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400 Yr Old Manor House With Breathtaking View Across Dartmoor Very Peaceful Area

Bedrooms 7
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Manor house in Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Dartmoor, Newton Abbot, Devon, England - Isolated, But Within Easy Reach Of Local Amenties. A 10 Minute Walk To The Famous Rugglestone Inn

This historic 400 year old Manor House, forms part of the 6 Manors of Widecombe. This important Manor has been in existence since early medieval times. It is situated half way up the hill in an isolated and quiet position, yet is within easy reach of local amenities. The views across Dartmoor and Widecombe are among the best in Devon. The property is set within its own grounds of about 30 acres and has direct access to the moor, some of which belongs to the property. There are 7 main bedrooms, 4 with doubles and 3 with twins. There are also 2 further small bedrooms which can either be used for babies or young children on fold out beds. There are 3 sitting rooms downstairs, a kitchen/diner which has seating for 18 and a small sun room. There is also a utility room and boot room. Two of the sitting rooms have log burning stoves and TV's with Sky. Dogs are welcome as long as they are dried off before entering the main house. (An extra charge is payable for dogs, see below)

Colin Pharaoh
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

About Colin Pharaoh

My wife and I live in North Essex with several animals, including horses, chickens, cats and dogs. We live in the countryside in the most beautiful part of Essex.

We have three children aged from 22 to 26 We own a small business based in Essex. We work long hours, seven days a week. We bought our house in 2010, we particularly wanted an isolated house in a National Park, but not too far from the sea and the main towns. Our house is perfect for our needs and we can get virtually anywhere local within 10 to 15 minutes.

Colin Pharaoh purchased this farmhouse in 2010

Why Colin Pharaoh chose Teignbridge

Perfect location, perfect views, no neigbours and very quiet, but very close to everything that you need.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The best view in the world.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an amazing time. The house is fabulous & was a perfect setting to celebrate our friends 40th Birthday. The food in the Rugglestone Inn is top class & everyone is so friendly in the village. Can't wait to come again. Thompson - Nov.2012

Lovely house, full of character. Excellent walking from the front door. Mckechnie - Dec.2012

Amazing place to have my daughters christening party. We had everyting we needed & more - thank you. Wellington - Feb.2013

Beautiful house and countryside. Prichard - May 2013
Aug 2012
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Widecombe in the Moor Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
  • Two of the double bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms. There are also 2 family bathrooms, one at each end of the house. The baths also have showers fitted. Each bathroom/shower room has a wc, sink and heated towel rail.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 14 adults & 4 toddlers (7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1,2,3 & 4 with king size double beds in each, Bedroom 5,6 & 7 with 2 singles in each. Two baby rooms with a cot in each and fold up beds for young children. All main bedrooms have either a wardrobe or chest of drawers or both.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The house is warm in the winter and reasonably cool in the summer. However Dartmoor weather can be very changeable, so bring plenty of warm clothes. There is no downstairs toilet, but there is a very posh outside toilet and wash room. Outside: There is a large patio with a barbecue area and outdoor furniture, however this is not directly attached to the house. There are extensive lawn areas around the house together with many flower beds and shrubs. All the gardens are maintained weekly by our gardener. Some of the surrounding paddocks are rented to local farmers for grazing their cattle or ponies. There is a car port, which holds 2 cars. Access onto the moor is directly from the property. Utility Room: Washing machine and condensing tumble dryer. Fridge freezer, ironing board and iron. Drying rack. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are included for the duration of your stay. The house is cleaned and linen changed with each new group coming in. If staying for more than 2 weeks then further cleaning and linen changing will take place. Dog towels are also provided Other: Sun room or Loggia which has a small sofa and single chair, with outstanding views across the valley. Boot room which contains the boiler, coat hangers and a bench seat.


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400 Yr Old Manor House With Breathtaking View Across Dartmoor Very Peaceful Area
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Fabulous House in beautiful rural location

  • 5 of 5

Blackslade Manor is a very large house located near the top of a hill & looking down on a beautiful valley & the fabulous village of Widecombe on the Moor.

The house is very large, we had 11 adults & 3 younger children in our party & there was more than enough inside space & lots of outside space for us to enjoy & not feel "on top of each other".

The house is not luxury but it is well appointed with good facilities & nice furniture, it is very comfortable & homely so we all relaxed immediately on arrival. The garden terrace overlooking Widecombe was a very popular place for us all & the provided BBQ was well used!

The beds & linen were good quality.

The location of the house makes it an ideal hub to explore Devon & East Cornwall with many lovely places to visit in a 50 mile radius, we particularly enjoyed Torquay, Broadsands Beach, Brixham, Dartmouth, Looe, Polperro,

Port Isacc & Tintagel. Locally Widecombe is beautiful & a visit to Becky Falls is well worth while especially if you have kids.

The local walkable (20 mins each way) pubs are the Rugglestone Inn which is a loveky country pub or the Old Inn in Widecombe centre which is very nice.

Widecombe church is beautiful & the cafe on the green close by is very nice although a bit expensive!

All in all i cannot recommend this house enough, it is not pristine but it has everything & ticked all of our boxes.

Andy Bird

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely fantastic place with amazing views.

  • 5 of 5

Where do I start, we had an absolutely fantastic stay here, the whole family with about 18 of us in total and there was still some room to spare! The views are breathtaking with lovely areas outside to sit in the morning sun or watch the evening sunset.

The Rugglestone Inn is a great little pub although it can get rather busy. We visited Torquay which was lovely we also went down to Looe and Polperro which are fantastic little places and really Scenic.

There is basic Wi-Fi in the house don't rely on it or stream anything over it as being out in the sticks is a little limited on speed however very handy for updates on News weather etc.

Well worth putting the destination in your sat nav as



This will take you to the start of the drive (which is fairly long) it took us a little while to find using the postcode which basically took us into the village and needed to ask for directions to get there.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace & Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

The Manor is a wonderful property, the location is amazing and the views are stunning! Although there was only myself, my husband and our Golden Retriever staying at the Manor, it is also ideally suited to host much larger parties who want to get together for a holiday or celebration. There are plenty of rooms in which to spread out and have your own space if you want to get away from one another. The Manor is well maintained, clean and cosy despite being so large. It is lovely and warm with plenty of hot water and has really efficient showers and bathrooms.

The most wonderful part from our perspective was the total seclusion, peace and quiet - you could be the only people on the Planet. Outside there is a sheltered terrace, which is a great place to sit and admire the stunning views.

On our first morning we awoke to find sheep all over the front garden, which was a lovely surprise and the look on our Golden Retriever's face would have made an interesting YouTube video!! Our first trip to the village provided another memorable experience and further evidence of just how close we were to the moors. There were Dartmoor ponies and their foals wandering around grazing on the village green and just walking lazily up and down the surrounding lanes without a care in the World.

There are lots of beautiful walk's within a very short driving distance of the property and a very helpful information centre close by. There is one particular walk from the village which takes you across the hills and when you look back from the top, you can see the Manor tucked away on the opposite hillside and then realise how hidden away the Manor is from the rest of the World.

Colin Pharoah the Owner is really helpful and responds to any questions you may have very quickly. Jo the Housekeeper is really nice and nothing is to much trouble for her.

We had a brilliant holiday and hope to return very soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Three generation family weekend in a glorious spot

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful house for a family gathering, which has been updated with great taste. There were about 15 of us staying and many more who attended the birthday party of a very important 4-year old. The accommodation coped with the numbers excellently and despite it being a blustery February weekend the house surpassed our expectations in terms of space and facilities. It was immaculately clean upon arrival and the owner was extremely accommodating. Our twelve-year old granddaughter wanted to know when we could come back - in the summer? She, and the rest of our party wouldn't hesitate in recommending it as a holiday house, particularly those who enjoy the great outdoors. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The nearest coast is about 20 to 30 minutes drive, which includes beaches at Teignmouth, Torquay and Paignton.


The nearest airport is Exeter, which is about 30 minutes drive away.

A car is recommended for this property as the nearest food store is 10 minutes away, in Ashburton. There are major supermarkets about 20 minutes away in Newton Abbot. There is a local farm shop about 10 minutes away.

Supermarket home delivery is available. There are also local taxi firms available.


Widecombe is a 10 minute walk and a 3 minute drive. Ashburton is a 10 minute drive. Newton Abbot is a 20 minute drive. Exeter is a 30 minute drive. Plymouth is a 20 minute drive.

Dartmoor outdoor adventure center. is a 15 minute drive. Drogo castle is a 30 minute drive.

Further Details:

The renowned Rugglestone Inn is a 10 minute walk away or 3 minutes by car. The food is excellent here. There is one other pub in Widecombe plus 2 tea shops or a little further away there are pubs, tea shops and restaurants in Ashburton.

Bovey Tracey is about 15 minutes away by car and includes more pubs, tea shops and restaurants. We provide tea, coffee, sugar and milk, along with basics like salt, pepper, washing up liquid, toilet rolls, tissues and hand soap. All guests receive 2 bottles of wine on arrival along with a bowl of fruit and fresh flowers.

Logs, kindling and firelighters can be arranged for an extra charge, see pricing info.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $45.05

Booking Notes:
Please book by email, but by all means telephone us if you want to talk about the house and the surrounding area. A 20% deposit is payable upon booking and must be paid by bank transfer or cheque. The balance is payable 6 weeks before your booking starts. Booking terms and conditions will be sent out to you by email when you book.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is best, but we can be flexible depending on the time of year. Arrival time is 4.00pm and departure is 10.00am.

Notes on prices:
We charge £50 per week extra per person for over 14 staying. Babies free.

Please email or call if you wish to discuss prices for short breaks of 4,5 or 6 days.

We also give discounts for smaller groups, depending on time of year, please email or call to discuss.

Extra charges apply for dogs to cover cleaning and towels. Prices range from £25 to £35 per week per dog, depending on the type of dog.
Logs, kindling & firelighters can be provided for the log burners at £60 for a weeks supply

20% on booking and balance due 6 weeks before arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.