Fri 31st Aug to 6th Sep 2018
2 miles from Chagford, a mile from the open moor, a thatched, detached, Grade I listed, medieval Dartmoor longhouse, stone mullion-windowed, full of history. The Civil War was fought through it, Roundheads were besieged in the kitchen. It is set in its own clean, private courtyard of listed farm barns in front, with large, mainly lawned garden behind with patio (table/chairs), orchard and swing in adjacent field; 130 acres of farmland surround it. Medieval threshing barn (45' x 15', unheated) in courtyard available for parties/activities, by arrangement (extra; large gazebo also available). Inside, full of character. Porch; thick oak door to central passage, off which utility room (washing machine, two tumble driers, fridge-freezer) with loo; bathroom (bath plus hand-shower, washbasin). Living room with huge inglenook open fire, oak floors, beams, window seat, terrific ancient screen panelling, TV/DVD; study with jigsaw puzzle table; 4 uneven steps up to large 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 from the living room up to four wood-floored (rugs), white-walled bedrooms (all beds with footboards). First set of stairs (bottom door) up to small corridor, 3 steep steps and 4'10" lintel into the master double (6' carved oak bed, limited clothes-hanging space) with 3 steps down to en suite bathroom (suite, shower over bath, bidet, separate loo), and a twin which leads through to another twin; bathroom (suite, shower over bath). Second set of spiral stairs (bottom door, rope rail) from living room up to a double (6' sleigh bed, limited clothes-hanging space) with en suite loo. included is a cottage, just across the courtyard, with stable doors to kitchen/dining room (washer-drier, fridge, gas hob/electric oven), beamed living room (woodburner) with window seat and door to courtyard, and open tread stairs up to two bedrooms - a double, and a twin (washbasin); bathroom (bath plus hand-shower, washbasin); loo. Caution with small children in garden due to 5' unfenced drop. Professional catering available. Spring water. Arrival after 4pm. A truly marvellous place.
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.
Four bedrooms in the main house: 2 x super king double, one with en suite bathroom with bath, shower over, bidet, WC and basin and the other with en suite WC with basin, 2 x twin (one leads through to the other). Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC, basin. Downstairs sitting room with open fire. Kitchen with dining area. Study. Utility room. Downstairs bathroom with bath, hand shower, basin. Downstairs WC with basin. In the cottage: Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin; bathroom with bath, hand shower, basin; downstairs sitting room with wood burning stove; kitchen with dining area.
CHAGFORD Okehampton 12 miles; Exeter 21 miles. A picturesque town at the northern point of Dartmoor National Park in Devon. Chagford, one of the five Stannary towns of Dartmoor, is small in size but is packed with amenities and things to do. There is a wide range of shops as well as four pubs. Chagford also has more active facilities such as public tennis court and an open-air swimming pool to enjoy at your leisure. It is a town of great history, home to the Three Crowns Hotel which dates back to the 1200's. Chagford is well known for its culture, hosting film, literary and music festivals in the town as well as an annual running race, known as Two Hills Race. Just over 21 miles away is the bustling, beautiful city of Exeter for a different kind of break, definitely worth a visit. The charming, attractive town of Okehampton sits just 12 miles away.