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The Red Barn     Lydford  Dartmoor   |   3 Bedrooms   |   3 Bathrooms   |   Web Ref: 3070  |   Sleeps 6
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The Red Barn   3 Bedrooms   |   3 Bathrooms   |   WiFi | Indoor Pool | Leisure Facilities |   |   Sleeps 6

2 miles south-west of Lydford and 1 from its gorge, 400 yards of private farm-lane end at Burnville Farm, a lovely farmstead amid beech trees. It is on the side of a shallow stream-valley with supreme views of Dartmoor hills and tors and to Brentor’s peak-top church, from almost anywhere on the 250 acre working farm (direct moor access from it). There are sheep, cattle, ponies, pigs, chickens, ornamental pheasants. You can roam the farm and help is most welcome. Stabling/grazing for your own ponies/horses; a pond (picnicking) with mallard, moorhen and usually Canada geese in spring; badgers and foxes about. Clay pigeon shooting and instruction, archery tuition (equipment provided) and mountain bikes (adults’ and children’s) by arrangement. Fenced outdoor heated swimming pool (32’ x 16’ and 3’6" to 8’ deep, available 27 May to 16 September) and hard tennis court shared with owners. Fun badminton and volleyball. Games room (6’ pool table, table tennis, skittle alley) and well-equipped gym in a refurbished barn. Lovely walled vegetable garden; fresh veg available in season, and eggs. Professional catering available and meals in the owners' house. Golf and gliding, 2 miles.

For you to stay in are the original stone farmhouse or a large Victorian house 200 yards up the private lane, a converted coachhouse roughly midway between the two, or a converted barn a mile away. The extremely nice owners live nearby but out of sight and do B&B in their own house.

A mile away by car or a 10 minute walk across Burnville Farm, is the Red Barn, surrounded by its own enclosed garden with terrace at the back and with barbecue and splendid long views over farmland to the moor. It shares the tennis court, outdoor swimming pool and all other facilities at the farm.
Front door to good-sized hall off which very spacious, stylish beamed living room with wood floor (rug), woodburner, deep sofas, antiques and good paintings, TV/DVD and French windows to terrace. Lockable door to indoor swimming pool (15’ x 8’ x 3’ deep - ‘endless pool’ with variable river flow for ambitious swimmers) and treadmill and rowing machine in panelled room with glazed door to terrace. Pretty fitted kitchen/dining room, well-equipped (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric cooker) with glazed doors to little patio (table/chairs). Utility room with washing machine, tumble drier, loo. All downstairs floors except living room have terracotta tiles. Upstairs, three pretty, very individual bedrooms – a double (5’ brass bed) with en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower) and superb views to Dartmoor, another double (5’ oak bed, TV) with en suite bathroom (suite plus triple tray power-shower) and a twin with antique Victorian beds and en suite bathroom (suite plus hand-shower), both with good views. A really fine cottage.

Tremendous atmosphere, freedom and number of things for adults and children to do, and the houses are much praised. Sumptuous evening meal menu. Outdoor swimming pool available 27 May to 16 September.
 

  • Heating - Central heating, Woodburner
  • Linen and towels - Linen and duvets are provided free of charge, Towels are provided free of charge (but please bring pool + beach towels)
  • Parking - Parking is off the public road on the grounds of the property
  • Pets - Pets are welcome by arrangement
  • Suitability - Smoking IS NOT ALLOWED at this property, A dropsided or traditional cot and a highchair are available, Baby sitting is available


Dartmoor: "the last great wilderness in Southern England". Great rock-tors top many of its often heather-covered hills. Marvellous for walking, riding, tor-climbing, picnicking, kite-flying, pony-trekking and, if you’re at all energetic, not seeing other people. Just off its edge, amid woods, valleys and farmed hills, are many pretty villages (sometimes thatched) and very lively small towns. All is protected from caravans, tents and most ugliness by being in the Dartmoor National Park.

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The half of the moor north of the B3212 is the highest and wildest; no villages within it, almost no cultivation. The southern half has the most spectacular tors, best wooded river valleys, a few villages (like Widecombe, Buckland) in green-field ‘oases’. The moor’s eastern edge is the softest, most wooded, most popular: Chagford, Moretonhampstead, Lustleigh and Bovey Tracey are among its best villages, and the river Teign is an exceptionally beautiful river valley. The Dart(s) – two of them rise in the moor’s middle and join at Dartmeet – is/are equally beautiful all the way to the sea at Dartmouth. Very lovely, too, are the valleys of the rivers Avon, Erme, Walkham and Tavy; Tavy Cleave, on the latter, is the western moor’s most dramatic place. The quality of a pub can change so quickly we hesitate to recommend, but there are plenty of them; and of places to ride or pony-trek.

Lydford: village (two good food pubs, farm shop, church) on Dartmoor’s western edge, famous for its gorge/waterfall (Nat. Trust, very beautiful walk deep in woods) and ruined medieval castle. On the Granite Way cycle/walking trail; trout fishing in the Lyd; riding stables locally. Sea/beaches, about 25 miles, north or south coasts. Roadford Lake, 9 miles. Tavistock, 5. Brentor’s tor-top church, 3.


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