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Country House With Bluebell Wood In Dartmoor National Park



Updated: 15-Nov-2016
Country House near Scorriton, Dartmoor National Park, South Devon, England - A Historic Rural Escape On The Edge Of Dartmoor

The property is the principal part of this Victorian country house. Inside, you will love the sense of occasion created by the many period features including specially commissioned stained glass windows and a sweeping staircase. After an exhilarating day on Dartmoor soak up the atmosphere of a house previously owned by William Le Queux and Sudan's first president after independence. Outside, the property is reached by a tree-lined private driveway, shared with a handful of neighbouring properties. The private grounds which extend to thirteen acres, include specimen trees, and are a nature lover's paradise. Regular visitors to the bird feeders include woodpeckers and nuthatches. Enjoy the spectacular sound of the dawn chorus, and go to sleep listening to owls in the wood. If you are lucky you might see a badger, fox or deer. You will love playing croquet on the sunny lawn, gin and tonic in hand, while you barbecue the catch of the day. Your dogs and children will love running around in the ten acres of bluebell wood, making dens, climbing trees, and then flopping by the fire. The many natural and man made attractions of this lovely part of Devon are on the doorstep if you can drag yourselves away. The property has been recently refurbished and sympathetically restored.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Beautiful house in a fantastic location.

  • 5 of 5

"Wow!" was the response from each member of our party on entering Hawson Court. The house is spectacular, beautifully decorated yet welcoming and comfortable. There are some great walks from the property, or if you you are feeling more energetic, books are provided about walks on Dartmoor. The owner provided plenty of information on places to eat near by, but we decided there was no better place to be in the evening than Hawson Court, with a home cooked meal and the glow of the wood burner stove.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home to stay in

  • 5 of 5

We (6 adults, 3 children and 3 dogs) had a week away at the house in August. The house was more than big enough to accommodate us all.

When we arrived at the house there was a lovely welcome pack of eggs, milk, cake and champagne. A lovely touch to start off our holiday. The house had everything we needed (including use of a pushchair) and the owner was very helpful with providing lots of information of things to do.

The area has lots of places to go and visit with children and dogs.

Overall we had a superb time and would not hesitate in staying again.

Thanks for a brilliant family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful house in a superb position

  • 5 of 5

Nothing was too much trouble to owner Heather to make our stay both comfortable and interesting. A great house with a history set in some of the country's most superb scenery. Something to suit people of all ages and this family hopes to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Fantastic Fantastic!!!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for the perfect holiday home in the area please stop looking and contact Heather to make sure you don't miss out on Hawson Court.

From the moment we booked, until the day we begrudgingly pulled the door shut on this beautiful house we were made to feel so welcome and invited. Heather could not be more helpful even before we arrived in terms of local knowledge, places to go, eat and things to do etc etc. Everything was such a breeze which, as you can imagine, leaves you with little doubt that the property was going to be one to remember, which it was. On arrival there was a lovely welcome pack consisting of local biscuits, drinks, flowers and things. Such a nice touch.

The house itself is spectacular. Full of character and craftsmanship. The decor is in keeping with the house too with no expense spared, even down to the curtains, flooring......

We were a group of three families consisting of six adults and five children ranging from 2 to 7. Needless to say the kids had an amazing time exploring the HUGE garden, bell tent and the surrounding areas.

It's such a beautiful part of the UK and this house is ideally situated to explore the stunning area of South Devon.

We wouldn't bat an eyelid about recommending this place to anyone, in fact we'd insist people experience such a wonderful spot!!!

Needless to say we will be visiting again!!

Matt, Emma, Archie and "The Gang"

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning characterful holiday home

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place for all ages to admire, explore and relax in comfort and style. Idyllic large lawned garden with fun areas for the kids to explore. The house is also surrrounded by extensive woodland and stream. This unique house is large and the rooms are all very spacious, clean and nicely furnished. The beds were exceptionally comfortable and the house felt truly grand yet cosy! It was really great to have access to so many children's books and games plus a wide range of adult's books and games too which all made for a very homely feel. The wandering peacocks added to the special atmosphere. Great for family holidays or get togethers or celebrations - we would definitely like to come back. The owner was also very generous in her provision of welcome gifts and pre arrival information - we felt very at home and very welcome. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house in a beautiful location, a perfect place for a holiday with children

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week staying on Dartmoor. The house is truly beautiful and very well supplied with all you could need. It was in a great location for accessing bits of the moor and the wood on the doorstep was a real bonus. The house was well stocked for children and they were able to explore the gardens many hidden dens. We would definitely recommend a stay here, Heather who manages the property was also very easy to deal with and very communicative at all times.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Car: recommended


Hawson Court is within easy motoring distance of the many beautiful beaches of the South Hams. We provide books and recommendations to help you choose the perfect beach for you, whether it is a quiet cove, the iconic landmark of Burgh Island, or sipping a cocktail on the balcony at South Sands while your children play on the sand below.The nearest surfing is twenty two miles away at Bantham or Bigbury, and the South West Coast Path is voted as one of the top walks to be found in the world.


Use of a car is essential, unless you are very keen cyclist and are coming to Dartmoor for this purpose. Totnes train station is nine miles away.

The nearest airport is Exeter which is 29 miles away. Plymouth ferry terminal is 26 miles away.


Buckfastleigh - the nearest village with amenities and shops - 2 miles.

The nearest pub, in Scorriton - 1 mile.

The food and antiques centre of Ashburton - 5 miles.

Totnes with its unique charm - 8.5 miles.

Riverford Farm Shop - 5 miles.

Pennywell Farm - 4 miles.

South Devon Railway - 3 miles.

Buckfast Abbey - 2 miles.

Dartington Hall - 8 miles.

Sharpham vineyard - 12 miles.

Widdecombe in the Moor - 9 miles.

River Dart Country Park - 5 miles.

The A38 (Devon Expressway) - 3 miles.

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If you can tear yourself away from the property, there really is something for everyone in this special corner of Devon. Dartmoor National Park is often described as the last remaining wilderness in southern England and its rugged romance and tranquillity provides the perfect walking and cycling country, as well as peace of mind and solitude. The Dartmoor Way cycle route passes the entrance to the grounds and provides idyllic cycling on quiet country lanes. Opportunities abound for wild swimming in the River Dart, climbing and bouldering, horse riding, canoeing, fishing, bird watching, star gazing and letter boxing.

There is an almost endless choice of beaches, from secluded coves to the iconic Devon landmark of Burgh Island with its Art Deco hotel frequented by Agatha Christie and Noel Coward. Learn to surf or paddle surf, or simply walk a section of the dramatic coastal path.

Treat yourself to a cookery course at the award winning Ashburton Cookery School. Foodies will be astounded by the quality of the local produce, including the morning's catch available in Ashburton or direct from the quayside in Brixham, honey made by the nearby monks at Buckfast Abbey, artisan bread, and organic produce at the nearby Riverford Farm Shop. A meal at the Riverford Field Kitchen is a must, and opportunities for fine dining abound, including at Gildleigh Park under Michael Caines.

Yogis will be delighted to learn that there is an excellent Ashtanga centre in nearby Ashburton and many opportunities in Totnes, including for novices, if this is your time to explore yoga and mindfulness.

The very special Dartington Hall is home to the Ways with Words literature festival, as well as the Summer School for classical music lovers, while nearby National Trust properties include Agatha Christie's house.

If children tire of making dens in the woods and climbing trees, the award winning Pennywell Farm and the stream trains of the South Devon Railway are minutes away.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
New Year
27 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
May Half Term
27 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed.

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Updated: 15-Nov-2016
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Property Type

  • house


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Two toilets, one upstairs and one downstairs One shower room One bathroom


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed, Ground Floor Bedroom
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Child Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/9 adults plus children (4/5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size double bed Bedroom 2 with king size double bed and balcony overlooking the gardens Bedroom 3 with king size double bed Bedroom 4 with double bed All rooms are generously proportioned and will amply fit a cot if needed.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: All the bedrooms are large enough to fit in extra beds if required and the downstairs yoga room can be converted into a bedroom. Outside: The grounds extend to 13 acres, with approximately one acre of gardens, two acres of paddock, and ten acres of ancient woodland. The woodland borders National Trust woodland. Two wooden tables in the garden each seat eight, and there is a barbecue for the use of guests, as well as a croquet set. There is ample parking. Utility Room: A large entrance vestibule with original tiled floor provides the perfect place to hang up your coats and boots after a day on the moor or beach, and a laundry room upstairs is equipped with washing machine, tumble dryer, electric heated dryer and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and bath towels are included. The property is professionally cleaned and linen and bath towels changed weekly. Other: Yogis will love the yoga room (space for three mats) with original wooden parquet flooring. Alternatively this would make a lovely children's play room (the wooden floor is perfect for a train set or a jigsaw), or nursery.

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