The property is the principal part of this Victorian country house. Inside, you will love the sense of occasion created by the many period features including specially commissioned stained glass windows and a sweeping staircase. After an exhilarating day on Dartmoor soak up the atmosphere of a house previously owned by William Le Queux and Sudan's first president after independence. Outside, the property is reached by a tree-lined private driveway, shared with a handful of neighbouring properties. The private grounds which extend to thirteen acres, include specimen trees, and are a nature lover's paradise. Regular visitors to the bird feeders include woodpeckers and nuthatches. Enjoy the spectacular sound of the dawn chorus, and go to sleep listening to owls in the wood. If you are lucky you might see a badger, fox or deer. You will love playing croquet on the sunny lawn, gin and tonic in hand, while you barbecue the catch of the day. Your dogs and children will love running around in the ten acres of bluebell wood, making dens, climbing trees, and then flopping by the fire. The many natural and man made attractions of this lovely part of Devon are on the doorstep if you can drag yourselves away. The property has been recently refurbished and sympathetically restored.
Country House near Scorriton, Dartmoor National Park, South Devon, England - A Historic Rural Escape On The Edge Of Dartmoor
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- Nov 23, 2018
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
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We arrived at this lovely house and immediately felt at home. Nine of us in all, various ages. Heather had been in touch with us before we arrived and was also available by text during our stay. Heather sent a gift for the younger children and also left a hamper with some lovely produce and a bottle of champagne.
We made use of the log fire in the sitting room the first day as it was raining. It was really easy to light.
One son and his partner cooked for all of us, during our stay, and they found the Kitchen fully equipped for their needs.
The BBQ also was put to good use. Buckfastleigh and Ashburton have very good shops selling fresh local produce.
The garden is large and safe, plenty of room for playing Badminton, (not very well), but with enthusiasm.
Bedrooms were large and we all slept well in the comfortable beds.
There is an impressive library throughout the house. Everything from the Richard Feynman Lectures to the classics, travel books and books for the children.
Out and about: We used the outdoor pools at Ashburton and Buckfastleigh, Horse Riding on Dartmoor for some of our party. Car rides to Paignton Zoo and Beach.Visit to Greenway, Totnes and much more.
We would like to have spent more time in the house and gardens. Heather's personal touches shows how much she cares and wants you to enjoy her home.
All in all a wonderful stay in a beautiful house.
This is a truly wonderful property, full of character and space.
From the moment we arrived we felt comfortable and at home. The house is so well equipped with lovely furnishings and exquisite stained glass windows and the whole ambience is warm and welcoming. Our border terrier loved the vast grounds, where peacocks roam freely and we enjoyed playing boules and croquet on the lawn. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed barbecues with our friends. The local pub does excellent meals and the pubs in Buckfastleigh are a short drive away. We took the train from Buckfastleigh to Totnes and were lucky to see a huge otter in the River Dart by the station. We have already recommended this property to several friends and know that they will not be disappointed.
Relaxing rural family break
We were family group of 10 ranging in age from 7 to 82.The house provided us with space both indoors and out for boisterous play and quiet times.It is very well-equipped for self-catering and keeping young and elderly entertained with games,books galore and outdoor space for cricket and archery.We loved the wildflower meadow and walks in the bluebell wood.
A beautiful house set in lovely gardens
We had a great week in this property. The house itself is wonderful, beautiful architecture with lovely furniture. It is well equipped with maps, walking guides etc. The kitchen is set out well and has all you need to cook meals if you choose to do so. The gardens are lovely and the house is in a beautiful part of Devon with easy access to walks on the moors. Heather could not have been more helpful in ensuring that all our needs are met.
Overall highly recommended.
Lovely house set in beautiful grounds.
We spent New Year in Heather’s wonderful property. From the moment we arrived we all felt at home, from welcoming hamper to log filled baskets. Heather had taken care of our every need and totally unexpected, sent presents for my four grandchildren as she was in France at the time - totally overwhelmed. Book this property you will not be disappointed.
Sally Nicolet and family
Christmas with family and good friends
10 of us stayed for the Christmas period in this beautiful house, I was worried at first that we would all fit it due to the fact of us being two families but I should not have as we fitted quite comfortably. The sitting room with its cosy sofas and log burning stove and beautiful Christmas tree with sparkling lights meant we could all snuggle in for the evening watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” perfect!
We visited the Abbey at Buckfast which was breathtakingly beautiful, we went on long walks with the dogs, visited the local pub, met the alpacas, and stroked a few sheep, in the garden of a morning the family of peacocks would visit. I could not have wished for a better Christmas, the house was amazing and we laughed so much, sitting around the dining room table sharing our day with people we hold dear .......How lucky are we! Thank you to Heather for making our stay so comfortable and letting us book your wonderful home. Would definitely recommend!
Hawson Court is within easy motoring distance of the many beautiful beaches of the South Hams. We provide books and recommendations to help you choose the perfect beach for you, whether it is a quiet cove, the iconic landmark of Burgh Island, or sipping a cocktail on the balcony at South Sands while your children play on the sand below.The nearest surfing is twenty two miles away at Bantham or Bigbury, and the South West Coast Path is voted as one of the top walks to be found in the world.
Use of a car is essential, unless you are very keen cyclist and are coming to Dartmoor for this purpose. Totnes train station is nine miles away.
The nearest airport is Exeter which is 29 miles away. Plymouth ferry terminal is 26 miles away.
Buckfastleigh - the nearest village with amenities and shops - 2 miles.
The nearest pub, in Scorriton - 1 mile.
The food and antiques centre of Ashburton - 5 miles.
Totnes with its unique charm - 8.5 miles.
Riverford Farm Shop - 5 miles.
Pennywell Farm - 4 miles.
South Devon Railway - 3 miles.
Buckfast Abbey - 2 miles.
Dartington Hall - 8 miles.
Sharpham vineyard - 12 miles.
Widdecombe in the Moor - 9 miles.
River Dart Country Park - 5 miles.
The A38 (Devon Expressway) - 3 miles.
If you can tear yourself away from the property, there really is something for everyone in this special corner of Devon. Dartmoor National Park is often described as the last remaining wilderness in southern England and its rugged romance and tranquillity provides the perfect walking and cycling country, as well as peace of mind and solitude. The Dartmoor Way cycle route passes the entrance to the grounds and provides idyllic cycling on quiet country lanes. Opportunities abound for wild swimming in the River Dart, climbing and bouldering, horse riding, canoeing, fishing, bird watching, star gazing and letter boxing.
There is an almost endless choice of beaches, from secluded coves to the iconic Devon landmark of Burgh Island with its Art Deco hotel frequented by Agatha Christie and Noel Coward. Learn to surf or paddle surf, or simply walk a section of the dramatic coastal path.
Treat yourself to a cookery course at the award winning Ashburton Cookery School. Foodies will be astounded by the quality of the local produce, including the morning's catch available in Ashburton or direct from the quayside in Brixham, honey made by the nearby monks at Buckfast Abbey, artisan bread, and organic produce at the nearby Riverford Farm Shop. A meal at the Riverford Field Kitchen is a must, and opportunities for fine dining abound, including at Gildleigh Park under Michael Caines.
Yogis will be delighted to learn that there is an excellent Ashtanga centre in nearby Ashburton and many opportunities in Totnes, including for novices, if this is your time to explore yoga and mindfulness.
The very special Dartington Hall is home to the Ways with Words literature festival, as well as the Summer School for classical music lovers, while nearby National Trust properties include Agatha Christie's house.
If children tire of making dens in the woods and climbing trees, the award winning Pennywell Farm and the stream trains of the South Devon Railway are minutes away.
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