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 Brentors 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 childrens) 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 Dartmoors 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. Brentors tor-top church, 3.
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.
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.
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