Hartsmead is situated on the lower slopes of Dartmoor on the outskirts of Lydford village. We are ideally placed for walkers and cycling enthusiasts as the Granite Way cycle path No 27 is at the end of our lane and the open Moor is a 5 minute walk up a grass track.
Originally an old stone barn, Hartsmead has recently been converted to give light and spacious accommodation for one couple, offering all the modern amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible no matter what time of year.
We are less than 10 minutes from the stannary town of Tavistock so all the amenities are within easy reach yet we can walk out of our door, up a grass track and be on the open Moor within 5 minutes. We are ideally placed on the western edge of Dartmoor to visit North Devon which has Exmoor as well as the coastline, South Devon and Cornwall, which is only 30 minutes drive away where you have the dramatic north and south coasts.
Hartsmead Cottage comprises of a large living room with a full height ceiling showing the original beams which has the lounge, dining area and kitchen. The separate bedroom has a king sized bed and next door is the modern bathroom with a separate bath and shower.
Outside there are stunning views at the front across the patio, our own fields and the valley beyond where you can see farmland with grazing sheep, with Lydford Forest in the distance and in between there is the Lydford Gorge with it's fascinating walks along the river, all within a few minutes of us.
The living room and bedroom overlook the enclosed garden and pond which faces south west so the perfect spot for watching the sunset over Cornwall in the distance.
Hartsmead is approached up a traditional Devon lane with hedges and fields on either side and there is dedicated parking just outside. The large glazed front door leads into the impressive living room with all the comfort you will need including free Wifi and TV.
The modern fitted kitchen has fridge/freezer, electric hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine and everything you need to make it feel home from home.
The bedroom has a glazed door leading out onto a small grassed area next to the pond and the modern white bathroom has a corner shower and separate bath so you can take a long soak after a day exploring Devon. All bedlinen and towels are provided.
I regret that no pets are allowed and this is a no smoking cottage.
We moved to Devon in search of a rural lifestyle and we were fortunate to find this old farm situated on the lower slopes of Dartmoor on the outskirts of Lydford Village. Hartsmead was part of an old farm which we have renovated so we are onsite to assist you at any time if required. We are situated on the original Okehampton to Tavistock road which has now all but disappeared due to a new one being built but you can still see the remains of the old stoney lane behind the cottage which now forms part of our land. This is an interesting site with lots of history attached and we have a current framed OS map of Dartmoor on the wall in Hartsmead for you to plan your routes as well as an old 1806 map of the area so you can see how it has changed.
For the benefit of any foreign travellers, we speak both English and French.
The ancient village of Lydford has a chequered past but is now a peaceful village which can boast a pub, a country house hotel, a restaurant and we even have our own Farm Shop which sells local produce.
The local bus service passes at the end of our lane which goes to Exeter passing through Okehampton and to Plymouth via Tavistock.
The National Trust Lydford Gorge with the White Lady waterfall is only a few hundred yards from us and the ruined Castle which was a prison in days gone by is on the edge of the village.
We are truly spoilt in this area for fresh local produce and variety of restaurants. Lydford has a Good Food pub called The Castle just up the road as well as The Lydford House Hotel with an excellent restaurant and lovely cream teas in the centre of the village and at the other side of Lydford we have The Dartmoor Inn with it's delicious fine dining. We can recommend many other pubs and restaurants in the area which cater for all types of budgets and tastes, so something for everyone.
PLACES OF INTEREST
There is so much to see and visit in Devon and Cornwall no matter what time of year and we are always happy to assist you although there is lots of literature in the cottage to help you choose.
There are a number of National Trust properties including Cotehele house and gardens which is just outside Tavistock as well as RHS Rosemoor Gardens near Torrington, which has the Dartington glass factory nearby.
The world famous Eden Project is about an hour's drive away which is well worth a visit and also in Cornwall is the magnificent house and grounds at Lanhydrock.
From wild coasts to moorland to historic houses and gardens, we are perfectly placed to see it all.