DARTMOOR FARMHOUSE COMBINING COMFORT AND TRADITION FOR SMALL OR LARGE GROUPS

Judy Lomax

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Sleeps15
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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DARTMOOR FARMHOUSE COMBINING COMFORT AND TRADITION FOR SMALL OR LARGE GROUPS

Widecombe in the Moor Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

17th century granite longhouse in heart of Dartmoor National Park.

Lower Blackaton, a south-facing 17th century Devon longhouse in the spectacular setting of the Dartmoor National Park, is ideal for gatherings of family and friends or as a base for walkers, riders or kayakers. Completely refurbished with all modern conveniences since it was a working farm, it has retained its traditional Dartmoor character and is surrounded by wild open country with superb views. There are beds for 12 in 5 bedrooms. The smaller of two sitting rooms and a landing can also be used as bedrooms, each with a double futon bed. As well as an Aga in a traditional farmhouse kitchen, 2 wood burning stoves and oil-fired central heating, it has a comprehensive library of books, CDs and games for all ages and a piano. In the informal grounds (approx 1 acre) there are picnic tables, BBQ and childrens' play equipment, and a walled flower and herb garden in a listed ruin. A 45ft barn, originally an older longhouse, can be rented with the house to provide additional accommodation or as a venue for parties, special meals, workshops, conferences or just as a lovely open space. The picturesque village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor and a bronze age settlement are within walking distance. Low, mid and high season rates for small (max 6), standard (7-10) or high occupancy (max 16). Short breaks in mid and low season.

Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only

Judy Lomax

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2009
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David and Judy Lomax have owned Lower Blackaton since 2003 and already knew Dartmoor well. They met and at university in Oxford, and in the 1960s, when she was teaching and he was the BBC’s reporter for the south west, lived in a cottage at Clearbrook on the southern edge of the moor. Later while David’s TV reporting work took him all over the world for BBCTV's Panorama and Newsnight programmes, they lived for 36 years in Berkshire but spent many family summer holidays in the West Country.

Apart from their interest in journalism, writing and photography, David and Judy are both keen sailors and members of the Royal Cruising Club. They have cruised extensively in their 35ft yacht Cloud Walker exploring the Atlantic, Baltic, and Caribbean, and visiting, among other places, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Greenland and the Azores. In 1991 they were members of the crew of Gaia, a replica Viking ship, on a voyage from Norway to Washington DC via L'Anse au Meadows, the Vinland where according to the Sagas the first Vikings landed in North America 500 years before Columbus. This six-month expedition was the subject of one of Judy’s five books and of a TV documentary by David. They have also sailed the Norwegian coast from Oslo to Kirkenes and then to Murmansk. Judy’s subsequent pilot book Norway, published for the Royal Cruising Club's Pilotage Foundation by Imray, is now in its second edition.

David and Judy, whose numerous grandchildren stay at Lower Blackaton whenever possible, celebrated their golden wedding in 2012 with a party on midsummer's day. More than 100 friends and family kept dry in the top barn, the newly rebuilt open-fronted barn, a marquee and under tarpaulins rigged up by their Norwegian son-in-law. Food and the marquee were provided by Ullacombe Farm catering, music by Art Deco, a superb jazz band complete with sousaphone, and grandchildren made full use of a bouncy castle in torrential rain.

Judy Lomax purchased this farmhouse in 2003

Way back in the 1960s when David was the local regional reporter for the BBC, we lived for a while on Dartmoor, and always wanted to come back. After 36 years in Berkshire it was time to make this dream come true, and we feel fortunate and privileged to have found Lower Blackaton. For the first few years, we lived in a building site, doing up first the house, then the lower barn (in which we now live while holiday makers are in the house), and finally the beautiful upper barn which is now available with the house for special events, workshops etc. Last of all, we rebuilt the curved partially open fronted corrugated barn. Lower Blackaton is now repaying us for all the time, effort and money we have lavished on it, and we enjoy sharing our beautiful home and its wonderful Dartmoor setting with others.

When we decided to move back to the west country from Berkshire, we were looking for somewhere with a wow factor, if possible on or near the high moor. We wanted to be able to walk from the front door without using a car, to have room to gather our large family together, and longed for the sense of freedom of Dartmoor's wide open spaces. From the moment we leant over the gate we knew Lower Blackaton was that place, although at the time much of the house and the listed ruin which is now our flower and herb garden were almost hidden under creeper, the massive fireplaces had only tiny openings, and the barns were in a sorry state. With the help and expertise of a skilled local builder, our dreams for the house and barns have come true. It has been the setting for our own family gatherings (including our golden wedding party in 2012), and for many other gatherings of family and friends who seem to enjoy the house and the moor as much as we do.

Sleeps15
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Dartmoor farmhouse combining comfort and tradition for small or large groups
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
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Dartmoor farmhouse combining comfort and tradition for small or large groups
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Widecombe in the Moor Teignbridge
Cornwall
5

CHARMING !!

  • 5 of 5
We only had a weekend break, but certainly hope to return !
  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Dartmoor farmhouse combining comfort and tradition for small or large groups
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Widecombe in the Moor Teignbridge
New York, USA
5

GREAT FAMILY HOLIDAY

  • 5 of 5
We were very happy at Lower Blackaton. We have rented (and enjoyed) many places over the years, but this one felt like home, rather than a rental. Plenty of beds, plenty of rooms for our kids to spread out in. The Aga in the kitchen was cosy and warm, the house was comfortable and full of books on all subjects. The wireless internet worked perfectly. The owners could not have been more friendly and helpful. It was a good central location from which to explore Dartmoor and South Devon. We had a very tasty lunch at the Old Inn in Widecombe, and great Indian food at Spice Bazaar in Bovey Tracey. For foodies, we recommend a trip to Ashburton & Rodney Cleave's butcher shop. Great hiking on the moor, beautiful long views on clear days.
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Exeter
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Plymouth
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Newton Abbot
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
A38
Nearest Beach
28 Miles
beach
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Widecombe
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Bovey Tracey15
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Widecombe
Car: recommended

Dartmoor National Park is England's largest area of unspoilt wilderness countryside. Ponies roam the open moor, on which there is excellent walking and rock scrambling. Prehistoric sites include Grimspound, a bronze age settlement above which the Two Moors Way runs along the top of Hameldown. Widecombe 3 miles away has a post office, souvenir shops, cafés and two pubs including the renowned Rugglestone Inn. The tower of the 15th century church is visible from surrounding tors, Dartmoor's rugged granite outcrops from which there are spectacular panoramic views. Among the nearby tors are Haytor, Hound Tor, Hookney Tor and Bonehill Rocks. Lower down there are beautiful walks along the Dart valley, popular with kayakers, and Wistman's Wood, an ancient forest of miniature oaks embedded in moss covered granite boulders. The best way of exploring the high moor is on foot or on horseback. Buzzards soar and swoop everywhere in the clean fresh air above Dartmoor's gorse and heather, rocks and rivers.

Other Activities: hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, Pilates, golf, mountain biking

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Widecombe in the Moor Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High season (early summer)
May 30 2014 - Jul 17 2014
2 night minimum stay
£1,200
 
 
Peak season (summer hols)
Jul 18 2014 - Sep 4 2014
7 night minimum stay
£1,600
 
 
Mid season (autumn)
Sep 5 2014 - Oct 23 2014
2 night minimum stay
£1,050
 
 
High season (half term)
Oct 24 2014 - Oct 30 2014
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
 
 
Low season (winter)
Oct 31 2014 - Dec 18 2014
2 night minimum stay
£950
 

Additional information about rental rates

Well behaved dogs, night £2
Well behaved dogs, week £10
Pet Fee £10
A 20% deposit is required as a booking fee. This is refundable if another booking is secured. The remaining 80% is payable one month before arrival. This is only refundable if another booking is secured.
Notes 10% discount for second and subsequent weeks.

Rates are for standard occupancy (max 9 people). Higher rates for 10-16 people (£1400 to £2200 per week).
Email for off-peak short breaks (2 to 5 nights), mid week and low occupancy off-peak reductions.

Add 45ft barn from £100.
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Amenities

Widecombe in the Moor Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , ensuite with Room 1
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , downstairs
  • There is underfloor heating in the upstairs bath and shower rooms.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , narrow singles, can be made up as double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , double/family room
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , bunk beds
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , narrow singles, can be made up as double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , extra long bed
  • The house can sleep up to 15 (not counting babies), with beds for 12 in the 5 bedrooms. plus an extra single bed on the landing and a double futon bed in the smaller sitting room. All bedding supplied.There is also a sofa bed for occasional use in the large sitting room (no bedding supplied), Two travel cots are available (no bedding). Room 1 is ensuite. The beds are narrow and can be made up either as two singles, or as a large double. Room 4 is small, with a narrow single bed and a pull-out second bed. The room can be made up with narrow single or twin beds, or a wide double. It has a dressing table with drawers and a hanging built-in cupboard. Rooms 2 and 5 have large wardrobes. Rooms 1 and 3 have chests of drawers and hangers behind the doors. Rooms 1, 2 and 5 face south over the garden with farm and moorland views. Rooms 3 and 4 have low windows with child locks. There are 2 steps between Rooms 2 and 3, and 2 staircases with handrails on both sides.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 15 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • horseback riding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • whitewater rafting
  • fishing
Notes:
Both of the sitting rooms has a woodburning stove. A small charge is made for logs. The kitchen has a 4-oven Aga with 2 large rings. This also heats water, as does an oil fired boiler boiler which also provides central heating; each radiator has its own thermostatt. The main dining area is in the kitchen, with a table seating 12 and a counter seating 3. There is also a refectory table seating up to 10 in the small sitting room. The kitchen and sitting rooms, and the main bedrooms, face south with views over farm fields and moorland. The house is entered through a stone porch opening into a library hall, with doors into the kitchen on one side and the main living room down two steps on the other. There is a step out of the kitchen into the small sitting room, and also into the utility room, which has a door into a downstairs toilet and a porch opening into a small yard with a composter and gate onto the lane. The bedrooms are reached by staircases at either end of the house.
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