This single storey cottage with 'Visit England' 4 Star grading, was converted from a Bulb drying store, as Bramblemoor was a bulb farm at the turn of the last century.The owners completely renovated and updated the original works, to provide a very comfortable and well equipped property which is ideally positioned to offer a most varied holiday at any time of year. The garden is shared with visiting deer, badgers and a wide variety of birdlife. Early summer evenings can be blessed with a serenade from a nightingale.The owners' animals ( including goats, tame sheep, hens and ducks) are managed within the Environmentally Sensitive Area Scheme, organically. Within a mile are to be found deep pools for swimming in the River Dart, fishing and excellent riding stables with trekking facilities. Llama walking is even available within a mile.Guided walks from National Park Guides begin from various spots nearby. The nearest shopping centre is Ashburton, an attractive small Stannary town ( 5 miles) Widecombe (3 miles) has 2 pubs. Poundsgate has its own pubs, and Holne (3 miles) has both a Community Shop with a cafe, and a pub. Historical interest can be found in Totnes, Dartington and Tavistock, all within 14 miles, whilst the larger towns of Exeter, Plymouth are within 30 minutes drive. The spectacular South Devon coastline can easily be explored on day excursions, and the seaside resorts of Torquay, Dartmouth and Salcombe can easily be incorporated into these trips. National Trust Properties abound in the area, and this area has some of the most stunning gardens in England.
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Cottage in Poundsgate, Dartmoor, South Devon, England - Very Quiet Location, Off a Country Lane. Ideal Walking Centre, High Moorland Or River Valley Walks.
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About Helen Hull
Helen retired from the field of Academia some years ago, and has been looking after the smallholding and Holiday Cottage ever since. Philip recently retired as Professor of Music at The University of Plymouth. Both share a love of Dartmoor and have lived at Bramblemoor for 37 years, and in a small cottage a field away, for 3 years prior to moving to 'Bramblemoor'. A couple of adult goats, with their occasional offspring to enable cheese and yoghurt making to continue, a few tame sheep. chickens, ducks, cats and a sheep dog take up more time than they should, together with the very steep garden of nearly 2 acres, where even the use of a wheelbarrow is difficult. Vegetables and fruit are shared ( not very fairly) with the resident wildlife, these being the major beneficiaries.
Helen Hull purchased this Cottage in 1970
Why Helen Hull chose Widecombe in the Moor
Philip hails from rural Somerset and Helen from the Yorkshire Dales. Helen was the first to move to Devon for work reasons, then Philip took a course at Dartington, which led on to working in the area. A love of the moors led to a search for a cottage on Dartmoor, but the easy access to all the Arts activities in the area meant that no sacrifices had to be made for living in such a rural area. Both are keen walkers, a love of Border Collies has meant these have been the dog of choice, which without a huge flock of sheep to look after, necessitates daily sorties across the moor. They are happy to deposit their visitors so that they can enjoy a walk back to Bramblemoor from on high, and their knowledge of local paths is readily conveyed.
What makes this Cottage unique
A stay at 'Bramblemoor' enables visitors to enjoy complete peace and seclusion. The separate entrance means that interaction with the owners can be as required. They are not intrusive, and are very quiet themselves, but you have the reassurance that a friendly face and assistance is on hand if required. The view is unrivalled, and the sound of the river a constant backdrop. The best eggs in the West are available in season, and when the wild life spares us, produce from the garden can be shared. Helen's arrangements of flowers from the garden always feature as a welcome - no 'Garage flowers' involved. Our local small 'Blackadon Tor' is a few minutes walk above the house, from where views down over towards Totnes, up to Widecombe and Buckland-in-the -Moor can be enjoyed
Sports & Adventure Activities
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A wonderful Dartmoor getaway
This is a beautiful cottage in the Dartmoor National park that provides an escape away from the rest of the world, whilst offering easy access to walks, horse-riding and all of the attractions of Devon. It is well looked after and easily has all of the necessary utilities (and many more!). Our only wish is that we had booked longer!
Helen and Philip are wonderful hosts providing local tips and advice when required, nothing was too much trouble.
We had a fantastic week and will be booking to stay there again.
A very special place
We loved staying at Bramblemoor Cottage. It
Sweet little cottage on the owners property in the most glorious stepped garden, the only noise is the muted rushing of the Dart river.
Helen and Phillip are very kind and helpful hosts and they have some delightful animals, including mad chickens and a lovely dog who doesnt bark.
If your lucky Helen will give you some of her delicious produce and eggs.
Highly recommended, unlike many other properties online, it really is as described.
I had a fabulous week at this beautiful cottage, so well appointed, with no detail ignored.
The cottage is in the most idyllic part of the Dartmoor countryside, with breath taking views.
Clearly the walks on Dartmoor are fabulous, and there are lots of interesting places to visit.
I hope to return very soon.
Charmantes und liebenswertes Cottage in idyllischer Lage und tollen Gastgebern
Das Cottage ist typisch englisch: genau wie aus dem Bilderbuch. Idyllische und traumhafte Lage. Die Gastgeberin Helen empfing uns überaus freundlich mit frischen Blumen, Kuchen und Eiern von den eigenen Hühnern. Ihr Mann Philipp gab uns gute Tipps für Ausflüge. Der Garten der beiden war herrlich und lud zum Verweilen ein. Ein besonderes Highlight sind die Haustiere: Monti ein verspielter Hund und zwei verschmuste Kater. Wir werden auf jeden Fall wiederkommen.
Coast/Beach: Torquay is the nearest beach, but a wealth of less populated wonderful walking and swimming beaches can be accessed within a 20 mile radius. Bird and Seal watching boat cruises are popular. The North Devon coast is also only an hour and a half away, with our own RHS Garden at Rosemoor en route. Travel: Exeter is the nearest airport ( 29 miles). Bristol ( 90 miles) is the next nearest . Plymouth ( 25 miles) has Ferry Boats coming in from Brittany and Northern Spain. Use of car or car hire is strongly recommended, although we have picked visitors up from Ashburton who have arrived by Coach and been determined walkers. Distances: The village of Poundsgate is approx 1 mile away. Ashburton is 5 miles. Newton Abbot & Totnes 14 miles. Tavistock, 15 miles. Exeter, with its beautiful cathedral and award winning Victoria & Albert `Museum is approx 24 miles. Plymouth is equidistant to Exeter with the historic Barbican, and the famous 'Hoe'. The beautiful Dartington Hall Estate with Arts activities and wonderful garden is 12 miles away. Visits across the Tamar into Cornwall are easily possible for day trips. Further Details: Ashburton is the nearest shopping centre with a Farmers Market, Butcher, Artisan Baker and Delicatessan and excellent Fish Shop and Butcher.2 small supermarkets are available, but the nearest large supermarkets are in Newton Abbot, or towards Plymouth (approx 16 miles) There is a Community shop in the village of Holne, and a very small shop which can provide milk and papers in Widecombe. Ashburton has a LLoyds and a National Westminster Bank. Dartington has a Literature Festival in early July and a Summer School of Music at the end of July , running through the first half of August. Arts events and films are available throughout the year. This is an area populated by artists and craftsmen and 'Open Studios' are popular annual events. Being such a blessed area for wonderful gardens, regular offerings are the'Open Gardens, under the NGS scheme throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn.
Rates & Availability
Booking Notes: A deposit of 25% is required at the time of booking. The balance is due one month prior to arrival. Should it become necessary to cancel a reservation, we will make a full refund of the deposit if we are able to re-let. If this occurs after the balance has been paid, the same applies, however, if no re-let, no refund will be made. Cancellation insurance is therefore, strongly recommended. For part weeks,3 nights are charged at 65% of the full weeks rental, 4 nights at 70%, 5 nights at 90% of the full week's rental Changeover Day: Changeover on Saturdays. Please arrive after 2.00p.m. and depart by 10 a.m. During off-season times, then there is more flexibility, by arrangement. Notes on prices: Contrary to the 7 night minimum as shown, short breaks in the off season are available, the system is unable to cope with my charging scale. 2 night winter short breaks are £195.00. Additional nights by arrangement with the owners on the sliding scale as indicated above.