ‘upside down’ cottage surrounded by a lovingly tended flower-filled garden. At the front you share a paved access area with the friendly, horticulturist owners, and at the back, look over your own enclosed garden to the surrounding wooded hills. On the ground floor, two bedrooms – a double, and a twin; shower-room (suite). Stairs up to big living room with woodburner, TV/DVD, lofty exposed roof timbers, lovely garden views and door to steps down to garden and patio (table/chairs). Fitted kitchen/ dining room (fridge-freezer, microwave) with table/chairs in centre. Washer-drier in outhouse; garden loo (washbasin). A brilliant retreat and a must for garden lovers. Pub, 200 yards by footpath.

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Brentor: hamlet (ancient cottages, church) on the western side of Dartmoor. Its even older church clings precariously to the summit of a massive volcanic outcrop with probably the finest views in Devon; Iron Age earthworks defend the site. Lydford (see page 146), 3 miles. … 1½ miles from Brentor, an ‘away from it all’ detached bungalow with terrific huge sky open views (no one else in sight) across meadows to the Lyd Valley and Dartmoor. It is double glazed and insulated and surrounded by its own garden with a 6 acre field at the back (sheep in late autumn/early spring) with deer and unusual birds (red kites, black pheasants, yellowhammers) around. Large, raised covered patio with big picnic table/benches and great views (sunsets, starlit nights), barbecue, a little hedge-sheltered suntrap area with bench, lawn with children’s swings and, in an annexe, a games room (table football, darts, toys/games), and bicycles (at your risk). Inside, very comfortable, cosy and attractive. Four steps up to front door. Living room with huge window with time-wasting views, open fire, TV/DVD; dining room; kitchen (dishwasher, combi-microwave, oil-fired Rayburn, larder fridge) with table/chairs and step down to lobby (for coats/boots) and utility room with back-up electric cooker, Belfast sink, washing machine, tumble drier, freezer, and shower-room (wet-room suite, shower seat). Three bedrooms – a double (5’ bed), a twin, and a single with pull-out truckle bed. Small bathroom (bath plus bath-shower, washbasin); separate loo. Spring water. Best for maximum of 5 adults or 4 adults, 2 children. A great value getaway.

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DARTMOOR: Lydford - Burnville Farm

Lydford: village (two good food pubs, church) on Dartmoor’s western edge, famous for its gorge/waterfall (Nat. Trust, very beautiful walk deep in woods). Trout fishing in the Lyd; riding stables locally. Sea/beaches, about 25 miles, north or south coasts. Roadford Lake (see page 47), 9 miles. Tavistock (see page 150), 5. Brentor’s (see page 145) tor-top church, 3. ... 2 miles south-west of Lydford and 1 from its gorge, 400 yards of private farm-lane end at Burnville Farm, a lovely farmstead amid beech trees. It is on the side of a shallow stream-valley with supreme views of Dartmoor hills and tors, and to Brentor’s peaktop church, from almost anywhere on the 250 acre working farm (direct moor access from it). There are sheep, cattle, ponies, pigs, chickens, ornamental pheasants. You can "go anywhere" (owners) on the farm and help is most welcome. Stabling/grazing for your own ponies/horses, a pond (picnicking), with mallard, moorhen and usually Canada geese in spring; badgers and foxes about. Clay pigeon shooting and instruction, archery tuition (equipment provided) and mountain bikes (adults’ and children’s), by arrangement. Outdoor heated swimming pool (32’ x 16’ and 3’6" to 8’ deep, available 23 May to 13 September) and hard tennis court shared with owners. Fun badminton and volleyball. Games room (6’ pool table, table tennis, skittle alley) and well-equipped gym in a refurbished barn. Lovely walled vegetable garden. Fresh veg available in season, and eggs. Meals available in the owners' house. Golf and gliding, 2 miles. For you to stay in are the original stone farmhouse (A121, right) or a large Victorian house (A122, page 147), 200 yards up the private lane, a converted coachhouse (A120, below), roughly midway between the two, or a converted barn (A51, page 147) a mile away. The extremely nice owners live nearby but out of sight and do B&B in their own house. ... the converted coachhouse (pictured above and left) has its own indoor swimming pool (17’ x 8’ x 3’ - ‘endless pool’ with variable river flow) and sauna in a separate building just a few yards away. Own heated games room (snooker, table tennis, table football), another lovely paved patio (table/chairs, barbecue) and about an acre of garden (partly stepped or sloping, but with large level lawn areas, sandpit, wooden playhouse). Inside, delightful, well-decorated and furnished, mainly big rooms with many windows (original coachhouse openings). Comfortable living room with big fireplace (open fire), big arched French windows, piano, TV/DVD; elegant dining room with ornamental fireplace and arched windows, slate floor, glazed door to patio; smart fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, electric rangestyle cooker, larder fridge); maple-floored den with woodburner, TV/video and French windows to forecourt; laundry room (washing machine, tumble drier, freezer, larder fridge, Belfast sink); children’s snug with wood floor, beanbags, toys; boot room with shower; loo (washbasin). Upstairs, five bedrooms – the master double (mahogany 5' bed) with en suite showerroom (suite), another double (brass 5' bed), a twin, a single, and a children’s room with two sets of 3' bunks; two bathrooms (suites, one plus bath-shower). Electricity and heating extra (meter reading). Arrival after 4pm, departure by 11am.

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... the farmhouse at Burnville Farm (pictured right) - large, slate-roofed, ‘listed’ (with at least one leaded window for the connoisseur) - is on the edge of the farmyard and has its own enclosed, secluded, goodsized garden (lawn, stream, beech trees, barbecue), 20 yards away. Inside, small slate-floored hall; beamed, comfortable living room (TV/DVD/video) leading to large sunroom with pine furniture, pot plants; 5 steps up (5’9” lintel) to beamed slate-floored dining room with big granite open fireplace and ancient dough trough as scrub-topped table/backed benches; fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave); wide quarry-tiled passage for boots etc and playing; small laundry room (washing machine, tumble drier, freezer) leading to downstairs shower-room (suite). Upstairs, four bedrooms – a double (zip-linked 6’ bed or twin), another double (5’ bed) plus single divan by arrangement (some distance from the loo!), a single (washbasin) with limited clothes-hanging space, and one with two sets of bunks (one 2’6”); bathroom (suite) and separate loo (all bedrooms except the single have steps up or down to the bathroom/loo). Electricity and heating extra (meter reading).

A121

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Lydford - Burnville Farm

DARTMOOR

Burnville Farm (see left): ... the large Victorian house, called Guinea, has superb Dartmoor views from most windows. Two hundred yards from the farmhouse, farm buildings, and owners’ house, it stands above and set back from the private lane, with the lawn in front and gravelled patio (table/chairs, flowertubs, brick barbecue) and another lawn behind – all enclosed; you share the outdoor swimming pool, games room and gym, tennis court and all other facilities at the farm (see page 146). Inside, very spacious with high ceilings, fine arched stripped-pine doors, mainly pine furniture. Porch; depth-of-house living room (open fire, TV/DVD/video) with windows both ends; pretty dining room with antique table seating 8 (intimately), ornamental Victorian fireplace and large toy box; big, well-equipped fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer) with dining/breakfast table seating 10, back door and porch to garden; downstairs bathroom (suite); also cloakroom (loo, washbasin, washing machine, tumble drier). Upstairs, five bedrooms – two double (both with moor views, one with 5' bed), a twin (washbasin, garden views), and two bunk bedrooms (garden/countryside views); bathroom (suite plus hand-shower). Electricity and heating extra (meter reading).

... and a mile away by car or a 10 minute walk across Burnville Farm (see page 146), is the Red Barn, highly successfully converted, surrounded by its own enclosed garden with terrace at the back. It shares the tennis court, outdoor swimming pool and all other facilities at the farm; has splendid long views over farmland to the moor. Front door to good-sized hall off which very spacious, stylish beamed living room with French windows to terrace, fireplace (woodburner), deeply comfy sofas, antiques and good paintings, TV/DVD/video, wood floors/rug. Lockable door to indoor swimming pool (15’ x 8’ x 3’ deep - ‘endless pool’ with variable river flow for ambitious swimmers) and treadmill and rowing machine in panelled room with glazed door to terrace. Pretty fitted kitchen/dining room, well-equipped (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer), beech dining table, glazed doors to little patio (table/chairs). Utility room with washing machine, tumble drier, loo (washbasin). All downstairs floors except living room have good terracotta tiles. Upstairs, three pretty, very individual bedrooms – a double (5’ brass bed) with en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower) and superb views to Dartmoor, and another double (5’ oak bed, TV) with en suite bathroom (suite plus triple tray power-shower) and a twin with antique Victorian beds and en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower), both with good views. A really fine cottage.

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A122

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Bedrooms 3

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We very much like this farm, the houses, whole atmosphere, and they have been much praised. Tremendous freedom and number of things to do for children and adults. Sumptuous evening meal menu. Excellent owners. Outdoor swimming pool available 23 May to 13 September.

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DARTMOOR: Lydford Lydford (see page 146): … in the heart of Lydford, just 200 yards from a good food pub and Lydford Castle, a sturdy granite-built former shippen transformed into a cosy and comfortable, detached cottage. At the side, small sittingout area (table/chairs, barbecue), partly covered and positioned to enjoy the afternoon sun. Inside, much natural wood (beams, oak floors/doors) blends well with modern furnishings to create a smart rustic feel.

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In front, little cobbled forecourt (partly off-road parking for one small/ medium car only) with 10 steps up to enclosed sitting-out area and front door; open-plan living/dining/kitchen, cleverly arranged to make the most of the space and the beamed apex ceiling, with woodburner, TV/DVD and granite-topped corner kitchen units (washer-drier). Stairs down into double bedroom (5’ bed, beams, tiled floor) with smart en suite shower-room (wet-room suite) and door opening to front forecourt (ideal for loading/unloading). A smart little cottage for two in a handy, central village location in a good walking area. No children, except pre-crawling babies.

... 2 miles from the centre of Lydford (½ mile from gorge/tea room, 1¾ from pub), with direct access to the open moor for walking/horseriding, two stylish, semi-detached, ‘upside down’ cottages cleverly converted from a barn within an original farmstead (no farming now), alongside the owner's farmhouse.

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The cottages are extremely smart and comfortable, furnished with flair throughout to include many interesting and unusual artefacts, fabrics and pictures from the owner's world travels. Original high beams retained. Polished oak floors (rugs) in living areas and bedrooms and polished granite tiles in all bath/shower-rooms; stairgates. Each cottage has its own small enclosed lawned area at the front (picnic table) and views from upstairs over the former farmyard to moorland beyond. Stabling for two horses available (good riding country). Stylish and comfy, lovely moorland location. Great for two family parties to share (interconnecting doors if required).

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Ceylon (arrow 1, above): at entrance level, good-sized, open-plan living/dining/kitchen (dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer) with smart cream Shaker units, granite worktops and TV/DVD. Winding, open tread oak staircase down to two bedrooms looking to the moor – a double (5’ brass bed) with high ceiling open to the rafters, walk-in wardrobe and en suite showerroom (suite plus power-shower), and a smart twin. Bathroom (suite plus separate power-shower cubicle).

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… and 1½ miles from Lydford and 3 miles from Brentor (see page 145), in a hidden Dartmoor valley and at the end of a private drive, is this very comfortable apartment built over the owners’ detached garage within their moorland garden (direct access to the moor, great views towards Brentor church in one direction, Dartmoor’s highest tors in the other). You’re welcome to wander the surrounding 20 acres of field, woodland and lake. Horses welcome, by arrangement (extra). Small enclosed patio garden (table/ chairs) for your own private use. Inside, bright, modern and easy. Fifteen steps up to big French windows to open-plan living/dining/kitchen (dishwasher, washerdrier, microwave) with TV/DVD, woodburner, comfortable sofa bed and views past the owners’ house to the moor and sideways along the valley. Beyond this, smart bathroom (suite with roll-top bath plus hand-shower and separate shower). Big, very pretty double bedroom (5’ bed). Spring water. A really great base with friendly owners and with the highest and wildest Dartmoor tors within easy reach.

A168

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Sleeps 2

Bedrooms 1

Bathrooms 1

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Batavia (arrow 2, above): at entrance level, generous open-plan living/dining/kitchen (dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, fridge-freezer) with smart cream Shaker units, granite worktops, TV/DVD and big picture window (moorland view). Steepish stairs down to two double bedrooms looking to Dartmoor – one with 6’ bed, and the other with 5’ brass bed and en suite shower-room (suite, power-shower). Bathroom (suite plus bath-power-shower).

A91 CH UFH

C XX

Enquiries and bookings: 01647 433593, Mon-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri 9am-7.30pm; Sat 9am-5pm

★★★★★

Sleeps 4

T

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 2

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Saturday

Price: EE XX

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Mary Tavy

DARTMOOR Mary Tavy: village (shop, church, pub) on the western edge of Dartmoor’s high moor, 3 miles north of Tavistock (see page 150). Two miles away is Brentor’s (see page 145) landmark church on a peak; 4 miles to Tavy Cleave, one of Dartmoor’s most spectacular places. Plymouth, 18 miles. South Devon and Cornwall coast villages/beaches, about 25 miles.

... on the edge of Mary Tavy, on the side of a hill and looking across a peaceful wooded valley to nearby Cholwell Brook, is Kent’s Barn, a bright, comfortable, 'upside down' cottage neatly converted from a stable block and tucked behind the owners’ fine, Grade II listed house. Immediately outside, a suntrap cobbled courtyard (table/chairs) with views across the valley (perfect for evening drinks).

… in the heart of old Mary Tavy, an extremely smart apartment, neatly built above a little-used garage within the woodland garden of the owners’ beautiful barn conversion. You are welcome to wander the garden (stream, interesting tin-mining remains) and have a private patio area (table/chairs) for your use.

Inside, well decorated, light and fresh. Hall and two bedrooms – a double with en suite shower-room (suite), and a twin with en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower). Upstairs, a spacious, beams-to-apex, open-plan living/dining/kitchen with lots of light and lovely landscape photographs, an efficient and well-equipped kitchen area (dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, freezer) at one end, a woodburner and sitting area (TV/DVD) at the other. A great place to come back to after a day exploring the wilds of Dartmoor or further afield.

Outdoor steps up to small balcony and French windows (great countryside views over the garden and Mary Tavy) into light and contemporary openplan living/dining/kitchen (TV/DVD, iPod dock) with bamboo floors, Velux windows and well organised fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, tabletop freezer) along one wall. Also on this floor, a good-sized double bedroom (5’ bed) with smart en suite bathroom (suite plus bathshower). Stairs (stairgate) down to hall (space for coats/boots) with washer-drier and door to garden; twin bedroom (TV/DVD); smart shower-room (suite). An immaculate and comfortable place to stay with the highest and wildest parts of Dartmoor on your doorstep.

A152

★★★½

CH EH

Sleeps 4

Bedrooms 2

D

Bathrooms 2

Saturday

DD

O

A160

Price: D

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Sleeps 4

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 2

Saturday

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… also on the edge of Mary Tavy, with some spectacular views over farm and moorland towards the distant sea at Plymouth Sound, is this very spacious, single-storey cottage, snug behind the owner’s smallholding (horses, ponies, chickens, cats, dogs, pigs) and with direct access to the open moor from a side gate. At one end, an enclosed, level, lawned garden and patio (table/chairs). One step up from the garden straight into smart, very wellequipped kitchen/dining room (slimline dishwasher, washer-drier, fridge-freezer, microwave). Large living room with leather sofas, woodburner, TV/DVD and French windows to garden. Pretty double bedroom (6’ bed). Large bathroom (suite with separate walk-in shower with seat). Cycle hire and repair service available on site. A superb, friendly location from which to explore the highest and wildest parts of Dartmoor or further afield, either on foot, by bike or by car. … and in the beautiful valley below the church in Mary Tavy and right next to a brook is this neat, comfortable cottage converted from a barn. Cobbled sitting-out area (table/chairs) next to the stream with views to the owners’ vegetable garden and Mary Tavy church beyond - a perfect setting for sharing a bottle of wine. Chickens and geese range free on the owners’ 10 acres of land which you are welcome to explore (small farm shop selling the owners’ organic meat, eggs and preserves and cakes to order). Door to neat living/dining room (TV/DVD). Compact kitchen (microwave) with door to double bedroom, off which en suite shower-room (suite). Fridge-freezer, tumble drier and plenty of space for soggy boots/coats in a separate drying room. No children under 12. A sweet cottage in a beautifully serene spot, ideal for walkers, cyclists and canoeists.

A156

★★★

Sleeps 2

Bedrooms 1

Bathrooms 1

EH O

Prices: pages 225 and 226

Symbols guide: page 217

Saturday

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B

Important points to note: page 223

A197

★★★★

Sleeps 2

Bedrooms 1

Bathrooms 1

CH WB

Booking form: page 219

T BS

O

Friday

Price: CC XX

Electricity, heating, bed linen and duvets included unless stated otherwise

149


DARTMOOR: Tavistock

… and in a terrace of cottages close to the centre of Tavistock, a sweet, threestorey period town house set back from the road behind its own tiny garden with, at the back, a small sunny courtyard with bench and pots.

Tavistock: fine ancient town on the river Tavy on the edge of Dartmoor, evolving around an abbey founded in 974, and Sir Francis Drake’s home town. Lots of interesting shops, pannier/farmers’ markets, pubs, restaurants, wharfside theatre (also films/live music), leisure centre. Golf, 1½ miles; horse riding and cycling routes within a few miles. Nat.Trust places (Cotehele, Buckland Abbey, Lydford Gorge, Saltram House) nearby. Plymouth, 9 miles.

Inside warm, bright and very welcoming. Living room (TV/DVD) with good original paintings. Kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer) with breakfast table and window seat. Small utility area (washing machine) and door to courtyard. Light bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). Stairs from hall up to three bedrooms – on the first floor, a large double and a single and, on the second floor (narrow, steep stairs, handrail), a double under the eaves. A friendly, easy base in this vibrant town.

... in the heart of Tavistock, on a quiet road moments from the centre, are five splendid apartments recently converted from a chapel. We let two. The conversion has been done to a very high finish and the apartments are wonderfully light, hugely spacious and very comfortable. A trouble-free, relaxing and thoroughly modern place to stay in this interesting and thriving town. The Wesley (pictured above): stairs from communal hall to small lobby. Smartly fitted kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, microwave, fridge-freezer, gas hob/electric oven, granite worktops and granite-topped breakfast table seating 6. Along the hall, huge living/dining room with beautiful original stained glass windows, vaulted ceiling adding to the sense of space and light, comfortable seating, TV, MP3 player and dining table seating up to 10. Also on this level, two bedrooms – a double and a room with two singles, both with original stained glass windows, and smart bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). Stairs up from the hall to huge mezzanine bedroom (fully glass-screened) with a 5’ double plus two single beds under the eaves and en suite showerroom (suite) with partly sloping ceiling. Outside, and a bit of a trek up steep steps, is a small piece of garden with great views over Tavistock towards Dartmoor.

A187

★★★★

CH UFH

Sleeps 6/8

Bedrooms 3

T

Bathrooms 2

Friday

CH UFH

150

★★★★

Sleeps 5

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Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 2

O

Friday

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Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 1

Friday

DD

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The Chapel Apartment: stairs from communal hall to small lobby (loo, washbasin) to open-plan living/dining/kitchen with magnificent Italian spiral staircase (open tread) up to curved glass balcony (and bedrooms beyond) and original chapel windows. Smartly fitted kitchen area with shiny granite worktops (dishwasher, freezer, gas hob, larder fridge), and small utility cupboard (microwave, washer-drier); dining and comfortable seating areas (TV/DVD) below double-height ceilings add to the sense of space. Upstairs from the living area, three bedrooms, all with original chapel stained glass windows and soft, sumptuous modern furnishings – a large double (5’ sleigh bed) with en suite shower-room, another double (5’ bed), and a single (limited clothes-hanging space). Smart family bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). Outside, and a bit of a trek up steep steps, is a three-tiered, enclosed decked area (seating) with great views over Tavistock towards Dartmoor. Especially suitable for couples.

A93

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Price: FF6

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A199

Price: F

… and a mile from the centre of Tavistock, on the outer edge of a residential area with rolling countryside beyond, a very smart detached bungalow. In a good-sized corner plot, sitting high above the town (and just above the A390 – busy at times), it looks to the distant tors of Dartmoor. Spacious L-shaped layout, made very comfortable and well-equipped by thoughtful owners who live next door. Level lawned garden, mostly at the front (views), with enclosed sitting-out area (table/chairs, barbecue) to the side. Drive to small garage (ideal for storing bicycles/golf clubs etc, no vehicles). Paved path with step up to open porch (for coats/boots) and step up to front door; carpeted hall, off which: neat fitted kitchen (dishwasher, small washing machine, microwave, freezer, larder fridge) with back door and couple of steps down to sittingout area; living room (TV/DVD, distant moorland views); dining room/snug (iPod dock, 4’ sofa bed for alternative sleeping); two bedrooms – a double (5’ bed), and a twin; bathroom (suite, step up to separate tiled walk-in shower area). Everything comfy and conveniently on one level. Well-placed for town, moors and exploring further afield.

A166 CH EH

Enquiries and bookings: 01647 433593, Mon-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri 9am-7.30pm; Sat 9am-5pm

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Sleeps 4

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Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 1

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Dousland

DARTMOOR

Dousland: small village (pub) on the south-western slopes of Dartmoor, close to the open moor, Burrator Reservoir and the Plym Valley (lovely walks) and a mile from Meavy (pub) and Yelverton (see page 152); Buckland Abbey, 4 miles. Princetown, 4½ miles; Tavistock (see page 150), 6 miles; Plymouth, 10 miles.

… and ½ mile from Dousland, on a quiet lane and surrounded by a working farm, is this smart, contemporary detached cottage next to the owners’ farmhouse (eggs to collect from free-range chickens). The rural scenes of ‘War Horse’, directed by Steven Spielberg, were filmed nearby.

… Yennadon House (pictured above and above right) sits on the moorland edge of Dousland, within 2 acres of private garden (level lawn, orchard, hard tennis court available until 8pm). A sweeping drive leads over a cattle grid and up to the front door of this handsome, detached, late Victorian family house. Built of red brick with gothic influences, it is a really spacious and light family home.

Inside, carefully renovated and refurbished to a very high standard. Step down into spacious living room with TV/DVD, radio and woodburner. Three steps down into generoussized kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, microwave, fridgefreezer, double oven, iPod dock) with sliding doors to your patio (table/chairs, barbecue) and views across the shared gardens towards the owners’ paddock and countryside/ moorland beyond. Downstairs loo (washbasin). Stairs from living room up to lovely big double bedroom (5’ bed) and beautiful bathroom (suite with roll-top bath plus bathshower and hand-shower). Washing machine in outhouse. A really generous and comfortable base in this lovely part of Dartmoor and well placed for discovering Devon and Cornwall.

Large porch into big hall with impressive vaulted timber ceiling and stairs (stairgate) to minstrels’ gallery. Big living room with gas fire and French windows to garden. Dining room with piano and square bay window with garden views. Snug/playroom withTV/DVD, lined with books and with comfortable seating for 6, door to conservatory (table/chairs) and further door to a paved area (table/chairs, barbecue) that stretches above the lawn along the south side of the house. From the hall, 2 steps down into well-equipped kitchen (dishwasher, microwave) with breakfast table and door to wonderful proper pantry (chest freezer, larder fridge) with original Victorian butter cooler set in the floor. Door from kitchen into long and very comfortable conservatory (sofas, chairs), just the spot for an evening G&T! Utility and boot room (washing machine, fridge-freezer), ideal for soggy walking gear or wet dogs. Single bedroom (no clothes-hanging space). Smart shower-room (suite) and sauna. Upstairs, half-landing and twin bedroom (washbasin). A few more stairs up to a further five bedrooms – a sunny double (5’ bed) with en suite bathroom (suite with separate shower, bidet), a twin (TV/DVD) with view to the garden, another bright double (5’ bed), and a double (washbasin, footboard, limited clotheshanging space) which is accessed via an interconnecting twin room (no clothes-hanging space). Also on this floor, big family bathroom (suite with roll-top bath, double washbasin, separate shower and vaulted glass ceiling). A splendid family house at any time of year with wonderful moorland walks on the doorstep.

A167 CH EH GF

★★★

Sleeps 13

T

Prices: pages 225 and 226

Bedrooms 7

Bathrooms 3

O

Symbols guide: page 217

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P

Important points to note: page 223

A164

★★★★

Sleeps 2

Bedrooms 1

Bathrooms 1

CH WB

Booking form: page 219

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Price: D C

Electricity, heating, bed linen and duvets included unless stated otherwise

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DARTMOOR: Meavy, Yelverton

Yelverton: village (churches, pubs, PO/shops, golf, tennis/ badminton, riding) in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of Dartmoor. Thirteenth cent. Buckland Abbey, once Sir Francis Drake’s (now Nat. Trust), and The Garden House (magical gardens), 2 miles. Tavistock (see page 150), 6. Plymouth with theatres, cinemas, shops, aquarium, watersports and Saltram House (Nat.Trust), 4½. … 1½ miles from Yelverton, off a wooded lane and 500 yards from the golf club, a beautifully converted, ‘upside down’, 17th cent. detached stone barn within the extensive grounds and gardens (chickens) of the friendly owners’ 16th cent. farmhouse. You have separate access and parking with a gravelled path through a flower/ shrub garden to a raised garden (unfenced, steps - caution).

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Inside, simple and sophisticated with limestone floors downstairs and wood upstairs. Large, light and airy open-plan living/dining/ kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer) with simple Shaker-style handcrafted cupboards, large butler sink, woodburner, TV/DVD and glazed double doors both sides, one with balustrade and garden views, and one opening to the raised patio/garden with lovely long wooded rural views. From the living area, two flights of stairs (stairgates): one up to a gallery bedroom/den with single bed and pull-out truckle bed, and one down to two more bedrooms – a double (5' bed), and a twin (2'6" beds linkable to 5' double); bathroom (suite with roll-top bath and separate double shower); utility room with washing machine, tumble drier, Sheila Maid and door to garden; small showerroom (suite). Sleeps maximum of 4 adults and 2 children. Brilliantly done, much recommended and close to good cycle routes and paths.

Meavy: pretty hamlet (church, good food pub, cycle path) around its little green and ancient oak tree, right on the edge of west Dartmoor; rural scenes from Steven Spielberg’s film ‘War Horse’ were filmed here. Good golf and nearest shops, Yelverton (see right), 1½ miles. Tavistock (see page 150) and Plymouth (shops, theatres, historic Barbican), both about 8 miles. … 300 yards from the pub in Meavy, a detached cottage (pictured above) with quiet, serene meadow/woodland views at the back. The garden is to one side and at the rear (enclosed), with a lawn (table/chairs), shrubs and potted plants. A few steps lead up from the lane to porch (room for coats/boots); hall; good-sized living room with open fire and TV/DVD; dining room; fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, freezer) with door to big conservatory with tiled floor, cane chairs and second dining table and door to back garden; loo (washbasin). From hall, stairs up to three bedrooms – two double (5’ beds), and a twin; bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). Very convenient for high moors or town.

A172

★★★½

Sleeps 6

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 1

CH OF

152

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O

Saturday

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A75 CH UFH

Enquiries and bookings: 01647 433593, Mon-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri 9am-7.30pm; Sat 9am-5pm

WB

★★★★

Sleeps 4/6

T

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 2

O

Friday

Price: HH

J

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Milton Combe - Maristow Barton

DARTMOOR

Upstairs: on the first floor, four bedrooms, all good-sized, well-proportioned rooms with Georgian windows (seats) and lots of light: - the Japanese master double (6’ bed) with black lacquer furniture and en suite shower-room (suite with power-shower and double tray); - a double (5’ bed), peaceful in greens/creams with rattan furniture and en suite shower-room (suite, power-shower); - a double (5’ bed) with en suite shower-room (suite, power-shower); - a twin, with exclusive use of shower-room (suite, power-shower) across the landing; On the second floor, four more bedrooms, smaller, lower ceilings, all brightly coloured and fun:

Milton Combe: village (pub) near the river Tavy, 8 miles from Plymouth (theatre, cinema, aquarium). Dartmoor, Yelverton (see left) and the Plym Valley cycle track, about 4 miles. Tavistock (see page 150), 8. Buckland Abbey (Nat. Trust), 1 mile; within 15 miles are other Nat. Trust houses/gardens, fishing villages and sandy beaches.

- the ‘fuschia’ double (5’ bed) with slipper bath (plus hand-shower) in the room, washbasin in one cupboard, loo in another (limited clothes-hanging space); - the ‘turquoise’ double (5’ bed) with slipper bath (plus hand-shower) in the room, washbasin and loo in cupboard; - the ‘red room’ with twin beds and en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower); - the ‘green and pink room’ with twin beds and en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower). Professional catering available. Dogs permitted in kitchen and utility areas only. Damages Deposit £750. The standard of luxury and comfort in the house is exceptional, the atmosphere relaxing and casual, the surroundings tranquil.

... deep in Lord Roborough’s 6,000 acre estate, 1½ miles from Milton Combe and very close to the river Tavy, is Maristow Barton, a large, detached Georgian country house in its own enclosed grounds and most peaceful of settings, lots of footpaths; jetty for small boat (bring your own) on the Tavy (excellent birdwatching). Beside the house, an enclosed, sunny, gravelled yard with tables/chairs, charcoal barbecue; behind the house, a large lawn. Games room (table tennis, darts). Barns provide storage space for bicycles (bring your own). The house is hugely comfy, bright modern decor, owner loved/used. Large hall; beautiful, sunny living room (30’ x 18’) with open fire, comfy sofas, TV/DVD, good prints. Dining room with dark red walls and leather chairs. Kitchen with two dishwashers, microwave, fridge-freezer (chest freezer in barn), gas range, electric oven/gas hob, island with bar stools; larder with additional fridges; laundry room with washing machine, tumble drier. Downstairs lobby/loo and back door to yard.

Prices: pages 225 and 226

Symbols guide: page 217

Important points to note: page 223

L80

★★★★★

Sleeps 16

Bedrooms 8

Bathrooms 8

CH OF

Booking form: page 219

D

O

Friday

Price: see pg 225 XX

Electricity, heating, bed linen and duvets included unless stated otherwise

153


SOUTH CORNWALL: Kingsand and Cawsand Kingsand/Cawsand (see page 159): ... about 150 yards up from the beach at Kingsand, a super, terraced cottage on four storeys: great sea views. Good pub across the little square opposite (excellent crab sandwiches, meals delivered to the cottage by arrangement). Stable doors to wood-floored dining room; good, attractive fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave) with exposed stone-work and Belfast sink; stairs up to a twin bedroom and pretty aquamarine bathroom (suite plus bath-shower); more stairs to small living room (woodburner) with brilliant 'right out to sea' view, comfy seating for 4, TV/DVD; also a double bedroom. From ground level, stairs down to 5'1" lintels to another double bedroom and utility room with loo (washbasin), washing machine, tumble drier. Limited free parking in square or public car park, about 200 yards. Sleeps maximum of 6, including babies. Best for children over 4 and pre-crawling babies. Arrival after 4pm.

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R26

★★★½

Sleeps 6

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 1

Friday

EE

NSH WB

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… in Cawsand with great ‘right out to sea’ views, the first two floors of a Grade II listed, 18th cent. cottage snuggling in with its neighbouring cottages. It has been completely renovated, exposing its fascinating history – no humble fisherman’s cottage this. Some say smuggling helped to pay for its fine wallpaper, coving and English Delft-ware tiles. Access from rear courtyard (table/ chairs). On the ground floor, dining room with view out to sea; flagstoned hall; fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer); back porch with washing machine, tumble drier; double bedroom with sea views; shower-room (suite with large shower tray) and back door to courtyard. The staircase has original Chinoiserie panels and leads to living room with handsome ornamental fireplace, TV/DVD and stunning ship-watching view, and two more bedrooms – a double (5' bed) with more great views, and one with two singles; a few more stairs up to bathroom (suite with roll-top bath and separate shower). A few low lintels. Loading and unloading outside only; public car park, 200 yards. Attic flat (separate access) occasionally used by the owner. A delightful cottage.

R61

★★★★

Sleeps 6

Bedrooms 3

NSH EH

Bathrooms 2

Friday

The view

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P

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R46 NSH EH

160

★★★½

Sleeps 4

T

… also in Kingsand, an 'upside down' little house with good sea views, snuggled in a row of 18th cent. houses, 150 yards up from the beach and 60 yards from the coastal footpath. Access is from a narrow lane which has no passing traffic.

… and also in Cawsand, one of a row of Georgian cottages, 150 yards from the pub, shop and beach (foot ferry to Plymouth). At the back, a terraced garden on various levels (17 steps) with table/chairs, climbing up to a door to a tiny lane.

Hall (for coats/boots) and 3 steps up to two bedrooms – a twin, and a double (TV/DVD) with French windows to a tiny courtyard, imaginatively done just for two; loo (washbasin). From the hall, stairs (stairgate) up to attractive, light, open-plan living/dining/fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave) with TV/DVD, pine floor (rug) and those lovely time-wasting sea views – binoculars provided to study the shipping which passes. Also from the hall, more stairs down to smart, roomy bathroom (bath, separate shower, washbasin, washer-drier). Thoroughly well done, comfortable and convenient. Loading and unloading, 30 yards away; car park, 200 yards.

Inside, some ancient doors with lintels varying from 5’7" upwards, knobbly walls and flagstones, giving a clue to its origins. It is homely and unpretentious. From the lane, door to hall with parquet flooring; surprisingly large, depth-of-cottage living room with comfy sofa/chairs, old desk, TV/DVD, toys; kitchen (slimline dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer) with table/chairs in the middle and dresser; back lobby with washing machine, tumble drier, off which a shower-room (suite). From hall, half-turn steepish stairs up to three bedrooms – a double (5’ bed) with floorboards/ rugs, a twin, and a single with pull-out truckle bed and limited clothes-hanging space; bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). Public car park, 50 yards.

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 1

P

Friday

R49

Price: F

★★★

Sleeps 6

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 2

CH T

XX

Enquiries and bookings: 01647 433593, Mon-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri 9am-7.30pm; Sat 9am-5pm

P

Saturday

Price: EE

HH

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