½ mile from Scorriton, in the tiny hamlet of Combe through which the River Mardle meanders to the beautiful, bouldered River Dart, a stunning detached cottage, once home to the author Mary Wesley and a haven from the modern world. Across the little used single-track lane, a small enclosed orchard (picnic bench) and, beyond, a bluebell wood (deer, kingfishers) with the river on one side. Behind the cottage, an enclosed lawned garden plus cobbled/paved terrace (table/chairs). Inside, simple and elegant with pale wood and stone floors, soothing white palette and original art. Step up from garden into magnificent oak-framed kitchen/dining room, fully glazed on two sides with the sleek kitchen (dishwasher, larder fridge, electric cooker) along the length. Eight shallow steps down to snug living room (TV/DVD/Blu-ray) with woodburner. Second living room with chaise longue and woodburner, a space for reading/writing. Utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, American-style fridge-freezer, sink) and bathroom (suite, hipbath plus hand-shower). Upstairs (some low lintels), two bedrooms, simply furnished - an airy double (6' bed) with pitched ceiling, views over the garden and shower-room (suite) up 7 steps, and a twin tucked under the eaves, plus smart bathroom (suite with separate shower). Arrival after 4pm. Spring water. A magical and sophisticated cottage in a tranquil, beautiful setting.
Scorriton: small village (good food pub) on the beautiful sheltered and wooded southern slopes of the Dartmoor National Park. Holne (pub, tea room, community shop), 1 mile. Lovely walking/riding (stables nearby). Buckfastleigh and A38 road, 3 miles; Ashburton, 5; Totnes (small town, weekly markets) 6. The sea at Slapton Sands, 15 miles, or Salcombe (South Sands), 18.
Two bedrooms: 1 x super king double with en suite shower room with shower, WC, basin, 1 x twin. Bathroom with bath, shower, WC, basin. Downstairs kitchen with dining area. Two sitting rooms with wood burning stoves. Utility room. Downstairs bathroom with hip bath, hand shower, WC, basin.
SCORRITON The ancient Stannary town of Ashburton lies on the southern slopes of Dartmoor and is an ideal spot from which to explore the rugged high moors to the North and a beautiful coastline to the South. The scenery in this area of South Devon is glorious in all weathers and offers visitors opportunities for walking, pony trekking, canoeing, fishing and lazing on the beach. Ashburton has some interesting artisan shops and with its interesting history and museum, has built a reputation for its high standard of antiques and fine collectables outlets. It also has lovely tea rooms, a wine bar and a fantastic food deli providing fresh fish and olives. In the surrounding area, Dartmoor has many picturesque villages and hamlets with old thatched cottages and ancient churches, surrounded by a patchwork of fields and woodland. Lustleigh, North Bovey, Chagford and Widecombe-in-the-Moor are fine examples. The attractive seaside town of Teignmouth is a half hour drive and the popular Blackpool Sands, although a little further down the coast, is one of South Devon's most beautiful natural treasures. An award-winning privately managed 'Blue Flag' family beach with turquoise blue sea giving it an almost Mediterranean feel. So whether it is moor or coast that you're seeking for your getaway, Ashburton is a really central town from which to be based.