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The Farmhouse

Lydford, Devon (Ref. 975734)

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  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Sauna
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “Fantastic cottage, friendly helpful owners, superb location”

    Mrs Nicolson, Uig, October 2018

    • “The farmhouse is very spacious, clean and homely. It was a wonderful week and would definitely reurn some day. Highly recomended.”

    Mrs Dean, TRURO, September 2018

    • “Fabulous property and amazing hosts. Cannot be faulted. Will definitely be returning next year for another digital detox. Highly recommended.”

    Mr Hobbs, Leighton Buzzard, September 2018

    • “The holiday was great and the Farmhouse met the needs of all 10 of us with plenty to do across the farm.”

    Mrs Greene, BLANDFORD FORUM, August 2018

    • “This was a fantastic holiday from start to finish and was thoroughly enjoyed by adults and children alike. Great facilities and staff really helpful and kind. Outdoor pool, tennis court and games room particularly enjoyed and I’d definitely recommend to families whatever the age of children. Endless activities, walking and other attractions nearby. One week not long enough for us! Only issue was sat nav taking us to another farm with difficult road so would call once in area to clarify directions. A wonderful place.”

    Mr Mulhern, CLYDEBANK, July 2018

    • “Holiday was great Victoria and him are lovely people always happy and cheerful and very helpful if you need anything always had a good holiday on the farm”

    Mrs Regan, Hove, June 2018

    • “We booked our holiday before we got a puppy, Michelle from HH was kind enough to call our hosts if the puppy was indeed welcome to the Farmhouse. We had a lovely week at the Farmhouse, you can walk right up to the Moors or plan a visit to the coast. We visited the Bedruthan steps, very beautifull!!”

    Mrs Straesser, April 2018

    • “The property is located at the heart of a working farm and views from all its windows are onto a large cattle-shed, where you can watch the cattle being fed. The farmhouse is spacious and well-equipped and comfortably furnished in a traditional style. A winning feature is the enormous open fireplace in the dining room, in which a fire had been made up before our arrival. Additional logs are available for purchase. The dining room is dark and cosy and a good place to hunker down when Dartmoor's notorious rain or fog sets in. The light-filled conservatory is a wonderful place to have breakfast and is stocked with huge numbers of board games. The small gym in a converted barn opposite the house has a few good-quality machines, there is also an indoor games room which we didn't use. It is possible to walk from the farm direct (through a few fields and over a few stiles) onto the moor - on Tim's recommendation we walked via Gibbets Hill and Wheal Betsy to the excellent Elephant's Nest pub at Horndon and back via Mary Tavy. There is plenty to do and see in the vicinity: the charming village of Lydford with the famous Lydford Gorge walk practically within walking distance from the farm, the elegant UNESCO-listed market town of Tavistock about 20 minutes' drive away, large National Trust properties with extensive grounds at Cotehele and Buckland Abbey, and the scenic Tamar Valley Railway offering a picturesque alternative way of travelling into the great port city of Plymouth from the railhead at Gunnislake. A short drive takes you to the many attractive sites on the moor: the stone rows and circles at Merrivale were particularly atmostpheric on a damp and windy Dartmoor day. Overall a very enjoyable visit!”

    Mr Tregellas, Exeter, April 2018

    • “A great base for a holiday on Dartmoor - we’ve been staying in the Farmhouse on this lovely working farm for many years. The owners are very friendly and welcoming.”

    Mrs Brown, HENLEY-IN-ARDEN, March 2018

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The Property

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 peak-top 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 roam the farm and help is most welcome. Pond (picnicking) with mallard, moorhen and usually Canada geese in spring; badgers and foxes about. Stabling/grazing for your own ponies/horses. Clay pigeon shooting and instruction, archery tuition (equipment provided) and mountain bikes (adults’ and children’s) by arrangement. Fenced outdoor heated swimming pool (32' x 16' and 3'6" to 8' deep, available 25 May to 15 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. Spring water. Professional catering available and meals in the owners' house. Golf and gliding, 2 miles. For you to stay in are The Farmhouse, The Coach House about 100 yards up the private lane, or The Red Barn a mile away. The extremely nice owners live nearby but out of sight and do B&B in their own house The Farmhouse at Burnville Farm is large and ‘listed’, on the edge of the farmyard with its own enclosed, secluded, good-sized garden (lawn, stream, beech trees, barbecue) 20 yards away. Inside, small slate-floored hall. Beamed living room (TV/DVD) leading to large sunroom with pine furniture. Five steps up (5'9" lintel) to beamed slate-floored dining room with big open fireplace and ancient dough trough as scrub-topped table/backed benches. Kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, fridge, electric cooker). Wide quarry-tiled passage for boots etc. and playing. Small laundry room (washing machine, tumble drier), leading to downstairs shower-room (suite). Upstairs, four bedrooms - a double, another double (5' bed) plus single divan by arrangement, a single (washbasin, limited clothes-hanging space), and one with two sets of bunks (one 2'6"); bathroom (suite) and loo (all bedrooms except the single have steps up or down to the bathroom/loo). Heat generated by biomass system. Arrival after 4pm.Tremendous atmosphere, freedom and number of things for adults and children to do, and the houses are much praised. Sumptuous evening meal menu. Outdoor swimming pool available 25 May to 15 September.

Lydford: village (two good food pubs, farm shop, church) on Dartmoor’s western edge, famous for its gorge/waterfall (Nat. Trust, very beautiful walk deep in woods) and ruined medieval castle. Granite Way cycle trail; trout fishing in the Lyd; riding stables locally. Sea/beaches, about 25 miles, north or south coasts. Roadford Lake, 9 miles. Tavistock, 5. Brentor’s tor-top church, 3.


1st FloorGround Floor

Sunroom Living Room Entrance Hall Dining Room Kitchen Open Woodhouse Shower Room Laundry Room Hall


Four bedrooms upstairs: 1 x super king double, 1 x king size double (plus single bed by arrangement), 1 x single, 1 x room with two sets of bunks (one 2'6"). Bathroom with bath, WC and basin. WC and basin. Downstairs hall. Living room. Sunroom. Dining room with open fire. Kitchen. Laundry room. Shower room with shower, WC, basin.


  • Central heating with open fire
  • Microwave, fridge, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for four cars
  • Garden with tennis court, barbecue, outdoor heated pool
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Note: The outdoor pool is available from 27th May to 16th September
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm, departure by 11am.

Regional Information

LYDFORD Tavistock 6 miles; Okehampton 6 miles. Nestling among mature woodland on the western slopes of Dartmoor, the historic village of Lydford is a jewel in this area of outstanding scenic beauty. To the north, just half a mile away, the high tors come right down to the village edge, while to the south the River Lyd winds its way through Lydford Forest on its tumbling course northwards. Lydford village has an interesting medieval castle and nearby Lydford Gorge (National Trust) with its peaceful woodland walks and White Lady waterfall is a must. The village also has a Post Office, pub and award-winning restaurant. Whether walking the moors, fishing, watching the amazing wildlife or just visiting the many attractions of this stunningly beautiful area, you'll never be lost for something to do. The moorland market towns of Tavistock and Okehampton are both a short drive away.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Note: The outdoor pool is available from 27th May to 16th September.
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.