Lower Cator, Devon Cottages
Beside a peaceful moorland lane in a tiny, sleepy hamlet lies the delightful Pond Cottage. The smaller part of a former barn, it has been beautifully and thoughtfully converted and all around lies the superb rolling scenery found near the edge of Dartmoor - a rural haven.
With its thick stone walls and solid craftsmanship the property feels sturdy and welcoming. In this upside down barn, the two bedrooms are downstairs and there's a very spacious open-plan living area above with wonderful, vaulted ceilings, reached by a fine oak staircase from the entrance hall. It creates a remarkably barn-like feel but the luxurious seating, stylish wood burning stove and high-quality fitted kitchen are all right up to the minute.
However active your day, nothing could be more rewarding than to return to Pond Cottage and relax in the sheltered garden behind it, perhaps with a well-earned glass or two as the sun goes down. Ideal for getting away from it all for a small family or group.
Entrance from parking space to flagged hall with French door at far end leading to the garden.
Bedroom One (via three steps up) with king size bed (5ft) and Ensuite Shower Room/WC with 'monsoon' shower.
Bedroom Two with two 3' single beds end-to-end.
Family Bathroom/WC with roll-top bath and oval basin.
Open-plan Living Area with wood floor and exposed scissor beams throughout, huge sofa, modern, oval wood burning stove and TV.
Dining Area with oak table/chairs.
Kitchen Area, fully-fitted, with integral appliances (dishwasher, automatic washer/dryer) and breakfast bar with stools.
Stone steps lead to the rear garden which is attractively landscaped with paved, gravelled and lawned areas. Garden furniture and barbecue.
WiFi broadband. Wood burning stove. Sorry no pets. No smoking. Unsuitable for children under 5 except babes in arms. Saturday arrivals only.
Around just three miles from Widecombe-in-the Moor, famous for its annual fair, Lower Cator is nestled in a more pastoral landscape than the wild, higher parts of the moor. Step outside the front door and you are immediately propelled into walking and cycling country. There are a number of riding stables nearby and guests can even hire a llama to carry the picnic! Other outdoor activities which you may like to try are climbing on the wilds of Dartmoor and fishing in the stunning local rivers and streams.
Away from the moor, too, guests are spoilt for choice. The whole region is full of interesting places to visit, from sandy beaches, hidden coves and magnificent cliff walks in the nearby South Hams District to ancient towns such as Ashburton, the cities of Exeter and Plymouth, and many fine houses and gardens.
The surfing beaches of the North Devon coast are exciting destinations and much of Cornwall with its dramatic coastline can be explored during a day's outing.