The Clock House, 1½ miles towards Dartmoor from Ivybridge, is within the grounds of Lukesland, a Victorian house with magical 24 acre garden of woodland, lawns and secret glades (seats) surrounding a stream (waterfalls, lily ponds). From April to mid-June and mid-October to mid-November the garden opens to the public twice weekly; otherwise, you share it only with the main house. The Clock House is 200 yards from the main house, beside disused stables and another cottage. Immediately outside, own small paved terrace (furniture, barbecue). Direct access to moorland and the Two Moors Way (walking). Inside, light and spacious with beams, tiled floors downstairs, oak floors (rugs) upstairs. Stable doors to hall. Two steps down to living room with woodburner, ceiling to apex and TV/DVD, and smart kitchen/dining room (microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, electric cooker), both with French windows to terrace. Utility room (washer-drier, sink, loo). Downstairs bedroom (6' linked double or twin) with en suite shower-room (wet-room suite, shower seat). Upstairs (stairgate), two more bedrooms - a double (6' linked bed or twin), and a single. Bathroom (suite, shower over bath). Gallery above living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping), sofa and desk beside ancient, safely shielded clock workings, gently ticking (no chimes). Ready meals available. Suitable for wheelchair users (level access from terrace to living room/kitchen; please discuss your requirements with us before booking). A lovely place.
Ivybridge: small town (shops, arts centre, leisure centre with indoor/outdoor swimming pools and tennis courts, railway station, start/finish of the Two Moors Way footpath) at Dartmoor’s edge. From it the beautiful river Erme valley leads through oak woods to moorland (prehistoric remains). Mothecombe (sandy beach), Plymouth and Noss Mayo/Newton Ferrers, 8 miles.
Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor super king double (can convert to twin) with en suite wet room with shower, shower seat, basin and WC, 1 x first floor super king double (can convert to twin), 1 x first floor single. First floor gallery seating area. Ground floor sitting room with wood burning stove. Kitchen with dining area. Utility room. Ground floor WC with basin.
IVYBRIDGE Plymouth 12 miles. Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to South Dartmoor’, Ivybridge is set in one of the most beautiful areas of Devon and provides the perfect base from which to explore the county’s glorious coast and countryside. The town’s namesake, the Ivy Bridge, is a 13th century construction originally designed for packhorses and widened during the age of coach travel. Nowadays, it is a popular landmark on the town’s Heritage Trail, which also takes in other noteworthy historical buildings, such as a paper mill which remains Ivybridge’s major industrial employer. Some of the most architecturally pleasing sights in the town are the aqueduct, now a listed site, and the much photographed remains of a viaduct built by Brunel. This riverside town offers a great local shopping experience, with a variety of independent shops in the compact town centre making browsing a pleasure. When it’s time for a break, take your pick from the many cafés, tearooms and bakeries in the covered arcade serving delicious food and treats to help you recharge your batteries! Just on the brink of Dartmoor National Park, Ivybridge is ideally located to explore the 368 square miles of rolling hills, rugged granite outcrops and fresh, clean air. With over 450 miles of public rights of way, you’ll find enough walks to keep you busy for a year, let alone a week! If you’d like to mix it up a bit, cycling, horse-riding, climbing and kayaking opportunities abound. Nearby Wembury is the starting point for the Two Moors Way, a 201 mile coast to coast walking route which passes through Ivybridge and continues on through high moorland and deep wooded valleys, taking in some of Devon’s most unspoilt rural scenery. At 17 miles long, the Erme-Plym Trail is slightly shorter and leads in the opposite direction through some pleasant countryside, passing the pretty Hooe Lake en route. The area surrounding Ivybridge offers a fabulous variety of attractions and days out, from the stunning beaches of the South Devon coast, to the bustling city of Plymouth.