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Sunny cottage on smallholding with stunning wooded valley views & moorland walks



Updated: 30-Nov-2016
Cottage in Poundsgate, Dartmoor, South Devon, England - Very Quiet Location, Off a Country Lane. Ideal Walking Centre, High Moorland Or River Valley Walks.

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.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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.

Speaks English

2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Blissfully peaceful

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Cottage

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 26 Miles Nearest Barpub : Poundsgate at 1.5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Plymouth at 25 Miles Nearest Golf : Newton Abbot at 14 Miles Nearest Train : Newton Abbot at 14 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 25 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Widecombe at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Torquay at 16 Miles Car: necessary


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.


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.


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.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
30 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
18 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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:
2 night winter short breaks are £180.00. Additional nights by arrangement with the owners.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

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

Property Type

  • cottage

Location Type

  • river
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with lovely long bath. A shower is over the bath. WC and wash handbasin. Shaver point and Heated towel rail, plus a wall mounted convector heater.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: 1 Bedroom with either King size double or 2x 3ft Single beds. High quality linens. Generous hanging cupboard and chest of drawers. Clock radio, hair dryer and Electric blankets supplied. Eco-warm electric heater.


  • Notes on accommodation: The cottage has been rebuilt with a Delabole slate roof and double glazing throughout.This bright property is furnished with the owners water colours. It is carpeted throughout ( apart from the kitchen),creating a warm environment. The living room has an additional night store heater with optional convector boost and the kitchen has an eco-warmth heater. A plentiful supply of local maps and information leaflets is available, with further shelves of books and board games, and a small selection of CDs. Videos of Dartmoor furnish visitors with further background information. The music centre has a radio, CD player and plays tapes. The Wi-Fi access is free and an iPod dock is available. The flat screen TV has Freeview digital channels. Mobile 'phone signal is variable, sometimes a short walk around is necessary, but the land line in the main house can be used. There is no outside lighting, but a good large re-chargeable torch is supplied (star gazers get good sightings) Outside: The garden is at multiple levels with steep steps and slopes. Our few sheep are used for occasional grazing of the orchards within ,when they are behind electric fencing. All varieties of planting are to be seen, but there is constant battling with perennial weeds. One half of the owners is as plantaholic, so some interesting species are to be found. The garden has a wonderful spring show with carpets of primroses and narcissi in variety. The acid soil supports Rhododendrons and Camellias later, and roses aid the progress through the year. Autumn colour can be quite spectacular as the whole property overlooks deciduous woodland. Outdoor furniture in variety is supplied, including sun-loungers, which need to be on the one flat area below the cottage. There is a small paved area outside the cottage, but this is on a slight slope. There is a flat path to one side which has a bench at the end, a shady viewing spot which looks down on the other layers of the terraced garden. Utility Room: A cupboard in the bathroom contains the Vacuum Cleaner together with other cleaning materials, bucket, dustpan. Steam iron ( board in Bedroom cupboard) The porch has equipment and fuel for the open fire, plus collapsible outdoor chairs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and Linen are included but please bring swimming towels. The property is thoroughly cleaned between lettings. Other: An entrance porch provides storage space for boots and outdoor gear, this leads into the small hallway with coat hanging pegs.

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