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Country House With Bluebell Wood In Dartmoor National Park



Updated: 20-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

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.

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About the Owner

Heather Roberts
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2017

17 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)


Brilliant Accomodation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family vacation here - the host Heather was a delight to deal with and she made the whole experience that much easier - from the welcome hamper and champagne right through to the ability to check in early - definitely recommend

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful House, Wonderful Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We spent such a wonderful week at Hawson Court last July, that none of us wanted to leave.

From the outset Heather, (the owner ) was fabulous, so friendly, kind and helpful and went out of her way to make sure our stay was extra special.

The house is more than beautiful and completely blew us away. It is situated in the most idyllic grounds, surrounded by woodland and meadows.

It really is in the perfect location too, close to Dartmoor and within easy distance of the beach.

The weather was fabulous, we were so lucky, but on the only day we had rain, we visited the beach where it was blissfully sunny.

There is so much to do, cycling, wild swimming ( a family fave), walking, horse riding and exploring picturesque little villages. However, we were more than content to stay at the house and explore the woodland.

We cannot wait to return this July!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect holiday home

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent New Year's Eve at Hawson Court and had the most perfect time! We were 4 families all with small children and the house was really suited to the size of our group. We were very impressed with the house (it looks even better in real life) and with Heather's (the owner) kindness. The booking process was very smooth and Heather made sure at all time that we had everything we needed. The surroundings of the house are beautiful and we went for lovely walks in the woods. We loved the house so much that we're already thinking of when we could go back next!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wow wow wow!

  • 5 of 5

Hawson Court is simply stunning. A breathtakingly gorgeous house in beautiful surroundings. The house is very well equipped and feels like a home from home. Heather and her family left us some lovely goodies and really pulled out all the stops to ensure our special occasion was truly unforgettable. Heather was nothing but helpful when we had any enquiries and offered so much more than we expected in the way of advice and information. We cannot recommend this house or the owners enough and will definitely be going back at some point to spend more time in the lovely house. Thank you to Heather, the family and the team at Hawson Court.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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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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.

Further Details:

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.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Special Offer
23 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
6 night minimum stay
October Half Term
14 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
16 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 20-Jun-2017


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

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

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome


  • 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.