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

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

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.

Will Lee
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
12 February, 2017

About Will Lee

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.

Will Lee purchased this house in 1991

Why Will Lee chose Dartmoor

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.

What makes this house unique

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!


5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


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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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
rate 27
18 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 28
1 Apr 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 29
15 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 30
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 31
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 32
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
rate 33
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 34
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 35
21 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 36
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 37
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

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, plus a £100 returnable security deposit.

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Widecombe in the Moor in South Devon

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • 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
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor shower room with WC, upstairs bathroom with WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • 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
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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