About 200 yards up the hillside from Dartmeet, hidden amid trees up a private drive, a handsome granite semi-detached cottage, built in 1893 and part of an estate purchased from HRH Prince Charles who leased it to the owner of Plymouth Gin. Herb Cottage, once the gardener's, is attached to Bentley Cottage, once the chauffeur's. Twelve acres of woods and meadows (bluebells in spring) to explore, stretching to the river (private salmon/trout fishing). Gardens surround the cottage with, at the back, a large meadow with patio (table/chairs, barbecue), leading directly to open moorland. Inside, attractive and comfortable. Porch. Hall. Good-sized living room (woodburner, smart TV/DVD). Reading room with door to garden and 3 steps up to kitchen/dining room (washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric oven/induction hob). Upstairs, three bedrooms - a big double (5' Victorian bed) with 3 steps up (low ceiling) to en suite shower-room (suite), and another double with 3 steps up to en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower); 2 steps down to a little single for alternative sleeping (no heating; use of en suite bathrooms only). Spring water. Game or rough shooting, by arrangement. A superbly secluded situation for walking, tor-climbing, riverside picnicking or just soaking up the scenery.
Dartmeet: where the East and West Dart Rivers meet in an outstandingly beautiful moorland/wooded valley. Car park and café where the road bridges the river (popular with canoeists), surrounded by some of Dartmoor’s most glorious scenery. Pub and riding stables, 1 mile; Poundsgate (good food pub), 2½; Ashburton, 8; Tavistock (good shops), 12; sea/beaches (south coast), about 20.
Three bedrooms: 2 x double, one king size with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin and the other with en suite bathroom with bath, hand shower, WC and basin, leading through to 1 x unheated single. Downstairs sitting room with wood burning stove. Hall. Kitchen with dining area.
DARTMEET Ashburton 7.5 miles; Torquay 26.5 miles Dartmeet is a charming village found at the heart of Dartmoor, Devon. This small village is where the branches of the River Dart meet, and many visitors choose to laze in the sunshine or take a dip in the shallow section of river. Here, you will also find the Badgers Holt Restaurant and Tearooms, Pixies Holt Outdoor Learning Centre and Pixieland, a charming garden filled with gnomes where children can enjoy a treasure hunt and the adults can relax or take a stroll around the garden. Furthermore, this area is a walker's paradise, with a selection of walks at your disposal, including Laughter Hole and Bellever Tor, which is a 6.7 mile, moderate walk with highlights including a series of stepping stones, clapper bridges and pretty villages. Further afield is the quaint town of Ashburton and the seaside resort of Torquay, which is located within an hour's drive.