Stayed at Lower Blackaton in mid May with a Chinese couple who are close friends of mine. A genuine ancient longhouse located in a beautiful setting on Dartmoor. The landlady and landlord were friendly and helpful from the moment we arrived. The bedrooms were full of character and were beautifully furnished in a homely old fashioned sort of way. The views from some of the many windows can only be described as gorgeous. The breakfast was a perfectly cooked classic example of the "full English breakfast" - absolutely delicious. Try to arrive before sunset as the house can be a little tricky to locate after dark. A small price to pay for a wonderful night spent far from the madding crowd. Highly recommended by Roger, Jing & Hong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lower Blackaton is a south facing 17th century granite longhouse set in informal grounds with magnificent views of some of Britain's wildest moorland. It has been refurbished to combine tradition with modern comfort. It has oil fired central heating, two living rooms with wood burning stoves, kitchen with Aga, microwave, fridge, freezer, WM and TD, 5 bedrooms, bathroom, two shower rooms, four toilets, TV, DVD, VHS, CD, radio, broadband, telephone for guests and an extensive library. Outside, there is a walled garden in a listed ruin, an acre of natural and grassed grounds (with swing, trampoline, open fronted BBQ barn), and ample off-road parking. Lower Blackaton is an ideal centre for gatherings of family or friends. It is a perfect base for people who enjoy walking, rambling and bird watching or simply appreciate the peace and quiet of Dartmoor, one of the most beautiful national parks in Britain. A beautiful restored barn can be rented with the house as a perfect venue for workshops, retreats, sit down or informal parties or just as an indoor play area with table tennis. There is instant access onto the moor, with stone age,bronze age and medieval ruins, spectacular tors, rivers and woodland all in easy walking distance. The village of Widecombe in the Moor is 3 miles away with cafés, pubs, church, village green and gift shops. Ashburton and Bovey Tracey are 7 miles, Tavistock and Newton Abbot (nearest train station) 14 miles, Plymouth and exeter 25 mies. ... more less