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C16th House With A Rambling Garden In A Hamlet In The Dartmoor National Park



Updated: 26-Sep-2016
House in Lower Town, Dartmoor, South Devon, England - Grade II* Listed Sixteenth Century House With Views Across Fields And Dartmoor

Cresson Hayes is a Grade II* listed sixteenth century house with a rambling garden in a hamlet in the Dartmoor National Park in South Devon. Offering accommodation for up to eight people, the house is at the south end of a range of three dwellings, and has views across fields and moor. It is full of historical interest and original features, with carved and painted beams, mullioned windows, granite fireplaces, a stone spiral staircase, recessed window seats, and many other interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Due to the staircase, the house is not really suitable for toddlers. Comfortably but not luxuriously furnished, it is a much loved family house with a very welcoming atmosphere, showing some signs of wear and tear (not everything matches!), filled with paintings, antiques, curios, books, maps and games. With the south moor and winding Dart valley on its doorstep, it is an ideal base for walkers and there is also a wide range of activities for children in the area. The south Devon coast is within an hour’s drive.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are a brother and sister who have recently inherited this family house on the edge of Dartmoor. We love spending time here, but it is a long drive from London where we both live and neither of us gets down as much as we’d like. Until now, it has been used only by family and friends, but we’ve now decided to make it more widely available. It is very much a family home not a holiday let – not everything is new, not everything matches – and we hope that visitors will enjoy its character as well as its great location.

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Speaks English, French, Italian

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1 holidaymaker review


fabulous family home

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect house to stay in on Dartmoor. Steeped in history and in a superb location but still close to Ashburton and the A38 for easy access. The description is accurate, all the rooms are very spacious and the property is very well equipped with tea towels, washing up liquid, plenty of crockery and utensils for cooking proper meals. The oven is straight forward to use. The property was clean, and is clearly well looked after. Communication from the owners was excellent with detailed instructions including step by step guidance for finding the house. We were also greeted on arrival by the owners representative and given a tour of the property and further information about the heating and oven operation. I would certainly recommend the property to family/friends and would love to stay here again myself for another holiday. The nearby pub (accessed via footpath through fields) served good food. All in all I cannot praise this property enough.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

For over twenty years Cresson Hayes has been the Dartmoor home from home for our large extended family. We love the whole area, particularly the river, moor and tors on the doorstep - you can hear the distant rush of the Dart from the garden - and the cliffs and beaches of the south coast, a 45 minute drive away. Cresson Hayes is the end house in a very quiet hamlet of old granite houses, with sweeping views from the garden and windows. You can walk straight out of the house up on to the moor or across the fields down to the river. It therefore feels very remote but is in fact only 15 minutes by car to the local town which has excellent amenities.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : exeter at 29 Miles Nearest Barpub : Tavistock Arms at 2 Kilometres Nearest Golf : dainton park at 15 Miles Nearest Train : totnes at 12 Miles Nearest Motorway : a38 at 5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : ashburton at 5 Miles Nearest Beach : paignton at 18 Miles Car: necessary


Coves, cliffs and resorts of South Devon coast (Prawle Point, Gammon Head, Salcombe, Dartmouth) – 45 mins drive.


Exeter International Airport - 40 mins drive.

Newton Abbot train station - 30 mins drive.

Use of a car is recommended, as the shops in Ashburton are 5 miles away.


Ashburton, local town with excellent food and antique shops, 5 miles

Widecombe, moorland village with “cathedral of the moors” and traditional annual horse fair, 3 miles

Dartington, cultural centre, 12 miles

Totnes, pretty hillside town, hub of “alternative” living, 12 miles

Coves, cliffs and resorts of South Devon coast (Prawle Point, Gammon Head, Salcombe, Dartmouth) – 45 mins drive

Exeter 25 miles, Plymouth 29 miles

Further Details:

Cresson Hayes is in a hamlet in South Devon, on the eastern edge of Dartmoor with sweeping views across the moor and the Dart valley. It is approximately 5 miles west of the small town of Ashburton which is on the A38 half way between Exeter and Plymouth.

From the house there is easy access to good walking on the moor, down to the river Dart (swimming in summer, canoeing in winter), and across the fields to the local pub in Poundsgate.

Local places and activities of interest include waterfalls at Lydford Gorge and Becky Falls, hut circles and other prehistoric remains at Grimspound and Merrivale, Castle Drogo and other properties of historical interest and, for children, steam engine rides on the South Devon Railway, the Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary, the Chagford Pool fed by spring water from the Dart, and the Miniature Pony Centre at North Bovey. There are also many stables nearby offering opportunities for moorland horse riding.

The Rugglestone Inn just outside Widecombe, The Church House Inn at Holne, and The Rock at Haytor Vale are favourite watering holes which also do food.

Ashburton has two delicatessens, one specialising in fresh fish, two small supermarkets, a health food shop, bakery, greengrocer, newsagent, chemist, bank, post office, second hand bookshop, outdoor adventure equipment shop, and numerous cafes and antique shops.

Within a 30 minute drive you are in the gentler landscape of the South Hams, where you can explore the hill town of Totnes, the Dart estuary, and Dartington Hall, which hosts music and arts festivals, and year-round cinema. If you drive on for a further 30 minutes or so, you reach the south Devon coast, with resorts such as Dartmouth and Salcombe, and access to cliff walking and sandy beaches suitable for swimming.


Rental rates

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22 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
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29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
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rate 24
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Cresson Hayes is available for:
- weekly breaks (Saturday-Saturday)
- shorter lets by arrangement: please get in touch if you would like to discuss this.
Booking by 30% deposit in advance.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day normally Saturday, but may be flexible subject to other bookings.

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From the Owner

Cresson Hayes is a wonderful base for exploring Dartmoor. There are lots of places of interest and activities for children in the immediate area, and the A38 provides quick access south to the coast. The nearby small town of Ashburton has a wide range of shops - delis, hardware, antiques, books, walking gear. The early sixteenth century house has bags of character, with a granite spiral staircase, mullioned windows and carved and painted beams. The decor is comfortable not smart, and the rooms are full of antiques, books, artworks and curios. The long garden running down the hillside has many secret corners which are fun for children to explore. There is plenty of space inside and out, and it is a great place to spend time whatever the weather!

Property Type

  • house


  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • caving


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Ground floor shower room with WC, upstairs bathroom with WC.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with twin beds, Bedroom 2 with double bed, Bedroom 3 with twin beds, Bedroom 4 with double bed.


  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Cresson Hayes is made of granite with a slate roof and large chimney stacks, dating back to the early sixteenth century, though the plan of the house is medieval in style. Much of the character of the house derives from the art works – paintings, collages and assemblages – hanging on the walls of every room. Downstairs there are three entrances to the house, and three spacious living areas: the sitting room, the passage/dining room, and the parlour. The large farmhouse kitchen seats up to eight, and there is also a shower room/loo and a boot/utility room (with dryer, fridge/freezer and microwave/convection oven). Up the winding stone stairs are the four bedrooms with views out over the garden and fields, and a bathroom/loo. There is a Stanley oil fired cooker, which also operates the central heating and hot water. In addition there is a very effective woodburning stove in the sitting room. There is wi-fi, but no television. All utilities, logs, towels and bedding are included. Outside: The rambling (and somewhat overgrown) garden slopes down the hillside with views over raised grassy banks to the Dart valley and moorland beyond. There is a small terrace with garden table and chairs and a barbecue. In the garage there is parking for one car, with further parking in the lane. The house is at the end of a short track which ends with a gate into the fields, with a public footpath to the river and to the local pub in Poundsgate (20 minutes walk each). Utility Room: Utility/boot room with tumble dryer, fridge/freezer and microwave/convection oven. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedding are included (visitors are asked to make up your own beds). Logs for woodburning stove and oil for oil fired stove are included in price. Property is cleaned at the end of each stay (no extra cost). Other: Large parlour with granite fireplace and carved wooden beams. Smaller passage room through to garden.

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