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“Wonderful Farmhouse in an Amazing Location”
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Lower Blackaton
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wonderful Farmhouse in an Amazing Location”
Reviewed 5 January 2013

As part of a group of around 15 family and friends I stayed at Lower Blackaton for 4 nights over New Year. The weather was terrible, largely curtailing our plans to spend extended periods walking and rock climbing on the moors, however with a place as stunning as Lower Blackaton to come back to, all was not lost. The farmhouse drips character from every nook, and is very well appointed; the literally 1000's of books that cover many of the walls were a constant source of delight, the aga and wood burner both work extremely well, there are games and kids toys galore, and even the piano is reasonably in tune - certainly not ruining enjoyment of our (admittedly amateur) playing. When the weather is bad it is a joy to spend time in the house, warm and sure in the knowledge of those massive stone walls. There is a fantastic hi-fi stereo in the large kitchen, with an extensive collection of classical cd's, all the cooking pots, pans and accessories you could ever need to whip up a giant feast, and superb storage space. Upstairs things maintain their high standard. We were all comfortable, and suffered no overcrowding, despite filling every berth for a couple of nights during our trip. All the bedrooms are characterful, especially the superb master double room near the centre of the house. To stay in these surroundings you would normally have to pay far more. The entrance hall is another great feature and gives a very good first impression upon arrival; a good size, it swallows up rucksacs, equipment and muddy boots with ease, and is reached after first walking through a much smaller porch that can be used for really muddy boots if need be. We had sole use of the drive, immediately outside the property, and our vehicle maximum was 7, with this number it is possible to easily arrange cars such that any may enter or leave without conflict, much above this number and some shunting around will be needed, but I would guess 12 cars would easily fit. There is one other big plus I must note for those considering a stay in these parts and unaware of it - that is The Rugglestone Inn, just outlying Widecombe-in-the-Moor. This pub is, in my opinion, one of the finest in all England; for booze, food, and atmosphere. It is a short drive or cycle, and a decent walk away from Lower Blackaton, and should not be missed. I am struggling to think of any useful criticisms of Lower Blackaton, it is easily the best place on Dartmoor we have stayed in, and we will definitly be returning some day.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Ashburton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

Stayed in Lower Blackaton with a group of 16 trainees from The Sammasati Project for a four-day workshop. Directions given were excellent, not one of the group got lost. The location is stunning and the accommodation really warm and cosy, despite us being there in November. Each room was full of character and had individual artefacts from all over the world. There was a very efficient wood burner in the spacious sitting room and the barn, where we did our workshop was beautifully-reburbished and very spacious. So exquisite to be in the middle of Dartmoor in a variety of weather and feel so comfortable. We self-catered and found the kitchen/dining room very well equipped and warm. David and Judy have really taken care to provide the most welcoming experience. I would certainly recommend it for a workshop, or individual break.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 May 2011

Stayed at Lower Blackaton in mid May with a Chinese couple who are close friends of mine. A genuine ancient longhouse located in a beautiful setting on Dartmoor. The landlady and landlord were friendly and helpful from the moment we arrived. The bedrooms were full of character and were beautifully furnished in a homely old fashioned sort of way. The views from some of the many windows can only be described as gorgeous. The breakfast was a perfectly cooked classic example of the "full English breakfast" - absolutely delicious. Try to arrive before sunset as the house can be a little tricky to locate after dark. A small price to pay for a wonderful night spent far from the madding crowd. Highly recommended by Roger, Jing & Hong.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 June 2009

Lower Blackaton is a lovely old Devon long house in a beautiful location just near the picturesque village of Widecombe. It has a pleasingly old-dashioned feel, and bedrooms are not en suite, so it may not be everyone's ideal. But David and Judy are excellent hosts with an expert knowledge of the area, the breakfast in a big kitchen with Aga was first-rate, and the charges are very modest. The whole house can also be rented for big family parties also at reasonable rates. It really does feel like being at home in one of the loveliest parts of England.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Lower Blackaton

Property: Lower Blackaton
Address: Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 7UB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Widecombe in the Moor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Widecombe in the Moor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lower Blackaton is a south facing 17th century granite longhouse set in informal grounds with magnificent views of some of Britain's wildest moorland. It has been refurbished to combine tradition with modern comfort. It has oil fired central heating, two living rooms with wood burning stoves, kitchen with Aga, microwave, fridge, freezer, WM and TD, 5 bedrooms, bathroom, two shower rooms, four toilets, TV, DVD, VHS, CD, radio, broadband, telephone for guests and an extensive library. Outside, there is a walled garden in a listed ruin, an acre of natural and grassed grounds (with swing, trampoline, open fronted BBQ barn), and ample off-road parking. Lower Blackaton is an ideal centre for gatherings of family or friends. It is a perfect base for people who enjoy walking, rambling and bird watching or simply appreciate the peace and quiet of Dartmoor, one of the most beautiful national parks in Britain. A beautiful restored barn can be rented with the house as a perfect venue for workshops, retreats, sit down or informal parties or just as an indoor play area with table tennis. There is instant access onto the moor, with stone age,bronze age and medieval ruins, spectacular tors, rivers and woodland all in easy walking distance. The village of Widecombe in the Moor is 3 miles away with cafés, pubs, church, village green and gift shops. Ashburton and Bovey Tracey are 7 miles, Tavistock and Newton Abbot (nearest train station) 14 miles, Plymouth and exeter 25 mies. ... more   less 
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Lower Blackaton Widecombe In The Moor, England

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